Leonardo Da Vinci said: “Water is the driving force of nature.”
In Disney’s movie Frozen II, Olaf posits that “Water has memory.” Since I saw the movie for the first time, the concept of water having memory has been churning in my brain. This got me thinking about water as a medium for recording. Take some white blood cells and water mix, well, and you have plasma, essentially. White and red blood cells, add water and keep it pumping, and you have blood. Add suitable impurities to water, let it age, and we have all types of alcoholic beverages. The tissues of the brain, to the best of scientific knowledge, are analogous to a computer’s motherboard. Signals come in, get deciphered, and signals go out, electrical energy, but where are memories stored? Is it possible that water is the medium for holding human memories?
Extend this thought; a computer is not much use without a hard drive and RAM, two different types of memory. What is the body’s equivalent for a computer’s memory, water? Possibly, how can we test this hypothesis? Let’s consider logically how we can observe the role of memory and the power of water.
Consider a dehydrated person; they will experience higher-level thinking problems until rehydrated. Drinking alcohol displaces water in the body, and dehydration occurs, which also includes memory loss. Hangovers after alcohol consumption are alleviated by drinking copious amounts of water. However, some will only drink coffee, tea, or soda, and the effects of alcohol consumption are doubled and tripled, not alleviated after alcohol consumption.
We are surrounded by water in various colors, additives, flavors, and more. Water has an influence beyond merely drinking it regularly. How water influences and why water influences remain a mystery. Gaze upon a sun setting over the water, and romance is born. Gaze upon a stormy sea, and fear builds uncontrollably. Smell the water changing from the deep ocean to salt marshlands, and you will never forget the smell of water. Another visceral memory is the smell of stagnant water, not swamp water, stagnant water, which has pollutants and is not flowing; the water can influence strong physical reactions.
I’ve met lots of people who are trapped in their memories of a traumatic water experience, e.g., almost drowned, at risk of drowning, water was used as a punishment, etc., and the fear inherent in this experience with water, makes the person powerfully emotionally tied to water avoidance. British soldiers fighting in the deserts reported the heat made them thirsty, and this thirst never left them. Thus, we can see that water, like smell, forms powerful, life-changing memories in humans.
Water is the only chemical compound that can exist as a liquid, a solid, and a gas and be useful in each physical form. But Olaf’s theory is that water has memory, not just that water is tied to memories. Can water hold a shape and remember that shape? Astoundingly, scientists in 1993 duplicated an experiment from 19881, where water behaved in a way that amazed scientists, and the results cannot be explained. The experiments reflected that water records and saves information and remembers everything that met it. How was this information met in the scientific community; derision. Why am I not surprised? Never forget, the same scientific community includes those who refused hand washing as critical to patient health. Supporting the claim that science is learning how to learn, how to think, and methodologically examine why things happen.
Interestingly, research reflects that water doesn’t just have memory but can affect and be influenced by people’s emotions2. Music influences people’s emotions; we all know this, and the research is clear on the connection between emotion and music. Emoto expanded this connection on the crystalline structures of water and found that words, music, and human emotions affect water. Again, the scientific community is torn on this research and heavily debates the findings, methodologies, and results.
However, this doesn’t change the possibility of human knowledge having a current technical limitation, and as technology grows, we can improve our understanding of water and memory. Full disclosure, I am not a chemist or scientist in the traditional understanding. I am a lifelong learner who faces the world with skepticism and wonder. I remain fascinated with chaos theory to understand randomness, order, and irregularities in systems.
Mental health and water; leaving the semi-firm realm of scientific inquiry, we step into the unknown and the hypothetical. I am not claiming I am right in my thinking; merely recording the thoughts in my mind about the role of water, the supposition that water has memory, and discussing the potential implications.
One of the interesting corollaries I have discovered includes mental health and a person’s willingness to drink water. Those who drink water as a desirable drink tend to have greater mental health. Whereas those who despise drinking water, preferring any beverage to drinking water, and the mental health of these individuals was generally poor. More interestingly, people with poor mental health have been known to improve their mental health through a more focused stance and favorable perception of water. Leading me to ask about the possible connection between water and mental health.
Another intriguing link I have seen, in real-life experience and research, is the connection between physical health and drinking water willingly. Consider a person I worked closely with on a project. My colleague preferred whiskey and Mountain Dew to any other fluids. My colleague complained of headaches, fatigue, and abdominal problems, but diet and fluid intake would not change. An extreme example, but the question continues to ricochet in my mind, does potable water connect to physical health.
One of the articles reflecting the correlation between water and physical health discusses water found in recreational activities3 (lakes, streams, rivers, etc.). Since the body is 90%+ water, and if water has memory, does this mean that water wastes carry off bad memories from the body? Standard human biology has kidneys acting as a filtration system where fluid is filtered, and the product output is considered waste. Did that water, ejected as waste, also carry away bad memories or memories that no longer help the body?
Does anything excite you to learn about, explore, study, and become more knowledgeable? Water having memory does this for me. How many emotional states include water? Crying, water through tears. Anger, water through sweating. Laughter, water through tears if you laugh long and hard enough. Does any of the water shed contain memories?
Recorded in scripture is a discussion about the Earth weeping. Would this imply that the Earth is also sentient and the water covering her face is recording all the actions of the species who live here on? Earth’s water is now the same volume of water that existed on Earth during Noah’s flood. Where did Noah’s floods go, possibly into steam, clouds, ice, plants, animals, humans, etc.? All are part of the answer, of this I am sure.
The need for water, including the makeup of physical bodies, and the use of water in a body, is shared by every organism on Earth. Water ties us all together. The need for potable water is universally equalizing across all species. What if water has memory, recording the memories of all those species and providing the Earth a living memory like our brains record?
Science declares water cannot be destroyed. Being elemental, water can be separated into hydrogen and oxygen molecules, but this did not destroy the water, merely changing its form. Impurities can be added and subtracted to make many products, but water still is and can be filtered into potability and purity. If water has memory and, as a medium recording, stores memories, wouldn’t it be awesome science to access these memories?
What are the implications that water records and holds memory? Olaf posited an interesting theory, one which I am intrigued to explore. Join me? Let’s learn!
- Hirst, S. J., Hayes, N. A., Burridge, J., Pearce, F. L., & Foreman, J. C. (1993). Human basophil degranulation is not triggered by very dilute antiserum against human IgE. Nature, 366(6455), 525–527. https://doi-org.lopes.idm.oclc.org/10.1038/366525a0
- Pitkänen, M. (2018). The experiments of Masaru Emoto with emotional imprinting of water.
- Annette Prüss, Review of epidemiological studies on health effects from exposure to recreational water, International Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 27, Issue 1, February 1998, Pages 1–9, https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/27.1.1
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