Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

September 3, 2019

Hopi and Japanese -- 'Water is alive! It has intelligence!'

Hotevilla sping water

Crystals formed from water of a Hotevilla spring and Hotevilla well on the Hopi Nation. "When a complete geometric crystal is formed, water is in alignment with nature and the phenomenon we call life. The crystals do not form in water that has been polluted by the results of our failure to remember the laws of nature.” From The Hidden Messages in Water by Dr. Masuru Emoto. Photos copyright by Masaru Emoto.
Water crystal from polluted water

Dr. Masuru Emoto, Becky Masayesva, and Vernon Masayesva at the April 28, 2004 event featuring Dr. Emoto’s talk.
Photo: Water crystal responding to positive words. 
Hopi and Japanese gathered on Hopi land to share this truth in 2004: Water has intelligence and responds to positive and negative words.
Water is alive

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
On Hopi land in 2004, Vernon Masayesva, executive director of Black Mesa Trust, and researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto, chief of the Hado Institute in Tokyo, spoke at the Hopi Veterans Center and revealed the secrets and science of the intelligence of water.
During the Hisot Navoti (Knowledge of Ancestors) Masayesva showed amazing film footage, revealing startling transformations in water crystals when exposed to music and written words. Emoto’s photographs reveal water crystals, under high magnification, have drastically different forms from different water sources. Further, Emoto shows that water changes its expression as a result of human actions.

When water is exposed to the music of Mozart and Beethoven, crystals expand and become more beautiful. These crystals resemble diamonds, with flower buds blossoming on their points, as the music plays. Emoto explains that water carries and responds to the vibrations of music. He reveals even more amazing research, showing water responds to the written word.

When clear tubes of water are placed over positive and negative words, the structure of water crystals change. Water crystals increase in beauty when placed over the word “peace,” but are transformed to dark and ugly crystals when placed over the word “war.”

When water is placed over the word “let’s,” the crystals expand and increase in beauty. However, when water is placed over the word “must,” the crystals become ugly with a dark green center. Emoto says water is letting us realize the hidden power of words.

During the gathering for the defense of pure water, Jerry Honawa, Hopi elder, said, “Water has intelligence.”

Masayesva said, “If you are happy, you will have happy crystals; if you are angry, you will have angry crystals.” Masayesva also shared the history of the Hopi people, revealing their destiny intertwined with the earth and its mysteries.

“According to Hopi, long ago there was nothing but water from the beginning of time. This is what we call the First World of Hopi. “Life was created from water, from the land, from the sun.” When life was first created, it was beautiful, a perfect circle. On Hopiland today there are areas of perfect seashells, proof that this land was once underwater as Hopi are told. There are perfect fossils here, he said.

“Where does coal come from? It comes from plants. Everywhere you go, you see dinosaur tracks. This must have been a beautiful place at one time.”

In the First World, there was balance, harmony and peace. This balance and harmony, however, was destroyed in the Third World because of man and his greed. The ancestors began searching for a safe place to begin a new life. Bird was sent out and returned with news of this place.

“Through the bamboo, they entered the new land,” Masayesva said. “It is a metaphor, we don’t really know, but we came from somewhere where there was bamboo.” When the people arrived in this new land, they thought they had left evil behind them. But after a child died, they realized that evil had come with them. Those with the two hearts had come. “Evil is necessary to understand what good truly is,” Masayesva said.

The people knew they had to learn from the destruction of the Third World and not return to those ways. They wanted to create a new way of life. The Hopi people were not led by politicians, they were led by priests, often the poorest man in the village who denied himself everything for the benefit of his children.

In this new place they found a man who grew beautiful corn. It was Ma’sau, guardian of the land. Ma’sau said it is a harsh land, but if the people were willing to live Ma’sau’s way of life, they could stay here.

Ma’sau told the people, “If you follow this way of life, you can stay here forever.” Ma’sau showed the people corn, a gourd of water and planting stick. “He said if you decide to stay here you must help me take care of this land, then you can stay.”

Ma’sau told them that others are coming. “They will claim everything when they come, even the oceans, the air and the stars.” Ma’sau told the Hopi people to migrate to the four corners of the world, then return here to Black Mesa. The gourd to carry water was also a revelation, showing that water here is not infinite, it is limited.

Masayesva said the colors of the corn represent the colors of all mankind, yellow, purple, red and white. The sweet corn also represents the ancestors and the purple the heavens. Corn, too, gave Hopi a new way of life, and meant that the people no longer had to search for food every day, leaving them free for other things.

The planting stick represents tools or technology, which can be used for good or for destruction. There was a time when smallpox nearly eliminated the Hopi people, with only 300 Hopi surviving, Masayesva said technology can prevent and cure illness today, but it threatens to end humankind with the production of nuclear bombs. Nuclear power and travel to distant planets have resulted in dangerous “god-like powers.”

The waters–aquifers, springs, lakes, rivers, oceans and glaciers– work in harmony to sustain life. Hopi believe the aquifers breathe, breathe in rain and snow and breathe it out. The springs are the breathing holes. Humankind is a participant in water-life; mankind’s thoughts influence whether the rain and snow comes.

Of the world’s water today, Masayesva said 97 percent is seawater and 2 percent is bound in glaciers. Only1 percent is available for drinking.

However, America is a nation of waste. “We are a throwaway society. We think we are never going to run out of anything.”

Masayesva said the people must honor their trust as guardians of the water and land.

“If we don’t, we will break the circle.”

Watch as water changes shape, responding to words of love and words of hate. From Dr. Emoto:


In the news: The Faces of Water: Black Mesa Trust hosts Japanese researcher

FLAGSTAFF, (Ariz.), May 25, 2004—Black Mesa Trust hosted a well-attended presentation by Dr. Masaru Emoto from Japan on April 28 at Cline Library at Northern Arizona University. The evening began at 7 p.m. with a Hopi welcome song, and a prayer offered by Hopi elder Jerry Honawa.

Dr. Emoto talked about his work with water crystals over the past decade. He has discovered that water is directly affected by human words, thoughts, and actions, and that water will show those effects when it is frozen into ice. Water exposed to Classical music, words of gratitude, or prayers, will form beautiful, complete crystals. Water exposed to negative words, raucous music, or anger, either will not crystallize at all or will form incomplete or distorted crystals. Dr. Emoto illustrated his talk with slides of water crystals formed when water from different sources was frozen under various conditions.

At the end of the evening Black Mesa Trust Board member Rueben Saufkie presented Dr. Emoto with a piece of Hopi overlay jewelry, a gift from the Water Clan.

“We were honored to host Dr. Emoto,” said Black Mesa Trust Executive Director Vernon Masayesva. “His work helps to show how critical it is to preserve our water resources and to use them properly. What Dr. Emoto has discovered about water is perfectly in keeping with what our Hopi elders have told us all along.”

This evening presentation followed the April 26 Black Mesa Trust Honoring Water Reception and Benefit Auction held at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

R. Carlos Nakai played solo flute, and the Moencopi Elderly Program prepared and donated traditional Hopi foods, including patupsuki (bean and hominy stew), somiviki (sweetened blue corn meal wrapped in corn husks), piki, roasted parched corn; and hohoisi (traditional tea), as well as tamales.

Volunteer assistance was provided by Anna Masayesva, and donors of art for the auction included Winter Sun, Northland Publishing, Leonard Selestewa, Babbitt’s Backcountry, Tsakurshovi, and R. Carlos Nakai. Black Mesa Trust is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving the N-aquifer for future generations of Hopi and Navajo children.

The Trust is planning its 3rd Annual Water Fair on Hopi for October, and in September the Trust will host a water visioning workshop for tribal and religious leaders of the Colorado Plateau tribes.

Organizations supporting Black Mesa Trust include Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Oxfam America, WaterKeeper Alliance, Environment Now, Grand Canyon Trust, Arizona Ethnobotanical Research Association, Indigenous Water Institute, Sacred Land Film Project, Earth Island Institute, Wild Angels, Seventh Generation and the law firms of Shearman and Sterling and The Shanker Law Firm.

For more information about Black Mesa Trust, visit

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News


Luna said...

Thank you Brenda! I have looked at the YouTube videos about this and have found them truly inspiring.

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N Schieron said...

I was fascinated in reading this article and decided to look up more information on Dr. Emoto. Unfortunately he and his experiments are not accepted in the scientific community according to Wikipedia. He is known as a pseudoscientist. His hypothesis was not able to be replicated, a hallmark of scientific " proof". It was unclear as to what about sound actually caused water to change since he did not adequately control for other influences. On the other hand, just because it was not able to be proven in a rigorous, controlled experiment doesn't mean there is no truth here. I very much enjoyed reading Vernon Masayesva's story about the importance of water and treating it with great respect, for it is humanity's lifeblood.

Unknown said...

It is the SPIRIT that gives life even to the water

Unknown said...