Originally appeared in Planet Jackson Hole

Q: What the bleep - water responds to our thoughts?

A: A growing body of research continues to demonstrate that all life forms on Earth - from the tiniest to the largest - are intelligent. They communicate and respond to each other all the time. We are part of nature and it turns out that nature responds to the energies broadcast by our thoughts, intentions and feelings.

Here are some of the discoveries about how water responds to our consciousness:

In the late 1990s a Japanese researcher named Masaru Emoto published a series of books called Messages from Water. Using frozen water samples from pristine and polluted sources, he observed the structure of the water molecules under the microscope. He photographed his findings.

Water frozen from pristine mountain streams formed perfect, shining snowflake geometries. Water frozen from polluted sources like industrial and heavily populated urban areas, including water pipes and dams, formed distorted, random, crystalline structures. They lacked clarity, coherence and vitality.

The next experiment was to see if positive thoughts could influence the structure of a polluted water molecule. He chose, froze and photographed water from behind a large urban dam. That photo showed a molecule with a barely discernable, amorphous shape. He then had people pray loving thoughts over the polluted water and took another photo. The water morphed into a perfectly shining, geometrically elegant snowflake.

In another experiment, Emoto tested the water’s response to specific words. He attached positive words like "love," "appreciation" and "gratitude" to individual bottles of distilled water and let them sit overnight. In the morning, each of the samples from these bottles reflected perfect geometries in the photos taken under the microscope. And then he ran the same experiment putting words with negative meanings onto the bottles of pure, distilled water. These messages included things like "I will kill you" and "You make me sick." The results were very dramatic. The next morning the water photos from each of these bottles showed disorganized, randomly formed designs barely resembling any kind of geometry. When he repeated this experiment using positive and negative words in other languages the outcomes were the same. There are more experiments and amazing photos in the books of Masuru Emoto.

One of the many potential applications of all this research is that our consciousness can return a glass of polluted water, or even large bodies of polluted water, to its healthy molecular state of maximum vitality.

Another thing to keep in mind is that our bodies are 70 percent water. Logically then, our thoughts and emotions must also influence the water we are made of by either enhancing or undermining our well-being. Therefore, the age-old, sage advice to think positive thoughts and focus on positive emotions, like gratitude, kindness, compassion and love, is now backed by scientific research.