The late Japanese modern scientist Masaru Emoto did an experiment related to water and thoughts. In his experiment, he labeled the water containers with different expressions. One container he labeled with “Arigatou” (Thank You) and another, he labeled with “Baka suru” (You’re stupid). Then he placed the water into the freezer and when it was frozen, the crystal formations of the water were observed through the microscope. What he saw stunned him. The water container tagged with “Arigatou” revealed beautiful crystal formations. On the other hand, the one labelled “Baka suru” came out with distorted crystal formations.

Another experiment, this time by a 12th grader in a German Waldorf school who read about Emoto’s work, did the same with rice and water. She placed three glasses with rice and water and she labeled one with “Danke” (Thank You), another, she labeled with “Idiot”, and one more, she just ignored. She then put the glasses in separate rooms and every morning, she would tell the glasses the things that she labeled it with. After 30 days, the glass labeled with “Danke” remained white and gave out an aroma. The one labelled with “Idiot” grew molds and gave out a rotten smell. But the ignored glass came out worst, with darkened rice and a foul smell.

It is highly known these days that yes, thoughts affect the life force. Back then, it was totally hard to grasp this kind of concept. These kinds of experiment is a downright validation to this whole idea. What is this telling us? That in the grand scheme of things, our thoughts play out as the invisible basis for all the things here on Earth.

This whole idea about thoughts, anchoring it on the way we desire to raise the children, should encourage us to watch our thoughts we direct to the little ones. Too many times we hear adults tell children, “Why did you do that? Bad girl! You’re a bad girl!” What then does that tell to the child? I remember during Ike Pono seminar, the facilitator Bruce Conching, who had worked with inmates for a self-development program, said that 75 percent of inmates were told by adults when they were young that they are going to jail.

I am not saying that we should not reprimand our children. What we can do is to tell them in an affirmative way. In my
experience in the classroom, there was a time when a child would suddenly blurt profanities. Probably, the child just
heard it somewhere. I had to repeat over and over to the child that only good words should come out from the mouth. I had to back it up with pedagogical stories. The main point is, we must choose the right words when speaking to children. It’s the only thing we can do. This also means that we choose our thoughts and master our inner self-talk because it is through it that we manifest life. Thoughts affect everything, and it is through it that we create our very own lives.

Joan Mae Soco-Bantayan is a mother of two and a nurturer at Tuburan Institute. For comments, questions, and suggestions, feel free to reach her at or visit tuburaninstitute,org.

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