Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Bad Scientists.

I heard about an interesting experiment on Dayna Martin's blog, and I couldn't wait to try it. Jackdaddy and Finn were equally enthralled so we sat down to do some cool New Age science (is that oxymoronic?). There is a Japanese author named Masaru Emoto known for his claim that if human speech or thoughts are directed at water droplets before they are frozen, images of the resulting water crystals will be beautiful or ugly depending upon whether the words or thoughts were positive or negative. Emoto claims this can be achieved through prayer, music or by attaching written words to a container of water. We talk about the power of words a lot around here (being big talkers and all), so we boiled up some rice and put them in their respective Mason jars.

Next, we put their respective labels on. One container was the "bad" rice and the other was the "good" rice. The experiment rules say that you're supposed to send angry, hurtful thoughts and feelings to the bad rice, and happy, loving thoughts and feelings to the good rice. Several times throughout the day you're supposed to pick the jars up and concentrate on sending these positive or negative thoughts to them while speaking the loving or hurtful words out loud.

We had no trouble at all with the love jar, as you can see below:

The problem in our experiment cropped up when we tried to be mean to the bad rice. None of us could do it! We started out kind of giggling when we were trying to say the mean words. Then Finniganthecurious got quite upset about it all. Truth be told, Jackdaddy and I felt the same way. We all felt so sorry for the poor bad rice. We tried for a couple of days, then decided to just stop. It made us all feel bad. We fed the rice to the dogs because Finn said that would make the dogs happy, and the rice would probably be happiest knowing it was being eaten by a happy dog. (LOVE kid logic.)
The results of our experiment? Words hurt. We're not perfect...we do say hurtful things to others sometimes, but we sure have big hearts. It felt so awful being mean to that poor rice. Finn said next time he feels like being mad at someone, he's going to just picture that little jar of rice. I say whatever works. One man's "face of Gandhi" is another man's jar of rice, right?
Y'all be nice now.

Oh, and Happy Mother's Day if you're a mama!


  1. Wow, can I be a member of your family? You all are filled with too much love to even hate a jar of rice. Good for you!!!!

    I personally think if you send out thoughts of hate that they come back to bite you in the butt BIG-TIME. I've done it. Not good!!!!!
    Now, I try not to hate, but rarely I still slip into my old ways.

    Happy mama's day to you too! Laura

  2. What a lovely discovery. It hurts US a lot more to be mean. Those bad old thoughts and feelings are soul pollution, aren't they? Ya'll are so sweet. Belated happy mother's day.

  3. Very nice lesson, I think. I hope the rice agreed with the dogs in a very happy and loving way with the you-know-what vibes.


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