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The pulse of water

what are the qualities of water?

By Michael Mark

We all know that water is essential to the growth of plants, but this deceptively simple statement belies the fact that water possesses a broad spectrum of qualities and attributes that impact its value to living systems. Despite the fact that water is one of the most researched phenomena on the planet, not all of these are well understood. The purpose of this article is to highlight some interesting waypoints along the road towards a holistic understanding of water’s full spectrum of functions in the natural world.

Clearly, water that is contaminated with chemical toxins carries negative attributes that outweigh the positives. None of us want to grow and eat food that is laced with toxic ingredients that have been gleaned from the environment. That aside, an interesting question to consider is the following: when we talk about the positive aspects of water, what positives are we talking about? Can they be enhanced? Is good water simply water with the absence of negative contaminants? Or is there something more to it?

I’m going to suggest there’s something more to it, but that putting your finger on precisely what “it” is and holding it up for all of the world to see may be a challenge. One reason is that water is intricately interwoven into Nature’s web of living systems, and those systems are alive, dynamic, and evolving all the time. They are complex and span an enormous range of factors and variables. Seemingly small influences can have big results. Plants respond to everything within their environment, to one another, to the cycles of the day, the night, and the seasons. Pinning success or failure upon one single factor is almost impossible to do.

When you look more deeply at water, you will discover that it is not fully described by chemical formulas. There is something more at work, something subtle that is bound up within a complex web of relationships that exist between water, plant, stone, microbe, sun, and soil. One place that this type of thinking exists is biodynamic farming. Here the subtle – yet important – relationships that exist between living systems, their environment, and the various cycles that drive the natural world are honored and explored. The biodynamic approach has been described as one that “emphasizes the importance of the rhythms of the universe—the sun, moon, planets and stars—to plant and animal life.” Water is not only a chemical medium, but a carrier of subtle, yet active information from the larger environment that is valuable to living systems, and passes it along to them. The value of water is not just in its ability to dissolve and transport materials, but is also dependent upon the quality of the information that it contains.

This information content could be thought of as the water’s life history. Everywhere water goes, it is absorbing not only minerals, proteins, and solids, but also the more subtle character of that which it contacts- their natural rhythms and energetic properties. Filtration can remove the gross elements, but it does not rewrite the history. In an interesting study that the HeartMath Institute conducted, they discovered that different waters have varying abilities to receive and amplify the electromagnetic pulse of the human heart. Water is indeed so sensitive to its surroundings, the researchers were able to detect the pulse of the heart when the water sample was several feet away from the person. Ideally our water will be charged with very positive and valuable information content. The basic idea is that water is very sensitive to various forms of energy and information in its environment, and like a tape recorder, it receives and passes these along to the systems with which it interacts. These influences may be positive, and lead to an enhancing of natural processes, or they may have an opposite effect.

Stanford University Professor Emeritus Dr. William Tiller has also considered these ideas. He once said, “Abundant data now exists to show that water, structured by applied electric and magnetic fields of a variety of configurations and magnitudes, beneficially influences seed germination, plant growth and a human’s sense of beverage softness and flavor as well as personal physical well-being.” So, the idea that water possesses qualities that transcend conventional chemistry are not restricted to one particular modality of research or approach to understanding the natural world.

The question remains: what is good water? I think the answer to this question must take into account water’s receptivity to energy and information from its environment. While our water should first and foremost be chemically clean and free of toxins, the next level of quality relates to the water’s information properties. According to naturalists like Johann Grander and Viktor Schauberger, water develops beneficial internal energy and information properties through its dynamic interactions with its environment- through its flowing movements and its journey through the landscape water is renewed and imbued with optimal qualities. In contrast, water that is chemically disinfected and forced at high pressure through distribution systems lacks the same recourse to Nature’s complex array of living rhythms and information.

Optimal quality water is thus a link between living systems and the larger natural world: it receives, amplifies, and transmits beneficial information from the environment. Imbued with these natural qualities, water serves the growth of plants in subtle ways that are as diverse as the natural environments in which the plants are grown. If Nature is envisioned as a dynamic system in which each element supports the integrity of the whole, we can start to appreciate the beauty of healthy water. It is not merely a chemical medium, but a conduit for the healthy exchange of energy and information between living systems that supports each of them, and contributes to the successful development and unfolding of the whole. Water is thus integral to the dynamic, evolving processes of life, and this is what must be taken into account when considering the full spectrum of water’s properties in relation to our farms and gardens.


Michael Mark is the Director of Technical Services at Water Revitalization Ltd. Grander® Technology,

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