The Heart of Water Art
By Jheri St. James
Site of Iceland
you, Helga Sigurdardóttir of Reykjavik, Gullbringu
og Kjósasýsla, Iceland, for taking the time
to find a soil site, make a collection, and ship it to Gary
Simpson’s studio in Laguna Beach, California. This soil
is truly unique. Þinguellir, Iceland, is a
powerful psychic location in the world. “The exact place
of the soil pick up is between Flosagjá and
Nikulásangjá where there is a big power
sun in the inner realms,” writes Helga.
this is the location of the oldest established parliament
in the world. No single place epitomizes the history of Iceland
and the Icelandic nation better than Þingvellir by the
river Oxará. At Þingvellir—literally
“Parliament Plains”—the Alþing
general assembly was established around 930 A.D. and continued
to convene there until 1798. Major historical events in Iceland
have taken place at Þingvellir, a place revered
by all Icelanders. Today Þingvellir
is a protected national shrine. According to a law passed
in 1928, this protected area shall always be the property
of the Icelandic nation, under the preservation of the Alþing.
Continental Plates at Þingvellir
Iceland owes its existence to
a mantle plume that produces twice as much volcanic matter
as the Mid-Atlantic ridge. The mantle plume is located east
of the ridge channel, but the eruptive belt tends to follow
the plume, and it is there that volcanic activity is greatest.
The earthquake zone is formed where the eruptive belt is shunted.
summer of 2000, two severe earthquakes shook South Iceland.
Though their source lay 40-50 kilometers southeast of Þingvellir,
stones fell from the ravine walls and water splashed up from
the rifts. The earthquakes were a result of movement of the
Eurasian and North American plate boundaries that run through
Iceland. In the south, the plates inch past each other, but
at Þingvellir, they break apart and the land
between subsides. Away from the plate boundaries the activity
is fairly constant, about two centimeters a year, but in the
rift zones themselves, tensional stress accumulates during
a long period and is then released in a burst of activity
when facture boundaries are reached. The most recent burst
of activity swept over Þingvellir in 1789.
eruptive belt, a new earth crust is formed that accumulates
at the fault edges and gradually drifts away. The oldest rocks
in the country are thus found a long way from the eruptive
belt, in the east and west of the country. Þingvellir
is in a 17-meter wide graben that lies between
the Almannagja and Heioargja faults. It
is covered with 10,000-year-old lava that originated in a
crater south of Mount Hrafnabjörg.
at Þingvellir is quite different now than at
the time when Grimur Geitskor chose the site for that original
general assembly. In the Sturlunga Saga it is said that the
river Oxara had been diverted into Almannagja and onto Þingvellir.
The river Oxara then changed the appearance of the site through
sedimentation, and land subsidence caused encroachment of
water up to the assembly site. We can assume that the subsidence
amounts to almost four meters from when the Alping
was established in 930 A.D.
who really understand geological language like this are Icelanders
and geologists. Is Helga’s reference to a “big
power sun in the inner realms” perhaps a combination
of both psychic depths (intuition, ESP, psychic precognition)
and geologic conditions (movement of magna, continental drift,
earthquakes and substrates) from the inner core of the planet?
Common Ground 191, we often contemplate the inner core and
the outer shell of the planet earth, not from a psychic or
geologic standpoint, but aware that all countries on the planet
are related—by the association of surface soil. This
has always been so. From the beginning of time, our Earth
as Artist has produced this huge “concept art”
by manipulating the shifting and changing undercarriage of
the earth. Mountains push up, valleys sink down, and yet always
there is a surface where the history of mankind is acted out.
The magma rifts deep in the Atlantic Ocean act as a palette
for the creation of Iceland. Water constitutes a large part
of every human being, covers 70 percent of our planet, surrounding
Iceland, and plays an important role in the history of thought,
as we shall see.
is located in the North Atlantic Ocean just south of the Arctic
Circle (which passes through the small island of Grimsey off
Iceland’s northern coast, but not through mainland Iceland).
Unlike neighboring Greenland, Iceland is considered a part
of Europe, not North America. It is the world’s 18th
largest island. Approximately 10 percent of the island is
glaciated. Many fjords punctuate its 3,088-mile-long coastline,
which is where most towns are situated, because the island’s
interior (the Highlands of Iceland) is a cold and uninhabitable
desert. The major towns are the capital Reykjavik; Keflavik,
where the national airport is situated; and Akureyri. The
island of Grimsey on the Arctic Circle contains the northernmost
habitation of Iceland. On the map, Grimsey is a dot, and Iceland
is a splotch floating in the Arctic Circle and Atlantic Ocean.
smaller than the state of Kentucky in the United States, Iceland
was settled by Norwegian and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) immigrants
during the 9th and 10th centuries, A.D. Independent for over
300 years, Iceland was subsequently ruled by Norway and Denmark.
Fallout from the Askja volcano of 1875 devastated the Icelandic
economy and caused widespread famine. Over the next quarter
century, 20% of the island’s population emigrated, mostly
to Canada and the U.S. Limited home rule from Denmark was
granted in 1904 and complete independence attained in 1944.
Literacy, longevity, income, and social cohesion are first-rate
by world standards.
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Art in Iceland: Geyser, Mudpot, Gullfoss Falls and a Glacier
Iceland is located on a “hot
spot,” caused by a mantle plume and the mid-Atlantic
Ridge. This combined location means that the island is extremely
active geologically, with many volcanoes (notably Hekla) and
geysers (itself an Icelandic word). With this widespread availability
of thermal power, and also because of the numerous rivers
and waterfalls that are harnessed for hydropower, residents
of most towns have hot water and home heat for a low price.
The island itself is composed primarily of cooled basalt lava.
Lakes comprise 1,064 square miles and glaciers 4,603 square
miles of a total of 39,768.5 square miles. During the last
Ice Age almost all of the country was covered by permanent
snow and glacier ice. This explains the low number of living
explanation is the fact that this is one of the newest landmasses
in the world, built almost exclusively of volcanic rocks made
of magma, which welled up from the core of the Earth. Parts
of the Iceland basalt plateau not exposed on the surface can
be up to 25 million years old. The oldest rocks found on the
surface were formed about 16 million years ago. Most of the
island is much younger, though. The whole island is actually
a part of a mid-ocean ridge that is exposed above sea level,
the Mid-Atlantic Ridge to be precise. Formed out in the ocean,
it would be very hard for animals and plants to get out to
A View of Reykjavik and a Lighthouse
culture is rich and diverse, as is fitting in one of the 10
richest countries in the world. Some famous Icelanders include
The Sugarcubes alternative rock band, world-famous composer/vocalist
Björk, the artist collective GusGus; avant-garde rock
band Sigur Rós, and novelist Halldór Laxness,
winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1955. Iceland’s
literacy rate is among the highest in the world, and a love
of literature, art, chess and other intellectual pursuits
is widespread. Here are some museum art pieces on display
in the Asmundur Sveinsson Museum in Reykjavik.
is a gallery of Gaia’s water art—snow crystals,
steaming geysers, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, springs, and
mudpots. Within each of these greater forms, smaller, microscopic
constructs can be found, and are very instructive about man
and his use of mind.
is true happiness? Is it possible for only you to be happy?
Is it possible for only your family to be happy?
Is it possible for only your country to be happy?
No, no, it is not. Because I like to believe that "happiness"
which in Japanese is said "Shiawase" means the
same as the phrase "Shi-a-wa-se". This four
character phrase describes water that is calm and at peace
in all four directions.
If they are
surrounded by happy water, trees, and flowers will be
full of life, clothe themselves in green and give forth
fresh clean air for us to breathe. And withered trees,
leaves, and petals are the creators in turn of rich
loams. A world is created that allows all living things
to exist in harmony. So only when all are "happy,"
surrounded by calm and peaceful water, can we know real
happiness, I believe.
then how can this happiness be achieved? How about asking
that number which is said to be a composer of this universe?
Indeed, the cosmos begins with "1", and "1"
is yourself and myself. Let us each be happy first to
do that. Love Thyself. - Masaru Emoto, from Messages
from Water, Vol.3
Happy Water Molecule Photograph
Masaru Emoto was born in Yokohama in July
1943. He is a graduate of the Yokohama Municipal University's
department of humanities and sciences with a focus on International
Relations. In 1986 he established the IHM Corporation in Tokyo.
In October of 1992 he received certification from the Open
International University as a Doctor of Alternative Medicine.
Subsequently he was introduced to the concept of micro cluster
water in the US and Magnetic Resonance Analysis technology.
The quest thus began to discover the mystery of water.
He undertook extensive research of water around
the planet, not so much as a scientific researcher but more
from the perspective of an original thinker. At length he
realized that it was in the frozen crystal form that water
showed us its true nature. He has gained worldwide acclaim
through his groundbreaking research and discovery that water
is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness.
the author of the best-selling books Messages from Water,
The Hidden Messages in Water, and The True Power
of Water. He is a long-time advocate for peace in relation
to water. He is currently the head of the I.H.M.General Research
Institute and President Emeritus of the International Water
for Life Foundation, a Not for Profit Organization.
“Hado creates words. Words are the vibrations
of nature. Therefore beautiful words create beautiful nature.
Ugly words create ugly nature. This is the root of the universe.”
Masaru Emoto is currently Chief of the Hado institute in Tokyo.
He is the author of many books concerning the phenomenon of
' Hado'. The two ideograms comprising this expression Hado
(pronounced hadou to rhyme with shadow) literally mean "wave"
and "move". The following definition is how Dr.
Emoto himself describes the phenomenon, which led him to a
series of remarkable discoveries pertaining to the nature
of water. “Hado: The intrinsic vibrational pattern at
the atomic level in all matter. The smallest unit of energy.
Its basis is the energy of human consciousness.”
understanding of Hado quickly spread throughout Japan as Dr.
Emoto's theory gained ground. The word subsequently became
part of daily language. "The Hado of this place is really
low. Let's leave." "That person has a really powerful
Hado." "Let's change the Hado of this environment."
Conversations such as this now abound in Japan and it is largely
due to his revolutionary photographs of water crystals under
high magnification. Frozen crystals of water? Yes.
not just any crystallized molecule of water however. What
has put Dr. Emoto at the forefront of the Hado phenomenon
is his proof that thoughts and feelings affect physical reality.
Using high-speed photography, Dr. Emoto revealed how crystals
formed in frozen water change when specific, concentrated
thoughts are directed toward them. He found that water which
has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex
patterns, but water exposed to negative words forms incomplete,
asymmetrical patterns. By producing different Hado through
written and spoken words, as well as music and literally presenting
it to the same water samples, the water appears to "change
its expression". The exquisite beauty of the above crystal
of frozen tap water is clearly the result of Hado being projected
at it. The expression of human gratitude (arigatou) is thus
immediately reflected in water.
Power of Prayer Water Molecules
Well, if this appears to be the case then
let's see what other 'expressions' water may have...
Metal Rock Music
is a study in the art forms of water, and Dr. Emoto studies
water as a medium for the thoughts of mankind. Common Ground
191 is an opportunity for us to change our minds about the
earth and the activities of mankind upon it. We have the choice
now to use our intellect to see unity in human life on our
planet or to continue to see conflict and destruction. Helga’s
awareness of the psychic depths of Iceland contributes to
this worldview of mind expansion. Dr. Emoto’s work with
water molecules and thought forms contributes to this perception.
Gary Simpson’s vision for Common Ground 191 contributes
another idea to this process. One by one, people all over
the planet are taking this same viewpoint and the day will
come when the change will be complete. Each one’s thoughts
changing their personal body water, then the group mind changing
the earth water. And then all icy beliefs will melt and at
last healing waters of harmony will wash over all of us, perhaps
emanating from the Arctic Circle of Iceland.
and Demon Waters.
my research, I believe that the water of the oceans has
memories of all the creatures that lived in the ocean
and that the earth’s glaciers may well contain millions
of years of the planet’s history. Water circles
the globe, flowing through our bodies and spreading to
the rest of the world. If we can interpret this information
contained in the memory of water, we can understand the
cosmos, the marvels of nature, and life itself.
Water is a medium that receives and understands even
the subtlest vibrations. Water captures vibrations naturally.
Even when these vibrations are in characters, or letters
representing language, water shows us the energy they
contain in the forms of crystals. Water is attempting
to communicate something to us. Negative emotions prevent
the water from crystallizing. Positive emotions allow
it to develop in beautiful hexagonal shapes.
Water makes up 70 percent of our bodies, and there
is little doubt to me that the information in the water
goes a long way in the formation of our health as well
as our attitude towards the world and the attitude of
the world toward us.
The earth is our home. Every day of our livers, our
liver filters over 100 gallons of water and sends this
purified water to the other organs in our body. Based
on this fact, I imagine the Earth as playing a vital
role in purifying the water for our planet and then
sending it out into the universe. I believe that it
is our responsibility to protect and purify the water
of the Earth. I also believe that our consciousness
will purify the water, and through this we can send
messages of beauty and strength to all life. How can
we do this? The answer is love and gratitude. If all
the people of the world can feel love and gratitude,
the pristine beauty of our earth may once again return.”
the Water Crystal Oracle, based on the work of Masaru
Emoto, author of The Hidden Messages in Water. www.masaru-emoto.net,