Misunderstood and flowing without form, many are humbled, some are awed, but most in the modern world are unaware of the wonders of water. Some have even personified water with an agenda, as Tom Robbins wrote in his book Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, “Human beings were invented by water as a device for transporting itself from one place to another.”
On some level, every source of water is different. We identify it with one word, but it is the most dynamic substance on Earth. It is a critical component of every growing application that is often not leveraged to the potential that it can provide. We work with growers, not only to conserve this precious resource and save money, but maximize the performance of water in your gardens, lawn, or farm.
There are many terms used for the potential qualitative states of water, including "structured" and "energized". We choose to use the word "activated", as it is not feasible to measure the molecular structure of water and "energized" is to vague. In all reality, what we are doing is putting water back into its original state and activating the movement of hydrogen (H+) within water.
Intentioned growers can take advantage of activated water in their gardens by using the Microbe Maker system, or stirring fertilizer solutions back and forth for up to an hour in order to energize and potentize, or bring higher order and synergy amongst the ingredients. Water is capable of doing more than we give it credit.
We see the future of farming acutely focused on the qualitative characteristics of water. Let’s put it this way, water is much more than just wet. On many farms it is the most expensive resource. The capactiy to enhance the abilities of water, to make water wetter and facilitate cellular absorption and the communication of subtle energies, is part of the reason the Microbe Maker compost tea system works so well.
Water may be the most obvious substance in our daily lives and, at the same time, one of the greatest mysteries on the face of the Earth. Water is everywhere and nowhere all at once, showing up in the dew of the morning and reappearing as a fog rolling through the hills at dusk.
Water expresses elegance in the grace of a babbling brook, and power in the force of a whirlpool or an epic surfing wave at Jaws or Pipeline. For such a common substance, it turns out we retain a surprisingly limited understanding of its origins, abilities, and secrets. With water, the further we look the less we know. As D.H. Lawrence said in his book The Third Thing, “Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing that makes it water. And nobody knows what that it is.”
The character of water is one of grace under pressure, constantly seeking its own level without prejudice. We should be more like water according to Bruce Lee, “Empty your mind, be formless, be shapeless… like water. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend.”
It may seem strange to give water sentient characteristics. Rarely, if ever, do we stop and consider what water is or what water wants, it is collectively a passive substance in our lives. So where does water come from? How many different kinds of water are there? What is water, anyway?
The truth on all accounts is that collectively we don’t really know water for what it is or where it comes from, we experience water more than we understand it. Everyone knows the H2O chemical structure of water from chemistry class, but you may be surprised to discover that modern popular science with all of its authority, expertise, and experience has never actually seen a water molecule.
Major religions describe water as a seminal substance, and at the same time destroying the Earth in great floods. Water floated the Titanic, and sunk her at the same time. We have only one word for water yet it is infused directly into our everyday language. We “go with the flow” when we cooperate, or “blow off steam” when we get upset. Inexperience is described as being “wet behind the ears” and a bad mortgage is described as being “underwater”. We say these things without really even thinking about them.
In more ways than one, water is a vital conundrum in regards to humanity and modern popular science. Water has an unusually high melting and boiling point. In some cases, hot water may freeze faster than cold water. It’s called the Mpemba effect.
Water has a high viscosity, or resistance, relative to other liquids. This also allows it to retain heat to help regulate our weather and be a great facilitator of sound waves. Almost nothing behaves the way expected when it comes to water. Pressure actually reduces ices melting point and thermal conductivity, and actually causes water molecules to move further away from each other. Makes no “scientific” sense, but so it is with water.
The strangeness of water is a result of its polarity, or the expression of both a positively (+) and negatively (-) charged side to its molecule, represented by the V shape chemical structure seen in textbooks. The polarity of water makes it capable of combining with and dissolving anything, giving it the moniker the “universal solvent”.
One of waters many roles is to pick stuff up and carry it around. This includes delivering oxygen and nutrition inside living cells and carrying away the toxins, and also in creating macro structures like stalagmites or the Grand Canyon. But it doesn’t always work in our favor. Water holds things in a way to make them imperceptible, so it is important to filter your water, but even then water is not simply H2O. Water is so much more capable and complex than we give it credit, so how is it that we can we know so much, and at the same time, so little about something so important?
It is not for a lack of research. The Russians in the 1950’s and the French in the 1970’s both made aggressive campaigns to document the mysterious nature of water but were rebuked in the name of “science”. Dr. Gerald Pollack of the University of Washington describes in his book The 4th Phase of Water the tribulations of the history of water investigation in great detail. His research clearly illustrates water acting in ways that do not fit with the current model of water acting as solid, liquid, and gas. He calls this 4th phase "EZ water", for "exclusion zone", meaning, when water is in the presence of a charged surface in the exclusion zone water organizes in ways that reflect solid and liquid charachteristics. Watch Dr. Pollack's TED talk HERE.
Water is a terrible control in an experiment, the promiscuity of water makes it near impossible to isolate pure H2O, which translates to “contamination” in the realm of modern popular science built by the scientific method. The anamlous nature of water has halted almost every professional foray into the mysteries of water since the turn of the twentieth century. And here we are today.
With a more direct and nuanced understanding of water there is enormous reservoirs of potential at our fingertips. The capacities of water speak to the efficacy of raw food, sprouting, and unpasteurized juicing. Water that is “structured” by living cells is in a different and more invigorated state than the average water that we experience from the tap or bottle, resulting in health and rejuvenation. With intention, there are many ways to rejuvinate water.
Because water is a polar molecule and opposite charges attract, water hugs itself through a process called hydrogen bonding. We see the influence of hydrogen bonding in clouds, the meniscus in a glass of water, or the ability of water striders to walk on water, creating an entire ecosystem called a neuston.
We owe our very existence to these anomalies of water. Due to its distinctive molecular structure water exhibits its greatest density and carrying capacity at 39.2°F with the density actually decreasing below this temperature. This is why ice floats on liquid water, which is relatively unique in Nature, and quite significant. Imagine if water froze from the bottom up, how would life survive ice ages?
There’s something like 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons (326 million trillion gallons) of water found on planet Earth. About 70% of the planet is covered in ocean and almost 98% of the water on the planet is in the oceans. About 2% of Earth’s water is fresh, but 1.6% of this fresh water is locked up in the polar ice caps and glaciers.
Water is abundant, yet scarce. Almost half the world lacks access to clean water, or has to walk to get it. Most people in the world rely on an average of 5 liters of water a day. In the United States, on average, we use that much water every time we flush the toilet.
The modern world is only just beginning to feel the economic and societal pressures of peak water and water security. Business moguls are buying up aquifers and water rights, cities are privatizing their water supplies under corporations that ban rain barrels because they have contracts that say they own the water before it falls, the UN even predicts the wars of the future will be waged over water.
If you do the math, bottled water costs more than the price per gallon of gasoline. How can it be that something that perpetually falls from the sky costs more than something finite like oil that we are forced to drill from the ground? In the future water is not going to get cheaper.
Water is a communicative medium, and its ability to perform this function depends on its “structure” and the frequencies and subtle energies that it experiences. The work of the late Dr. Masaru Emoto illustrated how simple intentions through sound, emotions, and thoughts can dramatically influence the way water crystallizes.
The basis of acupuncture, homeopathy, and the biodynamic methods of farming and making compost are that subtle energies can be utilized and imprinted into water and “remembered”, for lack of a better word, and can actually be manipulated and used with intention to grow healthier people, plants, and planet.
As described by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer in the preface to The Agriculture Course, Rudolf Steiner “...called for a pail of water, and proceeded to show us how to apportion the horn's contents to the water, and the correct way of stirring it…(he) was particularly concerned with demonstrating the energetic stirring, the forming of a funnel or crater, and the rapid changing of direction to make a whirlpool”.
This is the basis of the biodynamic methods of stirring BD500 and BD501 for use as what are called “field sprays”. Steiner was showing the farmers how to capture and leverage the etheric and astral forces of plants and animals in Nature, and using energized water as a tool of delivering them to the field.
Viktor Schauberger made many discoveries around the regenerative nature of implosion on water. It is the implosive moment in water where the organizational ability of water molecules becomes vulnerable and receptive to subtle energies. So when Steiner suggested the flow be reversed in the bucket “to make a whirlpool”, rather than simply “changing directions”, he was accomplishing this implosive moment.
Viktor Schauberger called water the “blood of the Earth”. Read the definitive work on Schauberger's work called Living Energies, by Callum Coats. Watch Mr. Coats lecture on the life and work of Schauberger HERE
This is how the dynamics of a meandering river work, or the life-giving energy experienced by surfers in the ocean or paddlers on a river. Think about it, compared to efforts of dissolving oxygen with air pumps into water to grow with hydroponics or brew compost tea, one doesn’t have to aerate a river or the ocean. When given an opportunity water seeks the form of the implosive vortex in order to regenerate and energize itself. In the Microbe Maker we don’t make a vortex, we allow it.
The results of imploding and “structuring” water condition water to be more able to get inside of cells to begin with. Peter Agre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003 for the discovery of the aquaporins. They are protein channels in the cell that regulate water and they exist in bacteria, plants, and animal cells. In the human body alone, at least eleven different variants have been found.
The molecular structure of water determines cells ability to access adequate water. Basically, what Dr. Agre discovered was that cells need to drink water one molecule at a time, meaning, if the structure of water is improper then water cannot as easily get inside of cells. More directly, cells cannot communicate amongst and between one another at peak efficiency.
If we are to take full advantage of its incredible properties and abilities we must inspire our imaginations towards water and be water conservationists and connoisseurs. We invite you to look into the resources provided in this document to dig deeper towards a more thorough understanding of how water can be used to benefit the garden or farm.
Or get a Microbe Maker and begin your journey into the power and possibilities of activated water today.