The development of the project has been similar to the act of exploring an onion. I believe that creativity does not obey preconceived ideas, but rather leads us to what is necessary to re-know.
I confess that I never suspected the direction in which it would take me, nor the steps I would have to take to be consistent with my inquiry. From the beginning it was clear to me the importance of remaining flexible, allowing me to go where my intuition led me, which, I confess, has been much more difficult than expected. The complexity that I stumbled into has led me to accept my vulnerability more than once. At first I wrote to understand my internal process, eventually I realized that words were essential to explain and transmit what I found:  the importance of our thoughts in our daily dialogue with 'life'.

Pool, 2012

How to show that thoughts can affect ourselves and others? Animals or plants?
The Hawaian practice known as Ho'oponopono is based on the power of thought and intention alone. We also find resonance in Judaism: "According to the Hebrew Bible, God made the world with words. God just spoke and the world became reality. (The Aramaic for “I create as I speak” is avara K’davara, or in magician’s language, abracadabra.) Not only are the words the instrument of creation, in Judaism they are primary reality itself."(1)  
There have been many researchers and world traditions that support this idea throughout history, this space does not pretend to prove that, but just to refer and build upon this idea. For practical purposes, I'd like to mention Cleve Backster, an ex CIA agent, who recorded the effects of thoughts on plants using a lie detector, a book based on his findings, The Secret Life of Plants" was published as a result. Jacobo Grinberg also comes to mind, a Mexican researcher and writer, who proposed that what we consider to be "reality" is the result of the interacion of the mind and a field of unlimited possibilty, which he called "the lattice". He proposed that what we create can not be experienced until it has been created, a posteriori, leaving the creator ignorant of his/her role in the implementation of the present. I interpret this interaction takes place through the use of words, thoughts and emotions. Aside from these cases I mention, there are countless writers and thinkers that have made reference to this relationship.

It is not suprising that this knowledge has been questioned and scorned; seeing the universe as a coherent whole has always threatened materialism because it makes evident how powerful we are. Teaching our children about the limitless power of the mind would change the world as we know it, through consciousness.

It is not my intention, or the purpose of this project, to convince anyone. Non-skeptical minds may have an easier time considering what I propose, maybe not so much because of what I express, but because this idea may resonate with their own intuitive understanding of life and the true nature of human life.

(1) Kushner, Lawrence (1998). The Book of Words: Talking Spiritual Life, Living Spiritual Talk. Jewish Lights Publishing. p. 11. ISBN 1580230202.

Masaru Emoto and Veda Austin are two researchers who have independently explored the effect of thought forms, sound and images, in this case using water samples. They have managed to capture 'energy impressions' in frozen water. Emoto spent 15 years researching the effects of human speech, thoughts and emotions on microscopic samples of physical water, with remarkable results. Veda Austin, a gifted individual,  has done her own research in the macroscopic environment. Their research found great beauty in a phenomenon that goes beyond comprehensible using the current scientific paradigm.
If we can influence water with thought, It is clear that there is much to be explored, particularly in relation to this project.
If this is the case, then my questions are: Are we imprinting an energetic "form" on our lives and others' ( in the same way that these researchers imprint a thought form on water)?
In other words, if I expect a reaction from a person, am I "projecting" this energetic signature onto them? Influencing their reaction a priori?

"Beautiful thoughts can transform things so they become beautiful."  Dr. Masaru Emoto

This research points towards a phenomenon that deserves to be examined: that thoughts  may have tangible effects on a physical level, on ourselves, our health, and on others. Tom Cowan points out, as part of his studies on coherent water: "The fundamental misconception of modern science and medicine is encapsulated in the frequently heard phrase in medical school, 'If you can’t measure it, it’s not real.' In many ways, this statement is the philosophical basis of our modern world view. But what about love? Courage? Tenderness? If they can’t be measured or quantified, does that mean they’re not real?"

We all know what toxic energy feels like, or when a place or person has a nourishing effect on us, this can only be attributed to non-measurable qualities, but some that undoubtedly exist and have an influence on us. I venture that most Native cultures throughout history have respected, honored and understood the unusual qualities of this ubiquitous substance, water; it is contemporary culture that has forgotten how precious it is. Human beings are between 50 to 75% water, depending on age.
Viktor Schauberger,  father of antigravity, who called it "blood of the earth", asserted: "if we treat water only as a molecular compound, we not only do it an injustice but we also harm ourselves."

Within the context of this project, the Mental Maps revealed conflicts and inconsistencies, expressed as thought forms, that inhabited my mind, exerting a strong influence on my life experience. A number of these values (some clearly antagonistic) are not only openly accepted by society, but condoned and even promoted, effectivly ruling the lives of all those who are not able to envision an option. After seeing this correlation, It did not suprise me to be experiencing a chaotic world. It is, effectively, the expression of our thoughts and feelings.

What would happen if we were able to set aside the fear-based messages, all this information , and instead, followed a desire to create a new reality?

As I became aware of these relationships, as I dissected and observed the control they had on me, my experience of them changed, they started loosing their power.
By sharing these images of water I invite the viewer to reconsider the power of the mind, words and feelings. I believe they show evidence of this transmission in the most beautiful way. The idea of blessing instead of cursing our water or food, our brothers and sisters, the animals... takes a whole new meaning.

So I took on the task of photographing a few water samples, and just these preliminary results, have made me think about the impact of my inner dialog on my life and body. We are mostly water,  and we are programming our minds and bodies with these thoughts,  imprinting their expression outwards — I know it is hard to believe, but I am certain this is true. By extension, we also affect others, animals, plants... As the research of the HeartMath Institute confirms, the energetic signature we broadcast extends well beyond the physical body.

In relation to the issues discovered through the Mental Maps, I would like to ask:

Is the world that surrounds us a product of these values of resentment, selfishness and fear we experience day by day?

Is holding grievances a form of  self entrapment?

⊹ Can this cycle of re-living an offense (and experiencing the resulting pain) be transformed?

And, finally, does forgiving free us from a load we carry?

It s the one that has been offended that can forgive, nobody else can do that. The Forgiveness Ceremony we see in the project page is a rare occurence, a bold example of what is possible, to ask for forgiveness for the actions of our ancestors.

An invitation to "come clean", of recognizing the pain and guilt society at large carries with it. Opening this conversation in a public setting would have a profoundly healing effect, willing to hear the story of others.
It is conflict resolution that we need to invoke, and this can only be accomplished by embracing vulnerability and accepting the sorrow carried for generations on both sides. The disembodied experience of the social networks, will never sustitute the experience of  placing our full attention to the story of the "other", within a context of respect and vulnerablity.

The battlefield has never solved probems at the level a conflict of this dimension requires; to gather around the fire, without armour, to listen to the voices of those that have been offended coudl do it, generating a space of sameness and honesty— a deep listening event.

To ask for forgiveness by those that have been harmed, would be a crucial step in the right direction, setting aside our pride , then waiting...  patiently, to see the effect that this may have on them, on us, on society.

At the personal level the "Transmigration of the Ruin", or reincarnation of ruin, consists of a change of vision, a transmutation. Where the "ruin" (the offending memory, thought or sensation) is reliquished, consciously set aside, deactivated. Ceasing to be an imposed, unavoidable, and rigid inheritance, to become malleable and alive.

Our intention projects that which we want to see, circumventing known behaviors and bringing in a new emotional present, unlinked to the past —effectively changing the story.

The above refers to my story, in relation with inviting change into my life. I realized how my resentment held me hostage to pain I no longer wanted to experiene. I ask these questions here, because I believe social healing is not impossible, the pendular movement can be dismantled, nevertheless, it will entail a deep want to shed the story we dislike.

This is an invitation to love ourselves, over reenacting that which brings us all profound pain.

It is possible to see light no matter where we direct our gaze?

" relinquish the past. No more do I permit yesterday's woes to punish me. No longer do I see the world as my enemy".
Pam Grout
Sample of water, I invoked Bárbara Guerrero "Pachita" (a Mexican healer), to express through the water.
Transmigration of Ruin was developed with the generous help of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), an organism for the promotion of culture of the Government of Mexico.
Back to Top