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The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World – Lynne McTaggart

Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist and the author of seven books, all considered seminal books of the New Science. She is consistently voted one of the world’s top 100 spiritual leaders for her ground-breaking work with consciousness and the power of intention, and she’s chiefly known for the quality of her writing and in-depth research. Using cutting-edge research conducted at Princeton, MIT, Stanford, and many other prestigious universities and laboratories, The Intention Experiment reveals that the universe is connected by a vast quantum energy field.Thought generates its own palpable energy, which you can use to improve your life and, when harnessed together with an interconnected group, to change the world.

“The latest studies of the effect of mind on matter suggest that intention has variable effects that depend on the state of the host, and the time and the place where it originates. Intention has already been employed in many quarters to cure illness, alter physical processes, and influence events. It is not a special gift but a learned skill, readily taught. Indeed, we already use intention in many aspects of our daily lives.”

“A body of research also suggests that the power of an intention multiplies, depending upon how many people are thinking the same thought at the same time.”

“In later research, Davidson demonstrated that meditation alters brainwave patterns, even among new practitioners. Neophytes who had practiced mindfulness meditation for only eight weeks showed increased activation of the “happy-thoughts” part of the brain and enhanced immune function.”

“Prayer is viewed as a kind of super-intention, a joint endeavor: you do the intending, and God carries it out. In some quarters, intention is considered synonymous with prayer, and prayer synonymous with healing; when you send out an intention, God puts the intention into action. Indeed, many consciousness investigators consider these early prayer studies intention experiments.”

“Many cases of spontaneous remission seem to occur after someone makes a massive psychological shift and re-creates a life that is engaging and purposeful. In these instances, the patient gets rid of the source of the psychological heartache and takes full responsibility for his illness and treatment. Some people, this would suggest, get ill because they lose all hope of life’s ever being good – because they are thinking the wrong thoughts. These cases suggested to me that casual thoughts that run through our minds every day together become our life’s intention.”