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The Miraculous Healing Effects of Small Groups

Award-winning journalist and international bestselling author conducts scientific study of the power of group intention, accidentally discovers the miraculous rebound healing power of focusing on others rather than on yourself

Award-winning journalist and international bestselling author Lynne McTaggart (“The Field,” “The Intention Experiment,” “The Bond”) has spent many years exploring the nature of human thought and intention and their relationship to health and wellness. Unlike many of her counterparts in the personal development field, however, Lynne wasn’t interested in trumpeting a purely anecdotal representation of her discoveries.

“I am drawn to life’s great mysteries and biggest questions,” says Lynne, “particularly those anomalies that upset conventional wisdom. But for all my forays into the unconventional, I constantly look to build an edifice of solid evidence.”

Lynne wanted to both understand more about the mechanisms behind the healing power of thought while also organizing rigorous scientific studies to prove that these observations are more than a few people's subjective experiences.

With the help of a team of scientists from prestigious universities all over the world, she did just that... but it was what happened next that proved to be the biggest surprise.

The Boomerang Effect of Group Intention

In Lynne’s bestselling book “The Intention Experiment,” she invited people all over the globe to harness the power of intention to affect change in the world. The scientific study of ongoing results has revealed them to be truly incredible. In the 31 experiments she has run to date, 28 have evidenced measurable, mostly significant change. Specifically, all three of the global Peace Intention Experiments Lynne ran had positive outcomes in lowering violence in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Washington D.C.

These experiments caught the public’s imagination, and even famed storyteller Dan Brown incorporated Lynne’s work into his book, “The Lost Symbol.”

After seeing the power of these large, globally coordinated groups, Lynne wanted to scale down to smaller groups and see what was possible. As with the groups of thousands, measurable results could be observed when groups of eight put out focused intentions all at the same time. What Lynne didn’t expect, though, was that she began to observe miraculous transformation occurring amongst the participants themselves in both large and small groups.

“At some point,” says Lynne, “I began to acknowledge that the group-intention experience itself was causing big changes in people: changing individual consciousness, removing a sense of separation and individuality, and placing members of the group in what can only be described as a state of ecstatic unity."

"With each experiment, no matter how large or small—whether the global experiments or the Power of Eight groups—I observed the same group dynamic, a dynamic so powerful and life-transforming that it enabled individual miracles to take place. I recorded hundreds if not thousands of these instantaneous miracles in participants’ lives. They healed long-standing, serious health conditions. They mended estranged relationships. They discovered a renewed life purpose or cast off workday jobs in favor of careers that were more adventurous or fulfilling. Some of them transformed right in front of me.”

In her book now available in paperback, “The Power of Eight: Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small Group to Heal Others, Your Life, and the World,” Lynne details her own journey to make sense of all the miracles she witnessed. She dives into the larger context of the science behind this phenomenon, drawing on esoteric and historical religious practices, studies of prayer and altruism and finally organizes a major independent university study of Power of Eight groups to explain how and why sending thoughts of healing to those other than yourself in a group setting is a fast track to the miraculous for participants.

It is also the story of her own transformation, from hard-nosed journalist and skeptic to reluctant apostle of the extraordinary transformational power of small groups, particularly the healing power of focusing on the well-being of others.

“This story is about the miraculous power you hold inside of you to heal your own life,” Lynne says, “which gets unleashed, ironically, the moment you stop thinking about yourself.”

Peace in Communities and Relationships

From Sept. 30 through Oct. 5, 2017, Lynne ran a daily American Peace Intention Experiment. She chose an area of high violence in northern St. Louis, Missouri, named by the Wall Street Journal as the most dangerous street in America, with murder rates three times that of Chicago and 15 times that of New York City. The experiment focused only on lowering violent crime, including rape, robbery, aggravated assault and murder, in the Fairground area.

"As with the other Peace Intention Experiments, I quantified our intention, to lower violent crime by at least 10 percent," she said.

In the six months after the experiment, actual crimes were higher than forecast for property and violent crime in the city as a whole, as was property crime in Fairground. But violent crime in Fairground plunged 43 percent compared with the same six month period the year before.

As in the other experiments she has conducted, Lynne documented a "profound mirror effect on all who took part." Participants reported numerous instances of healed relationships within their families, jobs, and communities.

"Three-quarters reported extraordinary changes: more in love with their lives, more tolerance of people not like them, a greater desire to work for peace," she said.

Lynne also coordinated the Middle East Peace Intention Experiment that was broadcast live all over the world on Nov. 9, 2017. Read about how the participants were affected in Lynne's blog.

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