Voices of Courage with Ken D Foster
The Miraculous Healing Effects of Small Groups
Award-winning author and researcher studies the power of small-group intention, accidentally discovers the power of altruism
International best-selling 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 this endeavor, 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, 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.”
Suggested Intro: Internationally renowned author of “The Field” and “The Intention Experiment,” Lynne McTaggart, joins us today to talk about her latest book, “The Power of Eight.” Lynne, you describe it as being an accidental discovery about the healing power of altruism. What do you mean by that?
Public Website: https://lynnemctaggart.com
Suggested TOPICS for DISCUSSION:
Healing a Divided Nation Through Shared Intention: Lynne has discovered a way to bring people of all political persuasions together with a common healing intention that impacts the country as a whole and also heals the participants themselves.
Altruism as a Healing Practice: When we meditate on the intention of world peace or pray for someone else’s health and wellbeing, it turns out we are also creating healing benefits within ourselves.
The Biggest Problem with the Self-Help Industry: The danger of the self-help movement is the focus remains squarely on the self. When you refocus on healing intentions outside of yourself that involve the wellbeing of others, an almost immediate shift in your own healing takes place.
Supersize Your Prayers with The Power of Eight: In researching the effects of small groups sharing a prayerful intention, Lynne initially aimed to observe whether small groups could affect meaningful, scientifically observable outcomes just as she had seen larger groups of thousands do. She discovered that people praying in these smaller Power of Eight groups she created were experiencing another, more unexpected result: personal healing after praying for others.
Some Suggested Interview QUESTIONS:
After your hit book “The Intention Experiment” inspired thousands across the globe to participate in a worldwide healing project, what moved you to try the experiment with a small group of eight?
Initially, you set out to observe whether the group of eight could facilitate the results you had seen on a larger scale, but you then observed a reciprocal effect you hadn’t expected. Can you explain?
What are some examples of the benefits participants experienced after sending out meditative prayers in these small Power of Eight groups?
Does participating in this practice require someone to hold a certain set of beliefs?
How about experience? How much practice does one need to be able to effectively participate in a Power of Eight group?
How does scientific study play a role in your findings with these intention experiments?
In your book, “The Power of Eight,” you tie in the power of prayer from the Bible as well as meditative practices like Transcendental Meditation. What do these examples have in common?
How does “The Power of Eight” tie in to your earlier work studying the human energy field?
From what you’ve learned so far, what is your answer as to why group thought induces transformational states, both for the recipient and the participant?
How can someone start a Power of Eight group in their own community?
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