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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2009
All that I can say is that this book is amazing. It is essentially a description of what is possible through focussed thought. The most amazing aspect to me is that it is probably the tip of the iceberg with regard to what really is possible. It also makes one aware of how shallow and materialistic our lives have become. My suggestion to you if you are reading this review is; buy the book, open your mind and learn something really good.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2007
Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist and a best-selling author of "The Field". Although not a trained scientist, she has an uncanny ability to bring complex quantum theory to a practical language that makes sense. "The Intention Experiment" expands on the concepts of purposeful consciousness she introduced in her previous book. Unlike other works that simply offer "New Age" fluff to entice a public hungry for hope, "The Intention Experiment" grounds the contention that thoughts have an innate power to affect living organisms on impeccable double-blind studies conducted by eminent scientists. The ability to change the rate of growth in cancer cells by guided imagery, the effects of distant prayer on t cell count of HIV+ patients, and how blessed water can change its molecular structure, are only a few of the fascinating topics McTaggart covers in her book. Readers can learn about the power of mind-body without having to question the legitimacy of her sources.

"The Intention Experiment" is one of the best books in the genre of what is known as "intention science".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2009
This book uses the results from accredited scientific studies of telepathy, healing prayer and focussed intention to give the reader accurate information on how to construct and use helpful thoughtforms.

The accompanying information on the nature of energy and the way thought waves seem to interact with the Universal Energy Field is similarly sourced from professional studies and projects in the area of Quantum Physics.

I started to use the instructions straight away and am beginning to glimpse the potential for changing our reality by these means. Excellent stuff !!!
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2007
As a qualified life coach, with a special interest in miracles, manifestation and abundance, I have read well over 30 publications on the subject. Lynne's is by far the most detailed, interesting and useful. More and more scientific evidence is emerging to support the view that we have far, far more control over our life circumstances, than we could ever think possible. Via her international network of scientists, Lynne has fully researched the world of intention and together with the splendid events and publications produced by her organisation: 'Living the Field', she will, in my opinion, go down in history as the pioneer of organised and effective group intention.

Read this masterpiece and it will change your paradigm forever.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The long-running paradigm of good intentions paving the road to hell has been brilliantly overturned by investigative journalist Lynne McTaggart's new book, THE INTENTION EXPERIMENT. McTaggart provides dazzling evidence of the spectacular power of intentions from a wide variety of peer-reviewed, statistically significant research reports as she takes us on a tour of cutting-edge research currently underway in the relatively new field of consciousness. One of the challenges of studying the mind's effect on matter is that intention demonstrates variable effects depending on the state of the host and the time, place, and manner by which it is initiated, which McTaggart addresses by presenting a number of ways that various types of intentions produce different effects, as well as ways to help ensure better outcomes.

THE INTENTION EXPERIMENT takes us on a journey to discover what, exactly, is meant by 'intention,' and how we can produce results we'll most appreciate. Whereas seasoned meditators can demonstrate remarkable command over their physical processes and remotely influence others, McTaggart describes how anyone can learn to achieve noticeable results. The key to achieving an effective state of intentionality lies in powering up, reaching a state of peak intensity, developing mindfulness, merging with what is to be influenced, being compassionate, and specifically stating an intention. When we follow these instructions after reading a thorough overview of relevant research, we can find it a lot easier to believe that it may be possible for us to send our intentions to far-off places and times.

Some of the more startling facts in THE INTENTION EXPERIMENT are research findings about how our intentions can influence the past, and that athletes who do not physically exercise but only imagine their workouts can increase their muscle strength between 13 and 16 percent. The world's top athletes depend on mental rehearsal to help guarantee their competitive edge, and everyone can see tremendous improvements in our lives by rehearsing specific activities before actually doing them.

High points in THE INTENTION EXPERIMENT include a description of the way: atoms can become entangled and behave as one single giant atom, a heated fullerene molecule can exhibit wavelike behavior in which it interferes with itself, human bodies can act as transmitting and receiving antennas, living things demonstrate awareness of the well-being of other living things around them, biofields change when receiving and sending healing intentions, physical health improves when others send focused healing intentions, different forms of meditation produce strikingly different brain waves, brain waves can be manipulated to initiate transcendent and terrifying experiences, sun and geomagnetic activity influences telepathic and telekinetic abilities, and places and things can become harmoniously aligned with healing intent.

THE INTENTION EXPERIMENT becomes an interactive experience for readers interested in participating in an on-going series of philanthropic and scientific intentionality experiments at: [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart, Element (HarperCollins), 2007, 350 ff

This book is really a sequel to McTaggart's best-selling book, The Field. The Field gave us a detailed account of the quantum or zero point field - what is was and how its existence and properties had been confirmed and investigated by a number of prominent quantum physicists, mainly though not exclusively in America. McTaggart is herself an American journalist and had access to researchers that you and I would never get a chance to meet, so the information in that book and this comes directly from the researchers involved. This book tells us how we can all transmit positive wellbeing through this cosmic field.

There have now been several books published providing the evidence that our mental state influences - perhaps even determines is not too strong a word - our physical wellbeing and, even more remarkably, the wellbeing of others. No book that I have read explains this more comprehensively than this one. These findings that are still viewed with scepticism by some mainstream materialist scientists, but there is now a wealth of empirical evidence to refute their denial. Although McTaggart is not a scientist herself, her journalistic skills allow her to present quite complex ideas in a way that makes them accessible to all.

Spiritual healers and psychokinetic practitioners can affect the chemical bonding in water, as demonstrated by Masaru Emoto. Chinese qigong master and physicist was able to use the technique to kill harmful bacteria in the laboratory. Herbert Benson and Bruce Lipton have shown the powerful effects, both negative and positive, of corresponding states of belief. We all know from everyday experience how we feel calmer in the presence of someone who is themselves calm but agitated by someone in a state of stress. These and many other examples are discussed by McTaggart in this excellent, authoritative and inspiring book. I suspect that those who view the ideas in this book negatively were confirmed unbelievers before they started and in fact demonstrate the very effect McTaggart is describing.

Howard Jones is the author of The Tao of Holism

The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2009
This book explains the method behind using "The Secret", but it's mainly about a lot of experiments that were done by the author and others. The results are fascinating, and definitely increase one's confidence in what you might call mind over matter (or even magic in the sense of creating miracles in real life, not conjuring). Very interesting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2008
Yet more evidence that we live in a 'field' (grid, bubble, whatever!) of consciousness, and consistent with quantum physics; our minds (our intentions) are creating reality: indeed, all our thoughts are doing this whether being scattered unconsciously or channeled intentionally.

Gary Bate author of 'We are here to know ourselves'
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Although very interesting, and certainly stronger on the science aspects than a lot of similar titles.

The author very much wants you to believe that this is a thorough and objective investigation of scientific evidence available for the power of thought to affect the physical world. It might be thorough, but it's not really that objective. Although generally well-written, the main short-comings (given that it is presented as a science book rather than a spiritual book) are:

1. It seems to assume that many unproven phenomena, such as ESP, faith healing, psychokinesis, etc, are fact - and then presents studies to explain how these phenomena work, without ever questioning in the first place whether or not the phenomena actually exist.

2. In line with the first point above, she is very keen to explain away results that don't fit her hypotheses, but never questions studies which support them, even if alternative explanations are readily available. For example, in one section she says that plants did not respond to an event as predicted because they were 'too attuned' to the mental state of the experimenter - rather than the more usual conclusion one might draw that the plants did not respond as predicted because the theory being tested was false. This is just one example of many.

3. She does not distinguish in the slightest between results published in high quality journals such as Nature or The Lancet, studies published in rather more dubious journals, and personal anecdotes - all are referenced and given the same weight in her accounts.

4. She reports some remarkable findings such as studies demonstrating Qigong masters being able to knock people over through the power of thought alone, without ever addressing the obvious question of 'If this has been demonstrated in a reproduceable environment, why isn't it huge news that everyone knows about?' - but this comes back to her habit of treating personal anecdote as being just as worthy as evidence published in respected peer reviewed journals.

But, having said all that, it is a very interesting read, it does present a lot more science than most similar titles (albeit some of it pretty dodgy), and you never know, some of it could be spot on. I don't regret buying the book, but it wasn't as exciting as I'd hoped it would be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2013
This is a very interesting book and thankfully a million miles away from 'The Secret' and the plethora of books in a similar vein. If you want to get nearer to what `The Secret' tries to convey this is it, a cross between a scientific and spiritual book. Although I was disappointed to find that behind the scenes, it does follow the same modus operandi i.e. franchise/multiple selling/courses etc. Some readers have had a dig at the science behind parts of the research. I doubt a book exists that someone will not have had a pop at but in this instance I would say dismiss negative views and buy the book, although the reviews are interesting and well worth reading. It is true that in parts it is questionable just how objective the author has been but overall it is thought provoking. That said I do not stick with a book unless it provides useful 'how to' information or is deeply thought provoking. I recommended the book to someone who is known for a 'glass half empty' take on life and I still shake my head at the profound change in him, his glass is now fuller than my own. I refer to a grounded individual who is often surprised at my own choice of reading, 96% non-fiction research, and business orientated but with a good smattering of the esoteric.
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