One of those books that really changed the way that I see the world was Lynne McTaggart’s – The Intention Experiment. She helped me to see that all of our thoughts are energy. The intention we put into the world, helps to manifest our realities. This is really important for today’s leadership – as the more effectively we can access deeper levels of energy- the more powerful we can be.
Listening to Lynne speak last week at The College of Psychic Studies, I picked up a few insights that I’ll be folding into my practice.
We are hard wired for cooperation
Lynne spoke about how experiments with monkeys showed that a monkey’s motor neurons fired up when it reached for food. The same monkey’s motor neurons fired up when the trainer reached for food too. This behaviour served us well in the early days of human evolution when we had to cooperate to fight a common threat. So, in actuality we are hard wired to cooperate – not to fight each other. This observation highlights how we humans influence, imitate and copy each other more than we think. In every moment, we have the choice and the chance to influence others with our actions that are ‘life enhancing’.
We all see things in different contexts
Lynne showed a photo of the painting Mona Lisa. Studies show that the Western mind hones in on the features of Mona Lisa’s face – the eyes, the lips and the nose. However, the Eastern mind sees the wider landscape behind Mona Lisa – the horizon, the trees and the land. This shows that we all have different worldviews and see the world in our own unique contexts. And it also highlights how, when thinking about systems change, that we in the Western world need to pay attention to the myopic blind spots that have been built into our culture.
We can change the story
Lynne talks about the need to change the conversation – or the cultural stories that constrain our evolution like: ‘I Win, you Lose’; ‘Survival of the Fittest’; the ‘Invisible Hand’. These stories reinforce cultures of individualism, competition and fear. However, there are other perspectives and possible stories that are more relevant to the reality of today’s context. For example, Nash’s Equilibrium is a story of balance and cooperation. In the Nash Equilibrium, each person is making the best decision that he or she can, taking into account the decisions of the others in the game.
We have more power in small groups
Lynne expressed that as well as intention, one of the most important things that exponentiates energy is the power of human ‘connection’. Human connection is best cultivated in small groups. Indigenous tribes have been cultivating powerful energy in healing circles for 1000s of years.
We need to be unapologetically subversive
Lynne spoke about her own experience in cultivating change in the world – including writing her latest book ‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’. This book directly challenges the vested interest of the pharmaceutical industry in keeping people dependent on drugs. As a result, there’s been a huge backlash to Lynne- in the form of direct and indirect threats. Her response? She has chosen to respond to the resistance with a move of an aikido master. She’s done this through humour, galvanising her online community to mock the challengers and bringing flowers to her critics. This makes me wonder – how can we be ‘positively subversive’ in our change efforts and redirect the ‘challenge of vested interests’ towards a generative trajectory?
We can live outside of the box
Lynne reflects that living generously is one of the best ways to change our evolutionary path. It is a ‘positive contagion. It has been shown that 1 act of generosity travels through at least 4 other people. “When generosity is the currency, the game starts changing”.