My latest blog 25 was about Lynne McTaggart, who is the initiator of ‘Intention Groups’. An intention group consists of 8 – 12 persons and meets once a week on the (computer) screen. Since February, I have participated in such a group. During a session we use to send out two intentions. Focused mental power may bring about changes for the better, in the field of health, relationships, living conditions, work goals, and life’s purpose, I wrote.
Now I cover the question: how and why does sending an intention work indeed? For an intention, the group concentrates on a precisely formulated goal, on behalf of one or more people, during ten minutes. How and why, as a result of this focused mental power, should people and the material world be receptive to change, ? For an answer, I could turn to the four books written by Lynne McTaggart (see blog 25).
However, recently McTaggart began a series of podcasts, titled ‘Living the New Science’. This new science is quantum physics, the set of insights that totally changed the firm ideas of Newtonian physics. Many people still have difficulties to agree to a truth grounded on quantum physics, because accepting this knowledge would lead to a complete new perception of daily life. When quantum insights are taken seriously, reality may be experienced as totally different.
Lynne McTaggart’s goal is making people more aware of quantum insights and encouraging them to live according to these insights. In essence, the question is at stake: does matter exist alongside mind (‘matter ánd mind’)? Or is matter primordial (‘matter over mind’)? Or is mind primordial (‘mind over matter’)?
Her 6th podcast in the series covered the theme ‘How consciousness affects matter’ (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-5-how-consciousness-affects-matter/id1475463467?i=1000452525325.
Using the information from this podcast, I try to explain how thoughts can influence humans and, in principle, can influence anything. That this is possible, is not new. Think of prayer circles: people pray together that sick or invalid persons may be healed. New is that, thanks to quantum physics, an explanation is provided for this phenomenon.
Quantum physic experiments have proven that we may take it for real: the mind is primordial. Living consciousness affects (the building stones of) matter. When matter is split up into its smallest particles, atoms are found. However, an atom has appeared not to be the smallest particle ever, as we learned at school in former days. No, an atom consists of sub-atoms, behaving as ‘a little cloud of probability’: those sub-atoms are simultaneously ‘particles’ and ‘waves’.
Moreover, a couple of sub-atomic particles may be interrelated, without regard to time and space: they are forever connected to each other. (A phenomenon called ‘superposition’.)
When all qualities of those smallest particles are taken into account, what do they mean for the solidity and stability of matter? Do ‘things’ actually exist apart from other ‘things’? What is reality in essence? Is it really the way we experience it?
When one reflects on the implications of quantum facts, one can only conclude that all things are interconnected and that nothing is fixed. In split seconds, things may change, because the result of a ‘little cloud of probability’ has an undetermined outcome: it turns into being ‘solid’ or not.
What determines the outcome? A number of experiments have shown that the outcome is being influenced by the observer. The one who is involved in the process, who participates in an experiment, affects the outcome. This is called the ‘observer effect’: the living consciousness and/or the mind of the observer is part of the process in the behavior of those numerous smallest particles.
Now take a big step and become aware that reality, at a super subtle level, is influenced by what you, as an observer, are thinking and feeling. Things don’t exist on their own. At the deepest level, things are related to the living consciousness of people, of all people. Your mind (thinking and feeling) as well as your consciousness influence the invisible aspect of reality (the zero-point-field or quantum field).
Back to the question: intentions, how and why do they (often) work? Because, when you focus your mind on a certain clear goal, you are affecting movement and behavior of sub-atomic particles/waves, that on their turn bring about something solid in physic reality (material particles), or not (energy waves).
This is not the whole story, of course. Therefore, next time more about this theme.