Sunday, August 24, 2008

Something to Think About

I've gotten far enough in The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World by Lynne McTaggart to discover that thoughts cannot, in fact, get stuck in my head. Apparently they seep out into the world like little ninjas bent on their own purpose.

The basic point of the book is to pull together results of scientific research that indicates that something is indeed afoot in the universe. Quoting the Amazon product description, "Using cutting-edge research conducted at Princeton,MIT, Stanford, and many other prestigious universities and laboratories, The Intention Experiment reveals that the universe is connected by a vast quantum energy field."

I know what you're thinking. "Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field controls my destiny! It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense."

Well, maybe and maybe not.

The information is compelling to think about. And, since it proposes that thoughts influence the world, I suppose that's a good thing.
Among the studies in the book is evidence that all living things react to not only action but intention. Thinking that you will burn a plant's leaves is enough to give it stress. (Until, apparently, it learns that you only have torture thoughts and don't actually do torture. Then it chills out and decides not to worry about your crazy self.) This sort of information has made me anxious enough that I will probably want to take to my bed for a week because just walking on the grass will make me think about it screaming little helpless grass screams of agony. Actually, I guess thinking about walking on the grass is getting that response right now. Eep! I knew there was a reason I'd spent a good portion of my life shutting down my extra-sensory perception.

So, what are your thoughts? Crack-pot or not?

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