The amazing mirror effect of Intention Experiments

The most amazing part of Intention Experiments is not the effect on the target, but the effect on the participants. It’s become clear to me that aside from our collective effect on some sort of equipment or target, the group-intention experience causes a major change in individual consciousness. Some sort of complex alchemical process appears to be going on here.

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For an entire year I’ve been patiently waiting for the months to pass in the hope that the Washington DC Metropolitan Police would have a little less to do after June and September of last year.

The reason for this audacious hope had to do with two Peace Intention Experiments we carried out last year  via fairly unusual means:  one of the largest radio shows in the US and then via one of the largest web TV news broadcasters.

For an entire year I’ve been patiently waiting for the months to pass in the hope that the Washington DC Metropolitan Police would have a little less to do after June and September of last year.

The reason for this audacious hope had to do with two Peace Intention Experiments we carried out last year  via fairly unusual means:  one of the largest radio shows in the US and then via one of the largest web TV news broadcasters.

As you may recall, I ran two Peace Intention Experiments, first in 2008 targeting Sri Lanka, and then on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, targeting the two most violent provinces in Afghanistan.  Both experiments showed stunning positive effects, with large decreases in deaths and injuries.

This time, we decided to target the central engine of the United States – Washington, D. C. – in a symbolic gesture to ‘heal America’.  As before, I recruited Dr. Gary Schwartz, a professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, and Dr. Roger Nelson, director of the Global Consciousness Project, to help design the experiment.

This time, we decided to move away from the methodology of most of our earlier experiments, which employed a central website for our participants to log into in order to participate, and try a live experience on the air.

With the first experiment on June 6, George Noory and his lovely team on Coast to Coast am were gracious enough to allow me to do a live Intention Experiment on live radio.  For anyone who doesn’t know C2C, it is one of America’s largest late night radio shows, attracting some 4 million listeners during its daily three-hour slot of 11 pm – 2 am Pacific US time.

At approximately 1:05 am Pacific time, I led the Coast to Coast audience through a five-minute meditation and intention, targeting the most violent neighbourhoods of Washington, D.C., mostly in Ward 1 (Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant and Shaw were all mentioned in our intention) plus Capitol Hill and its surrounding areas (Ward 6).  Our intention was to lower violence and improve peace by at least 10 per cent.

Then, on September 21, I attempted the same experiment on Gaiam TV, once again only revealing the target when we were due to start, with the Gaiam team showing images of Washington D.C. behind me as I led the intention.

Then I sat back to wait – for an entire year.  The frustrating thing about a Peace Intention Experiment is that you have to wait months and months to allow events to unfold in order to find out whether your intention had an effect. And anything less than a long-term trend is meaningless.

Fortunately, the Washington Metropolitan Police painstakingly records every last crime of violence or property, so it’s been a relatively easy task to gather the data from the wards involved and compare the month-by-month violence data from 2012 with that of 2011.

The outcome turned out better than I’d hoped for such a short intention. After our June intention Ward 1 showed more volatility in the overall level of violent crime, but a lower rate overall than the previous year.  But it was Ward 1 that enjoyed the more extraordinary result.  Capitol Hill and its environs – the real focus of our intention -  experienced an immediate drop in violent crime after our June intention, with a massive 33 per cent long-term decrease in violent crime after our September intention, which carried on for months.

Combining the two, we saw a flattening of violence, compared to high spikes of the year before.  And, here’s the best part of it, the same trend was not present in property crime, which saw a gradual increase in both wards over two years.  Violence – the object of our intention – fell, but not crime in general.

When Dr. Nelson examined the 63 random event generators running for his Global Consciousness Project, he discovered that they had significantly moved off their random course just during the periods of intention, with odds against chance of more than 20 to one – another suggestion than our result was not simply coincidence.

Of course scientific results like these only become meaningful as anything other than coincidence when you repeat the same experiment over and over. Nevertheless, I was encouraged that we might be on the right track by one other demonstration of greater peace in the Capitol building itself.  The current Speaker of the House John Boehner and Minority Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi are sworn enemies.  The very day after our Intention Experiment, Boehner was photographed giving Pelosi a hug and wishing her ‘congratulations’ on her 25 years of congressional service.

When you wish upon a star. . . 

For three-plus months I’ve been patiently waiting for numbers, hoping there would be fewer of them than usual.

 

The numbers to which I’m referring comprise the casualty statistics of the fallen in Afghanistan among both civilians and the military from the combined forces.

 

For three-plus months I’ve been patiently waiting for numbers, hoping there would be fewer of them than usual.

 

The numbers to which I’m referring comprise the casualty statistics of the fallen in Afghanistan among both civilians and the military from the combined forces.

 

I’ve spent many weeks scrambling around for no less than than 27 months worth of weekly and monthly figures of the dead and injured so that I could determine whether the thousands of people around the world participating in my Peace Intention Experiment last September after the tenth anniversary of 9/11 had any role in lowering these numbers.

 

The great news is that our first stats back do show that our collective intention had some effect on the ‘world mind.’ Even more exciting, they show virtually identical data to that of the 2008 Peace Intention Experiment.

 

The study design

For those of you who did not participate in our latest 9/11 Peace Intention Experiment, here is a quick recap. For the tenth anniversary of 9/11, I partnered with Dr. Salah Al-Rashed, the equivalent of the Deepak Chopra of the Middle East, with hundreds of thousands of followers in most Arab countries.

 

Together, we solicited the participation of people in 85 countries around the world – including every Arab country, all European countries, most countries in North, South and Central America, many from the Far East, and even more far-flung places like Iceland, the Caribbean Islands and the South Pacific.

 

We kicked off the project with a joint apology – with Salah first apologizing on behalf of all Arabs for allowing the Twin Towers tragedy to happen, and me in turn apologizing for the extreme nature of Western retaliation: two wars resulting in the deaths, detaining, deportation or displacement of hundreds of thousands of innocent Arab people.

 

On 9/11 and for seven days thereafter, at approximately 1 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time, thousands of us came together on our special 9/11 Peace Intention Experiment website, Powered Up together with my special Intention Program, as detailed in my book The Intention Experiment, and then sent an intention for peace for the two provinces of Afghanistan – Helmand and Kandahar –the strongholds of the Taliban and the areas with the highest numbers of casualties to date.

 

Then all of us had to wait, patiently, for more than three months for the numbers to materialize in order to have some idea of whether our intentions had any effect.

 

Replicating our earlier results

As you may recall, the plan of this latest experiment was to replicate our September 2008 Peace intention Experiment, which had extremely provocative results, showing a potentially strong effect in lowering violence in Sri Lanka.

 

With studies like this containing so many variables, our results could have been coincidental. It’s only when you can get the same result a number of times in different, similarly designed studies that scientists begin to sit up and take notice.

 

This is why, our scientific team and I were careful to use a design for this latest study that was identical to that of the 2008 Peace Intention Experiment.

 

During that experiment, we had tracked the deaths and injuries of military and civilians in the North of the country from two years before to three months afterward our experiment. Jessica Utts, a professor of statistics at the University of California at Irvine then created a time-analysis showing that the data after our experiment deviated significantly from expected numbers.

 

The first positive returns

The first numbers I’ve got back about this latest experiment show some sort of definite effect. As with the 2008 Peace Intention Experiment, I asked Roger Nelson, director of the Global Consciousness Project, to see if there was a demonstration of any effect on random event generators (REGs) during the eight days of our collective intention.

 

REGs, you may recall, perform the electronic, twenty-first century equivalent of a toss of a coin.

 

The output of these machines (the computerized equivalent of heads or tails) is controlled by a randomly alternating frequency of positive and negative pulses. Because their activity is utterly random, they produce heads and tails each roughly 50 per cent of the time, according to the laws of probability.

 

Nelson, formerly chief coordinator of the PEAR lab, came up with the idea of running REG machines continuously all over the world to examine whether the focused attention of loads of people has any effect on the random output of the machines, particularly during moments of global events with the greatest emotional impact.

 

Nelson organized a centralized computer program, so that REGs located in 50 places around the globe could pour their continuous stream of random bits of data into one vast central hub through the Internet.

 

Periodically, Nelson and his colleagues study these outpourings and compare them with the biggest breaking news stories, attempting to ferret out any sort of statistical connection. Standardized methods and analysis reveal any demonstration of order – a moment when the machine output displays less randomness than usual either in a positive or negative direction – and whether the time that it is generated corresponds with that of a major world event.

 

The global mind shudders

Since the beginning of the project, Nelson has studied hundreds of top news events: the death of the Princess of Wales; the millennium celebrations; the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr, and his wife; the attempted Clinton impeachment; the events of 9/11; the start of the Iraqi war.

 

When people reacted with great joy or horror to a major event, the machines seem to react as well. Furthermore, the degree of ‘order’ in the machine’s output seems to match the emotional intensity of the event, particularly those that had been tragic: the greater the horror, the greater the order.

 

Strong emotion, positive or negative – even to presidential decisions – seems to produce order on the random machines – a pattern of output that was more heads than tails or more tails than heads (which Nelson speaks about as a more ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ direction).

 

Nelson and three independent analysts take apart the data using a variety of statistical methods, but primarily through the chi-square distribution method, a statistical technique that plots the square of each of the machine’s runs, so that any deviation from chance easily shows up.

As you may recall, each day of each experiment took 20 minutes: five minutes to sign in and Power Up, five minutes to read about the intention target; and 10 minutes to send the intention.

I asked Roger to look closely at the GCP figures just during the 20-minute window of time on each of the days of the eight-day experiment, just as he did for our 2008 experiment.

Nelson linked together the eight days of data to make a sequence that included all of output during all the 20-minute time periods of the eight days, paying particular attention to the 10-minute windows of intention each day.

A compelling, steady trend

After the third day, he found a very steady trend – a general tendency for the outputs that accumulate during each second of the time period we are looking at to be simi
lar - that is, either heads or tails.

 

As Nelson wrote me, ‘most of the deviations are negative (the mean is less than the expected 100).

 

In other words, it’s like tossing a coin and having it constantly come up tails.

 

When you string the deviations together, the graphic line tends to go in the negative direction. ‘A persistent or ‘steady’ trend reflects consistency, says Nelson, ‘and that in turn suggests an effect that isn't just chance.’

You can see Dr. Nelson’s full report on: http://teilhard.global-mind.org/intention.110911-18.html

The power of replication

Nevertheless, he has a caveat: the effect size is very small compared to inherent ‘noise’ – or chance data.

 

‘Deviations which appear in our graphic displays are a combination of possible effects and ordinary random fluctuation,’ says Nelson. ‘Consequently, one single experiment like this one can’t be reliably interpreted on its own.

 

‘To gain useful perspective and greater statistical leverage,’ he continues, ‘it is valuable to look at other events with a similar nature. In this case, the previous Peace Intention Experiment shows virtually the same negative trend in the cumulative deviation graph.

 

He concludes: ‘This similarity across the two experiments helps support an interpretation of the negative deviations shown in the current dataset as an effect linked to the Intention.’

 

It shows, that our Intention, in a sense, is a feather on the breath of God.

 

The real numbers

So it appears that we had some sort of resonance effect, but did we actually lower violence? Here’s where we are with compiling the evidence thus far.

 

Getting hold of casualty figures during an on-going war is no easy business. No one – even those in charge – appears to have a full picture of who has died and who has been injured. There is no single storehouse of all the numbers, largely because it is a multi-national war. To get a true picture of how many die or get injured each week, you need cobble them together from various sources.

 

In order to do that, I’ve had to enter the bureaucratic nightmare that is combined governmental military (or peacekeeping) operations. For several months I’ve been on a byzantine loop, through departments of the US government, the United Nations and the government of Afghanistan and finally through to the UN, NATO, and believe it or not, the German army.

 

After weeks of emails, a spokesperson within the UN finally wrote me back. For its UNAMA project (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan), the UN keeps track of the civilian casualties. They do twice annual reports and release the report for the full year of 2011 up to the end of December 2011 (the end of our study period) tomorrow.

 

My source in UNAMA has put me in touch with several figures in NATO, who in turn passed me on to Carsten Jacobson. The other day, an assistant writes me to say ‘the boss’ will be phoning me.

 

The boss turns out to be the general of the German army in Afghanistan.

 

Jacobson is a disarmingly genial and helpful guy. He readily admits that NATO has no full picture of the dead – largely because the army is multi-national. Once a soldier is wounded, he is sent home and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), for which Jacobson is official spokesperson, loses track of them.

 

‘It’s a grey zone,’ he says. ‘As soon as we bring people out of theatre, quite a number die of wounds but aren’t tracked by ISAF.’   To find out the true casualty rates, I’d have to call each of the military in every country joining in this American war.

 

Nevertheless, we can still show a good trend by staying with the ISAF figures through our two plus years of data. However imperfect these numbers are, Jacobson is willing to share them with me. He has sent a few brisk emails to marshal the troops to get me whatever numbers they have.

 

I’ll have them all next week and Jessica Utts, our statistician again this time around, will be analyzing them as soon as she gets them. So stay tuned.

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Since June 2007, The Intention Experiment has been carrying out a series of ‘Germination Intention Experiments’ with noted psychologist Dr. Gary Schwartz and his laboratory team at the University of Arizona to test whether intention can affect the growth of plants. We were inspired by the work of Canadian psychologist Bernard Grad, who had had carried out several studies showing that seeds irrigated with water held by a healer had a faster germination rate and growth than controls (International Journal of Parapsychology, 1964; 6: 473-98).

British researcher Serena Roney-Dougal and parapsychologist Jerry Solfvin had also tested whether healing intention sent by a healer to seeds could be used to affect the health and growth of lettuce plants on a commercial organic farm.

In their first study, the seeds given intention didn’t sprout any faster or grow larger, but they were healthier and had less fungal disease and slug damage than the controls (Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 2002; 66: 129-43). In a replication study, however, they’d showed enhanced growth, as well as health (Journal of Parapsychology, 2003:67: 279-98)

We selected barley seeds – the food of choice of most livestock, and a healthy grain for humans. Dr. Schwartz and Mark Boccozzi, Dr. Schwartz’s lab technician, planned to prepare four sets of barley seeds — one set of seeds, and three controls — to eliminate chance findings. 

Six experiments thus far
Thus far, we have run six Germination Intention Experiments – one via the Internet, with participants from countries all over the world, and five others in front of Lynne McTaggart’s audiences, of various sizes and locations around the world.  These included participants over the Internet, plus audiences in Sydney, Australia (600 participants), Palm Springs, California (130), Rheinbeck, New York (100), Hilton Head, North Carolina (500) and Austin, Texas (120).  

In each of these experiments, we asked the audience to choose one of four sets of seeds (30 seeds per set) and then sent an intention for the seeds to grow “at least 3 cm by the fourth day of growing”.

Once we were finished, Dr. Schwartz’s lab technician Mark Boccozzi (who was kept blind to the set selected) planted the 120 seeds under standardized conditions.  At the end of five days, the seeds were harvested and their lengths measured in millimeters.

Let’s call this kind of procedure the ‘Intention’ Studies.

As a second control condition, with each Intention Experiment, Mark ran a separate Control Experiment. On these occasions, he selected and prepared another 120 seeds into four sets, assigned one set to be the ‘intention’ set (even though no distant intention was to be sent), and, as with the other experiments, planted the seeds, then harvested and measured them after five days. 

So this experiment was to act as a second-tier control – a control of the control. So we’ll call these the ‘non-intention’ Control Studies.

In total, the number of seeds tested was 1440.

Complex analyses
Dr. Schwartz then conducted a variety of complex analyses of the growth of all six Intention Experiments and the six Control Experiments.  He compared overall growth of targeted seeds with that of all the not-targeted seeds, the seed growth of all seeds in the Intention Experiments versus those in all the Control Experiments, and all seeds sent intention in the Intention Experiments plus those assigned ‘intention seeds’ in the Control Experiments) versus all seeds that were not targeted in all 12 experiments.

A number of fascinating results emerged. Firstly, the experiment showed that the intention had a robust effect.

As an overall average, the seeds sent intention grew 56 mm, compared with 48 mm for the non-targeted seeds.  This means that seeds sent intention, on average, were 8 mm (about a third of an inch) higher than the controls. In contrast, the seeds run in the control Intention Experiments only varied by 2 mm. 

This effect was statistically significant (p<0.007). This means that there is a 0.7 per cent possibility that we arrived at this result by simple chance. Anything less than a p value of 0.05 is generally considered statistically significant. 

Dr. Schwartz also found a highly significant effect when comparing the targeted seeds on the Intention Experiment days with those targeted on the Control Experiments. Those targeted during real Intention Experiments grew significantly higher than those targeted in the Control Experiments (p<0.003).

However, there was no different between target seeds and non-targeted seeds during the Control Experiments. Those seeds labeled ‘intention seeds’ in the Control Experiments grew about the same size — in fact, 2 mm shorter — than the non-targeted seeds, a non-significant difference.

Intention ‘grouping’
However, our biggest effect of all occurred when comparing the results of all plant growth in the actual Intention Experiments against all plant growth in the Control Experiments.

We discovered that on the days we sent intention, all the plants grew higher than all the plants in the Control Experiments, with the plants sent intention the highest of all. 

This effect was highly significant (p<0.0000001), with a 0.00001 per cent possibility that we arrived at this result by simple chance.

Scattergun effect
This kind of ‘scattergun’ effect occurred in an experiment by Dutch psychologist Eduard Van Wijk, who works with German physicist Fritz-Albert Popp of the International Institute for Biophysics. Van Wijk placed a jar of a simple algae, near a healer and his patient, then measured the photon emissions of the algae during healing sessions and periods of rest.

After analyzing the data, he discovered remarkable alterations in the photon count of the algae. The quality of emissions significantly changed during the healing sessions, as though the algae were being bombarded with light. There also seemed to be changes in the rhythm of the emissions, as though the algae had become attuned to a stronger source of light.

Information from the environment
Our experiments also suggest that living things register information from the entire environment, and not simply between two communicating entities.

This series of studies suggests that distance from which intention is sent doesn’t have any bearing on the results. A group of people scattered around the globe produced the same effect as a group of 600 located thousands of miles away from the target. 

According to this data, the size of the group didn’t have any bearing, either; even a tiny group of 100 in a room in upstate New York had been able to profoundly affect a batch of seeds more than a thousand miles away.

Power and experience
The only important factor appears to be experience.  The audience in Hilton Head, South Carolina, which included 500 long-time practitioners of Healing Touch, produced the most profound effect.  These were people who were practiced in the use of intention. 

This suggests that with intention, practice and experience count.

The results of these six experiments were presented at the Society for Scientific Exploration’s annual meeting in June 2008.

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After our successful Germination Intention Experiment, and the interesting results we got from our three Water Intention Experiments, psychologist Dr. Gary Schwartz, director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona, and I decided to merge the two by carrying out a Water Germination Experiment. We’d try another Germination Experiment, but this time we would send the ‘grow’ instructions to the water, not directly to the seeds themselves.

In late June 2008 I was due to speak at the Eric Pearl/Wrage event in Hamburg, which seemed a perfect venue to carry out a first pilot study, particularly as a large percentage of the audience would be Reconnection healers. I showed the audience photos of four bottles, like the one in the photo, below, and asked them to choose one. A member of the audience randomly selected bottle number 4, and I asked the audience to send the following intention to the water: ‘My intention is that all the seeds given water from our target jar will sprout at least three inches by the fourth day of growing.’ Dr. Schwartz and Mark Boccozzi, our lab technician, then used each bottle to water a set of 30 seeds. Each set of seeds was assigned a particular jar of water.

The seeds were then soaked in the intended water (or control water) for 24 hours, rinsed in their respective water, and then planted within their water. The water was poured into an airtight bag, and the seeds placed within the soil within them, so they were imbued with the water’s energy for five days.

On the fifth day, Mark measured all five sets of seedlings, and Dr. Schwartz analyzed them.

When he looked at the average level of growth, the seeds watered with the ‘grow intention’ were slightly higher than the others, but the results were not statistically significant, according to the scientific definition. The average growth was 4.77 cm for the intended water (n=30 seeds) versus 4.66 for the non-intended water (n=90 seeds). The difference is 0.11 cm or 1.1 millimeters.

The little seeds that grew
However, Dr. Schwartz noted one other interesting phenomenon. In this experiment, ordinarily all of the seeds don’t sprout in any given group. In this experiment, within all three control groups, only 90 percent of seeds sprouted (that is, 9 of the 90 seeds in total didn’t sprout). However, the full 100 per cent of the seeds, or all 30, sprouted in the group watered with the intended water.

In other words, intention may have given the seeds more energy and caused more of them to sprout than normal.

A chi square statistic on these numbers reached a p <0.07, which is borderline significant (p <.05 is the cutoff for statistical significance). ‘This observation is encouraging, and deserves replication and extension,' wrote Dr. Schwartz. '‘Since this is a "first ever" long distance (Germany to Tucson) group intention experiment on the effects of intention to water on the germination and growth of seeds, there is reason to do the experiment again.'

Master intenders
On July 25, 2008 we tried the experiment again with the Transformational Leadership Council meeting. Composed of the leaders of the personal development movement, such as Jack Canfield, Steven Covey, Lynne Twist and many others, this group represented a powerhouse of hugely experienced intenders.

Again we attempted to imprint an intention into water to enhance the growth of barley seeds being watered by our sample. After five days, the growth of this batch of seeds was compared with three other batches watered with ordinary water.

Sadly, Dr. Schwartz, who analyzed our results, finally determined that the results of our small study were inconclusive.

The lab technician running the study inadvertently placed our jars of water next to some equipment with high levels of electromagnetic fields, which Dr. Schwartz believes interfered with the signal.

Lynne McTaggartA few weeks ago I wrote on my Living The Field blog about finding your tribe - a strong and likeminded community within which you can learn and grow and become more conscious.

What I should have mentioned is that you already have a ready-made tribe of likeminded individuals at the Intention Experiment Community site.  This extraordinarily kind and powerful collective has been one of my biggest discoveries during my work on intention, and I frequently marvel at what you are achieving together.

This week I wanted to pay tribute to some of the individual intention experiments our community members have conducted and written about on our forum.  We want everybody to participate in our large-scale online intention experiments, but we also encourage you to explore how you can bring intention into your own lives, and conducting your own intention experiments is a brilliant way of doing this.

Have a look at some of these personal stories about intention:

  • Hanaan tells us 'How I got my car with intention'.
  • In April, Darren was given a 10% chance of survival.  In this post he charts his return to health, and asks for the help of your healing intention.
  • Lynette's friend did an experiment in her office, sending love to one plant and hate to another.  Click here to find out what happened.
  • Angel asks whether anyone has successfully used intention to find their soul mate.  Click here to read other people's stories or share your own.


How have you used intention in your own life?  Have you conducted any personal intention experiments?  What did you find out?

Post your experiences below.

Plans are growing for our Peace Intention Experiment, which is fast turning into a ‘Live Aid’ of Intention Experiments, with the potential of hundreds of thousands of participants.
We have now set a date of September 14 for the Peace Intention Experiment, so put it in your diary today and if you haven’t already, please register at www.theintentionexperiment.com.
These will be the start of an ambitious series of scientific studies to determine whether ‘group mind’ has the power to lower violence in areas chosen for high crime and violence levels.
We are working closely with the Association for Global New Thought — an umbrella group of all new thought churches — and we chose September 14 to coincide with the Unity Church’s Eleven Days of Unity.
The plan is for our first target to be in the Middle East, as a fitting antidote to all the negative press that will be focused on the anniversary of 9/11. If we can get the correct violence figures from Iraq, we will make that the target.
An accidental “Live Aid”
I began thinking about running a Peace Intention Experiment more than a year ago. The plan was to have my readers send intention to a series of 'hot spots' around the world and to measure violence levels before and after. These experiments would build upon the original Transcendental Meditation studies, which showed that when a critical mass of people in a city meditate, the crime rate goes down.
When I mentioned this idea to Deepak Chopra, he said: ‘I’d l like our Alliance for New Humanity to be involved.' The same occurred when I told Ananda Giri of the Oneness Foundation about the experiments. Then Barbara Fields of the AGNT got excited and offered her group’s support, and after that the Unity churches, the Spiritual Cinema Circle, plus dozens of radio shows like the World Puja Network followed suit.
Before I knew it, I was faced with the possibility of hundreds of thousands of 'intenders' participating in this experiment. My one little thought about a Peace experiment had grown overnight into Live Aid.
Server challenges
This 'big idea' of course has a number of challenges — and here’s where I need your help.
The biggest challenge of all is finding an internet system sophisticated enough to allow thousands of people around the world to open and stare at the same web page at exactly the same moment. Allowing in such sizeable simultaneous traffic requires a vast amount of extra web capacity – as Oprah Winfrey recently discovered when her web transmission of Eckhart Tolle’s seminar repeatedly crashed.
The current Intention Experiment studies run on Ning, a social network offering individual organizations instant facilities for a community-based website. This enables The Intention Experiment website to have access to some 500 linked servers.
Nevertheless, we need a better protocol and more server power to ensure that the system holds up during these giant experiments.
Two important elements of our Intention Experiments include: 1) tracking each and every participant and 2) allowing everyone to experience the feeling of ‘joining together’ at a central meeting place on the internet. Thousands of readers have remarked on the special, palpable feeling of oneness that is generated by the sense that others are there ‘on the page’ at the same time.
So we still need to be able to allow all those hundreds of thousands of people to come onto our web page at the same moment.
Web gurus: a special forum for you
That’s why I’m enlisting all you web gurus out there – to help solve the server issues or to donate server power.
I’d like to create a special Intention Experiment web forum this week for all of you to correspond with me and any other web experts who’d like to help out. Thus far, we’ve had some 10 people come forward, recommending load-balancing servers, or static pages, or even clones of the software and database.
If you have some good ideas or good connections with vast server power, and you’re interested in becoming part of a discussion group of web experts discussing ingenious ways to run this experiment, please write in to cs@livingthefield.com. We'll be in touch shortly.
Wise elder scientists signing up
I’m also busily recruiting other gurus for the scientific arm of the experiment. Roger Nelson of the Global Consciousness Project, and Brenda Dunne (with Robert Jahn), formerly of the PEAR laboratory at Princeton University are joining Dr. Gary Schwartz and Dr. Rustum Roy as a panel of ‘wise elders’ to advise me in the design of the scientific experiments. The plan is to have such a panel with expert statisticians select both the targets and design the exact way in which the scientific experiments will run.
Besides their decades of experience in running scientific investigations into human consciousness, Nelson, Jahn and Dunne all are sticklers for detail and so will be wonderful help in devising an air-tight protocol.

Since the killing of 1,400 people in Israel on October 7, and the bloody reprisal in Gaza, I have held two live Peace Intention Experiments for peace and justice in both Israel and Gaza and that entire part of the world.

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All of us have been horrified and heartbroken by the events in Israel and Gaza. I’m calling on my entire community to turn our thoughts and prayers into action for this beleaguered corner of the world.

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