Does intention require altruism?

Lynne McTaggart

One of the great debates among the various schools of enlightenment concerns whether altruism is a precondition for extended human potential. In other words, will your Field effects greater telepathy or precognition, your directed intentions—be equally successful regardless of whether you are trying to help another or make more money?
A number of schools of thought claim that a sense of higher purpose isn’t necessary.
Most modern self-empowerment gurus concentrate on personal self-empowerment: using visualization, say, to get yourself a parking space.
However, the work of John Diamond offers proof that the life energy of a person is raised when they focus on an altruistic purpose—what he calls ‘aspiration’.
Furthermore, the most profound cases of telepathy—say, between a mother and child—involve situations where someone is in need. Indeed, a large study of successful healers found that they worked best if they were able to shift away from their own ego and allow a greater force in (J Am Soc Psychical Res, 1992; 86: 99–133). It may be that animals have an instinctive sense of this greater force, which they see in all other living creatures.

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Lynne McTaggart

Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist and the author of seven books, including the worldwide international bestsellers The Power of Eight, The Field, The Intention Experiment and The Bond, all considered seminal books of the New Science and now translated into some 30 languages.

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