I’ve been out of communication for a week, as I’ve been zigzagging across North America – first to a meeting of the Evolutionary Leaders (started by Deepak Chopra, and including many thought leaders), and then onto a meeting of the Transformational Leadership Council, set up by Jack Canfield, including many august leaders of and human potential movement. I’ll be writing about both remarkable meetings and their repercussions soon.
I know that all of you have been waiting patiently for the results of our Clean Water Experiment - as have I. The first news I have is that it worked – we had some effect. However, one study on its own means nothing. So at the recent ISSSEEM conference in Boulder, we attempted to replicate our experiment – but this time we did not get results.
To ensure that we have some meaningful evidence from our first experiment, Dr. Gary Schwartz and his team are running controlled experiments next week, and promise to report back promptly. I will have a full run-down for you shortly.
In the meantime, though, we have very interesting results from the survey we ran with the participants. Those who have responded tell us an extraordinary amount about who participated in our experiment – and what happened to them.
First of all, those who participated were highly experienced. More than half (52 per cent) are regular meditators – and a third of our participants have done so for more than 10 years. Furthermore, nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) had read The Intention Experiment. So an overwhelming number of our experimenters were used to applying focused thought.
Nevertheless, many had not used my protocol before; 32 per cent hadn’t practiced Powering Up – my program in The Intention Experiment - until the Clean Water Experiment itself.
But this may be one reason why the first Clean Water Experiment worked and the ISSSEEM attempt did not. All my ISSSEEM intenders were novices, and we know from the scientific evidence that experience counts.
This time, the manner of participation did not make such creative use of technology. More than 85 per cent participated alone on their own computers, with just 5 per cent participating in a group on one computer and 0.7 per cent in a group setting but each using their own computer. Some 82 per cent used a PC, with 16 per cent on a Macintosh and only 1 per cent used a Danger Hiptop.
Just 3 per cent couldn’t access our website, but sent the intention anyway, and 5 per cent chose to participate without knowing the intention by just sending positive intentions at the appropriate time.
One of our participants chose to do so by perching with his computer on a hill top. Although he couldn’t access internet via WiFi, he was happy to send his intention at the right time, anyway.
Few technical hitches
Happily, our technical issues have largely been solved. This time, our website generally worked very well, with less than 10 per cent experiencing trouble registering. Small percentages had trouble with individual pages; one person had problem accessing the forum afterward, others had to use refresh buttons. Your excellent feedback helped a great deal in our learning to refine and improve the process for the next time.
Most fascinating were the transformative experiences felt during the process. Nearly a third of our group felt an overwhelming sense of unity and another third a surge of compassionate love. More than half of participants felt a connection with the water or felt very peaceful.
Furthermore, this feeling lasted.
A day later, a quarter of our group felt more peaceful than usual, one-fifth felt happier, one sixth more compassionate and another fifth more connected with others in their lives. Nearly a third felt more optimistic that clean water for all is achievable in the world.
In the following weeks, 31 per cent of our respondents noticed a change in their relationships.
Feel the love
Some 21 per cent felt more love for loved ones, but the most interesting change had to do with the love our participants felt for strangers: 33 per cent felt more love for everyone they came in contact with, 18 per cent felt they got along better with people they normally dislike or argue with, and 10 per cent said they got along better with strangers.
Huge changes occurred in our respondents attitudes toward themselves. More than 26 per cent felt more loving toward themselves and 18 per cent forgave things about themselves or past actions they’d been ashamed of; 32 per cent felt more loving toward the world in general.
These results are similar to those of our Peace Intention Experiment. In that experiment, an overwhelming percentage of our respondents found that the most significant effect occurred in themselves. After participating in a global healing experience, they felt more peaceful and loving themselves. But most of all they were more loving toward strangers.
A group Intention Experiment reminds us of the most important aspect of all about ourselves – that we truly are connected, and that one good collective thought is all it takes to change the world.