ON THE ROAD

Jun
13
2011
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Lynne McTaggart
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I'm writing this during my first day off during 10 days on the road, for the second leg of a whistlestop tour, spreading the message of The Bond, my latest book.  I started off in Baltimore on Saturday at Breathe Books, one of the small number of inspirational bookshops left ñ a fabulous Victorian building in the Greenwich Village of Baltimore, a lively street of old facades and new ideas. 

I had to chuckle when I sauntered along the street during my break. For years my husband has been saying that the most perfect shop for women would sell both shoes and chocolate, and to my astonishment, I came upon just such a shop on that street.  Synchronicity, it may be, or maybe all good ideas simply exist out in the Field and are simply plucked out of there by whoever gets to it first.

I'm writing this during my first day off during 10 days on the road, for the second leg of a whistlestop tour, spreading the message of The Bond, my latest book.  I started off in Baltimore on Saturday at Breathe Books, one of the small number of inspirational bookshops left ñ a fabulous Victorian building in the Greenwich Village of Baltimore, a lively street of old facades and new ideas. 

I had to chuckle when I sauntered along the street during my break. For years my husband has been saying that the most perfect shop for women would sell both shoes and chocolate, and to my astonishment, I came upon just such a shop on that street.  Synchronicity, it may be, or maybe all good ideas simply exist out in the Field and are simply plucked out of there by whoever gets to it first.

The next day I moved to the other side of the Beltway for a keynote at the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology conference.  ACEP is a fabulous group of people using any one of the vast toolkit of energy psychology therapies being developed - Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Matrix Repatterning, among so many others ñ and demonstrating that talking 'cures' are not curing people with the same speed or effectiveness as those techniques that tap into the energetic system. These days, many psychologists and therapist can choose from a vast toolkit of therapeutic approaches and many like to combine them.

After my keynote, as a sign of the changing times, I was interviewed by a Harvard psychiatrist named Rick Leskowitz, who is producing a documentary on (are you ready) baseball and the power of intention.  Rick, a baseball fan who makes use of intention in his work, wondered whether or not the intention of the Boston Red Sox's fans contributed to their success, whether their stadium was a 'sacred space' conditioned by intention, and managed to convince PBS that this was a fitting subject for a documentary (http://www.thejoyofsoxmovie.com).

After a day-long workshop I took the night time shuttle to New York and headed to what my publisher thought might be an arty little hotel in Times Square.  My room was the size of a very small dorm room, with the decor of a disaffected gothic teenager, faulty air conditioning, jammed toilet, and jackhammers on pavement at midnight across the street. 'Boutique' has a very different meaning in New York.  

The following day, after I'd abandoned all notions of arty and checked myself into a standard business hotel chain, I gave a talk at the Open Center in New York.  Walking downtown afterward with a group of friends through the oasis of Madison Square Park near the Flatiron building, we came upon an astonishing sculpture called 'Echo' by the Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa.  Echo is a monolithic, 40-foot tall white marble sculpture of a nine-year-old lost in meditative thought. This astonishing piece of work creates tranquility and an exalted state in the beholder; it is, as one of my companions put it, an example of mirror neurons in action. 

Plensa is interested in global citizenship, and I wondered if this monumental statement to the contagion of peaceful thought would inspire the same behavior in these mean streets. Or indeed anywhere. 

I presented at the Learning Annex and then New School the following day, and then spent the next sultry day, when the weather hit 98∞, being filmed back to back for three television shows and two films.  One was by a Japanese producer who'd flown to America to film me about intention after curing himself of terminal brain cancer by confronting and clearing his own negative emotion. 

After a quick change of clothes, I hopped into a waiting car to be driven up to Wainwright House in Rye, New York, where my audience had braved a lightning storm and heavy lashings of rain.

On Friday evening I attended a dinner in my honor to help raise funds for the Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where we carried out a powerful healing intention circle for an old friend of mine with cancer.

The next day I headed up to a tiny town in Vermont for the American Society of Dowsers Annual convention, which is where I still am. We had a number of challenges with the sound last night during my keynote, but I'm told that all sorts of strange energetic glitches happen each year at this conference, so it's all to be expected with a crowd honing their energetic skill to this degree. 

For instance, as long as they can remember, it has always rained during their conference.  Maybe all that collective ability to search for water opens the heavens every year.

In my talks and workshops I speak about retraining ourselves to make connection and wholeness integral to the way we see the world, relate to others and live our lives.

I've learned that even the most spiritually experienced
among us still need to work on retraining ourselves.  I've worked with a number of people this week who are highly experienced in spiritual practice, and yet during role play exercises in my workshops, there has been a shock of recognition when one or another attendees has realized that they are falling back into the same old competitive modes of behavior or having difficulty with some buried emotion.  Old habits run deep.

Nevertheless, my message is that it doesn't take that much to change the game in ourselves and the small groups around you, whether your extended family, your neighborhood or office.

After so many talks and workshops, I have discovered a revolution in the making.   The thousands of people I've met in person are both ready to make vast changes in their lives and to become spiritual activists in their communities.  As they leave my talks, they tell me about what they plan to do, charged by the simple realization that simple acts that change the game from greed to generosity in their own backyards, is all it takes to heal the world.

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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