Our first Intention Experiment to be presented in a scientific forum

May
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2008
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Lynne McTaggart
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While we’re awaiting our results of the Water Structure Intention Experiment, I just heard some exciting news from Dr. Gary Schwartz about our Intention Experiment Germination Experiments.
Dr. Schwartz has analyzed all six of our experiments and combined them into results that will be presented and published at the Society for Scientific Exploration’s meeting on June 25-28.
Schwartz combined the results of all six experiments and discovered a highly significant result, demonstrating the power of intention to make plants grow faster and higher.
Firstly, we know that the intention had a robust effect. The seeds sent intention grew 8 millimetres higher than the controls. But we have other, fascinating results, suggesting that intention may have a ‘scatter’ effect, affecting everything on the days it is sent, even if the highest effect is reserved for the actual target.
Six experiments all over the world
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 audiences of mine of various sizes during my speaking schedule last year. These included audiences in: Sydney, Australia (600), Rheinbeck, New York (100), Hilton Head, North Carolina (500), Palm Springs, California (120) and Austin, Texas (120).
As you may remember, in these experiments, we asked the audience to choose one of four sets of seeds (30 seeds per set) and then send 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.
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, and harvested and measured them after five days. So this experiment was to act as a second-tier control – a control of the control.
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 (those 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. On 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.
Our biggest effect occurred when comparing the results of all the plant growth in our Intention Experiments against all the plant growth in the Control Experiments. Dr. Schwartz found a highly significant effect (p<0.0000001 for all you scientists out there).
This means that there is a 0.00001 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.
This suggests that on the days we sent intention, all the plants grew higher than the controls, although the plants sent intention grew highest of all.
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 (p<0.003).
Furthermore, he found a significant effect when comparing the targeted seeds with non-targeted seeds during our actual Intention Experiment days (p<0.007). However, there was no different between target seeds and non-targeted seeds during the Control Experiments. Those seeds labelled ‘intention seeds’ grew about the same size — in fact, 2 mm shorter — than the non-targeted seeds, a non-significant difference.
These fascinating results of Dr. Schwartz’s excellently designed studies bring us one step closer to understanding the complex power of intention. It may well be that intention not only improves the target but also improves everything else in its path.
Scattergun effect
I wrote about this kind of ‘scattergun’ effect in an experiment by Dutch psychologist Eduard Van Wijk, who works with German physicist Fritz-Albert Popp. 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.
Our experiments suggest that living things register information from the entire environment, and not simply between two communicating entities.

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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