The Declaration of Cooperation

Lynne McTaggart

I’m thrilled to announce that the American version of my very latest book The Bond is now available on Amazon and other online stores:
Last week I promised to tell you more about my vision for a new way forward and the thinking behind The Bond.
I explained that, like you, while observing the crises around us – in the economy, in the unemployment figures, with all the devastation in our environment, with gas and oil and food prices skyrocketing and the US government in unprecedented stalemate — I spent three years saying to myself there has got to be a better way. 
There must be a better way to live, to work — even to learn.
The result of all this research is The Bond, which I mean to be a blueprint for a better life – even for a turning point in our social and cultural evolution.
It is my own Declaration of Cooperation.
United we stand
Based on the latest discoveries from the new sciences, The Bond has a simple message: the universe was designed as an intricate, cooperative whole.  Consequently:
• we succeed when we unite and cooperate.
• we are weak when we compete.
All living things succeed and prosper only when they see themselves as part of a greater whole.
In addition to answering the ultimate question — what’s our new story to live by — I have offered detailed recommendations to help foster more holistic thinking, more cooperative relationships and more unified social groups.
Every conflict that occurs – whether between husband and wife, social or racial groups, or even nations – occurs because we put ourselves – or our own group — at the center of every drama.
The key to a successful relationship is to conceive of the relationship itself as a “thing in itself” and to focus on the “space in between” — the glue that holds it together.
In other words, it’s not me, it’s us.
The draw to wholeness
Once we view ourselves as a part of a bigger whole, we begin to act differently toward each other.  By removing a self-serving aim from the relationship, we stop fighting nature and surrender to our natural impulse toward wholeness. We can easily embrace difference within that larger definition of connection.
I meant my book to offer a message of hope and inspiration – but also a first roadmap of how to live according to this new scientific story, in harmony with our true nature and each other.
In The Bond, I show how
• We can learn to relate to each other from the experience of two rival gangs in Watts, Los Angeles.
• Survivors of the 2004 Tsunami can teach us to see our relationships in wholeness.
• A new way of speaking and listening, inspired by quantum physics, can overcome polarization, helping the staunchest of enemies to become close friends — as it did among pro-life and pro-choice activists.
• A simple daily practice conditions the mechanism of the brain to enable its owner to become more empathetic toward others.
• A former member of the Hitler youth movement and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor can demonstrate important ways to forgive and connect again.
• Your neighbors and your best friends can become your savings bank.
• One tiny act of kindness — a bit of change left in a Coke machine — can cause a wave of generosity throughout a vast corporation and an entire community.
• People who fire together wire together; whenever a group works together for a common goal, the brains of all parties begin to get on the same wavelength — strengthening the bond within the group.
• Fairness is more powerful than unfairness; all it requires is a small group of individuals committed to strong reciprocity to “invade” a population of self-interested individuals and create a fairer society.
• We can gain tips from the Oxford rowing team, the Chilean Miners, a community water pipeline and a Syrian translator about creating new and vibrant neighborhoods.
My aim in The Bond is to offer nothing less than a vision of a new way to live, in harmony with our true nature, and a new way to heal our relationships our neighborhoods, our world.
Already, I’m getting feedback that The Bond is making a difference.  Dr. Don Beck, the famous international mediator behind the story of Invictus and designer of Spiral Dynamics, wrote me to say that he is buying eight copies of The Bond to bring along to Oslo Peace Center, which is hosting Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Fredrik W. de Klerk and former President Thabo Mbeki. Here’s what Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Marci Shimoff, Lynne Twist and a host of other notables have said:
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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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12 comments on “The Declaration of Cooperation”

  1. This is a remarkably simple concept, "united we stand" -- that is succeed, grow, enrich AND make life so much more fulfilling to live. Gotta get this book!

  2. I can read English, but I prefer Dutch, to get the quintessence in every line... Is The Bond already translated into Dutch?

  3. I love all of Lynn's work and I look forward to her new book. She is one of the most responsible leaders out there along with Bruce Lipton, Rob Williams, Gregg Braden and so many many others. I've done all the workshops, read all the books and these days work on energy psychology stuff like psych-k, tapping and in general ,thanks to wonderful people like Lynn, I see that connecting to our source is my ultimate day to day 'intention'.
    However....we still have to deal with politics and who we elect(mainly talking about America here). I agree with the cooperation conversation. Us in this very cool group who might even read a Lynn McTaggert book can see this clear as day.
    However..people who arent in our cool lil group sometimes dont/cant see the possibility of this mindset. We can share and intend that they do, they just will get there in their own time. Voluntarily. Key word there!
    People change all on their own and they should.
    Politics...Our intention group still does vote for people. How many here voted for Obama? How much hope and change have we seen? Bodybags still coming home..wall street still rewarded for fraud etc. Not much difference from the previous guy. Does our group come from this spiritual intuititive place, a 'feeling' place.. yet can still be snookered?
    Why am I bringing this up? Because we need to embrace to concepts of Liberty..Freedom..Voluntary action.
    Those words seem to be just soundbites these days. Lynn talks about we are all one and worldwide cooperation(and I fully agree). Yet politically that sounds too much like the UN and a lean towards socialism, one world government and all that. At least that is how it will sound to many people. If people dont VOLUNTEER to go to war, pay taxes, is coercion..and that is force,,and that is NOT cooperation.
    People have to come to a new mindset all on their own. WE need to vote for people who expouse the concepts of liberty. We can not be spiritual and have a nanny state like government at the same time.
    We in this special group need to vote and act in a way that is in concert with our beliefs, our intention.
    Just intending world wide cooperation wont do it. Voting for a candidate because we feel he/she is a good person doesnt cut it(especially in politics!)
    BEFORE we can get to a world working together..we have to have a sovereign country that embraces INDIVIDUAL liberty. That will allow us the freedom of thought and action to be adults enough to hear the cooperation message..and then to share that with the world.
    I hope I am not speaking a negative opinion here. My intuition just won't let me leave this one alone, I am passionate about this. I wish I had the way to communicate with you all on this one, as I need help. I am willing to be wrong about this, if a better way presents itself to me.
    I wish you all the best!

    1. Hi Sandra,
      I'll be speaking at the I Can Do It conference in London in September, at Alternatives at St. James in October and the Mind-Body Spirit show in November, plus other places after the UK version of the book comes out in September.

  4. Because we create our experience of the world out of ourselves the only way to change that experience is to find the thing in our self that corresponds to the negative thing 'out there'. It requires deep searching and complete honesty. Then we are capable of forgiving our self and others and our perception shifts.
    Cooperation can be a laudable thing when it is used for the good of all, and that is not always the case. I am looking forward to reading the new book.

  5. Hi Lynne
    Congratulations on your new book. It can be clearly seen in nature that there are millions of species that survive, progress, thrive and evolve through collaboration with their own species and with their predators.
    Sometimes we must maintain a balance by competing lest we become marshmallows.
    Unfortunately our own particular 'flavour' of mankind (Europeans and their colonies) have had slavery bred into them for three or four thousand years mainly by the Romans - a parasitic race. - to quote Bastiat: " may live and satisfy his wants by seizing and consuming the products of the labour of others". (not just a man BTW 😉
    That is what the Romans did - they 'borrowed' the religions, histories, architecture / art and social structure (even the women - eg Sabine women) from the peoples they plundered and started from their parasitic premise of masters and slaves from their origins as wandering warriors well over 3000 years ago. To maintain slavery they employed murder, torture, genocide and blood sacrifice along the way because they love that stuff as do their schooled protégés in varying degrees.
    Some of us find these practices despicable and detestable.
    This is not a moral issue - a parasite is also a creation of God with a right to live equal to it's prey Yet there comes a point where the parasite will conflict with their host when the latter sees no collaborative payoff.
    In our case the Romans (they /we don't call ourselves that any more except the richest church in the world) are too stupid to see that they are dangerously damaging their/our environment and seeing it only as an opportunity to impose a world tax (eg carbon tax) which will give them more to consume as an extra right to the slaves labour. They also plan to impose an independent enforcement army should anyone refuse to pay up.
    As an example, a tapeworm can occupy a man for as long as the man can perform the basics of living in order to sustain the worm. Should the worm do too well it will eat most of your food and progress to eat the stomach itself. The man can then become a secondary host, get cysts, lose energy, fail - and die choc a bloc with eggs - a sacrifice for further propogation..
    Should the man and his race realise that he will do better with more energy, then he must displace the worm. The worms will adopt ways to get men to accept their presence. Here are two little tapeworm examples....
    1) ON THE NET in
    Q - Where can you get a tapeworm?
    A - Go to Walmart and ask for the Tapeworm section. then pick from pink tapeworms which look good in you by the way or some cool black ones that make you feel emo.
    2) University Wisconsin (
    Paul Bass of the School of Pharmacy has isolated a chemical signal factor from the tapeworm that may help prolong the time it takes for medicines to move through the small intestine.The big pharmas are loving it.
    So collaboration is good until it becomes enforced. It is only true collaboration by CONSENT. We are at the point when the parasites that have infested us for thousands of years are too strong and too stupid to see past their greed for gold.
    So using your principles in your book ''The Bond' Lynne - should we not compete to rid ourselves of the parasitic pestilence? You are right there IS another way.
    (clue) Parasites are non creative. We must work as hard as we can to create beauty and love and knowledge gratuitously setting aside the hunger for profit and in that mass turnaround the Roman parasites will find alternative livings or become totally symbiotic or something.... I saw a film script of the Romans and other warrior parasite races hitchhiking out of the solar system on Nibiru.... how creative was that?
    Seriously though slave masters don't like being laughed at even though a lot of their antics are only comical once the light is turned on, so that we may see the big picture.
    I believe your book is going to assist us to se that.
    time is

  6. I feel that the intention that the radiation be contained is not specific enough: contained where exactly ? It can mean different things to different people sending intention, not to mention still holding in mind radiation that needs to be contained. Surely it would be better to hold in mind the perfection of what you want, such as the nuclear power stations operating safely and securely, the personnel going about their jobs safely, all in peace and harmony.

  7. The ideals of a few will never become the intentions of the majority. Taking any stance or position will continue to generate an us and them mentality, plus the ideals will change with the evolving situations. The insanity of the world is the catalyst that produces the urge to look within, and when the majority of human beings are aware of what they really are the momentum of change will be obvious.The awakening is happening as more and more people are realising that there is an underlying source energy linking everyone and everything. But change will not happen because of a few people's ideals and books alone, although every person must take responsibility for 'being the change that they wish to see in the world' as Ghandi put it. The intellect is very clever and will continue to create solutions on an intellectual level, which will generate counter positions, and so the conflict continues. We must know ourselves on a deeper level beyond the intellect before the solution to the collective insanity is integrated into the collective will of humanity. Once the majority are aware (and by this I mean as an experience of reality and not just and intellectual concept ) that there is no 'us and them', and that everything is indeed one and the same, then the power of the collective hallucination will be shattered. The solutions to the problem and the problem itself are not separate but co-dependent, each one requiring the other. Such is the world of polarity that the collective mind continues to generate. Once a person knows and identifies with the source enegy at the very essence of who they are it is no longer possible for that person to generate the behaviour that results in conflict. Lynns books point to that source energy and are a signpost, but know yourself to be that source energy and don't wait for some 'scientific proof' of its existence before you seek it within. The intellect can never know the truth....the Tao that can be named is not the true Tao....

  8. 10 things to learn from Japan – SKYNEWS reported this few days back.
    1. THE CALM
    Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.
    Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture. Their patience is admirable and praiseworthy.
    The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.
    4. THE GRACE (Selflessness)
    People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.
    5. THE ORDER
    No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.
    Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?
    Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.
    The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.
    9. THE MEDIA
    They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage. Most of all – NO POLITICIANS TRYING TO GET CHEAP MILEAGE.
    When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.
    With their country in the midst of a colossal disaster - Japanese citizens can teach plenty of lessons to the world.

  9. I see eventually, the population of Japan being force to move off the island, just by more natural diasters, and mostly to the USA where they will be welcomed.

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