Book Review: The Power of Eight by Lynne McTaggart

The Power of Eight by Lynne McTaggart: Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small Group to Heal Others, Your Life, and the World

Not long after completing my Resonance Repatterning training 20 years ago, a number of my colleagues and I were inspired to do ‘long distance healing’ sessions for a large group using the Repatterning proxy method. There is a sequence of energy work principles, learned through the training, that leads even the most cynical among us to believe these sessions work and produce positive effects. I personally was thrilled to receive group member feedback on the surprising, unexpected yet delightful shifts that occurred for participants, in my long running annual holiday repatterning for “The Best Holiday Season Ever”. However, one day a man wrote to me asking for proof or research that validates the process.

I was stumped. That was 2002 and I then started to search for answers online.  In my journey I was excited to discover the research work of Elizabeth Targ, an American psychologist and researcher, who received significant funding to study the power of long distance healing and prayer. It was a long term project and I showed up at the half-way mark where exciting early results had been announced. I tried to get in touch with the researcher only to learn to my deep sorrow, that she had died – at the age of 40 only two days earlier.  Her loss was accentuated in that no one else seemed to be doing her type of research into long distance healing – or so I thought.

Among the many condolences online, was one from a woman who mentioned that she was covering Targ’s work in her soon to be published work of nonfiction, called “The Field”.  Within a few days I had her book in hand and was excited to be able to read about the dozens of scientists working on a variety of alternative healing related topics.

The author, Lynne McTaggart, an American journalist, married to a Brit and  living in England, reports on the findings of research into alternative healing and energy work , with several notable books to her credit. From her earliest best-selling nonfiction work in the late 90’s “What Doctors Don’t Tell You”,  she went on to write “The Field”, “The Intention Experiment”, “The Bond” and most recently “The Power of Eight – Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small Group to Heal Others, Your Life, and the World”.

Her curiosity, persistence, and quest for answers brought light to scientists working away at the questions raised in relation to alternative healing. From the dusty basements of many universities and institutions – often closeted away as their work was not considered important – many of these scientists did not know of each other’s research until Lynn McTaggart put them in touch with each other. Lynne is the Agatha Christie of this writing genre, taking the reader through the questions in her mind and those of the scientists – she reveals the answers from the best of the research papers and her own experiments. The reader is left on the edge of their seat throughout this latest book,  as she reveals the evidence and makes a startling conclusion about the intending power of a group.

I was excited to hear about Lynne’s newest book “The Power of Eight” as it promised   to answer my original questions about the group healing work we do as Resonance Repatterning practitioners – either in person and frequently for a group – in absentia or by proxy.

In the Intention experiment, Lynne in collaboration with scientists, set up elaborate controlled experiments, where 500 people in a hotel ball room send thoughts to one of 2 plants in a university lab in Arizona.  All done in real time, the plants with loving attention did  better that the control plant which received nothing. What she ignored was the experience of the intenders of these experiments. The participants tried telling her about their altered experiences and how things have healed in their lives since that time. This finally got her attention and she decided to study and write about it further.

For most healers, and certainly the Repatterning community, we might smile at her naivete in the outset of her journey and rejoice at her arrival to what many healers knew all along.  I am certain her discoveries explain the healing experiences of Repatterning Practitioners and  their clients – especially group participants.  Some of the key points or discoveries she makes relevant to Repatterning work include:

  • Her earlier peace intentions demonstrating that a group intending peace for an area of the world can make a difference
  • participation as part of a group is different that praying on your own and raises the possibility of the miraculous happening.
  • intending for people outside of ourselves, brings back amazing, unintended  results to the intenders; it is as though you as a participant are part of the healing wave.
  • her observation that altruism is a major factor – good healers facilitate from a place of compassion and giving.
  • healing can happen in virtual time. Lynne went from having a controlled experiment  of  everyone focusing on the same thing at the same time to having intenders look at an image in their own virtual time  – it still works.
  • that all you need is a group; in the end the experiments with highly controlled variables were not necessary.

One of my favorite conclusions, that Lynne theorizes near the end of the book, is how she describes what I would say is an experience of our interconnectedness.  She raises the possibility that human consciousness possesses the ability to create a psychic internet –  that we are in touch with anything or anyone by using focused attention to login.

What we do in Repatterning work is so much more than everyone staring at a picture of a seed at the same time to intend and create a shift. We are able to use kinesiology and a map to determine the energy that needs to shift, determine the best starting place for the energy to shift, or that is most ready to shift today. Knowing that anything imputed to a living system can change its energy, we have the tools for determining what would create the most appropriate shift. We know that in our group sessions we can include future participants – the hologram of our session is anticipating them in that quantum space where time is non-linear. Most of all we know that it is an interconnected world and we each have our own clearing to do to create the world that we desire.

I would recommend this book to anyone who would like concrete evidence that the alternative healing work they are considering or receiving works, and why. It will give you insights and inspiration to clear your own energy field for an enriched life. For Repatterning practitioners, this book will validate for you the work you have studied and now facilitate for others. What we understand as ordinary – for the rest of the world is truly extraordinary.

With Love and Light

Carolyn Winter

Carolyn is President at the Repatterning Practitioners Association and a facilitator of long distances sessions at the association website www.WorldPeaceHologram.com

*The Power of Eight book is available on http://www.Amazon.com as well as the authors website. www.LynneMcTaggart.com

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Change Your Life Through Handwriting


Developing good habits is the basis of personal growth and development. We all know that. We also know that handwriting tells volumes about who the writer is. Therefore, by developing the habit of writing in an empowering way, we have the power to shape our lives. When I heard about Vimala Rodgers’ kit, Transform Your Life Through Handwriting, the process seemed like a perfect way to communicate with my subconscious, and I immediately bought it.

Vimala recommends practicing forming letters in the new, empowering way daily. She confidently affirms that your life will experience miracles while using this program. Vimala states that each of the letters holds within them, a rich depth of spiritual essence. For each letter, she describes its nature and how to inscribe it.

The letter “O,” for example, “ generates compassion, kindness and understanding. To write it, start at the top and make a circle in a clockwise direction, uncluttered with no loops or hooks.” Keep it simple. Because we write from a left to right direction, the right is about the future and reaching out toward others. When we form the letter “O” in a counterclockwise direction, we are unconsciously looking in the direction of the past, toward the facts, with little consideration at how the listener might feel. When we inscribe the letter in a clockwise direction, we are better able to see the beauty, the truth, and the gifts that lie beyond the mere facts. I mention this letter in particular because as a teacher and a counselor, inscribing the letter “O” simply and in a clockwise direction has enabled me to more strongly love, to see clearly, and to truly understand those with whom I work.

How handwriting has helped me:

Vimala states that miracles will happen if one practices writing letters as she describes. It has been over 40 days since I have been practicing my Vimala Rodgers alphabet. I would like to tell you of my miracles. Maybe these miracles would have happened without this practice, but just the same, I plan to continue this practice. First of all, when I practice my handwriting, it seems as if my mind is expanding, and I feel happier. During these 40 days, I bought new clothes–bright, happy, comfortable clothes. I threw out clothing that did not suit me any more. I started wearing makeup daily. I began getting weekly massages. I became more serious about my food choices, avoiding wheat and dairy products. I consulted an interior designer and am in the process of updating my home and office furnishings.

In other words, my level of self-care has been amped up. People are telling me that I look pretty, they are treating me with higher respect. And–icing on the cake– a friend introduced me to a an attractive, interesting man.

How I have used handwriting with my clients:

Look at first letter of a client’s name: Vimala states that the first letter of one’s first name holds your greatest gift and greatest struggles. If a client is stuck, I have started noticing how the quality of the letter that person’s first name might assist them in some way. For example, as a speech pathologist, I was teaching smart, sensitive five-year-old Ally how to say the “S” sound. (The letter “A” has the quality of Spiritual stardom, transforming ego into Spirit.) After a halfhearted attempt, Ally said, “I can’t.” There was no convincing her otherwise. I paused, then changed the subject. I asked her, “Would you like to learn how to make a star “A?” The letter “A” is the only letter in the alphabet that can be made like a star. Your name starts with an “A,” so that makes you a star, too.” She was very interested in forming this star “A.” After tracing the letter “A” several times, we went back to attempting the “S” sound. Miracle: She could say it! Even bigger miracle: She temporarily lost the ability to say it, but she continued to practice this new way of saying “S.”

By practicing writing the letters ourselves, we make an effect on our clients. One day I was assigned to go new a school to do speech therapy for a new student. However, the teacher only wanted me to observe. I felt angry and felt I was prevented from making a difference in this child’s life. While at that school, observing that child, I remembered the energy of the letter “e” that is about tolerance, and its declaration of intent is “I may be wrong”–very powerful words! The energy of that letter softened my heart. I realized that I could benefit by simply observing this shy child. When I left, I gave the teacher suggestions as to how to support his improved speech. In hindsight, this child felt very insecure about his speech and would succeed more quickly by working with his familiar and loved teacher. Thank you letter “E!”

We can encourage clients to practice writing as homework. One of my clients was in a panic. Her husband wanted a divorce and her two best friends were near death. What could I do to support her through such horrendous experiences? I suggested that she buy Vimala’s handwriting kit. She bought that kit, and this is what she said about her experience after practicing the program for 40 days:

Overall, I’ve become much more calm and grounded, happy, stable, joyful and grateful, and reasonable. My mind is clearer, making my life clearer.

I’ve realized I am happy with or without J–I don’t have the desperate feeling (as much) of thinking of us not being together. My happiness depends on MYSELF. I realized I cannot to look to others for my own happiness.

Remember those lobster boats that used to start sometimes at 4:30 AM and run their engines for 8+ hours, making me want to jump out of my skin?? Well, so far this summer, it’s been at least half as much, and the noise doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it used to… give up the need to control, huh… I think this has been my biggest problem, and my 40 days of “M” ends on Thursday.

Yesterday I drove myself to the beach, alone, and walked on the sand. I can’t remember the last time I went alone–the parking lot there makes me nervous about needing to back up when I leave (it’s from the PTSD – fear of driving), and it was no problem for me.

On Friday, I got dressed in two different cute outfits and went out twice, alone, and actually enjoyed driving.“M” again–“I am at ease in all situations,” and I’ve been writing, “I am at ease driving.” Guess what?–(surprise, surprise!) I really was at ease.

This simple, inexpensive process can open the door to a happy life. I knew it would make a difference in my life as soon as I heard about it. If it resonates with you, I suggest you consider picking up your pen and start writing.

Additional information can be obtained from Vimala’s website or .

 

Sally Herr
Repatterning Journal Committee Chair &
Certified Practitioner Resonance Repatterning
Sally Herr is a Resonance Repatterning Practitioner, a Speech Language Practitioner, MA/CCC, and a Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapist (RCST).  She lives and works in Portland, Maine.  Her website is SallyHerr.com.

 

Book Review: Fractal Time – The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age, by Gregg Braden

Reviewed by Nancy Martin

“This book is dedicated to our discovery of time as the language of our past, the map to our future, and the world to come.” December 21, 2012, the winter solstice, is identified by the Mayan calendar as the end of a world age, the cycle that began this 5th world age in 3114 B.C. (1,800 years before the time of Moses and the biblical exodus), which is approximately 5,125 years ago. Comparisons of world-age references include traditions of the Hopi, Ancient India  (the Vedas first written in 1500 B.C.), Aztec and Maya. Oral transmission of the stories probably went back thousands of years before the literature.

Four generations experienced the end of a world-age and survived changes in global magnetic fields and climate, diminishing resources and rising sea levels, for the end of one world age is the beginning of the next. Completing the cycle is necessary before the next can start, which means experiencing the greatest distance in our orbit from the core of our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

Emotional/spiritual effects are evident, as well as the physical changes, in the sense of a loss of connection–separate and lost. The farther we go from the source of such powerful energy the deeper we go in darkness, leading our ancestors to chaos, war, greed and destruction. The dominant theme in that period of greatest darkness at the end of a world age is discord, contention and quarrel. In spite of the fears of such negative outcomes, our ancestors also had an awareness of abundant peace, love, healing, and compassion at the same time.

Now technology and understanding the need affords us new choices, the realm of all possibilities where we can shape our future. Earth and our solar system move into alignment, passing an imaginary line that defines the top of our galaxy and the bottom as the equator defines the Northern hemisphere and the Southern hemisphere, with the mysterious source of energy at the heart of the Milky Way. The winter solstice 2012 is the center of the transition zone, beginning well before and after 12/21, involving possibly years on each side. This alignment was predicted by the Mayans to repeat in another 26,000 years and represents moving through the 12 familiar zodiac signs/constellations, forming a circle of 360˚.

We need to update our time concepts. The ancient traditions saw time as an ongoing dance of cycles, waves of energy pulsing across the universe, incorporating repeats of patterns over a wide scope of dimensions—fractals–that carry the conditions of the past, but with greater intensity, into our future. Albert Einstein introduced us to the unity of time and space, which he called space-time, and that events of everyday life on all levels–peace, war, the cosmos, the economy, personal relationships and civilizations–happen within it. The fractal interplay between planets, galaxies and our personal lives relates to the ancient axiom, “As above, so below.”

Cycles abound in nature and vary in magnitude—from the smallest pattern of subatomic particles to galaxies–in increasing nests of cycles. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning.”

What happens within cycles is seen as a place in the cycle, a seed event. It’s the repeat of conditions that make a particular outcome possible, depending on the choices we make in life. Knowing where we are in the cycle, we know what to expect when it repeats.

This relates not only to cosmological changes but also to worldwide conflicts and the personal events in one’s life. Braden has developed a Time Code Calculator that shows us what to expect in all of the above. Through current technology we can anticipate the cyclical changes and a choice point that allows us to select a new outcome for the returning pattern of conditions. The key is understanding Phi/phi, described as 1.618/ .618, the golden ratio, which is repeated in infinity in nature and often in architecture. Fibonacci discovered during the early 14th century the sequence of  numbers that create the golden ratio, namely adding the last two numbers that expand a spiral or dividing the number that immediately precedes it. Spirals seem to be the pattern for much of the universe.

Beauty in our world is represented by this ratio—proportions of the human body, the pattern of seeds in a sunflower, the structure of elegant Grecian temples, arms of the Milky Way galaxy. It also applies to brain states of consciousness and proportions of DNA.

Not only cycles of growth and proportion are evident in the golden ratio but also in the timing and separation of occurrences in a person’s life. The only way we relate to time is through our experiences of events within it. Time and events can’t be separated. Now we have moved beyond classical Newtonian physics to quantum physics where we conceptualize zones of energy described as probabilities.

The Hopi language is the same for describing what is and what has happened. For them “is” refers to a quantum possibility that became manifest. Einstein said, “This past, present and future is only an illusion.” However, the “problem of time” is approached through  the theory that space-time has the form of a wave., something that moves in a special way and follows a special path—that of a spiral with the effect called a torsion field. These spirals of space-time are key to nature’s code.

Now the convergence of so many cycles  present an optimum time to commence new patterns of growth. In our personal lives this is an opportunity to release beliefs that have caused pain emotionally and physically and to embrace new life-affirming beliefs in their place. Opt for cooperation instead of competition for our world. “A change in the way we feel about ourselves and our world has the potential to affect the world itself.” Through the silent language of the heart we can harmonize our bodies with the life-sustaining fields of the earth; achieving global coherence can affect the quality of the common field that connects us. Conditions may repeat but the events don’t have to. We have a choice!

Book Review of The Greatest Secret of All, by Marc Allen

I enjoy books which are presented in a form that can be turned around into a Resonance Repatterning® process.  Therefore, I was delighted to discover the book The Greatest Secret of All, by Marc Allen.  Marc Allen sets out to identify core beliefs (that can be changed) and conversely core affirmations—that can create.

The core belief process consists of identifying the answers to the following eight questions:

1.  What is the problem?  That one we know.

2.   What are you feeling physically?  Marc states that our negative emotions lie lower in the body than love, which resides in our heart.

3.  What are you feeling emotionally?  At the bottom of all those feelings lies fear.

4.  What am I telling myself repeatedly?  With this question we get  an opportunity to look at the negative statements we repeatedly tell ourselves rather than being their victim.

5.  What’s the worst that could happen?   And then–what’s the very worst that could happen?  In other words, what is behind all these fears?  We often try to hide our worst fears from ourselves.  This question allows the worst to show up.  It is often something that actually could not happen.

6.  What’s the best thing that could happen?  Inevitably the best thing that can happen is much more challenging for us  to connect to than the fear.  We have been telling our worst scenario and rarely do we visit our ideal scenario.

7.  What’s preventing that best-case scenario from happening?  Whatever thoughts float up are your deep underlying beliefs.  Those thoughts are the ‘I am of no value’ type.

8. What affirmation completely contradicts that belief?  That core affirmation is what can create what we desire.

Marc states in his book that you don’t have to believe the positive statements; he says you just have to identify them.  He said that he personally  prefers “I am creating___” statements over “I have___” statements.  He explains that “I am creating_____” statements are easier for the subconscious mind to acknowledge.

Marc summarizes the process as:  Dare to dream and make a plan.

And finally, Marc  describes “greatest secret of all” as becoming our own teacher and trusting our inner guidance,  being the master within.  The greatest secret is about loving and serving yourself and others.  He states that one must become fulfilled before you can help others be fulfilled.  One must serve oneself before one can serve others.

As I said, this formula can easily be used as a delightful repatterning.  Try it.  You will like it.

Sally Herr

Sally Herr is  a Certified Member of RPA and is Chair of the Journal Committee.  She is a Resonance Repatterning Practitioner in Portland, Maine, and provides sessions in person, by phone and in groups.  She can be contacted at www.sallyherr.com.

Book Review: The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self, by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson

 Reviewed by Nancy Martin

PART I – Deepak Chopra

 “The Shadow” is a term coined by Carl Jung, the noted follower of Sigmund Freud, for the unwelcome parts of ourselves that we hide from conscious awareness. This dark side is often explained as a judgment—what we reject in others is what we cannot accept within ourselves. Dualism is the framework, e.g. right/wrong, good/bad, win/lose, hope/resignation, etc. We don’t want to accept as ours the thoughts and behaviors that go against our value system. The more we repress our dark side, the easier it is to present a persona that radiates all “goodness” and light. The unconscious, which Freud saw as the individual’s construct, Jung envisioned as impulses and drives coming from the entire history of mankind. Therefore it is a collective unconscious, shaped by all and incorporating the shadow of all.

 By ignoring our dark side, we only intensify its power over our conscious choices. This is witnessed in violent behavior as well as in mild, socially tolerated ways. When consciousness is no longer divided, when what we see is one self in all directions, “a new self and eventually a new world can be born.” Growing beyond our self-imposed limitations of the illusions our dark side imposes, we can gain compassion for self, courage and freedom. The goal is to be empowered with our wholeness, open to expressing our passions and realizing our dreams.

What is the evidence of the collective unconscious behavior in groups? The beginning came through body-mind medicine, the discovery of ‘messenger’ molecules that show how the brain translates emotions into a chemical equivalent, affecting our organs. Studies at Stanford University established the social contagion theory through bad conditions in a prison experiment that let dark forces emerge. A class of students was divided into two groups:  guards and prisoners. The ‘guards’ began to severely mistreat the ‘prisoners,’ even though they were all considered good kids studying at a prestige university. They weren’t bad apples–they misbehaved through adopting that “us vs. them” mind-set, where people lose their individuality, becoming just faces in a crowd. If there are no consequences of one’s bad actions, the loss of individuality increases.

N. Christakis and J. Fowler from Harvard analyzed  data from the three-decade study of 5,000 people in Framingham, Mass., and found invisible connections that run through a whole society. “When one person gained weight, started smoking, or got sick, close family members and friends were 50% more likely to behave the same way.” Any behavior can be contagious, and three degrees of connection became evident: “a friend of a friend can make you prone to smoking, unhappiness or loneliness, even though you have never met this friend of a friend.”

Our impulse for separation is behind the contrast—light and dark, divine and the devil, saint and sinner. Chopra suggests life has no juice, as in electricity, unless one pole sends a current to the other. He sees the shadow as the separation impulse and the divine impulse as one that seeks unity. The new reality we seek calls for a holographic impulse, one where the whole is represented in each part, no matter how small. Resolution and freedom come from recognizing the shadow is part of our psyche and that whatever exists in it is within our power to dissolve. The shadow tries to keep you unconscious because it’s the hiding place of pain and stress.

The process for nurturing the shadow includes: “keeping secrets from yourself and others; harboring guilt and shame; making yourself and others wrong; needing someone to blame; ignoring your own weaknesses while criticizing those around you; separating yourself from others; struggling to keep evil at bay.”

Choices for diminishing the shadow’s power deal with stopping our projecting, detaching and letting go, giving up self-judgment, and rebuilding your emotional body, which he describes as “the lightness of being,” becoming more whole. It exchanges judgment for the real experience of compassion, love, and forgiveness.

A new worldview is needed—the entire universe is made of consciousness, “infinite, all-embracing, all powerful, and all knowing.” He speaks of coordination of all action: information shared with all parts of the whole in instantaneous communication, energy is perpetually reshaping but never lost, evolution continually produces more intricate forms, and consciousness expands with more complex forms.

Wholeness and healing are very closely connected—always seeking balance within your body, within your life, within your world, as change and the laws of nature progress through transformations. Letting go of the split self with all its dualities is experiencing wholeness and being able to value the dynamics of each without being a slave to any.

Transcending the shadow brings the realization that “the level of the problem is never the level of the solution.” Going beyond the conflict brings a new perspective, a broader context that opens the way to resolution. Willingness to surrender your thinking mind to meditation, switching your focus from mental chatter to perhaps your breathing or chanting a mantra. frees your potential for limitless possibilities for peace and ever expanding consciousness.

PART II – Debbie Ford

Making Peace with Ourselves, Others and the World 

A familiar picture is presented of people who pray, wish, and desire to change some vexing behavior—procrastinating, overspending, overeating, resenting .  . .while hiding their discontent with a cheery countenance. With this simmering distress often comes forgetting they ever wanted anything other than what they had.

Our egocentric self believes that some change in a stressful person or thing will bring us happiness. Looking outside the self precludes lifting the veil within to see “who we think we are and who we really want to be.” Defending the former image prevents us from discovering our true self, our wholeness. The shadow, our dark side, the part we can’t imagine has anything to do with us and don’t want anyone, especially our loved ones, to see, becomes the major obstacle to realizing our true nature of greatness, compassion and authenticity.

She recalls her inner turmoil of opposing voices when she transitioned from an awkward preadolescent into a pretty young teen—“You’re an idiot.” and “I’m better, prettier, smarter and more talented than everyone else.” Attempting to feel better led her to a sugar addiction and progressed to cigarettes, Pot, pills for uppers and downers and psychedelics.

Success at masking her true feelings and imitating the girls who seemed ‘to have it all together’ deceived herself as much as others until her world crumbled. Finally, at the age of 27 in a drug treatment center, she began to see the havoc of her battle with the dark side. Ultimate surrender in that war revealed a passion to help others on the journey through the human psyche to value their wholeness. The realization that “we possess every human characteristic and emotion, whether active or dormant, whether conscious or dormant” levels our field of reference.

The panoply of self-expression brings the gifts our wholeness manifests, making possible infinite means of well-being and peace—the freedom to truly be and extend love to our oneness. Integrating all the aspects of our journey expands the richness of our days and builds on our potential for gift giving and receiving.

Her beliefs now are that forgiveness, happening in our hearts not our heads, is the “hallway between the past and an unimaginable future; everything happens for a reason; we are always evolving and though oftentimes painful, it serves an important purpose; there is wisdom in every wound; and we are more than we ever dreamed possible.”

PART III – Marianne Williamson

Only Light Can Cast Out Darkness

 Struggling over the juxtaposition of so much tender beauty in the world—from sleeping babies and bounteous bouquets of blossoms, love on earth—to wars and inexorable suffering and destruction of living things, she acknowledges an antiforce that gets us to do its bidding because we have forgotten who we are and “thus act as we are not.”  This darkness represents not a presence but an absence of light. “And the only true light is love.”

 Separated from love, our wholeness and God, we perceive our anger as justified, blame of another is only reasonable, and attacking someone is righteous self-defense. Fear takes over and threatens to crush the soul. The antidote is to change our thinking to a higher frequency—loving unconditionally and unwaveringly, involving radical truth telling, and expanding our sense of love beyond the personal, social and political implications.

Metaphysically, through her work with Course in Miracles, she accepts “Nothing but God’s love exists and what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.” Practically, however, understanding the creative power of our thoughts and words and our propensity for separation, she sees God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, the Illuminator, as a bridge between our shadow and our light. This reminds us that the darkness is not real, and through prayer with the willingness to separate the truth from illusion, we are open to seeing others and ourselves differently.

Cultivating the sacred in our lives gives us space to stay connected to our spiritual reality, seeing how busyness can be our enemy and how communing with others in a holy space can bring balance and peace. With awareness of the ubiquitous negative thoughts, you can place yourself in the flow of gratitude, eliminating self-hatred and affirming others at the same time. “Prayer is a force; meditation harmonizes the energies of the universe; and forgiveness transforms the heart.”

Energy created in a group is a collective shadow, magnified and growing exponentially–with fear or love. The challenge is to love with a greater conviction than to the hate and fear of terrorism. The illumination of our true needs comes not from rational evidence but from a mystery for the realms of pure potentiality.

Apprehension about our shadow is easily seen and felt until we come to see that our darkness also hides our light, and “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We are powerful beyond measure.” Our consciousness and our choices expand to embrace our wholeness and the love our Source has given to us all.

Book Club Discussion Part 1 of THE BOND: “The Superorganism”

In Part 1 of “The Bond, Connecting Through The Space Between Us” – Lynne McTaggart sets out to demonstrate how we exist in relationship to each other via our bonds as well as with the universe itself. Beginning with an account of the scientific explorations on the observer affect pursued by Wheeler and others, Lynne McTaggart challenges our thinking about where we end and the universe begins.  This is indeed a great struggle for advanced meditators who are able to shift their state of awareness from oneness (I am) to interconnectedness (we are) and back again to the state of ‘I am.’   “The Bond” makes the case for expanding our ability to think from the perspective of a unified ‘we’ versus a solitary ‘I.’

This section of the book also opens an interesting discussion on the topic of genetics and how genetics alone does not shape our life or destiny.  Rather, it is our positive or negative environments as much as anything else that determine who we are.

Lynne McTaggart’s account of the theories of the Russian scientist Alexander Chizhoevosky in 1921 was most fascinating.  He had proposed that many of the world’s upheavals in history were the result of solar activity and solar flares.  At the time his theories were not well accepted as political regimes preferred to think of a revolution as the result of the people rising up against the status quo.   The poor man was sent to the northern reaches of Russia, where he could not expand his theories. However, 30 years later, his work was revisited by scientists who felt he was quite possibly right after all. It turns out that there is a correlation between the sun’s activity and many social phenomenon.  We are linked to solar weather and all kinds of geo-magnetic activity of the solar system manifesting as increases in crime, heart attacks, car accidents, mental illness symptoms flaring up, and swings in the stock market to name a few.

In the final section of Part 1 Lynne McTaggart discusses our shared circuitry and how the emotions of another may be mirrored in ourselves via an empathic response.  We can relate to others in distress because we put ourselves in their shoes and literally feel their pain as if it were ours.  Repatterners, who have felt the physical pain of others, will find this section fascinating and informative.

Her conclusion is that we are hardwired to connect with others to survive and be our true selves.  We are born to play as a team.  Our tendency toward competition is self-destructive, and harms us more than we realize.  We have the predisposition to be collaborative with no inter-conflict and in that state for all of us to flourish.

Submitted by Carolyn Winter

Past president and current RPA Volunteer

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What has been your experience of ‘shared circuitry’ in your life?

How has community life changed for you in your lifetime?

What is your best experience of community or shared circuitry?

In what ways have you repatterned a bond of belonging?

Related Links: General Book Review | Part I “The Superorganism” (this Post)| Part 2 & 3 Coming this November

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Book Review – The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us by Lynne McTaggart

Lynne McTaggart is the author of several books including “What Doctors Don’t Tell You,” “The Field – The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe” and “The Intention Experiment.”  You may remember Lynne McTaggart as one of our virtual conference guest speakers in 2008.   For anyone wanting to understand more of the science behind why repatterning works, any of these books are highly recommended.  In her newest book “The Bond,” journalist Lynne McTaggart tackles her topic by sharing the explorations of science that support her proposition that we are more than individuals but owe our identity and being to our connection with the many bonds in our life and ultimately the universe itself.  More than that, it is the space in between these bonds where the connections are forged.  As a first-rate storyteller, McTaggart recounts the scientific trails that lead scientists to particular conclusions with the tone of a good mystery cliff hanger quickly drawing the reader into each chapter.  It soon doesn’t feel like a technical book at all as you race to read the next chapter to find out where the next piece of evidence exists.

This book is about the innate resonance or energy that is available to us through our entrainment with each other, our groups, our community, our culture, the world. In repatterning language, it is the entrainment frequencies that may have weakened for many of us depending on where we live, or our cultural ties or group. In western society McTaggart makes the point that the pull towards individualization, me first, and qualities of greed, dishonesty, and competition have weakened our bond with each other and with the world. According to the studies outlined by Mctaggart we suffer with greater mental health issues, physical health, our happiness and longevity.  We may die having the most money or stuff or both, and think we are really the winners when, in fact, we have lost more than we know.  Lynne McTaggart successfully argues how it can be much different.

Throughout “The Bond,” McTaggart outlines many rich examples of people, groups and societies with a much different world view that illuminates our bond from nature itself to each other and our group.  Her purpose in writing the book is ‘to prove that we are living an outdated set of rules and to demonstrate how easy it is to live in wholeness.’

After reading this book and the many stunning examples, you too will conclude that Lynne McTaggart has accomplished her intention.

Resonance Repatterning professionals may enjoy many parts of the book that support our understanding of some of the repatternings learned in the “Healing the Family Systems” repatternings by Magui (formerly Carin) Block as well as her many references to resonance, coherence and patterns.  It may help you to broaden your perspective in some of these repatternings.

For everyone who has lived in an active community, this book will help you to understand the value of your connection there and to your life.   Lynne McTaggert’s questioning style allows the reader to take each chapter and reflect on its meaning in their own life experiences.

I highly recommend “The Bond” and invite a book club type discussion over the months ahead using this blog publication and these posts. There is a post (or will be) for each of the 3 sections of “The Bond” where you may comment or ask questions and share opinions with everyone reading along with this book.

Carolyn Winter 

RPA Volunteer

Book Review – The Laws of Spirit – by Dan Millman

  “We can’t teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”

            Galileo Galilei – Preface 1995

    Dan Millman states: “All journeys are true, but not all are factual.” We           find the laws on the winding paths of life within our intuitive wisdom and     without in the natural world.

 This is an adventure story, an encounter in the wilderness of northern California between the author and a mysterious woman, a mountain sage who offered to share with him her secrets of alchemy. Her secrets were not of turning lead into gold but of transmuting one’s fears, confusion, concerns and difficulties that arise into “the gold of freedom and clarity, serenity and joy” in the laws of Spirit. She explained she had found Spirit in all religions and its laws functioning throughout the universe, as do the mechanics of the universe.  Following these laws leads to prosperity and fulfillment—peace in the light of higher understanding; resistance leads to challenging consequences.

The Law of Balance is first, reminding us we can overdo and underdo on all levels of our being. Her examples are experiential, such as imagining the feeling of calm the egret experiences standing on one leg at the edge of a pond. We learn to discern the difference between ‘normal,’ which could be high tension, and what is true balance and inner peace. The way to find that serene center is through doing and becoming more aware of the imbalances of living your life that need balancing.

The Law of Choices allows us to reclaim our power—choosing our response to circumstances in life and taking action to follow through with it. The sage’s declaration that all choices serve in their own way is a comforting thought, however it feels in the process.

The Law of Process addresses the steps and awareness involved in bringing change, achieving a goal, as well as honoring the completion of each step of preparation toward what has special meaning to us.

The Law of Presence is exemplified in Margaret Bonnano’s quote, “It’s only possible to live happily ever after on a moment to moment basis.” Dealing with what is in front of you is where your body is in the here and now.

The Law of Compassion is defined as “the recognition that we are each doing the best we can within the limits of our current beliefs and capacities.” This freeing thought precludes our judgment of others when we realize Carl Jung’s adage that we reject in others what we cannot accept within ourselves. Acknowledging such tendencies within us brings our shadow side to the light, where compassion and healing can benefit all. It starts with forgiving ourselves. When faced with violence and human cruelty each of us can decide what kind of energy—love or hate—that we want to project into our world. We can learn to see all people as teachers.

The Law of Faith is about trusting in Spirit, universal love and wisdom working through us all. The sage speaks of God as a feeling of wonder and mystery rather than belief and accepts whatever happens can serve a higher purpose for our well-being regardless of how it appears. Awareness of your faith comes from listening to the intuitive wisdom of your heart, not from books, teachers, scientists and psychics. So often we seek outside us for what is within from our birth. External influences can guide you to your internal treasure. Your path may present obstacles, and your faith brings you the willingness to risk, make mistakes and move forward in the process of life.

The Law of Expectation expands our reality. Imagination, assumptions and beliefs at the deepest level determine your experience. Blocks to the realization of what we want come up as doubts in the possibility of achieving it. By expressing aloud all the reservations involved and reassessing can clear the mind’s energy. The perception and focus shifts so that negativity doesn’t hold you back. Our limitations are only in our beliefs in problems; beliefs in solutions change our life and our world.

The Law of Integrity is described as living our truth, our authentic interior reality expressed by our example, not only our words, for our own as well as others’ awareness. Completeness and unity are inferred in being yourself and knowing that is ‘enough’ even with our vulnerabilities.

The Law of Action is demonstrated beyond the thought and into our behavior, the doing that leads to understanding and moving into life. The sage delivers the message: “It’s better to do what is best than not to do it and have a good excuse.” Still, options require consideration that nonaction may be best in certain circumstances. Key is turning to your heart’s wisdom and being aware of your tendencies of impulsivity or inertia.

The Law of Cycles speaks to us of nature’s patterns in time and space. As Kahlil Gibran wrote, “In every winter’s heart lies a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night waits a smiling dawn.” Change is life, and we often cling to the familiar, comforted in the assumption of control and order. The lessons from nature, e.g. seeds produce only their own kind, you reap what you sow, and cycles end before another begins, enhance our days and our own evolution, a ripening process.

The Law of Surrender points to acceptance of a higher will that involves receiving what is in the present, including your body, mind, and spirit and your life without resistance. Belief in the wisdom of your heart leads to spiritual growth and greater consciousness. “Learn to wish that everything should come to pass exactly as it does.” was the instruction of Epictetus, the ancient Greek philosopher, to his students. By relaxing the body surrenders to the moment versus rigidly holding to what ‘should’ happen. With practice, we can perceive all we behold as Spirit and that life is a mystery beyond our comprehension.

The Law of Unity awareness requires a shift in perception on a higher plane—coming to realize that we re not separate beings on an earth of infinite diversity but rather One Being, One Consciousness. The paradox depends on seeing both perspectives on the state of our awareness—the individual entities vs. parts of the whole. The choice becomes ours. The concept begins as incredulous to our comprehension. The sage, however, suggests being open to feeling it—a sense of deep connection to your presence at that moment, bringing pure peace and joy. How would your life, your reality change by embracing a vision of humanity as One? The oneness dissolves the wounding and heals the wounded with compassion for all creation.

The Laws of Spirit are intended for bearing courage, love and understanding. Yet powerful as these laws are, the sage concludes, without the Law of Love–your connection to your heart’s wisdom–they are secondary. Her prayers for us all: “May you find grace as you surrender to life. May you find happiness, as you stop seeking it. May you come to trust these laws and inherit the wisdom of the Earth. May you reconnect with the heart of nature and feel the blessings of Spirit.” All together they light our journey and remind us of the love that surrounds each of us and the peace that perpetuates.

Nancy  B. Martin

Certified Practitioner

 

Book Review: The Power of Luck, A User’s Guide by Dolokhor and Gurangor

Resonance Repatterning Practitioners are in the business of supporting life changes.  We tap into the unconscious minds to identify the core issues, what is holding those issues in place and then we, again, using the unconscious minds, identify how to release those stuck issues that are now understood.

We glean from books the exact right pieces of information that is needed to use to support our clients.  I have found that we don’t need to refer to the Resonance Repatterning books; we can use other books.  Books that list possible problems and then list solutions work very well in the Resonance Repatterning paradigm.

The Power of Luck is a book that fits in that formula. It uses signs that occur in life, humor, stories—such as earlier experiences and fairy tales–and imagination to identify and release the core issue.

The authors call themselves magicians.  We are magicians, too.  Their mentors are skilled shape-shifters, including Lewis Carrol, Richard Bach and Carlos Castaneda.

Of course, you will need to read the book yourself to fully grasp their techniques; however, I would like to give you a taste of their approach.  They ask us to imagine that we really are immortal magicians who have created this world to just amuse ourselves.  In the first section of the book there are chapters describing strategies to identify the root issue and to change it around.  One is called renaming.  For example, a woman went shopping to choose a nightstand to match her furniture.  She and her friend drove all over the town, but could not find an acceptable piece anywhere.  She decided to re-name herself to help free her self of this confusion.  She immediately noticed a sign advertising:  “You know everything will happen in time.”  She gave herself the name:  “I am that which you know will happen in time!”  She saw a sign at the Department of Motor Vehicles:  “Every child on the road is your own!”  She became “I am someone else’s child who’s never on the road.”  She was just playing with names.  It made her happy.  Then she saw in front of her an astonishing sight:  An old man smiling from ear to ear, his grey beard flowing and carrying skis under his arm.  At that time, they were in front of a department store with a sign, “Furniture for Sale.”  Because of the sign of the old man, she knew that was the store—but wondered,”What if I am wrong?”  Inside there were the perfect nightstands at a very cheap price.

The second section gives stories about how people used their techniques to transform their problems.

I know that I am a magician.  I know that my imagination creates the life that I manifest.  I like this book because it gives me added techniques for becoming an even better magician.  I find this book helpful as an optional resource to address both my problems and those of my clients.

The Power of Luck,  A User’s Manual,  Dolokhov and Gurangov, Translated by Mark Havill, Deep Snow Press, Ithaca, New York

Sally Herr, MA

Certified Resonance Repatterning Practitioner

sally@sallyherr.com