The Intention Experiment Book Review

I consider The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World, by Lynne McTaggart, to be a work that’s both compelling and important. This is a nice combination to have — some works have a quite important message to deliver but are so cumbersome that it’s nearly impossible to even get through them.

Not so with The Intention Experiment…

This isn’t to say that getting through The Intention Experiment is an absolutely light and easy trip. The Intention Experiment is an in-depth consideration of scientific data and experimentation. With that sort of a subject matter it’s common sense to expect sections that will require a bit of intellectual exercise for full processing. But even when this is so it’s not, on the whole, too much of a strain. And skimming over parts of the material — such as some details about experiment set ups and data — can be done without losing important insights.

The story The Intention Experiment tells is this: human beings have the ability to change the material or external world through inner mental focus. To state this another way, humans can literally change the world through mental focus alone.

This will be an extraordinary, and difficult to believe, insight for many people. Most of us are taught, in some way or another, that the material world is completely separate from us and that the way to change the material world — in those instances when it’s even possible to do this — is through physical effort that’s often long lasting and difficult. It is so contrary to this view to suggest that the material world can be changed through mental focus alone that it is, at times, considered blasphemous — and it is often labeled as absurd and also impossible.

It’s more difficult to make these sorts of negative claims, however, in the face of scientific experiments that suggest the opposite: that mental focus can, and does, affect the material world. Skeptics may claim that these supporting experiments are somehow skewed to bring about a particular outcome. I don’t agree with this assessment, and I believe McTaggart considered every experiment mentioned in The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World with a healthy amount of skepticism.

After considering The Intention Experiment I don’t find McTaggart to be a cheerleader; I find her to be an interested party searching for sound evidence, and presenting what she’s found for consideration.

I was a believer in deliberate intention before considering The Intention Experiment, and what was presented within the work was compelling enough for me that it solidified my faith all the more. I don’t know what effect the work will have on others, but I think it’s absolutely worth the time and effort to consider The Intention Experiment and then reach whatever conclusions make the best sense to the individual.

Find The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thought to Change Your Life and the World Here.