Researcher Lynne McTaggart returned to report on the on-going results of global mind-over-matter experiments (theintentionexperiment.com) that she has sponsored. Because of the way subatomic structures function, the world is not as fixed or final as it might seem, and living things are subject to influence from the power of thoughts, she explained.
Successful experiments have been conducted both with in-person groups and over the Internet. In one intention experiment, a group of people were asked to send thoughts for a barley seed to grow faster, and the results showed the seed sprouted and grew faster than control seeds. The experiment was repeated in New York with a group of healers and yielded even more dramatic results, she said. This led McTaggart to conclude that experience mattered more than the quantity of participants, with the degree of mental focus being an important factor.
Interestingly, she suggested that negative intention, such as using thought to destroy microorganisms, can work just as powerfully as positive intention. Elite athletes often practice a kind of intention with "mental rehearsals" -- according to research, this may be an effective form of training because the brain doesn't distinguish between action and thought, she detailed. Upcoming experiments (the next one will be on March 29th) are planned to make polluted water cleaner, and to reduce crime in a specific area, she noted.