For centuries, Western science and many Western cultures have taught us to think of ourselves as individuals. But today, a revolutionary new understanding is emerging from the laboratories of the most cutting-edge physicists, biologists, and psychologists:
What matters is not the isolated entity, but the space between things, the relationship of things. The Bond.
By international bestselling author Lynne McTaggart, The Bond is the culmination of her groundbreaking work. It offers a completely new, scientific story of life and the human experience, one that challenges the very way we conceive of ourselves and our world. The Bond shows that the essential impulse of all life is a will to connect rather than a drive to compete.
In fact, we are inescapably connected, hardwired to each other at our most elemental level—from cells to whole societies. The desire to help others is so necessary that we experience it as one of our chief pleasures, as essential as eating and having sex, and we succeed and prosper only when we see ourselves as part of a greater whole. Every conflict that occurs—whether between husband and wife, social or racial groups, or nations—is resolved only when we can fully see and embrace the space—the bond—between us.
McTaggart offers detailed recommendations to help foster more holistic thinking, more cooperative relationships, and more unified social groups. Blending interviews and human stories into an absorbing narrative, she shows how:
• A simple daily practice conditions the brain to enable you to become more empathetic toward others
• A new way of speaking and listening can overcome polarization, helping the staunchest of enemies to become close friends
• 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: A small group of individuals committed to strong reciprocity can “invade” a population of self-interested individuals and create a fairer society
The Bond offers a breathtaking, visionary plan for a new way to live, in harmony with our true nature and with each other, and a new way to heal our relationships, our neighborhoods, and our world.
Lynne McTaggart is an award-winning journalist and author of The Field and The Intention Experiment. As co-director of Conatus Plc. she is founder and editor (with her husband, publisher Bryan Hubbard) of some of the leading health newsletters in the U.K. and U.S. (www.wddty.com). Lynne is also the founder of "Living the Field," a master class that applies the ideas from The Field to everyday life. She regularly hosts international conferences on the science of spirituality (www.livingthefield.com). As a result of her Field work, she has created a global laboratory to test the power of group intention (www.theintentionexperiment.com).
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I've read "The Field" and "The Intention Experiment" and was quite excited when "The Field" was published. I'm an engineer by education, and an editor and healer by profession. As an award-winning journalist, I first have to stay that Lynne's research and writing style (clear, lively, whatever) are among the best I've ever read. And they're not just someone's opinion, but are fact. These three books (in the order of publication) take an increasingly wider view of what the universe (including us) really is, first on the smallest level--the quantum--and then, finally, on the level that connects us. But these books are not dull and dry; they are great reads. If you're curious about what reality is, you've got to read all of them. Crime novels are page turners--but so is "The Bond"!
Lynne McTaggart has written one of the best books of this genre of the decade. She's a brilliant journalist who connects science and spirituality to come up with a new way of thinking and acting for the 21st century that will help bring about The Shift. The Bond talks about how we can make our lives on this planet more humane, more purposeful, and more joyous. Anyone who has chased through a dozen books, looking for the secret to true happiness, will find the breadcrumbs right here.
The brilliant investigative journalist and international bestselling author, Lynne McTaggart, has done it again! "The Bond" is an important book for this age, and a logical progression from her groundbreaking books "The Field" and "The Intention Experiment". Gandhi said: "You must be the change you want to see in the world." However, for many people it is difficult to identify exactly what change they would like to see and how this can be effected. McTaggart has identified the change that is going on from a scientific perspective. Even more important than this, she has offered to all readers of "The Bond" a lucid and logical new paradigm of change that we all can incorporate into our everyday lives. By moving from individualism to holism, we can help to build a solid, enduring and authentic community for the future; one that has at its heart a dynamic philosophy of compassion, sharing, cooperation and service to others. This is the heart of all religious and spiritual philosophies but McTaggart has approached it from a unique new perspective that is speaks to us lucidly and wisely in this this age of technology and science in which we now live. She unlocks the heart and soul of science and uses it as a bridge to a new spirituality. "The Bond" is a must-read for anyone who wishes to see - and help build - a better world.