After the Peace Intention Experiment: What happens next?

Lynne McTaggartYesterday marked the end of our eight-day pilot Peace Intention Experiment.

For all of you who didn’t register, we can now reveal our target as the Wanni (or north) section of Sri Lanka.  This area of the world has suffered a civil war for 25 years, with more suicide bombings than anywhere on earth.  The Wanni section is the stronghold of the rebel Tamil Tigers, the well-armed rebel forces.

We’re delighted that  at least 11,468 people took part at different times during the week (many more who couldn’t log onto the sites also joined in, and we will tally them soon).  We enjoyed participation in more than 65 countries  and every continent but Antartica, with the top 10 countries ranking as follows: United States, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, South Africa, Germany, Australia, Belgium Spain and Mexico.

Nevertheless, intenders also came from many far-flung quarters, from Trinidad, Mongolia and Nepal to Guadeloupe, Indonesia, Malia, Dominican Republic and Ecuador. People participated from all manner of computers, not only PCs and Macs, but also iPhones, iPods and Danger Hiptops.

So, heartfelt thanks to all of you, and we’ll make sure to give Australia a friendlier time of the day with the next experiment.

Big press in Sri Lanka

Although this was simply a pilot, our Peace Intention Experiment was given a great deal of newspaper and television press in Sri Lanka and indeed around the world.

We have been working with the noted Peace advocate Dr. Kumar Rupesinghe, the Gandhi of Sri Lanka, whose organization has supplied us with the weekly figures for war related deaths, abductions, injuries and attacks for the past two years for our study.

What happens now

From these statistics, our scientists, most especially Jessica Utts, professor of Statistics at University of California at Irvine, will model a prediction of the likely average violence levels we should expect over the coming month, if the fighting carries on as normal.  Up until now, the Wanni section of Sri Lanka has averaged 102 deaths per week. We will then compare this model of what should happen to what did happen over a month.  The difference in the two numbers, plus some control of variables, will tell us if our intention had any influence in lowering all levels of violence.  This will require at least a month, as we gather the statistics and then compare them with our model.

We will report our findings to all of you soon thereafter.  Our latest information is that the fighting had intensified at the start of our experiment, as the government attacked the LTTE rebel stronghold, the UN suddenly sent in a peace keeper and the fighting may be diminishing.  Our careful monitoring of the situation will tell us more.

For those of you in the Peace Intention Experiment, you are not on our e-news list and want to find out what happened, please sign up here.

What you can do in the meantime

Many of you who participated wrote about the extraordinary and palpable experience you had participating in this experiment and would like to run further ‘experiments’.  Here’s how you can keep the process going:

  • Join our Intentions of the Week. The Intention Experiment runs weekly Intentions of the Week for a worthy recipient with a health challenge nominated by one of our readers. We have helped a large number of people, from those with serious illnesses like cancer and those suffering life-threatening accidents, to runaway teenagers, who simply require more love and understanding. We are now planning to monitor our results and supply feedback. To participate, just follow the instructions here.  If you’d like to nominate a loved one with health challenge or other extreme difficulty, simply supply us with a recent photo, plus his or her full name, age, location and detailed nature of difficulty to: cs@livingthefield.com.
  • Share your experiences with us. If you haven’t already, please tell us or send in your diary of experiences on our Intention Experiment site so we can compile information about what happened to our participants during the experiments.
  • Monitor the effects of the Peace Intention Experiment in  your own life. Have you discovered that your own relationships are more peaceful following the Peace intention Experiment?  If so, please write in and tell us: cs@livingthefield.com
  • Support our work. My husband Bryan and I have paid for the Intention Experiments to date and allocated a number of our employees to handle various aspects of the process.  For the Peace Intention Experiment, we also relied upon the kindness of organizations like Intentional Chocolate (who paid for the server space) and Copperstrings, our wonderful web folk who supplied us with the pages for the experiment without charge.

But to carry on, we need your support.  We have big plans for the Peace Intention Experiment.  Although this was just a pilot, we’d like to roll out this experiment so that hundreds of thousands participate next time.  To do this, we need big server power.  Here’s how you can help:

  • Buy (and read) The Intention Experiment. Your support of my book supports this work and helps to pay for these experiments. (Plus, you will learn about the science of intention and discover a full program of how to maximize your own intention.)
  • Buy our other products. We have a vast range of products on health, spirituality and personal development, including our Living the Field masterclass and downloads.  For a complete listing, click here.  Buying a product goes a long way toward supporting us.