resources to create a solution for all who live there.
Recently, he presented the Arabs and Israelis with a plan to make occupied Palestine “the Hong Kong of the Middle East,” an affluent society with both sides
sharing resources for services such as education and health care. Presently, he is consulting with both sides to work out the details and timeline of how to achieve this kind of society within thirty years.
The Power of Eight
Economists have traditionally claimed that we do best for society by looking out for number 1. But the latest science clearly demonstrates that we all do better by choosing what is best not simply for ourselves but also all the people around us. Every success story for resolving conflict shares one thing in common: an ability to harness the fundamental human need to connect, or Bond, and to move past ‘every man for himself’ to ‘we’re all in this together.’
In fact, people who fire together wire together; evidence shows that 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. A common and larger purpose creates instant closeness in any social setting and offers an excellent tool for maintaining cooperation in your office or neighbourhood.
In my work, I’ve seen what I call the ‘Power of Eight’: the extraordinary power of small groups to transform into a ‘superorganism’ of instant closeness and potent healing. During my many workshops, I have witnessed powerful stories of emotional or physical healing among both the senders and receivers.
The feeling of oneness reported by the members of the workshops and the Intention Experiment community is an example of The Bond – the resonance effect of pure connection. The simple act of belonging and spontaneously giving within a small group of strangers is so powerful and so satisfies our deepest longing that it heals both the healer and the recipient.
Once you begin to see the whole, you can see past your own assumptions and beyond differences to our Bond: the space between and the common humanity that binds us all together.
Here’s how to create your own Power of Eight:
Assemble a group of between 6 and 12 likeminded friends who are open to the possibility of healing and intention.
Ask if any one of the members of the group with a healing challenge of some sort (emotional or physical) would like to be the target of the healing intention. Allow the person nominated as the recipient to describe his or her problem in detail.
Spend a few moments talking over and designing the intention statement that you will all hold together.
Gather around in a circle. Either join hands or place the nominated subject in the middle of the circle, as all the rest of the group place one hand on him, like the spokes of a wheel.
Begin by having each member of the group close his eyes and concentrate on inhaling and exhaling. Each should clear his mind of any distractions, then hold the intention statement in his mind while imagining, with all five senses, the intention recipient as healthy and well in every way. All members should then send out the intention through their hearts. The intention recipient should remain open to receive.
At the end of 10 minutes, each member may come back into the room and begin to share experiences. First ask the intention recipient to describe how he or she feels, and if he has experienced any changes, positive or negative. All the other members may then take turns sharing experiences. Take note of any feelings of palpable oneness and also any improvement in the condition of both senders and receivers.
For further information on Lynne’s article, please visit: www.thebond.net
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