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The Power of Eight: Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small Group to Heal Others, Your Life, and the World

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“This is a monumentally significant book, a once-in-a-generation work that will turn the tide in how we unleash the power of healing for each other and for the world. Drink in its meticulous and transparent scientific method, its countless uplifting stories of vivid healing breakthroughs and its breathtakingly luminous vision. Then go manifest The Power of Eight.” —James O ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Atria Books
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Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had previously read Lynne McTaggart's excellent book "The Field" (to which I had given 5 stars). The information presented in "The Power of Eight" is equally valuable and worth 5 stars in itself, but I am only giving the book a 4-star rating because I found this book more difficult to read than "The Field". The author went into a great deal of detail about how she went about setting up each of the experiments described in the book, how she came into contact with the people who assisted her in ...more
Kelly Ferreira
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book and what Lynn has started with these groups - can literally change the world. The things that my group (and others I'm acquainted with) has experienced in the short time that we've started our group is nothing short of amazing. Latest example is my 7 yr old nephew who has been suffering with intense headaches for months. After our group worked on him, my sister contacted me (not knowing we worked on him) to report that he hasn't been complained of pain and headaches out of the blue. Th ...more
Ariana deVries
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
A very interesting topic - erring on the side of hokey and mystical. I wasn’t able to get through the whole book as it felt very repetitive and could have been written as an article. I know she was trying to back up her position and findings with scientific evidence, but it didn’t seem to do much for me. I could have at least read the last chapter or two to see what her conclusions were, but the ideas just seemed too airy fairy. It was kind of like she was trying to confirm a personal bias.

Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book exposed me to another side of Noetic Science and the alternation of the world based emotions. Throughout the ages, small circles of people have held a significance in many cultures and among many indigenous groups. I never thought there could be a scientific reasoning behind all of this, but clearly that thought was debunked. One thing I found very interesting was how the author mentioned homothumadon, a greek compound word meaning "rush-along" and "unison". In the actions of homothuma ...more
Michael Kerr
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
As Shakespeare observed, "there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." This book is a fascinating exploration of the power of group intention. McTaggart goes to great lengths to establish scientific validity for the experiments she discusses. She enlists the help of a number of people in the scientific community and uses double-blind strategies to ensure no biases influences the results. Measurable differences in things like seed growth set the stag ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This topic interests me a great deal, but I wasn’t interested as much in Lynne’s journey of discovery. Just summarise the findings - that’s what I want to know. I also feel like she dismisses discussion on the amount of people that didn’t find it useful. What about all those people?
Stefan Dziewanowski
Worth exploring

This book points along a trajectory that is worth exploring further, and I shall be. Lots to think about, and practice with. I shall be setting up an intention group to explore these ideas.
Leticia Supple
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t even know how I ended up with this book. I saw it referenced somewhere and just... bought it. As an energy healer, though, it was hands-down the best thing I could have done. This book is remarkable.

It is remarkable because the author is so committed to finding the truth that she explored the nature of intention, impact, prayer, and healings by running robust experiment after robust experiment. She partnered with significant academics and institutions to develop meaningful, testable, rep
Mary Helene
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was OK. I can't bring myself to say I liked it. It could have been a 1,000 word report of findings. I didn't need to know how Sarah's aunt's kidney healed. I finished the book for two reasons: (1) someone I like was enthusiastic about it and wanted me to read it. (2) There is something here.
The larger experiments with non-violence were compelling.

Our intentions/prayer/blessing/focus does matter and it matters in groups. 8 is great group size. It works in amazing ways : starlings are able to
Mythreya Reddy
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book gives scientific proof that group prayer or intention will improve health and well being.Positive intentions not only help others but will also return benefits to those who do intention..Overall it is a nice book about using group intention for healing and positive change.In few pages there were too many statistics they may have been brief or put in foot notes. Other than that it is a good book.Got this book through netgalley.
Manuela Colantonio-alonzi
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an interesting and thought provoking book! Very worthwhile to read this book - I highly recommend it. it teaches about the power we have to heal ourselves and others through gathering into a group. It describes the power of circles of people with specific intentions. McTaggarts is very knowledgeable and I look forward to learning more about her and her work.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
In keeping with the Spirit Group approach to connecting small groups of people together for a stated purpose, Lynne McTaggart relates her experiences of healing in small groups. Very helpful, since we are acting on her ideas at the Unity Spiritual Center in Spirit Groups of about 8 people. The miracle of healing is taking place among us and it is a powerful.
Cheryl Wolf
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great foundation of the steps and research!

Loved to learn about how you arrived at this group practice. Would have liked a bit more specifics about intention setting, and the actual optimal group you only focus on one intention each time? What amount of time per meeting have you found best? Etc. Thanks for opening this process to the world!
Darryl Alder
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book and have already used it to make intention groups that have gotten good results for co-workers and family members. IF you want a taste of what it is all about, read this on my blog: ...more
Jan Daker
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating research that the author keeps trying to discount but ultimately accepts.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this book but there was so much research and detail upon detail about the research that I had to just jump to the end. But it was great information.
Maria Paiz
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McTaggart's book explains the scientific experiments that led her to discover how small groups of 6-10 people can have a healing effect on others simply through the power of intention. There doesn't have to be great preparation, just the purity of intention to heal. The way of healing is through the quantum: by turning the energy of our thoughts into a sort of magnetic force that miraculously alters illness into health, or creates abundance, of love, or whatever the person most strongly desires. ...more
Mexody Rosenheart
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting experiment. Though I felt like yes, there were many factors of the experiment that is questionable, I still felt like this experiment really changed my perspective.

The book really pulled me in to find out more, but maybe this is just me, but as soon as the author speaks about the scientific aspect of it - it suddenly became dense. It was hard for me to comb through but in essence it the flow was light and then dense, and then light again. Honestly I was really close
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Understandably, it’s difficult to write a book that largely sums up your attempts at scientific experiments. You’ve got to walk a fine line between the science reporting and entertainment. McTaggart largely fails at this. We start out ok, with a summary of what she’s already learned (some repetitive from her other books). But then we get to the experiments. She didn’t hold my attention while she repeated very similar tasks over and over (and over and over and over). Then, instead of giving movin ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
McTaggart tackles the power of intent in communal settings, specifically for the purpose of healing. Intent, considered by some to be the new science of prayer or a form of secular meditation, is a riveting conversation in neuroscience. Intent, focused properly, has been shown to produce measurable effects in the material world and has also produced perceived effects in spiritual realm(s). McTaggart's approach is secular and thusly preferable for diverse groups. It was hard for me to "put down" ...more
Cheri Flake
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Lynne Mctaggart. The Field drastically changed my life and then The Intention Experiment...who knew? Now the Power of 8...there is so much here...She truly is changing everything and using science to drive home her point.

If everyone on this earth read this Please pick it up!!! ☺️

I did intention healing at a Joe Dispenza workshop in Santa Fe last year. I was super skeptical. It turned out to be nothing short of miraculous. I wasn’t ever the one being healed and this is McTagga
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read, lots of interesting information on the Healing affects of circles and intention settings and I love the world wide studies that got incorporated. Lots of detailed references to further expand on the subject. I really enjoyed the added bits of elemental influence such as Water and properties of water molecules and Raman effect. I did use the Audio format and have to say it was an easier read as a result, not a fluffy story and tends to get a bit heavy on the scientific notes. It reads ...more
This book is not good. I am hugely disappointed

I am giving it one star only out of courtesy. This book is stupid. So much nonsense. All those case studies of cures n miracles look fake. Also every chapter they keep repeating again and again. Same thing. . The most superficial book i ever read. I hope thia author doesn't write any book after this. Shw lost all the respect i had for her due to her previous works. A 10 page essay was stretched in to 300 page book. Anyways the idea of smaller groups
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit at first I was a little annoyed by her constantly asking "Did I do this?" when referencing the experiments she carried out as if she was responsible for miracles. God is responsible for miracles. But it was very interesting to see as the book went on how she realized that it didn't matter who produced the miracles, but rather than miracles were happening. And I do appreciate her research in sharing statistics. It definitely taught me how I can improve my own participation in pray ...more
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very inspiring and hopeful book.
It's about the healing power of intentions of a group of people. You could compare it with praying or meditating, with the focus to heal a specific situation or health condition of a person. The book is larded with examples and stories of healing and transformation in peoples lifes. But also with experiments on water and growth of plants.
For me it was easy to go with the flow of the book, as Lynne comes from a perspective of trying to proof the effects scientific
Yasmin Ahmed
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and very detailed account of the literal healing power of thought, intention, and meditation. The author goes to great lengths to explain the science, intuition, and history of her thinking. It is clear, well-explained, and sincere throughout. Since reading this book, I have put into practice Lynne's method as described in this book with a small group of friends, and it has been a fascinating experience thus far. ...more
Elizabeth Slocum
Groundbreaking info on how to heal

Super exciting breakthrough on how to set up a small group to assist healing of group members. A little wordy, but also very concise on the how to do it. She condenses the amazing results of 10 years of experiments. Inspiring and empowering info on our ability to promote serious healing in each other and ourselves through this simple process!
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Please note that my low review is not for the author, the significance of her work, or the ideas contained herein. I think all of those things are great.

My low review is for the reading or listening experience. As previous reviewers have noted, the endless descriptions of repeated experiments, while having scientific validity, become quite tedious.
Jerry Levin
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the book but it was a little hard to read through the extensive details about the studies that she did.
That level of detail is important for an academic paper but is excessive when I just need to know that she had successful experiments and the results were so and so and now here is how to do this in your community.
Brad Mundy
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
The experiments she lists are impressive. She’s clearly on to something big here. Unfortunately she has padded the book with far too many examples. It becomes very boring in some chapters due to this. Perhaps her publisher required a certain number of words. The book could have easily been half the current length.
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