The Bond will transform the way you view the world. It will help you understand how the Darwinian notion of “survival of the fittest” has led to a win-lose mentality that has caused a lot of damage and is really not in keeping with what is really in people’s hearts. It is not the most effective way to live your life nor does it lead to happiness and success.
Through a discussion of countless research experiments and scientific findings, Lynne McTaggart helps us to see that our natural, cooperative, win-win way of being ultimately leads to more positive outcomes, greater joy, and increased satisfaction with our lives. Quantum Physics supports the notion that cooperation is the key to the dynamics of our relationships. In fact, Lynne McTaggert demonstrates that biologists, psychologists and sociologists have also provided evidence of a Bond that exists between all of us. She further notes that “Nature’s most basic impulse is not a basic struggle for dominion but a constant and irrepressible drive for wholeness.” Furthermore, it is the Bond we make with our world that is even more important than our individual genes in driving evolution.
I found the research studies discussed in this book to be fascinating and eye-opening. They clearly demonstrate that our most basic need is to feel a connection and a sense of belonging with others. In fact, Lynne McTaggart discussed studies that concluded that our relationships with others had more of a positive effect on our health than even our lifestyle choices, such as diet. The greatest stress and the most serious illnesses tend to occur when a person feels isolated and disconnected from others. Surprisingly, research has demonstrated that happiness and success appear to be determined less by how much difficulty you have in your life and more by your response to it.
Lynne McTaggart has divided this book so that the first three sections help us to understand that we are geared for connection and cooperation rather than separation and competition. Part IV offers tools to help us apply these principles and bring them into our lives. The exercises she offers in this section allow you to become better at seeing the whole, relating to others, coming together for common goals and being a spiritual change agent. She also offers suggestions on how to work together cooperatively to achieve a common goal so that even disputing groups may be able to overcome their differences and achieve successful outcomes. Lynne McTaggart points out that by seeing yourself as part of a bigger whole, that you will behave differently and more positively toward others. In this way, we can help make powerful and profound changes in the world. As an added bonus, we are more likely to be healthier and happier.
I highly recommend The Bond. I believe that just reading it will have a positive impact on your life. It will change the way you view yourself and your relationship with the rest of the world. You are likely to have a greater sense of what is truly important and you will be better able to regain your perspective about life. I found it very empowering and enlightening. I was struck by the multitude of scientific evidence that supports a cooperative, win-win approach to life and how our connection with others allows us to truly become more than the sum of our parts.
Lynne McTaggart, a world expert on the science of spirituality, is the award-winning author of six books, including the worldwide bestsellers The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe, The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World and The Bond. As editorial director of What Doctors Don’t Tell You (www.wddty.com), she also publishes one of the world’s most highly praised health publications and runs highly popular health and spirituality teleconferences and workshops. Lynne is also the architect of the Intention Experiments, a web-based ‘global laboratory’, testing the power of intention to heal the world theintentionexperiment.com. Learn more at www.thebond.net