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The Field by Lynne McTaggart.
Basic Books, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 10 East 53rd Street,
New York, NY 10022, 1997; 181 pp., $20.00.
Overall Rating: 9 (out of 10)
Difficulty Level: 6 (out of 10)
Recommendation: A very interesting and thought-provoking book
Sort of a cross between The Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav, The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra, and The Aquarian Conspiracy by Marilyn Ferguson, this book gives a broad stroke look at a number of current scientists and healers, and attempts to show how they are all actually pointing at more or less the same place, that is, a theory that will pretty much explain how much of what we once thought was impossible is now possible.
The cornerstone of the book is the Zero Point Field. From the back cover we have the following:
"During the past few decades, science has begun to prove what ancient myth and religion has always espoused: there there may be such a thing as a life force. Frontier scientists all over the globe have produced extraordinary evidence to show that an energy field – the Zero Point Field – connects everything in the universe, and we ourselves are part of this vast dynamic cobweb of energy exchange... the Field is responsible for many of the most profound human mysteries, from alternative medicine and spiritual healing to extra-sensory perception and the collective unconscious."
To elaborate, the Zero Point Field refers to the staggering amount of energy left in empty space, even at absolute zero, when nothing else is going on. Said to link the micro and the macro, that is, the quantum level and our level of everyday existence, there is simply so much energy going on here – through a variety of mostly still undefined mechanisms – that what we typically falsely think of as "miracles" are not only possible, they are common.
McTaggart, who according to the back cover is "editor and co-founder of ... the UK's most successful health newsletters," brings the book down to earth with sketches of everyday consciousness heros like Edgar Mitchel, founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Dean Radin (previously interviewed on Enlightenment.Com), Hal Putoff, and Elisabeth Targ, daughter of Russell Targ and the victim of a brain tumor that took her life far, far too early. She does an excellent job in going through a large number of research studies, and gives you a sense that you are actually on the inside of a grand scientific conspiracy that will topple the existing scientistic edifice and allow a great deal of new light and understanding to pour in.
I loved the beginning of this book, especially the prologue, and found her scientific descriptions fascinating. If I have any criticisms, it's that the book doesn't really go anywhere. I felt more certain as to the Big Picture from having read the Prologue and the first few chapters than I did by the time the book was over.
For the person interested in physics and mysticism (notwithstanding Wilber's early injunction not to hook one's mysticism to one's physics), this is a great, fun read, perfect for a vacation or an airplane ride. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, at least for a good deal of the book, and you will certainly have some fascinating probabilities to ponder.
Very readable, lots of fun, mostly fascinating, and an excellent effort overal
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