I’ve been wanting to talk about this book for quite some time. Something has wiggled its way into my sharing – and even today, it’s probably not the best day to do it. But I’m gonna.
Wanna know why I’ve been having trouble with it? You’ll (NOT) be glad you asked.
Also, I have an extra copy, which I will be explaining “the why of” soon. If anyone would like it, please let me know and I’ll send it to you. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let me begin with a brief synopsis of the book, in my words:
McTaggart’s books outlines her discovery process about something we’ve known forever:
There is power in group prayers/ intentions.
But she takes it further.
What McTaggart realized that the others didn’t, is that a certain number created an energy that was – well, miraculous. That number is 8.
In concise terms: When a group is comprised of eight (8) members, it creates a kind of energy (synergy) that turns these small groups into Super-Healer Groups.
Further, the prayers (thoughts, intentions) from these groups bounced back like a mirrored reflection and healed the pray-ers, as well as those they were praying for/about.
Want proof? Read the book.
Now, my synopsis may be overly simplistic, true, but that doesn’t take anything away from the powerful truths found within its pages.
While McTaggart has been teaching “The Power of 8” for ten years, there are always new revelations, realizations and lessons to learn, which are covered in an afterword in the paperback edition from 2018 (both of my copies have the Afterword).
Also of note: There are robust notes and bibliography sections.
This book, as I’ve said, is pretty incredible.
So, you’re wondering… why didn’t I want to write about it?
Ah, well, that is something else entirely. And, also… not.
To begin with… I had a mental block about it. There was a pall. Let me see if I can explain.
This is one of the books I ordered months ago from Amazon Canada. One of the books that went missing for months.
For some reason, my order of five books from Amazon was broken up and this particular piece was coming from Australia.
Okay, let me stop here.
It’s bad enough that Amazon Canada is a misnomer because nothing I have ordered (EVER) has come from Canada. But this book? Not available in Canada? Really? But readily available from the United States. But as I say, it didn’t come from there – it came from Australia. And, didn’t arrive.
Several months after my original order, I went ahead and bought it from a local bookseller (Oh, lookie! It actually WAS available in Canada), where I have since bought all my new books.
(I have found that not all the books I want are actually available in Canada, which is why I have gone back to Amazon now and again – often to my detriment, to be honest!)
I was using Amazon in the first place because it’s where I send all of you! It seemed the ethical thing to do. I determined (about a year into this blog) that I needed to have a central (international) hub where all the books could be found. Makes sense, right?
Anyway, three months after my order, I finally got a refund (which was an ordeal I won’t get into here). Lo and behold, the original showed up in my mailbox. I was told that if it came, I should keep it or give it away. That’s why I have two copies. Again, if you’d like the second (brand new) copy, let me know. First come, first served. email@example.com
At the same time, the other four other books were lost in different shipments. They originated in the US. Who knows where they ended up… because I never got them. I also reordered those locally. I hope whoever got them learned something important. Perhaps it was meant to be?
I’ve been re-thinking about how to link all the books I talk about in future. Almost everyone uses Amazon and most folks in the US have no problem with them whatsoever. I want things to be as simple as possible. So frustrating!
Another reason I was somewhat reticent to share about this book is that I found much of the book to be… uh… well… boring. It’s difficult to explain… McTaggart is not a healer (yes, she is, but isn’t aware of it in this book, it seems) and it’s like she was fighting against herself.
My synopsis above is really the crux of the book and I literally gasped when I read about the mirroring effect of healing. So awesome!
Which leads to the third thing…
Spirituality. This is one of those books that’s clearly spiritual but not exactly Christian but also… IS.
I found this aspect of it… confusing.
And yet, I thought of all the times I was involved in Christian prayer circles and how powerful they were… and I can’t remember how large or small they were but ya know, when I think back, it’s like some of them were extraordinarily powerful. I wonder if there were 8 people?
So, you see, there has been a pall over this book for me… not really its fault… but it’s the truth. I feel like a weight has been lifted, having finally written about it.
Should you read it? Absolutely. Get what you can from it! There is much to be mined!