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On January 26th, we concluded our Word Power experiment because my children decided they did not want to “talk” bad words to our failing plant. I urged them to try one last thing; if words and feelings do have power, then can our sick plant be nurtured with kindness?
The results of the words “I am sorry”  and “You are cool.”

The seed with the words "I am sorry" "You are cool." Grew over 3 inches in two days.

We wrote the words on the night of January 29th and took this picture on January 31st, right after the first post was published. If you have followed this experiment, are you surprised or do you believe this is completely possible?

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I received beautiful and encouraging comments on this experiment (thank you all). Along the way I met eye-rolls, tsk-tsks and fascinating questions and these deserve much praise because they helped me further my research on why the hypothesis worked.

First, the questions and concerns:

1) How can the plants understand the English language?

2) Maybe the tone of the voice used has a bigger impact than the words themselves?

3) Can this be proved in double-blind tests?

4) The experiment can only work if the experimenter believes in it (an off-shoot of question 2). In other words, experimenter bias can change the outcome of the experiment.

These are not ordinary questions, and neither are the answers, and if you are reading this, you are here for a reason. Perhaps.

Here’s an overview of my thoughts as I understand the theories that are attempting to demystify our universe.

I’ll start at this simplest nuclear unit – an electron. An electron lives in a cloud, being anywhere, anyhow, until you decide to observe it. When you look at it, then it is exactly where you want it to be – just there, nowhere else. Take a look at this quantum cartoon featuring the “double-slit” experiment.

It seems more or less easy to accept the uncertainties of matter at  sub-atomic levels. But the moment we step back into the physical world of large objects, the idea that all entities could be in a state of flux seems ludicrous. In the recent past, the double-split experiments have been extended to large molecules and even crystals (these are not sub-atomic; you can actually see them with your eyes).

Other spooky ideas have also emerged from quantum mechanics. One such is entanglement or non-locality. This phenomenon explains how atoms can “talk” to each other, even after they are separated. In other words the atoms influence one other without obvious cause and from a distance, outside all known Newtonian laws. More cute cartoons.

If you’d like to dig deeper into the rabbit hole, you may try the book, “The Intention Experiment“. I must state here that there is still considerable debate among the scientists and the jury is still out deciding the nature of matter and such ;-).

Here’s the distilled version 1)you can influence the outcome of path of an electron 2)electrons can talk to each other through distance and space.

What does this have to do with the “Seed” Experiment? The first theory* is that intentions, thoughts and words are forms of Energy. Translation: Intentions travel like electrons and get entangled with other electrons and can influence the outcome of those they encounter. In other words, what we see as fixed is actually mutable.

There are several experiments that postulate that the nature of thoughts and intentions are similar electron particles. My favorite is a double-blind study by Professor Emeritus William A. Tiller, of Stanford University’s Department of Materials Science. In his famous “black box” experiment, Dr. Tiller, encoded an intention to increase the ATP to ADP ratio in the mitochondria of a  fruit fly so as to increase production of ATP and to reduce the time of larval developmental stage of the fruitfly as compared to a control, without harming the life function of the fruit fly.This intention was “held” by master meditators for 15 minutes and then sealed in a Faraday cage to remove electrical interferences. This and an identical empty box (no intentions encoded) were shipped to a lab 1,500 miles away. The scientists at the other end did not which box contained the intention. The boxes were placed in identical larva cages and the intentions were “released”. Over 8 months, 10,000 larvae and 7,000 adult fruit flies were measured and studied. The resulting graphs showed not only faster growth and significant increase in ATP production in the “intention” group, but also healthier adult life and healthier descendants than the control group. In other words, the intentions affected the genealogical line.

Take a moment here to pause and reflect.

Does any of the above explanation help clear the questions posed at the beginning of this post? The plants did not understand the language necessarily, but they did “perceive” the feeling behind the words. I asked my children if they “believed” that they experiment would work. They said that they did not “fully” believe it, but when they said the words, the word “love” felt nicer than the word “stupid”. It only took the consistency of their feelings to make the changes.

To understand this, let us to take a trip to Institute of HeartMath. Here, researchers study the effect of emotions on the physiology of the heart and the interactions of the heart with the brain.

Our heart is a fascinating electro-magnetic generator and receiver. It is here that intentions rise and transmit messages to our body and the world around us.

Researchers have found that intentions work best when there is coherence in the heart. In a sense, you need to power-up to be able to co-create your world. Like any muscle in the body, the more you flex it, the stronger it gets. The heart’s electromagnetic field gets stronger with shifting to positivity, with staying in the moment, with the practise of mindfulness.

Going back to our experiment, the words in themselves didn’t make as much difference as the conscious and sub-conscious feelings they generated. The tone of voice could have carried a different signal. The test may be conducted double-blind and results could still prove the hypothesis (as shown in Dr. Tiller’s the black-box experiment). But in open tests, the experimenter’s beliefs do matter. This is not a fleeting, made-up or superficial belief. The belief that works is intrinsic to who you are. In other words if you are compassionate towards the plant that is labelled “stupid”, you are probably going to see different results. Since I know my children well, I can add here, that bad words created “uneasiness” or fear in them and this was what they transmitted. This is precisely what quantum mechanics points to, you see what you truly observe.

To view or participate in live intention experiments, check http://www.theintentionexperiment.com/

As always, your thoughts, analysis, tsk-tsks, eye-rolls and questions are always welcome.


I have followed the works of scientists and pioneers in the new fields of energy medicine and consciousness based science for over six years. This post is dedicated to these people who are bridging science and our unseen worlds, who have shown that our hearts beat as one.

Acknowledgements(to name a few): Dr. William Tiller, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Gary Craig, Lynne McTaggart, Donna Eden.