Holding Hands "Modern science tells us that all of existence is somehow interconnected. Each of us is in the universe, but the universe is also in each of us. Through long-term, wholehearted practice, we can learn to see wonders in the commonplace and manifest the extraordinary in our own daily lives."   —George Leonard  

Experiment—and RESULTS!

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During the two-year experimental class, Leonard and Murphy kept careful records of all changes in the class members’ conditions. They engaged the services of a statistician to analyze the figures, which showed a strong correlation between adherence to the program and success in realizing affirmations, along with significant improvements in overall physical and mental health.

There were also some unexpected findings that suggested the importance of what we call “mind” or “intentionality” in positive human change. For example, how focused participants were while doing the ITP Kata turned out to be more important than the number of times they did the Kata, and how conscious they were of what they ate more important than exactly what they ate—though both were important.

In addition, there were positive changes that challenged conventional explanation:

A 45-year-old woman with a long and compelling family history of cataracts reversed her own cataracts over the two years of the program.

A 57-year-old woman who suffered from functional epilepsy was averaging one gran mal seizure a month when the program started. She has had none in the fifteen years since.

A 46-year-old man increased his leg strength by 140 percent without changing his physical exercise regimen.

The positive changes were by no means entirely physical. For example, one woman, a manager, significantly increased the amount of time she could spend in the "flow state" while on the job.

Leonard and Murphy's 1995 book, The Life We Are Given, describes the program and gives full instructions to readers who wish to follow it. In the same year, Leonard produced a DVD, The Tao of Practice, on which he leads viewers through the ITP Kata.