The Power of Your Tribe
It was inspiring hearing Lynne McTaggart speak at the recent Hay House conference, Lynne is an author, a journalist, scientist, and editor of the long running publication ‘What doctors don’t tell you’ which is a magazine that reports on non-drug alternatives and takes a critical yet fully researched look at conventional medicine – specifically treatments or medication that may not be proven to be safe or effective.
The magazine has attracted the attention of sceptics who are funded by Big Pharma, and after a big campaign The Times newspaper ran an article declaring that ‘What doctors don’t tell you’ was giving false information which could be fatal!
There was a call for the magazine to be taken off the shelves and Tesco bowed to pressure, at no point were the editors contacted or given a right to reply, and so Lynne – instead of resorting to legal recourse, took the fight right back to them via the same channels.
She harnessed the power of social networking and her own mailing list and used ‘people power’.
Tesco bowed again and put the magazine back on the shelves. A current furore with WH Smith is ongoing and readers of the magazine or anyone who values free speech are being encouraged to write and encourage them to restock it. It’s surely time for us to take more personal responsibility for our own health and wellbeing and this magazine is an important information portal.
What’s so inspirational about this rather unsettling story is that when Lynne harnessed her networks and wrote many messages to the Trolls and to The Times asking why in the name of good journalism they didn’t ask for her comments, they duly ran another piece using an image of the mag cover, and her sales promptly doubled!
They do say that every cloud has a silver lining and Lynne encourages us all to be ‘people influencers’ to join forces with other likeminded people and spread positive messages, it’s easy to feel that sense of ‘it’s only little me’ – I can’t do anything that will make a difference’ but the power of ‘we’ can be very strong indeed.
Together we can be the change we want to see in the world.
I highly recommend Lynne’s book ‘The Bond’ where she looks at the power of communities – find your tribe and get your positive messages out there.