Ever done an energy experiment?
If no, you may wish to reconsider.
I first learned of the idea of energy experiments after reading Pam Grout’s New York Times bestselling book, E-squared. The book, which reads like a lab manual, presents simple experiments that ‘prove’ reality is malleable, and that we shape our life with our minds.
I tried a few of the experiments, and indeed, they worked. Just like magic.
Recently I read the follow up to E-squared, E-cubed. Like the first book, E-cubed contains 9 experiments that act like ultimatums to the Universe to make its presence known – or else!
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This post contains a selection of my favorite energy experiments from both of Pam’s books, E-squared and E-cubed.
‘New’ versus ‘old’ world thinking
One of the reasons that energy experiments are so cool is that when we do them, we get a slap-in-the-face reminder of how important it is to feed the right kind of thoughts.
They show us that reality is totally up for grabs. Most of us live most of the time like our reality is out of our control. We act like onlookers in our own lives. This passive way of living can be called ‘old worldview’.
E-cubed sets out examples of ‘old worldview’ thinking versus ‘new worldview’. Old worldview is pervasive limiting beliefs, that we collectively ascribe to. They represent reality for many people.
New worldview is the thoughts/beliefs/reality we could be ascribing to. It is a wider, and less fearful perspective.
Any of these familiar?
- ‘The world is a menacing place’ versus ‘there is nothing to fear’.
- ‘Life happens to me’ versus ‘life emanates from me’.
- ‘Things happen that make me feel bad’ versus ‘joy is my natural state’.
- ‘God is an entity outside of me’ versus ‘god is a state of being, a loving energy that flows through me’.
- ‘My job is to judge’ versus ‘my job is to create, not critique’.
- ‘I think therefore I am’ versus ‘what I think is irrelevant – it is what I give my attention to that matters. I decide what thoughts to feed.’
- ‘No pain no gain’ versus ‘there is no reason to struggle’.
- ‘It is important to look at my faults and strive for improvement’ versus ‘I already have everything I could want’.
- ‘It’s me and you against the world’ versus ‘the universe has my back’.
- ‘I have to do everything myself’ versus ‘I need only follow my joy’.
- ‘I have to change, but I’m scared, help!’ versus ‘I can flip the script at any moment’.
- ‘I have to try hard to be good enough’ versus ‘my worthiness is and was never at stake’.
Again, the key thing to go from old worldview to new is practicisng responsibility.
5 energy experiments to try today
Here’s a selection of my favorite experiments from the 18 in Pam’s books. It’s all pretty straightforward stuff.
I would recommend reading the books purely because a lot of why they work is about having belief, rather than performing them with an intention to disprove. Reading the books helps you to suspend some of that natural cynicism. I found that by the time I came to doing the experiments, I totally expected them to work.
1. Start every morning by playing Pharrell’s Happy (or an equivalent positive tune. I like Black Eye Peas’ ‘I gotta feeling’) and fist pumping and shimmying (2) greet absolutely everything that happens in the next 48 hours with ‘that’s amazing!’ and (3) ask the Universe for a cosmic inner joke within 72 hours. (This experiment is based on the idea that our first thoughts of the day can become invincible tools. That is the case especially when we let go of yesterday, and feel the natural joy that is abundant when we aren’t running old scripts.)
2. Give yourself 48 hours to notice one sunset beige car, a butterfly, and a feather.
3. Spend 48 hours tracking beauty and goodness.
4. For the next 72 hours, actively look for the following eight possibilities: a belly laugh; a toy from childhood; a favorite song from high school; the number 222; a beach ball; a senior citizen in a fashionable hat; a smile from a baby and a billboard with a message for you
5. Consider a long held negative belief you have had about yourself, and spend three days looking for evidence that its opposite might be true.
Energy experiments demonstrate that if we cut off the feeding tube to our ongoing litany of problems and doom, then we become a whole lot more receptive to the opportunities around us. If you want to call that magic, feel free.
I call it sanity!