Ever done an energy experiment?
If no, you’re going to love this! Hopefully.
Energy experiments first appeared on my radar after I read 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!
But these books aren’t really about anything ‘out there’.
The truth is, energy experiments are nothing more than leveraging the power of your attention. What they demonstrate is simply that where we place our focus is a major determinant in our experience of life.
Crazy thing is…we are never really taught how to do it.
At school, we are made to focus our attention on subjects for the purpose of learning. But what about when we are just moving through life?
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In fact, we are never shown what to do with our attention when we aren’t committed to learning. For that reason, so many of us slip into the bad habit of just letting our thoughts follow the same well trodden pathways. And a lot of the time, those grooves are negative.
Energy experiments show you that this is a mad way to behave.
Below is a selection of my favorite energy experiments from both of Pam’s freaky books, E-squared and E-cubed.
But first, in case I haven’t already made it clear enough…
why do energy experiments?
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?
old worldview versus new worldview thinking – examples:
- ‘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’.
The former statements all have one thing in common. Alright two things.
(1) you have probably thought them or still think them; and
(2) they are lies: states of self deception that keep us in fear and our receptivity low. They fog up the windscreen on our perception.
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.
- 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.
- Give yourself 48 hours to notice one sunset beige car, a butterfly, and a feather.
- Spend 48 hours tracking beauty and goodness.
- 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.
- Consider a long held negative belief you have had about yourself, and spend three days looking for evidence that its opposite might be true.
summary – our focus is the most magic tool we have
Choosing to use your attention in the way described is among the most radical actions we can take.
It’s an act of rebellion, because almost nobody does it. It’ll make you unreasonably happy, infinitely flexible and constantly amazed. It is about willfully and deliberately attuning yourself to the great in life, and living in a state of gratitude and abundance.Energy experiments are about attuning yourself to a better version of reality Click To Tweet
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. 🙂