The Book E2 And My Experience With The Superhero Principle

I have been reading the book E2 by Pam Grout and writing about my experiences with each of the nine principles discussed in this book.  So far I’ve written about six of the nine experiments.  I had a little bit of a gap in writing because I hit some roadblocks.  The first roadblock involved The Superhero Principle, so I’m going to write about this principle tonight, along with the reason that it became a roadblock and what I’ve learned from it. 

 Experiment #6: The Superhero Principle

The Theory: Your thoughts and consciousness impact matter. 

The Hypothesis: If I focus my attention on a row of green bean seeds, I can make them sprout faster. 

The instructions for this experiment were to take an egg carton and fill each slot with soil, then plant two beans in each slot.  Also, water the seeds every couple of days, and make the following conscious intention:

“With my innate energy, I will that the beans on the left side of the egg carton grow faster than the beans on the right”.  

I was supposed to write down my observations for seven days after planting these seeds and then see evidence of my intention through the growth of the beans. 

I followed these intructions completely except for writing down my obervations each day.  While I don’t think writing down my observations would have made ALL the difference I do see how it could definitely have benefited the process and added focus to my intention. 

What happened with this experiment was that nothing grew for seven days.  So, I waited another seven days and still nothing happened.  I watered the soil every few days and left it by the window but the beans did not grow.  It’s now been over two weeks and still nothing.


 I’m sure there are tons of reasons why nothing has grown, but since this is an energy experiment I must examine it from an energetic perspective.  The truth is that while conducting this experiment I essentially went through all the motions but I didn’t really care very much about the beans growing, and I didn’t think about them very much.  I barely put any intensity into my thoughts when I was  setting my intentions and my whole approach to this experiment was rather lackluster. 

Indeed, you could say that  the reason for the beans not growing had to do with things like the kind of soil I used, or the amount of water I gave them, or how much sunlight they got etc. etc. but I feel quite confident that part of their lack of growth had to do with my lack of inspiration while going about this process.   This was the only experiment where it was meant to take 7 days to complete instead of a few days, and so instead of putting my focus on the beans for seven days, I skipped ahead and started to work on the next principle in the book while I kind of just waited for the beans to do their thing.  I put WAY more of my focus and attention on Experiment # 7 The Jenny Craig Principle, than I did on this one.   Here is my post on Experiment #7

A few things I got from attempting to grow these beans are that it’s challenging to force inspiration, and also that when you focus on more than one thing at a time, your energy towards one or each of them can dissipate in intensity. 

When I was a kid I remember wanting to do one thing and only one thing all the time, because I innately understood the power of a magnificent obsession.  What the one thing was changed from time to time too.  At one time it was playing Softball, another time it was playing guitar or writing songs.  I remember being so frustrated because school got in the way of me achieving my goals and completing my creative desires.  Then I developed the habit – as we all do – of trying to focus on a gazillion things at once and getting very little done.  I’m sure there is a time and a place for multitasking and I’m sure there’s value in it that I’m currently not acknowledging, but by doing this experiment I’m feeling like multitasking is overdone, and there’s something so delicious about focusing your everything on achieving one thing at a time. 

I might come back and try this experiment again when I feel inspired to do so.  In a different unit of time I can see myself getting very excited about this, because it really is an awesome experiment.  Perhaps trying to force inspiration actually made me less interested in doing it this time ’round, because I was really quite elated with my focus on the other things while I was trying to do this at the same time. 

Lots of interesting psychology to examine here, but I am happy that even though I didn’t ‘succeed’ with growing these beans, I have still written about my experience as I made the commitment to do, and I’ve achieved a different kind of insight.  🙂 

I’d love to hear from anyone else who has completed this experiment.  What were your results?  Did you see some beans growing faster than others in relation to your intention? 


Share Your Thoughts: