I have been writing about my experiences while I go through the energy experiments in the book E2 by Pam Grout. These experiments are designed to prove certain theories about the nature of reality. I have posted about 8 of the 9 experiments so far. Though I haven’t gone in sequential order the whole time, I will end this posting series by writing about the ninth and last experiment.
Experiment #9 – The Fish And Loaves Principle
The Theory: The universe is limitless, abundant, and strangely accommodating.
The Question: Is my focus on the negative keeping me from seeing reality?
The Hypothesis: If I change my outlook and make concerted effort to look for goodness, beauty, and abundance, it will show up in spades.
The instructions in this experiment are to keep a journal and record all of the good things and kind acts that you see in 48 hours to prove how much goodness there truly is in the world.
I have to admit that as I approached this experiment I had a serious case of “Ya, but I already know that!”. The reason I had this state of mind is because I’ve already consciously made it a habit to practice looking for goodness, beauty and abundance, and through my experiences I’ve seen loads and loads of proof that it’s totally true that the more you look for these things the more you see them. So, I asked myself what the point of this experiment was since I’ve already done this and have proved this to be true. As I searched for a purpose and went from one thought to another, to another, it dawned on me that the point of doing this experiment is to DO this experiment. … As I just wrote that last sentence I had to stop and laugh out loud because it’s so ridiculously simple, but when you’re stuck in the ‘I Know This Already’ mentality, this point can totally be missed.
Here’s what I’m realizing and remembering! Knowing things is totally useless, unless they’re applied. While I can say that I do practice applying the ‘look for the gold’ principle most of the time, there’s absolutely no reason why I can’t delve deeper into this and practice it more. So … I haven’t even done this experiment yet, but I have just written this intro to help myself to understand the point of doing it. The point of doing it is to DO it, and see what happens! 😀 I will be back in 48 hours to finish this post after I have kept a journal and recorded all of the good things I see. 🙂
…. a few days later ….
I just reread what I wrote above and laughed at myself more because by going through this experiment I realized how much I really got out of DOING this.
First I had to decide logistically how I was going to do this, because theoretically you could write nonstop all day long about all the good things in the world that you perceive. And while you look for more, you find and create more, so in order to set some kind of achievable goal I decided to make a really clear objective. I would write in my journal before I went to bed and list all of the things that I had appreciation for, and all of the abundance I perceived, until I felt like going to sleep.
The first night I wrote some things and felt like my mind shifted to a deeper positive state in the process. Right on!
The next night was a little different. I became conscious of some negative thought patterns I was having. I started to write a list of things that I appreciated but then it transformed into a long journal entry with reflections on the negative thought patterns I was having and how to transmute them.
The negative thought patterns generally had to do with feeling unappreciation, or not feeling authentically seen, and feeling unsupported. These thoughts were not triggered by anything that happened directly to me during this time, they were more of a reaction to some indirect things I witnessed. But, I realized through my writing process that these were just old thought patterns and weren’t truly reflecting my current reality.
To shift my thoughts and feelings I decided to focus on giving lots of love and support to those around me, and to look for these examples of support, encouragement, and appreciation from others. By deliberately looking for these things, and choosing to focus on the joy of giving them, I started to see an abundance of kindness, love, and support from all the people I’ve been interacting with over the past few days. It has been really beautiful to witness.
There really is an abundance of the things we desire, it’s just a matter of tuning into that frequency. Sometimes it can be extremely challenging to shift into a perspective of abundance from a perspective of lack, but other times it’s as easy as flipping a switch. I feel like I may have just proved more to myself about the value of writing out my thoughts to bring awareness to them and shift them to a more empowered place, than about the theory that the universe is limitless, abundant, and strangely accommodating. Very interesting!
It feels weird ending this posting series to be honest. I feel like there is so much more that can be discussed about these concepts and this book. I also feel like I got way more out of writing about these experiments than I have shared. 🙂
But alas, it’s time to complete this and move onto other books.
I absolutely recommend not only reading this but also going through the processes AND writing about them in some fashion that feels good to you. There’s tons of gold to be found by doing so. 🙂
If you have read this book and gone through the experiments, I’d love to know what was your favourite experiment, or what one did you get the most out of?
With love and appreciation for the abundance of goodness there is in the universe,
The quote “To know and not to do, is not really yet to know” by Leo Buscaglia can be heard in this powerful youtube video: