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Prove Your Thoughts, Create Your Reality

“If you’ve read The Secret or been in metaphysical, spiritual circles for any time at all, you already know your thoughts create your reality, that there’s power in the universe that can heal, and that you and you alone design your own life. Unfortunately, there’s still this tiny little problem, this one itty-bitty catch.

You don’t really believe it. Not fully.” ~ Pam Grout

One of the best parts about working at New Renaissance is the daily opportunity to discover new and interesting books. I’ll often pick up whatever book catches my eye and open up at random to find my message for the day.

A couple of months ago when my eyes fell on the words “E Squared” in neon on a black background I didn’t initially feel attracted. E squared? I thought to myself. What a weird name for a book!

Yet, the mysterious title kept grabbing my attention, so a couple of days later I picked it up.

Author Pam Grout sets out to show your inner skeptic that this notion that our thoughts bring about our physical circumstances can be proven – just like a scientific experiment, hypothesis and all.

I’m not sure if it’s the exquisite simplicity of her nine simple experiments to prove this to be true once and for all, or the author’s humorous and down-to-earth voice that compelled me to purchase and read this book – but I’m darn glad I did! And apparently I’m in good company since in the intervening weeks this little book has climbed to the top of our best-seller list.

As a recovering Catholic, I long ago eschewed the concept of a vengeful, jealous God – a higher power who watches over us with punishments at the ready as soon as we fall off the prescribed path of devotion. Instead I embraced a more compassionate and forgiving idea of divinity present in the energy of the Earth, elementals, a Mother Goddess and the Divine Feminine.

Yet, I experienced a huge AHA! while reading this book. I realized I’d traded in that punishing God of my childhood for another version of a higher power that would catch me up if I wasn’t ‘good.’

For instance I’d been carrying around this idea that if I am not super mindful while walking in the woods the plant spirits might ‘get me back’ with a sting from a nettle or a dart of poison oak. That it was my fault if such a mishap occurred. Payback time from the plants!

Grout doesn’t see Spirit as an entity or energy that keeps a tally of our mindfulness or hours of prayer. She talks about the FP or the ‘field of potentiality’ - a neutral field that responds to the energy waves that are thought.

This FP simply follows the energy you send out.

The problem many of us experience with manifesting our heart’s desires, Grout explains, is that we’re just too ‘darned wishy-washy’ about truly plugging into this FP. It’s no different than electricity and we’ve got to put in the plug – and that means getting super clear.

You wouldn’t call a plumber and ask him to come whenever he feels like it, she writes, yet that’s exactly the way we interact with the FP when we’re asking for something.

And so the experiments she presents in the book demand that we get extremely precise and specific. They need no money, and little time expenditure, only an open and curious mind.

In the first of these (playfully titled “The Dude Abides Principle” in a tribute the The Big Lebowski) you get a chance to test the hypothesis that this FP indeed exists. You’ll receive instructions and a Lab Report Sheet to track your results. These results can be mind-blowingly huge or a gentle whisper. I received two unexpected and wonderful gifts during my 48-hour experiment.

Grout titles another experiment “The Dear Abby Principle” and in it you give your inner guidance 48 hours to deliver an unequivocal answer to a question that has been plaguing you. The timeline and the system for tracking results make the difference between wishful thinking and actual evidence that will satisfy your skeptical brain.

If you’ve ever felt frustrated with the disconnect between what you intellectually ‘know’ to be true about thoughts creating reality and your actual circumstances, then pick up a copy of E Squared and start experimenting for yourself!

Namaste, Sarah O’Leary

Click here to order your personal copy of E Squared by Pam Grout.



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