Experimenting With The Universe
One of my favorite things to do is run “experiments” with the Universe and experiment with the art of manifestation. Similar to how people in the health and wellness spaces run tests for new supplement, diet, and exercise protocols, I enjoy testing, by somewhat unconventional means, how to discover, play with, and manipulate the forces that be.
In these experiments, I’m searching for awe, just as much as I’m searching for effectiveness.
Take for example: right now I’m running tests about an idea I’m fascinated with “Power versus Force.” I want to see if I can build more traction, be happier, and have a greater impact without having to push so hard. Preliminary evidence would suggest I do not have to (hooray!).
The only way we can improve and better align ourselves in this area (what is often called the ‘spiritual realm’) is to stress test our beliefs. That is, to move closer to our Purpose, we cannot rely on blind faith. We must activate our faith. Experimenting is a brilliant way of doing this.
And so, in this short article, I want to share a few quick ways YOU can start experimenting with the Universe. Not only because it’s a fun little thing to do, but also because you may be surprised by the outcomes.
Here are three great places to start:
Ask for a gift.
In her NYT’s best-selling book, E Squared, Pam Grout offers up a few methods for experimenting with the Universe to prove that reality is, in fact, malleable and that thoughts hold more power than we once believed. This is the first experiment I tried (and it blew me out of the water).
After reading her suggestion, I set the intention aloud: “in the next 48 hours I’m going to receive a gift.” I wasn’t sure what it was going to look like, but I had faith that I’d receive one. I went about my day and forgot about it. Until I arrived at home that afternoon and there was a package on my doorstep–a book that a client of mine had sent me out of the blue.
My first thought was: “Okay, this is a total fluke. I need another gift to prove it, Universe.”
That night, a good friend of mine asked me to accompany him to his swimming competition. I wouldn’t have normally said yes, but that night I did. At some point during the day, I had to use the restroom down by the beach. As I was sitting on the dingy public toilet, I look up to see none other than a sticker that reads:
“God is bestowing you a gift.”
I think I swore out loud–directly at the Universe. I couldn’t believe it had worked. I couldn’t rationalize it either–it just had.
Yes, maybe “asking for a gift” sounds a bit crazy; it did for me at first, too. But I urge you to try it anyways. What do you have to lose? Oh yeah, that’s right: nothing.
Ask questions; see if you receive answers.
We are obsessed with having the right answers. But the reality is: we don’t need to have the right answers all the time. We just need to know how to ask the right questions, and to have faith that The Universe, in all its infinite wisdom, will reveal the answers in due time.
In terms of starting to pose questions to the Universe, the boring version of this experiment is asking questions that you sort-of already know the answer to. For example, “Should I go to that event tonight?”
The more exciting, and empowering version of this, is to ask questions that are far beyond the realm of your current understanding. For example, I’ll often say something like: “What would it be like if I met X person?” or “What would it be like if I had Y experience?”
The answers to these types of questions, I’ve found anyway, often come in the form of opportunities, people, and circumstances. The Universe presents us with the tools and moments for learning the answers ourselves.
When you ask an open-ended question like this, you activate something in your brain called the Reticular Activating System (RAS). As you go on living your life, the RAS is subconsciously searching for an answer to your question. You start to pick up on relevant details simply because you posed the question.
Now, whether it is the search that reveals an answer that was always in front of you, or whether the search produces the answer, is unclear. But what does it matter? As the old cliche goes, “ask and you shall receive.”
Pay attention to the signs in front of you.
There is a parable that’s been told in various forms with various titles throughout human history that illustrates this point perfectly.
It goes something like this:
A woman, after sailing through a terrible storm, finds herself stranded in the middle of the ocean. After treading water for what feels like an hour, and oceanliner comes by. They see her and throw a lifeline out.
“Let us save you!” they shout in unison.
She denies the assistance under the guise that she is a faithful follower of God and that God will save her.
Another hour or two later, a National Guard boat comes by. She denies the help again. Finally, a helicopter flies over, yelling at her on the intercom, “Grab onto the ladder. We’ve got you!”
But still, she refuses.
Eventually, after treading water for more than half the day, she grows tired. Slowly, she slips into the abyss.
When she meets God in Heaven she approaches him with disdain. She yells, “I put all my faith in you. Why didn’t you save me?”
And He replies, “I warned you of that storm via weather report. And after you sailed into it anyways, and had your ship destroyed as I’d warned, I sent you an ocean liner, a National Guard boat, and a helicopter. What more could I have done?”
Whether you believe in a Higher Power or not, this story applies. The signs are already in front of you. The solutions to your greatest problems are already presenting themselves. But if you are so tightly tethered to your ideas about what the right answer is, you may miss out on an even better answer right in front of you.
I urge you to try one, two, or all three of these experiments this week. How can you be sure that it doesn’t work if you don’t at least try? You can’t.
As you set your intentions, ask your questions, and pay attention, remember:
What’s often missed when we talk about Manifestation is the bias we need to have towards action. Not action for the sake of action, but action with an intention behind it. That is, you cannot stop moving and relinquish all your power to the Universe.
Take for example the first experiment I suggest: asking for a gift. After I asked for the gift, I didn’t sit on the couch all day thinking about it. Instead, I kept about my day. I even went to an event that I may not normally have. And it was both because of and as a result of me going to that event that the Universe was able to send me a sign.
Experimenting with the Universe combines a strategic, action-oriented approach with the slower speed of intuitiveness–that’s what makes it so powerful. That is, by taking action, you are giving yourself the space to let the Universe reveal its secrets.
Don’t forget this, as it is a critical component to your “success.” Be open. Take action
If you choose to run one, two, or all three of these experiments, I would love to hear about your experience with them. Leave a comment below or send the team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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