“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist
You don’t need a white lab coat, carbon nanotubes, or even those unsightly protective goggles to conduct the experiments in the book. All you need is an open mind and the ability to observe, record your findings, and be willing to frame things in a new light.
It’s important to jot down the time you launch each experiment. Take notes; document every finding. The more detailed the map, the better template you’ll have for further study. As you log all your perceptions and experiences, be willing to risk being “wrong” in order to get the verifiable details to prove you are right.
Okay, ready to become a mad scientist?
THE DUDE ABIDES PRINCIPLE: There Is an Invisible Energy Force or Field of Infinite Possibilities
“We now have a science of spirituality that is fully verifiable and objective.”
The Principle: The Dude Abides Principle
— Amit Goswami, Ph.D., Retired theoretical physicist
The Theory: There is an invisible energy force or field of
infinite possibilities. And it’s yours for the asking.
The Question: Does the FP exist?
The Hypothesis: If there’s a 24/7 energy force equally
available to everyone, I can access it at any time simply by paying
attention. Furthermore, if I ask the force for a blessing, giving it a
specific time frame and clear instructions, it’ll send me a gift and
say, “My pleasure.”
Time Required: 48 hours
Today’s Date: __________ Time: __________
Deadline for Receiving Gift: __________
The Approach: I hate to break it to ya, FP, but folks are
starting to talk. They’re starting to wonder, “Is this guy for real?” I mean, really, like it’d be so much skin off your chin to come
down here and call off this crazy hide-and-seek thing you’ve
been playing. I’m giving you exactly 48 hours to make your
presence known. I want a thumbs-up, a clear sign, something
that cannot be written off as coincidence.
Research Notes: ________________________________________________
“Everyone else is waiting for eternity and the shamans are saying, ‘How about tonight?’”
— Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., Cuban-born author and teacher of energy medicine
This experiment will prove to you once and for all that there is a loving, abundant, totally hip force in the universe. The problem, up until now, is we’ve had to take this force on faith. We weren’t allowed to see it or touch it, but we’ve sure been asked to do lots of things in its name, like tithe and meditate and put ashes on our head. I much prefer the idea of an energy force that moves on two-way streets. Does give and take ring any bells?
In this experiment, we’re going to let the FP know that, baby, it’s now or never. We want irrefutable proof. And we want it now. You know those four little initials—A.S.A.P. Well, those are the ones we’re shooting for. We are going to give the FP exactly 48 hours to give us a sign, a clear sign, a sign that cannot be written off. Neon would work.
Because we bought this idea that the force is vague and mysterious, we don’t really expect to find it. Or at least we’re not surprised when we don’t. Because we haven’t been trained to notice, this inspiring, energizing, life-altering force is zooming in, around, and through us without our awareness.
“Allowing myself to become a little nutty and irrational did open me up to certain mystical experiences.”
— D. Patrick Miller, founder of Fearless Books
In this experiment, you’re going to devote 48 hours to looking for evidence of this all-knowing, all-perfect FP. Call it God, if that feels more comfortable. Luckily, the FP exists every single place you could ever think to look.
To up the stakes, you’re going to ask the FP for a blessing or what I call an unexpected gift. You’re going to give it 48 hours to send you a gift you wouldn’t normally receive—a surprise check in the mail, a card from an old friend, something that is truly unexpected. You don’t get to specify the blessing (that comes later, in Experiment #4), but you do need to give a clearly defined request and a concrete deadline. And as always, it helps to ask for help in recognizing your gift.
When my friend Wendy tried this experiment, she received not just one but two unexpected blessings. She got a dollar-an-hour raise (her boss called out of the blue), and her brother who lives out-of-state and never calls unless there’s a death in the family volunteered to help her move, something he’s never done in the six moves she’d made before this one.
Robbin, another friend, went out to her car during the 48-hour time frame during which she was conducting the experiment and found a gorgeous, handmade leather purse, a gift left by a friend who had no idea she was doing the experiment.
“I love the purse so much, I still carry it today,” she says. Results, depending on your consciousness, vary. Some people get something simple. My friend Julie, for example, had a two-year-old boy she’d never seen before come sit beside her on a park bench. They smiled at each other like two reunited soul mates. Or it might be something pretty amazing. Another experimenter, Eric, was offered a free ski trip to Lake Tahoe.
Take note of how you feel about asking the energy field for a blessing. Do you feel a bit antsy, wonder if you’re being selfish, doubt whether it’s appropriate to ask for something good? This feeling provides telling insight. Maybe you don’t believe you deserve a gift. That thought sends signals to the energy field and affects its resonance. Perhaps you think it’s only appropriate to ask for something you need. That signal, too, is being radioed to the energy field.
To do this experiment properly, you have to set aside skepticism. Not forever; just for 48 short hours. All you have to do is spend two measly days expecting to see proof. Expect to see the dude in living color. Expect it with your whole heart. Expect it with every ounce of your soul. Like any good hypothesis, this one is falsifiable. If you don’t hear from the FP in 48 hours, feel free to write it off.
- Pick a time to start the experiment. “Now” usually works for me.
- Jot down the time and the date.
- Ask the FP to make its presence known. Ask for a blessing. If you like, repeat the “intention” or “approach” listed on the following lab report sheet. Or make up your own.
That’s it. Let go. And observe.
"I started the book at the beginning of this week. I was very worried about my economical situation and quite hopeless. I asked and decided to observe. I received a very unexpected call yesterday: I've been offered a job... I was speechless."