E-Squared Book Club: Week 7

For the past seven Wednesdays, I have shown up at 10am at Quarry Park, and at 5:15pm on the phone, ready to explore the latest energy experiment from Pam Grout's book, E-Squared, with the participants in E-Squared Book Club. For six of the seven mornings we were blessed with warmth, sunshine, and perfect conditions for sitting outside to marvel at the goodness and beauty available to us at all times. On our final Wednesday, it was looking like we might need a "Plan B". The first winter storm of the year had arrived and stayed the entire two days before. I sent out emails announcing an alternative indoor location. But on the morning of our scheduled meeting, it was clear. Not quite sunny, but definitely not raining. We gathered at the usual spot, each wearing our rain gear, just in case. Tammy brought her young sunflower sprouts (from Experiment #5) to plant in the clearing where we had gathered for our meetings. Our plan was to hike about a mile up to a lookout above the labyrinth. As we began to plant the seedlings, it started to rain gently. I managed to get a few pictures before my iPad had to go back in my pack.
Tammy planting
Tammy tilling the soil.
Shirley planting 1
Shirley placing seedlings.
Shirley planting
They are arranged in a heart shape!
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E-Squared Book Club: Week 6

At this week's E-Squared Book Club we discussed the last two chapters. I was sad to get to the end of the book because it’s been so much fun to do these experiments and share what’s happening each week with the club and on the blog. Once again, the weather at Quarry Park was spectacular – warm and sunshine-filled.
Bathed in sunshine.
Bathed in sunshine.

Oneness - We Are All Connected

Experiment #8, the 101 Dalmatians Principle, is about how we really are all connected. That every particle in the universe is in instantaneous communication with every other particle. Wow! I happened to stumble upon the movie Cloud Atlas this past weekend (coincidence? Or synchronicity?), which addresses this principle in beautiful movie-making splendor. According to this principle, every thought we have alters the entire universe forever. Imagine that! The other big idea is: Your thoughts about other people change YOU. How you see others is how you will see yourself. This makes forgiveness and kindness and compassion make sense at the level of the universe. It’s not about doing the “right” thing according to a rulebook or moral code. It’s about observing and choosing what you create in your own reality each time you think a thought about someone else. Continue reading "E-Squared Book Club: Week 6"

E-Squared Book Club: Week 5

This week we discussed Experiments #6 (The Superhero Principle) and #7 (The Jenny Craig Principle). Both principles relate to the ability of our thoughts to impact physical matter in the material world. First we discussed the results of the seed experiment. As you may recall, Tammy gifted us with sunflower seeds from her studio garden, along with a little bag of soil. It was such a beautiful gift! I went home and planted my seeds that night. As I tossed them into the soil playfully, I said, "Isn't it AMAZING that this one row of seeds is already growing faster than the other row?? I'm AMAZED!". At that point, of course, they were "just" dry seeds going into soil, sitting on my kitchen table. Nothing had happened yet. Except my thought and feeling of ALREADY being amazed at their growth. Two days later, I was truly amazed to see sprouts beginning to show. I literally thought nothing about these seeds other than the feeling of amazement that they were already growing faster.
Nov 3 seeds
Tiny sprouts visible to the camera.
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E-Squared Book Club: Week 4

Shirley plays with magic wands as Tammy witnesses.
Shirley plays with magic wands as Tammy witnesses.
It was a foggy, misty morning, but just before 10 o'clock, the sun began to shine. We gathered to discuss Experiment #5 - the Dear Abby Principle. This states that we each have unlimited access to a constant source of inner guidance from the FP. Pam talks mostly about the distinction between our conscious mind (logical, rational brain) and inner guidance. Too often we get the two confused, and we use our conscious thoughts as guidance. Oops! The conscious mind has these important functions:
  • identifying problems
  • formulating goals
  • making judgments
  • comparing current experience to past experience
  • interpreting results and building models
However, it's not the source of guidance when you "don't know" what to do, or when you want to take a step toward a vision you want to create. I'm curious: what forms has YOUR inner guidance come in? Continue reading "E-Squared Book Club: Week 4"

E-Squared Book Club: Week 3 – Laser Focused Intention

How was Experiment #4 for you?With our Thoughts we create the worldThis week's meeting was all about finding the intention that aligns the most with true desire, and then filling every cell of our body with that desire. But not in the way you might normally think of desire, as "I want". This kind of desire is the experience of living as if your intention has already come true. So if you "want" a new car, picture yourself in vivid detail enjoying every inch of that new car. Feel the leather seats, play with the sleek console, experience the punch of the gas pedal, see your hair whipping in the wind if it's a convertible. Now feel the sensation in every cell of your body as you imagine this scene. THAT is the feeling of having a laser-focused intention. Continue reading "E-Squared Book Club: Week 3 – Laser Focused Intention"

E-Squared Book Club: Week 2

Richard Bach quote The stories from the E-Squared Book Club are just too good not to share! We discussed the results from Experiments 1 and 2 this week, and when we met at Quarry Park by the labyrinth, we did Experiment 3 together. And can I just say "WHOA!". Since I have the unique position of being with both in-person and phone groups, I just have to share what's happening with everyone. Continue reading "E-Squared Book Club: Week 2"

The E-Squared Book Club: Week 1

Illustration by Tad Carpenter
Photo of a journal I own. Illustration by Tad Carpenter
We walk in silence along a narrow path that takes us into the shade of a eucalyptus grove. We are flanked by these giants, stretching upwards infinitely, only the birds knowing the space above them. We walk with our intentions softly carried in our attention, as we listen to the birds, feel the breeze, and notice our feet, one in front of the other, walking the path. Then, we reach a clearing. The trees step back, and stretch up the sides of the hill around us, forming a bowl. A container of energy. On the ground, a labyrinth. Here we sit on the grassy clearing and experience the infinite potential rising in every direction, encircling us. Quarry Park labyrinthThis is where we meet to explore our own connection to the Field of Infinite Potential, or as Pam Grout abbreviates it, “the FP”. We meet to share our excitement, our discoveries, our observations as we enter into the nine experiments outlined in the book, E-Squared: Nine Do-it-yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. The invitation of these experiments is to use our own daily life, our own powers of observation and attention, to capture moments when we tangibly feel our connection to the FP. When we are plugged in to what is available to us at all times, but so often obscured by habits of thinking, cultural osmosis, and prior conditioning. Continue reading "The E-Squared Book Club: Week 1"

E-Squared Book Club: 9 Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments in 7 Weeks

Retraining the mind is much like potty-training a puppy. You need to keep taking it outside and showing it the beauty, the majesty, the truth.” – Pam Grout, author of "E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality" (New York Times bestseller)esquared-RGB
I devoured this book in one sitting, because I couldn’t wait to see what all nine experiments would involve. In one entertaining, short book that is easy to read, Pam Grout touches on all the major spiritual principles and invites us to be scientists in our own lives. She's read all the major self-help gurus, taken their workshops, gone to the conferences. And she's lived their lessons in her own way. She captures what she's learned with humor, simplicity, and clarity so that anyone can begin to explore how our thoughts create our own reality. Don’t take her (or my) word for it, do the experiments yourself. Be willing to prove yourself wrong, and be open to whatever shows up for you. Let’s start "potty-training our puppy" minds together, share stories of our own experiments, and bring greater awareness of the magic available to us in our everyday lives. Connect more deeply with what you truly want, and learn principles and techniques for inviting it to show up in your life, starting right now.

Format:

Come to the first session ready to discuss the Introduction, Preliminaries, and Experiment #1 chapters. If you’ve already done Experiment #1, great! We’d love to hear your results. At each meeting, we will begin by sharing our “Lab Results Report” from the previous week’s experiment. We will then discuss the coming week’s principle and set up our new experiment for the week. Come with a playful attitude and genuine curiosity about how your thoughts can create your reality.

When:

Every Wednesday for 7 weeks starting October 9th, ending November 20th - **PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE...WE WILL FINISH THE BOOK IN TIME FOR YOU TO SET UP YOUR OWN ENERGY EXPERIMENTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!** Come to any OR all of the sessions. Please read the appropriate chapter(s) of the book before you arrive. See the schedule below.

Where:

Two options:

1. Meet in person every Wednesday at 10am-11:45am, in the gorgeous eucalyptus groves of Quarry Park, Santa Maria Avenue, Half Moon Bay. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on. We may take a short hike to our meeting place.

Directions to Quarry Park: From Highway 1 north of downtown Half Moon Bay, turn east (away from the ocean) on Coronado (this is the stoplight at surfer's beach). Turn left at stop sign onto Avenue Alhambra. Take first right onto Avenue Cabrillo. Continue to the end of the divided boulevard, and take a left onto Columbus.Follow Columbus slightly to the right and you will see the parking lot on your right. There are also small signs for Quarry Park along the streets from Highway 1.

2. Meet on the phone every Wednesday at 5:15pm to 7:00pm (Pacific Time). Toll charges may apply.

Dial-in: (605) 477-2100

Access code: 958748#

Listen to the recording from the first meeting here. (Not all calls will be recorded....just a sampler provided here!)

Investment:

Pay What You Want at the end of the series. Thank you for being part of these experiments with me! Required reading: E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout (New York Times Bestseller) Note: Mention the E-Squared Book Club and get 10% off at Coastside Books or Bay Book Company in Half Moon Bay. Read an excerpt of the book...

Schedule of meeting dates & chapters:

October 9th: Preface, Introduction, The Preliminaries, Experiment #1 - The Dude Abides Principle (you can read Experiment #1 here) October 16th: Experiment #2 - The Volkswagen Jetta Principle & Experiment #3 - The Alby Einstein Principle October 23rd: Experiment #4 - The Abracadabra Principle October 30th: Experiment #5 - The Dear Abby Principle November 6th: Experiment #6 - The Superhero Principle & Experiment #7 - The Jenny Craig Principle November 13th: Experiment #8 - The 101 Dalmatians Principle & Experiment #9 - The Fish and Loaves Principle November 20th: Wrap Up & Setting Up Your Own Holiday Energy Experiments

Questions?

Email me or call me at (650) 325-2194

Read all the blog posts from this session of the E-Squared Book Club here!