“The Volkswagen Jetta Principal” in Pam Grout’s book E-Squared is an experiment concerning whether our “beliefs and expectations” have an impact on the Field of Infinite Possibilities.
Grout chose the “Volkswagen Jetta Principle” as the title of this chapter because probably all of us have experienced having a new type of car come into our awareness – and then we see it seemingly everywhere.
So the first part of this experiment was to look for a certain color of car in a 24-hour period. She suggested a “sunset-beige” car. But since I’m not sure what color that actually is, I chose to look for blue cars. Because I thought there weren’t many of them.
Okay, I was really wrong about there not being many blue cars! There are lots. I saw lots of blue cars.
When I remembered to look for them . . . .
This time I had a much harder time being aware, paying attention.
I didn’t notice any blue cars when I first left the house. But when I finally remembered to look, there were many. I even met several in a row on my drive into Chattanooga.
This experiment also has a second part. Grout said to look for butterflies or purple feathers during the next 24-hour time period of this 48-hour experiment.
I chose purple feathers. Because I thought there’d be fewer of them. (Notice a pattern here? I try to make things harder. You think that might be a reflection of how I make my life? Harder than necessary? Yeah, I think so, too. Point taken.)
Now if I’d chosen butterflies, I’d have found lots and lots. Immediately. Because my daily journal is covered in butterflies.
But no, I didn’t choose butterflies.
I chose purple feathers.
And I saw nary a one during the 24-hour period.
But during that 24 hours, I told a friend about the experiment. And she looked at me kind of surprised and said, “I swept up a purple feather at the lake house yesterday.”
What are the odds???
I think that was my purple feather. Via a friend’s attention and experience. Do you agree? Do you think that counts?
So, those of you who are playing along, please share your experiences in the comments below.
And if you just started and want to share your experiences of Experiment #1, “The Dude Abides.” just click here, and share your comment on that blog post.
And finally, I want to share an interesting coincidence.
Several years ago, while I was still teaching high school, I woke in the middle of the night with this statement in my head: “We forge our own chains.” I wrote it in my journal. But I didn’t need to do that, because it rang so clearly of Truth that is has stayed with me ever since.
In the chapter on Principle #2, Grout includes this quote:
“You will not break loose until you realize that you yourself forge the chains that bind you.”
– Arten in The Disappearance of the Universe, by Gary Renard
I haven’t read that book.
But maybe I should, eh?!
Until next week and my sharing of Experiment #3, Happy Experimenting to you!