If you haven’t read my post on “E-squared” by Pam Grout and the book’s experiments that I’m trying (and documenting), I suggest reading that first so my experiment posts make sense. You can read that first post here.
Experiment #2: The Volkswagen Jetta Principle
So after the success I had with Experiment #1, I was pretty excited to go on to the next one. The general theory of this experiment is that what shows up in our lives is a direct reflection of our inner thoughts and emotions. It’s about seeing or not seeing things that are right in front of you. In order to see something, you have to first be aware of what you’re looking for and be open enough to really see your surroundings.
There are two parts to this experiment. The first part is done over a 24 hour period, and you are to look for cars that are a color of your choice, although Grout suggests green. The only thing you have to do is tell yourself that over these 24 hours to actively look for green cars. Then, when it’s over, ask yourself if your conscious awareness made a difference in the number of green cars you saw.
I’ll admit I lacked on this first part. Majorly. The last thing I was thinking about while driving was green cars, to be honest. I didn’t pay attention enough to really say whether this part worked or not, unfortunately. I figured I’d have better luck with the second part of this experiment.
The second half of this experiment has you look for either yellow butterflies or purple feathers. Specific, I know. I chose butterflies of any color, just to make it easier. While I did see butterflies, I believe what really took place during this time was that I was simply spotting butterflies that I normally wouldn’t have noticed. Which, by the way, is pretty much the idea here. Grout’s experiments are designed to make you more aware of your surroundings, noting that something may be right in front of your face and you might still not even notice it.
So the lesson in this experiment is that the world reflects what I want to see. You perceive your surroundings a certain way, whether positive or negative, and this exercise is designed to make you more aware of how you view the world. It wasn’t necessarily shocking to me with this one, but I did enjoy learning to be more aware of what goes on around me on a daily basis.
What about you? Do you tend to look around and take everything in or do you go around with blinders on, staying focused straight ahead?