I love testing out the premise that my thoughts do, indeed, create my reality.
I’m a believer, for sure. It really didn’t take any convincing when about a year ago I became obsessed with Law of Attraction.
At the same time, I also like proving it. I like being the scientist and studying my own life. What works and what doesn’t.
I think we should all do that! I think YOU should do that—be the subject and the scientist—and study Law of Attraction in your own life. So you can see what works and experience the manifestations you want in your own life.
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Law of Attraction is working in your life whether you know about it or not, whether you believe it or not. But experiments help you really understand this powerful law of the universe so you can more deliberately, more intentionally, more excitedly leverage it in your life.
Let the experiments begin
So, where do you start when you want to experiment with Law of Attraction? Well, you can certainly make up your own experiments.
I do this all the time. I’ve experimented with appreciation practices, with different ways to get in alignment, with pre-paving.
One experiment I did was to start pre-paving before going to bed each night. Lo and behold my sleep dramatically improved. My conclusion: Pre-paving works!
But if you don’t want to come up with your own, there are some great books with LoA experiments you can try. Top of mind are the ones by Pam Grout. She’s made experimenting with Law of Attraction kind of her thing.
Pam is well-known for a book called E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.
The Volkswagen Jetta Principle
I want to share one of the very first LoA experiments I ever tried—that has since taken on a life of its own. It was inspired by an experiment in E-Squared called The Volkswagen Jetta Principle.
This experiment sets out to prove that what shows up in your life is a direct reflection of your inner thoughts and emotions.
It’s a 48-hour experiment, so very doable. Costs no money. Takes hardly any time.
And it’s fun!
Here’s the question posed by this particular experiment: Do you really see only what you expect to see?
And the hypothesis is: If you decide to look for a certain color car or yellow butterflies or purple feathers, you will find them.
In other words, if you intend to see something, you will see it.
Why? Because as Pam says:
“You impact the field and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations.”
Essentially the experiment is this: For 48 hours, you’re going to look for certain things.
So for the first 24 hours, you’re going to make this conscious intention: “I hereby intend, for the next day of my life, to look for ____ [and then you fill in the blank].” Say yellow butterflies or purple feathers.
And then nothing special is required. You’re just going to make the intention and then keep your eyes open. You’re simply going to notice if your conscious awareness makes a difference in the number of yellow butterflies or purple feathers you see.
Then on day two, so during the second 24-hour period, you’re going to make another intention—it could be to see red cardinals or a series of numbers, like 123.
It doesn’t matter what you select. Just that you set the intention to see something specific and then start observing and watch it show up.
This experiment is meant to prove three things:
- What you see in life is what you’re looking for—in other words, what you expect or intend to see
- It’s possible to find anything you look for
- By changing what you look for, you will change what shows up in your world
That last one is the game changer! By changing what you look for, you will change what shows up in your world.
What was a rare sight…
I picked yellow vehicles. I’m not even sure why, it was just the inspired thought that popped into my mind.
So when I first started this experiment, that’s what I was looking to see—yellow vehicles.
Now, before my obsession with Law of Attraction and this experiment, I would’ve said these yellow vehicles were a rare sight. I could go a long time without seeing a yellow car or yellow truck.
But now I see them all the time! I mean—ALL the time.
I’m always on the lookout for yellow cars and trucks, yellow SUVs and buses. And whenever I see one, I think of it as a sign from the Universe.
In fact, I think of it as a wink, high-five, and hug from the Universe. How great is that!?
I really delight in this sign from the Universe that I’m seeing what I intend to see.
On a recent drive to visit my Mom, I saw over 50 yellow vehicles! 50! It’s a 5-hour drive, so that’s 10 an hour. That’s crazy. I was getting hugs from the Universe right and left.
Now, if you’ve read my blog post Why you don’t want to be on the freeway with me, you know these long drives on the interstate have been a real problem for me.
Well, this latest drive, and seeing so many yellow vehicles, was the most pleasant road trip I’ve had in years. I didn’t feel that old fear. It was as if each yellow vehicle was a reassuring sign: All is well.
Maybe even more amazing is how many yellow vehicles I see on just a typical day from my apartment window. I work from home with a view overlooking downtown Ann Arbor.
Not a day goes by that I don’t see a dozen yellow vehicles at random times from my window. In fact, sometimes it feels like whenever I take a moment to look up, there’s one driving by, one backing up, one turning the corner.
The Universe is friendly!
And each time I see a yellow vehicle, it’s the best kind of affirmation.
It reminds me of my connection to the Universe, and I feel a surge of love and appreciation. It’s a fun, happy occurrence that makes me smile and reminds me to lighten up and laugh more.
Looking for signs is a fun way to connect with the Universe. Just imagine—each time I see a little yellow Fiat the Universe is giving me a hug, high-five and a wink.
My focus on yellow cars is connecting with the Universe and reminding myself that I get to choose what I see, what I notice, what I put my attention on.
Intending to see yellow vehicles—and now seeing them ALL the time, with such frequency—is a loving and fun reminder that I get to choose which thoughts I’ll feed versus those I’ll starve. And that I create my reality when I do this.
“Whatever I give attention to—wanted or unwanted—I am creating.” —Abraham
Now it’s your turn
I encourage you to do your version of the Volkswagen Jetta experiment. Take two days and set an intention for each 24-hour period. You have nothing to lose!
On the first day, set an intention to see something of your choosing—yellow butterflies, red books, unicorns—whatever.
Then notice, observe. Watch what you chose as your focus show up in your reality.
On the second day, simply set a new intention, perhaps to see white kittens or blue feathers, to get something free or receive an unexpected gift.
And again, notice, observe. Look for what you intend to see. And then watch it show up in your experience.
This is such a simple, powerful experiment. Because when you realize you can do it with yellow butterflies and blue feathers, you start to grasp what you’re truly capable of.
You have proof that you do, indeed, create your reality.
And then, of course, take that knowledge and put it to use in all the areas of your life where you want to expand, to create.