September 19, 2013 Update
E-Squared is currently a #1 New York Times best seller, and has been on the NYT best seller list for 8 weeks.
The minute I heard about E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality, I wanted to read it. I’m not only a big fan of The Law of Attraction (I've been studying the teachings for years and have had some truly amazing manifestations), I’m also a big fan of approaching new concepts with curiosity, an open mind, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to experiment. Whether you’re considering a principle or practice, the most direct and powerful way to get a sense of what something is about, and whether it might be right for you, is to actually apply it in your life and see what happens.
So I love the fact that Pam Grout teaches the Law of Attraction by proposing thought experiments for people to play with. Unfortunately, most of the book’s experiments didn’t work for me. I suspect this is because I’m so used to working with the power of my mind in an emotionally based, creative, and very open-ended way that suddenly becoming super specific about what I wanted to manifest and then applying time limits to it, simply didn’t resonate with me. But different approaches work for different people, and these experiments might be the perfect vehicle for someone who has a more left-brained or scientific approach to life, who is new to the idea that “our thoughts create our reality,” or who appreciates Grout’s sense of humor.
While I laughed out loud in a number of places, Grout’s humor often got in the way of the book’s message for me, especially when applied to what I was supposed to be telling myself, or the universe, as part of an experiment. Of course, Grout encourages readers to personalize the wording used in the experiments, and I highly recommend you take the time to do this—to make it your own.
Although I’m quite well versed in this subject, there were some ideas in E-Squared that I found absolutely liberating. This one is my favorite: “We have to retrain ourselves to think of this energy force the same way we think of electricity. We don't wonder, ‘Am I good enough to plug my toaster oven into the outlet?’ or ‘Have I prayed long enough or deep enough to deserve the right to flick on the kitchen lights?’”
Essentially, E-Squared attempts to get us to prove to ourselves, through experimentation and personal experience, that the Law of Attraction is real. That it’s a universal law at work in our lives, which we can learn to harness (using our thoughts and feelings) to create happier, healthier, and more abundant lives. The electricity analogy supports this so perfectly by showing us that it’s not worthiness we need to obtain in order to consciously apply the Law of Attraction to positive effect in our lives, but knowledge, clarity, and a willingness to focus more on what we want (to do, be, or have), than on what we don’t want.
Although I found the book disappointing in some ways, I agree with its basic premise and think newcomers to the Law of Attraction will find it worth the read. Taken together, Grout’s explanations, examples, and experiments are a well thought out introduction to the Law of Attraction, approached from a unique perspective. So get E-Squared, start experimenting, and see what happens.
Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.