Houston, we have a winner or “Why it’s time to play with a lion’s testicles.”
“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.
“ — Emory Austin
E-Cubed launched 14 days ago. And already, it has gone into a second printing and, even more miraculously, the Red Pill experiment has already produced a winner of the Hay House prize pack.
Not five days after it’s release, Melissa Haynes, who describes herself as an adventure junkie, conservationist and ink slinger, found all eight signs and tweeted me whilst I was on my way to Rotterdam.
She wrote a wonderful blog post about her experience with E-Cubed which I am including here.
But first, I have to tell you about her amazing book that both Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres have raved about. Well, Jimmy actually put it on his list of books “not to read,” but he was just riffing on the unusual title: Learning to Play with a Lion’s Testicles. It’s a South African saying that means, “By all means, get out there and take risks.”
I can’t wait to read it. It’s about Melissa’s journey from exhausted executive to volunteer in a South African conservation project. Here’s an Amazon link if you feel so inclined:
But in the meantime, here’s Melissa’s blog about her experience with E-Cubed’s Red Pill corollary. To see the actual pictures (which I couldn’t figure out how to post on my blog), go here:
In the meantime, take it away, Melissa:
“I’m currently reading Pam Grout’s fantastic new book, E-Cubed. It’s a series of experiments that prove the FP (Field of Potentiality) exists and what we want to see, we do.
Experiment #2 The Red Pill Corollary
The Theory: My beliefs and expectations impact what I draw from the FP.
The Question: Is it possible I only see what I expect to see?
The Hypothesis: If I decide to look for the eight things below, I will find them.
Time Allowed: 72 hours. Start Date: Sept 21 9:00 am
1) A Belly Laugh
I had a huge belly laugh while watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix but had no idea how to take a photo of that. I also had a huge belly laugh every time I found one of the things I was looking for – but again, how do I photograph that? But then I saw this guy in my local Vietnamese restaurant – guy (Buddah) with a big belly and laughing.
2) A toy from your childhood
My little pony – not only did I have the identical one in my childhood, it was my favorite. A little girl was playing with this one and I snapped a photo.
3) Favorite song from high school – OK this is when it starts to get weird!
On Monday I was walking down Main street and passed by an old vinyl shop. In the window several covers were displayed – including a Prince album. Yes, I loved, and still love Prince. But, I was rushing and didn’t take a photo! It wasn’t until several hours later I was kicking myself. But then, low and behold while listening to the radio, Prince’s Raspberry beret came on (all his songs were my favorites, but especially this one – I even had a raspberry beret!). I screeched over to the side of the road to take a photo of the radio information listing – and the funny thing is, this radio’s songs NEVER come up on the information setting, it just lists the name of the radio station.
4) The Number 222
I was driving down the street with a big smile on my face because I just knew that as soon as I stopped desperately looking for the number 222 it would jump out at me. The next red light I came to I looked over and there was a bright yellow awning with the number 222 glaring at me.
5) A Beach Ball
With time running out I was searching high and low for a beach ball to no avail. I came home and was sorting through a pile of stickers and kazam! A whole sheet of teddy bears holding beach balls. I laughed because the whole time I had been looking for a big beach ball and these stickers were in front of me every day.
6) A senior citizen in a fashionable hat
On the first morning we went to a coffee shop and at the table behind me, in the middle of the shop was a senior in a fashionable hat. I discreetly took and photo but then questioned how fashionable her hat was, and wondered, is she really a senior citizen? (first photo below). I walked outside and across the street was another senior citizen, also in a fashionable hat with a big red bow. I took her photo as well. The FP was saying, not good enough? Here’s another one for you then!
7) A Smile from a baby
The first morning while in the coffee shop, a young mom walked in with her six month old in a car seat. She plopped the seat down on the floor in the line behind me. I looked at the baby and sure enough, bug gummy smile. But I couldn’t bring myself to take a photo of a stranger’s baby and risk getting arrested. I was struggling with how I was going to complete this one while at the hair salon, flipping through a magazine I came across a whole page of smiling babies!
8) A Billboard with a message for you.
OK, so with all these amazingly cool things happening, I thought, hmmm, there aren’t really any billboards near where I live (or so I thought). But I was thinking how cool it was that when we change what we’re looking for i.e. things that piss us off versus things to be grateful for or amazed about, this billboard nearly slapped me in the face! I drive by it every day but had never even noticed it before. The message was clear, this way of thinking is a brighter choice!
Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.