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E-Squared: The Abracadabra Principle

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey based on the book E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

e-squaredOh man! This week’s talk only touched the tip of the iceberg for The Abracadabra Principle. The chapter in the book E-Squared on this principle was packed with great information. This premise of this principle is “whatever you focus on expands.” I am going to give you the opening story that I shared on Sunday as it sets up the experiment for this principle.

It comes from a book that was out many years ago and you probably have read it and then gave it away or to Goodwill. It is Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach.

This is an excerpt from it…

To bring anything into your life imagine that it is already there.

  Like what? Like my lovely lady…

Anything…not your lady. Something small at first.

  I’m supposed to practice now?


  Ok…a blue feather. He looked at me blankly…

Richard? A blue feather?

  You said anything, not a lady something little.

He shrugged, Fine! A blue feather…imagine the feather. Visualize it, every line and edge of it, the tip, V-splits, where it is torn, fluff around the quill. Just for a minute. Then let it go.

  I closed my eyes for a minute, and saw an image in my mind, five inches long, iridescent blue to silver at the edges. A bright clear feather there floating there in the dark.

Surround it in golden light, if you want. That’s a healing thing, to help make it real but it works in magnetizing, too.

  I surrounded my feather in gold glow. Ok!

That’s it. You can open your eyes now.

  I opened my eyes. Where’s my feather?

If you had it clear in your thought, it is even in this moment barreling down on you like a Mack truck.

  My feather…Like a Mack truck?

Figuratively, Richard. 

  All that afternoon I looked for the feather to appear, and it didn’t. It was evening, dinnertime over a hot turkey sandwich, that I saw it. A picture and small print on the carton of milk. Packaged for Scott Dairies by Blue Feather Farms, Byran, Ohio.  
Don! My feather!

He looked and shrugged his shoulders. I thought you wanted the actual feather.

  Well any feather for openers don’t you think.

Did you see the feather all alone or were you holding the feather in your hand?

  All alone!

That explains it. If you want to be with what you are magnetizing than you have to put yourself in the picture too. Sorry I didn’t say that.

  A spooky strange feeling…it worked…I had consciously magnetized my first thing…today a feather I said and tomorrow the world.  

The word abracadabra comes from Aramaic and means, “I create as I speak.” It is not magic; it is remembering that every thought counts as a prayer.

Every single thought affects the Field of Potentiality; thoughts are creative; every thought incites change.

Author Pam Grout writes:  The only reason we don’t change water into wine or heal cancer with one touch is because our thoughts are scattered all over the place. Instead of being one, constant, well-aimed tuning fork, our thoughts are more like a junior high band of beginning trumpet players.”

Four Common Battlefields of opposing thoughts:

The rut – Ninety-eight percent of our thoughts are repeats from the day before. Out of 60,000 thoughts a day only about 1,000 of them are new. We have not thought before. This amazes me as I have a hard time believing I have that many…

The adman’s copy – The average American sees between 1,500 and 3,000 “commercials” a day. And the ads are negative, always pointing out something we are lacking, or instilling a new disease in our minds so that they can sell us the cure…

Other people’s heads – We unconsciously pick up the thoughts of our family, culture, etc. It is important to avoid hanging out with negative people… they will drain our energy.

Your own head – An underlying soundtrack of negative statements. Pam Grout shares how she sends herself postcards with positive thoughts for her to remember.

Experiment #4 Lab Sheet

The Abracadabra Principle: Whatever you focus on expands.

The Theory:  Whatever you focus on expands.

The Question:  Can I pull things out of thin air simply by thinking about them?

The Hypothesis: By making the following intention and focusing on its outcome, I can draw into my life:

My Intention:

Time Required:  48 hours

Today’s Date:                                                             Time:

Deadline for Manifesting:

The Approach: I have scanned over the big catalog called the world and, for the sake of this experiment, have decided that this is what I intend to manifest in the next 48 hours. I will focus on it with all my being. And I will remember what Abraham-Hicks likes to say:  “It is as easy to manifest a castle as a button.”

Research Notes:

Next week join me for Experiment #5 The Dear Abby Principle. I would love to hear the results from this week’s experiment as well.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

E-Squared: The Alby Einstein Principle

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey based on the book E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

e-squaredI love Monday mornings (it is when I write this) because I get to reflect back on yesterday’s service and bring to mind the faces of many of you that were present. A special element of the service is “sharing the good news,” which is when you, yes you, share how you have been working the Unity principles in your life. Your “witnessing” is a great testimony to what it means to live the Truth taught at Unity of Greater Portland. So blessed am I to be in the midst of so many heroes!

We are continuing with the book series “E Squared.” This week we are doing experiment #3 from the chapter The Alby Einstein Principle. This principle is “You, too, are a field of energy.”

Singer Ray Charles: It’s right underneath your fingers, baby. That’s all you have to understand – everything is right underneath your fingers.”

This principle pretty much sums it up. We live in a field of energy and we are energy. Every living thing has a unique energy signature, a vibration. As humans, our vibration changes by what we focus on. When you look at a beautiful sunset or watch a puppy playing, your vibrations will soften. If you pay attention, you will feel a quality of openness and love.

Conversely, if you check in with yourself while watching the 5 o’clock news or a political debate, you’ll probably notice that your vibrations will shift into a state of contraction, actually pulling away from the quality of love. In other words, you will feel negative feelings.

This is exactly what the Alby Einstein Principle is going to show you. Our vibrations change according to where our attention is focused.

The experiment this week takes two hours… you need a couple of things to get started, two wire coat hangers and a straw. Untwist the neck of each hanger until you have just two straight wires. These are your “Einstein wands.” Next, shape them in an L. The main part of the wand will be about 12″ long and the handle about 5″. Cut a plastic straw in half and place over the handle part. Once you have done this now bend a small portion of the handle over the end of the straw… this keeps them from falling off. The wands will swing easily. Here is what the author, Pam Grout says…Now pretend you’re a double-fisted, gun-slinging Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke with the wands held chest high and about ten inches from your body. They’ll flap all over the place at first so give them a moment to settle down. Once they’ve stopped flapping, you are ready to begin the experiment.

You can also go online to YouTube and put in E Square Experiment #3 and see some folks doing the experiment.

Next step: Keep your eyes straight ahead, recall vividly an experience that was unpleasant from your past; depending on the intensity of your emotions the wands will either stay pointing straight ahead or will cross over one another, making an X. The wands are responding to the electromagnetic bands around your body, which have contracted as a result of a negative frequency generated by your unpleasant thought and emotion.

Now you got it… think of a positive experience, and the wands will expand outward as your energy field expands to your positive energy flow. You can also focus your energy on an object to either the far right or left of you and your wands will follow your thought. This is a lot of fun, and it gives a great lesson on our third principle: Our thoughts are creative.

Here is the lab sheet. I would love to hear from you as to your takeaway from this Principle.

A takeaway that Rev. LeRoy shared yesterday that when he was focusing on what he thought was still a negative emotion, the wands responded in a positive way, and he realized that all the work he had done to heal the pain of that experience had been successful. It no longer was a painful experience.

Experiment #3 Lab Sheet
The Alby Einstein Principle: You, too, are a field of energy

The Theory: You are a field of energy in an even bigger field of energy

The Question: Could it be true that I’m made up of energy?

The Hypothesis:  I am energy, I can direct my energy.

Time Required: Two hours of experimentation.

Today’s Date:                                                Time:

The Approach: Wahoo baby! With nothing but my powerful thoughts and energy, I can make these wands rock and roll. Just think what other magic I can undoubtedly do. As a famous president once said, “Bring it on.” (See Method on pages 63-64)

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

The Holy Fool as Wisdom Teacher

Sunday message by Rev. Patricia Ellen based on the book E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

Rev. Patricia Ellen

Rev. Patricia Ellen

I am laughing to myself as I am writing this edition of Heart Thought and remembering the fun and laughter that we experienced in the service on Sunday. Rev. Patricia Ellen shared with us her talk titled Holy Fool as Wisdom Teacher. Rev. Patricia has a clown ministry, and she transformed right before our eyes into her clown personality. She used this Hazif poem to open our minds to what she had to say.

The Seed Cracked Open
by the Sufi poet Hafiz

It used to be
That when I would wake in the morning
I could with confidence say,
“What am ‘I’ going to do?”

That was before the seed cracked open

Now Hafiz is certain
There are two of us housed in this body,

Doing the shopping together in the market and
Tickling each other while fixing the evening’s food

Now when I awake
All the internal instruments play the same music:

“God, what LOVE-MISCHIEF can ‘We’ do for the world today?”

Patricia shared Love-Mischief with God through us on Sunday!

Points that were made:

  • The Holy Fool breaks with tradition… if you were with us on Sunday you saw how we broke with tradition by adorning ourselves with red dots and pipe cleaners twisted in many different designs… totally being silly and playful. Not at all your typical Sunday service.
  • Holy Fool makes him or herself vulnerable – by daring to do it differently – daring to appear foolish – being okay with making mistakes – being silly – inviting others into accepting their foolishness and themselves.
  • The Holy Fool helps us experience the extraordinary in the ordinary – to look with the eyes of wonder and awe.
  • Holy Fool changes the perception of reality: The big picture. Helping to see with new eyes.


Again, Hafiz helps us change our perception of God with his words and invites us into a familiarity that we may not have experienced yet.

God and I have become
Like two giant fat people living in a tiny boat
We keep bumping into each other

The Holy Fool invites us into joy and wonder. There is a Rabbinic saying that brings home the importance of the Holy Fool… so thanks to Patricia, you are left with this quote to ponder…

God will one day hold us each accountable for all the things He created for us to enjoy, but we refused to do so.

This coming Sunday, I will be continuing with the E Squared series. This will be experiment 3, The Alby Einstein Principle, which is: You are a field of energy in an even bigger field of energy.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

E-Squared: The Volkswagen Jetta Principle

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey based on the book E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

e-squaredOh my word… July is moving forward very rapidly and as I write this the sun is shining brightly.

On Sunday Tom Acousti was our guest musician and, as always, he lit up the place. We continued with the book series E Squared and reviewed results for the first experiment, and you went home with your Lab Report for Experiment 2.

Some results reported to me from Experiment 1 which was The Dude Abides Principle, and that was to ask for a blessing.
•    A large check that was unexpected
•    A bouquet of flowers from a stranger
•    Turned on the radio and the song playing was “You are amazing just the way you are.”

The premise of this book is that our thoughts do create our reality. Here are a few quotes that help anchor this, if you have any doubts.

“Thoughts are things.” Shakespeare

“Thought, therefore, is the Cause, and the experiences with which you meet in life are the Effect.” The Secret Master Keys

“There is no such thing as an idle thought. All thought creates form at some level.” A Course in Miracles

“All that man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.” James Allen

“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius.

“With our thoughts we make the world.” Buddha

“There is no such thing as objective reality; the observer is an integral part of what he/she is observing and influences the outcome.” Quantum Physics

According to physicists, there’s a zero-point field where every possibility exists. Pam Grout calls this the field of potentiality or FP. This is where every possibility exists… possibilities are infinite.

In the book, there is a story of a sweepstakes agency that gave away 100 free trips. The winners could go anywhere in the world. Do you know what? Ninety-five percent of the winners picked a destination within four hours of their home. What this shows is that most of us choose to stay within the confines of our comfort zone. Pay attention this week to where you choose what is familiar over what might be outside your comfort zone.

Here is this week’s experiment… The Volkswagen Jetta Principle

Experiment # 2 Lab Sheet

The Volkswagen Jetta Principle: You impact the Field and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations

The Question: Do I really see only what I expect to see?

The Hypothesis: If I decide to look for sunset beige cars and butterflies, I will find them.

Time Required:  48 hours

Today’s date:                                       Time:

The Approach:  According to this crazy Pam Grout girl, the world out there reflects what I want to see. She says that it’s nothing but my own illusions that keep me from experiencing peace, joy and love. So even though I suspect she’s cracked, today I’m going to look for sunset beige cars. Tomorrow, I’ll go butterfly hunting.

a)      Number of sunset beige (or a color of your choosing) cars observed:
b)      Number of butterflies observed:

Research Notes

I so want to hear your experiences with The Volkswagen Jetta Principle, so if you feel inclined, please send me your results.

Don’t miss next Sunday, when we will have Patricia Ellen as our guest speaker.

Have a great week!
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

E-Squared: The Dude Abides Principle

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey based on the book E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

Oh my word we had a fabulous turnout for our community meeting in spite of it being a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Our intention for this meeting was to look at our mission statement and to see what we could do going forward to make it active within our community. Here are the questions that were asked of the group to discuss.

  • What would you see Unity of Greater Portland doing in order to fulfill the vision and mission we have…
  • With no limitations, what bold step would you see Unity of Greater Portland taking next…
  • If you could have one wish granted for Unity of Greater Portland…What would it be and why?
  • What would be happening in Unity of Greater Portland for you to say we were living into our mission…


The group was asked to hold these questions in prayer and we would have another meeting at a later date to take the process to the next level of discernment. I am asking you to do this as well and if you would like to answer the questions and send your responses to me we will incorporate them into the information we have already gathered from yesterday’s responses. You will be hearing more about this in the future.

e-squaredThe talk on Sunday was the second in the series based on the book E was on the first experiment The Dude Abides Principle. The principle is “There is an invisible energy force or field of infinite possibilities.” Right out of the book this is what the author Pam Grout says about this experiment: “This experiment will prove to you once and for all that there is a loving, abundant, totally hip force in the universe. Some people call it God.  You can call is prana, “the all there is” or “Cosmo Kramer”…it doesn’t matter use whatever name works for you.”

Here is what Wayne Dyer had to say on his Facebook page about the first experiment: I did the first experiment in E-Squared the last two days and guess what it worked. I am going to try all 9. I read the book last week and ordered a case to give to family and friends.

To do this experiment properly you must set aside any skepticism you might have. You don’t have to forever but for 48 hours…it will be for just two days. Be curious enough to expect the dude to show up in living color…expect it with your whole heart…expect it with every ounce of your soul…

So if you don’t hear from the Field of Infinite Possibilities within 48 hours feel free to write it off…well this didn’t work…so much for that!

Here is the experiment:  Ask the Field of Infinite possibilities to make its presence known… ask for a blessing! Below you will find the Lab Report Sheet for you to document the results.

Lab Report Sheet

The Principle: The Dude Abides Principle

The Theory: There is an invisible energy force or field of infinite possibilities.  And it’s yours for the asking.

The Question: Does the field of infinite possibilities (FP) exist?

The Hypothesis: If there’s a 24/7 energy force equally available to everyone, I can access it at any time simply by paying attention. Furthermore, if I ask the force for a blessing, giving it a specific time frame and clear instructions, it’ll send me a gift and say “My pleasure.”

Time Required: 48 hours

Today’s Date:

Today’s Time:

Deadline for Receiving Gift:

The Approach: I hate to break it to ya, FP, but folks are starting to talk. They’re starting to wonder, “Is this guy for real?” I mean, really, like it’d be so much skin off your chin to come down here and call off this crazy hide-and-seek thing you’ve been playing. I’m giving you exactly 48 hours to make your presence known, I want a thumbs-up, a clear sign, something that cannot be written off as coincidence.

Research Notes:

So I will close with my results of this experiment that I did this week…

On Thursday at 11 a.m. I started this experiment… at 3:47 Thursday afternoon I got an email from a former coaching client that hadn’t coached with me in over two years asking if she could start working with me again… I immediately remembered this experiment… there was a blessing.

Then it doesn’t stop there… Thursday evening I got a very clear message from my dad how proud he is of me… that he is always with me… another blessing.

There is more… I needed an opening story for this talk and in my inbox this morning was the story which fit perfectly with today’s experiment. This was all within the 48 hours.

I so want to hear your experiences with The Dude Abides Principle so if you feel inclined please send me your results.

Don’t miss next Sunday, when we will be looking at the Volkswagen Jetta Principle.

Have a spectacular Fourth of July!

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat