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Thousands of years ago, science and religion separated and took separate paths. As Rabbi Joel Bakst said so well, "Because of the collapse of consciousness, spiritual and scientific knowledge split apart. Both these modes of knowing have to come together. In other words, science and technology from a traditional religious perspective is not an extra. It is part of the process by which humanity is going to evolve into its next stage."
E-squared is this very merging of science and religion back into one path, albeit in a very young and sometimes immature form. It is a mixture of very positive Christianity, quantum physics, and esoteric "think and grow rich" information (in the tradition of "Tapping the Source: Using the Master Key System for Abundance and Happiness," by John Selby, Richard Greninger, William Gladstone and Jack Canfield).
Despite this being a somewhat eclectic combination of subjects, Pam Grout manages to weave them all into one congruent work that is truly inspiring. The main thesis of the book is that, not only can you do anything that you truly put your mind to, but that there is a quantum source field out there that will turn your thoughts into reality. At this point if this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, I would like to point out that the book is worth the price just for the collection of quotes it contains.
In science, there are two opposing viewpoints. On one side, there is the chaos and randomness theory, where everything is a product of blind luck and random probability ("The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives" by Leonard Mlodinow ). At the other end of the spectrum, there are real scientist that saw so much order emerge from the chaos, that they became religious ("The Language of God," by Francis S. Collins).
Pam Grout would be far on the latter side of the argument. Just as the Nicki Minaj lyrics say so well in a single line, Pam Grout is not lucky, she's blessed (and then some). Well, the purpose of E-squared is not just tell you that you are blessed, but offers experiments in order to prove that your thoughts also create your reality.
To a degree, I think Pam is right. I do not consider myself to be psychic, nor do I think I have any abilities that anybody else does not possess. I have had, however, on so many occasions, thought about something, only to have in a time frame of hours to days, have that thought happen. Be it as simple as thinking about a person I haven't seen in forever, and then have that person call or email within a few days of thinking about them, to as onerous as wondering how long a certain household appliance is going to last before it breaks...only to have it break in a few days.
In the Newtonian reality we were taught in school, it is statistically impossible that my experiences happened by random chance, time after time. The only logical conclusion is that we do not live in the normal reality we thought we did. However, in the new science of quantum physics, these events start to make sense.
Having put a lot of time and study into this area over the last few years, I'm going to put down some of the thoughts I had while reading "E-squared."
1) In the book, "The Field," by Lynne McTaggart, they found that random number generators were influenced by human thought (which again, should be impossible). However, the influence was even greater when more people concentrated in unison on a particular outcome. The opposite was true and they had less influence if the people wanted opposing outcomes. For example, the readings were negligible for a large event like the Super Bowl, where people cancel each other out, but quite remarkable for an event like 9/11 where everyone was in unity.
The lesson? Your reality is not the only reality. Just because you create your reality, does not mean you can automatically override other people's reality.
2) This subject gets really close into an area of Word of Faithers and "Name It, Claim It" teachers. If you watch movies like "The Secret," one person will say the purpose of this is not to "get stuff," and the next person will say if you do this, you can get lots of stuff. "E-squared" is contradictory like this, as well. In studying subjects like Remote Viewing, those who do it say that they cannot see things that they can profit from. For example, they cannot see lottery numbers from the future, so that they can use them to get rich. There are other indications that the Universe seems to frown upon using it for personal gain, as well.
I'm both convinced that we create our own realities, to a degree, and that God isn't a get-rich-quick scheme. I think "E-squared" struck the right balance here, but I must admit it worried me in a couple of places.
3) People have a strong negativity bias. It takes a way more positive event -- or even multiple positive events -- to offset a single negative event. People always say that if they are wrong about Christianity, then at wost they spent their lives with good people and had good times. If Pam Grout is wrong about "E-squared," then the wost thing that could happen is that people attempt to remain positive, healthy and happy. Pam has the same Bible that all Christians have, and yet three-fourths or more of Christians constantly think about the world devolving into a Mad Max-like state.
As Richard Rohr said in "Things Hidden," anyone reading the Bible could make the case for any position they wanted using prooftexting (using isolated quotations from a document to establish a proposition). We have been manipulated with Scripture since it has been written (and orally before that). Through a lot of study, I believe that the orthodoxy we grew up with was partially formulated in Rome to control the masses thousands of years ago, and by our negativity bias in the present. The point is, we focus on all the wrong things in the Bible, as opposed to the things we should focus on. On one hand, to put it bluntly, we have been brainwashed, and on the other hand it's in our negatively-biased nature.
We are at a point where if we are going to survive, we are going to have to evolve our way of thinking. "E-squared" is that evolution. If we do indeed create our reality, then what exactly are we creating when we, as a population, think constantly on wars and rumors of war? On hate and destruction?
Our reality is ours for the creating. Are we going to do the right thing, or the wrong thing? This is part of the process by which humanity is going to evolve into its next stage.