The Quarter Experiment

The ‘Power of Expectation’ is invoked in this experiment from Prometheus Rising by Robert Anton Wilson. It is also Professor Richard Wiseman’s 3rd principle of becoming luckier (from his 10 year study of luck).

The Experiment from Prometheus Rising:

“The experiment is to vividly visualise a quarter, imagine vividly that you will find that quarter in the street.

You look for that quarter in the street every time you are out, while still continuing to visualize it, and see how long it takes you to find it.

Next, explain the experiment using “selective attention” hypothesis - that is, of the bounty of lost quarters everywhere in the street, you were bound to find one sooner or later.

Then explain the experiment using the “mystical” hypothesis. In other words, you believe that you made the quarter manifest into this universe.

Now go looking for a second quarter.

Compare the time it takes to find it using the “selective attention” hypothesis with the time it takes you to find it using the “mystical” hypothesis.

RAW-1111This experiment is designed to help the reader understand the role of thought and belief in structuring the universe.

Whatever it is that you think, your mind will immediately set about proving - the existence of God, the sovereignty of the American President, or any number of conspiracy theories. Your mind will find proofs of those things everywhere.”

After re-Reading Prometheus Rising (sat poolside outdoors at the spa)
I though, ok I’m gonna do that!

I imagined that I would find a Five Pound note..

That was all! I simply thought I’m going to find a fiver and I expected to find one. Basically I knew I would find one… it was just a matter of time... 

The Power of Expectation

Well two days later walking though the market place of Henley on Thames, during the busy Regatta season I stopped and bent down...

The person I was with stared at me as I crouched down and started picking up a screwed up, flattened, muddy piece of paper off the ground.

'Why was I picking up that bit of litter?'

Even when it was in my hands and I said: “wow, look at that!” my friend still didn’t realise what I had.

It didn’t become apparent to her until I fully unfolded it and she saw that I had picked up a five pound note, just like I expected I would.

I have no idea how I saw it.

I wasn’t looking at the ground anymore that usual. And the five pound note was so crumpled and dirty that it didn’t even look like money!

Something happened.

I had set my Reticular Activation System (RAS) looking for a five pound note and within 48 hours I had found one… without even looking for it!

Is there more at play here or are there so many Five Pound Notes just lying around you would find one within a few days?

Time to Find Out:

Choose a coin or note from your local currency.

Imagine finding one on the ground, with a feeling of certainty

Look out for the coin or note, visualise finding one…

Notice how long it takes you to find one, then choose the reality tunnel that feels the best to view the world through…

Is it more fun to imagine that there are coincidences and that AMAZING Stuff just happens to you?

If you do, you will be much more 'tuned in' to the amazing opportunities happening around you.

And maybe there are amazing synchronicities occurring and occurrences that turn into amazing coincidences happening because of the way you view them... both created by and because of YOU keeping your eyes open for amazing opportunities.

Pick Your Reality Tunnel

Before I understood this idea of looking out for synchronicities, less synchronistic events were happening for me (because I wasn't filtering for them, they simply weren't on my radar). Since becoming aware of the idea, my RAS is actively looking for them and I identify more and more moments and events where things are very synchronistically occurring…

When I wasn’t looking for them I didn’t notice them… 

The more you look for it the more you find it.

More than simply placebo, all the different models of the world and reality tunnels that you choose to experience become real… “What the thinker thinks the prover proves.”

As with the '48 Hour Fiver' some of the synchronistic events I have experienced (including the Strange 11:11 Syncronisities with my friend and Peak Power co-Founder Niraj Naik) are just too weird to comprehend. Making me believe in magic once again….


  • Jenny

    Reply Reply November 10, 2015

    Hello, You wouldn,t believe it but when I opened up the computer to check emails the time said 11.11. I am home sick from a toxic work environment and wondering whether to go through with building a house? and stressing on future work. I believe in synchronicity and manifesting I just loose my confidence with it. I get lost with focusing and letting it all flow?

  • Theresa

    Reply Reply November 5, 2015

    Wow, this is certainly interesting! I’m definitely going to try this, and I also see 1111 just about everyday 🙂 I read somewhere that it’s your angels grabbing your attention – what do you think?

  • Jane

    Reply Reply November 4, 2015

    Just picked up my phone to continue reading this article about 11.11 and that was the exact time on my phone

  • Ellie

    Reply Reply November 4, 2015

    Not sure if this counts as a synchronicity or just strange manifesting oddity. I do quite a bit of housesitting (looking after other people pets while they are away) and a while ago, earlier this year I drew a picture of me staying for a week with a Lhasa Apso (my fav dog breed), in a very spiritual town (Glastonbury), living in an apartment on the second floor right on the high street. A few months later and I stayed in a second floor apartment, in Glastonbury town centre with a Lhasa Apso!

    • John Vincent

      Reply Reply November 4, 2015

      Whoa Ellie that’s a crazy good example of synchronicity and manifesting in general.
      The picture you drew, like a vision board or a treasure chart sets your RSA on the look out for opportunity, but this story goes way beyond seeing things that are there that you just hadn’t noticed (selective attention hypothesis) sounds more like the ‘mystical hypothesis’ would explain that better…
      Whatever you’re doing, keep doing more of it 🙂

    • Teresa Henning

      Reply Reply November 6, 2016

      Thanks for sharing. Awesome to read these stories.

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The Interesting Thing About Luck...

Professor Richard Wiseman, gave two groups of people who described themselves as lucky and unlucky a newspaper and asked them to look through it and count how many photographs were inside. 

On average the unlucky people took about two minutes to count the photographs, whereas the lucky people took just seconds. Why? Because the second page of the newspaper contained the message: "Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper." This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than 2in high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.

He also placed a second large message halfway through the newspaper saying: "Stop counting. Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win £250." Again, the unlucky people didn’t have their Eyes Open to Opportunity missed it because they were still too busy looking for photographs.

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