Extensive studies show that students expected to exceed, perform better than those expected not to exceed. Expectations are formed unconsciously (sometimes), using cues like language, dress, mannerisms, etc., and, in a famous study in the 60s, eye color.
I remember in college reading with amazement about a double-blind study done with mice seeking cheese at the end of a maze. So many studies like this had been done in the past that scientists had been able to breed a super-race of mice that were “maze bright.” In other words, the mice quickest to the cheese were bred with other mice that were quickest, and voila . . . a race of cheesy geniuses.
A group of college students were assigned the chore of clocking a group of these highly efficient, well-bred genius-mice to the goal. That’s it . . . just collect the substantiating data on the genius-mice. Sure enough, the students found over and over (yawn) that the mice performed as expected.
Except (and here’s the double blind): Neither the students nor the lab supervisor watching over them knew the truth. These were merely random, run-of-the-mill mutt mice. They weren’t “well-bred” at all!
I remember reading this with awe from my textbook. How could mice possibly sense the expectations of the experimenters?
I have never forgotten about this astonishing study. And now I finally begin to understand it.
It’s an energetic thing!
Everything is made up of energy. Rocks consist of vibrating energy. So do thoughts (although of a much finer vibration). Energy reacts with energy at a level that sometimes even the most sensitive instruments fail to register.
What am I expecting of my spouse today? What am I expecting of politics this year? What am I expecting in the Middle East? What is the energetic pull of those expectations? That energetic interaction is real; whatever else may be true . . . the effects from the pull of expectation are real.
I’m going to expect a miracle today.