The Emotional Grid – Luck Experiment September 13 to December 13, 2010

Part of my understanding of the Emotional Grid is that we can influence our luck.

By using the scientific findings of Professor Richard Wiseman regarding our ability to generate our own luck , I intend to show that I can stop bad luck and begin experiencing only good luck, simply by will. (Sept 13/2010: this should be good because after years of bad luck, I am uncertain of my ability to pull this off – and I know my certainty counts!)

These are the “lucky” principles discovered by the good professor which I will be employing throughout the experiment:

  1. I will keep my eyes, ears and nose peeled for chance opportunities for luck
  2. I will listen closely to my intuition
  3. I will create self fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations and
  4. I will adopt a resilient attitude in order to transform bad luck into good

This post will be ongoing for 90 days and I will briefly list my daily experience with luck, both good and bad.

At the end of ninety days I will summarize the luck I have experienced and will decide whether or not it was good or bad overall.

Of course this is a double blind experiment because I have no idea what I’m testing and neither do you. 😎

Okay, here goes:

Monday, September 13, 2010

bad luck – my computer acted up during an important report this morning, stealing an extra 2 hrs of my time

good luck – we have two computers and I was able to get the report delivered only 1 hr late.

good luck – through luck research I stumble onto Vic Tandy’s paper on Infrasoundwaves.Β  After reading his paper, I immediately smell a ghost-busters type business that would be right up my alley. Exorcising rooms and making them safe for human consumption?! Brother, that is some gooooood luck!

End of Day One Results:

Bad Luck – 1

Good Luck – 2


I am looking forward to tomorrow to see what additional good luck will be geometrically progressed on today’s stuff.

We Can Enhance Our Own Luck

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

bad luck – we found our sump pump (in our basement) running this morning. The float was stuck.

good luck – I was able to fix it before the motor burned out.

End of Day Two results:

Bad Luck – 2

Good Luck – 3


I kept alert for luck of any kind today and learned a bit more about infrasound waves. Today I found out that some companies purposefully employ infrasound to defeat any listening devices that might be used for corporate espionage. I expect that my luck will increase as the experiment progresses and was slightly disappointed that no more opportunities for luck occurred today. On to tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

bad luck – purchased 3 lottery tickets and well, I’m still writing this post so you can guess how well they worked.

good luck – No buses hit me today but I’ll likely not count this as a lucky strike.

Totals to date: bad – 3 good – 3 = Tied


I can hardly believe how impatient I am for good luck to come. Today we purchased 3 lottery tickets, having waited until a date divisible by 3 to do so. What surprised my wife is the last time we purchased lottery tickets about 20 yrs ago, they were one dollar. Now a piece of luck costs two. Luck has doubled in price in just 20 years. Hmm.

The anticipation of checking our lottery tickets was great to experience. Unlimited potential and little downside. I guess that is why so many tickets are sold. Anyway, the letdown the next morning when we checked the tickets was not that great which means we better work on our ability to expect good things to happen.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

bad luck – zero

good luck – zero

no luck – just stumbled onto this category today.

Totals to date: bad 3 good 3 none – 1


Today I’m wondering why I don’t have a category called No Luck. Most of my life I have been confusing No luck with Bad luck but they are totally different!

No Luck is the worst of the two because there is no luck to direct, like no wind. A seed of some luck – good or bad – is required for anything to develop.

This is good luck because it generated another post about which I am excited to write.

Friday, September 17, 2010

bad luck – 0

good luck – 1

no luck – 0


Totals to date: bad – 3 good – 4 none – 1

Notes: See, this is where it starts to get weird. I feel lucky simply because I figured out the no luck thing and I wrote about it today which means I produced something with the idea rather than just feeling it. Now I’m wondering about whether I can ever have another no luck day again… 😎

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Thinking about luck first thing this morning. What small thing counts, what doesn’t? So many small things…

bad luck – 0

good luck – 1

no luck – 0

Totals to date: bad luck – 3 good luck – 5 no luck – 0

Notes: 6:30 pm – the day isn’t over and although nothing fabulous has happened to me, I can’t shake the idea of no luck versus good luck. Kathy and I discussed it today and we both agree. Something about losing everything and having to exist by the skin of your teeth makes a person feel grateful for almost everything. Its hard to feel unlucky knowing what I now know but I still hesitate to call myself lucky.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, September 19 – 22, 2010

I’ve got to change the format of this experiment because thinking in terms of whether I experience good luck or not is driving me more wacky than I was before…

Every couple of hours I am contemplating my level of fortune and this is inevitably what occurs:

  1. I ponder whether getting info on my impending death would be good luck, bad luck or no luck.
  2. Bad luck, I think.
  3. If I don’t get that bad news, is that good luck or no luck?
  4. Good luck, I think. On account of it being opposite of bad.
  5. This issue now has me confuzzled about the entire concept of luck. Is every bit it only interpretation?

Is all luck explained by “That’s Good, That’s Bad?”

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This luck study is intriguing. During these days I find myself thinking about my level of luck every couple of hours.

We’ve been purchasing one lottery ticket for Canada’s Lotto 649 on Wednesdays. And while we were diligent in buying the tickets, we were not so diligent in checking the numbers. Each time several days would elapse with me asking my wife if she checked the numbers and then inevitably forgetting about checking them myself.

Does this show a deep disbelief in luck? Why would I not follow through with the most important part of the transaction?

I noticed that my wife and I discussed luck quite a bit in the first few days and now it has dwindled to Kathy’s occasional comments throughout the week, my thoughts on the matter and the vocalizations they cause.

Still, this post has the effect of keeping the matter of luck in my daily consciousness and my mind considers several times throughout the day how I will be updating the study you are reading right now.

More later – live lucky, friend.

PS. Just as I was finishing this short post, my wife came to tell me of a good luck / bad luck event she had just encountered with losing and then finding a cross stitch needle. This wasn’t quite the type of luck I was envisioning when we set out on this study but it shows that both Kathy and I are contemplating luck.

Monday, October 4, 2010

I find that we are experiencing a great deal of moot or no luck. A few things have occurred (catching a falling cup) that seemed lucky but where really just lucky events canceling out bad luck – the falling of the cup to begin with.

But real luck does exist. This dude won big lotteries twice in three months and this guy wins $5000 and $250,000 in scratch tickets on the same day. (and doesn’t work a booth for the Ontario Lotteries Commission 😎 )

If financial luck resides in the buying of tickets, my single ticket per week should be enough to get us in the game.

So far, thinking about updating this blog has kept my mind focused on luck every day and I would say that at this time I consider my luck level 3 or 4 times each day.

Kathy and I walk 6 marketing packages over to the post office every business day and we’ve been doing as many things in threes as we can. Fortunately for us, there are three of us in our family so that works out great with Tesla’s belief.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My wife Kathy and I talk about luck every couple of days and some weeks we even purchased a lottery ticket. Some weeks we didn’t.

Interestingly, whenever we did purchase a lottery ticket several days would elapse before we would even check the winning numbers. Of course, luck comes in many fashions but for some reason, our minds are not tuned to luck right now. Maybe they never have been.

Never-the-less, I think about luck everyday and few days elapse without me considering Tesla’s wacky number 3 theory. How can a guy who is so smart be crazy about something like this?

Anyway, this luck experiment has caused me to consider this force but so far, I think luck is a form of pareidolia where we manifest meaning from analyzing the past. Maybe.

6 Responses to “The Emotional Grid – Luck Experiment September 13 to December 13, 2010”

  1. I suppose this all comes down to “we make our own luck” Barry. I’ve often thought that if we gathered up all the ‘common sense’ cliches that are passed down through the generations, it would be the wisest book in the world. 8)

    Good luck with your good luck project. πŸ™‚

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    Barry Williams Reply:

    Rupert Sheldrake thinks that life experiences influence humans over generations and that this information is transmitted outside our genes. We know disease can follow us genetically, he is suggesting that culture, archetypes and general knowledge are somehow transmitted along with the energetic pattern that determines how each of us appears physically.

    Sheldrake claims that evolution is more of a cultural habit which changes quicker and in more profound manners than previously thought.

    I am inclined to believe that luck is more like counter intuitive muscle energy we can produce. Few people understand that if we want to feel more energy (to a point), we simply have to expend some by getting moving.

    All of our senses seem to work like this. We can hear better by focusing, see better and speak better. What I am suggesting with the Emotional Grid is that it works like our sense of smell. We don’t need to see fire or smoke to make life altering decisions and it becomes second nature to us. Describing how our olfactory sense works is akin to revealing magic and few nose owners give it much consideration.

    By paying attention to being in the right place at the right time, I am hopeful that I can take advantage of more opportunities while diminishing undesired circumstances.

    At least, that’s my plan…

    Thanks for your thoughts, John.


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