The Power of Expectation
Our expectations of how a situation will turn out do influence the actual outcome.
Our Beloved Family:
Often times, when people find themselves in a challenging situation where the outcome is uncertain, they will use the popular phrase, “Hope for the best and plan for the worst”, and that’s exactly how they proceed, wishing for a good result while preparing for a disaster. It’s been said that hope is like a pessimist looking at the world optimistically; things probably won’t turn out well but it would be nice if they did. When the situation finally does fall apart, these people brag on about how lucky they were to be so prepared, never realizing that their expectation of a disaster played a crucial role in bringing it into existence in the first place.
Science has known for quite some time that our expectations of how a situation will turn out do influence the actual outcome. That’s why, in order to ensure the highest degree of accuracy, most medical research is performed as a double blind study. This means that neither the participants nor the professionals administering the study know the critical aspects of the experiment. For example, in a research study on a new pain reliever, neither the patients nor the people administering the treatment would know who is receiving the actual medication and who is receiving the placebo. This is done to minimize the effect the expectations of the patients and administrators would have on the final results.
In a frequency-based universe, thoughts become things. Because of this fact, our expectations are the coming attractions of our lives.
In a frequency-based universe, thoughts become things. Because of this fact, our expectations are the coming attractions of our lives. If someone reacts to us in a certain way, we think it’s because we, “know how she is”, when reality, we manifested that reaction based on what we expected of her. Does that sound strange? Not only do our expectations affect the circumstances of our lives, but the expectations we hold of other people affect their life situation and in turn, the expectations they hold about us do the same.
Robert Rosenthal of Harvard Medical School is most widely known for his early work in psychology, namely the effect of expectancy. In his most famous study, he labeled one cage of rats as “bright” and another as “dull”. Although all the rats were completely common, he told his students that the bright rats were tested as highly intelligent, while the dull ones suffered a mental deficit. Over the course of a week, the students were to time their rats as they made several runs through a maze. While there was no difference in intelligence between the rats, the ones the students perceived as smarter and expected to navigate the maze easily were twice as fast as the rats they thought of as dumb and expected to fail. Further studies have shown that a teacher’s expectation affects how students perform on tests, and the expectations military trainers hold about their soldiers can actually make them run faster.
In healthcare, positive expectations are essential for recovery. It begins with the patient, but also extends to the physician and the rest of the care staff. This is why at Be Hive of Healing, we strive to create an intentional healing community not just by direct service, but through expectation, as well. Our medical facility carries the Be Hive name because we wanted everyone to remember the kind of culture we foster here, a gathering of beings who come together to support, nurture and protect each other through our love, intention and expectations for the purpose of healing. We see every patient that walks into our office as already whole and hold the intention and expectation for their full recovery. William Shakespeare said in Hamlet, Act IV, Scene V, “Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.” We see every patient as the full manifestation of all that they may be, including robust health, with the expectation that it is in the process of becoming physical reality.
When on the road to recovery, it’s important to create a cocoon of healing expectancy for yourself.
When on the road to recovery, it’s important to create a cocoon of healing expectancy for yourself. Of course, this should include a physician that understands the power of expectation and intention, but also family and friends who are truly expecting the best possible outcome for you. Energetically speaking, friends and family can do more harm than good by worrying about a loved one’s condition or prognosis. While it’s understandable to be concerned in this situation, the best thing anyone can do who loves someone who is sick is to expect the best outcome and carry a vision of that person as vibrantly healthy in their minds, especially when they interact with them. To worry is to pray for what you don’t want!
While the expectations of others can certainly influence our experiences, nothing can trump the power of the expectations we have for ourselves. How many times have we heard stories about someone who no one believed in and had the odds stacked against them only to go on and become a huge success? To have none, or worse, negative expectations for yourself is to fail before you even begin. Shakespeare also said in Hamlet, “For ‘tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petard.” In the 16th century, a machine of war was referred to as an engine. To hoist with his own petard refers to someone being blown up by their own bomb. That is the power of your expectations. They can either save you or destroy you.
Choose today to expect only the best in every area of your life, and surround yourself with people who love you enough to do the same on your behalf. Ancient wisdom tells us that when two or more people are gathered together holding the same expectation and intention, their manifestation power is greatly magnified. Also remember to sincerely expect, not wish, the best for others, too. We get what we give in life, and when we expect the best for others, we experience the best, as well.
Light & Love in the Month Ahead,
Drs. Sadeghi & Sami
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