The Tao of Positive Expectation

By Keith Varnum

Be realistic. Expect a miracle!

– Rajneesh

How much do our expectations have to do with what happens in our life? Everything! Way more than most people give themselves credit for!

The “Tao” means the Way of Nature, the Way of the Universe—the way things work. The Tao of Positive Expectations is the way positive expectation works in our lives.

Positive expectation begets positive expereince. It’s that simple. Any manner in which your mind complicates this truth … is a trick of your mind! A trick to keep you from using your natural power to attract whatever you choose in life.

A Prophetic Tale

Average people can perform at genius level. Anyone can accomplish whatever they expect to accomplish.

Dr. Robert Rosenthal of Harvard University conducted this experiment in a San Francisco Bay area school:

At the beginning of the school year, the principal called three teachers into his office.

He said to the teachers, “As a result of your teaching excellence over past years, we’ve come to the conclusion that you are the best teachers in this school. As a special reward to you, we’ve identified three classes each with 30 of the brightest students in this school—the students with the highest IQ’s. We’re going to assign them to you to teach for the entire year.

“Now, we don’t want to be accused of discrimination, so it’s very important that you don’t tell these children in any way that you know they’ve been selected for a screened class. And second of all, we’re not going to tell their parents, because we don’t want to cause any complications there. I expect you to teach exactly the same way you normally do, using exactly the same curriculum. And I expect you to get very good results with these students.”

The results: At the end of the school year, these students led not only the school, but the entire school district in academic accomplishment.

Calling the three teachers into his office, the principal said, “Well, you’ve had a very good year.”

“Yes, we have. It was so easy!” replied the teachers. “These children were so easy to teach. They were so eager to learn. It was such a pleasure to teach them.”

“Well, maybe I’d better tell you the truth,” said the school principal.

“This has been an experiment. These 90 children were chosen out of the school population at random. When I assigned them to your class at the beginning of the year, I had no idea what their IQ’s were at all.”

“That’s incredible!” exclaimed the teachers. “But how could it be that they scored so high? They did so well. They got such good grades. Ah hah! Yes! It must be because we are such excellent teachers.”

At which the principal said, “And I think I should also tell you the other side of the experiment. At the beginning of the school year, we put all the teachers’ names in a hat, and yours were the first three names that were drawn.”


You can understand why these average students did so well if you understand the Tao of Positive Expectations: you achieve what you expect to achieve and what others expect you to achieve.

Like Vibration Attracts Like Vibration

By the Tao of Attraction, like vibration attracts only like vibration. If you’re in the vibration—energy, spirit, state, frequency—of high expectations, you’ll attract like energy—high expectation—to you.

In other words, at a particular frequency of vibration, one can only encounter people and events vibrating at that same frequency. All that exists at that frequency are people and events that are vibrating at that frequency. All other people and outcomes exist on a different frequency, on a different level of vibration.

Of course, to authentically get to that high vibration, you may need to release—or transform—some unconscious lower vibration beliefs and feelings. What attracts our experiences in life is the sum total of our conscious and unconscious beliefs and feeling.

Since the principal expected a lot, so did the teachers. And, sensing that the teachers expected a lot, the students did too.

Dr. Rosenthal repeated this experiment 300 times. Each time he got identical results!

Obviously, the conscious heightened expectations were stronger than any unconscious lower beliefs and feelings. Thank God!

That’s the good news! The not-so-good news is that, of course, the opposite is also true. If you consciously, or unconsciously, expect low achievement from yourself or others, that’s what you will attract—low achievement.

So, here’s to the Great news! We all achieve what we expect to achieve.

Go for it!

You deserve it!