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Measuring Energy

This isn't a game, but it is as much fun as any game.  All you need is two people and two wire coat hangers and you can measure the energy from one of the players.

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Measuring Energy

The two players need to stand a good distance apart.  Start with a distance of about 20 feet or six meters.   One player holds both coat hangers, one in each hand.  His arms should be at his side, elbows bent with the hands close together or even touching.

He should hold the straight edge of the coat hangers loosely in his fists.  The hooks will be out in front, but close together.  Thumbs are on the outside of the fingers, not touching the coat hanger.

He looks at the other player, and begins walking slowly toward her, while thinking "I want to measure her energy" or something similar.  At some point, the hook ends of the coat hangers swing wide as if they were up against a flat wall.

Now here's where it gets interesting.

Once you have an idea of the distance of the energy field, the second player can change that distance just by thinking.

Step A
If the distance is six feet (two meters) or less, the second player should start thinking positive thoughts.  The first player can help out by saying positive things to the second player!  The thoughts could be:

  • I am amazing.
  • I love myself.
  • I can do great things.
  • I am strong.
  • I am happy.
  • I am loved.

The second player should be taking a few deep breaths between each statement.  Try to really mean believe the thoughts as you are thinking them.  Any positive thoughts will work.

After about a minute, the players should set up to try measuring the energy again.  Don't be surprised if the hangers move outward when the distance between the two players is much greater.

Step B
If the distance is greater than six feet (two meters), the second player can think about a time when she was unhappy.  Maybe a pet died, someone at school said something that was upsetting, or a friend or family member was angry with her.  She should think about how she felt for about a minute.

The players should set up to try measuring the energy again.  Don't be surprised if the hangers don't move outward until the players are very close together.


  1. Don't hold the hangers tightly.  The wire needs to be able to spin inside the fingers.
  2. You can alternate the two steps as often as you want, but always end with step A.  Never leave a partner with negative energy.
  3. If you are having trouble finding the point where hangers move apart, back up and start again.  You may need to start at 40 feet apart!
  4. Be sure to let both players have turns measuring and being measured.
  5. The player walking must think about wanting to measure the other player's energy.

The whole point of this experience is for kids to see that how what they think and feel is real.  It creates an energy around them that can be measured!

If you don't believe this will happen, just try it.  I was in a group of about 20 people who had never done it before.  Most pairs got it on the first try.  Some teams did take a couple of tries to see results.  But all were getting amazing results within a few minutes.

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