A couple of things…
Here is an article that mentions the study in the book about the electric shocks:
Here is one quote I love from The Alchemist:
The following is the excerpt from the book I read.
Love is in the Being
You do not have to do anything to be loved. You do not have to perform, or achieve, or earn a merit badge, or be witnessed doing good. It has taken me almost half a century to learn and believe this. It is my work to this day, For our messages to the contrary are deep.
Growing up, I heard my father say a thousand times, “Don’t tell me how hard you try, just show me what you accomplish.” But my life has shown me that the opposite is true. In my heart, where the spirit of the world really comes alive, it doesn’t matter what I accomplish. The only thing that matters is how deeply I try. For out of this trying comes sincerity and love.
This has led me to another realization of heart: Being who we are does not let others down. For much of my adult life, I’ve heard the message, “You must consider others,” offered as a caution against following your heart because it might upset others. Certainly, true compassion begins with the consideration of others, but the displeasure of others is no reason to muffle your love.
You do not have to do anything to be loved, and being who you are does not let others down. This needs to be repeated, and often. Simply be who you are, and love what is before you.
Thank you as always for listening. 🙂