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We, the greatest of all creators, with capabilities to build cities and inspire nations, are squandering our time watching reruns of I Love Lucy. We have forgotten that whole galaxies exist within our grasp. –PG

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Don’t know how to do or get something? Pretend that you do.

“The body appears to be largely self-motivated and independent, yet it actually responds only to the intentions of the mind.”—A Course in Miracles

I get a lot of emails that start with this phrase: You’re never going to believe this.

Since I experience what some call “weird and miraculous things” on a daily basis, I always believe it. In fact, if you’ve read E-Cubed, you know I wrote a whole chapter about “weird and miraculous things.” It’s called “Well, Duh!”

Yesterday, when being interviewed for an article about visualization for the magazine, Fast Company, the reporter asked me what I say to skeptics. As she pointed out, the majority of her readers fall squarely into that disbelievers category.

While I didn’t say this, I immediately thought of a line Anita Moorjani told me in London. ”Every time I hear that not everybody buys this stuff, I almost fall off my unicorn.”

Well, the story I was sent this morning falls into the unicorn category. Especially if you’re one of those people who believe your limited physical body is all there is.

With no further adieu, here’s the story from Pam Matera (doesn’t she have a cool first name?) who was doing the 101 Dalmations Experiment from E-Squared:

Several years ago I was in a relationship with Ted, a musician. We lived in Sarasota Florida. A friend of his, Benji, also a musician, would come and visit us. I enjoyed his visits, always full of energy and life, and we liked the same books. We would stay up all night talking.

One of the books he recommended was Blink by Malcom Gladwell. I read it and loved it. Ted and I broke up, and I never saw Benji again.

I knew Benji was the perfect person to communicate with for the experiment. I very much wanted to hear from him. So all day I remembered his visits, and the fun we had. I couldn’t wait to hear from him! I told a friend about the experiment, and she was excited to hear about my results.

I decided to Google him (Benji was a keyboard player for a popular band in the eighties) so I knew I would find pictures of him. I thought that would help me manifest contact. Well, imagine how sad I was to find out he had died two years ago. It was shocking to me. I told my friend, and she said that was the end of the experiment. I thought about that and decided to keep an open mind and heart, and the universe would hear me.

The following Monday I was at jury duty, in a room with many strangers in an assigned seat, bored out of my head. For some reason I had to know what the man next to me was reading. It was Blink by Malcom Gladwell. The book Beni told me to read. It gave me goosebumps!

Then on the way home, the host on a talk radio program announced he was going to play an interview with someone, and the person being interviewed was Malcom Gladwell. Wow, twice in one day. Then I told my friend what happened she couldn’t believe it. She called me later that day and asked if I was sitting down. Her a/c was on the fritz, so she was looking for the paperwork for her a/c system in a kitchen drawer, and what do you think she found? A copy of Blink by, you guessed it! She had never heard of the book, and had no idea how it got there.

And lastly, my friends, I’ll repeat what I often suggest on Friday: Decide to have the best weekend of your life.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Newsflash: You’re already in possession of the best Christmas (or Hanukkah) present. You just need to turn it on.

“When you’re looking so hard to get on your path, you’re putting up resistance that keeps you from finding it.”—Esther Hicks

We’ve all read the books, heard the speakers, know the spiel. But how many of us actually use the unseen presence that fills all space, that animates all life, that constantly attempts to bestow joy and light.

Most of us thwart the Great Spirit (that’s what Native Americans call it, but there are at least 89 synonyms) by relying on feeble human effort.

We think we have to perform or meet some standard or jump through hoops to please this Spirit.

But here’s the thing we forget. It’s already ours. We don’t have to earn it.

It’s a gift we already have and nothing can ever change that. Nothing can ever take it away. No matter what we do.

Once we shed our outdated mental constructs, we can receive it fully, we can utilize its power.

All we have to do is enter into that expectation of light. Be still. Listen. Feel the love.

There’s a difference between potential energy and kinetic energy. Potential energy exists everywhere. It fills all space. That’s the gift. That’s your inheritance.

Kinetic energy, on the other hand, is able to light fires, pulsate beauty and goodness. Change the world.

And it can be easily accessed once you give up your old ideas and make a decision to let this Spirit have its way with you. You don’t have to do a damn thing. Except listen and let go.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Everything you could ever want is present in this now moment.

“If you can’t be present right now, nothing new is ever going to happen to you.”—Richard Rohr

Had a great time with the penguins at 21C Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas. Got back just in time to attend an Ugly Christmas sweater party and, of course, my Sunday power posse.

We were talking this morning about thoughts, about where they come from (does anyone really know?) and the importance of being in the present moment. Frank made the observation that when he was busy fretting about something that happened yesterday or worrying about a bill coming due tomorrow, Jesus could walk by, glowing and everything, and he’d never even notice.

I also got a kick out of a couple manifestation stories shared by members. Especially in light of the fact that we’re fast approaching the E-Cubed Selfie Challenge with, yes, lots of cool prizes. All three of these manifestations happened in airports.

I got an email the other day from a guy who was reading E-Cubed. Since the time he was 5, he loved astronauts and space flight. He always dreamed of someday meeting an astronaut. He said that while “playing” with the experiments in E-Cubed, his wife gifted him with a book by astronaut Chris Hadfield. He said he was in tears reading the book, thinking, “This guy and I could have been brothers.”

Well, guess who he meets a few days later at the airport?

The one and only…..Commander Chris Hadfield.

Mary Kay, from the posse, was in the Minneapolis airport yesterday and not only did the song, “Tears of a Clown” come to her mind, a song with a special memory, but she bumped into Smokey Robinson who she’d always loved and wanted to meet. He even gave her a big hug.

The last airport/manifestation story, shared by Cindy from the posse, revolved around a friend who was joking that he’d like to meet a porn star.

Only half serious (or maybe not), he just “happens” to sit next to one on the plane, one that even showed him her website.

The point is this: Your thoughts are a form of energy, broadcasting your dreams and desires out into the universe.

Might as well pay attention, be in the now moment and take it all in.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Three easy steps to become a Master of Synchronicity: a guest post by Nathalie Thompson

“My view is the sky view.”–Pharrell Williams

Hey, sports fans! I’m heading to Arkansas for a couple days to see the “State of the Art” exhibit at Crystal Bridges. I wrote an article about it for ArtDesk magazine and I’ve been waiting excitedly for the chance to see it.

In the meantime, I’m getting ready to launch the big E-Cubed Selfie Challenge with lots of great prizes including an Alaskan cruise and four pair of tickets to next year’s North American I Can Do It! events. Can someone say awesome!!!

So to prime the pump, here’s a guest post from author Nathalie Thompson:

One of the things I love most about playing with the FP (and the more time I spend doing the kind of stuff I do, the more I realize it really is all about playing and having fun with things), the more I love the “personality” of it all.

I especially love the fact that when we just trust our instincts and follow our passions, the Universe seems to go out of its way to line up little surprises, coincidences and synchronicities for us. It’s almost as if the consciousness that underlies all things delights in hiding little gifts for us, as guideposts to let us know that we are definitely following the right path.

About a month ago, for example, I wanted to set up an online system for delivering e-courses through my website. I wasn’t set up for it and had to pick a software system that needed to be installed and configured before I could launch my little “university”.

How to solve a problem before it happens

I had no idea where to even begin and was quite daunted by the prospect of even attempting it (not to mention that I really didn’t want to risk breaking the rest of my site in the process!) So what I concentrated on was building my first course and getting it all ready to go.

Then, shortly into my curriculum development process, I got an email from my business coach (who does not do techy stuff for people). He said that he had actually been wanting to create a set of video tutorials for his own audience that would show them how to install and configure the exact software system I had chosen, and he offered to set the whole thing up for me if I would agree to letting him record the process while using my site for his demo videos! Problem solved, before it even became a real problem!

Becoming a Master of Synchronicity

This type of experience is so universal that I’ve even come up with a name for it – I call it the “Master of Synchronicity” process, and it’s so easy to harness the power of this phenomenon to create manifesting miracles in all of our lives.

So how does it work? I’ve found there are only three things that we ever really need to do to master this process and get into the flow of it: 1) decide what we want; 2) start moving towards it; and 3) look for “magical” synchronicities and jump on them!

Decide what you want

The first step in becoming a Master of Synchronicity, and the cornerstone of the entire process, is to decide what it is that you want. Get absolutely clear on what your desire really is and then commit yourself to making it happen. Because there is a difference between committing yourself to what you want and just being “kind of interested” in it.

It’s the difference between becoming a great piano player and just wishing you were great piano player, for example. You’re only going to take the action necessary to becoming a great piano player if you’re committed to the idea, rather than just being interested in it.

Start moving towards it

The second step is to start moving towards what you want: start taking action, in any way that you can, in the direction of that goal or vision. When you’ve made a choice to commit yourself to your vision, you’ll find yourself getting all sorts of spontaneous ideas about things that you could do. When you get those ideas, follow up on them and start doing! You’ll be surprised at how much progress you can make, in crazy-short amounts of time, when action is inspired in this way.
You’ll be working harder than you ever have before, but it won’t feel like work because you’ll be in that zone where everything is just flowing and you’re filled with energy and enthusiasm for what you’re doing. When you feel that energy and drive to do something, this is how you can tell that you’re working with something you’re truly passionate about!

Look for magical synchronicities

The third step is to look for golden opportunities and “magical” synchronicities. Once you start actively working towards a vision or goal that you’ve committed yourself to, things just seem to start lining up to make it happen for you, as if by magic.

These little synchronicities often come at you out of nowhere, and in the strangest ways; they may come in the form of overheard conversations giving you leads on something critical to your project, or just the right book showing up at just the right time, or someone you barely know may learn about what you’re doing and offer up a key piece of information or a contact that will get you exactly what you need.

Seemingly random, serendipitous events will start to happen as you start moving forward. When these opportunities present themselves, jump on them! They are your signals from the FP that you’re doing exactly what it is that you need to be doing in order to get to where you want to be.

Summing it up

That’s all there it to it! The next time you want to manifest something really important to you, try becoming a Master of Synchronicity: decide what you’re going to manifest and commit yourself to your vision; pay attention to any little internal nudges and flashes of insight that give you ideas for action, then start moving; and, finally, be on the lookout for gifts from the Universe – those wonderful, golden opportunities that will magically come your way!

Nathalie Thompson is the author of Seven-Minute Stress Busters and the Head Dream Catcher over at VibeShifting.com, where she helps people master the methods and mindsets of success and transform their dreams into reality. Pick up her free Build Your Best Life quick-start guide and bonus video series and start creating a life you really love, today!

Why it’s perfectly okay to have a negative thought

“What if right in that moment, it was quite beautiful the way it was?”—Grace Bell

Every thought is temporary until you decide to invite it in for martinis and offer to make up the guest bedroom.

Left unopposed, a thought, like a lightning bug, will blink right off, flit away, never to be seen again.

What happens instead is we notice a negative thought, we start swatting at it, we wonder why we have it, we come up with seven steps to get rid of it and we begin beating ourselves up because…well all the books say we shouldn’t have a negative thought.

Before long, we’ve joined a support group and built a shrine.

Instead of fighting a negative thought, I prefer to use my two magic words—It’s okay—and let it flitter away and disappear.

The same strategy applies for those things we dislike in our lives—say the latest credit card statement or the doctor’s report. “But it’s true!!!” you insist.

Once we realize that any thought, any condition is temporary, with no power, no charge except that which we give it, we can go back to our natural state which is joy and amazing awesomeness.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Why I’m the luckiest person on the Planet, Episode 13

“Do not try to limit what you see by your narrow little beliefs.”—A Course in Miracles

Some people collect sports cars. Others collect rare and expensive wine. I collect quotes. They’re much easier to carry around.

Today, for example, I added the above quote to my collection as well as these two gems from A Course in Miracles:

“I will receive whatever I request.”


“It is as true now as it ever will be.”

So the reason I’m feeling so lucky is because other people are starting to quote little ole me. They’re even making cute little internet images. Nick Ortner, the tapping guru who just announced he’s about to have a new little tapping maestro (congratulations, Nick and Brenna!!) got thousands of likes for the “Something amazingly awesome….” quote.

I’ve talked about my A.A. 2.0. program many times, but for those who are new to the party, here’s the blog post that spawned that now-viral quote.

“What’s the point of being realistic?”–Will Smith

My name is Pam G. and, as of today, I am launching a brand new chapter of A.A. Unlike Version 1.0, my A.A. stands for Amazing Awesomeness and it only has two steps.

Step #1: Admit that… “something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today.” First thing every morning, before throwing off your covers, before leaping out of bed (and it doesn’t take long in this program before participants do leap out of bed with joy and expectation), before firing up the old Mr. Coffee, proclaim to the world that something unexpected, exciting and amazingly awesome is going to happen to you today. It takes what, three, four seconds? Yet it’s one of the most important things you will ever do. The first few minutes of every morning pre-paves the next 24 hours with positive expectations. It sets up a powerful intention, a forecast on which you can focus.

And it never fails to come true.

Step #2: Come to believe… in blessings and miracles. Pretend you’re a private investigator assigned the task of finding all the beauty and largesse in the world. The dominant paradigm might suggest otherwise, but practiced with regularity, this ritual will force you to see things in a whole different way. Instead of looking for problems, be on the hunt for new blessings. Take on the mission each day of reporting back with at least three pieces of amazing awesomeness, three blessings that are different than the day before. I often liken myself to Lewis or Clark, scouting important new territory.

Because we get out of life whatever we focus on, practicing these two simple steps has the power to override and overturn the accepted paradigm.

Like Bill W.’s A.A, that has reformed the lives of millions, this new program (A.A. 2.0) can transform a “nameless squad of empty glass thinkers.”

I invite others to join me in tweeting their blessings (only rule is it has to be different each day) to my Twitter feed. Or feel free to leave your blessings here. By expecting and looking for a different, more kinder reality, we can, together in one jubilantly mighty whoop, uplift and lighten this tired old world.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

You are hereby formally invited to come meet me at these brilliant and bodacious 2015 events

“How beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest afterwards.”—Quote on a postcard at Sparkling Hill Resort, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

I recently returned from a whirlwind of travel and, while I wouldn’t say I’m doing nothing, I am taking it easy, playing lots of pickleball and percolating a new book. Actually two new books.

I’m also getting ready to launch a really cool contest where every single person wins. Stay tuned for all the exciting details including such prize as a 7-day cruise with yours truly and a pair of tickets to all four North American I Can Do It’s!

The prize pack I offered in E-Cubed went quickly. You can read about it here. But this new one is a doozie so I hope you’ll get as excited as I am. Details forthcoming.

When I returned from my workshop (I liked to call them playshops) at Sparkling Hill, I got an email from a reader who seemed a bit indignant, “Why didn’t you tell me? I’d have come to your seminar. I live really close.”

While I do have an events page on this very website, I probably didn’t do a very hot job of marketing. I’m so new at speaking that it still takes me aback sometimes when people tell me they WANT to hang out.

For those who do, for those who think it’d be rather enjoyable to be part of one of my power posses, here is what’s scheduled so far for 2015:

February 20-22: Weekend Workshop in Bern, Switzerland. Here’s the link, although, unless you speak German (or is it French?), you’ll probably need a translator. Rest assured, I won’t be speaking in anything but English.

April 24-26: I Can Do It! Denver I’m super psyched for this one because it’s my first North American I Can Do It! As I mentioned, I was so high after the London ICDI! that I worried the drug dogs would think I was taking something.

June 5 and 6: Manifesting Magic and Miracles. Omega Institute. The totally cool Omega Institute has been on my bucket list for years. I’m so jazzed that I get to actually present there. My original intention was to volunteer to serve food or clean cabins or something.

June 21 to 28: Silver Lining Cruise with lots of cool speakers from San Francisco to Alaska.

September 24: Orlando I Can Do It! Again, it’s going to be one-of-a-kind.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

How to start a chain of blessings with one easy step

“When you believe something, you have made it true for you.”—A Course in Miracles

If you’ve read my books or talked to me for more than say, 15 minutes, you already know I’m a HUGE fangirl of A Course in Miracles. It probably sounds more dignified to say “I’m a student of the Course,” but who wants to be dignified. Certainly not this dancing fool.

Besides the quote at the top of this post, I also read this passage (I’m paraphrasing) from the Course this morning: “Your safety, peace and joy are totally beyond question except by you. In fact, any perceived problems are not problems of fact. They are problems of understanding.”

So one of my goals is to change our understanding of the world. I’ve also called it changing the dominant paradigm. So here’s a little story I heard when I was in the Okanagan Valley the weekend before last:

Winfield, British Columbia is part of a little town with no more than 12,000 people. It’s wedged between a couple ski resorts and a beautiful lake. To give you some idea of its stellar beauty, let’s just leave it with this: the entire Okanagan Valley is popular with Canadian hockey players in the off-season.

One day, at the Winfield Tim Horton’s (Tim Horton was a well-known hockey player whose name now graces some 4600 coffee shops across Canada), a guy in the Sparkling Hill workshop I gave with Olympic coach Dirk Stroda told us he drove up to the window only to be informed that his coffee had been taken care of by the person in front of him. Inspired, he decided to “pay it forward” to the next car in line. Later, he was talking to his neighbor who works at that Tim Horton’s and was told the giving to the car behind went on for a full four and a half hours. FOUR AND A HALF HOURS of unbridled generosity. And you thought the world was a scary place?

What might you do today to start a chain of blessings?

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

I got news for you, Star Wars—The Force is Already Awake

“Love is more powerful than death, bigger than the dark, bigger than cancer, bigger even than airport security lines.”—Anne Lamott

On November 6, it was officially announced that the seventh Star Wars movie would be called “The Force Awakens.”

I yawned and said, “Well, duh!”

The Force (Or what I call the Field of Infinite Potentiality) is alive and kicking and always has been. Like someone tweeted this morning, “Once you buy into what @PamGrout is talking about, #Weird Shit starts to happen.”

The only reason we think it’s new or “weird shit” or just now awakening is because we’ve bought into the other story. The story that says, “This is all we get.” We’ve been pretending that we’re all alone and that we have no power and that there’s not a Force that is chomping at the bit to get involved in our lives, to connect with us, to provide us with guidance.

I get emails every day that start with something like, “You’re never going to believe this.”

Here’s one that came in yesterday. “I lost one of a pair of favorite earrings bought in Santa Monica, CA (I live in London so couldn’t just pop into the shop and buy another): gold hoops with black diamonds. I put out an intention to get the earring back and this morning on my dressing table were the two earrings! Isn’t that crazy and inexplicable!

It’s not crazy and inexplicable once you let go of the old story. The old story convinces us that there is “one reality.” That “this one reality” is solid, never changing. But it only sticks around as long as you continue to invest in it.

In the quantum playground, all things are possible. So instead of investing in “what is,” it’s time to put all our energy into “what might be possible.”

As 22-year-old John Boyega, one of the new stormtroopers in Stars Wars VII, said to critics who questioned the casting, “To whom is may concern….Get used to it.”’

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

How Wonder Woman can help you fly through the holidays with ease and joy

“I had to stop watching the news. It was making my own problems seem insignificant.” –Cartoon I just saw in the New Yorker

It’s a long story, but many years ago I met Lynda Carter at Chris Evert’s wedding. So when Warner Bros. announced yesterday that Michelle MacLaren will be directing the new Wonder Woman movie, the first big budget superhero movie about a woman, I thought about Lynda (who will probably not be cast in the movie) and decided I would practice her superpowers this week. Here’s why:

Scientists have proven that when you stand like Wonder Woman (fists on waist and legs spread in what Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy calls a power pose) you lower your cortisol levels and boost your testosterone.

“So what?” you might be thinking. WHAT is that when your cortisol levels go down, you drastically lower your stress and when testosterone goes up, you feel more confident.

Cuddy discovered that standing in this pose for a mere two minutes helps folks ace job interviews, tests and other potentially stress-provoking events.

Which is why I plan to strike this pose throughout the holidays, whenever I’m tempted to get testy with relatives or to feel time pressure about the 14 dishes I’m attempting to maneuver into the oven at the same time.

I plan to slip into the bathroom (Superman used a phone booth, but, thanks to cell phones, they’re practically obsolete), strike my Wonder Woman pose and come out, if not in cape, a whole lot calmer and happier.

I’d like to thank Dirk Stroda for introducing me to Amy Cuddy’s fabulous TED talk. I just met Dirk and his beautiful wife Verena in the Okanagan Valley of Canada. Dirk, who is a coach to executives and Olympic athletes, also taught me how to procure free drugs—well, oxytocin which is the love drug and the only one I’m interested in stockpiling. It can be manufactured IN THE BODY without Walter White’s goggles and messy law enforcement problem.

The point is…our physiology (like I point out in the Boggie Woogie Experiment in E-Cubed) can help us get our mind back on the joy frequency.

Dirk and I gave a workshop together at Sparkling Hill Resort, an unbelievably cool health resort with eight different saunas and steam rooms (one of them even had the same ceiling as the Sistine Chapel) and more than 3 million Swarovski crystals. Do I have a cool job or what?

The last little tip I’d like to share for sailing through the holidays is to sing. Jay Pryor, another cool friend of mine, from one of my power posses, and his wife Jessica have started singing to their two young kids. Instead of demanding that they come to dinner or stop drawing on the Lazy-Boy, they simply break into an operatic aria that more effectively gets the point across.

And lastly, because I was tempted to join a protest after last night’s Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, I’d like to present yet another headline in the world I’m envisioning:

Police officers all over the world give up their guns and realize the best way to do their job is to shoot love, not fear

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.


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