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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

Hi! Welcome to the internet home of Pam Grout. I am the author of 16 books, two screenplays, a live soap opera, a TV series and enough magazine articles that I haven’t starved in 20 years without a 9-5 job. On this site, you’ll find all sorts of information about my books and about my career as a freelance writer.

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Pamela Sue Grout

The secret of people who love their jobs

“The purpose of life is to fart around. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”—Kurt Vonnegut

Happy Wednesday!!! As many of you know, I just gave my first TED talk. It was extremely nerve-wracking, because, instead of viewing it as an opportunity to fart around, I took it very seriously. I tried really hard to make it perfect, awe-inspiring, the best talk I’ve ever given. Trying really hard is never a wise strategy. In doing so, I completely forgot my number one motto which is: “Have fun. No matter what.”

I didn’t exactly bomb the talk, but it wasn’t the firework-inducing success I wanted.

The part that WAS fun was listening to the other speakers. I felt so honored to be chosen for this inaugural TEDX Lawrence and really enjoyed the talks by my fellow co-presenters.

Dr. Shane Lopez, who spoke right before me (when my heart was palpitating so loudly I missed half of it), mentioned that only 13 percent of people like their jobs. For a person who has to pinch herself every now and again to make sure this career of mine isn’t just a wonderful dream, this is a shocking statistic. That means 87 percent of us aren’t jumping up and down when Monday rolls around.

He also mentioned that the secret of those 13 percent who do LOVE their job is they’ve taken ownership of it. They’ve designed their job in a way that brings meaning.

And here’s the thing. We all have the opportunity to do that–no matter what our title is. We get to create our jobs—especially the story in our heads, the story we tell ourselves (and others) about our work. I went king crab fishing with a wonderful guy in Norway. In fact, I’m writing a travel story about it this week. His dad taught him when he was a small child how important it was to realize (and, of course, say) that he GETS to go to his job each day. Never HAS to.

Dr. Lopez asked the audience to clap if they’d ever rented a car. It was pretty unanimous. Then he asked, “How many of you have ever washed a rental car?’ Not a single clap was heard. And not just by the likes of me with the boom-boom-booming heart.

So here’s his point. You can either own your work (and that doesn’t necessarily mean being self-employed). Or you can react to your work. Same with our lives. We can design them how we want. Which, of course, starts with our mental landscape. Or we can keep peddling to someone else’s design.

Tell me in the comments section below how you’ve designed your work and your life. Even if you’re only starting today.

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 recently-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Why cosmic curveballs only lead to home runs

“Love joins with everything. It doesn’t exclude the monster. It doesn’t avoid the nightmare–it looks forward to it.” –Byron Katie

When you think of everything as a miracle, even getting hit by a double decker bus, you’ll be led to a life most extraordinary. Melissa Joy Jonsson, president of Matrix Energetics, was a highly-successful pharmaceutical exec until she literally got smacked in London by a bus.

Most would judge this as unfortunate, but in reality (where only love is real) it led her to her life’s mission–teaching others how to access their authentic self. Getting hit by a bus was actually an act of grace.

Our job, of course, is to withdraw judgment from anything that happens, to remember that only good can come our way. This frees up the universe to begin pouring out blessings.

One of my great blessings is all the miracle stories that pop into my inbox each morning. Here’s one that came in yesterday:

“My name is Corey and I currently live in the Texas panhandle. I’m gonna try and make a long story short…

“A few years ago I was a commissioner in the wind industry. In 2009, jobs became scarce for my position. I fell deeply in debt and lost pretty much everything.

“Even before my trials and tribulations I was embarking on a spiritual journey. I was raised in church, but baffled by the wide variety of theologies. They all believed different things. So I began a search for truth.

“The crazy thing that really started my search was a television interview of Nick Cannon and he was talking about how he spoke into existence him marrying Mariah Carey. He talked about the power of words. This reached out and grabbed me by the arm and sucked me in!

“Over the last 3 years I’ve read every metaphysical book I could get my hands on. “Think and Grow Rich,” “Outwitting the Devil,” “Your Word is your Wand,” everything from Rhonda Byrne to Florence Scovel. Shinn. I’ve read them all.

“Last Monday I came across your book, “E Squared.” I finished the book Tuesday evening and meditated on the message in the book.

“Monday night, March 16th at 9:45 pm I made the demand that I needed a blessing. I needed a financial blessing, but like you said, let the FP decide the blessing first.

“I currently work the security gate at a local methanol plant that is in it’s commissioning stages of construction. I work part time and fill in any extra hours when I can. My hourly pay is way above average for this town, but two days a week doesn’t add up to much. I have been in this position for about two and half months.

“Tuesday morning the head boss over the entire plant passed through the gate and told me to meet him Wednesday in his office and that he needed to talk to me. My first thought was “Uh oh! I’m getting laid off!” However, I immediately corrected that thought and affirmed to myself that I’m blessed and no matter what only good can come my way.

“Wednesday afternoon I arrived for the meeting and my boss asked if I would be interested in working full time with the company. He then began to praise me over my positive attitude, my encouragement of others, and how well I did my job at the front gate. So, he offers me a position directly under him and I will be in charge of multiple aspects of the company. I literally went from last to first. On paper I am in no way qualified for the job but I have learned to shift my focus and people around me are taking notice! My blessing came with 4 hours left of the demanded time.

“After reading your book and applying your techniques with the other methods in the past books I’ve read, I now understand. I finally see the great potential we posses.

Thank you so much for writing this great tool! May it heal, bless, and inspire the people of our world!”

Thanks, Corey, for sharing.

And, as I like to say on Fridays, “Make this 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 recently-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Challenge the limited human perception. Start today.

“I practice karate moves when I think nobody is watching. It’s all part of being a real American badass. Chicks dig it. I mean they would, if they ever looked and caught me in a moment of awesomeness.
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― Jarod Kintz

Top of the Morning to you, this gorgeous St. Patty’s Day. I’m off to play pickleball after returning last night from an amazing weekend in Chicago with Matrix Energetics and wanted to share just a couple thoughts.

Don’t wait for the diagnosis, the breakup, the financial hit to start practicing the magical power of your thoughts.

Many of us pay lip service to the invincible universal law that “consciousness create reality.” But we don’t put it into practice UNTIL life slugs us in the face. For example, did you get up this morning and consciously create your day? Did you jump up and intentionally program in magic and miracles?

My point exactly.

One of the most gratifying things about E-Squared is all the groups that are forming, the people who are getting together regularly to practice this mind-blowing truth. Now. With little things.

That way, our magic-making muscles are in shape, our perceptions are opened wider and it just feels natural to make miracles. Of all kinds. Big and Small.

Have an amazingly awesome day!!

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 recently-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

When making an intention, your only job is to chill

“Everything you can imagine is real.”–Pablo Picasso

When it comes to turning thoughts into things, it’s imperative to disregard “what appears to be true.”

Focus instead on “what you want to be true.”

Sure, you might get bucked off the horse from time to time, might start listening to that spin doctor in the brain, be tempted to focus on the “information” presented by the five senses, the news media, the default setting that says, “Be careful. Worry. Don’t even think about learning to relax.”

But just keep climbing back into that saddle and focusing on what you want to be true.

That’s why I’ve made “training my mind” priority numero uno. On a daily basis, I instruct it to look for beauty. Encourage it to seek out the bigger picture, to focus on the love and the seemingly impossible.

I’ve heard back now from several winners of the E-Cubed Selfie Challenge. And I was thrilled to learn that many of them have already seen their vision come to fruition. Cheryl Lynn Gibbs sent a fabulous selfie of her and her hubbie with the Airstream they wanted to drive across the country.

Here’s her story:

I posted my selfie/bookie on your page at about 8:00 on a Wednesday night. My hubby and I were the ones who intended to manifest an Airstream so we could travel in style across this magical country of ours to visit my family in the Midwest. Around 9:00 the following morning, my hubby received an email from his favorite cousin in southern California.

She wrote, “I have a 27-foot Airstream you two can use ….” What the? Crazy, huh? Just 13 short hours! I LOVE stuff like this!!! My hubby and I call this “access to resources.” A couple of years ago, I was listening to a series of interviews on abundance. The interviewer would begin each interview by asking the question, “What is abundance to you?” One gentleman responded, “Abundance is simply access to resources. You don’t need to own the swimming pool–just have access to it. You don’t need to own the tennis court–just have access to it. You don’t need to own the horse–just have access to it.” For us, we don’t need to own the Airstream–just have access to it. And quite honestly, we have no where to park it at our house anyway. The Universe takes care of all the deets if you just step back and let It do Its thing!

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 recently-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Houston, we have a winner…29 winners of the E3 Selfie Challenge

“Remember…nobody wins unless everybody wins.”—Bruce Springstein
E3 Bookie!!
Gosh, you guys! It was utterly impossible to pick winners of the E-Cubed Selfie Challenge. Creativity and joy and excitement just oozed out of every entry. In the end, I had to throw all the entries in a hat and eenie-minie mo it.

Seriously, you guys are all SO. COOL! I feel honored to be sharing the same planet with you. I did notice a couple trends. Quite a few of you will soon be traveling and publishing books. At least five of you want to meet Ellen DeGeneres although I also got a kick out of the entrant that wants to meet Brett Favre.

I wish from the bottom of my heart I could give away prizes to every last one of you. I really, really do. You all deserve it! And I can’t wait to hear the stories about how all your new visions and dreams and intentions came true.

But since Hay House has only given me 4 pair of tickets, the organizers of the cruise to Alaska cancelled the cruise (sorry about that! Out of my hands!) and I’ve got a mere 25 Donor’s Choose cards, here are the names that came out of the hat:

A pair of tickets to any one of the four North American I Can Do It conferences:

1. Nora Giron-Dolce. This fabulous author from Mexico sent in numerous entries including meeting Paul McCartney and having a bestselling book in Mexico. She even wrote her affirmation on a beach—sound familiar?).

2. Laura Duksta. This multi-talented woman from Nashville, Tennessee is producing an album with all the big names in country music.

3. Brandi Russell. What isn’t Brandi doing? The coolest thing, beside her selfie wearing a top hot, is that Brandi is making sure kids know they’ve got the power to create worlds.

4. Carla Golden. Can’t wait to skate at this woman’s holistic skating center!!

I will send each of you a facebook message with instructions on how to claim your free tickets.

The following 25 names will be receiving a Donor’s Choose Card. I learned about this wonderful charity from Biz Stone, the founder of Twitter who I’ve blogged about on more than one occasion. He learned about Donor’s Choose from Stephen Colbert when he appeared on his show, the Colbert Report.

Basically, you’ll be getting the chance to pick a classroom to support (on me), a classroom that might need say 25 copies of Charlotte’s Web or clay for a pottery project. If you see your name here, please send me your address (see the contact form here) so I can forward on your card.

1. Heather Alpers.
2. Carrie Sailer Starr
3. Allison Volk
4. Dana Dolsen
5. Asa Thuvesen
6. Greg Hamel
7. Wayne Adkins
8. Madonna Murphy
9. Natasha Bron
10. Mette B. Soby
11. Penne Davidson Ard
12. Gi Sand
13. Doug Beckerman
14. Ann Ladouceur
15. Tasha Hall
16. Carol Doberstein
17. Sasha Gidget Gary
18. Cheryl Lynn Gibbs
19. Kelly Blue Book
20. Kimberley Chilcote
21. Andrea Sebastiano
22. Sasha Gidget Gary
23. Bator Hos-Katalin
24. Bindy Barker
25. Rochelle Campbell

Thanks everybody for entering. And, as I said, every last one of you is a winner. I love you all.

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 recently-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Miracles are natural, normal daily occurrences for those with the eyes to see.

‘If miracles had chemical equations then everyone would believe.”
― Cecelia Ahern
Let me start by announcing that 24 winners have been chosen for the E-Cubed Selfie Challenge. As I’ve said countless times, everyone who entered automatically won because by simply creating a new vision for yourself, you’ve started the ball rolling for that reality’s manifestation. So congratulations to all!

An official announcement will be made tomorrow.

For today, I want to share a miracle story, one of many discussed in yesterday’s power posse. We had so much fun talking about these so-called miracles that we decided two things:

1.A miracle is only labeled a miracle until science decides to put its stamp on it, decides to call it “doable.” Who’d have thought 200 years ago we could flip a switch and create light or talk with a human being on the other side of the planet?

2. We decided that miracles are NOT anomalies and we look forward to the day when people discuss their latest miracles the way we discuss the weather.

I, for one, am committed to being that crazy person who believes in magic and mystery and things without logical explanations.

When Robbin was a young girl, she had a pet named Missy Mouse. As Rhonda pointed out, one man’s vermin is another man’s pet. Anyway, the wheel in Missy’s cage squeaked so Robbin’s mom, not a fan of squeaky wheels, insisted she leave the cage on the back porch. One day, when the temperature dropped below freezing, young Robbin went out to find Missy in full-blown rigor mortis, her tiny mouse legs stiff and sticking straight up in the air.

Robbin, of course, knew the Bible stories, and decided to bring Missy back to life.

Her embarrassed mother tried to explain that Missy had gotten too cold and had frozen to death.

“Well that’s okay,” Robbin said, “We can put her in the oven.”

Her mom, trying desperately to think of the best explanation for her faith-filled daughter, finally agreed to hang the cage up by a heating vent.

Robbin, in the way only a small child can believe, prayed for Missy’s future. They both went on with their day.

And within a couple hours, “Squeak, squeak.”

Missy Mouse was not only alive, but she was running once again in her squeaky hamster wheel.

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 recently-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Who said life wasn’t meant to be magical?

“I could use my very own mind to imagine other ways of seeing the world, like putting on a new pair of glasses. Everything in a new color entirely.”—Grace Bell

Photo by Anne Chalfant, one of the amazing journalists with me in Norway.

Photo by Anne Chalfant, one of the amazing journalists with me in Norway.

I just returned from Norway where, once again, I fell in love. As a travel writer, I’m often asked “Where’s your favorite place?” I often respond to this impossible question with “wherever I last was.”

I’m like Stephen Stills. “Loving the one I’m with.” Of course, being with or in Norway is a no-brainer. The country’s insanely beautiful, the people are humble and kind and the seafood upon which I daily dined was minutes earlier swimming in the vast Norwegian fjords. In fact, that picture up there is me with last Sunday’s dinner.

But this isn’t a travel blog. Rather, it’s a blog about beliefs and expectations and letting go of all notions that life isn’t meant to be magical.

As I frequently say here on the blog, I get emails every day that start with something like this: “You’re never going to believe this!!!” Here’s a story that came in this morning from a beautiful reader originally from Iran who read E-Squared and found her dream job in New York. Read on:

“I am Persian, but grew up in Germany. My biggest desire was to live and work in the United States where my relatives are since I knew couldn’t go back to Iran. I started working for L’Oreal in Germany. From 2011 to Spring of 2014, I focused every single day on my dream, but inside I was afraid of failing, afraid they’d never give me a visa.

“A friend gave me E2 to read and it was the beginning of a transformation. All my fears just disappeared.

“Believe it or not, but L’Oreal USA called me September 2014 and gave me the best work visa ever. Since November 2014, I have worked as as manager for the company in NYC and the miracles have not finished yet. They just offered me a higher position within the company. Now, I E-Square my life daily and have given your book to 6 other colleagues. When I look back in my life, I have always E-squared my life. I just didn’t know it.”

You can check out Poopak’s site here:

Stay tuned. Prizes for the E-Cubed Selfie Challenge will be announced early next week.

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

Are you terrorizing yourself with your thoughts about food?

“We are all love just looking for a place to happen.”—Esther Hicks

I leave for Switzerland in about two hours. I’m giving a workshop in Bern and then I’m off to Norway for a travel assignment. Among other things, I’ll be sleeping in a snow hotel (just one night), enjoying a Viking dinner and viewing (knock on wood) the Northern Lights.

But I simply have to share this amazing blog post I got from a friend yesterday. Do yourself a favor and read it yourself (it can be accessed here), but to summarize, my friend Linda, like most of us, had picked up a lot of “rules” about how and what to eat. You know the feeling. Guilt if you eat too much sugar. Confusion over whether you’re getting the right amount of carbs. Shame if you went off the damned diet you vowed to begin January (or February or March) 1.

Starting Christmas, Linda was having trouble with her eyes. She tried everything and finally decided to surrender and ask the bigger thing for help. Almost immediately, a voice, very clearly, said the following: “You have terrorized yourself with your thoughts about your body and food, declaring that food is MORE powerful than your thoughts. It is exactly the opposite… but as with all things, your thoughts have “made it so.” Your body obediently overreacts to many foods now. And you hold the fear of that all the time. Are you ready for an undoing?”

Being no dummy, she said, “YES! Please undo this for me.” She gave the fear to God, the F.P., the Divine Buzz, the thing that has so many synonyms, none of which begin to do it justice.

I’m sure you can guess what happened. But again, go here and read her story.

The other thing I want to share is that the word “desire” comes from a French word that means “of the Father.” So if you, like most of us in Worldview 1.0, feel at all guilty for wanting stuff, it’s time to let that go. It’s time to feel innocent about your desires and to know that your intentions and dreams are actually God’s way of expanding itself. Yep, your desires are holy.

With that being said, I want to extend the deadline for the E-Cubed Selfie Challenge. I know I said it was yesterday, but because I’m about to fly across the ocean, I won’t be passing out prizes until I return. So post those selfies (a picture of you with your HIGHEST desire) to my Facebook page and get entered to win tickets to all four of this year’s North American “I Can Do it” conferences.

They’re going to be life-changing. And as I’ve said, every single person wins because once you make a new vision for yourself, the universe begins to conspire to bring it to fruition.

I’ll probably check in with ya’ll when I’m in Europe, but, either way, have a stupendous couple of weeks.

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 unexpected money flows to me

“The world is awash in money.”–Ted Turner

I’m reading Tony Robbin’s new book, Master the Money Game. It’s 600 pages of quite fascinating advice. I particularly enjoyed learning that Warren Buffett is a fan of self-improvement guru Dale Carnegie. So it’s not just us spiritual types who are out here getting our woo-woo on.

I’ll probably even take some of Tony’s suggestions. I’ve been to his resort in Fiji and, hey, the guy knows how to live. My daughter and I, in fact, bunked in Namale’s 2500-square-foot Dream House, next door to he and his wife Sage. It had outdoor showers, two pools, a couple hot tubs, maid’s quarters and 200-foot windows overlooking the ocean. It also had a pull-down TV screen on which we were able to watch the Bachelorette episode that was filmed there. If you want to read the travel article I wrote about the house where Ashley Hebert was wooed, click here.

But an even better financial tact than Tony’s is the affirmation of my power posse pal Rhonda who says, “Unexpected money comes to me every day.”

As I mention in E-Cubed, money is nothing but energy that forms around our beliefs and expectations, so if we want to believe the only way to acquire it is from a paycheck, that’s certainly one of the options. But Rhonda (yes, she’s the Never Say No to Fun gal) gets unexpected money every day.

Some days, it’s a penny. Often it’s five dollar bills. It seems five dollar bills stalk her like Mary Margaret Ray stalked David Letterman. Other days, a sales clerk at the counter where Rhonda (not Mary Margaret) is making a purchase will say, “Ya know, this sweater is going on sale tomorrow. I’m going to go ahead and give it to you for 50 percent off.”

Robbin, also in the posse, has been known to find up to five 20 dollar bills in her get this….clothes dryer. Who needs an ATM? As for me, I regularly get checks in the mail, sometimes really big ones, I wasn’t expecting.

The thing is, we can hold on with white fists to our beliefs around money or we can open up to the world’s abundance. We can argue for our limitations (a chief one being that money is scarce and hard to come by) or we can crack the window for a more-pleasing fiduciary story.

One of my favorite things about E-Cubed, in which I encourage people to seed money, is that readers are starting to leave notes and dollar bills inside the pages of E-Cubed at bookstores that some new lucky reader will eventually find. How cool is that?

As for me, I continue to believe in the world’s largesse and to know that plentitude is the only realistic way to fly.

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.

Lessons learned on the pity pot

“You move away from reality when you believe there is a legitimate reason to suffer.” –Byron Katie

Judgment by Rosea Lake

Okay, so I’ve been a bit blah this week, not really motivated to do much. I laid under my down comforter, read, called friends, worried about stuff.

And this morning I woke up realizing what a powerful lesson I created for myself. I learned, once again (don’t you love how opportunities to grow never stop circling the wagons?) that my judgments are the only thing blocking the Truth of who I am.

Like everybody else, I am a radiating transmitter tower constantly sending out signals. I draw to myself exact vibrational matches to what I expect, what I believe.

And when I judge myself (yes, I was berating myself for not being motivated, not living up to the ideas I write about), the love and joy of the universe (in other words Truth) can’t get through my cloud. It bounces right off my judgments, faithfully letting through only what I choose to perceive.

I woke up this morning totally getting how exciting this it. Totally appreciating how cool it is that I create it all and that, by simply choosing to love it all and own it all (my judgments about myself can get quite creative, they’re often Oscar-worthy), I get even more love and joy. Right now, with this lesson under my belt, I am buzzing and happy and so grateful that for several days this week, I got to see a perfect example of my infinite power of creation in living color.

As the old idiom suggests, “It’s all good.”

Thank you, universe!! Thank you, friends.

And, as I always like to say on Fridays, “Have the best weekend of your life.”

I know I will.

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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