Why I’m burning my shame file and starting again in 2016

“Say yes to everything. You never know if it might be a lottery ticket.”–Derek Sivers

I’m taking Cheryl Strayed’s advice for 2016–putting myself in the way of beauty.

I plan to laugh more, to dance more, to hug more, to give myself more breaks.

And I’m officially burning that old shame file (the one where I keep tabs on all my mistakes).

Instead I will focus on these three Truths:

1. If I want to change something in my life, my thoughts and consciousness are a far better tool than physical effort.

2. Life (or the Divine Buzz that animates everything) is always on my team, re-creating my thoughts and consciousness out here in physical form, making it easier for me to see.

3. I’m here on the physical plane to play around with this animating energy, to have fun, to experience joy.

Tell me in the comments sections below what beauty you plan to stand in front of this year.

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

Miracles 101: Get on the joy frequency

“You know that voice inside of you that says, ‘I can’t do it.’ Don’t let that little f— win.”—Marc Maron

Just a quick post today to remind you that miracles are trying like bloody hell to happen in your life.

All you have to do is create the frequency that allows them to be freely broadcast.

Here are a couple “miracle broadcasts” that recently dropped into my inbox.

Take it away, Diane:

“Soon after I asked the Universe to show me something cool, I put on an antique record from 1951 called American Indian Songs of the Southwest, which included a Zuni raindance. I was thinking how cool it would be if it could rain when I played the record, but then I didn’t think about it again.

“I was three-quarters of the way through the record and enjoying the music, when my apartment was hit by a big downpour! I was totally impressed. And, the rain mostly stopped when the record finished.

“Later, I looked up the weather forecast for my town for that day and the forecast called for zero precipitation, and the whole day had been really nice weather. Now, that’s a miracle.”

Story #2:

“My hubby and I had written the butterfly experiment off as not successful. So about two weeks later, I was looking out in the backyard and saw two huge beautiful butterflies feeding on some flowers. I called my husband over to show him and we joked about the experiment.

“Only a day or so later our back porch becomes practically infested with caterpillars! There was a constant supply of them on the INSIDE of our screened in porch, plus many more crawling up the outsides! It was crazy! I would attempt to scoop them up to release them in the far corner of the yard only to turn around and have like a dozen more popping out of nowhere! Needless to say I told my husband it may well be time to shut off the experiment before the universe REALLY got crafty… (The next day they were all but gone.)”

And story #3:

“One by one I checked off the items from E-Cubed. Except for the beach ball. The second I saw that on the list, I felt not very optimistic. It’s November in New York, not exactly beach ball season. I told myself that maybe I’ll see one on the internet or on television. Nope.

“So it was the last day of the 72 hours. I was just finishing up at work (retail) when out of the corner of my eye in walks a little girl with her mom. What is she holding in her hands? A BEACH BALL!!! A big blue and white beach ball with blue stars all over it!!! I got a chill in my whole body, tears came to my eyes and I started shaking. I immediately called over my friend and explained the experiment and showed her the list on my phone so that i could have a witness.”

So that’s how we do it, folks!

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

5 writers. 200,000 donors. A true reason to shout hallelujah! #IStandWithLove

“Love is worth all the hullaballo.”—Cheryl Strayed

I didn’t plan to write a blog post this morning. I’m out the door in 5 minutes. But I’m so stoked about this amazing piece of news that I really have no choice.

Five writers raised $1 million to help Syrian refugees in a mere 31 hours. That’s barely more than a day.

But what’s even cooler is that this great gift to our suffering brothers and sisters was raised by all of us together. No one gave more than $25 which means the little guys came together for a great cause. Without politicians. Or institutions.

I’d also like to thank the Donald Trumps and the Isils of the world who, on some cosmic level, agreed to play the part of the “bad guys” so the rest of us can come together and prove to ourselves what is truly possible. Maybe these “dark forces” are part of the universe’s bigger plan? Not for me to judge. My only job is keep holding out for love. For a higher Truth.

The whole scenario gives me SO. MUCH. HOPE. Anything is possible. We CAN change the world, guys. And no better time to be reminded of that than Christmas. The light is definitely here.

Enjoy your holidays. Make it the best one ever. And remember to do more of what you want to do and less of what you think you should.

I love you all SO MUCH.

Signing off from Lincoln Street.

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

21 reasons to be of good cheer

“What worn-out shticks are blinding you to the blessings that life is conspiring to give you?”–Rob Brezsny

People magazine sent me out to interview a Kansas City Secret Santa who passes out $100 bills. Twice. It was a hoot and a half to join him, to see the expression on people’s faces when he’d peal a couple hundys off his stack and hand them over.

So in the interest of continuing my long-standing journalism career, here are 20 additional reasons to be of good cheer:

1. A mystery woman walked into a Toys R Us in Bellingham, Massachussetts and paid off the entire store’s layaway balance, allowing strapped parents to pick up Christmas gifts for their kids.

2. Gas prices have dropped below $2 just in time for holiday visits to family.

3. The gorgeous beaches of Cuba have reopened to vacationing Americans.

4. Oakland Raider’s tackle Menelik Watson donated a week of his salary ($37,000) to Ava Urrea, a four-year-old girl who has had 14 heart surgeries.

5. Natalie DuBose, whose Ferguson, Missouri bakery was vandalized last year during protests, received more than $250,000 in donations from total strangers.

6. The curve is bending on new cases of HIV. More people are being treated than becoming infected.

7. Enough said. This note was left on a car in Edmonton, Canada.

8. Gay marriage is now legal in the United States.

9. An Ohio high school student took his 89-year-old great grandmother to prom because she’d never been.

10. A cop in Montreal has been stopping drivers and, instead of passing out tickets, is passing out $100 bills.

11. Global life expectancy has risen by six years since 1990.

12. Nearly 200 countries signed a bill to reduce the use of foreign fossil fuels.

13. A Dallas woman has donated more than 15,0000 house cleanings for people going through chemo.

14. A 12-year-old from San Jose, California, built a Braille printer (it’s called a BRAIGO) out of LEGO Mindstorms (it’s the souped up version) that lowers the going $2000 price to an affordable $350. He even offers open source plans online for free.

15. A police captain in Omaha, Nebraska organized a Valentine’s card campaign for her sergeant who remarked that he’d never received a Valentine’s card as a kid. He got hundreds from people all over the country.

16. A former professional ballet dancer developed a dancing wheelchair so all of us can dance.

17. Michelle Obama has volunteered the last five years to take calls for NORAD’s Santa hotline.

18. A New York City software engineer gave coding lessons to a homeless man. He offered him either $100 or two months of coding lessons. After just three and a half months, his homeless protégé developed Trees for Cars, a smartphone app that helps commuters organize carpools.

19. Scientists dated a bristlecone pine tree in California’s White Mountains as the world’s longest-living organism. It’s more than 5000 years old, older than the pyramids

20. And this video (which I already shared on Facebook)

And remember, my dear friends, this is the holiday season to do more of what you WANT to do and less of what you think you should.

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 it’s time to get naked with your desires

“Become committed—fully committed—to the experience of happiness.”—The Way of Mastery

Today, I want to talk about innocence and vulnerability and one of the sidewalk cracks we stumble over when claiming the largesse of the universe.

I call it a sidewalk crack because it’s very subtle. There’s an underlying belief that we shouldn’t admit we want riches, joyous relationships, rewarding work. What if people think we’re selfish? What if we piss God off?

So we’re in conflict. We have desires, but we don’t want to admit them. We pinch them off. We hide them under the bed. Desire, after all, is a blot on the spiritual path. Isn’t it?

But what if desire IS the spiritual path, what if it’s the animating force that propels us forward, that effects beautiful transformation on the planet?

What if desire is actually God in action? And by suppressing our desires, we’re actually crippling God.

So I’d like to suggest that we surrender to the creative force that wells within us and begin to view our desires as wholly innocent, wholly pure, wholly….holy.

So yes, it might be intimidating to admit you desire material comfort and creative expression and unending love. But if we don’t all come out of the closet about our desires, we risk thwarting the full potential of the universe, of God.

I’m read to undress. How about you?

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 equally-scintillaing, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

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

Why I always sign up for happiness and joy

“Future historians might conclude that our age suffered from a pathological need to repetitively seek out reasons for how bad life is.”—Rob Brezsny

NPR’s Ira Flatow produces “Science Friday.” I’m offering “Science Monday” with three scientific reasons to choose happiness this week.

1. Your brain, still running ancient “Eat lunch. Don’t be lunch” programming is not hard-wired for fight or flight. Two-thirds of its neurons, in fact, are malleable and CAN. BE. CHANGED. You man the dials and can train those pesky neurons to seek out joy.

2. The new science of epigenetics is proving that even genes are not set in concrete. How they unravel depends on their environment.

3. By taking time to register within your mind that at this moment “I have all I need,” at this moment “Everything’s actually going okay,” you can rewire your brain.

By actively stopping for a moment and registering moments of “Life right now is going okay,” we can literally re-sculpt our neurological structure.

We wouldn’t walk into a wedding or a funeral and not sign the guest book. Why do we fail to register for all those countless moments when life really is just fine the way it is?

Once you actively start noticing those moments, you’ll find the years will take care of themselves.

And speaking of taking care, I’ve been told I’m somewhat remiss in the “marketing side” of my career. As I told the producer of the Google hangout I’m participating in today, I mostly see my “business” as spreading love around. If you’re interested in jumping on the love train, here are a few upcoming opportunities:

If you’re free this afternoon at 4:00 EST, I’ll be doing a google hangout. I think this is the link:

On January 24, I’m giving a workshop in Phoenix. Get the skinny here:

March 6 to 10, Jewels Johnson, the fabulous creator of Law of Attraction Radio, is hosting a cruise to Mexico that departs from Long Beach, California. I’ll be giving a workshop along with Richard Harper, Constance Arnold and a bunch of other LOA experts. Here’s the link:

April 8, I’ll be in Reno at the Center for Spiritual Living.

April 24-27, I’ll be speaking at the Butterfly Retreat in Jordan, Ontario. Get details here:

June 10-12, I’ll be back for a weekend workshop at Omega. Last time I was there we started the full-moon dancing event.

It would be so great to meet some of you at any or all of the above events. My intention stands that I hope to someday hug every person on the planet.

Until then,

Signing off from Lawrence, Kansas

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

Three insanely easy tools for making your dreams come true

“Our ability to shape energy is like breathing. We do it all the time without even realizing it.”—Damien Echols

Singer/activist/poet Michael Franti has a tattoo on his arm that says, “Today I pray for_________.”

Every morning, he gets out a sharpie and writes in his highest intention. Some days, he hands the sharpie to his partner Sara. Or he allows one of his fans, somebody who is going through a hard time to write in a request.

Either way, it’s a powerful reminder that every morning we get to decide how our day will go, what we want it to mean, how we will use our thoughts, our beliefs and our prayers.

Tool #2:

This insanely easy tool comes from Thomas Edison who, you gotta admit, accomplished more than most in his life. He says he never went to sleep without first making a request to his subconscious. Again, super easy and very powerful. You’re going to sleep anyway, so why not ask for answers.

Tool #3:

Be a permanent holiday-maker. Yesterday, I mentioned the perks of walking with childlike wonder. To a three-year-old, the world is endlessly interesting. There’s no such thing as a bad anything. Without judgment or critique, the world is free to accommodate our sizzling imagination.

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

Life doesn’t suck, shit doesn’t happen and the glass is 100 percent full

“Ever since happiness heard your name it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” –Hafiz

Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m a Course in Miracles groupie. Today, in my lesson, I read this beautiful sentiment:

“His gifts are sure, eternal, changeless, limitless, forever giving out, extending love and adding to your never-ending joy.”

That’s a pretty big claim. And so far removed from what most of us believe.

To get it, to really believe that you’re meant to be happy is the first step to enlightenment. Any other choice (and make no mistake, it is a choice) is a fool’s errand.

The going paradigm for now is more along the lines of “life sucks and then you die.”

Because we believe this as an inescapable truth, we expect that, we look for that and we create that reality. We can just as easily create a reality that says, “I can be joyful and peaceful every moment of the day.”

One of my intentions, in fact, is unceasing joy. I look for that reality day after day. Most people think I’m a ridiculous dreamer, an irresponsible gadfly.

“It’s impossible to always be happy,” they insist as they press their hand to my forehead checking for fever.

My response? I’m sorry you feel that way and I’m glad my intention is to see only peace, joy, love and beauty. That’s the only direction I choose to point my lens.

We get whatever we look for—100 percent of the time. I would argue it’s irresponsible to look for anything less than unceasing joy.

You always have the choice. You can continue to believe in the world as is appears now or you can believe in a new vision. You can settle for “what is” or you can create something new. You can continue to interfere with Truth or you can step aside and let your natural joy rush in. It’s a simple matter of deciding where to shine your spotlight.

I will close with one of my favorite quotes from A Course in Miracles.

I am responsible for what I see.

I choose the feelings I would experience, and I decide

upon the goal I would achieve.

And everything that seems to happen to me

I ask for, and receive as I have asked.

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

Do your beliefs provide the circuitry for your greatest good?

“Hard is relative.”–Shonda Rhimes

I’m more or less illiterate when it comes to anything electrical. I know what a plug looks like and I know how to attach it to a wall socket. Beyond that, I draw a blank.

But there’s a device used in electronics that provides a good metaphor for understanding why some intentions are so easy to manifest and why others seem darned near impossible.

The device is called a resistor and basically (All you electricians out there, please forgive my simplistic explanation) what it does is reduce the amount of electrical current flowing through a circuit. Resistors limit the number of electrons that can flow past a given point at any one time.

Our beliefs about ourselves and about the way the world works serve as resistors, blocking the flow of the world’s limitless abundance. Our beliefs are the brakes that stop the natural, always-flowing current of good.

Let me give you an example. Most people believe money is limited and hard to come by. That’s a resistor.

On the other hand, they don’t believe health or intelligence is limited. Just because I’m healthy doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy, too. Steven Hawking’s brilliant intellect doesn’t prevent Matt Groening or Steven Spielberg from using their brain power.

But when it comes to abundance, the belief there’s only so much to go around is a big, fat resistor, much better at blocking the flow than tungsten, carbon and other popular resistors.

The other family-size resistor is believing you know how to best accomplish a particular goal. Let’s take traveling, a popular intention for many. Most people I talk to believe the best way to become a world traveler is to get a job so they can accumulate enough money and vacation time to visit say, Cape Town or Monte Carlo or even Denver, Colorado.

I, on the other hand, had no expectations one way or another. I knew I had a burning desire to travel, but I had nary a clue how to make that happen. What I did have is the wherewithal to acknowledge I had no clue. It was abundantly clear to me that if I was going to jet around the world, my only option was to give it up to the universe.
I let it go completely, trusting the universe was a heck of a lot smarter and more abundant than me.

Instead of following the “accepted path” of slaving away and accumulating money and vacation time, I now travel for free. The universe led me into travel writing, an occupation I’m not even sure I knew existed when I first made the declaration that I wanted to be a world traveler.

Money? Who needs money?

In the world of electronics, resistors sometimes come in handy (they can create heat and light), but for me, who longs for a life of ease and grace, I prefer to keep the flow as wide open as I possibly can.

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

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