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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.

If you’re an editor, you can easily click on Portfolio to view writing samples from my illustrious magazine and newspaper career.

If you’re a reader of my books, you can find out more about me, read excerpts from some of the books you haven’t been lucky enough to read yet and take quizzes to see if you’re qualified as a breather, an artist or a P.L.B. (that’s person who lives big for those of you who haven’t yet read Living Big! ) And if you’re really jazzed, simply click here or on that orange RSS feed icon to the right and subscribe to my free weekly nuggets of inspiration.

Enjoy!
Pamela Sue Grout

There is never reluctance on the part of Infinite Intelligence to provide our good.

“Everyone creates realities based on their own personal beliefs. These beliefs are so powerful they create [expansive or entrapping] realities over and over.~Kuan Yin

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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 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Why I’m nominating Pat Conroy as my president

“If you’re available, life gets huge.”—Bill Murraypat-conroy-at-daufuskie

It has been about a year since the author Pat Conroy left the planet. I was out of the country at the time of his death and didn’t hear the news for several months. I was surprised it took that long in light of the fact my sister, Becki, and I discuss this titan of Southern literature the way teenage girls once discussed Justin Bieber.

Yesterday, I finished reading a collection of his blog posts, speeches, fiery editorials and even letters to his grandkids. It was put together by his wife, Cassandra King, and his editor, Nan Talese.

Called A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life, the book re-energized my love affair with Pat, with writing and with recognizing beauty where it’s at.

 

Here are my four favorite reasons that his love molecules will always live in my heart.

1. Pat Conroy’s 11 books, of course, are the obvious reason. His eloquent words in Prince of Tides, Beach Music, The Great Santini and all the rest, introduced us to magic and to a sense of place and to humanity at it weakest and at its best.

2. He was a southern white boy who carried on his own personal Civil Rights battle, even losing a teaching job because of his bull-headed belief in equality. He said when Barack Obama was elected, it was one of the happiest days of his life. In a 2010 speech at the Penn Center, an African-American cultural and education center near Frogmore, South Carolina, “Yes, I was fired, humiliated, and run out of town because I believed what Martin Luther King believed. Yes. They got me good, but on this joyous night, let me brag to you at last: Didn’t I get those sorry sons of bitches back?”

3. He loved with an energy so powerful it juxtapositioned everything. His book signings were joyous love fests. His dinner parties were wild, fun and raucous. He loved books, authors, independent bookstores. He loved his family, even in all its crazy incarnations. He was generous and loyal, some would argue to fault.

4. And lastly, one night he was having dinner at Elaine’s in New York with Joan Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne. He stumbled into the bathroom and found himself at the urinal, peeing next to the gilded tough guy Mr. T. Without missing a beat, he said, “Mine’s bigger.” Mr. T busted out laughing and Conroy, of course, added one more friend to his repertoire.

One person. One moment at a time. That’s how we do it!

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

I am light. And I stand before you to love you

“He contained a whole universe that I had yet to know.”
—Patti Smith, singer, poet and visual artist
f9985c4b0dc70a7fca63322288e61713I’ve been thinking a lot about first generation reality, something that’s a rare commodity these days. First generation reality is what life looks like without all the filters.  The filters are the yellow waxy buildup that stops us from seeing the light within every situation, that prevent us from seeing people as they really are—beautiful souls who want nothing but to love and give of their gifts.

When my dog Izzy was a puppy, she ran full speed ahead to every single canine she saw, wagging her tail, wanting to make a new buddy. There were no exceptions to her joy and exuberance.

This is how we would be, too, (running to every other member of the human race in joyful glee) if we hadn’t condensed first generation reality into our very limited perception.

Every person has immense light and love inside them (no exceptions) and the only reason we cannot see it is because of the lens we laid over it. We covered it up with our beliefs and expectations, with facts that we just KNOW are true. We made a judgment and assume we know what that Republican is up to or that Democrat wants to do to destroy our freedom.

Nothing is as it appears. All we see with the limited five senses is a hologram of our beliefs and expectations. And it’s flawed and it’s getting us in trouble.

I heard about an amazing man yesterday who is doing his part to bridge the divide. His name is Daryl Davis. He’s a black musician whose early years were spent overseas in diverse classrooms. When his parents moved back to the United States, he, like most of the boys in his sixth grade class, joined Boy Scouts. One day, while marching with his troop, people started throwing rocks and sticks at him.

His first thought was, “They must not like Boy Scouts.”

At that point, his parents sat him down and had the race talk with him.

He was stunned.

“How could they not like me?” he thought. “They don’t even know me.”

Since that time, he has taken on the hobby of getting to know white supremacists and, instead of yelling at them, berating them, he sits down and asks questions. He genuinely wants to know what they think.

As he says about engaging his “enemies,” “When you are actively learning about someone else you are passively teaching them about yourself.”

In other words, he gets back to first generation reality. Some black activists call his methods crazy, but as he likes to say, “I’ve got dozens of retired hoods and robes in my closet. How many do you have?”

So, with my new hero, Daryl Davis, in mind, I’d like to share one of the party games from Thank and Grow Rich.

“Stop being boring and show the world what awesome looks like.”
— ROBBY NOVAK, YOUTUBE’S KID PRESIDENT

What if every day we saw ourselves as powerful radio towers for joy, for love, for connection?

What if we adopted the attitude: “I am light, and I stand before you to love you.”

What if we took responsibility, within our own frequencies, for cleaning up toxic environments? What if we decided to emit goodness, to spew beauty?

So what if you don’t have the resources to be a philanthropist. Financial jackpots are only one (and not even the best one) of the resources in your portfolio. You can smile at people. Make conversations. Start up trivia contests in lines at the coffee shop. Make it your task today to emit molecules of happiness to every person you come in contact with. Make it your mission to uplift everyone you see.

Approach each person with this attitude: “I have been waiting to meet you all of my life.”

Happy Valentine’s Day, my fine-feathered friends.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

The choice is clear. Pick Door #Purple Light

“Nothing prepared me for being this awesome. It’s kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light.”—Bill Murray 1

It has come to my attention that there are people out there who discount the importance of gratitude. They think it’s beneath them, too Pollyanish. They think it’s important right now to struggle, to fight, to fix all the problems.

But what if the frequency of joy and gratitude is just another synonym for the Divine? What if it’s the purple light Bill Murray is talking about? What if the only reason we think we’re in trouble is because our thoughts and energy are vibrating on a frequency that doesn’t match the Bigger Thing?

My Course in Miracles lesson for today is “I am blessed as a Son of God.” This is what all of us are entitled to—being blessed, being happy, being peaceful, being loving and loved. And anything that doesn’t line up with that frequency is an illusion, a mirage that we created and we can change. Simply by picking a different door.

As the Course also says, “The separated ones have invented many cures for what they perceive to be the ‘ills of the world.’ But the one thing they do not do is question the reality of the problem.”

Today, I have decided to question the reality of all my so-called problems and bask in the sheer deliciousness of the purple light.

And since you all seem to enjoy the stories, here’s one that recently popped into my inbox

“I am a single mother from Germany and today I wanna thank you. My life has changed so much in the past 12 month that I sometimes can’t believe this is really happening. Last June I hated my job and I prayed for help and the FP responded instantly. I woke up the very next morning and I couldn’t walk anymore because it was too painful. The doctors didn’t know why and so I stayed at home crawling on my butt for nearly 2 months.

“After 5 weeks I got fired (getting fired is not very easy in Germany :-)). Instead of panicking, I stayed calm and the first time in my life I was full of trust. I decided to become a freelance writer and artist and I have never been more happy.

“Actually it’s the first time in my life that I truly love my life and that I am not crying Friday night because I have to go back to work on Monday morning. I started a blog for other single mothers to become more happy with being a single parent and I started painting again. I don’t know why I ever stoped being creative because now I just can’t get enough! I send a portfolio to an online gallery and they send me a contract back!! I am so happy! Plus it’s the first time I got enough money to travel outside Europe! I have never left Europe although I wanted to travel since I am 4 years old.

“Because of you and your books I know that there is something out that’s helping me. And I don’t have to panic or work hard (Germans always want to work hard, hahah). I can just lean back and do what I love. I know that everything will be fine. The funny thing is I booked 2 flights to Thailand a couple months ago and we are flying in 2 weeks.”

Have a blast, my friend!!!

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Why life’s speed bumps are not destinations for pitching tents

“We are all gardeners, planting seeds of intention and watering them with attention in every moment of every day.”― Cristen Rodgers

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Unless you’re a perfect driver (and although I know many people who think they are, I know no one who actually is), you’ve probably encountered a speed bump*, undoubtedly going faster than the posted speed.

When you inadvertently hit one, it’s a clear sign to slow down. Likewise, rumble strips, those grooves on highway shoulders that shimmy your car and offer unexpected back massages when you accidently leave your lane, are signals that something needs to be corrected.

No one would ever dream of stopping their car, getting out and complaining because “woe-is-me! I hit a rumble strip!” Nor would they call their friends, rush to a support group or enlist their therapist. The proper procedure when hitting a rumble strip is self-correct. It’s a piece of cake.

It works the same when setting an intention. Reaching any goal, manifesting any desire is a simple matter of deciding that you want it and starting to move in that direction. It’s no more complicated than driving from say, Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Let’s pretend Los Angeles is what you have now—a beat-up Ford Escort, a crummy job and weekends watching re-runs alone. San Francisco, where you really want to be, is a shiny, new Jaguar, a high-paying job that utilizes and appreciates your greatest strengths and weekends watching movies with an astoundingly hot specimen of humanity.

So, how do you get there? You start focusing on San Francisco. You forget that Los Angeles and your beat-up Escort even exist. And you remember that at every moment, you’re either heading towards San Francisco or you’re doubling back towards Los Angeles. Every thought is a step in one direction or the other. Thoughts that take you back to LA are “Good jobs and hot dates are not that available” or the even more popular, “Good jobs and hot dates are available, but not for the likes of me.”

Thoughts that move you towards San Francisco go something like this: “That new job is going to be so amazing.” and “Man, is this person sitting next to me on my couch ever so fine.” The more energy and excitement you invest, the quicker you’ll get there.

Some people get stirred up, take a few steps towards their desires, panic, and turn right back around towards Los Angeles. Others leave the LA city limits, walk for a spell, take a rest to look around, and then get pissed because it doesn’t look like San Francisco.

Of course, it doesn’t look like San Francisco. You’re not there yet. You’re still seeing countryside that’s just outside Los Angeles, stuff you have to pass to get to San Francisco. But you’ve left LA. Say a cheer and keep focusing. Whatever you do, don’t stop driving.

The only way to reach the sweet, champagne-drenched finish line of where you want to be is to keep your nose pointed in that direction. Do not turn around and look back. Los Angeles is history. Stay focused on…did I mention San Francisco?

When you hit those speed bumps, it’s just a sign to calm down and carry on. And as for those rumble strips, be grateful they’re showing you that, for a moment, you’re headed in the wrong direction. But it’s easy to self-correct.

Getting to San Francisco doesn’t take any particular gift. It just takes willingness to keep driving. To laugh at the rumbles trips. And to keep focusing your attention, energy and awareness.

See you in San Francisco!!!

*For those who like useless trivia, speed bumps are called sleeping policeman in Jamaica, kipping cops in Great Britain and speed breakers in New Zealand.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Jobs and money are separate entities with very little in common

“You should be dancing in your shoes at all times.”—The Way of Mastery

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I frequently get emails beseeching guidance on prosperity. Readers ask, “How do I overcome my fear around money?”

So here goes:

The best way I know to prosper is to separate the notion of “having money” from the notion of “having a job.”

In our consciousness, which provides the blueprint for our life experience, we believe the two are inseparable. Can’t have the first without the second.

But is that true?

In the field of infinite potentiality (FP), there are a gazillion ways for money to appear. In my life, money comes in all sorts of unexpected ways. In fact, that’s one of the greatest benefits of being a freelance writer. I’ve never made the hard and fast connection between jobs and money. So my consciousness has never blocked the tremendous gifts the universe wants to bless me with.

In our society, it’s quite true that money and jobs are dating, but, take it from me, they’re not in a monogamous relationship.

I was once in a workshop where we came up with 200 sources for obtaining moolah. A job wasn’t one of them.

Here are three stories from my inbox that demonstrate that obtaining prosperity has little to do with a job:

Numero Uno: “I spent much of my vacation-rereading your book. It truly revived and excited me to start the new year. I asked for January to be a great month full of good times with friends and a month of abundance with the universe sending me things all month. Well it has been two weeks of good times with friends and family and so far:

“Jan 5: Hotel $600 refund charged at arrival – the owner of resort just happened to come talk to us
Jan 9: Dyson part–$50 even though warranty three months over
Jan 10: Pickering rec center $20 swim credit – completely unexpected
Jan 13: Starbucks $1.50 in extra change
Jan 13: $20 bath and body – lady at cash out of nowhere gave daughter and I- two $10 coupons off our purchases
Jan 14/15: new clothes from a friend
Jan 16 – 2400 points – $240 travel credit from credit card – got an email out of no where – completely unexpected
First two weeks – $1000 .”

Although I haven’t heard the tally for the rest of the month, I did hear she was recently gifted with a Gucci purse.

Second story:

“I decided that I want to have 300€ but not from my parents (as I am currently in university) I didn’t know how I just believed it will happen and I left it like that.

“After a week I looked at my bank account and I had 300€ more from somewhere and I had no idea how that happened because only my parents have my bank account. So I thought it might be for my rent so I didn’t touch it and asked my landlord if my rent has been transferred. He said yes?!

“Then I told my boyfriend all about this and he told me that it’s probably the rent for next month and I shouldn’t spend it. My reaction was: “Nonsense, that’s a gift from the universe to me and I’ll buy myself a birthday present”. After all I was a bit suspicious so I spent only the half of it if in fact that was my next month’s rent. And this month it turned out it’s not. And it was a gift from nowhere.

“To be honest that’s just one of the many examples that happened. I’ve been able to attract everything that I want with the mindset that the universe knows what’s beat for me and I should just relax.”

Story #3:

“It’s as though the universe in many instances handles those wants in such a quiet way that we often miss the fact that our wants and desires have been met. I just woke up to that fact recently.

I wanted a watch which I really did not need that had the phases of the moon on it and I asked the universe to give it to me so that I would not have to purchase it myself. What happened was that I was on a cruise about three months later that gave us so much money to spend and when I went into the store that sold watches on the ship I saw a watch with the phases of the moon on it. I had actually forgotten that I had ask the universe for it and when I went up to the counter I asked the gentleman how much the watch was and he said it was $320. I actually had $350 on board credit to spend on this Cruise and I knew that the watch originally cost $895 but they were having a special sale that day on this particular watch.

“It didn’t register with me that I was getting a watch for free and it wasn’t until a couple of months later that I figured out that the Universe had supplied me the money on the cruise and had reduced the price of the watch so that I could purchase it.

“It is almost as though the universe is playing with us and every now and then tries to sneak something by us just for the fun of it.”

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

“Incredible things happen all the time when you buzz at the right level.” –Eitan Tom Aitch

“Do not bend reality to your tiny experience or limit its purpose to your little personal thoughts.”—A Course in Miracles

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Every year, I start anew on the lessons of the Course in Miracles. There are 365 lessons, one for each day. Right now, as I’m wrapping up January, the lessons focus on seeing things differently. Learning to look on all things (yes, all things) with love, appreciation and open-mindedness.

When you choose to see Reality as it truly is, instead of the condensed version trumpeted throughout the media, you get a wider perspective. You see your connection to everyone. You feel gratitude and deep compassion.

Jay, from my posse yesterday, mentioned he keeps reminding himself that he has no idea about anything. As I told him, that’s the wisest thing anyone said today. Probably all weekend. It also reminded me of this blog post, one of my favs from 2013. Enjoy!

I’ve been thinking a lot about Hans Schultz. He is the fictional sergeant to Colonel Wilhelm Klink in the old TV series, Hogan’s Heroes.

Even though Schultz knew about the shenanigans of the Allied POW’s who were running Special Operations from Stalag 13, he was famous for proclaiming to his inept colonel, “I know nothing” in a clipped, German accent.

I repeat that line (complete with the accent) quite often. In fact, it has become an important piece of my spiritual practice.

I have learned that any time I think I’ve figured something out, any time I believe I’ve found the route to this intention or that dream, I promptly proceed to get in my own way.

My understanding is sorely limited. But when “I know nothing,” like Hans Schultz, I leave the gates wide open for blessings to rush in.

Last week, for example, I got an incredible response to my first post on The Daily Love. It’s a popular website run by Mastin Kipp, a young entrepreneur who recently appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as one of the Next Generation thought leaders.

I happened to catch that episode, looked him up and discovered that, lo and behold, he grew up in my hometown. I decided that I wanted to write for The Daily Love and I did everything I could think of to interest Mastin in my “brilliant wisdom.” I even wrote an article about him in the local Lawrence magazine. I mean, c’mon, we talked in person.

Those initial pitches? That initial scheme I came up with for getting on The Daily Love? Futile. Nada. Didn’t work.

However, when I let go of my plan, repeated the Hans Schultz “I know nothing” and forgot all about it (“Set it and forget it” is a new mantra of mine), Madeline Giles, the editor of The Daily Love or the Love Curator, as she’s known, contacted me.

Out of the blue, she wrote to me, said she liked my new book and wondered if I’d be up for contributing to The Daily Love.

So, Hans Schultz, thank you for proving that inspiration and important spiritual practices can come from anywhere.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Iran, writing a TV series and walking around the world with a teddy bear: the perks of being a writer

“The only book that will change your life is the one you write yourself.”–A quote from my new book (it debuts later this year) 

On my list of top three things I love about being a writer is that I get emails from readers. These joyful notes that show up unexpectedly in my inbox come from all over the world, constantly piquing my curiosity with, “How in the heck did that nanny from Iceland find my breathing book?”

I have dozens of Facebook friends from Iran. Not that I can read what they post—it’s in Persian. But I was finally able to ascertain that these friend requests are the result of somebody pirating the English version of my book, Jumpstart your Metabolism, and translating it into Farsi. Not exactly legal, but certainly a giant compliment.

I became close friends with a wonderful woman who lives on a tree farm in California, even writing a TV pilot with her and sharing a trip to Mexico. We had a blast and completely defied the old school conditioning that you should “never trust a stranger.” Now, it seems impossible that Heather and I haven’t known each other forever.

Another favorite request came from a reader in New Jersey. One of my books had an experiment that involved carrying around giant stuffed animals. It proves just how friendly and funny people are, a discovery I made after bringing back a monstrous moose from a travel-writing gig in Montana. This reader offered to walk to my house all the way from New Jersey (I live in Kansas) with a four-foot teddy bear. With that guy, I didn’t book a trip to Mexico.

I’m home for just a quick stop so I’ll end with this butterfly story that recently popped into my inbox.

“There I was driving down the highway, listening to your audiobook both there and back, from the long trek visiting my majestic Arabian horse, Trucco, at my horse trainer’s place.

“I remember thinking, “ Yeah, and I want to do the one with the yellow butterfly. I have to look at that experiment and use the yellow butterfly as the object to bring into my reality.” And I let those “intending to do” thoughts go.

“Sometime later, after listening, not sure exactly when; I do recall it was during silence while driving and your audio was no longer on. I was still traveling perhaps about 55 mph or so, absorbed in my head, focused on the road ahead and nuthin much. There it came, a cloud of yellow butterflies fluttering magically from the left of the drivers side windshield, right in front of my eyes, barely inches from the glass, announcing their presence.

“The group continued towards the passengers side of the windshield, still all part of one expedition, flying in glorious synchronicity, commanding my attention as the procession rose up and over my car, disappearing as mysteriously into the wind as they had appeared, as I gaped in awe and repeated in wonderment, “ Wow, it’s the yellow butterflies, the butterflies… Oh, Wow, butterflies ”… and I was so amazed I got busy counting. I think there were about 30 or so, laughing out loud.

“Thank you for your teachings and learnings. Thank you for the opportunity to tell this story. The manifestations are coming fast and strong. I am on a creation roll now…”

Oh, and what the heck..here’s another story:

The other day, at my Spiritual Entrepreneurs group, a photographer, who I’ll call Sherry because that is not her name, told us that last week she was bemoaning the fact that she didn’t have a clear bead on what she wanted. “I know setting an intention works,” she said, “But I don’t really know what I want. I just want people to knock on my door and bring money.”

Not four hours after making that statement, “Sherry” was sitting on her couch when the doorbell rings. It was a friend, who she hadn’t seen in a couple weeks. She was evidently on her way to an appointment.

“I don’t have time to chat,” the friend said. “But here’s the money for those pictures. Enjoy.”

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Confessions of a bleeding heart liberal

“Shall we let the election be the big bang of our national universe, the time we let our differences send us flying apart? Shall we let terror simplify the world to good and evil? Or shall we lean toward one another, recognize our need, and cherish all magnetic nudges toward inclusion?”—Kim Stafford we-are-all-one

I cheered for Meryl’s speech last night. I was deeply disappointed in the recent election. But I’m also a Course in Miracles student and know my job is to forgive, to recognize oneness with everyone and to see the possibility of the now. This now. This moment.

Byron Katie calls it ‘first generation’ truth. Seeing something as it is without filters, without all the baggage we lay on top of it.

It’s hard for us to look at anyone or anything without seeing our personal interpretation. But as the Course reminds us “perception is learned, selective, unstable and inaccurate.”

Robbin, from my possibility posse, told a wonderful story that speaks to this truth.

She and her daughter were on the turnpike and noticed a bumper sticker on a big truck ahead of them. You’ve seen the bumper stickers with mom, dad, the two kids and the pet, right? Well, this bumper sticker said, “Meet my family” and portrayed a series of guns, from pistol on up to gigantic artillery cannons. Robbin and Kitty looked at each other, rolled their eyes and, like I would have done, made a judgment.

Robbin pulled up to the toll booth behind the truck, reached for her wallet to pay her fare. But the tool booth operator stopped her. “Put your money away. The truck in front of you paid your toll.”

So today I ask each of us to look at our perceptions and judgments and, as Kim Stafford urges, “lean toward one another, recognize our need, and cherish all magnetic nudges toward inclusion?”

I love you all with every ounce of my beating liberal heart.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Get your boom box on the right frequency and call in miracles

“The universe that constantly spins out new galaxies wants to shine through you, to speak through you, to expand through you.”—A tweet I tweeted out this morning

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Elizabeth Gilbert tells a funny story in her book, Big Magic. She was working as a cook on a ranch in Wyoming. She was drinking beer one night with a cowboy named, Hank, who told her about the instructional tape he had just bought to learn how to imitate an elk’s mating call.

I spent an autumn near Rocky Mountain National Park one year, and I can attest that Gilbert’s description of a bull elk calling for a mate is extremely accurate—an eardrum-shredding Styrofoam-against-Styrofoam screech.

So while we women are listening to tapes with yoga mudras, these Wyoming hunters are mastering their ability to imitate rutting elks.

Gilbert, who thought this was the funniest thing she’d ever heard, eventually convinced Hank to go get his Larry D. Jones mating call tape. And possibly because of the beer, they hatched the crazy scheme of taking the boom box out into the woods. Giddy and laughing and, as she says, not in tune with nature in the least, they stumbled through the woods with the artificial bull elk’s mating call twanging at full blast.

Suddenly, there’s a crashing of branches and a 700-pound bull elk exploding towards them. He snorted and pawed as he prepared for war against this rival bull elk. Luckily, Hank had the good sense to throw the boom box as far away as possible.

I tell you this story, partly because I think it’s hilarious, but mostly because it reminds me that if I can get my boom box on the right frequency, the universe is going to show up, snorting and pawing and ready to move in my life. It’s out there. It’s ready to go. It’s digging up the earth with its paws. I just need to get on the frequency that calls it in.

Have the best weekend of your life, my friends!!

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.