“We, the greatest of all creators, with capabilities to build cities and inspire nations, are squandering our time watching reruns of The Office. We have forgotten that whole galaxies exist within our grasp”

Pam Grout

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“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”
Pam Grout

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Hi! Welcome to the internet home of Pam Grout.

I am the author of 20 books, two screenplays, a live soap opera, a TV series and enough magazine articles that I haven’t starved in 25 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 magazine and travel writer.

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

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222 Foundation

The Taz Grout 222 Foundation was launched to honor Tasman McKay Grout who spent 25 short years on the planet inspiring everyone who knew her to live and love better. Everything she stood for was some variation of this theme: create relentlessly, love fiercely and do quiet, kind things for the underdog.

Each year on February 22, the 222 Foundation awards a $12,222 grant to an innovative project or person with a big idea to change consciousness and therefore change the world.

We look for projects that support the following ideas:

1. A change in perspective is our greatest need. We believe all people (no exceptions) long to be generous and create beautiful things.

2. Today’s hopelessness is based on false premises. We look to defy the old story of scarcity, lack and the need to fight for resources. We aim to prove that the universe, once liberated from no-longer-working paradigms of scarcity, is generative and endlessly abundant.

3. The us against them model is kaput. We believe all humans are interconnected and that even tiny actions have great significance

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Everything leans on everything else

“The only true privilege in life is to love.”– -Justin Faerman

I’m totally jazzed about meeting some of you at this Sunday’s Amazingly Awesome Benefit Concert for the Taz Grout 222 Foundation. It’s such an honor to be surrounded by so much support, so much love, so much possibility. Even if you are on the other side of the globe.

Because remember – it’s impossible to step out of the ocean of wholeness. There’s literally nowhere else you can go.

So thank you one and all for so richly blessing me on this wild and crazy ride. From wherever you might hail.

I’ve already gushed here on the blog about my joy at writing a song with THE KAREN DRUCKER! She of Tarzan calling fame.

And I’d be remiss in not mentioning one of the other musicians who will be joining us on Sunday. Greg Tamblyn and I have been friends for eons. When I taught a journalism class at Avila College, he kindly showed up for my student reporters to interview.  I wrote about his hilarious song, “The Shootout at the I’m Okay, You’re Okay Coral” in my book, Art & Soul, Reloaded. And it was Greg who first introduced me to Evy McDonald who I’ve written about on the blog and, if memory serves, in one of my books. It’s a story about stepping away from the ego’s limited narrative and returning to the present and the wholeness of who we really are.

Here’s the scoop:

In 1980, Evy was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. By the time doctors finally determined her illness, she was, to use her own words, “a bowl of jello in a wheelchair.” The doctor told her, at best, she had six months to live.

After raging about the unfairness of it all for a day or two, she had this thought: “Since I’m dying anyway, why not use the short time I have left to finally learn to love myself unconditionally?”

For years, she despised her body. She was overweight, for one thing. The polio she’d had as a child left her with two withered limbs and well, she was hard-pressed to find anything she really liked about her physical body.

But she was determined. Three times a day, she’d roll her wheelchair to the mirror and sit naked. She wouldn’t leave until she’d find new positives to add to a list. Her hair was pretty, for starters. She decided that whatever it took, she was going to learn to accept herself. She also resolved to give all negative feelings and thoughts over to the bigger thing.

At some point, she crossed some kind of miraculous threshold. She actually began to feel love and compassion for herself. She began to see her body as a miracle of creation, to see herself as a blessed being who could experience joy.

Strength began to return to her limbs. She eventually began to walk, to feed and to clothe herself. She became the first person to completely recover from ALS and 40 some years later, she’s still ALS-free.

So whatever fabrication you believe is ultimate reality, be open enough to consider it might just have a few glaring holes.

Here’s the song and one more invitation to join us this Sunday in our extraordinarily epic quest to change the consciousness of the world. #222 Forever!

Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World).

Stay close to the love

“Everything rises to truth.”—Emma Curtis Hopkins

Oh my gosh, you guys! I’m super excited and grateful and well, I probably oughta warn you right now: this post may get a bit annoying.

For one thing, I’m heading out tomorrow on my first travel assignment in a really long time. I’m going to the Yerkes Observatory (widely recognized at the birthplace of modern astrophysics), visiting Hugh Hefner’s first Playboy Bunny Club (now a 5-Diamond Resort and Spa), ziplining, hitchhiking with one of the country’s last mailboats (it delivers mail to the old Gilded Age mansions on Lake Geneva) and well, generally having a ball with a bunch of crazy travel writers.

Later this month, we’re finally dedicating the Taz Grout Library that the 222 Foundation built in Nepal and, in less than two weeks, the incomparable Karen Drucker is coming to town for the Amazingly Awesome Benefit concert.  I recently learned that Karen launched her piano career on the piano of none other than Carole King. I already knew she’d won a Tarzan calling contest with Carol Burnett when she was 14, but how was I to know that she later babysat for Carole King’s kids?

However, the main reason I’m bursting at the seams with joy is because it feels like I’m finally breaking up with the story in my head. And by the story in my head, I’m referring to the cultural fabrication that used to run my life. I no longer identify with much of anything my ego tries to spoon feed me. Notice I’m not saying my ego quit trying to control the narrative. I’m saying I no longer buy its tiny, tidy lies. At least most of the time.

For a long time, the ego’s story seemed normal, the way life was. Of course, I nodded obediently when it suggested that my job was to “find” spirituality, that I needed to seek happiness and joy.

But now I see that all those things I so dutifully attempted to forge connections with already exist within me. My natural state is happiness and joy. I’m discovering this raw, unnamable current of peace is inescapable once you break up with the ego and its desperate fabrication that something is missing, that things aren’t fair.

As I said, I’m a bit giddy with joy. But that’s okay. Because that’s who I authentically am. #222 Forever!

Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World).

Why I officially bench the ego each morning

“The knowledge of how to joyfully live simply is still within us. Stand still, stop running, just BE.”—Robert Wolff

Benched today!!

So I collect stories about people of a certain age who still bike, dance, hike up mountains. For example, I once wrote about Lou Batori, a Hungarian-born aeronautical engineer who skied (he even had his own parking space at Crystal Mountain Resort) until he was 107. When I met him, he was only 100 and was getting ready to take a cross country motorcycle trip with his new bride (she was in her 80’s) sitting in a sidecar.

Then there was “Papa” Jack Weil who showed up every morning, sat at his little wooden desk in the front of the Denver Western wear store he started six decades earlier. As he said, “I check the obits in the paper and if my name’s not there, I head to work.”

Clint Eastwood is the latest to make my collection. At 92, he’s starring in a documentary that dropped a week or so ago called “Why on Earth?” Someone asked him how he found the stamina to keep making movies, to keep coming up with new projects.

“Well,” he explained, “An old man knocks at my door every morning, but I refuse to let him in.”

That’s kinda how I feel about my ego that tries to jump in every morning with a report on all things going wrong. Its entire mission, it seems to me, is to diminish the gift of life’s wildly perfect moments, to override the benevolent, radical abundance of reality.

It waits for that first moment of consciousness, squawking desperately “put me in. put me in.”  It always wants to be in the game, to run the show, to block the sweetness of my one short life.

So every morning, before the ego can get too carried away, I attempt to disqualify it.

“I hear you,” I say. (It never hurts to acknowledge it). “But today, you and your message of fear and scarcity are going to sit on the sidelines. I have way too many wonderful gifts to notice today, gifts that, if you have your way, will sadly be obscured. Life is too short to miss even a moment of all that goodness. So here’s your red shirt. Sit quietly on the bench while I enjoy.” #222 Forever!  

Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World).

The brilliance of not having a clue

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite. It could bring back a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”–Anais Nin

I’m a sucker for a good manifestation story. And two recently plopped into my inbox that I’ve decided to share because they’re both Exhibit A in demonstrating the power of letting go.

While most of us are great at setting intentions, creating vision boards and choosing the manifestation of our dreams, few of us are savvy enough to stop there. Rather, we make an intention and immediately follow up with “our plan” for how this is going to happen.  

Rarely, if ever, does it happen that way.

The universe, thankfully, has a gazillion and 222 ways to deliver our blessings, ways that we, with our best laid plans, can’t even begin to conceive.

For example, my new friend Joe (I love that so many of you send me emails) was working at a shipyard when first introduced to the Course in Miracles. His co-worker, a zealous ACIM fan, shared so many miracle stories that Joe decided he needed his own copy.  He could, of course, have trotted down to the nearest bookstore or ordered it online. But instead, he simply decided “I HAVE to have one.” Shortly thereafter, he came to work to find 100 or so lockers installed in a long empty hallway. At random, he opened one of the lockers and there, on the top shelf, was a brand spanking new leather-bound copy of the Course in Miracles. It even had gold leaf pages. He didn’t mention whether or not his name was etched into the front cover.

Another E-Squared reader, after happily manifesting blue cars and butterflies, decided to up her game with purple dragons.  Sure, she saw a stuffed purple dragon at a toy store and counted that as a win, but recounted that she had asked for dragonS, as in more than one.

Later that week, after a thunderstorm, Mary’s husband invited her outside to enjoy a sunset. It was so stunning that she ran to get her camera. While reviewing the pictures the next day she noticed that clearly outlined against the sweeping bright orange and magenta clouds were two well-formed purple dragons.

The moral of these stories is that our limited brains are not equipped to understand the infinity of the universe. Not only that, but we’re trained from a very early age to cut off large parts of our consciousness. I’ve often compared it to donning a pair of Spanx. We squeeze our immense beautiful selves—our radiant, multidimensional connection to all that is–into a tight, often uncomfortable belief system that thinks it knows best.

What I now know is that “not having a clue” is my best strategy for approaching most everything, leaving a wide open stage for the universe to show off its marvels.

If you’re anywhere near Kansas City on September 18, I’d love to meet you (and so would Karen Drucker and all the other fabulous musicians) at the Amazingly Awesome 222 Foundation Benefit Concert at 4 p.m. at Unity Temple on the Plaza. It’s going to be epic. #222 Forever!

Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World).

Agents of joy unite!

“When we remain in our heads, we are exiled to a realm that cannot feel the world’s intimacy or its harmony.”—Philip Shepherd

I had a wonderful conversation today with a pair of Unity ministers who also happen to be here in Mexico. We were talking about the invisible revolution that’s underway across the planet, how people are becoming more and more aware of things to which they were previously blind.

Exciting things are happening all around us, but we’re so busy following fixed assumptions, looking for answers in the silo of our heads that we completely miss them. When we confine ourselves to the thoughts that spin in our minds, we dull the vitality and vibrancy of life.

Being here in the jungle makes it easy to feel the aliveness, the connection with the trees, the birds, the mountains, the sky. I’m living in what I frequently call possibility state (as opposed to problem state which is what happens when we try to figure out things from the limited perspective of our thoughts).

Life effortlessly unrolls before me, moment by moment, bringing fascinating people, conversations, beauty, music.

My breakfast companions and I also discussed that, despite what we think, things are never fixed. Things we call “facts” are simply energetic fields that we have created out of our beliefs. These “facts,” these energetic frequencies are not solid or stable. They can be changed.

For example, we were talking about the field of a human body. It is widely believed that human bodies (which, of course, aren’t even who we really are) are destined to deteriorate. Doctors look for that. Everyone expects that. We’ve longed believed it to an unalterable fact.

But it is only an energetic field, a moving, pliable, moldable field. We silly, all-powerful humanoids have created a whole world of energetic fields made from erroneous, limited beliefs.

But these fields, these “facts” are malleable. At any time, we can be in a new experience. We can create a new resonant field.

That’s it for now, mis amigos! I love you and I am so honored to be here in this resonant field of possibility with all of you. Have the most stupendous, the most loving, the most exciting weekend of your life! #222 Forever!

Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World).

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“Pam combines a writing style as funny as Ellen DeGeneres with a wisdom as deep and profound as Deepak Chopra.”

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