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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

More scientific proof that we are all one.

“It is all about love and how we all are connected.”— MARK WAHLBERG, AMERICAN ACTOR 2873c6e954901a23c40ff5afdf8a924d-faster-than-light-quantum-entanglement

You might remember the 101 Dalmations experiment in E-Squared? The premise was that you are connected to everyone and everything through an “invisible” field of intelligence and energy. In quantum-speak, this lattice of connections is called entanglement.

It’s the scientific explanation for why your thoughts create your reality. It’s why setting intentions draws material things into your life.

It’s why synchronicity, a phenomenon people regularly shrug off with a “Wow! What a weird coincidence,” is proof of the interconnectedness of all things.

It’s why in this illusory us-versus-them world we, as the spiritual principle states, are really one.

Our differences, as huge as we make them out to be, are superficial and meaningless. And it’s time we let them go.

In a new study in the journal Science, Jian-Wei Pan, a physicist at the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai, proved entanglement works even when photons are 300 miles away.

A satellite orbiting 300 miles above the planet beamed entangled particles to two different ground-based labs that were 750 miles apart. Even at that great distance, they didn’t lose their rock-solid linkage.

It’s the first time anyone has ever generated entangled particles in space, and represents a 10-fold increase in the distance over which entanglement has been maintained.

Quantum entanglement seems to break the bedrock rules of standard physics: that nothing can travel faster than light, that objects are only influenced by their immediate surroundings. And scientists still can’t explain how the particles are linked. Is it wormholes? An unknown dimension?

Yet even though nonlocality doesn’t make sense to our Newtonian brains, we can use it to our advantage. Like your computer that is hooked up via the Internet to an infinite amount of information, you—by virtue of being a human being—are hooked up to everyone else in the world.

So the real question is not how does this work, but what do you want to manifest? What do you want to use your thoughts to create. More of the same? Or something new? Something exciting? Something that uplifts the whole planet?

You can use entanglement to draw love into your life. You can use it to brighten the world.

You can literally uplift your world by lasering love, blessings, peace, and other high-frequency emotions to the people in your life. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better use of my thoughts.

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 about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Life without perceptual distortion is bliss, joy and continuing miracles

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”― Carlos Castaneda
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Harper’s magazine recently listed mistaken reports of animals in distress compiled by an animal rescue shelter on the island of Guernsey.

A sick seal on a beach ended up being a duvet.
A dead cat was a hand puppet.
A gull hanging from a fence was a carrier bag.
An injured bird was a blond wig.
A stray pug was a frog.

I laughed at what they cleverly headlined “Faux Paws” because these mistaken distress calls are so quintessentially human. Over and over, we think there’s something to worry about, something to report, something we need to fix. That’s how we spend our lives.

But in reality, most of our problems are nothing but perceptual distortions.

The Course in Miracles is very clear. Our view of the world is mostly illusion. When our crazy perceptions have been removed, the truth that has always been there will appear, a truth that can do nothing but make us indescribably happy.

May this weekend be the best one of your life. This dancing gorilla will show you how.

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 about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Change your story, change your life

“The universe as we know it is a joint product of the observer and the observed.” –Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Several years ago, People magazine sent me to interview one of the runner-ups on the reality show, The Bachelor.

The assignment was to find out if reality shows truly depict reality. Although we reporters are taught to be objective and simply report facts, I’m savvy enough to know that reality, like beauty, is in the mind of the beholder.

The bachelorette I interviewed was very clear that reality shows are anything but true. Early on, she was cast by producers as a certain character, a certain personality type (namely, the partier) and then everything that fit that story line was shown on TV and everything that didn’t was left on the cutting room floor.

Even though we may not be television producers, we all edit our life experiences to fit the stories we make up. If our story line is that our boss is a jerk, for example, everything that furthers that plot goes straight to the active part of our brain.

If our story is that our significant other is lazy, everything that jibes with that scenario is registered and magnified.

The gazillion good things our boss and our partners do get left on the cutting room floor.

We literally can’t see them. Likewise, if we believe life is hard or that money is difficult to come by, we find evidence to further that story line in our lives.

At the base of the brain stem, about the size of a gumdrop, is a group of cells whose job is to sort and evaluate incoming data. This control center, known as the reticular activating system (RAS), has the job of sending what it thinks is urgent to the active part of the brain and to steer the nonurgent stuff to the back. But as it’s organizing, it’s also busy interpreting, drawing inferences, and filtering out anything that doesn’t jibe with our story.

The good news is you can change your story. And, in so doing, change what the RAS sends to the active part of your brain which, in the end, will change every plot point in your beautiful, glorious life.

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 about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

The force is with you: becoming a Jedi

“The force is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” Obi-Wan Kenobi
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As many of you know, I’m in the studio this week recording my new book. But in the meantime, here are three beautiful stories from my inbox:

From Jady, the Jedi:

“YOU HAVE TAUGHT ME TO BE A JEDI.

“Your books/words have unlocked my “I create my own life” and “I influence everything within it” subject-power-lines.

“I went blind 4 years ago. I began reading E Squared and wanted to be a real-life Jedi.

“And right away, my life began unfolding with the most amazing blessings and incredible experiences. Surgeries saved my vision (mostly :-). I was bodaciously grateful and everyone thought I was crazy the whole time I was blind – Seemingly insanely joyful, truly.

“And whence my vision was returned (still wonky but makes it great still), I picked up a camera, jumped over any irrelevant fears and with my first roll, I shot what eventually got me into a show in NY. Then applied to the Soho Photo Gallery and became a member (I live in Portland, OR) and have had two solo shows in the last year!

“Since September I have been published in international publications and magazines, all small, but it’s all building amazingly and going strong (like gangbusters).

“I have never been so blissfully happy or strong even thought “my marker has been laid” and I have end-stage renal disease. I approach it with joy and engage mightily in the recommendations in your books. And…well…YOU HAVE HELPED ME UNLOCK MY POTENTIAL AND REALIZE THE TRUTH OF ABUNDANCE AND CRAZY LOVELY EVERYTHING. Life couldn’t be better – Well, it can – its still unfolding. Thank you for you. Thank you for your books! Keep writing and being so fantastically amazing yourself!!!

From Fred:

“I wanted to tell you a valuable lesson I learned about letting go of control and trusting the Universe and God to take the wheel, as you say.

“I was lying in bed with my boyfriend as we were getting ready to leave to walk around the park.

“I had been reading about the horrors of the modern day Concentration Camps in Chechnya designed to exterminate gay men. I posted a link to Rainbow Railroad, a Canadian organization that is helping LGBT people from all over the world seek asylum in Canada and is currently focusing their efforts on helping gay men who escaped those camps.

“Facebook suggested I start a fundraiser, a new feature for them, so I did. I expected to maybe raise a few hundred dollars, but Dan, my man, said set the goal to $10k. “What do you have to lose?” Well, little by little we gained traction aand eventually speed. I decided to let go, not even check the amount raised every 5 minutes and instructed my handsome man to do the same.

“We began getting celebrity attention, like Wilson Cruz and Peter Marc Jacobson (Fran Drescher’s ex and The Nanny producer). Eventually I had to look and we had quickly exceeded the original goal of $10,000. I moved the goal to $15,000, $25,000, $50,000, $100,000, and we are currently the most popular FB fundraiser and on track to meet the goal of $200,000! Stonewall in NYC is throwing a fundraiser on Saturday and I’m attending with a member of the Board of Rainbow Railroad and his husband! (Both a hot couple!)

“George Takei shared our post and NBC did a story!

“I trusted and let go and the Universe came back with a miracle!”

From Stephanie:

“You’re never gonna believe this, but . . . Sorry, I couldn’t resist 🙂

“My dad died a little over a year ago, right before Memorial Day. We buried him on a Wednesday, and that next weekend my oldest son, an army veteran, was to speak at a Memorial Day ceremony at a small nearby cemetery. As he spoke, a butterfly kept fluttering around him, landing on him, aggravating him as he tried to make his speech. Afterwards, a little old lady came up to him and asked, “Son, has anyone close to you died recently?”

“We just buried my grandfather this past week,” he said, surprised.

“That butterfly is him!” she claimed. He played nice and didn’t call her crazy. Later he told my husband and me about it. My husband laughed, but I was intrigued.

“Later that week my husband (who had spent years working for and with my Dad) was working on a broken pump when, yes, a butterfly started flying around him and wouldn’t leave him alone. Later, telling me about it, he laughed, “That’s about right, Jimmie showing up when I was trying fix something. It seemed like we were always working on some broken down piece of equipment when I worked for him.”

“Well, I got angry. It was my dad! So why was everybody else seeing butterflies but me? I didn’t say it, but I sure thought it.

“Well . . . a few days later, I was out watering plants when, you guessed it, a butterfly started flying around me. It was a beautiful black and blue one, and it stayed with me as I moved around the yard, and finally onto the porch. It’s not like I never see butterflies where we live, but NEVER had one caught my attention and stayed around me that long, fluttering beside me, being with me. I stayed outside longer than usual because I just couldn’t leave the butterfly, but finally I went inside.

“As I did my morning chores, I could look through the windowed front door and see the butterfly flittering around in front of the window. It stayed out there for hours. Sometimes I’d just sit and watch it, then get up and get back to work.

“I had errands to run in town, so finally I just left. I couldn’t hang around watching that butterfly all day. I picked up groceries, went to the bank, and in the course of all my doings I forgot about the butterfly. Until I got home, turned into our long driveway, and saw the butterfly right outside my window, flying beside me all the way to the house. I got out of the car, sat on the back steps, and watched the butterfly for perhaps an hour before it finally flew away. I was simply amazed. I’d felt such peace that day being with the butterfly.

“Fast forward one year. This year, the anniversary of my father’s death was on a Sunday. Of course, I’d been thinking about him that week and especially that morning. During church, a small child in front of me was playing with a sticker book, peeling the stickers off and placing them carefully on another page. As I watched, she turned the page, peeled off a sticker, and held it up–a blue and black butterfly.

“I smiled.”

And I’m smiling just thinking about the force interacting and loving all of us. Let’s create some miracles today!

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 about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

“I’ve been a manifesting super freak for over 20 years.”—Honoree Corder

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely, aware.”–Henry Miller

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You’ve heard the phrase: “be careful what you wish for.” This is a story about that very adage.

A couple years ago, I was in Denver on a travel writing assignment. And because travel writing assignments always entail getting to do “really cool things,” you won’t be surprised to hear that I was given the rare opportunity to not only visit Red Rocks, the magical outdoor venue that, to performers, is considered the holy grail of places you want to play, but I got to go backstage and hang out in the 300 million-year-old sandstone cave-like rooms where musicians hang before their sets.

I sat on the very couch Macklemore (who I love with all my heart and soul) had sat on just one month earlier when playing for Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks. I got to linger in the hidden tunnel beneath the stage where hundreds of famous musicians have signed their names. As I said in one of the articles I wrote about this trip, it felt like getting to mecca.

Every inch of the walls, steps and electrical wiring in this tunnel leading to the sound engineering room is covered with autographs: everyone from John Mayer, Sting and Santana to perennial favorite The Grateful Dead.

So what did I do? I took a deep breath, grabbed for my pen and signed my name along with the many recording artists that I’ve sung to, danced to and loved since I first turned on a radio.

So fast forward to today. I am in a real live recording studio to record (don’t worry I won’t be singing) the audio book of Art & Soul, Reloaded, my new book that debuts in August. It is my third time in a recording studio.

It wasn’t just my “what I wish for.” Dozens of readers have emailed me with some version of this message: “Where do I find the audio book of your work? I want to listen while I drive to work, to New York, to my Aunt Bertha’s house for Thanksgiving……”

So together, I believe we called this forth. Me in a recording studio and a soon-to-be-available audio version of Art & Soul.

So here’s to Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Phish, Poison, Buck Owens, Bruno Mars and Travie McCoy (who, instead of wanting to be on the cover of Rolling Stone, decided to “be on the cover of Forbes with Oprah and the Queen)!

As Bruno Mars told Forbes when they featured him in their annual billionaires’ issue (He wrote the song, I want to be a billionaire so frickin’ bad), “The inspiration behind that song was, I was tired of spending half my day worrying about what I can and can’t spend on whatever.

“I wouldn’t have to worry about, you know, ‘I can’t afford to get breakfast, so I’ll wait until lunchtime to eat.’ If I was a billionaire, none of that would matter. I’d be eating diamond cereal.”

So, he wrote the song and a few months later, he was playing the track “Nothing on You,” which went on to get multiple Grammy nominations. Can’t say if he’s a billionaire, but as I said, “be careful what you wish for.”

I don’t wish to be a billionaire or be on the cover of Rolling Stone (not that I’d turn either down), but what I wish for “so freakin’ bad” is that peace will enter each of our hearts and spread like a Colorado wildfire across the planet.

Wish me luck in the recording studio.

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 about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

What “they say” is completely irrelevant

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself”.- George Bernard Shaw 773048
They say you should follow the rules.

They say you need eight hours of sleep every night.

They say you should avoid sugar, stay away from gluten.

They say love hurts.

They say lots of things that, as far as I’m concerned, are only true if you decide to subscribe to them.

The real question is what do you say, what do you believe, what do you want to be true?

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.

Shazam or Suffering Succotash–it’s up to you

“Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.”
― Jodi Picoult

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Last I checked, the Yellow Pages doesn’t have an entry for “Prophets” like they probably would have back in Biblical days. But if you want a glimpse into your future, listen to the words you use to describe yourself and your life.

When you say things like “This is going to be a great day,” or “Things always work out for me,” you are using your words to predict and foretell a positive future.

When you talk smack about your life, even little things like, “Oh, I wish I’d gotten up earlier and wasn’t running so late. I wish that idiot in traffic hadn’t cut me off,” you create a resonant field of problems.

Instead of playing beautiful symphonies with our words, instead of utilizing them to come to our aid, we too often waste them moaning about problems.

Like a fingerprint, each word is unique. It has its own frequency and creative power. Each word has a vibration, same as hitting a particular piano key produces say, a Middle C.

At this point, most of us have little control over the ticker tape of thoughts that run through our minds, but we can monitor the commentary that proceeds out of our mouths.

Since I believe in taking my attention off problems and animating a different possibility from the infinite field, I decided to rerun a blog post about two important words.

The first is “Shazam!” I’d heard this word before. Captain Marvel uses it when transforming into his superself.

Jessica Ortner (from the Tapping Solution) told me that she and her friends always “shazam” each other as a way of sending positive energy. So whatever great goals you have for today, I send you “Shazam!”

The other word I love (and need to remind myself of) was invented by Phil Parker. He’s a brilliant London osteopath who is able to transform we humans’ “issues” seemingly overnight.

And it starts with the word du with a ^ over the “u.” Instead of saying “I am angry” or “I am poor” or “I am…. (whatever you don’t want to be) say, I am du^ing anger or I am du^ing poor which makes it a temporary state. It reduces the charge.

The reason he chose not to use the word “do” is because that reeks of blame. Last thing any of us want to do is point finger at ourselves. That’s what started the “issues” in the first place.

Two tiny words—huge possible change.

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.

This may be the most reassuring post you’ll ever read

“I just really want people to remember they’re capable of doing everything the people they admire are doing.”—Sophia Amoruso
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As some of you know, I have a new book coming out in August. I’ve been pumped about it from word one. But having just left the marketing meeting with Hay House, I’m tingling with excitement and unable to hold it in any longer.

First of all, Hay House is offering all kinds of cool gifts for anybody who preorders it. And second, I truly believe it has the potential to change the world.

It’s called Art & Soul Reloaded and it’s about creativity and spirituality. It’s about making art, yes. But mostly it’s about imagining a new world, about designing a new vision.

Rather than protest and whine about the state of the world today, we must let our frustrations be our muse. We must let our disgruntlements inspire us to sing, to dance, to shout, “This is what we want instead.”

And for those who think they’re not worthy or ready to join the collective force for good, I have two stories that will change your mind.

The first is from Ed Catmull, one of the founders of Pixar Animation Studios. Every project, he says, starts with suck. The first version of Toy Story sucked. They had to start over. The first version of Ratatouille sucked. Once again, back to the drawing board.

What this means is you’re comparing your creations with someone else’s finished project.

“This is the biggest misconception that people have,” Catmull says. “What we’ve found is the first version always sucks. I don’t mean this because I’m self-effacing or that I’m being modest. It mean it in the sense that first versions really do suck.”

The second is a story from Neil Gaiman. Neil is a prolific and very successful author. He has won dozens of awards including the Newberry, the Carnegie and Britain’s Book of the Year. In other words, he’s amazing. His Make Good Art commencement speech has been watched nearly a million times.

In other words, you wouldn’t expect him to suffer from Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome, for those lucky enough never to have suffered this psychological phenomenon, is where really cool, really high-achievers chalk up their success to luck or being in the right place at the right time or really anything except their own ability.

He recently blogged about being at some party with a bunch of really accomplished artists and scientists. He was cowering in the corner, feeling like a fraud. Finally, another guy named Neil approached him, mainly because they shared the same name.

Neil Gaiman mentioned to his fellow Neil that he was feeling insecure and out of his league. The other Neil said, “Me, too.”

You’ll never guess who the other Neil was.

It was Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

Writes Gaiman:

“And I felt a bit better. Because if Neil Armstrong felt like an imposter, maybe everyone did. Maybe there weren’t any grown-ups, only people who had worked hard and did the best job they could, which is all we can really hope for.”

So whatever excuse you’ve given for not following your dream, for not starting on your big idea to save the world, just know you’re in good company and that my new book, which even has a section called You’re in Good Company, is a yearlong apprenticeship for Summoning the Muses and Igniting Your Bold, Audacious, Creative Side. In other words, it’ll inspire you to finally give your gifts.

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.

Break free from your assumptions about the way the world works

“Most of our assumptions have outlived their usefulness.” ― Marshall McLuhan aaeaaqaaaaaaaasyaaaajdu5zti2mgu1lwqzowmtngq3zi04m2zlltrlmdy5owziodm3ma

If I were writing an elevator speech to describe my work, it would have something to do with challenging assumptions.

We all have so many, most of which are invisible to us. We honestly can’t see life as it really is because our assumptions, the stories we tell ourselves block the world’s unlimited largesse.

Instead of keeping track of all the beautiful gifts we’ve been given, we keep track of how many times we’ve been rejected or how many times this or that didn’t work.

But what if the opposite is true? What if the life force is actively working on our behalf at all times to deliver exactly what we ask for?

What if everything we could possibly need is already here? Most of us believe, that if we want something, we have to save up the money, go to a store and buy said thing. But what if that’s an erroneous assumption? What if all we have to do is make the request?

At my workshop in Seattle, I mentioned the story about the mom at the beach who decided to do a Native American healing ritual. She thought to herself, “I wish I had  tobacco.” Not two minutes later,  a seagull swung around and dropped a package right at her feet. Not only was it a pouch of loose tobacco, but it was the very brand (American Spirit) that she uses in her prayers.

On the break, one of the workshop participants mentioned a similar story. She was out for a walk and started sniffling. “I have allergies,” she told me, “so I normally take tissue in my pocket. This time I had forgotten.”

But no sooner did she wish she had tissue then she looked over and underneath the tree was a small packet of Kleenex, unopened and still sealed.

Another reader, an artist, sent this story:

“I made sure to be clear to the Universe that I wanted a physical gift to show up. I don’t really leave the house because I am an artist who works from home, but I said “OK, Universe now is your time to show me.” I started the experiment at 1pm. Around 11am the next day I found out that I had won the Grand Prize in the American Women Artist Spring Online show, an award that included $1000, a $500 art supply gift card and two ads in art magazines. I was super excited but I had made it very clear to the Universe that I wanted a physical object to come to me.

“The following day at 12:40, 20 minutes before the end of the experiment, the doorbell rang. The art supply company had FedExed my check and included in the package an apron. I was blown away and haven’t lived my life the same since.”

So here’s the assumption I suggest questioning today. Is it true that, if you need something, you have to go to the store to buy it? Or will the universe deliver it to you, as long as you simply ask and don’t let your assumptions get in the way?

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.

Quit hexing yourself by looking for disease

“It’s supposed to be a professional secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within.”–Albert Schweitzer
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We are constantly being slapped around with the crazy idea that our bodies are plotting against us.

Just watch an hour of television. The drugs ads warn us into great vigilance:

Better watch out for this symptom.
Make sure you’re aware of that problem.
It’s only a matter of time until your body is going to reach out and strangle you.

Here’s the ad I’d like to run:

Your body is a self-healing masterpiece. It is brilliantly equipped with natural self-repair mechanisms that fight infections, repair broken proteins, kill cancer cells and keep you in tip-top shape. The only thing that ever stops it from doing its job is your ridiculous belief that it is not your closest ally.

As Derren Brown, the popular British mentalist who just opened a one-man show at the Linda Gross Theater in Chelsea, “we are all trapped inside our own minds.”

In 2012 on a show called Fear and Faith, he cured dozens of people of everything from phobias to addictions with a powerful drug he called Rumyodin.

In reality, Rumyodin (an anagram for “your mind”) was a sugar pill but it worked because his “patients” believed it worked.

I was reminded of another powerful placebo story (you may recall the Placebo Experiment from E-Cubed) while watching Dr. Lissa Rankin’s video on the Hay House Summit. (If you haven’t already signed up for this free event, you have exactly one more week.) You can sign up at this link:

She told the story of a doctor who was assigned a patient who was literally days away from dying. The patient had tumors the size of oranges. But he’d heard about a new experimental drug and he begged his new doc to try it. Miraculously, the “wonder drug” he’d read about eliminated his tumor.

Several weeks later, however, reports hit the airwaves that this new drug was not as powerful as originally thought. The tumors returned. His doctor, by now savvy, gave his patient a placebo, telling him it was a stronger form of the drug and that the ineffective trials had been using too little of this powerful drug. Once again, the tumors from his stage 4 lymphoma began to disappear.

Finally, the FDA pronounced the drug ineffective and pulled it off the market. The patient, who had been rapidly recovering, died within a week.

I could go on and on about how 79 percent of medical students develop the symptoms they’re studying. Or about the woman with a split personality who has diabetes in one of her personalities and normal sugar levels in the other.

But I’m not a doctor and would never dream of prescribing anything.

But I do know this:

We should teach our children that their bodies have self-healing superpowers.

And we should quit hexing ourselves by looking for disease.

‘And we should remember that if chimpanzees can lower their blood pressure at will, something Harvard doc, Herbert Benson, discovered in his research, there’s probably not much we CAN’T do to heal ourselves.

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.