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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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Enjoy!
Pamela Sue Grout

Create like a kid with a pail of Legos

“Children see magic because they look for it.” ―Christopher Moore
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When it comes to creativity, all you have to do is channel your inner four-year-old.

Preschoolers don’t sit in front of a pail of legos thinking, “Nah! Not feeling it today.” They don’t wonder if they’re talented enough. They don’t question their ability, worry what someone will think.

They plunge in, unhindered, free, happy.

My friend Carla told a wonderful story about her granddaughter who was dancing with great abandon. A well-meaning adult who was watching said, “Wow! I’m impressed. Are you going to be a dancer someday?”

Carla’s granddaughter, without missing a beat, retorted, “I already am!”

All of us–even squeamish, frightened grownups–already are dancers, painters and writers.

Shall we begin?

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

What’s your covenant with the universe?

“To be the salt, you also need to be the shaker. Shake the world. Shake the truth. Shake the people. Have it sprinkle, melt and preserve humanity.” ― Anthony Liccione

hubbleLast week, I had the privilege of spending several days at Unity Village.

You might remember the story in E-Squared about the founders of Silent Unity, a worldwide movement that proclaims a bigger truth about who we are and why we’re here. The movement was started more than 135 years ago by Myrtle Fillmore who healed herself of tuberculosis and aggravated malaria.

Despite the fact she was spitting up blood, running a constant fever and depending on a cabinet full of medications, Myrtle decided to put to the test the outrageous claim made by a New Thought teacher who told her that God, who was all good, would never wish disease on anyone. Furthermore, the teacher promised that if she would align herself with this spirit of all good, she would discover her true self—which was completely healthy and whole.

Over and over, Myrtle affirmed: “I am a child of God and therefore I cannot inherit sickness.” She refused to “judge according to appearance.” She praised the vital energy of God within every cell.

Within two years, there was no sign of her old illnesses.

As I mentioned, she and her husband, Charles, who also healed himself from a disabling hip socket injury, started what’s now known as the Unity movement.

What I didn’t know was that on December 7, 1892, Myrtle and Charles made a written covenant with the universe. They committed their time, money and all they had and expected to have to the Spirit of Truth and to the Society of Silent Unity.

In exchange for this commitment, they made it clear that they would expect God (the Universe, the F.P.) to render unto them an equivalent in peace of mind, health of body, wisdom, understanding, love, life and an abundant supply of all things necessary to meet every want.

I heard about the Fillmore’s covenant from Dr. Carolynn Conley, an aerospace systems engineer who spoke at the conference of the Affiliated New Thought Network that I attended at Unity Village. In the 70’s, when Conley was a young woman living in the Virgin Islands, she heard about the Fillmore’s covenant.

Inspired, she decided to make her own covenant, decided to dedicate her time, talent and money to further the peaceful evolution of the planet. That commitment led her to become an aerospace engineer. It led her to NASA and the Johnson Space Center where she has worked for more than 40 years, facilitating research on the Shuttle, Shuttle-Mir and the International Space Station.

As she explained in her presentation, the International Space station transcends borders, politics and religion, propelling dozens of countries to work together for a higher good.

Indeed, Conley’s covenant is furthering the peaceful evolution of the planet.

So I ask you today, are you willing to make a covenant with the Universe? Are you willing to give everything you’ve got to your highest vision and to know that, in return, you will be given everything you could ever need.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Why Amazingly Awesome morphed into Extraordinarly Epic

“You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.” –Anthon St. Maarten
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My catchphrase over the past few years has been, “Something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today.” I’ve repeated it every morning for nearly five years. I even wrote a whole book about its life-changing power.

However, I recently had to gag my catchphrase, bind it and tie it to a chair in the cellar.

Amazingly awesome had lost its magic. For me, it had become rote, shorn of energy. I repeated it the way most of us answer the question, “How are you?”

“Fine,” we say, without really thinking.

I needed some new mojo!

So I’m happy to report that my new morning mantra is this:

“Something extraordinarily epic is going to happen to me today.”

Speaking of extraordinarily epic, here are a couple fun manifestation that recently landed in my inbox:

”I just wanted to write you and tell you that you are helping me slowly change my life! Here’s a little bit about what I was suffering from before. I am an openly gay Latino, who’s older brother is mentally handicapped, and who’s parents are very low income. To top it off, I decided to move incredibly far away from home (Miami, Florida to Los Angeles, CA) to pursue the Hollywood dream (as we well know, one of the hardest careers to attempt.) This past year, my grandfather, grandmother, and aunt all passed away within three months of each other.

“My family has always been very loving and accepting so this was a hard blow. My career was at a standstill. I was drowning under negative thoughts. My talent manager suggested I give your book a shot. I was skeptical, not gonna lie. But I started to notice a few shifts as I tried out your experiments. I realized I have an incredibly supportive and loving fiance, a job to pay the bills, etc. So maybe it wasn’t that bad. My parents call every morning with “Good morning, superstar.” (Which I used to roll my eyes at.) Before you know it, by the third exercise, my manager called with some good news about being cast in a TV series.

“WHAT?

“I bought my mom the book in Spanish and sent it to her right away. She started trying it out as well as reading it to my brother. She then received a random $100 check from her bank. When she called to ask, they said that upon review they realized they had charged her too many fees way back in 2010!!! So she decided to have my dad try it. He has been working a Grocery store for about 30 years now. He just got offered a better job at a Jewelry Store company making more money.

“I JUST ORDERED E3!!! I am beside myself at how I allowed myself to forget that life is not that bad! I’m on my last exercise of E2 and simply counting the small miracles around me is amazing.”

Speaking of E-Cubed, here’s a fun one from the Red Pill experiment:

“I started the Red Pill Corollary on October 4, 2017 at 1:17 pm. (This
experiment asks readers to manifest 8 things).

“I don’t have photographs because, well I rarely take photographs of anything, mostly because I’m too busy enjoying the moment and I forget. Nothing happened on day one. But the last day everything happened.

• A Belly Laugh = Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford interview with This Morning for Blade Runner

• A Toy from my Childhood = 3:10 pm Oct 6 I donate my time to FrogskinU tending to their social media needs. Ook Pik posts funny things and they randomly showed up in the feed. Today, when I saw the name I remembered as a little girl I had a stuffed toy called OokPik, it was white with an orange beak and orange feet. OokPik was at my side was six years old having my tonsils removed. All that to say, Ookpik was my loved childhood toy.

• Your Favorite song from High School = I often turn on random online radio stations when I am illustrating. This station played not one but three of my high school fav’s: Bob Dylan Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Aerosmith Dream’n and then “We Will Rock You” by Queen, the last song was always played at every high school volleyball warm up 🙂

* #222 = At an intersection in Montreal, where I live, there is a special four-way walk sign that counts down allowing only pedestrians to use the street access. It counts from 20 down to 0. As I was walking up to the intersection I could see three of the crosswalk count downs at the same time from where I was standing, each showed the number 2. I saw 2 2 2 this happened at 12:15 p.m October 6th.

* Beach Ball = While waiting for Illustrator CS4 to open, I noticed the Macintosh beach ball spinning while I waited, that doesn’t happen very often but did happen at 1 pm.

• Senior Citizen in a fashionable hat = October 6 at 12:10 pm, After picking up some groceries I was walking on the sidewalk I passed a beautiful African woman with a brilliant, purple, sparkly, pill box shape hat, it wasn’t a hat really, it was wrapped perfectly around her head. It was lovely.

• A Smile from a baby. While working in social media, in the feed appeared a photo of a 2-year-old boy with the biggest smile. October 6 at 12:45 pm.

• A billboard with message for me = There are not many billboards in the area where I live. I am grateful for that. The only billboard message I can claim is a quote that appeared when I opened my personal Twitter account. “Faith is to believe what you do not see. The reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” – St. Augustine.

“The post was at 4:22 pm from Iran Lawrence 🙂 This is relevant to me, because recently along with your book I’ve been reading books by Marianne Williamson Everyday Grace and The Gift of Change and Deepak Chopra How to Know God and your ebook E-Cubed. The quote in my Twitter feed resonated with me as I’ve been reading books that are moving me in the direction of faith and belief :)”

“Thank you. I am looking forward to reading more of your books.”

And I look forward to hearing more about your manifestations. Have a great evening, my friends.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

The best parenting advice. Ever.

Children are remarkable for their intelligence, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.”–Aldous Huxley

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Along with potty training and socialization, most parents want to give their children some kind of spiritual training, some kind of guidance into the higher dimensions.

Sadly, the most popular spiritual training involves a list of rules and no-no’s, a set of 10 commandments and a lot of reining in of natural impulses. Not to mention forcing them to get up early the one day they hope to sleep in.

Here’s what I suggest instead:

Make it clear to your children that the very best way to connect with their spiritual nature is to follow their joy. Those impulses of bliss and joy are God communicating. Any child (even grown-up children like myself) who follow that path will know God (or what I call the field of potentiality) in a very real way. There will never be any doubt about what to do next or which path to follow.

Because we’re taught just the opposite (you need to do this, you need to get good grades, you need to forget about running around and whooping like a wild banshee), most of us spend our lives wondering “What does God want from me?, “What am I supposed to do with my life?” It’s all there in living color.

If we only follow our “beeps.”

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

It’s time to spin love out of the threads of chaos.

“We all collapse a little; may it be toward each other.” — Richard Kenney unknown

I was going to blog this morning. Instead I went for a walk to look for God. I decided instead to run this excerpt from my new book.

Every time there’s a new mass shooting, I want to run to the bathroom, to vomit, to beat my fists against something hard and unyielding.

How could my country, the one I pledged allegiance to every morning for six years of grade school, have come to this?

Even though there is life to be lived today—this book to write, cookies to order for my finals-taking daughter—I feel drawn to these tragedies. I’m temped to sit comatose by the television set, watch the horror, and shake my head.

Yet, the squirrels still scamper up the tree to their nests, dutifully gathering acorns for the coming winter. They gather as loud humans barge in and out the door that’s only feet from their measly food supply. They gather even though a huge storm last year sent their nest crashing to the ground below. They gather even though death is imminent and life can be cruel.

A part of me wants to hide, to take my daughter and flee to New Zealand, where her dad owns a winery and, presumably, a more peaceful existence.
But it’s not a time to run away or to sit numb, helplessly devouring all the details.

It’s a time to act, a time to create. A time for making peace out of chaos, a time for spinning love out of the threads of incomprehension.

It’s easy for me to think, How can I, one insignificant person from Kansas, stop a groundswell?

But that’s me forgetting who I am.

I am a creator, made in the image and likeness of the Great Creator.
And I am not insignificant.

If nothing else, I can write about what these massacres mean to me. I know nothing about Sandy Hook, really. Other than a short stint at a breathing program in nearby Washington, Connecticut, I have no real ties to this little town.

Yet, the story is also about me. It’s about my anger, the many times I wanted revenge when someone rejected me. It’s about the times I lashed out when someone said good-bye or you’re not what I’m looking for.

It’s about the unhealed places in all our hearts, those wounds that make us want to hit someone back.

Why do we want to strike out? Because we feel powerless. Because we have forgotten who we are. We have forgotten that the life force of the Creator thrums through our very veins.

It’s easy to forget in this culture of convenience. No longer do we make our own bread, sing our own songs, dance our own jigs. No longer do we create much of anything. Too often we even forget that we can. The very thing that joins us to our Creator lies dormant.

And in this forgetting, we lose our footing. Picasso said that when he realized painting was a way to give form to his terrors and his desires, he knew he had found his way.

The boy who killed at Sandy Hook had not yet found his way. He conned himself into believing he was insignificant. He didn’t know that the life force of the entire universe pulsed through his body. He hadn’t yet come to appreciate the sacredness of each moment.

He didn’t know he could have screamed his rage and rejection into a song. He
didn’t know he could have danced his anger into a profound acceptance.
If only he had known.

It’s too late for him. But it’s not too late for us, all just as guilty of anger and rage as the killers we point fingers at.

You are powerful. You can create the answers to the horrors that confront our country, those things that make us want to throw up our hands, flee to foreign countries.

Inside you is a stage play that will inspire someone to forgive. Inside you is a painting or a story that can turn fear into hope, horror into peace. Even if it’s peace in one person’s heart, it is enough.

As Henry Miller once asked, “Where in this broad land is the holy of holies hidden?”

It’s in the squirrels still gathering their acorns. It’s in you.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Another pair of miracles from the annals of magic and enchantment

“The world is throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people.”–Henry Miller

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Here are two that recently tickled my fancy:

1. “So I asked the Universe, the “Dude,” to send me a clear, indisputable sign that It exists and It has my back in the next 48 hours. In response, I received a rainbow over the back of my farm. I’m a lawyer. A rainbow isn’t indisputable. I’ve seen a bazillion in my short 50 years; so, while it was amazing and beautiful, it wasn’t enough to convince me. Noah got a rainbow… now THAT was something – for Noah, not for me. Try again.

“So, the Universe, just to be clear, sent me a sign I could not deny.

“I love foxes. I have been a fox hunter for almost 14 years. (No. We don’t kill foxes. We find them, chase them with hounds, and revel at their incredible intelligence!) I love everything about them, from their genus and species (Vulpes Vulpes) to their unbelievable cunning.

“There is a fox that lives at Bourbon Spring Farm, where I live in an apartment in the barn. I call him the Colonel, after Col. E. H. Taylor, the best bourbon on the planet. He is long and lanky, and BOLD, stopping at the barn some days to groom himself while I marvel at his elegance.

“I was awakened one morning, some time between 3 AM and 5:30, to an odd sound outside my window. The Colonel was barking furiously! If you have ever heard a fox bark, you know it sounds similar to a short, hoarse screaming yell. The Colonel barked for quite some time, clearly telling someone SOMEthing. Then I heard his barks move farther away from the barn toward his home in the woods until I could hear it no more.

Okay, so I wanted a clear, undeniable sign that the Universe is out there and has my back, and I got it. In all my years of seeing foxes – and I have been near many foxes, I have never heard one speak until that day. I have no idea what upset the Colonel so that morning, but having heard him speak so clearly and so closely, I think I can now move back into the other E Squared experiments with the belief that what I ask for WILL manifest.

2. “I got E3 last year before a vacation in Tuscany with my partner and two more couples. We rented a house for a week in a tiny town called Volpaia. Very relaxed, I decided to try to come across the 8 or 9 things you proposed in an exercise. I remember it was number 222, a ball, someone with a funny hat, a song from my teenage years, etc.

“I gave it a week, amused but not with great expectations.

“First thing that happened was while we were deciding which road to take to another town. The narrow roads in Tuscany are very difficult, with very few signs. There was a lot of discussion in the car for quite a long time about which one to take. I was not involved in the discussion until finally I asked for the map (GPS was not an option). First thing I saw was that the most convenient road was number 222. I started to laugh and nobody understood why.

“The ball (I asked to see a ball in an unexpected place) appeared during a long walk between olive trees, far from the village. I fell that something had hit my foot and I saw a tennis ball. When I asked where it had come from, one of my friends said that he had almost stepped on it and felt like throwing it to me.

“Same day, a sign in German (language that I studied for 3 years and gave up) in a car plate which said something like “you are going to have a great day today”. A baby gave me a terrific smile and the last day in Florence I saw a marathon guy with an extremely high, sequel brilliant and extravagant hat, who ran past the sidewalk café where I was waiting for our new rental car. In the middle of the week, just as if I were in a very special state of mind and spirit, I had 3 wonderful and absolutely strange experiences.”

Thanks, my friends, for all your beautiful comments, your unending support. Now go out there and have the best weekend of your life.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Interesting jobs are the ones you make up

“Without you, the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.”—Leo Buscagliadream-job

I heard an interview yesterday with Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi Nobel prize winner who founded Grameen Bank.

Like me, he’s on a mission to overturn the dominant paradigm. The current economic model suggests that ambitious, talented people should go to college and then look for a job. With degree in hand, they should find a slot to fill within the existing structure.

But as Yunus whose bank gives out microloans points out, squeezing yourself into a slot is a limited ambition. By virtue of being human, you are innately creative. It’s in your DNA to be a go-getter, a problem solver. Fitting into a big machine will never be as interesting and satisfying as creating your own job.

Our culture, in case you haven’t noticed, is in the process of being rearranged. Thanks to the democratization of digital technology, anyone who wants to can create their own job. The tools are now available for all of us to be innovators, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs.

We live in a time when one person writing at the coffee shop can reach millions. We live in an era when anyone who wants can gain leverage and create a platform.

As Yusuf says, “All people are smart people. Being from a special business school doesn’t make you any smarter than anyone else.”

Right now, without securing another degree or taking another workshop, you have all the tools, all the resources you could ever need to create an insanely meaningful, productive and prosperous life.

Because here’s the thing. The world as we know it is toast. Nearly everything we counted on, invested in, believed in is, for all practical purposes, grinding to a halt. That’s why we’re seeing such dysfunction in the political realm. People who benefited from the old model are trying desperately to hang on in our rapidly changing world.

The old life plan (go to college, get a job) worked for a long time. It created jobs and wealth and lifted people out of poverty. But turns out, the American Dream, a term coined by Fannie Mae to convince two-income, post-World War II families to take out mortgages, has a Dr. Jekyll lurking in the back closet.

The only way to keep the old system chugging along is rampant consumerism. And besides, working really hard at someone else’s agenda will never satisfy our deepest needs.

But giving of our gifts will.

Any donkey can tear down a barn. But how many of us are willing to build a new barn, create a new world, an entrepreneurial world that works for all of us?

To echo the quote from Leo Buscaglia with which I began this post, your visions, your gifts, your creativity is sorely needed. I beg of you, please don’t deprive the rest of us of your unique vision.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

What to do with the ongoing antics of your mind

“You’ll be fine. Feeling unsure and lost is part of the path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel okay all the time.” ― Louis C.K.mqdefault

I just had an amazing session with Martha Creek. She’s a teacher, a spiritual life coach and a beautiful human being. She asked me to speak at next week’s Affiliated New Thought conference. Which is a really cool honor except for one tiny little thing.

It terrifies me. For the last week, I’ve been fretting about it, procrastinating the preparations and well, feeling like I would do everyone an enormous favor if I just backed out, ran away, canceled this commitment I made many months ago.

In other words, as Martha so generously pointed out, I’ve been having normal human thoughts.

Our brains churn up thoughts. It’s what brains do. By some estimates, the average human mind regurgitates 60,000 to 90,000 thoughts per day.

As Martha reminded me, it’s the mind’s operating system. It’s reality. The war begins when we pluck a particular thought out of the normal litany and declare it to be “a problem.”

It’s when we set up a framework of good and bad that the stress begins. Having fear is the most normal thing in the world. As Elizabeth Gilbert once said, “I know fear’s social security number and its mother’s maiden name.”

When we make a thought wrong (say, my particular thought that I’m not worthy to speak to all these New Thought gurus) is when it owns us.

What if it’s okay to have fear? What if I didn’t make myself wrong for having these thoughts? What if I simply recognized that there’s nothing bad or unnatural going on here?

Fear is a pretty standard 45 in the jukebox of every human mind. As Martha reminded me, I can always put a period at the end of those thoughts. I’m afraid. Period. I think I can’t speak. Period.

It’s only when I start adding humiliating extra clauses (I’m afraid and that means there’s something wrong with me, I’m panicking and that means I’m inferior, I’m terrified and that means I should just run away) that it grows into an insurmountable thorn bush.

So thank you, Martha Creek and thank you to my perfectly normal, enterprising little mind for delivering the perfect intel at the perfect time.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Every moment offers a multiple choice of perceptions. Choose wonderment.

“Life is not a roll of the dice. It is a result of what conscious awareness we find ourselves living out from. We can make a deliberate choice to shift our perception from this atmosphere of sickness and sorrow and live out from a higher principle.”–Michele Longo-O’Donnell
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Elizabeth Gilbert had the words “stubborn gladness” tattooed on her arm. It’s from her favorite poem by Jack Gilbert. In the poem, “A Brief for the Defense,” he writes, “We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.”

I think about stubborn gladness a lot. It defies the chasm so many of us believe—that you are either A) a realist who can’t help but notice the world is going to you-know-where in a you-know-what or 2) you’re a naïve Pollyanna who turns a blind eye to the world’s suffering.

The middle way, that Gilbert embraces, is to find joy even when……. even though….

The stubborn gladness worldview is being committed to finding the wonder amidst the chaos, amidst the terror.

A few years ago, a member of the Canadian Olympic dressage team came to a workshop I gave in British Columbia. I was spouting my normal controversial belief that joy is always possible, that finding it in every situation is one of the greatest gifts we can give our fellow humans. Some of the workshop participants weren’t so sure. But what about this? What about that?

So the Canadian Olympian told this story from her childhood. Her father worked for an international corporation. When the family was in the Philippines, they had a housekeeper who loved life with a deep and abiding joy. She found astonishment in everything. Her unabashed contentment and happiness was a continual source of inspiration to the wealthy family who employed her.

One day, a tsunami or earthquake or typhoon (sorry, I don’t remember the exact natural disaster) struck. The wealthy family fretted after hearing that their housekeeper’s family home had been swept away, had been completely obliterated in the storm. When she showed up for work the next week, they tiptoed around, wondering how they could help. They wanted to know how she and her family were faring. They fully expected her to be morose, to have lost her unbridled enthusiasm for the beauty of each moment.

“Oh, we are having so much fun,” she said. “My whole family, including all the aunts and uncles and cousins are living together in the basement of a church. It has been so fantastic all of us being together.”

Say what?

How was this even possible? How could she find joy in what most of us would rate as one of the top worst things that could ever happen.

Stubborn gladness, my friends, is an internal decision. No question that life sometimes throws curveballs. But it’s still up to us to cultivate joy and find the wonderment that, like air, always surrounds us.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Is your spiritual catcher’s mitt on?

“Art and music are two of the most powerful healing forces in the universe. I mean, have you ever gone to a museum and stood in front of a Vermeer and just had tears roll down your cheeks? That doesn’t happen when people stand in front of First National Bank.”—Rosanne Cash

quotes-creativity-robert-bresson-949x534Readers who love my law of attraction books seem surprised. Why are you writing about creativity?

Here’s the short answer. To practice creativity is to tap into the energy that underpins the entire world. There’s something mystical at the center of art.

Roseanne Cash once told an interviewer that she doesn’t write songs so much as she catches them. She even joked that if she didn’t have her catcher’s mitt ready, Lucinda Williams, another amazing songwriter, might just snag one of her songs.

And that’s really what my new book, Art & Soul, Reloaded, is about. It’s about getting ourselves ready to field the Divine. About listening for songs, stories and inspiration that will right the listing ship.

I’m uninterested in catching material stuff. I have more than I could ever need. Instead, I want to catch big, generous, buoyant ideas.

And that’s why I’m currently blogging every day. I’m out here in left field with my catcher’s mitt on, snagging ideas.

I’m faithfully here, looking towards the light, waiting for my next assignment.

I also want to share a couple photos from people who have taken to heart my Zumba for the Soul assignment to find an outrageous outfit at a thrift store.

It’s becoming a thing.

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I’d love to see your photos. Post them here or on FB or Instagram.

It’s an effective rehearsal for Life Rule #62: Quit taking yourself so seriously.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.