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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

The Deuce of Clubs is not the only card in the deck: Change your story, change your life

“The first principle of quantum mechanics is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”—Richard Feynman

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So I won’t pretend that I do. But I do know that in the quantum field there are a gazillion superpositions. And that when we decide one of them is absolute fact (say, “the world is falling apart” or “life is really hard”), we make that superposition into a material reality. Our observing it makes it real, makes it solid.

It’s like choosing the three of clubs from a deck of cards and then forgetting there are 51 other cards in the deck. Only in the quantum world, there is an infinite number of cards–what I call the FP or the field of infinite potentiality.

When we worry about one particular superposition, we add energy to it. We solidify it into the material realm. When we call our friends to complain, when we watch the news with our mouths agape, we literally add weight to a hand of playing cards that needs to be discarded.

Worse, we completely forget there are so many other options, so many other potential realities.

You can play this particular hand for your entire lifetime. Most people will. Or you can throw it back in the deck and either draw a new hand or, better yet, create a hand no one has even thought up yet.

My new book that comes out Tuesday is all about throwing in the old hand, about creating a whole new world. One of the options, of course, is to pick a different hand from the existing 52 cards. And that’s a noble beginning.

As for me, I plan to start from scratch and create a different hand, a more beautiful and generous hand.

All of us have the power to do just that. We can take the bleeding and dying superposition that we’re currently seeing on the news, and throw it back in the deck.

We can choose a different vision, a different story, a different deck of cards.

It’s up to us, the observer, the chooser of the superposition.

P.S. I’ll be talking about the new book and answering questions during my debut FB Live next Tuesday. It’s on the Hay House FB page. I changed it, thanks to you and the solar eclipse which passes right over my head. It’s at 9 a.m. PST, 11 CST and noon EST. Hope to see you there.

Have a extraordinarily epic weekend.

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.

Worldview 2.0: You will bring abundance and joy into your life once you stop talking smack about it

“Some people have a way with words, and other people…oh, uh, not have way.”
― Steve Martin, American comedian
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Just curious, my friends?

What are these phrases still doing in your head?

“Something needs to be fixed.”

“This is not good enough.”

“I don’t have enough.”

Visualize all you want. Affirm until the cows come home. But as long as your vocabulary is toxic, as long as you fail to get up each morning and realize how blessed you are—just to be alive, just to have this 24 hours—all your efforts will be futile.

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 prophesy a positive future.

Most of us, instead of utilizing the magic potion of our words, throw them around carelessly like confetti at a party.

To continue to rehash things that didn’t please us makes no sense. Replaying negative stories over and over only adds energy to them, emitting the frequency that will attract more events with a similar frequency. Especially when we could use our allotment of words to inspire, uplift and encourage.

Most of us are smart enough not to rush to Red Box when our least favorite movies come out on DVD, so why do we insist on running repeats of the least favorite events in our life?

Just like it’s important to head west if you’re going to California, it’s important to send your words out in the direction you’d like your life to go.

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.

Update on Carpool Karaoke–Changing FB Live date

“I could show and tell your students things they could gain from no other wizards.” –J.K. Rowling
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Thanks for all the great questions. And thanks especially for pointing out my bad timing. Guess my brain was muddled from jet lag.

I happen to live right at the eclipse pinnacle and, well duh! of course, I want to experience it. I also want you to have that rare opportunity.

So I’m moving my FB Live debut to the following day, Tuesday, August 22. Same time. 12 EST (9 PST) Same place. Same schtick! It’s the book’s official birthday anyway.

And since you were kind enough to click the link, here’s a quick post:

Woot! Woot! It’s Show and Tell Day!

Yep, we adults need show and tell. Probably more than kindergarteners. Think how much closer we’d all be if, instead of getting together to talk about our dysfunctions, we got together to look at each other’s creations.

Why isn’t this a normal thing? Every week or so we should get together with families and friends and show them something we really like, something unique about us. We should bring in some doodle we made on the side of a Visa bill or something we thought up while waiting at the dry cleaners. Adults still think things up. We just don’t tell anyone. We don’t think it’s important. Not with lawns that need mowing and mufflers that need fixing.

So with that thought in mind, I’ve got a couple stories to share, all sent by readers:

#1:

“I`ve got a funny story for you. I enjoyed very much E2 and I found out the Universe is surprising and plenty of humour. So, now I am reading E3. After the chapter 5, I decided modify your experiment (sorry), just for 3 days giving freely whatever amount anyone could ask me for.

“I liked the idea, but in 2 minutes I fell in panic. By joking, someone could ask me for 10,000 € and I should give it ! My mother educated me like a responsible customer and good saver, and I am aware how strong her influence is still in my mind (despite I am 50 years old).

“Later the same day, while paying a visit to a newborn girl, the happy and jesting father suggested me to leave 50 € in the cradle to make the baby to stop crying. I did it as laughing but he felt uneasy and gave me back the note.

Three days later my company sent me on a business trip; my colleagues and I usually complain about all our trips are in Economy class, same for short and long flights. All of us would like to use Business class at least in the long ones. That day I had to take 3 fligths in 25 hours, one of them Francfort-Tokyo, 11 horas and 30 minutes long. As I was waiting to board, it was announced there were some Business class and Premium Economy seats available, with an extracost.

“I remembered your book and decided to upgrade with my own money. Trying to change my attitude! At the counter I was told that Business class seat (in these flights the seat is a bed) was 800 € and Premium Economy only 240 €. I could pay the Business but I thought I was spending too much, and I decided to get the Premium.

“My boarding pass was changed and I gave my credit card to pay. But the machine was unable to read the card, and the staff told me it is quite usual. I tried with another card and the same result. A new cash machine was brought to the counter, and no way. I suggested to pay cash, but not possible. The staff apologized and gave me the upgraded boarding pass for free! (Thank you, Lufthansa). I enjoyed the extra space, and I really had fun by thinking that, if my attitude to the money were more open, I finally could have flied in Business class for free! And by the way I tested my credit cards after that and both are working properly…”

#2: “I just finished reading E2 and the last experiment of The Fish and Loaves Principal and I wanted to share this with you.

My husband’s young sons have now joined our family and have been with myself, my husband and my two teenage daughters for the last two weeks. It has been an adjustment and learning curve for all of us. Tonight, after coming home from work and taking a moment for myself, my oldest step son came up to me out of nowhere and gave me the biggest hug his little self could give. It was a huge way of saying “Chill out and everything will be OK if I look for the “what is right” in every situation instead of the “what is wrong”.

Thanks, guys! Have an extraordinarily epic weekend

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.

Carpool Karaoke and Me

“Do you have the courage to grab the dreams that picked you?” –Prince Ea

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I’ve missed you guys. I’ve been on travel assignment (in Sweden) and giving a workshop (at the London Ritz) and meeting amazing people (Stacey Sargison-Shawe and her JFDI FB group are really rockin’a possibility posse).

But, as Randy Quaid said in the movie Independence Day, and Jack Nicholson said in The Shining, “I’m back!”

I’ve got a quick favor to ask. I’m doing a Facebook Live on the Hay House FB page on August 21 at 12 EST (9 PST). It’s to kick off my new book, Art & Soul, Reloaded. I’m a bit nervous, having to go LIVE…all by myself for 30 whole minutes.

So I’m hoping you will post questions in the comments section below. What would you like to know? What would you like me to talk about? No question is off-limits. If you can think of one, I’ll attempt to answer it.

For sure I’ll be talking about the new book which is all about creativity and spirituality which, to my way of thinking, are essentially the same thing.

The muses, the angels, the bigger thing (call it what you will) are currently advertising for people like you, like me who are willing to be a satellite dish for the new story. The old story, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, isn’t working anymore. The old story of lack and competition and distrust is getting boring. It’s time to birth a new world.

And we artists are the ones who will do it. Not the politicians or the corporations. It’s us, together, sharing.

The best part is that it’s really fun. Despite what you may have heard, creativity doesn’t require a load of hard work. It requires some discipline, but what else would you really rather be doing? Living life with joie de vivre is the absolute best possible way to spend your life.

It turns everything into a party. Here’s one tiny example. When I was in Manila in February, my compatriots and I were stuck in lots of traffic jams. We literally couldn’t move. Normally, that’s not considered a desirable life event. But we decided to make the most of it. We decided to channel James Corden and record our own carpool karaoke.

We had a blast. The point is, creativity is possible in every single situation, even those we previously judged as horrible inconveniences. When we live our lives from the perspective of knowing we’re blessed, knowing that every single thing that happens is for our own betterment, we can all relax and have more fun.

So, I hope you’re interested in coming along on the yearlong apprenticeship offered in Art & Soul. Those who are willing to play will learn to summon their muses and reclaim their bold, audacious, creative side. Or at least that’s what the subtitle promises.

So, please, join me on August 21 for my very first solo Facebook Live and help me out by asking a question in the comments below.

I love you all so, so much.

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.

Why creativity and spirituality are basically synonyms

“The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself—something that’s in all of us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.” — Tina Turner, rock musician

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I shared on Facebook and Twitter yesterday that the landing page for my new book is officially live. I’m super pumped about it.

It’s called Art & Soul, Reloaded and it’s about generating creative capital, something we’re all entitled to amass.

Here’s an excerpt:

If you’re like most people, you think of creativity as a private club, reserved like the corner table by the window for a talented few. You believe it’s passed out at birth to the Bachs, the Matisses, the Michael Jacksons of the world.

You, on the other hand, (sigh!) are fated to be a consumer of creativity, decorating your foyer with other people’s sculptures, spending your evenings watching other people’s visions on a 52-inch screen.

But the truth is all of us are creative. All of us are connected to a higher consciousness that allows us to see the glow so often blocked by the low-flying clouds.

All of us have the ability to innovate, solve baffling problems, even produce art.

It’s why we sing in the shower, write witticisms in the dirt on unwashed cars.

You were created in the image and the likeness of the Big Creative Kahuna. Whatever your thoughts about God (and I know, lots of us think of Him as a judgmental old toad who sits up in heaven salivating for the chance to mark down “naughty, naughty” in His big, black book), you can’t really deny that a good percentage of the world agree He’d probably include creative on His list of credentials.

Who else would bother to make every snowflake different? Every fingerprint on all 10 fingers of the world’s 6 billion people unique? Even bugs, the lowliest of species, have been given great creative consideration. In the beetle family alone, there are more than 300,000 varieties.

Just like the barber who passes his razors down to his son, the Dude, as I call God in my book E-Squared, passed the ability to create down to us. Just like the engineer who smiles when his son builds a bridge out of his blocks, the Dude smiles when we write poems.

Most of us can accept that being like God means being kind, compassionate, giving canned corn to people less fortunate. But could it possibly also mean making a sculpture? The Big Guy, more than anything else, expects us to create, to express, to be more like Him. It is not only our right to create, but our responsibility and eventual destiny.

When you buy a smart phone, it comes with a host of apps—a calendar, maps, a camera, a calculator. Human beings, like smartphones, are also bundled with certain “software.” We all come with the “app” to produce children, to think, to fall in love. Another program that’s installed in every one of us is the creativity package.

At this point, it may be like iMovie on my iPhone, dormant and unused. But just like the purple starred icon in the right-hand corner of my phone, your creativity package is available awaiting your click.

When my daughter, Tasman, was five, she asked me, “Mom, do all tadpoles grow into frogs?”

I was stumped for a minute. Some of them probably don’t. They get squished by a lawn mower, can’t find enough flies, or run up against some other tadpole deterrent. But this I could tell her without hesitation—every single tadpole is encoded with the ability to “be a frog.”

Might as well start ribbiting.

Click here to preorder and receive the audiobook free.

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.

Do you live in problem state or possibility state?

“The fact that the field exists changes everything we’ve believed about our role in creation.”—Gregg Braden
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Thanks to flat-screen technology, our television sets are no longer shaped like boxes. But they still show us a “box of life” that is limited and constrictive.

For every piece of “news” you watch on TV, there are millions of other possibilities. The conscious mind can only pay attention to one observational frame at a time. So instead of investing in the teensy reality shown on TV, I prefer to ask “What if?”

“What might happen in the next moment?”
“What is possible if I let go of everything I know?”
“How would life be if I surrendered all my beliefs?”
“What if everything is absolutely perfect?”

The only reason your life looks the same today as it did yesterday is because that’s what you’re looking for.

The only reason the news seems so negative is because that’s where we invest our energy.

Playing make-believe, as we did as children, is a much holier tact. In fact, what we see and believe as “reality” now is simply what we’re currently “making believe” is true.

Once you loosen the rules and let go of all those “facts” you learned in school, all the patterns you picked up from your family and culture, you will begin to see a whole different reality.

Right now, you’re stuck in habitual patterns of perception. You miss all kinds of miracles because you focus on what is “known.” You believe in the stringent “rules for life” that have been given you. Those arbitrary rules encase you in a little box that’s not much bigger than that flat-screen TV.

My new intention is to notice what is different and new. To think about extraordinary things and to continually ask questions about what is possible.

When we change our consciousness around what is possible, rather than being limited by a reality construct dominated by what isn’t possible, we discover that we are actually able to employ quantum energies and principles in our day-to-day lives in unexpected, and fun–and miraculous–ways.

Cultivate the habit of asking powerful, mind-altering questions.

By asking open-ended questions, you train your right brain to respond to signals from your subconscious.

If you ask questions such as “Why can’t I do this?,” you cultivate the skill of obtaining useless data. It’s important to quit focusing on what’s the same, what’s familiar. Any situation in your life is nothing but a pattern of light and information.”

To change anything in your life, change the frequency, density, and or quality of the light patterns that make up that reality.

Here are some “what if” questions to help change the light patterns:

“What if cancer could be healed instantly?”
“What if I wake up tomorrow and look younger?”
“What if my future is only going to get better and better every year?”
“What if I start each day with a completely clear slate?”

When you ask different questions, apply a different reference frame, you get different—and I would suggest better—information.

It’s like a deck of cards. Pick a reality, any reality.

Also want to announce that the digital Thank & Grow Rich is on sale for a measly $1.99 through August 7. And my new book comes out in 37 days. There are special gifts for those who preorder.

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.

“My mind is a bad neighborhood I try not to go into alone.”–Anne Lamott

“Thinking the physical world is all that matters is like shutting oneself up in a small closet and imagining there is nothing beyond it.”—Eben Alexander
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One of the great joys in my life is knowing the universe is so much bigger than anything I can conceive, in knowing that miracles (or what we call miracles) reside right on the other side of the veil I’ve imposed with my very limited brain.

As cool as the brain is, a veritable network of neural pathways, it actually puts up a tremendous barrier to Truth. It limits, it takes all the available input and boils it down to what I call “Cliff Notes for Dummies.” Sadly, our Cliff Notes are restricted to what we’ve decide to let in, to what we’ve erroneously pick up from our culture, our family upbringing and the six o’clock news.

As the Course in Miracles says we would be astounded, literally blown away, if we had even the slightest idea how many limits we have placed on Reality.

While we’re here, living on this physical plane, we put the brain’s two pounds of wrinkled mass on a pedestal. We believe everything it tells us, listen to its crazy promptings, its tendency to focus on the past and worry about the future.

I amaze myself with how much time I sometimes waste thinking about some person who “did me wrong” or about some financial dilemma. Not a good expenditure of my valuable time.

The brain is so NOT reliable that, I believe, our very highest calling is to distract it as often as possible. That’s why meditation is so important. It puts an end (or will eventually) to the crazy person blathering in the brain. Once the brain gets out of the way, Truth can’t help but rise up.

I really hate to knock my brain. It has accomplished a lot in my life, but from here on out, I’d like to officially appoint it as secretary of my neurology, digestive system and other things it’s proficient at and leave the rest to Source, to Truth, to the Reality of Pure Bliss.

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.

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.