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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

What the BANANAS, Part II

“When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change.”–Ursula K. Le Guin

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 As I mentioned in my new book, Thank and Grow Rich, I have inadvertently become a PR person for the universe.

The perks, as you can imagine, are many, but the best thing about this job is that my “employer”—if you want to call this universal love energy my “boss”—doesn’t ask that I pimp some useless product or lower my standards or pretend to believe in something I don’t see proof of every single day.

The universe is not trying to sell anything. All it wants to do is give. And give. And give some more.

My job as one of its many “press agents” is to let you know that you are loved unconditionally—always, without exception, no matter what.

I’m in charge, if you will, of publicizing the fact that the universe is trying like bloody hell to interact with you. The universe (or God or the field of infinite potentiality or whatever name you want to call this energy force) wants nothing more than to bless you, to guide you, to help you create the most exciting version of yourself possible.

And here’s the cool part. Not one thing is required of you for this to happen. You don’t have to earn its favor. Or send in a coupon. You just have to release the “reality” you’ve been reading about in the news. You just have to make space in your consciousness for the universe to get in. You have to quit fighting life and let it be.

Not only is the old reality as passé as the bump (it’s a dance, for those of you who missed the disco days), it’s defective and causing you to miss the most freakin’ amazing things.

So that’s why I continue to share these stories.

Here’s a fun one that appeals to a traveling fool like moi. Enjoy!:

“I read E2 last Xmas and decided I would manifest a trip each month for 2016 because I wanted to travel more. Plus I had kids and was a single mom, so the scheduling had to work out! except I had already booked a ticket to Toronto’S “I Can Do It” conference in May.

“Here is my list of travel. 2016 was totally successful! BTW I live way way up in Noerther Ontario, 9 hours north of Toronto. There is a small airport in Timmins that does fly to Toronto.

“January: My friend asked me if I wanted to go for a weekend to Hamilton, ON and she would pay to fly down and all expenses. She had a doctor appointment. We had a blast!

“February: I refinanced my mortgage and the bank said they put an extra 5k in my account in case I wanted to do anything. So….. half went to a spur of the moment trip to Jamaica with my friends and my mom, for the first time ever, was able to drive 9 hours to my house to babysit. PLUS our flight to Timmins from Toronto was delayed until the next day so I ended up with an $800 gift certificate for Air Canada, plus they put us up in hotel, with food vouchers, plus my Amex allowed for $500 in new clothing (cause we didn’t have our luggage) so we went shopping!!

“Plus there was a booth for Amex cards, so I applied for a platinum card and got free tickets to the airport lounge, plus 50,000 points good for 2 round trip tickets in North America!

“March: With the other half of the money from the bank, I brought my kids on a week’s ski trip at a resort north of Toronto for the first time!

“PLUS a new male interest asked me if I would like to attend a conference with him in Toronto, all expenses paid! No strings. There were flowers waiting and the staff at the Royal York hotel (fancy) had their seamstress sew purple pillow cases for the bed cause he knew I loved purple!!!

“April: PR I went to Florida with points to see my good friend’s new house.

“May: I flew to Toronto with points and stayed at some friends of friends place.

“June: I was taken to a fun weekend away in Sudbury, ON

“July: My kids and I were taken to NYC for 8 nights and treated to luxury and excursions.

“August: The same man, who became my b/f took me on a weekend to Toronto.

“September: I asked the Universe for a month off cause I was tired and kids started school lol!

“October: Went on a week to Vancouver, which was on my bucket list. All expenses paid by HIM!

“November: Went to a conference in Toronto, all paid since I am on the Board of a children’s disability center. Stayed at the best hotel. Found out I was a Marriott elite gold member. Got treated like a queen and upgraded. I didn’t stay at Marriotts enough so I don’t know why I have gold status but I do. I’ll take it.

“Also a dinner dance for a weekend in Sudbury.

“December: It’s the big trip. A 10 day cruise to Caribbean and Honduras! Using points and my b/f is paying.

“For 2017, I’m going to manifest funds for a children’s after school Center I want to start in my town.”

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 just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Too blessed to be stressed

“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.”– Buddhagratitude-is-the-open-door-to-abundance

Happy Thanksgiving week, my fine-feathered friends.

To commemorate this holiday that I like to celebrate every day, I’m posting stories that have recently popped into my inbox.

This one came yesterday, reminding us that “Thank you” is always the correct answer. And that we should always listen to our soul.

Enjoy!

“Message: PAM GROUT YOU HAVE SAVED MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! Always and forever!!!!!!!!
It has taken me so long to find the words to contact you, every other attempt was either completely in caps or just un-understandable!!!

“Oh crikey where to begin!!!!!!!!!

“A few years ago I tried E-squared and E-cubed experiments and they worked a bit but I knew I had major blocks on my frequency.

“I was on a mission to figure out how to release these ginormous blocks to my constant stream of magic and miracles. I found the work of Dr Joe Dispenza – active meditation that when applied fervently and ferociously can clear blocks to absolutely anything.

“As a result of doing the work to become aware of and release it all, I became happier than I had ever been before!

“Those folks who write to you that it doesn’t ‘work’? It’s just because they have blocks bigger than they know on their frequency! I know that for true, because I was one of them! Only I knew it was my thing to sort out, not your fault for telling us how to do it!!

“So I clear the blocks – I was living in a capsule of fear that I didn’t even know about. Major clearage happened and continues to as I meditate every day!!!!

“I get to the point where at the end of August, I really need to find a job and start living the magic I’m feeling deep inside me. But I still felt a bit stuck as to how to do that. I couldn’t turn back to my old life or ways of being, I had come to far on the river of change!

“Then your book Thank And Grow Rich was released and I heard my soul say READ IT.

“I downloaded it onto my kindle app on a Sunday night and started reading. The next morning my soul said ‘Don’t spend all day sending your CV out places. Read the book instead. So on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I sat with notebook and pen and my broken screen phone (!!!!) reading the first part of the book.

“I started daily gratitude lists, and I wrote out the 5 principles (the 5 kinds of capital discussed in the book!!) over and over until I had memorized them and could put them into my own words and tell someone about them without needing the book in front of me! Then I wrote down where I was at with all 5, and wrote down ideas for creative and social.

“On Thursday morning I woke up and I heard my soul say ‘Walk up Webbs road.” It’s a street opposite me with cute shops on it but I don’t go there much.

“I thought, Ok I’ll walk there later. I decided I couldn’t ‘waste’ any more time reading and writing – I needed to get back to the job search.

“By 4pm, I had melted my brain. Staring at the computer with no leads and endlessly searching.

“My partner David calls and asks “Did you go down Webbs road yet?’ So I figure I’m melted, I need fresh air, I’ll walk there then meet my man at the train station.

“The first boutique I walk into is this cute little jewelry shop with interesting handmade jewelry and other gifts. It has good energy.

“I start chatting to the lovely lady and we totally hit it off, she’s Irish too!

“Out of nowhere I say, “I don’t suppose you have a job?

“She says yes! They needed someone for sales and marketing! I think, hey that could be fun, that’s my background – I’m an artist/maker and a ‘lets make this project happen’ consultant.

“The next day the owner calls me; we set up a meeting for Saturday.

“Saturday morning I meet the owner – let’s cut a long story a bit shorter here (!!!!) – her original vision was to have a shop that makes bespoke jewelry with meaning and interior products made by her husband a third generation London metalsmith! I say let’s do that ‘instead!

“By Saturday night I’m drinking CHAMPAGNE – I now have a full time job, AMAZING PAY, I’m the manager of the boutique, I’m designing the new jewelry collection, and I’m the consultant for the new venture, keeping the vision on track!!!!!!!!

“WHAT THE BANANAS!!!!!!!!!!!!

“I spend the next 3 weeks feeling like I am constantly on drugs and EVERY DAY since that week of BRINGING YOUR WORDS ALIVE INTO MY LIFE I have experienced EVEN MORE MAGIC AND MIRACLES – that’s like a whole other set of emails I’d need to write!!!!!

“I wake up each day and think I’m the happiest I’ll ever be and the next day I wake up even happier!!!!!! It just doesn’t stop!!!! Magic everyday!!!!! I’m learning how to be too happy!! There aren’t any books about that yet!!! I feel inspired to write one!!!!

“I wanted to meet like minded people and as you always say – if you can’t find a group – start one! So I did! A meetup in London called Magic and Miracles!!

“It’s SO MAGIC I could burst!!!! We’ve had one session so far, I can feel the energy and power in it growing and growing!!!!!

“We share our daily gratitude list!!

“Pam THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Anyone I share the 5 principles with have immediate results!!!

“One friend – one hour later – huge investment in her business!

“Another friend – a few hours later – offered a £60/hr job!!!!

“My miracles continue – in my relationships, in my own creative projects, in each of the 5 principles!!!! Alchemic, Spiritual, Creative, Adventure and Social!!!!!

“These were the missing pieces for me. I didn’t know how to live a happy life because it really wasn’t one that I was living before. You have helped me see how to do that and let the magic that’s there all day long flow effortlessly to me.

“I link arms with you in my mind while we skip everywhere spreading immense joy!! I join your joy ambassador-ship!! I join you in being a PR woman for the universe and its magic and miracles!!! All day long I serve!!!

“Nature sent and continues to send many signs, birds, herons, robins, they arrive when I need to be reminded of truth! My friend who passed on last year is very present and even more so since I started all of this! She made herself known to me in the most magic way!!! And im being constantly shown that anything I’ve held on to as truth is nothing but pish posh! Blah! That just isn’t real!!!!!!

“I could keep writing but really Pam there’s only one more thing for you to know. I send you a CONTINUOUS stream of Thank you. All day long. Always and forever.

“I hope one day we do meet and skip our way through life!

“I send this out to the universe with all my love”

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 just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

“We need a million Martin Luther Kings to show up right now.”—Kyle Cease

“The brain, as smart as it is, is also kinda stupid.”–Pete Holmes

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Today, in one of my posses, we were talking about the brain’s Reticular Activating system (RAS). It’s about the size of a gumdrop, it’s located at the base of the brain stem and its job is to sort and evaluate incoming data. It sends what it thinks is urgent to the active part of the brain and steers the non-urgent 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 what we believe.

Very early on our minds establish a pattern of perception and then proceed to filter out everything else. In other words, we only “experience” things that jibe with our very limited perception.

I told the story in E-Squared about the girl from the Philippines who told me it was weeks, if not months, after she arrived in the United States before she noticed that some people here had red hair, including people she knew and dealt with on a regular basis. Red hair was inconsistent with what she had been conditioned to see and expect. So for several months, she was subjectively blind to red hair, seeing it as the brunette of her culture.

The RAS came up today because well…..there was some fear around last week’s election. It came up because some of us were worried and wanting to protect ourselves from what we think might happen in the future.

That’s why I’ve made “training my mind” priority numero uno. On a daily basis, I instruct it to look for beauty. Encourage it to seek out the bigger picture, to focus on the love and the seemingly impossible.

Yes, my mind and its RAS is an incorrigible slacker. Keeps wanting to return to familiar old ruts. Keeps listening to the spin doctor that looks at the world as a potentially scary place. Insists on focusing on the “information” from my five senses, from the news media, from the default setting that says, “Be careful. Worry. Don’t even think about learning to trust.”

So I just keep getting back up in the saddle, directing my mind to focus on what I know to be Truth. That everybody in the world really loves each other and that kindness is always the answer.

When we choose kindness and generosity in whatever situation we find ourselves, to whomever happens to be in front of us, it opens a crack to see a whole different reality.

That tiny twist—a smile, offering a hand, even just being generous in thought—changes the inner landscape. It reminds us, “Here’s how the world could be.”

Generosity doesn’t fit the narrative, not in a me-me-me world. And that’s the very thing that shakes up the old story, the dominant paradigm.

I also shared the beautiful experience I recently had with a Trump supporter who wrote me an email lambasting me for being a hypocrite. Instead of deleting it (as I might have done in the past), I wrote him back and thanked him for pointing out where I have built a wall between me and one of my brothers.

Because I know we’re all one, I know that anytime I make any kind of judgment, I’m actually casting out a part of myself.

It’s not what I want to do. 

And you know what? He wrote me back and thanked me. In other words, I made a new friend.

I think it’s time for all of us to make some new friends. It’s not us against them. It’s us, all here together.

As Ted Mosby once said (well, Josh Radnor, the guy who plays him on “How I Met Your Mother”), “It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even – or rather, especially – when we’d prefer not to be.”

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 just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.
It Is What It Isn’t

 

 

I vote for love

“Use the present to be free.”—A Course in Miracles

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The emails imploring me to comment on the election are starting to pile up. I’m getting questions. How can we be grateful? What do we do now?

So I get it. Tag, I’m it.

My Course lesson today is “I seek a future different from the past.”

And what an opportunity I now have to let go of the past.

The past tells me, “Uh-oh! We’re in trouble.”

But what if that’s not true. What if it’s only the judgments I’ve imposed that are creating a scary future?

If it’s really true that we live in an intelligent, benevolent and connected universe (and I happen to have ample proof that we do), I can relax and know that there’s something a whole lot bigger going on.

How do I know really, here with my crazy little mind, what’s the best thing for our world?

Politics get us riled up, make us believe we’re doing something important, but I find that when I come from a place of positivity and possibility, when there’s peace in the planet of my own mind, change happens without my input.

Political changes are superficial, at best, and to get so worked up over them–or even to hate our opponents–only causes more of the division and separateness that we want to overcome.

Although I loved (and even quoted) Michelle Obama’s line, “When they go low, we go high, I’d like to take it one step further. There is no “they” and “us.” It’s we, all of us together.

And there are lots of ways to change the world.

First of all, today is a beautiful autumn day. The sun is shining. The sky is bright blue. The squirrels are still running along my garden fence.

Why would I waste even a moment worrying about the future?

I often compare the hours of my day to buying a pizza. Why would I eat a slice or two and then throw the rest away? Yet, that’s what I do when I waste the precious hours of my day obsessing about something that may or may not happen.

My Course lesson goes on. “I have no purpose today except to look upon a liberated world, set free from all judgments I have made.”

I liberate the world today to be what it will be.

And, yes, I continue to be infinitely grateful.

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 just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Do something wonderful today

“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.”–Albert Schweitzer larvae1

Hey party people, I’ve missed you.

I’ve been in Ojai, California away from digital stimulation. While I happily wait for my flight to Orlando and the sure-to-be-magical Soulapalooza, thought I’d offer up a quick blog post.

Anytime I’m in California, I think of Stan. Remember the guy I met at Esalen? The one I talked about in the opening of E-Squared? How we huddled together in the massage room to stay warm only to realize the next morning there was a space heater we could have been using all along?

I’m happy to report that Stan and I are still friends. And I want to share this magical story he recently posted on Facebook along with a picture of a big juicy monarch caterpillar.

Take it away, Stan:

“In 1997, 120,000 monarch butterflies wintered over in Santa Cruz. That number dropped to 1,300 by 2009 and has never recovered. The loss of milkweed, an important food source, is the main reason for the population collapse. So, I planted milkweed in my garden this year and there will be at least one more monarch butterfly as a result. This monarch caterpillar enjoying the milkweed looks healthy as can be.”

Stan’s small action (planting milkweed in his own garden) is a beautiful reminder of the new world we’re calling forth. It’s a reminder that we’re not powerless. It’s an antidote for those days when we think the world is going to you-know-where in a you-know-what.

Any act of love, even a small one like planting milkweed in your backyard, radios a certain frequency out across the universe. Every thought, every action, emits invisible subterranean threads.

All of us wildly underestimate the impact we have on each other. We discount the tremendous effect even the smallest act has on all of humanity.

Everything I do affects everything else.

Anytime I love myself more, I send love out into the bigger whole. Anytime I forgive someone who allegedly “wronged” me, I help heal the planet. The small invisible things that many don’t validate or think important have great healing power. You grabbing the shopping bags of the 82-year-old widow at the grocery store may never go viral on Facebook, but, on some level, it’s going out, making waves in the invisible energy field that forms the blueprint for the material world.

How cool is that that by believing in oneness, by choosing to add energy to the resonant field of possibility, you can fundamentally change the world.

Looking for possibilities is good for the planet. And contributing your small piece stands up for all of humanity.

What little thing are you going to do today to change the old story?

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 just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Another trio of tales from the annals of magic and enchantment

“Take off your shoes and let yourself go.”–Elvin Bishop

two-women-dancing-and-laughingMy mission remains the same. To be in service to the new story. The story that reminds us we’re all connected–to each other, to the natural world and to the big cosmic mystery.

One of the ways I fulfill my purpose is by sharing miracles, by pointing out that we are a lot more than what we see with our physical eyes.

I’ve been traveling lately and haven’t kept up with my sharing. So, before I take off again on yet another marvelous adventure, here are a few stories that recently popped into my inbox.

1. “Thank you so much for writing Thank and Grow Rich! It’s been an awesome, awesome read. I had to write to you and tell you what happened to me.

“I’ve been trying to sell my not-so-pretty house for a year, with no luck. My boyfriend died of cancer about 2 years ago and left me the house that we were working on. It still needed lots and lots of work. It has several holes between the inside and the outside of the house, one that is even big enough for a raccoon to crawl through. I had a black snake crawl over my feet in my kitchen last week (its still under the freezer as far as I know). The ceiling leaks in several places and the pipes freeze constantly in the winter and they are even located IN the house! Its been rough, loosing him, and now maintaining a house by myself. In the year that I’ve had it for sale, I’ve probably had 3 people look at it, total.

“I started reading your book about 3 weeks ago and I finally started getting what I’ve been doing wrong! I get it! I finally realized why the universe pours out blessings on me some days and at other times gives me the cold shoulder. ITS ME! ITS BEEN ME ALL ALONG! Wow. I am now grateful for everything, even when things don’t seem to go right. I’m using many different methods to change my vibration (your next book, I hope) and changing my poor-me attitude. I wake up every morning looking for the amazingly awesome things that will happen to me today.

“In this past week my house has been shown 4 times, twice in one day! Today, the realtor called me with not one, but 2 offers! The 2 buyers ended up in a bidding war. The winner (makes you think its Ebay) was happy to offer me $8.000 more than his original offer which was a little over my selling price! I’m still in shock. I walked into my 3rd floor office this morning and a feather was on the floor by my desk, which is my symbol that the universe is looking out for me. Unbelievable. My friends ask me where I’m going to live and I tell them that God will point me in the right direction. It’s nice to turn everything over to God.

“Thank you, thank you for your insightfulness and having the nerve to write down what you believe in a book for all the world to read. Superhero’s are the ones that don’t care what other people think, they do what they know is right.”

2. “First, THANK YOU. I think of you and your journey at least once a day as it has kept me “afloat” now for several years as a cheerleader of sorts. I have read and re-read all of your books regarding “placing an order” with the universe. Since I have been consciously aware of playing the game, I have enjoyed events that would seem IMPOSSIBLE to others. Straight out of the gate, I was in a movie with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler playing the violin. I had been searching and searching for an orchestra for 10 years before that point and then the door was opened to this wonderful land of miracles once I started saying YES to the signs and feelings! It’s been quite a journey since then and folks can enjoy all my manifestations via my website and IMDB pages.  Here’s Katy Harper’s website.”

3. “Thank & Grow Rich is the sunrise of my day and my manifestation is moving like a snowball downhill. Here’s the latest:

#a. At 55 I look better than ever – except I was overly focused on my upper arms – I said to myself, “Universe show me something new to tone my arms.” A few days later my girlfriend, a professional track coach world and American record holder, implored me to get involved in Master’s Track. “You’re so fit and strong. How about you try the throws?” So out we went I threw the shot put, threw the discus, and threw the javelin and I was pretty good for a beginner. One month later we had a heat wave in northern California and I confidently wore a sleeveless top in 94 degrees. Magic! Who takes up track at 55?

#b. I am about 5 weeks into training for the throws in Track and Field and have found an unbelievable 75 year old throws coach. After our first session he asked if I would mind small group and I ended working out with a 15 year old freshman phenom. It wasn’t bad but I wanted to train alone. During my T&GR time this morning I thought I really want to train alone today. Sure enough the young man never showed and I had the trainer all to myself.

#c. I’ve been acquiring throws equipment as my commitment grows but to date I haven’t bought any practice javelins as they are the most expensive piece of equipment. This morning I said, “Someone is going to give me practice javelins.” Towards the end of the training session today my coach said, “Why don’t you keep a couple of my practice javelins so you can keep working until we see each other again.” WHAT!!”

So, that’s how we roll, folks!

And thanks for whoever sent me this awesome video!!!

 

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 just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

A Tale of Two Pams

“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”―Marcus Aurelius

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Lately, I’ve been observing the two Pams who live inside my brain. I find it’s helpful to narrow them down, to notice which one’s in charge.

First, there’s Blessed Pam. She, of course, notices how lucky she is, how amazingly awesome life is, how everything always works out.

And then there’s FML Pam.

FML Pam (and if you don’t know what this means, I’ll just say it’s a social media acronym people use to express displeasure with certain life events) tends to notice problems, just wee little ones like politics or wrinkles or a belief that something is not exactly how it should be.

FML Pam tends to be a writhing, whirling crazy dervish that, like a pinball, careens around my head lighting up neurotransmitters of fear and worry.

When Blessed Pam is driving the car, life is good, as the popular t-shirt proclaims, reality is sweet and celebration is the norm.

But when FML Pam calls for a Chinese fire drill and runs around the car to grab the wheel, a whole different story unfolds.

It’s quite fascinating to watch which Pam is generating my thoughts.

Nowadays, when I notice FML Pam getting noisy, I simply tell her “thanks for sharing.” And remind her what A Course in Miracles promises. That problems are nothing but wrong perception. And they literally wither and die when we don’t feed them with our attention.

When we pump up what the Course calls “our weakened ability to be grateful,” our perception changes as does our whole world. We come to realize Truth–that we can never be abandoned, that we have everything we need and that life constantly works on our behalf.

Sounds pretty much like a no-brainer to me.

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 just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Life doesn’t suck, sh*t doesn’t happen and the glass is 100% full

“Ever since happiness heard your name it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” –Hafiz

Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m a Course in Miracles groupie. Here’s one of my favorite lessons:

“His gifts are sure, eternal, changeless, limitless, forever giving out, extending love and adding to your never-ending joy.”

That’s a pretty big claim. And so far removed from what most of us believe.

To get it, to really believe you’re meant to be happy is the first step to enlightenment. Any other choice (and make no mistake, it is a choice) is a fool’s errand.

The going paradigm for now is more along the lines of “life sucks and then you die.”

Because we believe this as an inescapable truth, we expect that, we look for that and we create that reality. We can just as easily create a reality that says, “I can be joyful and peaceful every moment of the day.”

One of my intentions, in fact, is unceasing joy. I look for that reality day after day. Most people think I’m a ridiculous dreamer, an irresponsible gadfly.

“It’s impossible to always be happy,” they insist as they press their hand to my forehead checking for fever.

My response? I’m sorry you feel that way and I’m glad my intention is to see only peace, joy, love and beauty. That’s the only direction I choose to point my lens.

We get whatever we look for—100 percent of the time. I would argue it’s irresponsible to look for anything less than unceasing joy.

You always have the choice. You can continue to believe in the world as is appears now or you can believe in a new vision. You can settle for “what is” or you can create something new. You can continue to interfere with Truth or you can step aside and let your natural joy rush in. It’s a simple matter of deciding where to shine your spotlight.

I will close with one of my favorite quotes from A Course in Miracles.

I am responsible for what I see.

I choose the feelings I would experience, and I decide

upon the goal I would achieve.

And everything that seems to happen to me

I ask for, and receive as I have asked.

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 just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Why I’m the luckiest person on the planet, Episode Can’t Keep Track

“I cannot quite embrace the gods of antiquity. Gods so petty as to feel threatened by human hubris, destroy Babel, chain Prometheus to a rock, etc. Nah. Look around: there are French cheese and wine, Mozart and Bossa Nova, love and sunsets…all ours for the taking. Surely, He/She/It loves us some.”—Vivian Allvin fullsizerender-copy

Life’s many blessings, as I often say, stalk me like Freddie Krueger. Today, for example, I got to chat with Mike Dooley about the upcoming Soulapalooza. Tomorrow, I fly to Barcelona to celebrate my daughter’s 23rd birthday. It’s the same day as Louise Hay who, if I’m not mistaken, is turning 90.

Taz is fluent in Spanish, a skill she acquired through classes and lots of practice.

So today I’d like to share a story about learning a new language, the quantum field and how we can create new realities in our lives.

The quantum field, as you know, is an infinite mashup of possibilities. The Field of Infinite Potentialities (the F.P.) contains countless waves, dancing around in countless states, countless positions, countless possibilities. Each has its own energy and frequency.

It isn’t until the waves are measured–or chosen–that they coalesce into one material reality, thus destroying the original configuration where “all is possible.” Once we decide that say, “life is hard” or that “money is limited,” we’ve collapsed that wave and lost touch with all the rest.

Physicist say we “collapse” the wave of the quantum field by observing. We observe according to our beliefs and expectations.  Once we decide to “observe” something, the rest of the possibilities (the countless superpositions) are no longer available to us.

So what does that have to do with learning a new language? When Taz walked into her first Spanish class, she was given a new name (Luisa, I think it was) and a new temporary identity. The collapsed wave of Taz (or any other student) had already mastered English.

Since Spanish is a new skill (a new superimposition), every good teacher knows to leave behind the old name, the old identity, the old learned habits.  The “new person” has access to more of the possibilities, making it much easier to learn the new language.

So today, instead of being the same person you’ve always been, know that, at any time, you could uncollapse the waves and choose a new identity, a new superposition. You could let go of all beliefs and expectations that no longer serve you. You could collapse a whole new set of beliefs and expectations. You could rehearse and become a whole new you.

As for me, my new identity is this: a joyful creator (let’s just call her Persephone) who experiences an amazing two weeks in Barcelona with her beautiful Spanish-speaking daughter. Add to that my intention (out of the bazillion superpositions) of finally posting on Instagram all my #thankandgrowrich selfies.

So for those who are wondering, the old superposition of me being a luddite is now being uncollapsed and replaced with a Instagram savvy photographer named Persephone.

Thanks you guys. I’ll try to check in while I’m away. But in the meantime, play around with a new fun superposition in your beautiful, amazing 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 just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed

Gratitude is my bullet-proof vest

“I wake up curious and every day I’m surprised by something. I try to recognize that surprise every day and say, “That’s a new gift that I got today that I didn’t even know about yesterday.”—Michael J. Fox 66def852a7e6954c1a78c056375b684b

I was thrilled to learn that Mike Birbiglia keeps a gratitude journal. The comedian whose recent film, “Don’t Think Twice” is getting Oscar buzz says noticing simple things, like watching his baby daughter sleep, keeps the crazy silverback gorilla in his head quiet. It allows him to stay sane.

Gratitude is like windex in the movie,  “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”—an all-purpose cure-all.

Recently, I’ve been using gratitude to rewrite stories that no longer serve me. Rather than get bogged down in what the silverback gorilla tells me, I reframe my story by using gratitude.

For example, I am so grateful that I am a sleeping superstar. I might use this affirmation if I’m plagued with insomnia. Rather than moan about the fact I can’t sleep and worry about all those “bad things” that supposedly happen when you don’t get adequate Z’s, I plant a seed of gratitude. For what’s to come. For what’s possible.

Because remember, whatever is happening now is only one superimposition in the quantum field. We can collapse that wave with our attention, turn it into a festering problem or we can remember there are a gazillion other possibilities. Possibilities that we can call in with seeds of gratitude.

We don’t ignore problems (I prefer to call them incidences with mistaken identities). We just know they’re one story out of an infinite number of stories.

Here’s a cool one that recently popped in my inbox:

“So my friends and I planned this trip to Washington DC to visit the White House and the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Sept. We planned it in July and were just counting down the days. Well in early September we got an email saying that our White House Tour was denied! Then literally 5 minutes later another email saying since so many people were coming to the museum they were going to have to give out timed passes to enter the museum. So between the 4 of us we figured we’ll get online and call and get the passes. Well that didn’t happen and we struck out!!!

““We didn’t want to cancel the trip because we were excited to see DC and no to mention the President and former President and Oprah and everyone was going to be there for the dedication ceremony and we wanted to be a part of history so we continued on. I just knew somehow I had to see the museum while I was there. We had one day Saturday to get in!

“After the ceremony the museum opened, we asked 100’s of people if they had any extra tickets but we were still unsuccessful! We decided to go back to the hotel room and regroup and plan our way to sneak in (seriously).

“At the same time, I just continued to be grateful for going to DC and attending the ceremony. Never once did I throw a pity party for not getting “timed passes” because I just knew FP wouldn’t let me down!!!

“We get back to the room to find a Facebook message from a person with extra tickets. And to top it off she had exactly 4 tickets because her friends canceled. Can you believe it!!?? Exactly the number we needed!!! There were more than 300,000 people trying to see the inside of that museum that day. And we got in! We were a part of history all because I knew the Universe (aka FP) wouldn’t let me down on this one.

“BTW if you are ever in DC definitely put it on your to do list. It is the most spectacular museum I have ever been to!!! It is absolutely breathtaking!!! It’s 7 stories starting from slavery to Obama being President! After reading your books and seeing my ancestors in this museum I know that my ancestors did not have time to throw pity parties or feel sad they simply believed in love (and saw love in others) and that things would change… and they did!! Had they not been grateful for what they did have they would not have been given more.”

Thank you so much, Chastity!!

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 just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless