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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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We’re all in this together

“It is all about love and how we all are connected.”— Mark Wahlberg

Ellen Pompeo (you probably know here as Meredith Grey) just became the highest-paid actress on a television drama. As of her recent contract, she walks away with $575,000 for every episode. Not bad for a kid from a blue-collar Boston suburb whose mom died of an overdose when she was just 5.

So what does this have to do with Lesson 18 of A Course in Miracles.
I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Pompeo said she became empowered through watching Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, become comfortable with her power. As Shonda shook off the shackles of the old paradigm (of not being worthy, of not being paid as well as her male counterparts), Ellen was able to do it, too.

And that’s just the beginning of not being alone in experiencing the effects of our perceptions.

In fact, the majority of our interactions with others occur in the nonphysical realm. All those thoughts you think you’re privately keeping to yourself? They’re not really private. You might as well be bellowing them over an intercom. Subtly, everyone is getting the message anyway.

Whether aware of it or not, you are connected to this giant data base of energy and are constantly exchanging energy, not only with those in your inner circle, but with every other being on the planet.

In E-Squared, I called it the 101 Dalmatians Principle.

The cool thing about being connected to everything and everyone in the universe is that you can use it to brighten the world. When you generate uplifting thoughts about someone, it contributes favorably to his or her energy. Conversely, when you judge others, even if you keep it to yourself, you affect their energy and weigh down the quality of your interactions.

You can literally uplift your world by lasering love, blessings, peace, and other high-frequency emotions to the people in your life. Our differences, as huge as we make them out to be, are superficial and meaningless. And it’s time we let them go.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Every day should be devoted to miracles

“You’re here and you’re breathing and you get to take part in the ongoing creation of the world.”—Rob Bell
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My self-created job title is fielder of miracles. Although I don’t have a catcher’s mitt, I do have a very capable in-box that works even better. Ever since writing E-Squared, people have been lobbing really cool miracles stories my way….

…proving Lesson 17:

I see no neutral things.

This lesson delves further into a spiritual law that’s as reliable as gravity. You magnetize into your life whatever those non-neutral thoughts focus upon.

As it says right up front, this lesson is another step in identifying cause and effect as it operates in the world. And with that, I’ll put you in the capable hands of my inbox:

Message #1: Dear Pam: I wrote last fall to tell you about a mind-blowing experience I had from my first experience with one of the exercises in “E-Squared.” Since then, as I have continued to explore your ideas and delved in to “E-Cubed,” my life has become ever more joyful and rich. One of my greatest realizations from your writings is that I don’t need things to be a certain way in order to be happy. I now read a chapter daily and keep a gratitude journal, as well as continue to try out different exercises here and there. It’s been wonderful. THANK YOU!

I had a similar life change when I read “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay back in the 1980s. You are like the new Louise to me – which obviously is one of the greatest compliments that could be paid.

The latest “reward” from having taken your writings to heart – I teach art at the college level, and when I moved during the fall 2016 semester, I left the university I had been teaching at for the previous 14 years. Throughout 2017 I tried and tried to find a similar position in my area, but was told over and over by sympathetic department chairs that they had no openings, that their enrollment was down, and that there were other adjuncts with more seniority than me. I almost lost heart, but when I started reading your books in fall 2017, I kept in mind that the universe has abundant offerings and timing, and I kept doing energy exercises and writing in my gratitude journal (and playing “Happy” by Pharrell Williams every day). On January 1, I received 2 job offers!

Message #2: Pam. I’ve had your E squared book on my shelf for a while but recently saw your Thank & Grow Rich book on audible. I recently quit working as a radio presenter & am now a freelance voiceover artist. It’s fun but scary & my boyfriend & I decided, now I’m not tied to a radio job, to take 6 weeks out & travel. I have been really nervous about losing my client base but also thought now or never. Then, Sod’s law, I get an awesome retainer gig voicing showbiz news videos for a big YouTube channel. I took it but worried they would ditch me when they heard I was taking 6 weeks out.

After listening Thank & Grow Rich like 3/4 times, I started reading E squared. I did experiment 1 at the weekend which gave the universe til 728pm Monday night to give me a blessing. Today I got a call for the guys at this YouTube channel saying they have a lot of other projects on right now & would I mind waiting until mid March to start up again (I leave the UK next Sunday until mid March!) & on top of that, would I like some on camera work too when it starts up again, & they’d like to pay me to do their social media. I thought “is this my gift?” but wasn’t convinced. Then I saw my Physio for an ongoing back issue this afternoon. He asked how my freelancing was going. I told him about the gig & he said he wasn’t one for believing in miracles or the universe but that that was definitely fate. I just wanted to let you know.

It felt kind of spooky too that I’d picked up your E squared book at an airport a few years ago but never read it. Then noticed it on the shelf as I was telling my boyfriend about you and your other books. I didn’t realise I owned another book by you.

Thanks so much for your wonderful books & entertaining writing.

And thank you, friends, for helping me rewrite the story of the world.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Like a room without a roof

“My whole life has been an effort to find freedom—freedom from myself, freedom from my own fears.”—Helen Mirren

As a journalist, I was taught that the lede (the opening paragraph) of any story is my big chance to catch a reader’s attention. Tell them who, what, where, when and how—right up front.

Course in Miracles doesn’t do that. It tills the soil, prepares us slowly for the insanely radical notion that we’re not so much “observing reality” as we are creating it.

A few people have commented on the difficulty of previous lessons. A theme of sorts has emerged—How in the heck can I possibly believe my thoughts are meaningless?

So I’ll try to explain:

Any thought that falls into one of the following categories is basically meaningless:

Life is hard.
I’m separate and all alone.
I’m limited.
There’s not enough to go around.
I have to struggle.
I’m not worthy.

Every thought that falls into one of these categories is meaningless . It’s simply NOT TRUE. It only appears that way because we secretly (or not so secretly) put our attention there.

The first few lessons of the Course serve as a giant eraser to gently remove those meaningless thoughts. Then, there’s space to focus on all the things that actually ARE true.

Things like ease and grace, being connected to everything, experiencing great abundance, seeing that who I am is love, recognizing that my role here on Planet Earth is to be a big giant light to illuminate the dark places.

Lesson 16 (I have no neutral thoughts) is meant to dispel the belief that your thoughts have no effect. It goes so far as to say that there is NO EXCEPTION to this fact. And furthermore, every thought either furthers the illusion (the meaningless) or it furthers your role as creative light bulb.

I can’t stress enough how exciting this lesson is. We, my friends, no longer have to cope with what we observe out there. We don’t have to face reality. We get to create reality.

And with that, I’m signing off with one of my all-time favorite songs.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious

Marching toward the land of freedom

“Let us hope that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. ”—Martin Luther King Jr.
In America today, we pause to celebrate one of my top heroes. Sorry Wonder Woman, you’re on the list, but Martin Luther King Jr., who has such a remarkable way with words, snags top billing in my writerly heart.

Everyone knows about his “I have a dream” speech. I’m betting your community has organized an event today where somebody’s going to read it. But this great man gave something like 450 speeches per year and wrote five books. Having a dream is only the beginning.

One of his key beliefs was spiritual purification. You can’t go out stirring up change until you’re clear inside, until you’re speaking Truth as the universe sees it. This is where A Course in Miracles comes in.

Lesson 15 says My thoughts are images that I have made.

It’s pretty hard to believe that what we’re seeing out there is the product of our thinking. Good news is you don’t have to buy it as this point. You just have to do the simple lessons. And to trust that in some not too distant tomorrow, as we surrender more and more of the past (all the stuff we so stubbornly believe is damned well true) our thoughts will begin to create a new dream.

Because as Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently professes:

** Love transforms enemies into friends.

** Trust triumphs over hatred and fear.

** Spiritual upliftment is a better expenditure than defense.

** A person-oriented society out trumps a thing-oriented society

Let’s honor my man today who once said, “we are in dire need of creative extremists.”

Here’s to his dream of a beloved community.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Make it fun. Make it yours

“I always wanted to be part of a small revolution.”—Quote from The Post
A Course in Miracles is like anything. You make it into whatever you want it to be. My guiding philosophy is that unless something is fun, it’s not sustainable.

So you can be bothered by the language. In lesson 14, for example, (God did not create a meaningless world), we delve into that controversial G-word.

Or you can make it fun. You can appreciate it for the rebellious and revolutionary program that it is. You can notice the part about ditching your own personal house of horrors, the line about moving towards perfect peace.

Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappo’s, is the poster boy for making perceived un-fun things fun. In fact, he walked away from the first company he built (he was 27 and it was worth $265 million) because it just wasn’t making him happy.

Zappo’s (which does make him happy) is built on weirdness, creativity, being adventurous and doing whatever it takes to give love. In corporate speak, love=customer service, but, take it from me, it’s love, pure and simple.

Like the Course, Tony eschews perfection (“jump in fast, make mistakes, it’s all okay”) and old paradigms. On a dare, he named his venture capital firm Venture Frogs (who does that?) and every day, he does something outside the business norm–like dye his hair red or wear a mohawk.

He lives in an Airstream, spends most of his non-working time outdoors (says he has the world’s largest front porch) and knows without a doubt, that if it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing.

So if a guy who doesn’t even like shoes (he says he owns three pairs) can turn a billion dollars online shoe company into a rockin’ good time (a tour of their Las Vegas headquarters is better than a self-help seminar), I’m thinking we can transform this wordy blue book into weird, boisterous, meaningful fun.

Who’s game?

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Paper, plastic or the teeming dazzle of life its own self

“By figuring things out, by labeling them, we restrict what we let into our awareness, we block the field of infinite potentiality that wants to come forth through us.”– From my book, E-Cubed
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A couple years ago, I was invited (for free) on a cruise to Bermuda with three sexy chefs from the Bravo show, Top Chef.

There were private cooking classes, Quick Fire challenges and meet and greets with bad boy celebrity chefs Ash Fulk, Angelo Sosa and Spike Mendelsohn.

And while this travel writing assignment certainly illustrates how amazingly awesome things started happening when I began giving up meaningless ideas, I’m telling you this story because of the cardboard cutouts. That’s me in the picture with the cardboard cutouts of the three guests of honor.

You also see cardboard cutouts at the movies—Kevin Hart and The Rock, for example, are currently at my local theater posing for their movie, Jumanji. College basketball fans often hold up cardboard cutouts or big heads, as they’re known, to distract the opposing team.

So what does that have to do with Lesson 13 from a Course in Miracles?

The purpose of the first 50 lessons is to unravel all thoughts that block our good. To help us realize that everything we see is a cardboard cutout. It’s a picture of the past frozen in time, serving as a stand-in for the real thing.

We decided long ago that life is this certain way and that’s all we can see.

Our crafty brains literally reconstruct empty shells, caricatures of the teeming life that exists in every now moment.

We look at the people in our lives and don’t really see them, not as they are now. We look around at the world we inhabit and see nothing but the cardboard cutout of our story. The invisible grace, the never-ending abundance is invisible to us.top2

I’ve seen cardboard cutouts of Angelo Sosa and I’ve seen the real thing.

Believe me, the cardboard cutouts pale in comparison.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Indescribable happiness: a lesson in focus

“Don’t put the past in the cupboard of your flesh.”—Claudia Rankine

look depperI’ve got a confession to make. I’m starting to question my commitment to these daily Course in Miracles lessons. Not my commitment to doing them myself, but my crazy idea of blogging about them every day.

Here’s why: I’m seeing the lessons through your eyes. And I’m thinking yuck, who wants to talk about being upset and meaningless worlds. To read lesson 12 (see I can’t even write it), click here.

Luckily, this lesson also offers a side note in focus, as in “we get what we focus upon.”

Later in the lesson, I’m guaranteed that once I give up my meaningless thoughts and ideas, I’ll find a much more pleasing reality. It says that once my thoughts and assumptions are erased, I’ll find indescribable happiness.

So today, I’m going to tell a story about erasing meaningless thoughts and assumptions.

Anand Giridharadas is a young Indian-American journalist. His book, True American, won all sorts of Best Book of the Year awards. It’s about a Texas vigilante who walked into a Dallas mini-mart ten days after 9/11 and shot Raisuddin Bhuiyan, an enterprising Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh.

Bhuiyan survives, ends up getting to know his swatstika-tattooed perpetrator, befriends his daughter, even tries to free him from death row. Let’s just say the book is incredibly inspiring and shows that beneath the labels (our meaningless thoughts) is a much deeper story.

But my story today is about Giridharadas himself. He’s 30-something, politically liberal, very PC. The other day a middle-aged white guy came to install a stove in his Brooklyn apartment.

The white guy asks, “So……Where are you from?”

That all-too-familiar question usually raises red flags. “Here we go again. Another redneck racist making assumptions about my brown skin.”

But he chose to give up that meaningless thought.

Rather than deliver his stock, wiseass, cut-him-off answer (Cleveland, because well, he was born and raised by Indian immigrants in Cleveland), he decided to engage, to give him the answer he knew he wanted. “I was born in Cleveland, but my family comes from India.”

The stove repairman smiled and said, “That’s what I thought. My brother married a woman from India. She has become the light in our family. We were a pretty dysfunctional family and then she turned everything around.”

So, yes, it’s easy to assume we know the way people are, the way this day is going to go, the truth about the way the world works, but once we give up our meaningless thoughts, a beautiful new indescribable happiness is free to come streaming in.

Have the best weekend of your life, my forever friends!

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Every moment is mine to create

“Just remember life is all an illusion…..it’s your creation and you can dismantle it and re-create at will.” ― Nanette Mathews 11

A friend from one of my possibility posses made a very profound joke (yes, jokes are often profound) the other day.

She said, “I have three daughters. Each one of them has a different mother and none of them are me.”

Each of her daughters sees her through their own eyes. Like all of us, they see what they’ve decided is true.

All the people in our lives, all the circumstances, all the “good and bad” are the outpicturing of our thoughts.

Lesson 11 in the Course sounds kinda bleak at first read: My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.

But remember, the flip side is also true. Your meaningful thoughts show you a meaningful world. This lesson begins to introduce the main thesis from my book, E-Squared. Your thoughts create your reality. Your thoughts determine the world you see.

And as you break to pieces the indoctrination and programming that currently holds you hostage, you get to see and experience a brand new world. You get to produce and direct a whole new movie.

And speaking of movies, here’s a song, I’ve adapted when I need to wash an old
thought out of my hair.

Have an epically extraordinary day, my epically extraordinary friends.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Transcending the chatty asshat in your head

“We cannot create anew with the same ole, same ole, same ole.”—Sherrie Taylor-Joneslost head

Larry King was interviewing some swami. He asked him about his mind, “How does it get so quiet in there?” The swami answered, “It IS quiet in there. That’s its natural state.”

Everything else (the incessant mental verbalizing) is just a crutch we non-Swami types use to buffer the world. The never-ending chatter narrates the world for us, slicing and dicing it to fit our personal story. Its purpose is to keep us distracted and disoriented.

Most of us are too close to the “roommate in our head” to be objective, to fully realize its overriding power over us.

As Lesson 10 of A Course in Miracles says: My thoughts do not mean anything.

After years of identifying with the thoughts in our head, it can be confrontational to hear that our “precious thoughts” mean nothing. To learn that they’re simply useless mental commotion that we devised to filter reality. It’s particularly shocking to hear our thoughts are not who we really are.

It doesn’t even matter if the thoughts are telling us nice things. Doesn’t matter if they’re spouting spiritual wisdom or telling us we should proceed immediately to our beds and pull the covers over our head. Either way, that voice is not us.

Just for kicks, stop for a second and make the voice in your head say, “John Jacob Jinkleheimer Smith.” Now, make it say it in a sultry voice.

See. It’s at your command. And it’s busy, night and day.

We mistakenly believe this ongoing sideline color commentary keeps us safe. But, as we come to learn in the Course, the non-stop vocalizing mechanism keeps us trapped. It keeps us from knowing who we really are.

So for today, take it from Larry King’s swami and start to observe the “roommate in your head.” Realize that chatty voice is not you. And know that true freedom comes the moment we decide to transcend it.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Yesterday: a tragedy and comedy all in one blog

“Keep it light, so light that the pull of old, sad stories cannot keep you from playing, dancing—cannot hold you down.” –Toni Labagh

jukeMy mind is like the jukebox in a sticky, smoke-filled bar. It has been playing the same old records for years. Yesterday it kept dropping quarters in the Country & Western slot. Maybe you’ve heard some of my favorites: Poor Me, Not Again, I Really Must Be a Loser.

What a huge relief to have the lessons from the Course reminding me that those familiar oldies are false ideas. They’re simply not true.

For years, I actually believed my thoughts. I believed that something was wrong with me, that I wasn’t doing life right.

Yesterday, a couple of the old melodies started playing in my mind. Because I know every word by heart, I started to sing along. The old verses are as familiar to me as old Supremes songs—only mine aren’t always in tune.

Before the Course, I’d have probably kept those lyrics going for days. I am so grateful that now I can watch those thoughts from a distance. I know not to take those oldies seriously, not to adopt them as my identity.

What’s even better is knowing there’s another consciousness, a jubilant, gleeful, brilliant consciousness that invites me to boogie on a much better dance floor.

Lesson 9 is: I see nothing as it is now.

As this lesson (which you can access at the link) says, I don’t have to believe I’m seeing the past, the false, the old familiar jukebox standards.

I just have to offer a tiny bit of willingness. The bigger thing will take it from there.

How easy it that?

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.