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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

Iran, writing a TV series and walking around the world with a teddy bear: the perks of being a writer

“The only book that will change your life is the one you write yourself.”–A quote from my new book (it debuts later this year) 

On my list of top three things I love about being a writer is that I get emails from readers. These joyful notes that show up unexpectedly in my inbox come from all over the world, constantly piquing my curiosity with, “How in the heck did that nanny from Iceland find my breathing book?”

I have dozens of Facebook friends from Iran. Not that I can read what they post—it’s in Persian. But I was finally able to ascertain that these friend requests are the result of somebody pirating the English version of my book, Jumpstart your Metabolism, and translating it into Farsi. Not exactly legal, but certainly a giant compliment.

I became close friends with a wonderful woman who lives on a tree farm in California, even writing a TV pilot with her and sharing a trip to Mexico. We had a blast and completely defied the old school conditioning that you should “never trust a stranger.” Now, it seems impossible that Heather and I haven’t known each other forever.

Another favorite request came from a reader in New Jersey. One of my books had an experiment that involved carrying around giant stuffed animals. It proves just how friendly and funny people are, a discovery I made after bringing back a monstrous moose from a travel-writing gig in Montana. This reader offered to walk to my house all the way from New Jersey (I live in Kansas) with a four-foot teddy bear. With that guy, I didn’t book a trip to Mexico.

I’m home for just a quick stop so I’ll end with this butterfly story that recently popped into my inbox.

“There I was driving down the highway, listening to your audiobook both there and back, from the long trek visiting my majestic Arabian horse, Trucco, at my horse trainer’s place.

“I remember thinking, “ Yeah, and I want to do the one with the yellow butterfly. I have to look at that experiment and use the yellow butterfly as the object to bring into my reality.” And I let those “intending to do” thoughts go.

“Sometime later, after listening, not sure exactly when; I do recall it was during silence while driving and your audio was no longer on. I was still traveling perhaps about 55 mph or so, absorbed in my head, focused on the road ahead and nuthin much. There it came, a cloud of yellow butterflies fluttering magically from the left of the drivers side windshield, right in front of my eyes, barely inches from the glass, announcing their presence.

“The group continued towards the passengers side of the windshield, still all part of one expedition, flying in glorious synchronicity, commanding my attention as the procession rose up and over my car, disappearing as mysteriously into the wind as they had appeared, as I gaped in awe and repeated in wonderment, “ Wow, it’s the yellow butterflies, the butterflies… Oh, Wow, butterflies ”… and I was so amazed I got busy counting. I think there were about 30 or so, laughing out loud.

“Thank you for your teachings and learnings. Thank you for the opportunity to tell this story. The manifestations are coming fast and strong. I am on a creation roll now…”

Oh, and what the heck..here’s another story:

The other day, at my Spiritual Entrepreneurs group, a photographer, who I’ll call Sherry because that is not her name, told us that last week she was bemoaning the fact that she didn’t have a clear bead on what she wanted. “I know setting an intention works,” she said, “But I don’t really know what I want. I just want people to knock on my door and bring money.”

Not four hours after making that statement, “Sherry” was sitting on her couch when the doorbell rings. It was a friend, who she hadn’t seen in a couple weeks. She was evidently on her way to an appointment.

“I don’t have time to chat,” the friend said. “But here’s the money for those pictures. Enjoy.”

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Confessions of a bleeding heart liberal

“Shall we let the election be the big bang of our national universe, the time we let our differences send us flying apart? Shall we let terror simplify the world to good and evil? Or shall we lean toward one another, recognize our need, and cherish all magnetic nudges toward inclusion?”—Kim Stafford we-are-all-one

I cheered for Meryl’s speech last night. I was deeply disappointed in the recent election. But I’m also a Course in Miracles student and know my job is to forgive, to recognize oneness with everyone and to see the possibility of the now. This now. This moment.

Byron Katie calls it ‘first generation’ truth. Seeing something as it is without filters, without all the baggage we lay on top of it.

It’s hard for us to look at anyone or anything without seeing our personal interpretation. But as the Course reminds us “perception is learned, selective, unstable and inaccurate.”

Robbin, from my possibility posse, told a wonderful story that speaks to this truth.

She and her daughter were on the turnpike and noticed a bumper sticker on a big truck ahead of them. You’ve seen the bumper stickers with mom, dad, the two kids and the pet, right? Well, this bumper sticker said, “Meet my family” and portrayed a series of guns, from pistol on up to gigantic artillery cannons. Robbin and Kitty looked at each other, rolled their eyes and, like I would have done, made a judgment.

Robbin pulled up to the toll booth behind the truck, reached for her wallet to pay her fare. But the tool booth operator stopped her. “Put your money away. The truck in front of you paid your toll.”

So today I ask each of us to look at our perceptions and judgments and, as Kim Stafford urges, “lean toward one another, recognize our need, and cherish all magnetic nudges toward inclusion?”

I love you all with every ounce of my beating liberal heart.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Get your boom box on the right frequency and call in miracles

“The universe that constantly spins out new galaxies wants to shine through you, to speak through you, to expand through you.”—A tweet I tweeted out this morning

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Elizabeth Gilbert tells a funny story in her book, Big Magic. She was working as a cook on a ranch in Wyoming. She was drinking beer one night with a cowboy named, Hank, who told her about the instructional tape he had just bought to learn how to imitate an elk’s mating call.

I spent an autumn near Rocky Mountain National Park one year, and I can attest that Gilbert’s description of a bull elk calling for a mate is extremely accurate—an eardrum-shredding Styrofoam-against-Styrofoam screech.

So while we women are listening to tapes with yoga mudras, these Wyoming hunters are mastering their ability to imitate rutting elks.

Gilbert, who thought this was the funniest thing she’d ever heard, eventually convinced Hank to go get his Larry D. Jones mating call tape. And possibly because of the beer, they hatched the crazy scheme of taking the boom box out into the woods. Giddy and laughing and, as she says, not in tune with nature in the least, they stumbled through the woods with the artificial bull elk’s mating call twanging at full blast.

Suddenly, there’s a crashing of branches and a 700-pound bull elk exploding towards them. He snorted and pawed as he prepared for war against this rival bull elk. Luckily, Hank had the good sense to throw the boom box as far away as possible.

I tell you this story, partly because I think it’s hilarious, but mostly because it reminds me that if I can get my boom box on the right frequency, the universe is going to show up, snorting and pawing and ready to move in my life. It’s out there. It’s ready to go. It’s digging up the earth with its paws. I just need to get on the frequency that calls it in.

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

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Walk a mile in the moccasins of wonder and awe

“You’re here to localize a cosmic celebration.”—Michael Beckwith chalk-cute-drawing-happy-sunshine-walking-on-sunshine-40585

You’ve probably heard the proverb, “Do not judge a man until you walk two moons (or a mile) in their moccasins.”

So today, I’d like to give you a little taste of what it’s like to walk in the moccasins of the Field of Potentiality–or the universe, God, Cosmo Kramer, take your pick of descriptions.

Here’s a small sample of what the F.P. gets on a daily basis:

You: “I really want to travel.”

F.P.: “Great! I’d love to set that up for you, but it would be helpful to know where you want to go?”

You: “Ummm, well, maybe Paris. Or wait. No, I really want to go to the Caribbean. Except, no, I always wanted to learn to tango in Buenos Aires. But wait, can I really afford it?”

These are the kind of messages the F.P. gets all day, every day.

On one hand, we want a new car, but on the other, won’t that mean higher payments? We hope for a positive outcome, but isn’t optimism a bunch of baloney? We want to be committed to so-and-so, but what if she leaves?

Every thought, feeling and vibration influences the F.P. And the ONLY reason we don’t turn water into wine and heal illness with one touch is because our thoughts are scattered all over the place. Instead of being one, constant, well-aimed tuning fork, our thoughts are like a junior high band of trumpet players.

The force is literally bouncing off walls. Got this way. No, wait: go that way. It’s knocking around like a lightning bug in a Mason jar. This amazing all-powerful force that works with the certainty of mathematics is is being dissipated because we have no clear bead on what we really want.

It’s not that the F.P. isn’t handing over your intentions. It’s just that you’re confusing it by intending way too many, completely opposite things.

So give the F.P. a break. And remember, that you can just as easily choose to view every day as a magnificent spiritual adventure, knowing you are loved deeply. You can walk every day on sunshine.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

The most dangerous 4-letter word in the English language

“Once you get your thinking clean, you can move mountains.”—Steve Jobs

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We were talking about New Year’s resolutions in one of my power posses last week. It reminded me of this blog post I wrote several years ago.

Today, I’d like to address the most dangerous four-letter word in the English language. This word that I’ve specifically banned from my vocabulary is especially damning when combined with something you’re trying to do: lose weight, attract money, get a hot date.

The word is “hard,” as in “It’s hard to……”

You know you’ve said it:

“It’s hard to change old habits.”
“It’s hard to find a better job.”
“It’s hard to empty my mind when meditating.”

Because our beliefs are so powerful, literally sculpting our lives on a
moment-by-moment basis, to believe (and especially to say out loud) that anything is difficult is extremely counterproductive.

Still, even those of us who know about (and happily use) the power of our thoughts sometimes speak that ugly word.

I prefer the words “smooth” and “easy” and repeat those beautiful sentiments as often as I can.

I affirm that whatever I want to accomplish is smooth and easy. In fact, the less I do, the better things turn out. The more I hand over to the universe (the field of potentiality that is SO much smarter than me), the better my life becomes.

Because I occasionally still see limitations, still believe the headlines, still believe in old school conditioning, I’m much better off affirming smooth and easy and turning things over to the big guy.

A friend of mine, by simply changing her phraseology, has lost 18 pounds in the last month. She hasn’t changed her diet or started a new exercise program. She simply started believing that losing weight is easy, a piece of cake.

What diet program (or New Year’s resolution) could be more simple or doable than that?

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Happy Dancing, all around

“Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion.”
― Leo Buscaglia health-benefits-of-clapping-ths

My friend Joyce recently reminded me of a story Leo Buscaglia used to tell about a Sunday school class who was putting on a big performance for their parents. Everyone was given a part.

The youngest girl, who couldn’t yet read or memorize lines, came to Buscaglia in tears: “But what do I get to do?”

“Your job,” he told her, “is perhaps the most important of all. Your job is to clap.”

And that’s what I feel is my job—to clap for all of us who are finally figuring out that there’s a loving force that wants to guide and bless us.

Here are a couple stories for which I’m clapping:

1. Songwriter Neil Gama wrote to me back in September. He said chapter 2 of my book, Thank & Grow Rich, gave him a high-five for a song he wrote called “Blind Vision.” I wrote back and thanked him for the kudos.

Last week, I got another email from Neil. Turns out, the song, that he demo-ed with Berklee College of Music’s Andrea Stolpe, just won the 2016 U.K. Songwriting Contest in the adult contemporary category. The YouTube link is below.

Congratulations, Neil!

2. Here’s a story from Johanna in Finland:

“I started Experiment #2 (from E-Cubed): The red pill corollary yesterday. I was wondering what is the actual meaning of “a belly laugh.” (It’s one of the signs I encourage people to look for).

“Well, I thought I might find out during the next days. Then this morning I went to work to teach a group of kids who are 6 years old. The boys came to show me their bellies and at first I was a bit puzzled. Then I realized they had smiley faces painted on their bellies! They told me that they had painted those smileys with lipstick for yesterday’s Christmas party.

“And they, as well as their parents, had laughed so much during their elf dance. They had had huge elf-hats on and only the painted smiley face on their bellies were showing while they danced. We also laughed with the kids when they told me this! So, I found out the meaning of belly laugh and also a new quite literal definition.”

3. And this one, judging by the spelling, comes from the UK, or maybe Australia.

“I just had to write to tell you I loved the E-squared book and I am now on Ecubed! I had a life changing experience while on experiment 4.

“What you focus on expands.”
“I will draw this item into my life.”

“So I chose a yellow rain coat. It was sort of random but I really love the colour yellow and I need a new coat.

“That day while dropping my kids off at school, a dog in a yellow doggy rain coat walked past me.  I thought it was weird because the dog was in a coat, until I said it out loud to my husband, “Oh funny look at that dog in the … hmm.. the yellow rain coat.”

“Next a parent walked past in a yellow rain coat.

“That evening I made a point to go to my favorite sports store and try on a yellow rain coat.

“I found the exact one I imagined!!!! In the change room, I stared at how gorgeous I looked in it for quite awhile (probably awkwardly too long) and then I sighed, and realised I had zero dollars (I’m currently unemployed and we are a family of 4 trying to survive, the chances of me getting extra money was next to impossible, plus everyone else needed food and clothes and fun)

“I made a conscious choice to change my attitude (thanks to your incredible book) and work on my experiment from E-squared.

“I put the $100 rain coat on hold at the store with the knowing that by my deadline the field of potentiality would provide the means to follow through with my intention.

“I had school (I’m studying to be a yoga teacher) all weekend. There was only a deep satisfied sense in my spirit that was so excited I found my yellow coat. I couldn’t wait to wear it Monday, and I kept having a vision of laying on my bed so, so happy I had my coat!!!

“Sunday night I asked my daughter to go check the mail (super random, the kids needed fresh air and I don’t know why I threw her the keys and told her to go check).

“She came in, there was a card from a relative (totally the LAST relative that would do this) with a cheque for $500.

“I went to the store. I bought my coat.”

Thanks everybody for sharing your stories. I clap, I dance and I celebrate that today is Winter Solstice, meaning the light is beginning to grow.

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.

Magic is afoot…in Egypt, in Bhutan and anywhere you happen to be right now

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”– Aldous Huxley

fullsizerender-2Joyous Friday, my friends. I’m back from two amazing weeks in Egypt. If we’re friends on Facebook, you may have seen some of the pictures.

I’ve been mulling over the millions of things I could share. I could recount my adventures, particularly my spiritual insights which tend to slap you in the face when you’re traveling in an ancient, mysterious place that happens to be one of the planet’s great energy vortexes.

Suffice it to say, manifestation happens really fast in Egypt. Whatever you’re thinking (both good and bad) shows up near-instantly.

Here’s one small example.

I mentioned to Taz, my daughter who was traveling with me, that I’d love to get a picture of a youngster driving a donkey cart. In Siwa, a beautiful desert oasis not far from Libya, it’s quite apparent that you don’t have to be 16 to get a driver’s license.

No sooner did I mention my desire, then we were passed by not one, but literally 8 donkey carts, one after another, all being driven by adorable young kids. I noticed an enticing restaurant one morning when walking back from the coffee shop and within 20 minutes, our host Sarwat Hegazy (he has led tours in Egypt for Sylvia Browne, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and Danyon Brinkley, to name a few) took us to that exact restaurant. And, no, I hadn’t mentioned it.

Or I could tell you about all the badass belly dancers I met in Egypt, mostly Westerners who have chosen to live in this magical country and create remarkable things. Over the next few months, I’ll be writing lots of travel stories about the people I met, the places I visited. Maybe I’ll even share a few on the blog.

But for now, I’d love to tell you a story my other host, Jane Bolinowsky, a chamber musician and flute teacher from Australia, told me that still rocks me to my core. She was hiking in Bhutan one day, feeling a bit down. She was wondering “Why bother? What can one person really do?”

Her hiking partner had hiked ahead so she sat down, all alone, at the top of Chomolhari, a beautiful peak known as Bhutan’s mountain goddess.

Even though she didn’t really feel like it at first, she pulled her flute out of her backpack and began to play. She poured her heart, her questions into her music.

That mountain solo, performed by one solitary flutist sitting alone on a deserted ridge, set off an avalanche, a monstrous avalanche that completely changed the landscape.

So don’t despair, my friends. It may seem that we’re all alone, that there’s no way to deal with the forces that appear to be rising.

But remember….one butterfly flapping its wings is all it takes.

If you’re interested in knowing more about Jane or Sarwat, check out their website: www.egyptunveiled.com.

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.

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.
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