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Why I’m the luckiest person on the planet, Part 4

“Happiness is the center and success revolves around it.”—Shawn Achor

As anyone who follows this blog knows, I have a pretty sweet gig as a travel writer. I get paid to jet off to really cool places, to do things I’d probably never get to do on my own.

Last week, I was in Istanbul and the Black Sea region of Turkey. Although I’ll be writing travel articles about my experiences (visiting ancient archaeological sites, tea plantations and remote mountain villages and staying in the same sultan’s palace turned hotel where Madonna and her 25-year-old boy toy stayed during her infamous, flash-the-crowd Istanbul concert), I also experienced a number of metaphysical truths on this fabulous adventure.

First, was my intention to visit Turkey. As you can imagine, I have lots of destinations on my bucket list. Recently, Turkey moved into the top 5. I didn’t obsess about it, just “set it and forget it.” During Ramadan, I was invited to break fast with two Turkish families who live in my hometown. Hmm, I thought. That could be the indication I was getting close like the birds that show up when you’re nearing your destination after a long ocean cruise.

Sure enough, in July, the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism invited me to visit their fabulous country. Thank you, FP!

The next metaphysical truth was “Fear is but an illusion.” On Friday, two days before I was scheduled to leave, the State Department issued a travel warning. I pay no attention to such things, but several friends emailed me the alert. “Danger, danger, Will Robinson!!”

But I focused instead on this lesson from the Course in Miracles, “I am in danger nowhere in the world.” And while one of the journalists did back out, I will be forever grateful that I chose to claim safety and ease wherever I go.

The last metaphysical truth that was on display throughout the country of Turkey is “To give and receive are one in Truth.” Turkish families everywhere we went invited us into their homes, fed us the most stupendous meals (Turkish cuisine is beyond spectacular) and honored us as treasured guests. I have never felt more loved, more secure or more sure that people everywhere are infinitely beautiful, kind and filled with love. There is no better way to learn about abundance than to give it away.

Stay tuned for upcoming travel articles about my most excellent Turkish adventure and never forget that “It’s a wonderful world.”

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

11 Responses

  1. Dear Pam,

    I LOVE seeing your posts in my inbox! Your writing is short sweet and to the point, it is a grab and go. I read it and reread it throughout my day. I save the best ones or even better I print them and put the quotes on my intention board.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!



    Sarah Prescott


  2. Pam I just finished your book E-Squared and love it!!! I have gotten a second copy to give to a friend. So fun and easy to understand for anyone. I had so much fun with the experiments. Today’s article was right on target for me as well. I was just working with my Tapping Practioner and she was explaining to me “the indication I was getting close like the birds that show up when you’re nearing your destination after a long ocean cruise.” synchronicity baby! Love the Universe and all it’s help! With your book and Abracadabra Principle I manifested date with a handsome man, and then confirmation about my desires, can’t wait to see what else manifests!

  3. Amen! I too have traveled in Turkey on a motorcycle and I found it to be the most wonderful experience, every time we stopped at the traffic lights people would roll down their windows and chat up a storm. We felt same and secure this was in 2010! In fact after traveling the world we decided that the only way to be is with a smile on your face and love in your hearts and that way good times are ahead! I have tried to purchase your E-Squared but havnt been able to yet?? where the best place to find it? I heard Hay House talking about it a few weeks back, its gonna be big.x

  4. Grateful for another post demonstrating the use of positive thinking and trusting in the FB. Thank you.

  5. Dig the “fear is an illusion” bit, have ended up by chance travelling into several cities just after major unsettling events where travel warnings were issued, but focusing in on my own belief that I am safe wherever I am. Love the “set it and forget it” – lately I’ve been setting it and obsessing it (LOL) – a timely reminder. Thanks Pam! Bernadette 🙂

  6. L.A. singin’ that song is one of my wife’s favorites.

    But I also wanted to comment on the display you saw throughout Turkey: “To Give and Receive Are One in Truth.”

    A Course in Miracles also says that. In fact, “giving IS receiving.” And “IS” is all caps for emphasis in the original manuscript.

    Anyway, I was pondering that, and it occurs to me that “giving” isn’t just limited to “things” – but also our THOUGHTS about: other people; the world; events; situations; the food we eat, and even our own bodies.

    We give then receive, reflected-back, what we’ve given.

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