Human being training vs. spiritual training. Which do you choose?

“Hey, you don’t want to put that out there in the universe.”—Phoebe Buffay

Happy to be back from Africa and just want to mention a couple things.

1. If you got weird Facebook messages from me, it’s because someone evidently hacked into my Facebook account. I’ve heard impersonation is the highest form of flattery, but this particular impersonator was doing stuff I’d never do—sending IM’s (well I suppose I might someday do that) and trying to con money or something from my FB friends. I’m not sure if this Pam #2 is still out there, but just know that I won’t be IMing anyone or sending messages for some time—at least until this gets cleared up.

2. Because I had little access to computer much of the time (at certain points, I even had no access to electricity or bathrooms) I could have missed some emails and other stuff. If you haven’t heard back from me on some contract I was supposed to sign or bio I was supposed to send, hit me up again.

Lastly, I want to share a thought I had while in Africa.

In the U.S. and most Western countries, we get human being training from the moment we’re born. Human being training teaches us to conform, to follow certain “rules” and “ideas,” mainly revolving around how limited we are. Our well-meaning parents (and I admit, I also indoctrinated my daughter in this way) teach us manners, send us to school, encourage us to learn how to “make a living.”

There’s little or no training on our spiritual selves. Luckily, this bigger part of us is so vast and so all-encompassing that it continually seeps out into the humanness we’ve all mastered.

In many tribes in Africa, particularly those that haven’t yet succumbed to the Western, Capitalist system, the spiritual side is given center stage. One tribe I heard about has an important ritual that starts when a baby is still in the womb.

At seven months, the tribes people ask the about-to-be-born baby what his or her purpose and intention is for this human lifetime. Unlike our Western insistence that we all conform to the same cookie cutter lifestyle (school, work, putting our noses to the grindstones), this tribe wants to know and support each individual’s higher spiritual purpose.

Imagine how different our lives would be if each of us had been asked about our unique gifts and life purposes before we learned to conform.

That’s it for today, folks. I’ll be back on the blog from time to time over the next couple months. I’m hot on the pursuit of finalizing E-Cubed so most of my attention is on delivering a sequel to E-Squared that is going to knock your socks off…or at least some of that old conditioning that no longer serves us.

Thanks for being a part of this revolution in thought.

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

17 Responses

  1. I love this. I too programmed my only daughter and I am so horrified I was not “open” to a dose of spirituality, good clean food, be happy no matter what. Live in the moment, seize the day! I am trying now to deprogram her beautiful mind, admitting all of my closed mindedness and raising her on pop tarts. Thank you for not making me feel like I am on an island alone.

  2. Dear Pam,
    I have been writing a book for the past 6 years and am in the editing process without an editor:)I am at a standstill and very unexperience in the process of sharing my book with the world. A couple weeks ago I came across your book and was drawn
    because of the title. I so celebrated your book because of its content and also it was a version of my book through another heart. Anyway I will love a mentor to my endeavors
    Of Destiny of getting my heart out there.

  3. I think there’s room to hold both “opposing” notions in one’s head at the same time. Frankly, I learned an awful lot of good stuff in school, like the ability to read this post and compose a reasoned reply. I also think a solid set of manners is a good thing. I’m reminded of this whenever I eat dinner with someone who chews with their mouth open.
    In the end, it’s all about context and perspective. Spirituality provides wonderful context for otherwise meaningless social structures… And spirituality without social structure can make people really hard to live with. Since we’re essentially all in this together, I wouldn’t trash the social structure just yet.

    1. Hi Tracy,

      You are so right! Both our “human” selves and our spiritual selves deserve air-time. Our spiritual selves, however, are so much more expansive and it seems the time and attention we devote to “human being training” outweighs the spiritual training which, I believe, is where the real juice lies.

      Thanks for pointing out the paradox.

  4. Seems to me that human being training and spiritual training are inextricably linked. Teaching a child manners is showing them how to honor others, and that, I believe, is a kind of spirituality, as long as you don’t break the child’s soul with an overwhelming “Litany of Don’ts.”

  5. Yeah, Pam, I hear you on the training stuff.

    Humans are belief-building organisms. Our beliefs are the source of the coherence we create with the quantum field, after all.

    Most adults live as if their beliefs are set in stone and unalterable. That’s a big reason why those of us who go through tragedy and/or get our world rocked to its foundation are blessed beyond measure. Because an opening was created for new ideas and new beliefs.

    How cool is it that one of my adult beliefs-of-choice is that I don’t have to label anything “good” or “bad” (because I lack the meta-perspective to do so accurately). And, thus, I do not handcuff the universe nor paint it into a corner.

    The universe, or the quantum field, is left free to do what it does best: connect the dots for me in, often, wild and amazing (and almost always fantastically fun) ways.

    Thanks for checking in; welcome back. I hope you continue to post while you write, if only to give “trial runs” to your new ideas. We’ll give you good feedback.

  6. The information in your book E Square is not new to me, but the way you deliver it is very motivating to me…. Thank you so much !!! One question, is the translation into Spanish in the works

  7. I loved your book, E Squared, but because you are so definitive there seems to be no room for or help for those of us who don’t succeed with the experiments. A little critique for those who haven’t achieved good results would be nice. And please don’t tell me it’s because I’m not focused or because my energy is blocked. I’m meditating for focus. I’m tapping for blocked energy. Any other wise suggestions? I do believe. I’ve been an Edgar Cayce fan for decades. What one can conceive and believe in one can achieve—form follows thought. Thank you.

    1. Here’s my best advice:

      Google my name and Let the Universe do the Heavy Lifting.

      I’d include the link, but I just got this new computer and haven’t yet figure out how to copy and paste.

  8. I’m sure your impersonator fully intends to turn over all monies collected in your name to YOU, in order to keep you in Spam Lite and saltines as you complete E-cubed… 🙂

  9. I can’t wait for the sequel to E2. Your delivery of this knowledge is amazing. Just ask my bean sprouts. The ones on the right had height envy!!

  10. Your site came to my attention at exactly the right time. I really agree about the importance of finding purpose in our lives, and it truly would be wonderful if we got that education from the womb. The evolution it would bring leaves me awestruck. Just wanted to say thanks for all your work!

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