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I am light and I stand before you to love you: A hopeful story about crime

“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

What if you woke up every morning, knowing that you have everything you could ever need, knowing that your one and only assignment for the next 24 hours was to “be the light,” to spread love.

Might just change the world.

You might just be the 100th monkey.

Because we are all part of the big quantum mystery, every little act has cosmic significance.

No, we can’t do much about the big global problems. But maybe, rather than feel hopeless, we can change the particulars in our own life. We can love whatever is alive in front of us.

Here’s a true story I share in my new book.

A visitor to New York was pulled into an alley by a man holding a gun. Because she knew that, in Truth, nothing could hurt her, she reacted quite differently than the thief expected.

“Here,” she said to the young man who was holding a gun to her head. “Have my purse. You’re welcome to it. I know you think you need it. But I love you and God loves you are you are so much better than this.”

The woman who I’ll call Jean because that is not her name had long been a student of Truth. She knew she was love. She knew she was light. She knew she could never be in any real danger. And most importantly, she knew this young man was not “the enemy.” She knew a deep spiritual Truth. “Only hurt people hurt people.” She knew that if she were him, if she’d been in those circumstances, she’d be doing the exact same thing.

This is where connection is made. I’m you. You are me.

The two of them looked each other in the eye. And then he took off like a scared jackrabbit.

A few hours later, she got a call from the police department. The young man had turned himself in. He did three months in jail. As soon as he got out, he tracked her down to thank her, to tell her that her “love” that day, her complete lack of fear changed him at a deep gut level.

He has never gone back to crime.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the recently-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

23 Responses

  1. Dear Pam,
    I am going through some hard things right now, but reading your post, especially the part “I am you. You are me” deeply resonated within me. I am so very looking forward to reading you book:)
    Much love xx

  2. Wow… Thank you so much for sharing. You have just helped me understand and brought me to another big embrace of life and the universe. Thank you, thank you , thank you.


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  3. Hi Pam, what is the name of the book you are referring to? I am reading E3 and could not find this story, so I was curious if you are writing a new one. Wonderful post. 🙂

  4. Dearest Pam:
    When I see on the news, pictures about people who were condemned to death and were waiting for the electric chair, I immediately see their faces the day they were born: Innocent, inquisitive, beautiful human-beings looking forward to live, love, be loved, learn, discover, enjoy and serve.

    Samiram Khatib/Buffalo NY

  5. OMG! Thank you Pam. This is it isn’t it at the core…to heal us. Moved to tears, inspired and full of hope and faith. Blessings to you and your incredible gift you keep giving. I wish I could have tea with you. Lol.

  6. What an enlightening story, I too had a very similar incident ,with the same outcome . Thank you

    Yasemin O’Neill


  7. That was an inspiring story, and here’s another one; different – except similar, about an attempted crime that turned-out with a surprise ending.

    I remember reading this (a few decades ago) in a traditional newspaper.

    A priest in Detroit was running a soup kitchen and also took donations. After hours, he was closing-up when a man came in with a revolver and demanded the money.

    The priest fearlessly confronted the guy, so the robber decided to empty his gun at him. But it only went “click-click-click.”

    The confused assailant panicked and threw the gun at the priest, then ran out.

    When the police arrived they couldn’t figure out why the revolver had malfunctioned, so they took it down to their crime lab and fired it successfully, all six shots, into their ballistics barrel.

  8. “Only hurt people hurt people.” Really? It is well known that everybody has been hurt sometimes and not everybody becomes a criminal, and on the other way, some people with a “normal” background and biography do horrible things just out of a bad mentality (ex towords women) or because people around them have bad habits. Every therapist who examins criminals can testify this truth.
    “She knew that if she were him, if she’d been in those circumstances, she’d be doing the exact same thing”. So what is 100% responsability (the foundation of new age spiritual teaching about)? Isn’t it all about the WAY we REACT to the circumstances and not circumstances in themselves? Does she/you mean you have no free will if you are a criminal (due to the circumstances), but as a victim it is your choice the way you react? I would say any human being who has a heart would say that is the victim the one who has no choice as the way to react to terrible shocks ad traumas, for example.
    All this “spiritual” stuff isn’t but narcisistic bullshit. You are consisten only in your contradiction and narcisism.

    1. In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount He basically told us we had made some wrong decisions about ourselves – but could change our lives for the better by making right ones. Only free will would allow us to even do this.

      People’s thinking can go very wrong, but it’s probably never a singular decision to be that way so much as the result of a long line of jaundiced assessments – which may have seemed like best choices, given the apparent circumstances at the time.

      Those who think they are alone, unfairly deprived and vulnerable, in a chaotic and hostile world, usually behave in kind. They’ve lost sight of the truth about themselves and the way the universe really works. I don’t agree with them, but haven’t lived their lives.

      But truth leaves its clues everywhere and eventually even the blindest will see.

      Pam is teaching people to look for the clues.

  9. Love this! We write our own contract. I tell my daughters all the time that “we are one” and when someone gets angry at you, curses you, think outside the realm and remember YOU are the same as them. React in kindness and love. It goes along way. Not to say I always react with or in love, it is a two steps forward, three steps back argument. We have it in us to already know the truth, if we just leave EGO (edge God out) alone and remember nothing can hurt us. I know there are many that do not have the understanding, YET and it is stopped by stubborness (I know from my own experiences!) Belief systems are an unfortunate grasping of the EGO. I am constantly re-training my thoughts because of my beliefs (and I’m not just talking religious beliefs, but how outcomes play out.) I believe there are NO coincidences.
    AMEN and blessings for Pam Grout!!!!
    Try it, you’ll like it.

  10. I hope I’m never faced with such a traumatic situation, but if I am, I pray that I remember I am always safe, and that there is the Highest and Best outcome for all.

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