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Why I’m burning my shame file and starting again in 2016

“Say yes to everything. You never know if it might be a lottery ticket.”–Derek Sivers

I’m taking Cheryl Strayed’s advice for 2016–putting myself in the way of beauty.

I plan to laugh more, to dance more, to hug more, to give myself more breaks.

And I’m officially burning that old shame file (the one where I keep tabs on all my mistakes).

Instead I will focus on these three Truths:

1. If I want to change something in my life, my thoughts and consciousness are a far better tool than physical effort.

2. Life (or the Divine Buzz that animates everything) is always on my team, re-creating my thoughts and consciousness out here in physical form, making it easier for me to see.

3. I’m here on the physical plane to play around with this animating energy, to have fun, to experience joy.

Tell me in the comments sections below what beauty you plan to stand in front of this year.

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 its equally-scintillating sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

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    1. Love that–flinging myself onto the tracks! Glad we don’t have to rely on Doodley Dooright anymore to untie us. We are free to fling ourselves into whatever great adventure we choose.

  1. This came at the perfect moment. Your book E2 has given me so much thrilling experiments and the outcome has been nothing short of UNIVERSAL!!! hehe!! GOD is GREAT and so is PAM GROUT!!! If you wasn’t for you I would never have learned so much about the LOA and AFFIRMATIONS. Thank you for being the great you that you are PAM!! HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS!!!
    May 2016 be the most magical, blessed year for you and everyone!!!!! and so it is~~~~

      1. I shall launch myself into knowing ‘WHO I AM’ as many moments as I remember, throughout the day, and stand fast in that fact as I soar into a new year in joy and happiness and laughter!

  2. Happy New Year and Love to all !!
    To live continually in thoughts of ill will, cynicism, suspicion and envy is to be confined in a self made prison hole.

    So from this day forward I promise ” To think well of all, to be cheerful of with all, to patiently learn to find the good in all — such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven — and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to the possessor.
    James Allen

    Until we meet this is “you will know” ,

  3. I plan to stop moaning about taking the dog out in the rain because I’m lucky that I’m healthy enough to do it. Rain doesn’t hurt you, so I’ll dance and splash in the puddles and love doing it in 2016!

    1. What great insight! We are all SO LUCKY! I mean, just that we get to be here, have consciousness and contribute to the big cosmic thing. And rain is fun…when we embrace it. Channel Gene Kelley.

    1. Thanks, Trish! Here’s to a year of seeing what we want to be. Knowing that what we see is what we’ll get. Our imaginations can build a new world.

  4. Laughing more and looking forward to new Adventures in a new and exciting time in my life. Empty Nester free to roam and experience all the world has to offer 🙂

    1. Leslie, I’m with you. Hope to walking soon. I’m recovering from heart op last Jan, and had a stroke, but I am detirmined to keep going, walk with my cane now to the rural road, 1/4 mile every day, plan to travel to Matchu Pechu someday on my empty nester’s Social Security, (HA!) With Pam’s attitude, the funds will come! God bless you on this New Year’s Eve! LOL, Trish

    2. Yea! Leslie! When I became an empty nester (after Taz started college), I picked up my travel game even more. Went to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Honduras and Namibia and a bunch of other places. Have fun as you’re roaming the world

  5. I plan to “act”on the messages from the dude instead of “just” being amazed by them and telling everyone lol

    1. Nothing wrong with being amazed. I still am….every day. And so glad you’re going to also act. With the dude at your side, how can you go wrong?

  6. Start my day with the Navajo prayer: In Beauty I Walk, with beauty before me I walk; with beauty behind me I walk; with beauty below me I walk; with beauty above me I walk; with beauty all around me I walk. I walk in beauty! It is begun in beauty, it is begun in beauty, it is begun in beauty, it is begun in beauty! (each said in a cardinal direction).

  7. Ooo! I love all 3 of yours Pam! And I’m def voting for even MORE play, abundance, joy and going easy on myself this year! Thanks for once again sending the perfect blog at the perfect time!

  8. Thank you so much, Pam! I’ve read both E2 and E3. I too will (try) to burn my shame file. My joy next year? Totally unexpected….both of my daughters are pregnant and I will be a grandmother twice in 2016!!!

  9. You have so blessed my life and expanded my understanding. I’m burning my shame file, too. I’m off to be authentic me… created from magnificence, brilliance, joy, abundance, and bliss. C’est moi… happy introvert, happy explorer, happy adventurer!

  10. I plan on….wait, scratch that! I am going to ride my horse more and be out in nature every chance I get! I am putting myself in front of the beauty of mother nature! I am also open to the possibilities of love and success that the Universe has in store for me!

  11. Pam Grout, you are such an inspiration and I am eternally grateful for the words and wisdom you continue to share. I will stand behind(and in front of) the beauty of using my voice in the new year to share the magic of the universe that you reminded me is always there when awareness and openness allow it to unfold. I want to be an inspiration to others as you have been to so many people and to me. Thank You and Happy New Year!

  12. Catapulting myself into joy and love in each moment and releasing from self judgment and relax into the knowingness that Universe is on our side.

  13. Hi Pam, first of all I wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. As to my plans: 1) I will move to another regeion because I got (after 1,5 years unemployment) a new job; 2) this will give me more/enough self-confidence to get rid of my 30kg overweight and thus become the person I want to be again; 3) to become/be happy and thuis draw happines, love and good things towards me…. hope I will be successfull in all… Take care and best wishes again 🙂

  14. This year my word is YES! Yes to adventure, yes to travel, yes to things that scare me. I am opening myself up to experience all the joy and beauty life has to offer.

  15. Well, this year 2016 will be the best year I’d have lived not before. I’ll give a welcome to all beautiful things to come. I’ll be in a positive attitude ever waiting and doing the best of myself. The Divine Buzz is always on my team!

  16. This is my year to forgive myself and everyone else because we are all doing the best we can, we are all just trying to be happy and there is nothing to forgive really. This is my year to appreciate everything I do have and not worry about what I want but don’t yet have. This is my year to allow myself to let go of the past and future and allow myself to embrace and appreciate the moment, every moment. Finally, this is my year to allow myself to receive the bounty the universe has to give me. Pam, I truly appreciate the inspiration that I have received from your writing. Much love to you. XOXO!

  17. Life is truly awesome 🙂 🙂

    Happy new year Pam, and to all, may all your dreams become reality. Xxx

  18. Just came across this “prayer” again and wanted to share because it makes me laugh and reminds me to be EASY about everything I do/be/am. Here’s to a fantabulous year in which we all walk (and skip and dance) in beauty:

    Dear Universe,

    Help me to relax about insignificant details, beginning tomorrow at 7:41:23 a.m. EST. 

    Help me to consider people’s feelings, even if most of them are hypersensitive. 

    Help me to take responsibility for the consequences of my actions, even though they’re usually not my fault. 

    Help me to not try to run everything – but, if you need some help, please feel free to ask me. 

    Help me to be more laid back, and help me to do it exactly right. 

    Help me to take things more seriously, especially laughter, parties and dancing. 

    Give me patience, and I mean right now! 

    Help me not be a perfectionist. (Did I spell that correctly?) 

    Help me to finish everything I sta 

    Help me to keep my mind on one thing … oh, look, a bird … at a time.

    Help me to do only what I can, and trust you for the rest. And would you mind putting that in writing? 

    Keep me open to others’ ideas, misguided though they may be. 

    Help me follow established procedures. Hey, wait … this is wrong …

    Help me slow down andnotrushthroughwhatido. 
    Thank you.


  19. the old year over, the next time still a head,so your right, that why still keep the old shame, the people not perfect so we committed 100% for myself.sure that will give happy, thank you for your idea

  20. Happy New Year blessings to you Pam and everyone reading this post. I Am welcoming the New Year with open arms and an open heart, saying yes to the Abundance of blessings in all areas of my life. So much to be thankful for. Namaste🙏

  21. This past year I made a huge effort to pull myself out of a hole. I had many signs from family members waving like a red cape in my face. I chose last year to focus on happy and not on what was wrong. I read so many books, but it wasn’t until this last August that I discovered E3. (I couldn’t find E2 in my bookstore, but now realize that I was ready for E3 instead 🙂

    I have found myself asking for a job where I could make more money (found and am in the process of applying). I wanted to be able to be more available to my own family. This will happen when I get the new job. I have overcome fears and anxieties. I have learned to not only trust myself, but trust in the universe. I am choosing to begin every day with a gratitude coffee mug where, before I pour my first cup, I write with a sharpie my gratitude list for the day. I wash it clean and use it again the next day. I will work to breathe more consciously and therefore become more relaxed and in tune with those around me. I am love and I am loved.

    Peace to all!!

  22. I’m about to have cataract surgery and am looking forward to seeing things MUCH more clearly than I have for 61 years!


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