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.

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

  1. Pam, my first awareness of you was “Jumpstart Your Metabolism”. I LOVED that book and use many of those exercises to this day. Years later when looking into Law of Attraction, when I found your E2 book I was thrilled and amazed that it was the same Pam Grout. Thanks for all you do. I’m intrigued to find out more about this upcoming book you mentioned at the head of this post!

    From another midwest girl (KCMO)

  2. Most times I come across another post from Pam Grout and I shrug, because I’m in the middle of one of my negative rants about something or other. Today it was about my bank bill pay acct. screwing up a payment I was SOOO sure I made. It turns out, and it usually does turn out, that I made the mistake. Oh Well, another mistake down the drain… I’m at the place where I’m waiting, like your other commentor, to have someone come to the door and hand me $$$, cause that’d be so helpful right now. So, trust me when I say, things are not going as planned. BUT! I read what you say anyway, hoping, just hoping that something will be my miracle. Still plan on keeping up with E3 and hoping things will turn around for me.Thanks for keeping up with me… Heart, Trish

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  4. “The only book that will change your life is the one you write yourself.” ….. growing up I was like the Rain Man when it came to numbers and Forrest Gump when it came to English. Imagine how thrilled I am that the voice in my heart is prompting my to write. I love your style and ability to communicate and with this quote from the upcoming book hope it is one that will help me with the intent I have put out to learn this craft and go from disaster toward master!

  5. Thanks once more for filling my heart and mind with the unlimited potential of each day.
    I continue to be in Awwwwwe of the wonderful synchronistical happenings in every day.
    I’ve been contacted by my late wife from the other side with more coicidences with I two days then I can count. My late mother leaves money in the street for me all the time. Prosperity shows up everywhere. I’m now living in St Augustine Florida, and so much wonderfulness has occurred since I arrived. More on that later as it involves you too.
    YaaHOOO.
    with much love
    Dr Di

  6. Hi I am a fan and have several of your books. They’re great!

    My challenge is that I don’t know what I want. How can I find out? I have been on this mission for years. It has made me confused since acceptance is a key word for me. Accepting reality for peaceful mind and stop fighting what is. Things usually turn out ok or even better than I could’ve wished for. I am more peaceful but it seems like a lot of fun to live like you do.

    The confusion I have in several areas of my life is tiresome. Do you have any ideas that could help me?

    I wish you a nice weekend.

    Best regards

    Annelie Harrvik Höjdvägen 13B 132 42 Saltsjö-Boo Sweden

    > 18 jan. 2017 kl. 18:47 skrev Pam Grout : > > >

  7. Looking forward to your next book – I’m knee-deep in E-Squared right now.

    I loved the reader’s yellow butterfly story – what a beautiful and fun manisfestation. I did that same experiment last weekend, except that I substituted owls for butterflies. It was an icy/sleety day so I knew that finding an owl would be challenging. Was there ever a question? Not only did I see an owl pop up (first thing) on my Instagram account, I couldn’t get away from them. They were everywhere – in a text message from a friend, the screen name of a new commenter on my blog, a decoy on the front porch of a house I jogged by – the list goes on.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your words – thank you 🙂

  8. This came at the right time, I was cleaning my email box and I found that I had saved your email for a moment when I could sit and read it… I was going to erase it without reading it, then I thought, no, this may just be what I need to find inspiration to move from the place of lack that I know so well, I am joyfully asking spirit to send me a great client this week! and I know the universe always provide! Thank you for writing your great books!

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