“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”—Arthur Conan Doyle

“Really, weren’t these facts just placeholders until the long view could really assert itself?”—David Levithan

I’m a journalist, trained, degreed, the whole nine yards. In fact, I stated my illustrious journalism career at the Kansas City Star, the same newspaper where Ernest Hemingway and Walt Disney started their road to fame.

The last few years, however, I’ve begun to alter my beliefs about “the facts” I’m sworn by my profession to seek.

I’m not so sure that “just the facts, ma’am” is helpful anymore. In fact, these so-called “facts” create a negative energetic momentum that I no longer want to perpetuate.

The “facts” I now choose to report are that happiness is our birthright, that love is the only reality and that the only reason the “facts” sometimes look otherwise is because that’s what we’ve spent so many years focusing upon.

I now know that it’s unproductive to talk, report or give attention to anything I don’t want. And anytime I don’t feel joyful and at peace is because I’m giving attention to something that disagrees with Source.

To use the old radio analogy, I’ve tuned into an “oldies station” that still believes in pain and suffering.

I’m now committed to bringing a different energy to the party. An energy of love, an energy that sees only beauty, an energy that recognizes the Truth (and there is such a thing as truth with a capital “T” which is different than “facts”) in every person.

I believe that’s what Jesus meant when he said, “Turn the other cheek.” He wasn’t suggesting that we should walk around with bruised cheeks and black eyes. He was saying that we should begin moving in a different direction, turn our cheeks, so to speak, to a higher, brighter, more pleasing reality.

“Facts” are simply habits of thought we’ve been thinking so long that they now seem normal. When we invest in them over and over again, we validate them. We create more of them. “Facts” fill in around those beliefs.

Quantum physics has proven it’s impossible to observe anything without affecting it. Sadly, we’ve been seeking (and therefore affecting) things that no longer serve us. We’ve been seeking “facts” that were perpetuated long before we evolved to the place where we realized we have the power to change them. And, yes, they’ve picked up quite a bit of momentum.

But at any time, we can “turn the other cheek” and look in a different direction.

As for me, I’m turning my cheek towards joy, towards peace of mind, towards the idea that all of us can be free and abundant and living lives of insatiable well-being.

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.

33 Comments on ““There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”—Arthur Conan Doyle

  1. I have found that bad things do happen to people but usually for a reason to turn it around in another direction

  2. gracias PAM….tus enseñanzas me han ayudado a comprender mejor el poder de la energia que hay en el universo…..y nosotros somos energia…excelentes tus experimentos

  3. Pingback: “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”—Arthur Conan Doyle | Let the secret work for YOU

  4. “Turn the other cheek” great post Pam , due to old habits we always forget this, Thanks for reminding again. love you.

  5. Amen!! You have such an awesome gift. Thank you, dear Pam, for all of your posts. They refresh and reshape my thinking. You are a blessing!

  6. Holy Moly, I sure needed to hear that today!! Thanks Pam! I’m turning my cheek and shifting back over to infinite possibilities right now. Feels SO much better!

  7. I love your entries. I am now studying A Course in Miracles and your posts are having even more impact. I appreciate the positive but real approach you present for living the life.

  8. Thank you, Pam. No matter how much I think I believe and choose to take the high road by thinking about joy and love, habit slithers in and robs me! I appreciate the reminder that I should turn the other cheek! You are awesome!

  9. “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body.If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the outer world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wondweful thing it is and a source of our happines. We need not wait and see what others do… ”
    “Mahatma Gandhi” I believe.

  10. All I can say is……….
    I love you Pam Grout……I love you sooooo freaking much.
    Thank you for being you❤️❤️❤️

  11. Hi there Pam.
    It’s 2:44am in Toronto, Canada and I cannot sleep tonight because I’m worried about lack of money. I have a booth at a local flea market, the rent is due, and there have been zero sales in three months. Thank you for this post, now I’m turning my cheek to the more positive thoughts. And, I just may get sleepy now

  12. Thanks for the reminder, Pam. It’s time for all of us to turn toward love, and appreciate our lives. I’m committed to empowering people, including myself.

  13. Sometimes we can’t help but see stories of suffering when they pop up on our Yahoo login page or hear it mentioned in a room. I’ve been thinking maybe I should send prayers to those suffering that because we can’t help but hear about them. You wrote: Quantum physics has proven it’s impossible to observe anything without affecting it. So maybe when we can’t help but see suffering, our best plan is to send a prayer and our bump of positive energy will help change/affect in a good way for that situation.

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