“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely, aware.”–Henry Miller
You’ve heard the phrase: “be careful what you wish for.” This is a story about that very adage.
A couple years ago, I was in Denver on a travel writing assignment. And because travel writing assignments always entail getting to do “really cool things,” you won’t be surprised to hear that I was given the rare opportunity to not only visit Red Rocks, the magical outdoor venue that, to performers, is considered the holy grail of places you want to play, but I got to go backstage and hang out in the 300 million-year-old sandstone cave-like rooms where musicians hang before their sets.
I sat on the very couch Macklemore (who I love with all my heart and soul) had sat on just one month earlier when playing for Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks. I got to linger in the hidden tunnel beneath the stage where hundreds of famous musicians have signed their names. As I said in one of the articles I wrote about this trip, it felt like getting to mecca.
Every inch of the walls, steps and electrical wiring in this tunnel leading to the sound engineering room is covered with autographs: everyone from John Mayer, Sting and Santana to perennial favorite The Grateful Dead.
So what did I do? I took a deep breath, grabbed for my pen and signed my name along with the many recording artists that I’ve sung to, danced to and loved since I first turned on a radio.
So fast forward to today. I am in a real live recording studio to record (don’t worry I won’t be singing) the audio book of Art & Soul, Reloaded, my new book that debuts in August. It is my third time in a recording studio.
It wasn’t just my “what I wish for.” Dozens of readers have emailed me with some version of this message: “Where do I find the audio book of your work? I want to listen while I drive to work, to New York, to my Aunt Bertha’s house for Thanksgiving……”
So together, I believe we called this forth. Me in a recording studio and a soon-to-be-available audio version of Art & Soul.
So here’s to Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Phish, Poison, Buck Owens, Bruno Mars and Travie McCoy (who, instead of wanting to be on the cover of Rolling Stone, decided to “be on the cover of Forbes with Oprah and the Queen)!
As Bruno Mars told Forbes when they featured him in their annual billionaires’ issue (He wrote the song, I want to be a billionaire so frickin’ bad), “The inspiration behind that song was, I was tired of spending half my day worrying about what I can and can’t spend on whatever.
“I wouldn’t have to worry about, you know, ‘I can’t afford to get breakfast, so I’ll wait until lunchtime to eat.’ If I was a billionaire, none of that would matter. I’d be eating diamond cereal.”
So, he wrote the song and a few months later, he was playing the track “Nothing on You,” which went on to get multiple Grammy nominations. Can’t say if he’s a billionaire, but as I said, “be careful what you wish for.”
I don’t wish to be a billionaire or be on the cover of Rolling Stone (not that I’d turn either down), but what I wish for “so freakin’ bad” is that peace will enter each of our hearts and spread like a Colorado wildfire across the planet.
Wish me luck in the recording studio.
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 about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.
It always makes me smile how the Universe always delivers what I’ve asked for, but never in the way I’ve imagined!
Your posts arriving in my inbox never fail to put a big smile on my face! Thank you so so much. Xxx
Best of luck and enjoy the recording. Looking forward to the new book. <3
Love you Pam Grout! You ALWAYS inspire me!( and everyone!:)
🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 you recording will be outstanding!!!
Go Pam!! XOXOXO Thanks for your contributions to peace and joy here on my favorite planet!!
You are a delight to behold. I get so much pleasure going back and re-reading E squared, and E cubed..At times my spirit gets buried in maelstrom of of activities with regard to refurbishing a house that I live in and I forget everything and start that old downward spiral…..I pick up your book on my Kindle and Bingo I comeback to where I need to be…
Thank you……Can’t hardly wait for your new book in August
Good luck in the recording studio. You are so inspiring!! Xo Susan
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Pam, you in front of a microphone is like mustard on a hot dog. It will be perfect to have your message delivered by…YOU! We all love you!
Good luck–It’s a hit already!! Can’t Wait to Have IT in My Hands and IN MY EARS!!!!! You go, Pam!!!
i agree……my thoughts and their feelings are soooooo powerful! wheuuuuuu!!! i love it. and dear, pam, you don’t need luck…..you are already recorded in the hearts and lives of those of us who have been called to read your books and embrace those truths for ourselves. we are one and we are with you in celebration of your next book wow-ing the planet!!!!
I am in the middle of reading this article and freakin’ Macklemore came on the radio!!!! I love him too ❤️ And I love it when shit like this happens 😁
Good luck and beautiful message. You are amazing. Thank you for making so many lives better.
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From: Pam Grout
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Date: Monday, June 12, 2017 at 2:35 PM
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Subject: [New post] “I’ve been a manifesting super freak for over 20 years.”—Honoree Corder
psgrout posted: ” “The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely, aware.”–Henry Miller You’ve heard the phrase: “be careful what you wish for.” This is a story about that very adage. A couple years ago, I was in”
Good luck Pam Grout from way up in Northern Ontario Canada. Love your work. You always put a smile on my face.
love your posts your words have something that make always feel lighter
So I hope mine will make you feel lighter too!
I like your wish better, the world so needs peace, individually and collectively. If everyone made this wish every morning who knows……..
I wished pam grout would write another book!!! I’m so grateful!
Good Luck 🙂
I am 60 years old and Bruno Mars makes me happy… Lucky for me, that’s what I like, that’s what I like 🙂
Just two words…from my heart to yours… YOU FREEEEKIN ROCK!!! Ok, three words ❤️👀V
So after this post while sitting at my computer I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and tried to visualize peace in my heart and it looked like a great big red valentine heart in my chest and it got bigger and bigger until it went out of my body and got bigger and bigger and soon it was surrounding the whole planet and people in airplanes and space ships looked at this loving big red heart emanating from the planet and said oh look at what a wonderful that place that must beâ¦â¦â¦.
Hi, sorry, not sure if my post is stuck in moderation…
Congrats on your success. I just found your E2 book and blog. I love reading about LOA but you have a unique zest for life that is very evident as I read your work. Inspiring. I’m trying to be patient and not read right through to the end of E2. I’m right in the middle of the first experiment. 24 hours to go.
I’m wondering if you, perhaps your long time readers can help, have written more bout daily journling. I’ve already been doing daily gratitude lists and I just started the 3 ideas list from your Ted talk. But I stopped journaling a while back because I did not want my writing sessions to become venting sessions. I feel like I want to do more with my journal.
Thanks for all you do and keep on rockin it.
always look forward to your blog emails. Thanks for the inspiration. Leaving tomorrow on my first legit travel writing trip. So excited.
Pam I love your work! You may remember a small few sentence email you sent me a little over a week ago that said, keep writing. You’ve inspired my first ever public blog and I’m writing about some of your experiments! As long as you keep writing, I’ll keep reading! Thank you!
Wish you infinite goodluck! I have pre ordered your next book art and soul reloaded:) waitn for it to come out soon!!!
You don’t need luck…you’ve got the FP!
Looking very forward to the book!