The continuing dress rehearsal in my head


“I’m thinking about naming my first son Emmy so I can say I’ve got one. I want Emmy, Oscar and Tony – and my daughter Grammy.”- Noah Wyle
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Alessia Cara, the 21-year-old Canadian pop singer who just won the Grammy for Best New Artist, is living proof of one of my top ten maxims: “We animate into our lives whatever we put our attention upon.”

The night of her big win, when she strode to the stage to accept her award, she said, “Holy cow. I’m shaking. I’ve been pretend-winning Grammys since I was a kid, like in my shower.”

So what I want to know is “what are you rehearsing?” In your head. In your shower. In your everyday thoughts.

If you can’t answer right away, just look around. Look at where you are. Look at what you have.

That, my friend, is what you’ve been rehearsing.

In ACIM Lesson 37, we rehearse a statement that will upgrade every single thing in your life: My holiness blesses the world.


My purpose, the Course tells me, is to see the world through my holiness. To see it through the beauty Cara sings about in her hit, “Scars to Your Beautiful.”

Until I fully realize that I am holy, completely, 100 percent whole, I will still believe in (and therefore see) sacrifice. Until I learn to bless the world, to see through the eyes of gratitude, there will continue to be a “payment” involved. Either from myself (“I need to try harder”) or from someone else (“It’s not fair what that creep did to me”).

And here’s the real kicker. From the perception of problem (even the tiniest complaint), I will continue to see loss. And I will have no idea that my lack of gratitude, my lack of blessing, my lack of wholeness is the cause.

So today, I embrace my holiness and know that my great joy is to bless the world.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

10 Comments on “The continuing dress rehearsal in my head

  1. So Pam, I’ve done the course in miracles several times since 1979. Your blog has been such a joy, nonsecular, and filled with natural happiness that I am getting even more from the course. Thank you

  2. Pam – I simply HAD to tell you…Since starting ACIM via your fabulous posts, wonderful miracles have been happening for me. Yesterday , whilst in the shower I started to think about Sarah Jane – a casual assistant I used about 5 years ago.( I suddenly stopped using her when her work didn’t measure up one day . Yep – I was pretty harsh in those day – not only with other people , but also to myself) Anyway- I was feeling very remorseful about my actions, so sent a heartfelt apology in my mind to her. At 10am my phone rang- and it was Sarah Jane! I hadn’t spoken to her in 5 years! Such irrefutable proof that we are all connected and are never alone. That miracles happen. I feel so much lighter, so much more open and so much in love with the world now!! Thank you Pam…Thank you ACIM !!

  3. Pam, We are in the process of moving and today, I was going through boxes and one fell over, with everything in the box going everywhere. I was not happy about having to go through it all and then, I found it. The notebook showing the 5 year plan to move to Florida that I took notes on with another couple when my husband wanted to move. I didn’t want to move, but, I took the minutes of the meetings that we had every week for awhile. There was the divorce and then I met Jim, and then we decided to move to Key West. First day of the meeting, August 23, 1989. Day Jim and I moved to Key West, August 6, 1994. Of the 4 of us, I was the only one that moved to Florida within the 5 year time limit…and I was the one least wanting to move to Florida. I had been thinking of the notebook, wondering where it was, as a chapter in my book will be about this 5 year plan. So, I was so inspired by finding the notebook, that I know that all that I desire is coming to me. And then this is the lesson today. Love it. Thank you!

  4. Hi Pam,

    Thank you for these ACIM lessons. The perspective you offer is one I haven’t seen before, with respect to the Course, and I’m really diggin’ it!

    Sarah

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  5. Thankyou Pam for a powerful, moving post today. The song by Alessia Cara made me cry, and in fact when I looked around me and saw what I’ve been rehearsing for I cried in earnest. And I judged myself harshly. Thankfully that only lasted about ten minutes. And then I laughed! “Look what you’ve created Jenny Louise! Do you like it? Do you want more of it? No? Then change those dress rehearsals girl and get ready to perform a new play!” I have difficulty seeing my holiness or my beauty, and my world (including my body) reflects that very clearly. Thankyou for the reminder that “we animate into our lives whatever we put our attention upon” and that if we see holiness, wholeness and beauty in ourselves and in everything, then we will see it in our world. Wonderful. I’m very grateful for you Pam 😊🧡⭐️

  6. This was a wonderful example of today’s lesson. I’m late, long day but never too late to put the lessons into practice. Thank you so much for perfect examples of how they apply.

  7. What I’ve been rehearsing for : a work I like very much, a loving, peaceful and long-term relationship with an adorable man, and now I try to rehearse for motherhood… Fingers crossed ! 🙂

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