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The two words to avoid whenever possible

“Let go all the trivial things that churn and bubble on the surface of your mind.”—A Course in Miracles
I’ve talked about the most dangerous four-letter word in the English language. And I’ve shared the two magic words I use when I’m feeling off.

Today I’d like to share two words that, spoken together, tend to put a curse on all that’s possible.

These words sound innocuous enough. But when we say them and/or believe them, we slam shut the door of further investigation. We put an arm lock on the field of infinite potentiality.

The words are “I know……”

These two words are sneaky, because isn’t that what we’re sent to school for? Isn’t that what we spend our lives trying to accomplish? Aren’t we supposed to know.

But here’s what’s critical to remember. There are more sides to every story.

When “I know,” I basically put this unbelievably powerful force into a tiny box.

When I’m convinced and therefore attached to such stories as “I’m just not good at______________(insert your own personal nightmare)” or  “The world is skidding to disaster” or “So and so is such an a-hole,” I’ve basically thwarted the field of infinite potentiality in its hell-raising-anything-goes tracks.

I’ve basically decided that this is as good as its going to get.

ACIM Lesson 47 (God is the strength in which I trust)  asks me not to put the F.P. in handcuffs. It tells me that whatever “I know” pales in comparison to what’s really possible.

So today, I’m overjoyed to admit that I’m not nearly as smart as Infinite Intelligence and I gladly bow to all the really groovy things it has in store for me.

To summarize: Yo universe, bring it!!!

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.

26 Responses

  1. Each day when I thank the Universe for, well, everything I always like to add…’And keep it coming!’ The more I acknowledge how blessed I really am, the more blessings come rolling in!
    Thank you for having taught me how to live in a state of gratitude!

  2. Hi friend,
    Don’t know if you read my comment yesterday, Wednesday, but want to share again in case you did.

    Hello my dear friend Pam,

    I must start by saying I read your blog earlier and wanted to leave a reply but thought there was nothing to add to you’re incredible blog, so I decided if GOD, yes you heard me, would give me something to add well who am I to argue with the Big Cheese.

    And I’m fully aware of the negativity surrounding the likes of the three powerful letters, so I ended up reading an article on one of ServiceSpace sites about this incredible human named Betty Peck. Below I’ll attach a link if anyone would like to read about her,
    and I will add it is worth your time.

    So here are Betty’s three principles (which spell GOD).
    Goodness, Oneness and Diversity.

    On this note my brothers and sisters, much love to you all on this magical day of love.


    With love,
    have a great weekend.

  3. Dear Pam, I’m confused about the today lesson : if I’m reading it right, it says that I am weak and can do nothing, but with the strength of God in me. Ok, I get that, but if God is in me, and can never not be in me, why make such a distinction between Him and me, why instill the idea that I could be frail and weak, “on my own”, without Him ? It gives me the feeling that I could lose Him, that I must confide in Him, not in me, although He is in me, always was, always will be !! Me-without-Him doesn’t exist, so why should I be aware of the weakness of this imaginary person ?? And why should I consider the strength only as His, instead of ours ? It’s like someone telling me “You’re feeling strong, but beware : this strength isn’t your’s, you’re just borrowing it !” For me, I feel like it’s a gift for me from Him…
    Any insight ?

    1. You can never lose God. But sometimes we, or I should say I, focus on my weakness or my material self rather what my connection to Source, to all that is. The Course in these first few lessons is trying to make the point, I think, that until now, we’ve focused too much on the manufactured self that, because we created it sans our Higher Self, isn’t real. I agree, though, that it’s a continuous gift, always ready for us to access. Thanks for the question!!!

  4. Greetings Pam and thanks for your thought provoking words. I can see how “I know” can be limiting when used to affirm something like “I know I won’t ever be good at maths” – which is something I “know” about myself on a regular basis – but if it’s used to say, for example “I know learning maths is easy” or “I know I can change my belief that I’m bad at maths” isn’t that a positive way of using “I know”? Or maybe I might say “I know I can lose weight easily” or “I know God is within me and there’s nothing to fear.” So I guess what I’m saying is the words “I know” could be really powerful when linked to a positive truth rather than to a negative or restrictive belief. So I’ll avoid saying “I know” to anything that puts me in a box or that restricts me or others, and only say “I know” when I’m affirming an expansive joyful truth like “I know I can do anything I decide I can do,” and then “I know” I’ll be ok!! 😉 Does that make sense? Hope so!
    I absolutely agree with your statement at the end about being overjoyed to admit that you’re nowhere near as smart as infinite intelligence and you’ll gladly hand it all over to the FP to deliver whatever groovy things it has in store for you- I just need to remember that I agree with this truth! Loving the journey with you Pam 💖

    1. I always when i use the words ((I Know)) I always say it in the comtextual way of thaf the universe knows of all things..that way it is never a negative way of saying of anything…..and keep ego out of it…YOU KNOW WHAT IS TRULY MEANT THEN. LOL

  5. Pam, Thanks for your daily goodies in the email to help me open to the FP more and offer balance to all the other stuff that comes to the inbox. Love & Light, Deb

  6. Hi Pam!  May I ask for you blog for lesson 46 as it didnt appear in my inbox and missed it yesterday 🙁 Thank you so much. Blessings, Riz

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

  7. I could hardly wait to get here today but I had too do just that. I have company and we were out and about but I was so anxious to see what today’s lesson was going to say. I like this. I know assumes there is nothing left to learn. I have lots to learn every day. I count a day I learn something new the best kind of day. Loved this very much. Thank you, Pam.

  8. Why can I not unsubscribe to stop receiving these email posts. I adore Pam Grout and her work but I do not want to receive an email blog from her every day!

  9. Good morning Deborah McPhilemy,

    If you go to the bottom of the page in the message from Pam in your inbox, usually in small print, there is usually a place to unsubscribe.

    Bless you and enjoy your weekend,

  10. Grateful for your daily email blog❤It has started me reading a lesson each day. Grateful for this spiritual online tribe.

  11. My morning ritual I eagerly anticipate. Coffee and a Pam Grout post – what a delicious breakfast !
    What an insanely delightful way to start the day !

  12. This reminds me of Carol Dweck’s work on the fixed and growth mindsets. The fixed mindset says I can’t learn ______, the growth mindset says I haven’t learned________yet, but I can! Love staying open to the potentials!

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