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If I had to pick just one

“It’s all about having a clean antenna.”—Pete Holmes
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As a travel writer, I get this question a lot. What’s your favorite country? Or city? Or destination in general?

I have a couple pat answers. Either I answer with the country or city or destination I last visited—because, after all, that’s what lovers of travel do. They fall in love with every place, everything, every person.

Or I point out that, just like you don’t want pizza at every meal, you can’t narrow your favs to just one. It depends on an evolving string of moods and desires. Favorites change.

The one question I’ve never gotten, however, is what’s your favorite Course in Miracles lesson. If anyone every did ask, I’d undoubtedly pick ACIM Lesson 189.

Here’s why:

1. It promises a world alive with hope and blessed with perfect charity and love. I mean, what more could you ever want? Or need?

2. It also promises that this world, when seen anew, keeps us safe from every form of danger or pain. Again, not a bad guarantee.

3. It says the real world, the one we block with all our fears, offers endless wells of joy. This is what’s actually there, folks, when we let go of our holograms of malice and attack. These problematic holograms are NOT REAL. We made them up and continue to invest in them by staring at them, believing in them, trying to fix them. Let me repeat. They are NOT real.

4. And this is probably my all-time favorite part about this lesson. I don’t have to do anything. The universe will show up with endless benevolence and generosity the very minute I open the valve. It promises that boundless joy is what’s natural and, as soon as I ask, it will show up. Like ASAP. God, it says, will be there in joyful and immediate response.

5. It also says, “forget this world, forget this course.” Come with wholly empty hands. It tells me to let go of every single thought the past has taught, every idea I learned before now.

So favorite destination? No idea. Favorite Course Lesson? 189. Maybe I’ll throw the rest away and practice 189 every day for the rest of my life.

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

23 Responses

  1. I find that when I read the lessons and replace ‘you’ with ‘me’ or ‘I’ that I absorb the message faster and easier. It also prevents my ego from telling me the lesson is meant for someone else to learn because I don’t need to change. Silly ego.

  2. I love the idea of throwing out all other ICAM lessons other than 189. I love it!

  3. Thank you for your gentle reminders to us about the benevolence of the universe and unending joy that’s natural to us!

  4. Thank you Pam for always being there to encourage us.

    May I share something I have recently manifested.

    I remember your “writing on the beach.. with E Squared. Well, on my FB page, the section where it asks where you live, I wrote down Santa Monica two years ago, and wanted to live on Ocean Avenue, even though I was living in Sunnyvale, which is Northern CA. People asked if I had moved, I said “not yet.. but soon. I wrote it there for projection.”

    Long story short, two months ago, I had this strong urge to pack up everything, put it in storage, fill my car with bare necessities, drove to Los Angeles with my cat, and not knowing where I was going to land or even what I was gonna do. All I knew was that I had to follow this strong nudge from the Universe.

    I stayed in pet friendly hotels for two weeks while I figured out jobs etc. Well, I now live in Santa Monica, have a cute little studio, 5 min to the beach, on Ocean Blvd. I’m getting close to Ocean Avenue.

    (I do have to say that I have always wanted to live in Santa Monica since 30years ago.. when I was still living in Hong Kong.. first part of that story)

    I am now even more aware of manifesting my desires based on the pureness of my heart, thanks to you and your books/ Sharing/ teachings and encouragement. I read your ACIM and am always “happy” for the lesson.

    Thank you sooooo much, and thank you for taking the time to read this. P.s. I have listened to Esquared and Ecubed / Thank and Grow Rich numerous times on audible. Thank you

    My best, Vilma

    Have an amazing day!!!! My best, Vilma


  5. Thank you for sharing these gifts!
    Thank you for being a tool for others!
    The guidance I am recieving is nothing short of what I needed! If ever I can return the favor or ya know just scrub your toilets, do let me know!!

  6. Hey Pam i found out that your amazingly cool I-Phone aps that is not longer downloadable, well i have it on my Ipad. it does not have all the days of the year.

  7. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH I DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY❤️❤️❤️❤️And love you of course Pam because you are You!!!!

  8. I had no idea that when I replied to one these,they were for all to see. I deeply regret sharing so much with the entire world. Lol. I am a teacher and looking to be promoted to full time.  I would hate for this comment somehow disqualify me. Can you please take down or delete my comment ?  

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  9. Pam, after reading your blog today and knowing you like a good quote. This is one I posted on my twitter feed today and it just seems to match up with what you are saying.

    “Just like water from the ocean won’t sink a boat unless the water gets inside the boat.
    The negativity of the world can’t bring me down unless I allow it to get inside.”

    Timber Hawkeye

  10. This was the most hopeful and healing message for me Pam.. This is my first time doing the course and I am grateful that our paths have crossed💖

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