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Four portals to transcendence

“An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.” ― Hafiz

The good news is you can use anything to find God. Beauty, art, even suffering offer portals to life’s transcendent moments.

The trick is to recognize that the Divinity we seek is within us. It’s within every person, within every situation. There are no exceptions to this rule.

The judging mind continually tells us something’s gotta change. This is wrong. You gotta do something and fast.

But when, as ACIM Lesson 225 tells us, we finally recognize the Divine in everything, it becomes obvious. And we wonder, “How could I not have seen it, this presence that permeates all things?” It’s conspicuously apparent.

In the meantime, here are my favorite portals, the ones I use most frequently to shut down the asshat in the brain that taunts and tempts me to believe in a hologram that it made up:

1. Meditation. Katy Perry, Hugh Jackman, Madonna, Clint Eastwood and Kristen Bell are just a few celebs who use meditation to find inner peace. (another synonym for God)

2. Nature. There’s reams of evidence that the simple act of going outside improves concentration, eliminates headaches, and even eases stress and depression. Tao Master Mantak Chia, who teaches his students to meditate with trees, says trees are natural processors for releasing negative energy. According to the Taoist viewpoint, trees, because they’ve been around for a while, grounded in one place, are able to transmute energy and absorb universal forces.

3. Creativity. When I’m immersed in writing or any other creative pursuit, time literally hangs suspended. At times, it evens feels like I’m touching the hem of the divine. People think they want to write a book or a movie because they want to be David Lynch or Joyce Carol Oates. They want to be interviewed by Oprah. But the real present under the creativity Christmas tree is that joy, serenity and peace become your most ordinary state of being.

4. Gratitude. Practicing gratitude, more than penciling a written list is to practice alchemy. Looking for the good in life literally changes things. Physically changes things. Financially changes things. Mentally and emotionally changes things. It literally rearranges atoms. Living on the frequency of joy and gratitude causes cataclysmic reverberations. It takes you straight to the Divine Buzz.

So doesn’t really matter which portal you use. I just find it comforting to know there are a gazillion paths to God.

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.

22 Responses

  1. Your post flipped a welcomed switch. I am a miracles/coincidence/synchronicity and extraordinary occurrences researcher. Along with the participants, I am changed by each story. They are “jaw droppers”. So, what about a number 5 portal as
    “Experiencing a Jaw dropping event”. No words come out…as in awe or the experience
    of the ineffable…as commonplace as a pickleball drop shot landing feather soft into
    the kitchen hit from behind the baseline…or as commonplace as billions of life forms
    living!!! Sometimes the truth is hidden in plain sight.
    Somebody loves you. 0-0-2

  2. Another portal I have used to clean house and dust off is journaling…just letting the pen flow with the emotions that float or erupt – no boundaries!

  3. Hi to who all that are searching for what is offered and you too Pam,

    Probably all of us feel a innate connection with nature. In fact there is scientific evidence that while one spends time outdoors among nature that it literally changes ones mood for the better, and there are many scientific terms to will tell you exactly how, possibly something to the effect like increased endorphins and such, but all I have ever known is that it makes me feel good. There is also a Ted Talk I read about three years ago where there was two separate conventions at different locations and one of the main speakers was a scientist who for the past twenty plus years has been studying global warming. Any way this scientist had an encounter with this tribal leader from somewhere in the amazon forest that was being depleted from the logging. So at the second conference he was speaking with this tribal leader who told him if man didn’t stop his destruction of said forest that it won’t rain anymore. Well this is the conclusion that was becoming evident among the scientific community that had the use of many thousands of dollars of equipment among other variables.He was so astonished he had to ask the tribal leader how they came to that conclusion. Well his answer was so simple that it’s quite possible a three year old may have come up with it, he said that the forest told them it would happen. So maybe the answers after all are right underneath our big fat noses, the ones that are so plugged up with grievances, judgments, prejudices and whatever else that is blocking the signal of pureness and all that is good.

    Bless you all,
    Mike Stilinovich

    p.s. check out this link below, hope you enjoy:


    1. Below is a partial copy from the transcript of the Ted Talk I wrote about above.

      I’d like to tell you a short story. Once, about four years ago, I attended a declamation, of a text by Davi Kopenawa, a wise representative of the Yanomami people, and it went more or less like this: “Doesn’t the white man know that, if he destroys the forest, there will be no more rain? And that, if there’s no more rain, there’ll be nothing to drink, or to eat?” I heard that, and my eyes welled up and I went, “Oh, my! I’ve been studying this for 20 years, with a super computer, dozens, thousands of scientists, and we are starting to get to this conclusion, which he already knows!” A critical point is the Yanomami have never deforested. How could they know the rain would end? This bugged me and I was befuddled. How could he know that?
      15:46 Some months later, I met him at another event and said, “Davi, how did you know that if the forest was destroyed, there’d be no more rain?” He replied: “The spirit of the forest told us.” For me, this was a game changer, a radical change. I said, “Gosh! Why am I doing all this science to get to a conclusion that he already knows?” Then, something absolutely critical hit me, which is, seeing is believing. Out of sight, out of mind. This is a need the previous speaker pointed out: We need to see things — I mean, we, Western society, which is becoming global, civilized — we need to see. If we don’t see, we don’t register the information. We live in ignorance.
      16:51 So, I propose the following — of course, the astronomer wouldn’t like the idea — but let’s turn the Hubble telescope upside down. And let’s make it look down here, rather than to the far reaches of the universe. The universe is wonderful, but we have a practical reality, which is we live in an unknown cosmos, and we’re ignorant about it. We’re trampling on this wonderful cosmos that shelters us and houses us. Talk to any astrophysicist. The Earth is a statistical improbability. The stability and comfort that we enjoy, despite the droughts of the Negro River, and all the heat and cold and typhoons, etc., there is nothing like it in the universe, that we know of.

      M. S.

  4. Thanks so much for all of this. I use those portals, well, I’m working on the first one. Needed some help so I downloaded some. 😉 Gratitude I have an abundance of and it just gets deeper. I am so grateful that you are writing these posts when you have so much more fun stuff you can be doing but you probably think this is fun. Thank you.

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