Rise Up: Why I’ve chosen to abandon the swamp

“You can ask just as easily for love, for happiness and for peace.”—A Course in Miracles we-are-all-one-quote-1

Buckminster Fuller, long a hero of mine, once said that if you spend your energy and time fighting against established institutions, you end up demoralized, exhausted and discouraged.

I’ve been thinking about Bucky today after reading some of the comments from my post, “Don’t forget to show love.”

I mentioned that, instead of following political news, I was following a pint-size superhero who passes out chicken sandwiches at a homeless shelter. It provoked a conversation—is that putting my head in the sand?

In 1976, Bucky made the observation that all the institutions of humankind are rooted in a “you or me” paradigm, a scarcity paradigm. It works like this: If you make it, it’s at my expense. Likewise, if I make it, you won’t have enough. This belief system has long-dominated our planet.

It’s a belief system focused on maximizing wealth, predicated on the material world being the end-all, be-all.

Bucky said all those institutions needed to collapse. He predicted that, within 50 years (according to my calculations that’s 2026), the current structures (political, religious, educational, etc) would come crashing down.

Maybe not the best news to start your weekend, but certainly a potent explanation for what’s happening if you DO like to tune into the “news.” As I mentioned in one comment, the “news” would better be described as the “olds.” Because it demonstrates what’s no longer working.

Here’s how I choose to deal:

First, I recognize that we’re on the cusp of an evolutionary leap. Before, we could pretend that this system of good guys and bad guys was working. We could fight to get “our team” back in power. It is so apparent that this me against you IS. NOT. WORKING. That’s good to know.

Secondly, I can’t help but notice that, at the same time these institutions are failing, there’s this other story rising. There are young people (like my five-year-old superhero) giving love. Like mushrooms living underground, countless heroes, lovers and changemakers are posed, waiting for their moment to rise, to bloom.

Lastly, I remember that all those “actors” on the repertory stage of this current “theater drama” are simply playing a role. It’s not who they really are. I love knowing that. I see my job as being a witness to the truth of love, behind the scenes.

Because despite how it looks, the invisible world holds all the power. That’s what our discovery of the electron established, what quantum mechanics proves. That’s the promise of the Course in Miracles. What we see here is basically a neural pathway malfunction. It may look like things are beyond hope, but there is actually a bigger, more beautiful story going on.

As I used to like to say on Fridays, go out, my much-loved friends, and have the best weekend of your 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.

45 Comments on “Rise Up: Why I’ve chosen to abandon the swamp

  1. Thank you Pam for spreading so much love and continually inspiring me to return to Love within myself. And you go have a beautiful weekend too!

  2. No one could have said it better. I have also stopped paying any attention to the “news” as it all day ever contains negative information.

  3. Pam, your books + the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are the only things keeping me from running down Crenshaw Blvd. buck naked screaming right now. Thank you!

  4. I agree with you Pam. I have tried the sludge and it isn’t to my liking. I finally realized, the worst thing we can do is hate Donald Trump, hate democrats, hate republicans. The best thing we can do (in the words of Emmet Fox) is to pull our attention from the irritant and focus our attention on the HP/FP. Praying for you and for Taz. xoxoxoxoxoxox

  5. Pam,

    Thank you So Much for engaging/enriching this conversation. I am one of those feeling challenged by where to focus my attention and energy. As a long time social change activist it’s hard. I feel the need to “act” when I see so much damage and suffering being caused by the current “Powers That Be” in my own country.

    As a long time student of “new thought” I know things are rarely what they appear on the surface. And I think it’s essential to focus on the kind of world we want to bring into being. There is some truth to “what we resist persists” etc. etc.

    I agree that Bucky Fuller was one of our all time greatest thinker/creator/ teachers and greatly appreciate your sharing his wisdom here along with your perspective which I genuinely respect.

    I absolutely believe we are on “the cusp of an evolutionary leap” AND standing on the brink of such a great unknown is often excruciating!!! May those of us who care deeply find the strength to act from love rather than fear.

    Also just want to express tremendous admiration for your courage and commitment to life in the face of your tremendous loss.

    Warmest Wishes for a fun filled weekend! Inanna LaFevre

    P.S. I am always heartened (and often surprised) by the good tidings and fascinating tidbits in “Future Crunch” (a blog from a couple charming “Aussie” brainiacs!! ) As you know “good news doesn’t sell

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  6. Loving having you in the e-mail in-box more frequently! Your words never disappoint! Thank you for always bringing such goodness. xox

  7. Hello MS Grout

    Much time has passed since we engaged. Good to see one of my long-time friends in life and on Facebook share your post. Your likelyhood of memory of me is probably slim but to this day I can remember portions of brief communications we shared. All the best as you are blessed in your thoughts and. actions

  8. Yes, looks as if all the institutions are collapsing and the process is scary and stressful, for me at least. When I feel as if I need to DO something, I am reminded that it is my role to be the light of the world. That is all. That is the most positive contribution I can make.

    Your perspective is very helpful, Pam. Thank you.

  9. Thank you, Pam!
    A glorious 2 days of gorgeusness, miracles, delight and deliciousness!
    I’m going out to play with colour today 🤗 in this loving living beautiful loveable world!

    X Suzi

  10. Thank you for your wise and caring words, Pam! Your strength is an inspiration to me. Sending you much love!

  11. Thank you for that! I haven’t read, watched, or listened to the news for 30 years, because I didn’t want that shit in my head. Knowing that things are about to radically change – for the GOOD – is very encouraging. I love your posts, and applaud your re-commitment to joining us again. ❤️

  12. Very well said. Dwelling in things that aren’t working only brings more of what’s not working. I too, choose to focus on the love.

  13. Needed this. And I’m in the process of reading (and doing!) E2, the first time I’ve ever come across your work. Thanks for your work!

  14. Pam, you are an inspiration to many of us! Good to see you back and have your wisdom more frequently. You were thorougly missed! You are awesome, amazing, inspirational light soul! Thanks for showing us all that life can be lived in so many different ways. Love you! Bless u! Have a happy gorgeous weekend.

  15. Love you, Pam! Your ideas and writings never fail to cheer and inspire me. Thank you for this post, and hope your weekend is awesome too!

  16. Pam Grout You are a gift from heaven. Thank you for this clear and healing message today. It brings me comfort and a sense of purpose again

  17. It’s like you read my mind…all the darn time. Every article, book, blog, is exactly what I was questioning, wondering about, saying yeah but……about every time I click on it or open the book. It’s scary the things about you that fit perfectly into my life like a puzzle piece. Love you Pam.

  18. Thank you, Pam. And if people have not seen a production of Come from Away, I would make it a priority. Got to see it for the first time last night, and my heart is still singing. A perfect antidote to the “olds. “❤️

  19. If you want things to CHANGE… change the way you look at them!!!! WORDS I LIVE BY!!!I SEE SO MUCH LOVE IN THE WORLD BECAUSE I LOOK AT THE LOVE!!!!
    ALL THAT MATTERS . LOVE!!
    LOVE YOU PAM🤗🤗

  20. So true, Pam. As my Higher Self is always telling me, “All is well. All is good.” And, of course, as the quantum physicists say, “All is energy or vibration.” The only way I can keep inner peace is to accept all that is before me, knowing, as you say, that love lies beneath it all. This is becoming easier, but it’s a day to day challenge.

  21. Oh my gosh you so beautifully put into words what I believe whole heartedly. It also keeps me sane to believe. I, too love Bucky. Thank you for this article.

  22. THANK YOU   I needed this reminder   All is not lost     We are in a shift and the labor pains will bring in a new season for this world  Release  right vs left, you vs me, created racial divides, and all other forms of negativity and control the world places on us   I am open to receiving what is in my best and highest  

    Sharon Lucas

  23. Hi, Pam. I thought I had subscribed to your blog, but I’m not getting them. Laurie forwarded this to me. How do I get on the list? Jo

  24. I have often felt that way, but could never word it properly to make any sense. Thank you. I am much happier now and the current political mess…may just be fine. In fact, it is…perfect as is the entire universe.
    Scott

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