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Tear it down and start again

“Culture is a plot against the expansion of consciousness.” ~ Terence McKenna

This is a page from an upcoming book featuring my gorgeous Taz. It’s called No Matter What, I Love You. It’s written by my friend, Laura Duksta and most of the proceeds go to support a children’s home in South Africa.

Early cultural programming trains us to “Be careful,” “Stay safe,” “Wait until conditions are just right.”

But in the meantime… “you should probably purchase this special program to lower stress, to become realized, to lose weight.

Sorry, culture, but I call B.S. We are not here to buy things. Or stay safe. And if we ever stopped long enough to truly appreciate the life force streaming through our very lungs, we’d know we are “already realized.”  It’s just hiding under all “the big people rules” we so faithfully follow.

My friend Cindy recently visited Quigley’s Castle in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Built in the 1940’s by Elise Quigley and family, this offbeat tourist attraction is not only eccentric and quirky and rife with all things I adore, but it shouts an important metaphysical truth.

Elise had been designing her dream house for nearly 15 years. She built an actual model of her “castle,” had a blueprint drawn up and even amassed the requisite building material including her extensive rock collection, her son’s marbles, petrified wood and a prehistoric deer hoof.  In the meantime, Elise, her husband Bud and their five kids lived in a lumber shack near Hogscald Hollow. Bud, who was busy working for the family lumber mill, kept promising that someday he’d build the house.

Finally one day in 1943, after Bud went to work, Elise and the kids moved all the family possessions out of the lumber shack and into the nearby chicken coop. They then proceeded to systematically disassemble the entire lumber shack, piece by piece. When Bud came home that night, “ye old family home” was stripped to the floor boards.

Construction on the new house began the next day.

We might chuckle at Elise’s chutzpah, but it’s also a surprisingly effective approach to life. Sometimes, you just gotta let go of the rules. You gotta strip antiquated conditioning straight down to the floorboards.

Take it from Elise Quigley. You don’t need to “avoid all risk….no matter what.” Or use your one-of-a-kind gifts to stay safe and support the culture’s GDP.

We are here on Planet Earth for one reason only: to create the good, the beautiful and the holy.

And, now, I will jump down from my soapbox.

Love you all. Have the best week of your life. #222 Forever

Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World) that has just been turned into an app. Badass ACIM (badass-acim.com)

34 Responses

  1. Pam, great message. My mother was very afraid all of her life. I release fear all the time. Your message was a great reminder to keep releasing fear.

    Thank you, Nancy

  2. I adore you. THAnk you for reminding me to STOP thinking i have to play by the rules.. I don’t .. As long as i am not hurting anyone, I am free to do what i please.. Thank you.. Thank you..


  3. How can I buy Laura’s book? I have a grandson due July 25th. The baby shower invite suggested each guest bring a book for the baby’s library. I’m not sure if this is a child’s book, but it sounds like a book I’d enjoy reading to him.

  4. Hi Pam, I just dreamed last night that I was visiting my friend in their red shack and they had five small children. I was wondering where that came from, then I saw your newsletter.
    Thank you,

      1. Definitely freaked me out (in a good way)! Thank you for your amazing newsletters. I always look forward to reading them!

  5. I’ve always been a strong believer in burning my bridges behind me , so I loved your story of Quigley Castle! Thank you for endlessly cheering me up (even when I was already feeling pretty OK, I feel even better after reading your posts!)

  6. Pam..today is my seventieth birthday and receiving your email was a gift. Thank you for all your live and express❤

  7. Thank you, dear Pam, for sharing Truth–great big honking capital T: “We are here on Planet Earth for one reason only: to create the good, the beautiful and the holy.” The “safe” part of our apparent journey comes when we know “what”–not who–we truly are! God incarnate, created in His likeness, in His image. 🙏🙏

  8. Thanks sweets for all these years of inspiration and influence of your light, cavalier attitude in my own work. I love meeting you at your workshop at Omega and honored when you opened my blog a couple times. I have stage IV cancer and am declining further treatment. I am unsubscribing to lighten my “in” box as I move into higher evolution. With love and thanks, Linda.


  10. Thankyou Pam for this “injection of inspiration” to start my day. I’m amazed and impressed by Elise Quigley’s story and the message it conveys, and I love the little snippet you shared from the book your friend is writing featuring Taz. It sounds like exactly the kind of book we all need.
    Have a fabulous week yourself, and feel free to stand on your soapbox any time! 😁 💃🌺💛

  11. Thank you for starting my day off with some joy, Pam. Your unique stories are the most valuable lessons and I always look forward to ‘hearing’ from you

  12. My main recurring dream is a “house” dream in which I discover unknown parts of my house and either realize I can rent them out (financial security/protection standing in for soul safety) or see that I need to fix them up. Last night I had a house dream, the longest and most elaborate yet. After a long time with none. I love the Elise story.

    And … I’m reading ACIM and can’t figure out what your 222 is referring to. I looked at the second chapter, second section, second sentence and don’t think that’s it. ??

    1. For me the house usually represents me or my mind. So the house is the mind and the rooms represent different parts of my mind. So finding hidden parts would be finding parts of yourself that were hidden previously to you. Fixing them up could be a symbol for the work you are doing on yourself etc

  13. Thanks for making me laugh today, Pam. That’s the kind of thing I did with the last husband so many years ago. I learned from my mother. “Don’t tell me NO because that will make me turn it into YES. I had a lot of things constructed while he was at work that couldn’t be done. I’m just grinning from ear to ear now.

  14. Thanks Pam! Love this post! I’m having one of the best weeks and I’m living fearlessly as Anita’s father recommended from heaven
    Ssl always lived that way and I’m guessing Taz did too! One thing we know for sure we are all on an adventure that’s just keeps going. Only the form changes once in awhile!

  15. Another awesome message for me today. Thank you Pam. Goddess Kali told me years ago that destruction is the most powerful force. We have to tear something down to make something new. It’s time for the home I’ve been dreaming of to come into reality. I’m going to laugh about that dream today. Interesting how several things have been breaking down in our current home. I’m laughing, playing, and excited to see what happens.

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