As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.” — Lao Tzu

So I’m sitting in a little café called El Gato Feo. For those who know Spanish, please know it’s only a joke. There’s no such thing as an ugly cat.

Just like there’s no such thing as an ugly reality. There’s only a made-up reality (the Course calls it an illusion) that we created out of old encrusted beliefs. We live in a world that reveres limitations, that preaches scarcity, a world that has completely lost touch with its natural aliveness.

I find that when I simply observe my thoughts, as opposed to my old M.O. of building monuments to their glory (NOT), this love/peace/joy reality is as clear as the glass of water sitting next to my cappuccino and lemon cake here at the cafe.

It is only our thoughts and misguided beliefs that “produce” what we might call an “ugly reality.” In the timelessness of now, there’s only love.

Our minds rarely step down from their bandstand, telling us we need to plan, insisting we need to figure things out.

But as I’m happily discovering, I don’t need to think nearly as much as I thought I did. Things work out quite magically when I don’t get lost in repetitive thought loops.

I think I wrote about this in one of my books. But miracles stories like this bear repeating.

The key to a motorcycle I was driving in Hydra, Greece floated out of my jean shorts pocket into–not a hot tub, not a swimming pool– but into a big giant ocean. Needless to say, my mind tried to throw a hissy fit —You idiot! You just lost the key to your only mode of transportation in an impossibly large body of water.

I won’t say I celebrated this faux pas, but I also didn’t freak out. I mean, I was sitting on a spectacularly stunning beach in Greece. The sky was clear, the water bluer than Paul Newman’s eyes. I might have missed all that if I let my thoughts have the podium. I thanked them for sharing and let them drift away just like that motorcycle key.

When it was time to leave, I simply walked back into the ocean, looked down and, yes, there on the ocean floor was my motorcycle key, waiting for me to retrieve.

This, my friends, is reality when we let life work for us. When we, as Lao Tzu says, make a thought and then laugh at it.

Sure, my mind occasionally comes in handy, but I much prefer to use it sparingly, on a need-to-know basis.

#222 Forever!

Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World).

28 Responses

  1. Pam, as always, I have such gratitude that I have access to all of your sharings. You are SUCH a blessing in my life. Thank you!

  2. Thanks Pam for everything you do. I would like to share a similar story. Last week I went to get the tires balanced and rotated on the car that I was selling my daughter the next day. I’d called earlier in the week and they said ‘no appointment necessary, just come on in’. When I arrived I was told it would be an hour and a half before they got the car in. Wasn’t thrilled but handed over the keys anyway. My mind really started in, but I said nope. This can work out well despite what I’ve been told. Within 15 minutes my car was in and I left 15 minutes later. No charge. I love handing things over to my higher self. Life can be ease.

  3. Another lovely rich post, Pam; thank you for sharing with us. It’s obvious by the last paragraph, that the “real” YOU has regained her rightful position as the Governess of the body-temple. Wonderful! 🙏

  4. you too for me are a divine bubbly fun n’ frisky blessing! Pure bliss magic : )) Thanks pam as always for your sparkle and all the love and joy you bring. I’m thrilled to know you

  5. This is so good I’m going to double my Happy Dance time!!!
    xxx
    Kate in Carmel by the Sea

  6. Pam…
    This is so good I’m going to double my Happy Dance Time!
    xxx
    Kate Carmel by the Sea

  7. Since transforming through the course. I experienced a great many miracles, but I also have past memories to resolve, some I may not even know that I have. Yesterday’s miracle came from a coworker, someone we call angry. He was being his natural self and I was tempted to respond in kind. But I immediately started doing my Hooponopono chant and the truck became a little more peaceful. The miracle however came when we were returning from our next call and my coworker says “hey sorry for before everything cool”, I’m not sure I ever heard him say sorry. Love and forgiveness overcome every perception we think we see. The best thing is that everything gets clearer and much easier each new day. Peace

  8. Thank you for your wonderful reminder! I’ve had many “miracles” as well, but often forget that our thoughts and words determine our experience.

  9. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ With all the insanity around us, I REALLY needed to hear this today. THANK YOU!!!!

  10. Thank You Pam! 💝💟💫💝
    I needed this and I will laugh at or together With my thoughts during this little renovation of our home🦋
    Too many times I’ve followed them already 😅😅🙈🙈
    You Are a Treasure, Pam 🦋💟🦋💝💫💝
    With Pure Love, Teija and the Pelonteet 🦋💫🦋

  11. Wow! I love that motorcycle key story. What a great reminder. Thankyou for these inspiring posts that help us remember to put our mind in it’s place, and to use it’s tools to serve us rather than control us. (& I love the idea of laughing at a thought I’ve just made. That is so good! I’m going to practise that today- especially those sneaky thoughts that try to bring me down. Laughing at them will be delightfully therapeutic!! 😁😂😍)

  12. Thank you for sharing your time, insights, knowledge and especially your love . So needed. You are a blessing.

  13. Thank you Pam! ❤️ The motorcycle key story is epic! Love how you thanked your thoughts for sharing & moved on. That’s going to be my new plan. You found your key in the ocean! Or should I say the key found you?! Anything is possible!

  14. Pam your encouragement and inspiration keep me going, more than you know. So grateful we our on this planet together. Love You Char

  15. Reminds me of how I applied the Law of Attraction yesterday. I was watering the outside plants at Unity of Billings. A couple weeks before we had a wind storm that blew small branches all over the lawn. I wanted to rake them up, but it was hot and I had a lot of my own projects. A couple was parked in the driveway. The man came up to me and said he would do some work for the church as he needed $28 more to pay his motel expense for the night. I told him if he picked up the branches I would pay him whatever I had in my purse. He agreed, I found a rake, a couple bottles of water and all the cash I had in my purse, information on a one-stop charity, and left to run my errands. It was a win-win, and I didn’t have to rake up the branches.

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