“Everything rises to truth.”—Emma Curtis Hopkins
Oh my gosh, you guys! I’m super excited and grateful and well, I probably oughta warn you right now: this post may get a bit annoying.
For one thing, I’m heading out tomorrow on my first travel assignment in a really long time. I’m going to the Yerkes Observatory (widely recognized at the birthplace of modern astrophysics), visiting Hugh Hefner’s first Playboy Bunny Club (now a 5-Diamond Resort and Spa), ziplining, hitchhiking with one of the country’s last mailboats (it delivers mail to the old Gilded Age mansions on Lake Geneva) and well, generally having a ball with a bunch of crazy travel writers.
Later this month, we’re finally dedicating the Taz Grout Library that the 222 Foundation built in Nepal and, in less than two weeks, the incomparable Karen Drucker is coming to town for the Amazingly Awesome Benefit concert. I recently learned that Karen launched her piano career on the piano of none other than Carole King. I already knew she’d won a Tarzan calling contest with Carol Burnett when she was 14, but how was I to know that she later babysat for Carole King’s kids?
However, the main reason I’m bursting at the seams with joy is because it feels like I’m finally breaking up with the story in my head. And by the story in my head, I’m referring to the cultural fabrication that used to run my life. I no longer identify with much of anything my ego tries to spoon feed me. Notice I’m not saying my ego quit trying to control the narrative. I’m saying I no longer buy its tiny, tidy lies. At least most of the time.
For a long time, the ego’s story seemed normal, the way life was. Of course, I nodded obediently when it suggested that my job was to “find” spirituality, that I needed to seek happiness and joy.
But now I see that all those things I so dutifully attempted to forge connections with already exist within me. My natural state is happiness and joy. I’m discovering this raw, unnamable current of peace is inescapable once you break up with the ego and its desperate fabrication that something is missing, that things aren’t fair.
As I said, I’m a bit giddy with joy. But that’s okay. Because that’s who I authentically am. #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).
Love this! It’s such a great feeling to even get a glimpse of that knowing.
Wow! I can feel your energy, Pam, and it feels wonderful. Your post just put a smile on my face and reminded me, yet again, that we really do already have everything we need inside us. Thank you!
YOU are inspiration!!!
Awesome! Enjoy your travels 🙂
EN-JOY!!! The trip sounds FABULOUS!! And thanks for sharing your always-welcome reminders!
What a wonderful adventure Pam…but we are all the wonderful adventure so yahoo to that!
Your the best! Always keep me thinking and climbing higher!
Your light changes us Pam. Thank you for being such a beautiful, bright light! Your excitement is contagious!
You light up my life too!!!!
This post makes me so HAPPY!!!!!
Oh Pam thank you for your inspirational email💖
I long to come along with you spiritually trusting 100 percent!
Beautifully articulated, Pam. Heartfelt 🕊️ peace.
Thank you so much for sharing with us, Pam! I am so glad for you—that you no longer identify with what the ego tried to spoon feed you (or shovel!). I owned the ego shirt for a lot of years, whether I wanted to or not. Consider it burned…just some ashes now. Way to go! 🙏🧡🙂
No need for the warning Pam – the post didn’t get annoying at all! Love the cartoon, love the story about Karen Drucker and Carole King’s piano, and I love that you’re so full of joy that you’re bursting at the seams with it. May we all find that joy within us and burst forth with it’s deliciousness so we can dance through our days. So be it! 😁💃🥳
So great! All of it! I am excited for you, your adventures, and your breaking up with your ego!
Keep up the giddy! (Giddy Up!)
Woo hoo!!! Congratulations and have a blast!! So thrilled for you.
Have a blast, Pam! I really enjoy reading your posts. Sounds like an awesomely fun trip!
Thanks so much for this. It’s my birthday today and I always tend to count and compare my the cultural milestones to everyone else’s on this day. But there is only one milestone that matters, and it is how connected I am to my own heart and the great big collective consciousness that runs through us all. Look forward to reading about your adventures!!
It makes me so happy to see that you are living happiness and joy and that it is contagious (the right stuff to spread…).
Thank you Pam! Your joy is so contagious that I have no CHOICE but to spread the vibe!!! Congratulations on the library dedication, and I’m looking forward to all the stories your travel generates! I LOVE who you authentically are. I see you, my friend ❤️👀
Thank you so much for this post, Pam! You are light and joy in this world!
Just so dang happy for you, Pam! Your unmitigated joy helps re-spark mine! I wish I could attend the benefit concert. I love Karen and love, love, love my pal, Gary. I’ll be there in spirit though. Rock on forever Taz and #222!
Thank you for the Light and Love of the Self you share with our world. We certainly wouldn’t be the same or as fantastic without it!
Thanks for sharing your light today. Mine was a little dim and needed a little boost. I try to that for all the people I meet in my day too. To be a little light from which they can boost theirs.
Reading about who you authentically are, inspires me.
I’m even a bit jealous.
Thanks for sharing the possibilities!
Oh the Love 💝💝💝
Oh the Joy 🦋🦋🦋
I am hopping
In this JoyBus,
With Love, always, Teija and Pelonteet
I am so happy for you! Enjoy your trip – Hugh Hefner’s former Bunny Club? Might still be buzzing with good vibrations, tee hee …… 😉