“Happiness, when done right, is a kind of holiness, palpable and redemptive.”—Mary Oliver

It occurs to me that my blog posts all say the same thing. I wrap them up, of course, in different packages. But basically, they assert some variation of this theme: 1.) That our natural state is peace and happiness and that 2.) Our feckless egos tell us just the opposite.  

The trick, of course, is deciding which idea to feed.

The ego is pretty mouthy and insistent. It runs like stock market ticker tape, constantly announcing that something is wrong, that something needs to be fixed.

I notice that when I place my attention on the random thoughts profusely supplied by the ego, they clump together and create whole Hollywood-worthy productions, complete with set designers and dancing penguins.

But when I feed idea #1, that my natural state is peace and happiness, I evoke a self that’s more generous, open and spontaneous, one that can respond to whatever happens to be at hand.

My thoughts, I’ve noticed, are like legos. They literally build things. One thought leads to the next and to the next and so on.

And while thoughts, when guided by the ego, can certainly construct a lot of heavily-encrusted delusions, it’s important to remember that they ARE just that: delusions. They simply are NOT true. They’re habits that our long-standing attention has temporarily set into concrete.

The good news is the delusions can be dismantled, blown to smithereens, by simply returning to idea #1.

As the Course in Miracles likes to remind me, when I let go of self-deceptions and images I’ve falsely worshipped, fear disappears and only love remains. When I give up suffering, anxiety and doubt, the awareness of eternal peace and happiness, my natural state, can’t help but come pouring in.

Welcome to the celebration of a different kind of party. #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).

27 Responses

  1. I love how you spread the same message in different packages again and again. It seems we need/love to hear it again and again! 😀 Thank you so much, I could use this reminder … <3

  2. Thank you, Pam, for sharing your wonderful insights about our true nature. I loved your analogy of the ego being like a stock market ticker tape—so true. We give the ego’s yapping voice way too much attention; in fact, the majority of beings are totally lost in its mesmerizing tales. I so appreciate what you’re sharing. Blessings. 🙏

      1. Thank you, Pam. Yes, I’m glad to be out of the ego’s clutches, too. Unlike many other seekers, I had no conscious awareness that I was seeking release via enlightenment; didn’t even know that such was even a possibility.
        Then, one morning in 2017, the perspective was opened wide (for one day), and the genie (consciousness) was released from identification with the lamp (body-mind). More followed, then stabilization in the realization that “this” is basically a dream.

  3. Repackaging the same message is perfectly fine. We can’t get enough reminders and you never know when it’s someone’s first time hearing that message. Does an all-star quarterback change how he delivers the ball to the end zone (or whatever it is that they do?)? The path can be different but the message is the same! Now, score some touchdowns, y’all!! (wink)

  4. Same for me..I need the reminder. Your timing & packaging is always perfect for that day. Thank you Pam! 💜💜💜

  5. Thanks for the invitation! Let the party begin!! And please keep inviting us as often as you like in as many different ways as you like Pam, because we all enjoy your entertaining, encouraging and uplifting posts, and I’m pretty sure we all benefit from being reminded that life is meant to be joyful and that being peaceful and happy is our natural state. It’s so easy to forget this marvellous truth, but thanks to your timely reminders in bright cheery packaging, we’re helped in remembering. So thank you dear Pam! See you at the party where I’ll be dancing and singing with joy 😁💃🎶

  6. Those are the only two things you ever need to write about, please continue! We need to be reminded ALL the time!
    Cheers to our natural state of Peace and Happiness!!! ❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️

  7. Thank u Pam this is so true… oh I’m on Lesson 11 on ur book course in miracle and I love it! ❤️ Thank you, thank you, thank you 😁

  8. Thanks for the invitation to the party, life is inviting in many ways, ideas of Ramana Maharashi lead to this celebration too! Saludos.

  9. Thank you so much for this Pam. I think I blew it a bit today, so this was a great hug from the Amazing Universe and the Amazing Pam!!!
    Kate

  10. Thank you Pam. This reminder is what I need. Could it be true that #1 is really what I need to rejoice in? Uh huh. Yes indeed.

  11. Infinite love and gratitude….and endless naturally occurring miracles to all! Sounds like the best kinds of party! Lesley

  12. Thank you once again. I’m not sure how I was first “introduced” to your wisdom and your truths, but I am forever grateful how your words, your books, your ‘blogs’ have stayed with me and kept me aware of all the blessings this life gives us.

  13. Mary Oliver is a favorite poet of mine. I have 2 of her poems and her picture on my wall at work. She really got it!

    Thanks for yet another inspiring post.

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