“In these temporary human forms, we’re here to be used in service to the undivided, to the flow of life, to how love wants to move.”—Gail Brenner
By the time life’s biggest blessing landed in my womb, I had already accumulated a couple degrees, three decades of experience and some notable, if sporadic, accomplishments.
But it was Tasman McKay Grout that taught me all the things I really needed to know: how to slow down and marvel at tiny, everyday things, how to laugh and dance and sing as loud as I possibly can and how to make a fort out of sofa cushions.
But the two biggest lessons I learned from my brilliant, kind, creative daughter is how much love a heart can hold (Like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes that monumental day in October 1993) and how vital it is to embrace every day, every moment, every second.
Death has a way of slapping us in the face with the reminder that life is short and uncertain and that uttering or promoting any message but “I love you. I have always loved you” is a complete and utter waste of time. This is it, friends, right now. And the only question worth asking is “How can I use this right now moment to be more generous, wide open and fully alive?”
As you know, I consider myself the ground crew for Taz’s wise, now cosmic perspective. That’s why I started the Taz Grout 222 Foundation that every February 22 (2/22) offers a monetary gift to an innovative project or person with a big idea to change consciousness and therefore the world.
We’re committed to changing the story of the modern world from consumption and acquisition to the more meaningful pursuit of creativity and self-expression. We believe happiness comes from human solidarity, simple living, respect for nature and the empowerment of all.
We look for projects that support the following ideas:
1. All people long to be generous and create beautiful things.
2. The story of scarcity, lack and the need to fight for resources was made up and is no longer valid. We aim to prove that, once liberated from outdated paradigms, the world is generative and endlessly abundant.
3. We believe all humans are interconnected and that even tiny actions have great significance.
If you or anyone you know has an idea to help bring about a change in consciousness, please consider applying for the 2023 grant.
It’s easy to apply. Just send a description of your big idea to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The more creative the project, the more likely it is to be chosen. In the past, we’ve funded a free coffee shop in India run by survivors of acid attacks, a forest of 2222 trees, a library in Nepal, a regenerative agriculture project in Ontario (Taz’s Hot Dirt), a couple different dancing projects and Service Space, an international, all-volunteer troop of love bombers who I just happen to be going to India with next month.
I hope you, my friends here on the blog, will help spread the word about this year’s award.
I’ll end with this quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn: “At the deepest level, there is no giver, no gift, and no recipient…only the universe rearranging itself.”
Have the very best weekend of your life and, as always, #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).