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A different pair of shades

“Love will immediately enter into any mind that truly wants it.”—A Course in Miracles

If you want to fish, you need a pole or a net or maybe a spear. But if you really want to up your angling game, nothing beats a pair of polarized sunglasses.

By eliminating glare from the water, you gain a whole new superpower. Polarized filters change the axis of light transmission, so the vertical reflections from the water’s surface no longer block your vision. You can better peer beneath the surface, get a 10-20 on that 35-pound trout. It’s kind of revolutionary.

Just like spiritual practice that enables us to see things anew: each other, the sky, the trees, the habits and patterns and emotional routines in which we so often get stuck.

Spiritual practice allows us to see beyond our private, self-made worlds. It allows us to recognize love in everyone, in everything.

A Course in Miracles, my main spiritual squeeze, can be summarized in five words: Help me see this differently. Whatever it is, I can be sure my view pales in comparison to the Dude’s vision.

That’s my daily mission. To be open to the infinite and therefore see infinite possibilities.

I’m ready for a new pair of shades. How about you? #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)

It’s a-shining in me…now

“The ego is the party pooper that prevents us from dancing into the middle of the ballroom floor.”—Francis Lucille

Buenas dias, mis amigos! Spending a month in Mexico’s Sierra Madres is the perfect antidote to hot Kansas summers.

Long mountain hikes, $1 green juices and, of course, the Namaste community makes for an easy dive into today’s Course in Miracles lesson: The peace of God is shining in me now. It’s also making me toy with the idea of resuming my travel writing.

As I’ve shared before, I had no idea (always the preferable plan) how I was going to realize my intention of traveling the world, but Source knew just how to work it out.

Ever since that editor at Ladies Home Journal called to ask if I did travel writing (and I very wisely answered “of course” even though I wasn’t totally sure what that meant), I’ve been writing about foreign cultures, countries and ideas. And, in the process, traveling the world.  

Which brings me to the word “try” and why I avoid it by any means necessary. As Thomas Keating said, “to try to accomplish things by force of will is to reinforce the false self.”

The false self, of course, is the part of us that believes life is hard and that we have to seek to find what makes us happy.

Although I’ve repeatedly said “the biggest secret in the world is that we all really love each other,” another biggie in the lies-we-believe department is that happiness is out there somewhere. When in reality, happiness, joy and, yes, peace is our natural state.

And every time we try to attain that, we forget that we already have it.

Take my beautiful new website, for example. It was pretty clear my old site needed an update, but rather than work to find and interview designers, the perfect designer came to me. Out of the blue.

Out of the blue, by the way, is a synonym for the Dude, at least in my vocabulary. Thank you SO MUCH, Ioana Stoica, a Romanian designer who read one of my books and emailed me to volunteer.

So today, no matter what big plans you have, I hope you’ll take today’s Course in Miracles lesson to heart. And here to make it easy, is Jimmy Twyman’s song, “The peace of God is shining in me now.”  #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)

Impossible? What’s impossible?

“You will be bound until all the world is seen by you as blessed.”—A Course in Miracles

Happy Monday, my friends!  I’m down in Mexico, loving the weather, the mountains and all the beautiful souls who live here in Ajijic.

Every morning at 9 a.m., I head to Jimmy Twyman’s Namaste community for the morning message and to get a bunch of hugs.

Today, Jimmy challenged each of us to do something “impossible.” The example he shared was his own belief—up until yesterday—that he, a talented musician, couldn’t write a song in Spanish.

Rather than continue on with that belief, he decided to challenge it. He not only wrote a song (in perfect Espanol), but he produced a video (complete with graphics) that he shared with us this morning.

Another “impossible” story came from my dear brother Rod who I met three years ago when I first came to Namaste. He’s 80 now, but when he was 65, soon after retiring from his demanding career as a construction supervisor, his body more or less gave out. He had tremendous back pain, neck pain and could barely get out of bed. Doctor after doctor couldn’t help.  Like all of us, he was given the cultural programming about “old age.”

But since he had a much younger girlfriend at the time, he decided that being infirm wasn’t going to cut it for him. He met a guy selling a tonic called “Longevity” that supposedly would keep old age at bay. Rod bought a bottle, began to feel better and bought another bottle.

Within a couple weeks, he was back to his old self. As he says today, it wasn’t so much the tonic that “cured” him, but his belief changed. It was no longer “impossible” that he could be as fit as he ever was. And today, 15 years later, he’s hale, hearty, passionate about life and one of the most loving humans I have ever met.

I also want to let you know that my website is being re-designed this week (one of the many blessings I’ve received over the past few months) so it will likely be unavailable for a few days.  So if you can’t access it, that’s why.

And I’ll leave you with this question:  What “impossible” belief are you willing to let go of today? #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)

Resting untroubled in the goodness of the Universe

“The world will not be saved by old minds with new programs. If it’s saved, it will be saved by new minds with no programs at all.” — Daniel Quinn

I’m an awful lot like the cartoon character, Inspector Gadget. Remember the bumbling inspector who, yes, always saved the day, but had no clue it was actually his niece, Penny, and his dog, Brain, who did all the work?

Gadget got the credit even though it was his trusty compadres working behind the scenes that always thwarted the “bad guys.”

Despite what I think, I’m not really manning the dials.

Everything’s being arranged and taken care of by a friendly Universe that’s more immense and beautiful than anything my limited five senses can conceive. And the more I relinquish control, the more I surrender to the Dude, the more goodness I experience.

My brain, after all, is what Aldous Huxley called a “reducing valve.” It filters down to a trickle the overwhelming flood of information that’s coming at it. The trickle I perceive, like algorithms, merely matches what I’ve been “searching for.”

Making plans to fix this or do that really isn’t necessary. It’s counterproductive and, like Inspector Gadget and his best-laid plans, it doesn’t really work.

So instead, I rest peacefully, trusting that, behind the scenes, something a whole lot bigger than me is working everything out.

Tomorrow, I’m heading back to Ajijic and the Namaste community that I so love. I’ll be working on the new book, a new website and, of course, I’ll be in touch with ever more miracles.

In the meantime, I leave you with this beautiful video from the amazingly awesome Service Space. #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)

Still swimming in the waves

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us, as well.”–Voltaire

Happy Thursday, my brilliant beauties.

A series called False Positive (I haven’t watched it, don’t even know what it’s about) recently debuted on Hulu.

But the title got me thinking how often we invest in the opposite: false negatives.

All things we judge as “negative” are false. For that matter, all things we judge period — be it negative or positive — are false. Or rather non-existent.  They’re nothing but false simulations that our crafty brains devise to keep us from experiencing the astonishing now.

What can I say? The brain likes order and consequently fill in empty spaces with its own interpretations, all of which reflect beliefs from the past, beliefs that no longer exist.

I was going through some of Taz’s art journals (the girl was prolific and profound) and found this wonderful piece of art. I was startled by how relevant it is for the book I’m currently writing.

Yes, I’m finally writing a new book.

I love that I continue to surf in the incredible waves Taz left for me in this particular time-space incarnation.

The girl’s thoughts (in the bubble) are all false negatives. If only I was smarter, more interesting, etc. These are the ego’s thoughts that keep us so garbled up in distress that we miss the truth, the light, the love. But the more pronounced words “if only…I was free” are what’s real, what’s true, what’s our inheritance.

I’ve also been thinking about how we so often ask the wrong questions. We inquire about data. How much did your newborn weigh, how long was he, as one example. We could be asking “Tell me what it was like for your miraculous body to grow this new being, nurture it and then release it into this world?” Instead of focusing on data (how long? How big? How____?– substitute any piece of irrelevant data), we could be asking, “What profundities have you discovered? What mischief have you perpetuated? What is your biggest grandest vision for our planet?”

So, my friends, on this clear, beautiful Thursday, I leave you with those exact queries and I hope you’ll take a moment to answer in the comments section below.

Love, always love. #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)

Boundary or Itty-Bitty Box?

“Love is a built-in strength that’s far more effective than all the usual means of self-defense.”—D. Patrick Miller

It’s de rigueur these days to set boundaries. It’s okay for so and so to do this, but if he dares step over this self-imposed line in my sand, it’s curtains for him.

Here’s why I prefer to eliminate boundaries. Every person, no matter how they present on the outside, has dreams and wants to give love. And every person, unless they’re Jesus or Buddha or maybe Oprah Winfrey, also has their ugly parts, the parts that judge and want attention and do things that, on the outside, aren’t pleasant to be around.

But those traits are temporary, usually caused by some belief that involves their own safety as they perceive it to be.

Over and over again, I get proof that every living being (including birds and trees and ants) is much more complex than I can ever know. And for me to think I have enough information to make a judgement about really anything is a foolish conceit.

My mission, rather than to protect myself from what looks like some slight or wrong, is to stay open and draw out the truth, to feed the part, even if it seems invisible, that dreams and wants to give love.

I’m doing little things to prove that my judgments about others are limited. For example, there’s a waitress at a café I frequent that, in my less than magnanimous moments, I compare to a Nazi. My judgmental self  thinks she’s controlling and has used the pandemic to impose “her rules.” For a while, I avoided this restaurant and even shared a few anecdotes with my friends about her “unacceptable behavior.”

Until it occurred to me that I could be wrong. And that, if I treat her (and even think of her) as the loving, friendly, happy person she truly is, I would notice those qualities.

Now, I go there every chance I get, give her way bigger-than-necessary tips and am constantly treated to the medicinal properties of my own kindness.

Those boundaries that everyone thinks are so important not only limit the person I judge, but they lock me into a cramped box that’s getting more uncomfortable all the time.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to be released from all sense of threat, all tight places that limit me in any way.  Wishing you big, bounteous love and freedom in every area 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)

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)

We need your weird and wonderful

Shiver awake now at the doing of your dream.”–Bob Savino

In my book, Art & Soul, Reloaded, I share 52 anecdotes about well-known, successful artists who, like all of us, sometimes doubt themselves.

I called that section “You’re in Good Company” because it’s vital to know that artists who have “made it” are just as human, just as scared.

Steven Spielberg, even after winning countless Oscars, says he’s still insecure. Lady Gaga was dropped by her first record label after only three months. Saul Bellow’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel, Ironweed, was rejected by 13 publishers. Even Oprah got fired.

I love my collection of inspiring artist stories, but they’re especially useful when I’m about to go out with a new book proposal. Like Maya Angelou said, “Every time I sit down to write a new book, I think this is the time they’re finally going to find me out.”

Every artist has a story about how things could have been so different. How it all hinged on that one connection or that one wrong turn.

As a huge fan of Gary Larson (I just counted and I still have five of his Far Side cartoons thumb-tacked to the art wall in my office), I love the following story:

Larson was working in a music store, not exactly feeling “realized.” Sure, a Seattle magazine ran his quirky, one-panel comic, but he desperately wanted to quit his boring hourly job. He sent a collection of his work to several newspapers, hoping for a syndication deal.

While on vacation in San Francisco, before he heard back from any of his pitches, he approached the San Francisco Chronicle who bought it and sent it out for syndication. By the time he returned home, all dozen (or how many newspapers he’d initially pitched) had mailed back rejection letters. As he often mused, if he’d gotten those rejections before his vacation to San Fran, that would have been the end of the The Far Side.

So I don’t know who might need to hear this, but if you’re feeling like giving up for some reason, just know that you could be days or even hours away from things turning around.

Each of us has a blessing only we can give, a dream we so often push aside with some thought like, “Nah! I could never write or draw or start that business.”

Take it from me who, as I said in E-Squared, has gotten so many rejection letters I could have wall-papered the city of Cincinatti had they asked.

The world, no matter what your thoughts are telling you, wants and needs your gift. #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)

Tiny tweaks can reroute the flight pattern of your life

“If you trust life, it will surprise you and always give you good things.”— David Steindl-Rast 

Thank God I’m a writer, not a YouTuber, because the pronunciation of the word I want to write about today is way above my pay grade.

The word is arbejdsglaede. It’s a Scandinavian word that means work love and, as far as I can tell, there’s nothing like it in the English language.

In fact, I’ve heard an ugly rumor there are lots of non-Scandinavians who aren’t crazy about their jobs. Who don’t get excited when “The End” rolls on the screen of their weekend. I’ve also heard more heart attacks happen on Monday (again something to do with work) than any other day.

Since my chosen WORK (and that word never really cuts it for me, because well, arbejdsglaede) is the spontaneous expression of some thought that brings hope, that shines light on possibilities, I want to offer a different point of view.

I believe the reason my life has been 99 percent spectacular (including my career) is because that’s how I choose to see it. I expect to be dazzled. I expect my work to provide spiritual stimulation.  And I’ve proven over and over again that if I approach each day with that kind of expectation, that’s the kind of day (the kind of work, the kind of relationship) that’s likely to occur.

The reason it’s nearly impossible for me to distinguish work from play or my business life from my social life is because early on, I was blessed with the secret that that my appraisal of life affects its every aspect. #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)

Accelerating Now

“The moon is high and here I am.”—Bruce Springsteen

So I just listened to the five videos from Eckhart Tolle about “Conscious Manifestation.” I noted several interesting ideas.

Taz’s friend Molly took this lovely photo of moi.

Like me, he wrote down his intention to write the book that became “Power of Now.” Granted, he wrote his on a piece of paper and I wrote mine on a beach with a stick, but no one can argue that it didn’t work out for both of us.

He talked about an inner urging to share the ideas in his now-classic book, like somehow he sensed it was coming. His desire, he said, was to accelerate its manifestation. 

As I mentioned last week about the sunflowers in Plum Village that were in existence even before they blossomed, Tolle’s masterpiece was already an actuality, just not in material form.

Tolle also talked about the subtle distinction between two states of manifestation consciousness.

Don’t just BELIEVE you will receive whatever it is you’re attempting to manifest.

You have to KNOW you have already received it.

There’s a gaping difference. The first comes from a place of lack. The other comes from the fullness of who you really are: a powerful creator with all the resources and backing of the universe.

The other piece I related to was the acceleration. I feel a couple new projects picking up speed. As most of you know, I’ve been on a sort of self-imposed hiatus, maneuvering to regain my balance after the big shock of 2018. During my two weeks in the forest, I had a beautiful dream with a clear message that it was time to shift back into gear.  

In the dream, Taz and I were both visiting some giant resort. There were many others there, mostly strangers. And Taz and I would each go off and do our thing, visit with a friend, take a swim, etc. But we would always come back together. And it felt so peaceful, so right.  We both knew we were there for each other, that there was nothing to fret, nothing to worry about. And I woke up knowing in a whole new way that Taz and I have had many lives together, would likely have many more and that everything was right in the universe.

I’m not sure I could say that with conviction until now. Somehow that dream gave me permission to accelerate the new projects, to fully live this new reality.

So stay tuned, my friends. I’ve got some new projects on the horizon and, like Tolle said, I’m ready for acceleration. #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)

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