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When life changes in a literal heartbeat

“There isn’t time — so brief is life — for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving — and but an instant, so to speak, for that.” — Mark Twain

Every now and then, something comes along that I feel duty bound to shout from the rooftops. Today, my web designer, who already rocked my world when she generously offered to rejuvenate my saggy website, sent me the exact thing I longed to hear—although I didn’t know it.

Google’s logo on 9/22/2011

In exactly two weeks from today, it’ll be Taz’s birthday. She would have been 28. I’ve been thinking about her A LOT. Not just because Google, on the fall Equinox, featured this logo. Or because the new barista at my coffee shop wears a 222 necklace. But because well, it’s coming up on the third year since she so unexpectedly died.  I’ve been a bit mopey.

So I have to cry out in joy (or at least write a blog post) to proclaim that life, no matter how it may appear, always shows up with the very sign or gift you need.

I’d already had that reminder on Wednesday when I was being interviewed by Maejor, a big-time hip hop producer who is currently on a global mission to heal the planet through music. The Grammy-nominated producer (who happens to be 33) discovered that music, when tuned to 432hz, emanates a healing, harmonious energy. Most music is tuned at 440hz, a standard approved by the American Federation of Musicians in 1917. But Mozart and Verdi, who tried to make 432hz official then (complete with signed documentation from physicist Felix Savart, ) tuned their music to 432hz, a frequency that better matches earth’s frequency.

Anyway, Maejor was reading my book, E-Squared. After being diagnosed with leukemia, he decided he could no longer wait to throw his hat into the activism ring. He always figured he’d “serve humanity” when he was older. For now, he was having great success writing tunes for movies, Pepsi commercials and even the Boston Celtics. His diagnosis prompted a sudden pivot. Now was the time to change the frequency.

His messages of positivity didn’t seem to be selling like his earlier songs so he did the Dude Abides experiment asking for a sign. Within the 48 hour-time period, Justin Bieber (I KNOW!) called unexpectedly and invited him on a tour to Japan, one of many synchronicities that further cemented his life-changing mission.

As I said, things can turn around in a heartbeat. My heartbeat moment occurred this morning when the wonderful Ioana Stoica sent me this:  

Love you all to the moon and back. Have the best weekend 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)

Is your life OTSA?

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not the mind.”—Lionel Hampton

So I’m reading this fascinating book called Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain. It’s written by neuroscientist David Eagleman who presents compelling evidence that our DNA is not a blueprint, but the opening domino that kicks off the show. He says our brains are constantly reconfiguring, constantly making new neural connections, way more than any other species. We’re all hard-wired to eat and mate, of course, but after that there’s a lot of leeway.

Which is why I’ve decided to share my new response to “How are you?” I learned the word OTSA from Tippy, a wonderful ACIM teacher who recently contacted me about a group she started last year to work the Course, using the original lessons along with my irreverent version. She says there are more than 50 “bright open minds” from Estonia, Norway, South Africa, Spain, India, Slovenia, Finland, Scotland, etc. who, bit by bit, are relinquishing layers of fear. She jokingly calls it a gathering of the UN Peace Corp and reports that, after a year (and they’re starting up again), everything is becoming light and fun.

So when people ask her how she is, she answers OTSA! It stands for Off the Scale Amazing.

Which is why I decided to share two videos guaranteed to switch up your neural programming.

The first is of Gurdeep Pandher who reminds me of the power of one person to make a difference. From the Yukon, not exactly a high population center, he dances and spreads joy.

The second is a video you may have seen. I was reminded of it yesterday because Deborah Cohan, who became known as the dancing doctor, is speaking at our Awakin call this Saturday. This video went viral (Beyonce even shared it) after she created a flash mob of dancers in the OR before her double mastectomy.

Hopefully, after watching these, you can all answer OTSA if someone happens to inquire within. #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)

Make it nice in there

“Self and world, inner and outer, are not entirely separate, and the question of what the future will be intimately involves ourselves.”—Charles Eisenstein

I have a friend who is obsessed with home makeover shows. Switching up décor, lighting, even floor plans can make a big difference in a living space. There’s even a profession now where stagers come in and wave their magic wands to transform the inside (and probably even the outside) of a home to make it more appealing to buyers.

I, on the other hand, haven’t updated my house in years. For one thing, I travel, but mostly it’s because I believe all important redecorating happens “inside my head.”  I’m the only one who lives there so my priority is to make it nice in there.

Sometimes, my mind isn’t a fun place to be. It gets dark and fearful and I forget to open the windows.  

But when I’m on top of my game (and regular practice sure helps), my decorating scheme involves the following pillars:

Generosity. And while, yes, this means being charitable to others, mostly it means being generous to myself, letting myself off the hook, giving myself a break and realizing I’m doing the best I can.

Gratitude. Yesterday, like we always do at my possibility posse, we talked about the wonders of the world. We laughed (maybe even less than charitably) at an unknown person who, my friend noticed, was bitching about the fact the cruise line only had six sugar-free deserts. Our chuckling mostly had to do with recognizing ourselves, those times when we ourselves forget to see the incredible gifts always available to us. Stars, my gosh. Full moons, tiny seeds that grow into kale leaves. I mean, the beauty out there is almost too much to take in. We live on a spinning rock in the middle of a ginormous cosmos, for heaven’s sakes.

Open windows. This is my number one redecorating tip. When things get stuffy and stale inside my head, when I start believing any number of OMG’s, I simply remind myself that there’s a heck of a lot of reality that I don’t know or see or understand. How can I possibly judge or be less then generous and grateful towards anything when I only see a teensy part of its truth.

I find whenever I follow these design techniques, my head is a more pleasant place to be and life outside my head tends to follow suit.

Have a stupendous week, my friends. #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)

When your reality gets out of control

“To be empowered—to be free, to be unlimited, to be creative, to be genius, to be divine—that is who you really are.”—Joe Dispenza

So I’m back from Mexico after a month of mountain hikes, glorious mighty companions (that’s what we Course students call each other) and lots of fresh air, fresh food and fresh ideas.

In my absence, my garden beds have been starring in their own reality show, “Plants gone wild.” Nothing makes me happier than seeing what nature does when left to its own devices.

As I’ve been weeding and taming and wrestling the plants back into their borders, I got to thinking how reality, too, can get out of control. Especially when we leave the country of who we really are. When we supersede the love we were born from and still essentially ARE with cultural narratives, media hysteria and emotional attachments.

As I repeat, ad infinitum, the reality we see is nothing but a mental projection resulting from a conglomeration of our beliefs, thoughts and history.

What we see and experience is a real time neurological interface with particles and waves that we have condensed down to matter with old programming. Even though, in the quantum world, we are completely new and different than we were one millionth of a second before.

So my focus right now is returning to proto-Pam, the true Self before the beliefs and programming and what my friend, Jay, calls societal implants were installed.  

Every morning, I go out and lay in my backyard, flat on the ground, connecting with who I really am before Newtonian paradigms and 65 years of history took over.

It’s actually quite beautiful. I find nothing but love and light. Hope you’ll go outside today, feel the truth and join me in returning the world back to its original creation. #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)

Loving this incarnation more every day.

Sadly, there are more wild horses in holding pens than in the wild.” — Willie Nelson

One of the many perks of my job is getting beautiful thoughts from beautiful people. As ya’ll know, I get lots of emails with lots of great stories.

The other day (maybe yesterday, I forget), this post came in from my friend, Dunn Neugebauer. I like it so much that I decided to share it here. I know you’ll enjoy!!!

For whoever is listening:

I’m spinning around in this incarnation on a crazy planet – it’s divided and two-sided and everything I read and hear wants me – is begging me – to be scared and mad and apprehensive. Often times, people pull me into their conversations wanting me to be that way because that’s the way they are.

Anyway, the reason for this letter is that I’m not that great at praying – my words get interrupted by a scattered mind that keeps throwing out its agendas and ideas and fears. Enough about fears. And anger. And division.

For whoever is listening, help me love this incarnation MORE, not less! Help me realize I’m in the midst of wonderful people, I’m sitting in a beautiful building, and though I’ve been in such a state that I once couldn’t afford the stamp to mail this letter, I’m surrounded by opulence and edged weeds and insured policies and secured doors.

For whoever is listening, I pray for nothing selfish but instead ask for gratitude and then more gratitude. Because I have sports to watch at the touch of a button, a friend to text across the country with the command of my very voice, transportation that can get me from Dunkin Donuts to the river and, think about it, is there any place else I need to go?

For whoever is listening, let me know that we attract what we focus on, we attract what and who we are, so with that said please mute the voices of the press and the TV and steer me into the day in silent wonder, profound awe, constant amazement at all that’s been created.

After all, we can fly. We can communicate. We can enjoy. 

For whoever is listening, remind me of just yesterday, when I met eight new colleagues, listened to a meeting that turned into one of the best comedy shows I’ve ever been to, sat at a table with a meal that many in the world don’t get.

For whoever is listening, I just want you to know that I’m ticked off at being ticked off, and constantly being reminded that I’m supposed to be ticked of even more. We were created out of love – and when we go there, magic happens – and if you don’t believe in magic then you’ve lost your wand. 

The wand, for the record, is in your head; it’s carried in your very soul. So quit looking everywhere for it – it really is as plain as the nose on your face. 

For whoever is listening, I turned off media outlets this morning and simply appreciated the silent hum of an air conditioner – nothing more, nothing less. And it was exactly that emptying of the mind – of the hate and the stress and the division – that brings me to rhymes and verse and prose and hopefully inspiration.

Who knew? If the humming of an air conditioner can do that, what if I practiced this more? What then I ask?

And so, for whoever is listening, thanks for creativity, the legs to run, the place to write. Thanks for my six pillars – read, write run, beer, book, burrito – and please help me keep the ‘beer’ part in check.

But thanks for this – all this. Fourth of July parades, Easter Egg hunts, Game 7’s, watching 22 midgets chasing one soccer ball, seeing the wheels spin in the heads of our youth and the ‘aha’ moment when they ‘get it.’ Weekends with the tops down, the moods up, and the destination who cares?

And thanks for letting me know that there is no reason, none at all, to focus on hate and anger and division. For I came from you, and like you, I came from love and peace – I wasn’t created out of hate.

And finally, thanks for listening. And thanks for the circle of light you’re drawing around me as I go through this day. And thanks for the gratitude to appreciate – not complain about – all of this.

Thanks, Dunn, and thanks to all of you who I hereby command to go out and have the very best weekend 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)

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)

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