Miracles and the four-minute mile

“I do not believe in miracles, I rely on them.”— Yogi Bhajan
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So you might wonder why I’m always sharing miracle stories here on the blog. Those stories that tend to begin with some version of “You are never going to believe this.”

I feel it’s my duty to point them out (and throw massive amounts of confetti) because miracles, to some people, seem too-good-to-be true, seem too pie-in-the sky.

We need to hear (over and over again) that miracles are normal, that they happen ALL the time. Because until we can embrace a new possibility, it will remain beyond our purview.

Just like the ability to run a four-minute mile was considered ridiculous nonsense until Roger Bannister finally did it on May 6, 1954 (and has since been repeated many times), it’s ridiculous nonsense to skeptics that they have any say in miracles.

So, with the following three stories, I hereby invoke the four-minute-mile rule, the one that says that if one person did it, the rest of us can do it, too.

So as we review ACIM Lesson 219, please enjoy these tales that recently plopped into my inbox:

1. “Within the past 5-7 years, I have been mesmerized by hawks. I love to watch them soar high in the sky. I guess part of that is that they hardly ever have to flap their wings, they just soar with beauty. The other day I read the part (in Thank & Grow Rich) about collecting our gifts and the next day, I was driving home from work and low and behold there was a hawk about 6 feet in front of my car soaring at about the height of my car. The wing span is tremendous and breathtaking. I wish I had been in the situation where I could have pulled over to watch more intensely but I guess I saw what I was supposed to see.”

2. “I just wanted to say how grateful I am for having had the opportunity to read your books. In fact, your book about gratitude “Thank and Grow Rich” has completely changed my life.

“I used to be very depressed, for years I struggled with anxiety and depression, and your book was the open channel to a new reality for me. It actually inspired me so much that, I am creating a Social Project (which I plan to turn into a charity very soon) in Sydney, Australia, to help the homeless and disadvantaged people through educational and personal development programs, alternative and complementary types of therapies, and inspirational talks. And, guess WHAT? In tribute to your book, the name of my project is “Gratitude – A Good Attitude”. Thank you so much for inspiring me, you have helped me to change my life for the better

3. “Thank you!! I don’t have a lot of time to be able to read, but I do have a lot of windshield time and I have listened to Thank and Grow Rich, E-Squared and E-Cubed.

“I started focusing on the law of attraction three years ago when I decided to change my career. I had no earthly idea how it was going to happen but I truly believe that it would. I’m under qualified, under educated, And just plain shaky.

“Out of the blue I was offered the position at a wedding in Richmond Virginia. It was absolutely mind blowing.

When we moved, we left our beautiful home that my wife and I had built. I was detached and stressed. We were moving to a new area, putting the children in new schools.

“I was trying every possible trick or scenario that I thought would help my house. The market in my area is terrible and my house was quite expensive. So in other words, I needed a lot of dominoes to fall into perfect place so we could move out of our new 900 square-foot apartment where my daughters had to share a very small room and bed and into a house.

“When I downloaded Thank and Grow Rich, all of the E-Squared party games began working like magic. I started practicing and genuinely giving thanks for what was right in front of my face the entire time.

“Since January of 18, I have made 35k of extra money out of nowhere, bought a house that was recently built in the neighborhood we wanted to move into. We sold our other house and found a puppy after I gave all my worries to the FP, and Sold our other house.

I get so happy and I am so thankful that I cry often. Your book has changed my life. It’s not because we are able to afford materialistic belongings, but because the void within myself is being completely filled.”

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

No longer driving (or anything else) under the influence

“No one can make you unhappy. Your imagination alone does that.”—Mooji
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ABC correspondent and Nightline anchor Dan Harris wrote a book about meditation.

After interviewing Eckhart Tolle and other spiritual gurus, he started to notice that the running commentary that dominated his own consciousness was, as he says, “kind of an asshole.”

Which is what ACIM Lesson 218 tells us. Within each human being is a deep well of joy and glory. The reason this is such surprising news to us is because we’re all driving (and walking and living) under the influence of the asshole in our consciousness.

“How could you?” we reprimand ourselves anytime we eat something we shouldn’t, anytime we score less than perfect 10’s on job evaluations, anytime we have a “bad-hair day.”

We’re downright mean to ourselves. We go to war with those parts of ourselves we deem as bad—the jiggly upper arms, the desire to dance in church, the pull we feel to skip work and write—and only end up crippling humanity as a whole.

The answers, we’re taught, are:

Control. Discipline. Protection.

But willpower only separates us from our true nature, only creates static that keeps us from recognizing that we are part of something thrilling and unfathomable that may never have happened before in the entire galaxy and may never happen again.

Harris decided to deactivate his asshole through meditation and claims, in the title of his book, that he’s now 10 % Happier.

The Course takes it even further, claiming that unceasing (yes 100 percent) joy is our birthright.

It reminds us that everything we see, everything we believe, is just a story we made up. It tells us that, in Truth, we are spirit. We are light. All those voices, those wars going on in our head, are nothing but chunks of the collective consciousness that we can either believe and defend against or transmute with gratitude.

The real me, the Course tells me, is kind, giving, in deep communion with all of creation. The real me is a true force for love.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Just push the damn button

“I can’t just sit here vibrating with my own joy— I have to write about it, I have to share it.”— David Mason

So I have this car. It’s a Prius. Dead frog green, as my daughter has nicknamed its hue.

Among PUSH-TO-STARTButton-2the many things I ADORE about my car is that it has a button about the size of a quarter. I push it and voila! it comes to life. I move another little lever and it takes me wherever I want to go.

I have absolutely NO IDEA how that happens. I’ve heard there are things like transmissions, axels, motors.

But how it actually works? Like Alicia Silverstone’s movie, I’m completely and utterly clueless.

And that’s okay with me.

It’s also my position when it comes to A Course in Miracles. I notice my little pea brain wanting to understand how the transformation works. I want to ask, but why? But how? What exactly does ACIM 217 mean when it says it can be but my gratitude I earn?

I’m still not exactly sure. All I know is that once I started pushing the button (turning my issues over to JC and the Holy S), my life started going where I wanted it to go. I quit breaking down on the side of the roads. I stopped running out of gas.

I’m abundantly grateful I don’t have to read every little detail of the manual or understand a drive train. Or really do anything but push the damn button. I love that it’s not up to me.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Can you handle the truth?

“If your mind isn’t cluttered by unnecessary things, this could be the best day of your life.”–from a message left on my voice mail by The Zing, AKA Ethan Hughescan-you-handle-the-truth

Who can forget the explosive scene in A Few Good Men when Tom Cruise has Jack Nicholson on the witness stand? Cruise is badgering Nicholson, wanting to know whether or not he ordered a Code Red.

Nicholson, getting redder and madder, finally erupts: “You can’t handle the truth.”

And that, in a nutshell, is the real answer to all naysayers who want to know why all the good stuff happens to everyone else.

Until we can get on the frequency of gratitude, our connection to the bigger thing is blocked. Our bandwidth can’t handle the eternal, infinite love of the Divine Broadcast that’s always, always airing possibility, joy, freedom.

We’ve clogged up the connection by giving the floor to our inner anxieties, our fears, our time-sucking melodramas. Like Cinderella’s stepsisters, we’ve crammed life’s unending beneficence into our tiny shoes of old judgments and antiquated programming.

A Course in Miracles aims to upgrade the bandwidth of our consciousness. It’s entire purpose is to rewire our nervous system, rewrite old habits and literally change the chemistry of our brains.

And that’s where gratitude, as ACIM Lesson 215 reminds me, comes in.

Until I can look at every single person and event in my life and see its beauty, its radiance, its shimmering love, I will not be able to handle the truth.

Have the very best weekend of your life, my fine-feathered friends.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Why I’m the luckiest person on the planet, Episode 87

“It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.”—Calvin & Hobbes

goat2So happy to be back here on the blog after an extraordinarily epic girlfriend’s road trip.

For those who follow me on Facebook, you might have noticed I sang praises at a beautiful Buddhist stupa in the wilds of Colorado, visited an earthship, practiced goat yoga (yes, we did downward facing goat), hiked and had tea in a mountain castle.

My travels always bring extraordinary gratitude into focus. I live such a blessed life. And here’s the thing. A blessed life is what all of us are meant to be living. All of the time.

That’s the running thread of a Course in Miracles, the only lesson that’s really important. Lesson 214 stresses this radical idea. I am freed from all past ideas and only good can come to me.

Once I drop all the rules, ideas, evidence and grievances that I’ve used to form my life around, only good can come to me.

That’s an affirmation worth running in a loop. Only good can come to me. Only good. Only good. Only good.

Stay tuned for big, big news on the new book.

And also, if anyone is anywhere near Denver in the next two weeks, please stop by my workshop (playshop, more like it) at the Halycon Hotel in Denver.

I love you to the moon and back.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

A loving gift of freedom to the world

“There’s no such thing as a moment that isn’t rich with treasures.”—Esther Hicks hobson

So, I’m embarking on a road trip tomorrow. My best friend from college flew in and, like Thelma and Louise, we’re heading west.

In a car.

Only thing for sure is a Sarah McLachlan concert at Red Rocks.

The point (maybe an excuse) I’m trying to make is I probably won’t be blogging for awhile. And I know you guys sometimes worry about my temporary disappearances.

But here’s the thing. Computers and road trips don’t really mix. Now as for Brad Pitt?

Anyway, ACIM Lesson 202 (as well as the next 18 days) are a review. Just keep remembering that you’re forever free, that you have a purpose that transcends the world and that whatever you need or want is a simple thought away.

This review doesn’t have a lot of words (thank ya, Jesus). Rather it urges us to relinquish all that clutters up our minds, to give it all up to the Big Cheese.

When that seems too vague, I like to think of Hobson, the hilarious butler who took care of Dudley Moore in the 1981 movie “Arthur.”

Deftly performed by John Gielgud, Hobson loved his irresponsible charge with an open heart, no matter what ridiculous, immature thing he did. All Arthur had to do was ring a little silver bell.

The Course tells me that my own personal Hobson (AKA the Holy Spirit) will always, without fail, be available. Always. Always. Always.

So whenever I notice my mind settling into problem state or forgetting to be grateful or worrying about anything at all, I just stop, think of Hobson and ring the silver bell.

We got this, boos!

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Wouldn’t it be cool if_________!!!

“To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker is freedom.”–Eckhart Tolle
Psst! All you Course in Miracles fans. I had a revelation today. I realized that the reason the big, blue doorstop never gets read is because readers get stuck on all the words and throw the proverbial baby out with the dishwater.

Today’s lesson, ACIM 199 is one of those WTF lessons. It immediately triggers a reaction.

What do you mean I’m not a body? I have mirrors. I see the wrinkles, the cellulite. This books is utterly ridiculous!

And down it goes!

This lesson happens to be the one that’s repeated most often so I decided I’d better point out what it really means.

My body is sorta cool and all. It’s very useful when taking selfies. It’s kinda fun to dress it up, match it with shoes and earrings.  But it’s more like a cage than a real thing.

So forget that part of this lesson. Focus on the “I am free” part of it.

For example, I am free to pick a different reality today.

I am free to let go of all those made-up rules I learned as I was growing up.

I am free to create my life at will.

I am free, especially from the limitations of my body.

The body, for the most part, represents the egoic mind, the part that believes you can only be one place at a time, the part that believes your thoughts are private, the part that believes everybody (or at least the everybodies that aren’t in you contacts)  is out to get you.

When you claim your freedom, there is really only one question to pose: “Wouldn’t it be cool if__________!!!

Whatever follows that declaration is what you’re creating. You can continue to look at the world you see now OR you can create a new one. The one we see now is old news, it’s what we created over the past few decades. It’s one of many superpositions in the quantum field. It’s no more permanent than a peach.

We can create a new reality. But first we have to realize that we are free to do that. We have to quit staring at what appears to be. We have to start imagining.

Wouldn’t it be cool if we all realize how much we really love each other?

Wouldn’t it be cool if we spent our days expressing our creativity?

Wouldn’t it be cool if every person was housed and fed and aware of his freedom?

I love you guys so much. Thanks for joining me on this journey. I’d love to hear your “Wouldn’t it be cool if_____’s!!! in the comments section below.

Life is supposed to be extraordinarily epic! As we begin to recognize that truth, the same ole, same ole will wither and die from lack of use, from lack of attention.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

More tales from the annals of magic and enchantment

“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.”—Shannon L. Adler

miracles2It has been five and a half years since E-Squared made its debut. To this day, I still get emails from readers excited about their experiment results.

I sometimes share these stories here on the blog. Since it has been awhile, I trust you’ll enjoy these fun “test results” that recently popped into my inbox.

For those wondering, I still plan to blog about the Course in Miracles. I’m currently formulating the daily lessons into a book. I’ve also got lots of cool new projects in the making, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, here are three inbox miracles:

1. “I just wanted to drop a note to let you know that I have manifested $10,000 and a perfectly placed porta potty using experiment #1 in your book E2.

“The financial blessing came last March when my husband and I were pulling tiny, frayed strands together to meet our monthly bills. This blessing allowed us to continue our mission to create a better world through our business YogiTriathlete.

“The second blessing came just this past weekend when I felt inspired to listen to your book again while on my way to meet a group for a trail run here in San Diego. Feeling an agenda to create another $10,000 I announced to the FP that I was letting that go and that I trusted that I would be provided with exactly what I needed. I knew 100% that I would receive a blessing but I asked for it to be obvious because I experience miracles every day.

“The FP delivered.

“I’ve been an endurance athlete for over 13 years and I have never needed a bathroom as much as I did last Saturday. It was all I could do to keep that turtle’s head in its shell. Then voila! Just steps from my car was a porta-potty that I swear I never saw before. Divinely sent into my awareness and all was well in the world again.”

2. “I am turning 27, born and raised in China and came to the US for high school at 15. After college I worked in a big bank and thru a series of unpleasant circumstances I left and came back to NY for grad school. According to my worrying parents, I was in a difficult place in terms of career…

“I constantly listen to Abraham Hicks and Neville Goddard and firmly believe that God will deliver me into the 100% right position I was meant to be. I started reading your E-squared book 1 month ago.

“After reading something you said about putting intentions out there, I said to myself: I will have a girl I like in bed with me in a week and a job in 1 month. Both were actually thrilling and a bit nerve-racking. Nonetheless, I decided. (I don’t usually understand this word but this time, I think I actually tasted the little-bit-scary reality when these things do come true, they would totally shatter my then current way of life in every way, but I didn’t care, I wanted them shattered.)

“Guess what! One of my best friends expressed her feelings towards me the night before she left the US and we spent the night together. I was offered a summer internship in China two weeks into my “search” for a job (the search is more than whole-hearted to me, but to any outsider it would not seem that way, considering I only work mornings and spend afternoons mostly reading your books, ha).

“I don’t know how God did this, but he sure puts everything I ever want with my job into this one offer.  I decided I wanted to be a researcher (so I’d know more than the person I speak to), a trader (who make decisions), an executive assistant (so I get to liaise among different parties) in chronological order in the last year alone. I also knew I wanted to be a great friend/business partner with the most successful people in the world at a relatively young age. Given my cultural background, the one thing I want to do is to connect between the US and China. Can you believe me? All of them culminated in this internship I am about to do! I am just so on cloud 9 right now.”

3. “Hi Pam, just finished the 101 Dalmatians chapter in E-Squared! Wahoo, my experiment was to ask for a fun text from my girlfriend. I showered her with good vibes for getting a big windfall.

“I just got a text from her today that she won a pet portrait package in a raffle she entered! It was very fun to get that text, I’m still smiling!”

And so am I! Smiling and celebrating and pumping my fists!

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

This is what we want instead….

“Artists are the gatekeepers of the truth. It is our duty to be the voice of people who are overlooked and marginalized.”–Common

So, I’ve seen a lot of life-changing movies lately. I already raved over “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” the film about Mr. Rogers’ unflinching belief in the power of goodness. This past weekend, I saw, “Sorry to Bother You,” another awesome film with world-altering potential.

That’s why I like art so much. It has the ability to palpably move us without widening unnecessary rifts. Art, as far as I’m concerned, is all about communicating transformational messages.

I had the pleasure of chauffeuring several artists from the National African American Quilt Convention that was held in my hometown last week. These quilts schooled us on Jim Crow, voting rights and being a warrior woman, to name just a few.

So, today, because I’m thinking about it, I want to run an excerpt from my latest book, Art & Soul, Reloaded, about the power of art to truly change the world. Here goes:

I thought this was a book about being an artist.

But as I let the muses speak, as I committed to being a channel, I noticed a second message bursting forth: that being creative is about imagining a new world, about designing a new vision.

Art, when done right, orchestrates healing.

As artists, we’re out in the world conducting fieldwork on the culture.

Rather than protest and whine about the state of the world today, we must let our frustrations be our muse. We must let our disgruntlements inspire us to sing, to dance, to shout, “This is what we want instead.”

When a hyacinth macaw loses its nest in the disappearing rainforest, it doesn’t mope or call its therapist. It sings. It makes a joyful noise, reminding us what we have lost.

Ultimately, the world will be bound back together, not by politicians, but by thousands of individuals giving our gifts, thousands of individuals becoming ambassadors of the possible.

Our job is to put our art out there, to get others to gasp, weep, and hoot with joy. And only then, when their mouths are open, can we pop in the red pill.

Not only does art pry us open, but it encourages us to reach out, to join hands, to become a collective force for good. DIY doesn’t mean doing it alone. Creating, after all, can be a team sport.

One person taps out a beat. Another leads into a melody, and before long, the entire audience has joined the chorus, raising hope for the whole world.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Blame it on the boogie

Beware the stories you read or tell. Beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world.”–Ben Okri1 bc

Kids’ computer games have undoubtedly evolved since my daughter Taz played them on the giant desktop (compared to today’s laptops, that early Gateway is a veritable behemoth) in my office.

Back then, she had several games where, by pointing a cursor at an item in a scene, it would came alive. For example, if she clicked on a cupboard door, it would open, music would play and a duet of dancing mice would pirouette across the shelf. Or she’d click on a flowerpot and it would shimmy and shake until its beautiful red petals rained to the ground.

Life is like those old computer games. When you put your attention on something, it literally comes alive. If you put your cursor on all the opportunities and love in the scenes of your life, that reality comes alive.

But if you continue to click on the monsters under the bed, they, too, are more than happy to put in an appearance. The thing is we’re the ones manning the dials. We’re the ones deciding where to point our cursors, where to send our attention.

Have the best weekend of your life, my friends! I trust it will include dancing.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.