Dissolving blocks with the old gratitude 1-2

“We need radical curiosity and reverent pranks, voracious listening and ferocious thanks.”–Rob Brezsny
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I’m the kind of person that replies to comments on my blog with exclamation points. I get unreasonably excited about silly things. Like my recent stare-down with a blue heron or my front yard’s crepe myrtles that are really showing off right now.

Ferocious gratitude, as I wrote about in my last book, is causative energy. It literally brings things to life. Knowing and acknowledging that you live a blessed life makes things happen. It draws in even more blessings.

In other words, gratitude is the foundation for all manifestation.

There are two steps for using it most effectively.

First, give thanks that whatever reality appears to be true right now is one of a gazillion possibilities. Struggling to pay your bills or flying solo may seem rock solid and an absolute fact, but it’s not. Not even close. It’s literally one tiny superposition in the quantum field.

And we must start by celebrating the infinite (that’s so huge we can’t even get our minds around it) number of other potentialities that exist. Already. Right now. When we get really jazzed that whatever we have now is far from the final answer, the new can come quicker. Many people forget this first step. They build an altar to the reality they have now. They actually forget that it’s no more true than any other option.

I say throw a party for the countless options available to you. Get out of problem state. Dive into possibility state.

The last step, you already know. Say thanks for whatever new cool thing you plan to draw into your life. Say yes that it’s barreling your way. Jump for joy. Throw streamers.

As the Course in Miracles reminds us, the gratitude way of life is not difficult. It’s just very, very different than how we’re used to doing it.

Have an extraordinarily epic week, my friends.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Why perfectionism is a no-fly zone

“I am the world’s most disciplined half-ass.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
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My new book, Art & Soul, Reloaded, is about being a maker. It is my contention that we are here on Planet Earth to create, to make beautiful things.

I believe our greatest longing is to expand the universe, to make things that, until we came along, didn’t exist.

Maybe it’s a vision for a new way of being. Maybe it’s a song that might change someone’s life. It doesn’t even matter what it is. We are all being called to breathe life into the new.

Right now most of us, instead of being makers, are consumers, really talented consumers, I might add.

But despite the insistent drumbeat of the marketing machine, consuming will never fully satisfy. Whether it’s finally getting the new Porsche on your Vision Board or polishing off Season Six of Modern Family, it’s a half-empty pursuit.

I believe something—maybe your Higher Self?—is tugging at your heart, whispering in your ear—There’s more. There’s much, much more.

I’ve discovered, in my own relationship with creativity, that the “other woman” is often perfectionism. The belief that whatever I’m working on is supposed to be stellar in every way. This foolhardy notion often stops me in my tracks.

However, when I let the need to be perfect go, when I pooh-pooh the old voices that insist the project must be ready for the New Yorker, I find I get a lot more done.

My motto, as I’ve often said, is “Dare to Be Mediocre.”

It has served me well.

I encourage you to join me, to snub your nose at perfectionism. Step up to the plate. Be the the maker you were created to be! The world desperately needs what you have to say.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Miracle, find me now!

“You have to see the miracles for there to be miracles.”
― Jandy Nelson
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Many years ago, I had the opportunity to interview SARK for a profile in an inflight magazine. You’ve probably seen her “How to Be An Artist” poster. Stay loose. Learn to watch snails, etc. It was a perennial favorite (along with Farrah Fawcett in the red bathing suit) in dorm rooms around the nation back in the 80’s. I still have a copy framed and hanging in my guest bathroom.

She told me about her commitment to being an artist even when she had to eat catsup sandwiches, even when she had to scrounge lunch by sitting in hotel lobbies with a sign, “Take an artist to lunch.”

Back in the catsup sandwich days, when cash wasn’t yet flowing, she started using this affirmation: “Miracle, find me now.” She’d repeat it again and again.

One day, when feeling rather desperate to pay rent, she began her favorite mantra in earnest. She was walking down the street in San Francisco, where she lives, and six $100 bills floated down to her out of nowhere.

So here’s the question I pose to you.

Is your response a) “Well, duh! She asked for a miracle so, of course, she got a miracle or b) “You’ve got to be kidding me.”

If it’s A, you’ll love the following stories that recently popped into my inbox:

#1: “A friend suggested my husband and I read your book, E2. My husband read it first and told me it was basically what I’ve already been experiencing for many years. My life has been a series of playful synchronicities for the past two decades, but the experience I had this afternoon with experiment #8 was particularly poignant.

“I was taking a walk and thought about two friends from high. I have maintained contact with one through Facebook. The other one was my best friend who died nearly 15 years ago.

“After Sue’s memorial service, the song Browned-Eyed Girl by Van Morrison was playing in the car. That song always reminded me of Su, whose favorite flowers were Brown-Eyed Susans. On my walk this afternoon, I thought of Sue, and the Van Morrison song.

“I left it at that and mentally figured that I had until about noon on Sunday to hear back from Sue. When I went through the posts on Facebook this afternoon, I saw the post from Rebelle Society that was entitled, “You, my brown-eyed girl.” That was just too great a response from FP that had to be shared with you.

#2: “I just wanted to share my FP story with you. I’ve been on an airplane all day reading your book. It just happens to be 7/17/17. Today I woke up at 7:17 and my flight gate was C17 coincidence? So I’m finishing reading your first experiment on my way to Vegas and contemplate what it is I’d like to ask the FP for within 48 hours.

“Now I’m not specific as you suggest, I’m just expecting. Of course with all of my 17 occurrences today Though, I plan to put money on the number 17 while playing roulette. While this has worked a couple of times before, I have never put this much money or walked up to a table and just played 1 number only, NEVER.

“But determined I was and to my surprise 17 hit!! This happened within maybe 5 hours of asking the FP for a sign. I just wanted to thank you for your amazing book and how excited I am to read more.”

#3. “Last night I read E-cubed straight through. As I was reading the first couple of chapters where you recap E-Squared, I read “the dude abides” and the “VW Jetta” principles. I stopped for a second and asked myself what exactly would I need to see to be convinced of the validity of what you say.

“I decided that in 48 hours I would need to see the name “Mimi” in real life — not on TV or the Internet — as this was the obscure nickname my mom used to call me when I was a child,55 years ago! Only she used it and it’s obscure enough that, to me, it sure beats butterflies or something like that. I finished your book last night and, since I wasn’t ready to go to bed, I picked up an English mystery novel I’d gotten at the library. I opened it and on the opening page was a quote the author used to set the tone of his novel:
“Knock hard. Life is deaf.”–Mimi Parent

“There it is. Mimi. Within 2 hours of me deciding that Mimi would be my sign. Not only that, though. I had no idea who Mimi Parent is, so I looked her up. She’s a French Canadian artist born in Montreal. My own mother, who called me Mimi, was a French Canadian born in Montreal.”

Thanks everybody who showed up for my FB Live debut yesterday. It’s available on my Facebook page and the Hay House page if you’re interested.

Keep creating!

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

The Deuce of Clubs is not the only card in the deck: Change your story, change your life

“The first principle of quantum mechanics is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”—Richard Feynman

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So I won’t pretend that I do. But I do know that in the quantum field there are a gazillion superpositions. And that when we decide one of them is absolute fact (say, “the world is falling apart” or “life is really hard”), we make that superposition into a material reality. Our observing it makes it real, makes it solid.

It’s like choosing the three of clubs from a deck of cards and then forgetting there are 51 other cards in the deck. Only in the quantum world, there is an infinite number of cards–what I call the FP or the field of infinite potentiality.

When we worry about one particular superposition, we add energy to it. We solidify it into the material realm. When we call our friends to complain, when we watch the news with our mouths agape, we literally add weight to a hand of playing cards that needs to be discarded.

Worse, we completely forget there are so many other options, so many other potential realities.

You can play this particular hand for your entire lifetime. Most people will. Or you can throw it back in the deck and either draw a new hand or, better yet, create a hand no one has even thought up yet.

My new book that comes out Tuesday is all about throwing in the old hand, about creating a whole new world. One of the options, of course, is to pick a different hand from the existing 52 cards. And that’s a noble beginning.

As for me, I plan to start from scratch and create a different hand, a more beautiful and generous hand.

All of us have the power to do just that. We can take the bleeding and dying superposition that we’re currently seeing on the news, and throw it back in the deck.

We can choose a different vision, a different story, a different deck of cards.

It’s up to us, the observer, the chooser of the superposition.

P.S. I’ll be talking about the new book and answering questions during my debut FB Live next Tuesday. It’s on the Hay House FB page. I changed it, thanks to you and the solar eclipse which passes right over my head. It’s at 9 a.m. PST, 11 CST and noon EST. Hope to see you there.

Have a extraordinarily epic weekend.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Worldview 2.0: You will bring abundance and joy into your life once you stop talking smack about it

“Some people have a way with words, and other people…oh, uh, not have way.”
― Steve Martin, American comedian
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Just curious, my friends?

What are these phrases still doing in your head?

“Something needs to be fixed.”

“This is not good enough.”

“I don’t have enough.”

Visualize all you want. Affirm until the cows come home. But as long as your vocabulary is toxic, as long as you fail to get up each morning and realize how blessed you are—just to be alive, just to have this 24 hours—all your efforts will be futile.

When you say things like “This is going to be a great day,” or “Things always work out for me,” you are using your words to prophesy a positive future.

Most of us, instead of utilizing the magic potion of our words, throw them around carelessly like confetti at a party.

To continue to rehash things that didn’t please us makes no sense. Replaying negative stories over and over only adds energy to them, emitting the frequency that will attract more events with a similar frequency. Especially when we could use our allotment of words to inspire, uplift and encourage.

Most of us are smart enough not to rush to Red Box when our least favorite movies come out on DVD, so why do we insist on running repeats of the least favorite events in our life?

Just like it’s important to head west if you’re going to California, it’s important to send your words out in the direction you’d like your life to go.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Update on Carpool Karaoke–Changing FB Live date

“I could show and tell your students things they could gain from no other wizards.” –J.K. Rowling
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Thanks for all the great questions. And thanks especially for pointing out my bad timing. Guess my brain was muddled from jet lag.

I happen to live right at the eclipse pinnacle and, well duh! of course, I want to experience it. I also want you to have that rare opportunity.

So I’m moving my FB Live debut to the following day, Tuesday, August 22. Same time. 12 EST (9 PST) Same place. Same schtick! It’s the book’s official birthday anyway.

And since you were kind enough to click the link, here’s a quick post:

Woot! Woot! It’s Show and Tell Day!

Yep, we adults need show and tell. Probably more than kindergarteners. Think how much closer we’d all be if, instead of getting together to talk about our dysfunctions, we got together to look at each other’s creations.

Why isn’t this a normal thing? Every week or so we should get together with families and friends and show them something we really like, something unique about us. We should bring in some doodle we made on the side of a Visa bill or something we thought up while waiting at the dry cleaners. Adults still think things up. We just don’t tell anyone. We don’t think it’s important. Not with lawns that need mowing and mufflers that need fixing.

So with that thought in mind, I’ve got a couple stories to share, all sent by readers:

#1:

“I`ve got a funny story for you. I enjoyed very much E2 and I found out the Universe is surprising and plenty of humour. So, now I am reading E3. After the chapter 5, I decided modify your experiment (sorry), just for 3 days giving freely whatever amount anyone could ask me for.

“I liked the idea, but in 2 minutes I fell in panic. By joking, someone could ask me for 10,000 € and I should give it ! My mother educated me like a responsible customer and good saver, and I am aware how strong her influence is still in my mind (despite I am 50 years old).

“Later the same day, while paying a visit to a newborn girl, the happy and jesting father suggested me to leave 50 € in the cradle to make the baby to stop crying. I did it as laughing but he felt uneasy and gave me back the note.

Three days later my company sent me on a business trip; my colleagues and I usually complain about all our trips are in Economy class, same for short and long flights. All of us would like to use Business class at least in the long ones. That day I had to take 3 fligths in 25 hours, one of them Francfort-Tokyo, 11 horas and 30 minutes long. As I was waiting to board, it was announced there were some Business class and Premium Economy seats available, with an extracost.

“I remembered your book and decided to upgrade with my own money. Trying to change my attitude! At the counter I was told that Business class seat (in these flights the seat is a bed) was 800 € and Premium Economy only 240 €. I could pay the Business but I thought I was spending too much, and I decided to get the Premium.

“My boarding pass was changed and I gave my credit card to pay. But the machine was unable to read the card, and the staff told me it is quite usual. I tried with another card and the same result. A new cash machine was brought to the counter, and no way. I suggested to pay cash, but not possible. The staff apologized and gave me the upgraded boarding pass for free! (Thank you, Lufthansa). I enjoyed the extra space, and I really had fun by thinking that, if my attitude to the money were more open, I finally could have flied in Business class for free! And by the way I tested my credit cards after that and both are working properly…”

#2: “I just finished reading E2 and the last experiment of The Fish and Loaves Principal and I wanted to share this with you.

My husband’s young sons have now joined our family and have been with myself, my husband and my two teenage daughters for the last two weeks. It has been an adjustment and learning curve for all of us. Tonight, after coming home from work and taking a moment for myself, my oldest step son came up to me out of nowhere and gave me the biggest hug his little self could give. It was a huge way of saying “Chill out and everything will be OK if I look for the “what is right” in every situation instead of the “what is wrong”.

Thanks, guys! Have an extraordinarily epic weekend

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Carpool Karaoke and Me

“Do you have the courage to grab the dreams that picked you?” –Prince Ea

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I’ve missed you guys. I’ve been on travel assignment (in Sweden) and giving a workshop (at the London Ritz) and meeting amazing people (Stacey Sargison-Shawe and her JFDI FB group are really rockin’a possibility posse).

But, as Randy Quaid said in the movie Independence Day, and Jack Nicholson said in The Shining, “I’m back!”

I’ve got a quick favor to ask. I’m doing a Facebook Live on the Hay House FB page on August 21 at 12 EST (9 PST). It’s to kick off my new book, Art & Soul, Reloaded. I’m a bit nervous, having to go LIVE…all by myself for 30 whole minutes.

So I’m hoping you will post questions in the comments section below. What would you like to know? What would you like me to talk about? No question is off-limits. If you can think of one, I’ll attempt to answer it.

For sure I’ll be talking about the new book which is all about creativity and spirituality which, to my way of thinking, are essentially the same thing.

The muses, the angels, the bigger thing (call it what you will) are currently advertising for people like you, like me who are willing to be a satellite dish for the new story. The old story, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, isn’t working anymore. The old story of lack and competition and distrust is getting boring. It’s time to birth a new world.

And we artists are the ones who will do it. Not the politicians or the corporations. It’s us, together, sharing.

The best part is that it’s really fun. Despite what you may have heard, creativity doesn’t require a load of hard work. It requires some discipline, but what else would you really rather be doing? Living life with joie de vivre is the absolute best possible way to spend your life.

It turns everything into a party. Here’s one tiny example. When I was in Manila in February, my compatriots and I were stuck in lots of traffic jams. We literally couldn’t move. Normally, that’s not considered a desirable life event. But we decided to make the most of it. We decided to channel James Corden and record our own carpool karaoke.

We had a blast. The point is, creativity is possible in every single situation, even those we previously judged as horrible inconveniences. When we live our lives from the perspective of knowing we’re blessed, knowing that every single thing that happens is for our own betterment, we can all relax and have more fun.

So, I hope you’re interested in coming along on the yearlong apprenticeship offered in Art & Soul. Those who are willing to play will learn to summon their muses and reclaim their bold, audacious, creative side. Or at least that’s what the subtitle promises.

So, please, join me on August 21 for my very first solo Facebook Live and help me out by asking a question in the comments below.

I love you all so, so much.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Why creativity and spirituality are basically synonyms

“The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself—something that’s in all of us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.” — Tina Turner, rock musician

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I shared on Facebook and Twitter yesterday that the landing page for my new book is officially live. I’m super pumped about it.

It’s called Art & Soul, Reloaded and it’s about generating creative capital, something we’re all entitled to amass.

Here’s an excerpt:

If you’re like most people, you think of creativity as a private club, reserved like the corner table by the window for a talented few. You believe it’s passed out at birth to the Bachs, the Matisses, the Michael Jacksons of the world.

You, on the other hand, (sigh!) are fated to be a consumer of creativity, decorating your foyer with other people’s sculptures, spending your evenings watching other people’s visions on a 52-inch screen.

But the truth is all of us are creative. All of us are connected to a higher consciousness that allows us to see the glow so often blocked by the low-flying clouds.

All of us have the ability to innovate, solve baffling problems, even produce art.

It’s why we sing in the shower, write witticisms in the dirt on unwashed cars.

You were created in the image and the likeness of the Big Creative Kahuna. Whatever your thoughts about God (and I know, lots of us think of Him as a judgmental old toad who sits up in heaven salivating for the chance to mark down “naughty, naughty” in His big, black book), you can’t really deny that a good percentage of the world agree He’d probably include creative on His list of credentials.

Who else would bother to make every snowflake different? Every fingerprint on all 10 fingers of the world’s 6 billion people unique? Even bugs, the lowliest of species, have been given great creative consideration. In the beetle family alone, there are more than 300,000 varieties.

Just like the barber who passes his razors down to his son, the Dude, as I call God in my book E-Squared, passed the ability to create down to us. Just like the engineer who smiles when his son builds a bridge out of his blocks, the Dude smiles when we write poems.

Most of us can accept that being like God means being kind, compassionate, giving canned corn to people less fortunate. But could it possibly also mean making a sculpture? The Big Guy, more than anything else, expects us to create, to express, to be more like Him. It is not only our right to create, but our responsibility and eventual destiny.

When you buy a smart phone, it comes with a host of apps—a calendar, maps, a camera, a calculator. Human beings, like smartphones, are also bundled with certain “software.” We all come with the “app” to produce children, to think, to fall in love. Another program that’s installed in every one of us is the creativity package.

At this point, it may be like iMovie on my iPhone, dormant and unused. But just like the purple starred icon in the right-hand corner of my phone, your creativity package is available awaiting your click.

When my daughter, Tasman, was five, she asked me, “Mom, do all tadpoles grow into frogs?”

I was stumped for a minute. Some of them probably don’t. They get squished by a lawn mower, can’t find enough flies, or run up against some other tadpole deterrent. But this I could tell her without hesitation—every single tadpole is encoded with the ability to “be a frog.”

Might as well start ribbiting.

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Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Do you live in problem state or possibility state?

“The fact that the field exists changes everything we’ve believed about our role in creation.”—Gregg Braden
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Thanks to flat-screen technology, our television sets are no longer shaped like boxes. But they still show us a “box of life” that is limited and constrictive.

For every piece of “news” you watch on TV, there are millions of other possibilities. The conscious mind can only pay attention to one observational frame at a time. So instead of investing in the teensy reality shown on TV, I prefer to ask “What if?”

“What might happen in the next moment?”
“What is possible if I let go of everything I know?”
“How would life be if I surrendered all my beliefs?”
“What if everything is absolutely perfect?”

The only reason your life looks the same today as it did yesterday is because that’s what you’re looking for.

The only reason the news seems so negative is because that’s where we invest our energy.

Playing make-believe, as we did as children, is a much holier tact. In fact, what we see and believe as “reality” now is simply what we’re currently “making believe” is true.

Once you loosen the rules and let go of all those “facts” you learned in school, all the patterns you picked up from your family and culture, you will begin to see a whole different reality.

Right now, you’re stuck in habitual patterns of perception. You miss all kinds of miracles because you focus on what is “known.” You believe in the stringent “rules for life” that have been given you. Those arbitrary rules encase you in a little box that’s not much bigger than that flat-screen TV.

My new intention is to notice what is different and new. To think about extraordinary things and to continually ask questions about what is possible.

When we change our consciousness around what is possible, rather than being limited by a reality construct dominated by what isn’t possible, we discover that we are actually able to employ quantum energies and principles in our day-to-day lives in unexpected, and fun–and miraculous–ways.

Cultivate the habit of asking powerful, mind-altering questions.

By asking open-ended questions, you train your right brain to respond to signals from your subconscious.

If you ask questions such as “Why can’t I do this?,” you cultivate the skill of obtaining useless data. It’s important to quit focusing on what’s the same, what’s familiar. Any situation in your life is nothing but a pattern of light and information.”

To change anything in your life, change the frequency, density, and or quality of the light patterns that make up that reality.

Here are some “what if” questions to help change the light patterns:

“What if cancer could be healed instantly?”
“What if I wake up tomorrow and look younger?”
“What if my future is only going to get better and better every year?”
“What if I start each day with a completely clear slate?”

When you ask different questions, apply a different reference frame, you get different—and I would suggest better—information.

It’s like a deck of cards. Pick a reality, any reality.

Also want to announce that the digital Thank & Grow Rich is on sale for a measly $1.99 through August 7. And my new book comes out in 37 days. There are special gifts for those who preorder.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

“My mind is a bad neighborhood I try not to go into alone.”–Anne Lamott

“Thinking the physical world is all that matters is like shutting oneself up in a small closet and imagining there is nothing beyond it.”—Eben Alexander
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One of the great joys in my life is knowing the universe is so much bigger than anything I can conceive, in knowing that miracles (or what we call miracles) reside right on the other side of the veil I’ve imposed with my very limited brain.

As cool as the brain is, a veritable network of neural pathways, it actually puts up a tremendous barrier to Truth. It limits, it takes all the available input and boils it down to what I call “Cliff Notes for Dummies.” Sadly, our Cliff Notes are restricted to what we’ve decide to let in, to what we’ve erroneously pick up from our culture, our family upbringing and the six o’clock news.

As the Course in Miracles says we would be astounded, literally blown away, if we had even the slightest idea how many limits we have placed on Reality.

While we’re here, living on this physical plane, we put the brain’s two pounds of wrinkled mass on a pedestal. We believe everything it tells us, listen to its crazy promptings, its tendency to focus on the past and worry about the future.

I amaze myself with how much time I sometimes waste thinking about some person who “did me wrong” or about some financial dilemma. Not a good expenditure of my valuable time.

The brain is so NOT reliable that, I believe, our very highest calling is to distract it as often as possible. That’s why meditation is so important. It puts an end (or will eventually) to the crazy person blathering in the brain. Once the brain gets out of the way, Truth can’t help but rise up.

I really hate to knock my brain. It has accomplished a lot in my life, but from here on out, I’d like to officially appoint it as secretary of my neurology, digestive system and other things it’s proficient at and leave the rest to Source, to Truth, to the Reality of Pure Bliss.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the about-to-be released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.