“We, the greatest of all creators, with capabilities to build cities and inspire nations, are squandering our time watching reruns of The Office. We have forgotten that whole galaxies exist within our grasp”

Pam Grout

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“We, the greatest of all creators, with capabilities to build cities and inspire nations, are squandering our time watching reruns of I Love Lucy. We have forgotten that whole galaxies exist within our grasp”
Pam Grout

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Hi! Welcome to the internet home of Pam Grout.

I am the author of 20 books, two screenplays, a live soap opera, a TV series and enough magazine articles that I haven’t starved in 25 years without a 9-5 job. On this site, you’ll find all sorts of information about my books and about my career as a freelance magazine and travel writer.

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222 Foundation

The Taz Grout 222 Foundation was launched to honor Tasman McKay Grout who spent 25 short years on the planet inspiring everyone who knew her to live and love better. Everything she stood for was some variation of this theme: create relentlessly, love fiercely and do quiet, kind things for the underdog.

Each year on February 22, the 222 Foundation awards a $12,222 grant to an innovative project or person with a big idea to change consciousness and therefore change the world.

We look for projects that support the following ideas:

1. A change in perspective is our greatest need. We believe all people (no exceptions) long to be generous and create beautiful things.

2. Today’s hopelessness is based on false premises. We look to defy the old story of scarcity, lack and the need to fight for resources. We aim to prove that the universe, once liberated from no-longer-working paradigms of scarcity, is generative and endlessly abundant.

3. The us against them model is kaput. We believe all humans are interconnected and that even tiny actions have great significance

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

“Come alive with your life. This is the time. We are the people.”–Jean Houston

Long time readers may remember that I wrote a blog series with the above title. In these effusive, unrestrained episodes I detailed why I feel so incredibly blessed. Three years ago, I stopped using that particular title. It didn’t seem quite right. I still consider myself lucky (I got to be the mom of the brilliant, generous, epic Tasman McKay Grout, after all) but the MOST lucky?

I decided to resurrect the title and here’s why.

When you deem yourself lucky, when you commit to noticing beauty above all else, you tune into an unseen vibrational field of love. It’s a different state than the one produced by the mind, the “thinking cap” I nicknamed the asshat in The Course in Miracles Experiment.

This vibrational field that the Hindus and Buddhists call “ananda” permeates everything, but we tend not to notice because, well, the asshat.

The asshat believes its sworn duty is to keep us informed at all times that “something is wrong, something needs to change.”

The consciousness of Ananda (AKA: our inherent joy and light) is given to us by grace and we all (100 percent of us) get it. Most of us don’t see and experience it because we’re hijacked by fear and that pesky little asshat that rarely shuts up. But by living in gratitude—no matter what—you increase the odds of grace getting through.

This was recently demonstrated by my beautiful friend, Cindy Ross. I’ve written about her before. She’s the one I met in South Africa, the one who built her home from scratch, the one who hiked the Appalachian, the Pacific Crest and the Continental Divide Trail, the last with two toddlers in tow. I love her so much and I’ve been meaning to blog about a book she recently wrote and a nonprofit she started to help veterans find acceptance and healing by hiking and generally being soothed and comforted by nature.

On the day before Thanksgiving, Cindy’s husband of 38 years fell off the roof of that log cabin home they built with their bare hands. This robust, handsome, generous man broke three vertebrae, his neck and is currently paralyzed. I say currently because Cindy and Todd refuse to be spoonfed a doctor’s diagnosis and know that anything is possible. But at the moment, everything Todd loved (hiking, making chainsaw art, canoeing) seems rather uncertain. The hiking trip to the Azores Cindy recently invited me on is well, indefinitely postponed.

I wanted to help in some way, but when I reached out, Cindy, once again, ended up inspiring me. She’s not letting the asshat get the best of her. She’s not throwing a pity party. In fact, here’s her mantra:

“This is what I get to do. I am blessed with this privilege. I am called to service.”

I mean, wow! Joyful and appreciative no matter what!

For those so inspired, who might want to get in on this magnificent couple’s energy, here’s their gofundme page.

Equally inspired am I by the wonderful imaginings so many of you posted on last week’s post. Thank you SO MUCH for playing along, for putting your focus on what could be possible if we quit listening to the only source of our suffering: our thoughts and beliefs. Without the asshat singing its woeful tune (oh, it’ll keep singing, but we don’t have to listen), we can do incredible things. Thank you, friends, for being here, for believing in this bigger possibility and for remembering, as my friend Jay advises, “to throw our hands in the air and whoop and holler at this stunning roller coaster ride we’re all on.”  

I love you. I’m inspired by you. And I trust you’ll continue imagining new things every day. This is it folks! Our time to come alive. #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)

Reawaken to the Mystery

“There is a force within you that gives life. Seek that.”—Rumi

So I heard a story about a five-year-old at the doctor’s office. After answering all the worried mom’s questions, the doctor turned to the child and said, “And how about you? Do you have any questions?”

The child, deep in thought, stopped, nodded and pointed to the ceiling, “Have you ever wondered what a bat feels like hanging from the ceiling?”

I love this story so much because it points out that children still live in the realm of the imagination. They haven’t yet been talked out of loving the things they love–making art, for example, or singing really loud in the backseat of the car. They haven’t been talked out of loving themselves or learned all the things they need “to fix.”

I always wonder at what age we humans forfeit our innocence, turn our attention from wonder to rigidity and rules. At what age does the ever-vigilant, hypercritical ego take charge of the steering wheel?

All I know is that creating something (even if it’s just writing a blog post) is the best tool I have for seeing beyond the prescribed story. To put something out in the world that didn’t exist before is the closest I can get to the Big Kahuna.

In my now ancient TedX Talk, my big idea for changing the world was to get a spiral notebook and jot down three ideas every day.

I never know which ones will catch fire, which ones will produce oranges. But, like the kid in the doctor’s office, I like to imagine stuff that nobody else is thinking about.

Hope you’ll join me in this holy pursuit. In fact, I invite each of you that reads this post to add a new idea to the comments section below. Doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. Or even doable. It can be downright crazy–that’s my favorite kind. Just remember this is not a party for the parts of you that like to judge.

Can’t wait to hear what you come up with. #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)

Rejoice and be glad

“I like to keep my nose to the joy trail.”—Buffy Sainte-Marie

When Taz was young, before she started kindergarten, I often started our day with this game plan from Psalms 118:24. “This is the day the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad.”

Now that I think about it, this spontaneous outburst was probably the genesis of the A.A. 2.0 program that I created and wrote about in Thank and Grow Rich.

When we start our day on what Buffy Sainte-Marie calls the “joy trail,” we literally practice alchemy. When we point our lens towards all that’s going right we rearrange atoms and reconfigure every aspect of our lives.

It’s one easy thing we humans can do to move ourselves into the proximity of Truth.

Tomorrow is the day my country stops everything and devotes itself to counting blessings. But I figure, I’ll keep right on counting, the day after and the day after that.

And for those who might want a refresher course, here’s A.A. 2.0 once again:

My name is Pam G. and, as of today, I am launching a brand new chapter of A.A. Unlike Version 1.0, my A.A. stands for Amazing Awesomeness and it only has two steps.

Step #1: Admit that…..”Something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today.”  First thing every morning, before throwing off your covers, before leaping out of bed (and it doesn’t take long in this program before participants do leap out of bed with joy and expectation), before firing up the old Mr. Coffee, proclaim to the world that something unexpected, exciting and amazingly awesome is going to happen to you today. It takes what, three, four seconds? Yet it’s one of the most important things you will ever do. The first few minutes of every morning pre-paves the next 24 hours with positive expectations. It sets up a powerful intention, a forecast on which you can focus.

And it never fails to come true.

Step #2: Come to believe…..in blessings and miracles. Pretend you’re a private investigator assigned the task of finding all the beauty and largesse in the world. The dominant paradigm might suggest otherwise, but practiced with regularity, this ritual will force you to see things in a whole different way. Instead of looking for problems, be on the hunt for new blessings. Take on the mission each day of reporting back with at least three pieces of amazing awesomeness, three blessings that are different than the day before. I often liken myself to Lewis or Clark, scouting important new territory.

Because we get out of life whatever we focus on, practicing these simple two steps has the power to override and overturn the accepted paradigm.

Like Bill W.’s A.A, that has reformed the lives of millions, this new program (A.A. 2.0) can transform a “nameless squad of empty glass thinkers.”

I invite others to join me in tweeting their blessings (only rule is it has to be different each day) to my Twitter feed. Or feel free to leave your blessings here.  By expecting and looking for a different, more kinder reality, we can, together in one jubilantly mighty whoop, uplift and lighten this tired old world.

Don’t you think it’s time?

#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)

Love fiercely, create relentlessly and do quiet, kind things for the underdog.

“God has written a thousand promises all over the heart that say ‘life, life, life is far too sacred to ever end.”—Hafiz

Happy Friday, my beautiful friends.

I ran the following notice about next year’s 222 Foundation award on social media, but for those who may have missed it, here it is in a real, live blog post.

We want to give money away!!!!

The Taz Grout 222 Foundation was launched to honor Tasman McKay Grout who spent 25 short years on the planet inspiring everyone who knew her to live and love better. Everything she stood for was some variation of this theme: create relentlessly, love fiercely and do quiet, kind things for the underdog.

Every year on February 22 (2/22), the 222 Foundation awards a $12,222 grant to an innovative project or person with a big idea to change consciousness and therefore the world.

We look for projects that support the following ideas:

1. A change in perspective is our greatest need. We believe all people (no exceptions) long to be generous and create beautiful things.

2. Today’s hopelessness is based on false premises. We look to defy the old story of scarcity, lack and the need to fight for resources. We aim to prove that the universe, once liberated from no-longer-working paradigms of scarcity, is generative and endlessly abundant.

3. The us against them model is kaput. We believe all humans are interconnected and that even tiny actions have great significance.

If you or anyone you know has an idea to help bring about a change in consciousness, please consider applying for the 2022 grant. Just send a description of your big idea to taz.grout.222.foundation@gmail.com.

As a final thought for this gorgeous, lunar-eclipsing weekend, just remember that the single most important thing you could ever do to change the consciousness of the world is to be tender and merciful to yourself. You don’t have to check any boxes, win any awards or hold anything together. Just be friendly, kind and loving to yourself.

#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)

You’ve got to be kidding me….

“We are free to take note of the giant miracle we’re living in as often as we want. The more we do so, the closer we weave the fabric of an enchantment that is our most precious inheritance.”—Rosie Bell

When Greek geographer Eratosthenes scientifically proved that the earth is round, not flat, as it appears, I’m sure some of his friends thought, “You’ve got to be kidding me.”

When Italian astronomer Galileo started publishing papers refuting the idea that the sun was not revolving around the earth, as it appears, the Catholic Church not only said, “You’ve got to be kidding me,” but they charged him with heresy and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

So when I suggest that everyone’s true nature is love and that we are always, at all times receiving love’s gifts, you might scoff and think “you’ve got to be kidding me.”

Or at least you’d notice that that’s not exactly how it appears.

But I have discovered that if I truly want peace of mind and happiness that doesn’t blip on and then off again, I must surrender all that appears to be. I must deconstruct my every belief.

Just like the earth has always been round and the sun has always been the center of our orbit, there’s a deeper and vaster reality than what appears to be. There’s something a whole lot bigger going on than the shallow narration we’ve been given.

Cuba Gooding’s famous line from Jerry Maguire was, “Show me the money.” My line –or at least my daily intention–is “Show me the love.” Return my mind to the full awareness of the eternal, changeless love that is my truth, my home, my destiny.

Have a marvy 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)

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