Yabba-dabba-DON’T

Don’t fret. Don’t stress. Don’t work so hard.apple cart

Course in Miracles is all about upsetting the apple cart. Chief among the apples that needs upsetting is the notion that achievement is the result of effort, that the best way to accomplish a goal is to work really, really, really hard.

ACIM Lesson 113 tells me I’ve already got it. I’m already there.

And if there’s something I should desire, I simply employ what I call the crockpot principle. The set it and forget it principle.

Make an intention, put it in the big cosmic crockpot, close the lid and go about your merry way.

If instead, I decide to work and worry and wonder when it’s going to happen, I send out vibes of “Eeks!”

Vibes of “eeeks!” are diametrically opposed to my perfect serenity and peace (two promises from today’s lesson) and to that thing I’m hoping to manifest.

Here’s two examples of Yabba-dabba-don’ting.

Comedian John Mulaney auditioned for Saturday Night Live in August 2008. Although he wasn’t chosen as a cast member, he was asked to join the writing team, a post he held for six years. Two Saturday nights ago, ten years after his original audition, Mulaney not only made it to the SNL acting stage, he hosted the whole damned show.

Two of his favorite skits—Lobster Dinner and Switcheroo, both of which had been rejected earlier–finally made it to the stage.

Mulaney didn’t fret or strive about not landing a spot on the cast. He didn’t conceive seven steps to overcome rejection. He simply put his dream and his skits in the cosmic crockpot and went out dancing.

On August 29, 2016, Jamal Moore didn’t even bother to throw his intention into the crockpot. He simply tweeted: I’m going to work for Beyonce one day.

Well guess what? When Queen Bey performed at Coachella last weekend, he was right by her side.

He tweeted soon thereafter—”I completely forgot I spoke this into the atmosphere almost two years ago.”

So your choice, guys?

You can strive, fret and send “eeks!” out into the atmosphere. Or you can rest in knowing that Source is, as we speak, lining up everything you could possibly want or need.

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

It’s all just a big misunderstanding

“Thoughts are the ultimate buzzkill.”—James Twymanlight-joy-peace-abide-in-me-2

All problems boil down to this one tiny misunderstanding:

We view the world from a different perspective than our Source.

ACIM Lesson 112 is another attempt to correct the misunderstanding.

When you get it that light and joy and peace abide in you, the following three truths become evident:

1. There is nothing you could ever do, nothing that could ever happen, that can separate you from your Source.

2. You are loved beyond anything you could ever imagine. The word love, purloined by a culture that knows nothing of the sort, is a paltry substitute for this deep, abiding connection.

3. Because of your inalienable connection to this bigger thing that cannot be named, you have the power to create worlds. In fact, that is why you are here.

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

Why I subscribe to the premium channels

“Love is our most important business, and any love we give ourselves is love that serves us all.”—Scott Stabile
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Wow! You guys! I’m blown away! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your kind words, your love, your beautiful expressions of encouragement. Every last one of you made it onto my gratitude list this morning. Thank you!

And just for kicks, today’s picture features my dad, back when he was a Methodist minister, with my sixth grade confirmation class. I’m the geek on the left in the black glasses. I apparently didn’t get the same memo as the boys, the one about hipster glasses being available.

I’m also high-fiving the Holy S today for pulling out all the stops to show me how vital it is that I continue subscribing to the premium channels.

I talk a lot about frequency and how different vibrational frequencies bring strikingly different experiences into our lives.

Most of the world subscribes to the default frequency, the one that outpictures the world we see in the news. It’s a frequency that has been culturally agreed upon, but it’s not the whole picture. As long as we continue to operate from that frequency, we’ll continue to see limitations, lack and division.

Luckily, there’s a higher frequency, an amplified frequency that enables us to see a bigger, more accurate picture.

ACIM Lesson 111 tells us the bigger picture is actually the norm. It tells us that miracles are everyday affairs, no big deal when we’re on this frequency.

It’s the frequency we relinquish as we grow up, as we say goodbye to our imaginary friends, to our mystical connections.

As we grow up, we let our subscriptions to the premium frequencies lapse and we go into agreement with the cultural patterning. But make no mistake—it’s a pattern of control and it’s not who we really are.

The aim of the Course in Miracles is to disengage from cultural paradigms, to
practice operating from our full spectrum of frequencies.

So much more is possible, my friends. Today, I hope you’ll join me in choosing to subscribe to the premium channels.

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

That time I failed to take the red pill

“When we don’t stop daily to inventory all the gazillion things going right in our lives, the crazy voices in our heads try to make us their bitch.”—From my book, Thank & Grow Rich
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Thank you, my beautiful friends, for your emails inquiring about my whereabouts. I reckon it’s a desired outcome when people notice you’re missing.

To be honest, I’ve been hijacked the last couple days. My father passed early Tuesday morning. It wasn’t completely unexpected (he has been ill for several years) and it isn’t like I don’t know life never really ends. Most times, I agree with my friend, Betty, who when she hears someone is about to pass,  gleefully remarks, “Oh, I’m so excited for them.”

It’s more that I used the drama (my father had three families and each seemed to have different ideas and plans about his passing) as an excuse to not take the red pill.

I didn’t start my morning with my Course workbook lesson or my AA 2.0 program and I didn’t ask for the help of the Holy S. In other words, I have neglected to smoke what I sell here on the blog, in my books.

I’m no longer beating myself up over it. My favorite words, as y’all know, are “It’s okay.”

This week, in fact, has been Exhibit A in just how powerful the Course really is.

It’s a portal, I guess you could say, into that bigger reality that’s possible to all of us. On this limited physical plane, life sometimes sucks. But as the Course teaches me (over and over), these thoughts and perceptions are NOT real. There is a much bigger Truth going on. I am a multi-dimensional being and this higher truth is forever available IF and WHEN I choose to hook up.

This week also pointed out the importance of daily maintenance. It’s like an exercise program. You don’t do it for a week, look in the mirror and say, “Hey, looking good. Guess you did it. Guess you can quit now.”

I pretty much have to open that workbook every morning. It’s not like it’s really asking too much. How hard is it to open a book and read the 5-minute lesson? If I was being asked to take a pill for some horrible illness, I’d ingest it with religious fervor.

ACIM Lesson 110 is that constant reminder: I am as the Dude created me.

I can pretend to be a dysfunctional, crazy woman with all sorts of agendas and vendettas or I can remain who the Dude created me to be: an eternal spirit bringing peace to all the world. The power in this one phrase (not to mention the power of just getting up each morning and committing my day to a higher truth) can undo the past, can redeem the world.

Like Neo in The Matrix, I always have a choice. The blue pill (where I remain unaware of my power) or the red pill where I discover reality without the preprogrammed script.

Glad to be back, my friends. May we all continue to celebrate the red pill’s joyful truth.

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

Words, schmerds! Shut up, tune in!

“The Ego and Love are never on the same kickball team.” – Debby Handrich
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This may seem like a strange proclamation for a writer to make. But words–no matter how flowery, no matter how poetic—can’t begin to explain love.

Love is a frequency, an energetic frequency that literally changes everything in its wake.

By trying to describe it, we’ve made love small. It’s not a Hallmark card. Or a relationship. It’s not even a feeling. It’s a beautiful tsunami of goodness and clarity and wonder. And it attracts a whole different experience.

ACIM Lesson 106 asks us to be still today and tune into that frequency. It’s your pilot light. And it will change everything.

Don’t talk about it. Don’t minimalize it. Just be it.

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

There’s more where that came from

“Letting your mind play is the best way to solve problems.”—Bill Watterson
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The perks of being a writer are many. One of my favorites is hearing from readers. I get more emails than I can begin to answer. I get emails in Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and languages I can’t even identify.

Recently, I’ve been hearing from a cool couple of chicas in Ketchum, Idaho who have formed their own two-woman possibility posse. They started with the experiments in E-Cubed, then E-Squared and they’re now working their way through my latest book, Art & Soul, Reloaded. Terra regularly send updates and photos including a classic of her possibility partner hiking through gorgeous mountains in a bright red tutu.

They’re being wildly creative and having a blast which, to my way of thinking, is the absolute best way to instigate spiritual growth. Lots of teacher will tell you otherwise. They’ll encourage you to make lists of your issues, to rehash old stories, to follow five or six or seven steps that will eventually get you “there”—wherever “there” is.

ACIM Lesson 105 tells us it’s time to reverse all that starting with our view of giving. Giving, despite what we’ve been taught, involves no loss. None whatsoever.

Everything we give—joy, creativity, adventures in tutus—creates expansion. It creates growth. It generates more.

Anything of value, anything worth having will increase exponentially when you give it away. That’s why I encourage people to create things, to make things, to give away their gifts.

Forget the lists, the problems, the issues. Quickest route to spiritual growth is to play, create and give. Like my Ketchum friends, you’ll quickly come to realize there’s an endless more and more where that came from.

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

Today, I choose to be free

“Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” –Samuel Beckettlook up

My friends Jay and Jessica were visiting family in little Scammon, Kansas (pop. 452). Jay wanted to show his kids, who were five at the time, the Catholic church where he’d sung in the choir, taken communion every Sunday. Almost immediately, upon walking inside the sanctuary, the kids began cowering behind their parents.

“What are they doing to that man? Why are they hurting him?” the kids were aghast at the lurid images portrayed in the Stations of the Cross.

It’s ironic. We have a rating system for movies. We go to great lengths to shield our children from horrific news and ill-timed tragedy. Yet, we proudly dress them up and take them to church where gruesome images are the norm. Eventually, we become desensitized and assume that’s just the way it is, the best we can expect.

That’s why ACIM Lesson 104 reminds us yet again that joy and peace are why we’re here. Happiness is our function. It’s so radical that we need lots of reminders. That’s why we’re asked to remember this as often as we can today.

In case you hadn’t heard, you are a giant love generator.  When you were born, you radiated a clear energy of light and incomparable joy.

When this unconditional love energy runs up again the unhealed places in our culture, those places where distrust has developed or joy has been rejected, it bounces back, giving us an unfamiliar reading. As our boundless joy hits these rigid beliefs and “thickened” emotions, we quickly learn to match our culture’s energies, beliefs, and thoughts.

We learn to pinch off our gorgeous, clear love energy, allowing it to flow where we’re trained it can flow, resigning ourselves to paralysis in other areas. Little by little, we learn the “correct” energetic-frequency rules, only allowing a small percentage of who we really are to radiate.

The rules we pick up here on Planet Earth revolve around the following themes: Stop. Don’t. Be Careful.

So, in the Course, we’re learning just the opposite:

Go for it.
Of course, you can.
Throw caution to the wind.

So once again, my friends, we’re encouraged to choose joy, to spread love and to celebrate our common humanity.

And in the interest of choosing again (certain governments are currently using the old story of separation and limitations to justify targeted strikes), let’s remember that love is the only power that can ever end conflict. Let’s join together as spiritual peacemakers and use our love radar to join hands and proclaim peace. Let’s focus on the power of love and know, in our hearts, we are all one.

This video is my response to current headlines:

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

What the holy bigwigs failed to mention: spirituality’s missing ingredient

“Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence everything is alright forever and forever and forever.”—Jack Kerouac

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The God most of us believe in is an invention of man, fabricated for the sake of convenience. We accept this human-made God as an indisputable fact. But it makes no sense. If God is love, if God is perfect and if God is all the other beneficent descriptions we ascribe to him, why would he toss anyone into a lion’s den?

And pardon me for being cheeky, but why would anyone in their right mind want to hook up with a capricious and unjust god who gets his jollies from punishing them?

ACIM Lesson 103 is another attempt to set the record straight. It tells us that joy is what we should expect from God. It tells us that perfect happiness is our birthright.

I loved Janet Mitchell’s comment yesterday—here she was having mind-blowing out-of-body-experiences, clairvoyance and psychic ability and the church was schooling her about a puny, punishing God.

How could we have fallen for it?

Far as I’m concerned, one of the best descriptions of the Dude is outrageousness. I mean look at J.C. He was walking on water (when he wasn’t turning it into vino) and he was taking material objects (fish, loaves, etc.) and multiplying them.

That’s pretty outrageous. And that’s what we’re here to do. To be outrageous. Bold. Dazzling.

Dominant paradigms have tried for years to rope us in, to keep us in line. But that’s what we’re undoing with the Course.

What we learned is all backwards. We are not here to play it safe. We are here to be the light. To shine our brilliance. To risk. To love. To spread our joy. Just like Eugene Plushenko:

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

God makes only 10’s

“Your drive to experience pleasure isn’t a barrier to your spiritual growth, but is in fact essential to it. Cultivating joy can make you a more ethical and compassionate person. Feeling good has something important to teach you every day.”—Rob Brezsny
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In the big stage play of life, we all get a role to play, an important part that only we can fulfill.

Recently, it seems, I’ve been assigned to re-translate the workbook from A Course in Miracles into language that isn’t quite so sexist (is ACIM having a #Metoo moment?) and difficult to digest. Like, what does atonement and salvation even mean?

ACIM Lesson 101, like its predecessors of the past few days, is one we’re supposed to repeat every hour.

And it’s an important one. God’s will for me is perfect happiness.

Perfect, of course, means 100 percent. Never stopping. All the time. From sun-up to sun-down. And even when I sleep. It’s SO radical and SO outside our range of experience that how we can even wrap our minds around it. 24/7? How can that be?

So today, in order to hook into just a wee bit of willingness (all I’m ever asked to contribute), I wrote myself a mantra, a little ditty that I plan to repeat A LOT. Quietly, inside my head, since I prefer not to be locked away just yet.

My intention is for it to get stuck in my head the way certain lyrics do. So here it is:

Epic. Awesome. Forever Fine.
Happiness, fun and joy are mine.

And because I haven’t shared a favorite song in a while, here’s another great ditty to get stuck in your head.

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

Get on the enlightenment fast track

“Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book.”— WALT WHITMANhelp-i-need-somebody1

A reader emailed me this morning to regretfully admit that, alas, she was unable to faithfully execute the hourly reminders requested in the Course workbook.

I had to chuckle because a) In 20 years of doing the Course, I have never once successfully completed the task myself and b) the only reason we’re asked to do that is to be reminded–our minds are like pinball machines. And we need help.

My favorite Course lesson is “I need do nothing.” I love this one so much because of my great aptitude at proving to myself over and over again that, despite my best intentions, my own efforts are futile. They simply don’t work.

But there is, as the Course tells us, a better way.

The better way is a four-letter word: HELP!!!

In ACIM Lesson 100, I learn the following:

1. God’s will for me is perfect happiness.

2. My joy is essential to the healing of the world.

3. And Super God itself is incomplete without my joy.

So anytime I don’t feel perfect happiness, I have to stop and realize that I made a decision that differs from my Source.

And since that decision was my best effort (again proof of my futile efforts), I just have to offer that magical four-letter plea: HELP!

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