“Don’t die wondering.”—The Way, Way Back

“So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us, like the ceiling can’t hold us.”–Macklemore

In about an hour and a half, I’m heading to the grocery store to buy this week’s Sunday New York Times. In the NY Times Book Review, a section we authors revere as if it’s the word of God itself, I am going to see my name and the name of my new book.

Yes, Hay House informed me last Wednesday that E-Squared had cracked the golden egg, found “the holy grail,” made the list that every author longs to make.

To quote Phoebe Buffay, “Well, yeah!”

Lest you worry that I will start singing “Smelly Cat,” let me assure you that the only reason I can say, “I KNOW!” with sheer glee is because I made that very intention. And I know with complete surety that when you order something from the cosmic catalog of life, it’s going to show up as soon as you take down the barriers that keep it from your purview.

As soon as you release resistance and “get it” that the world always, without fail, has your back, the party can begin.

But before I start throwing out confetti, I want to give an Everest-size shout-out to all of you! Thank you so, so, so, so much for, to paraphrase Sally Field, “liking me, for really liking me.”

The feeling, let me assure you, is mutual. I love and appreciate you all so much!!

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

It’s time to accept the world’s boundless love.

“It’s the inner world that needs adjusting, tweaking and plucking when the outer world fails to please.”—Mike Dooley

I’m a travel writer and often end up confronting customs and laws different than my own. In Singapore, for example, it’s illegal to hug in public. In Cannes, you can be arrested for wearing a Jerry Lewis mask. I’ve also heard of some pretty weird laws in my own country. In Devon, Texas, I’m told, it’s illegal to make furniture in the nude. Darn that, Devon, Texas.

We might get a chuckle out of these (and let me just add that I don’t plan to pack my Jerry Lewis mask my next trip to Cannes), but more than these “laws,” we are also at the mercy of arbitrary laws we’ve imposed in our own heads. Laws such as “life is a struggle,” “I have to do everything myself,” “It’s me against the world.”

The bad news is that whatever “laws” you believe in are activated in your life, creating a personal reality that reflects those beliefs. The good, shout-it-from-the-rooftops news is that you can rewrite the laws operating in your life by simply changing your beliefs.

Like the yogini whose practice is stretching muscles, my full-time practice is stretching my beliefs, changing the limiting laws that my darned ego keeps sending memos about.

Here are just a few laws I’ve written on the books of my life:

1. The world is abundant and unlimited

2. Everything always works out for me.

3. Money is just energy and easy to come by.

4. By following my heart, I can lead a life of purpose and meaning and big-ass joy.

5. The more love I give, the more I receive.

6. Actually the more of anything I give, the more I receive.

Tell me in the comments below a new belief you’re ready to sign into law.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

“Everything is lit with hope and sparkles with a gentle friendliness.”—A Course in Miracles

“I tie no weights to my ankles.” –C. JoyBell C

When my friend Robbin was a little girl, she had two burning questions: 1. How were the giraffes getting to Kansas? 2. And why don’t we want them peeping in our windows?

Every night, Robbin’s mom insisted she close her bedroom windows to avoid….well, Robbin always thought she said giraffes. Needless to say, she eventually figured out it was “drafts” her mom hoped to keep out, but for quite a while, she was extremely puzzled why her mother wouldn’t want those really cool, really tall animals stopping by for a visit. After all, they paid good money to see them at the zoo.

I thought of this story last night when someone on Facebook mentioned they had set the intention to manifest a giraffe. While I assumed it was a joke (although that is one of my new intentions for this week), I later saw that indeed a giraffe showed up in, not 48 hours, but in four days. Pretty powerful manifestation either way.

But the reason I share this story is because Robbin’s innocent misinterpretation is a good metaphor for the perceptual mistakes we make every day when we get up expecting difficulties and unhappiness. For that matter, getting up every morning and expecting “this day” to be a repeat of yesterday (and we all do) is a huge misinterpretation and a giant fence that keeps the world’s unlimited abundance from flowing in the windows.

We do ourselves a huge disservice when we don’t open up and allow for magic and joy. Because we cling so tightly to “what we know,” the world’s largesse is locked out along with the drafts and the giraffes.

As for me, I let yesterday go and open the windows, the doors and maybe even the roof so blessings and new possibilities can come rushing in.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

One more reason to shout “Hallelujah!”

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”–Melody Beattie

It’s pretty easy to be grateful when the sails of life are blowing your way. But what about those times when things “appear” not to be working out?

My tact? Say “hallelujah!” anyway.

We, in our limited pea brains, don’t always see the big picture. It’s like standing with your nose against the pointillist painting. It looks like a bunch of dots. But when you step back and look again in gratitude, it becomes Georges Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”

Gail Lynne Goodwin told me a story that illustrates this perfectly. A few months ago, she and a couple friends had a girlfriends’ outing planned. Not sure about all the exciting details, but one of the friends, on the day of, woke up to find her daughter running a fever.

She called Gail whimpering about her bad luck. Gail responded in the way she responds to everything: “That’s fabulous!”

“No, you didn’t hear me,” her girlfriend said. “I’m not going to be able to go today.”

Again, Gail, said, “That’s fabulous!”

She reminded her that she’d been needing some free time to sift through paperwork and that this so-called “setback” provided the perfect opportunity.

Her friend thanked Gail for the reminder and not only did she end up having a delightful day with her daughter, but while cruising the internet, came across the very house she’d been lusting after for three years. This dream house was way more than she felt she could afford, but, on this day, while dealing with the disappointment of thwarted plans, she saw “her house” had gone into foreclosure and was selling for one-quarter the price.

As Gail said, “She now has a contract on her dream home.”

So, no matter what your judgments about your life may be, say, “Hallelujah!”

And be over-the-moon grateful that everything is working out for your good.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Want visible proof of your thoughts in action?

“One reason that so few of us really achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything particular.”
– Tony Robbins

Big shout out today to Light Watkins, a meditation teacher from Venice, California. I offered a prize (although don’t know if Light knew this) to the first person to post a video of the Einstein wands.

Lots of readers have been asking for visual instructions. Apparently, the written explanation in the book was less than crystal—although for every request I’ve received for further instruction, I’ve gotten three “my mind has been blown” thank you notes from readers who figured it out and were astounded.

One reader told me he took his homemade Einstein wands to his favorite pub and performed party tricks.

I’ve tried sending photographs of my own Einstein wands, but as many an Avengers fan can attest: there’s nothing like a good “action movie.”

Thanks, Light, for making this movie.

And check out his sight here.

Giant blessings to all! Make this week extraordinary!!

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Be recklessly generous and relentlessly kind, Redeux

“All right is almost always where we eventually land, even if we fuck up entirely along the way.”–Cheryl Strayed

I love that advice and decided to headline today’s blog post with those words of wisdom, not because it’s exactly the topic I’ll be discussing, but because those two intentions match mine.

My topic today is Gabrielle Bernstein’s e-Course “God is my Publicist.” Hay House gifted me with this three-week lecture partly, because they’re really cool folks, but mostly because they figured it would help promote my new book. Unlike some publicity campaigns that require big budgets, weekly strategy sessions and countless pleas to the media powers-that-be, Gabby’s course suggests appointing God to handle the details.

That doesn’t mean sitting around polishing your nails and refusing to pick up the phone when say, Oprah calls. It means making a rigorous practice of connecting with the big guy and asking that your message reach the folks who need it. As she points out, the possibilities to connect and make an impact are endless.

Endless possibilities, as far as I’m concerned, is a synonym for God, even though many of us hooked that word up long ago with the exact opposite.

God, to use the synonym I refer to in my book, is the FP (or the Field of Infinite Potentiality). I devoted my life to the FP many years ago. I appointed it the CEO of my career and, so far, it hasn’t let me down. It’s enabled me to write 16 books and create a life without “a real job” for more than 20 years. It’s enabled me to make a living on my wit and my craft.

I believe the only thing keeping anyone apart from the FP is their own walls and judgments.

Judgment, I was relieved to find out, is not my function. Surrender to the FP is really my only job. The less I try to do on my own, the better my life becomes.

Gabby’s other potent publicity strategy is sending love to potential customers….in my case, readers.

She reminds us that all of us have a mission and, no matter what we think it might be, it always involves love. Expansion. Beauty. Joy. So, dear readers, whoever you might be, I send you heartfelt appreciation and, yes, love which is the only thing that’s real.

There’s more where that came from.

“This is the zone of reality creation: regularly picturing delights that don’t yet exist, emotionally detaching from them, and jumping into action when it’s time to help the miracles occur.”—Martha Beck

Just a quickie today! I had an utterly delightful breakfast with my Spiritual Entrepreneurs group and I’m now off on a road trip to visit my daughter at the farm where she’s interning with political refugees. Not only does she love it (duh! How could any spawn of mine not be giddily blessed), but she’s meeting beautiful people from Bhutan and Burundi and Burma, helping them take their fresh produce to farmer’s markets.

So….I’ve been thinking today about little tweaks I’m making in my consciousness, little adjustments that keep the airplane of my life en route and heading towards a joyful target.

Here are three itty bitty belief tweaks that have made an enormous difference in my life:

1. There’s more where that came from. Most of us have a tendency to believe in limits. Instead of realizing the infinity of our Source, we put the brakes on and worry there’s only so much to go around.

2. If it’s not fun, it’s not sustainable. Who isn’t talking about sustainability these days? The realization I’ve come to is that, in order to continue on our path of growth and self-awareness, it has to be viewed as a good time. As Esther Hicks like to say, “It’s always a good idea to sit at the fun table.” Every morning, I pre-pave a day that’s deliciously fun in every way, filled with adventures and blessings.

3.Everything flows smoothly and easily. I’ve talked before about the word “hard” and how, in my opinion, it’s the most dangerous four-letter word in the English language. If we expect things to be hard, we can certainly create life that way. As for me, I prefer creating a life where I simply open the doors and windows and let Source and all its accompanying blessings flow freely in.

Have the best day of your life!

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-yourself Energy Experiments that Prove your Thoughts Create your Reality. She also writes for CNN Travel, Men’s Journal and Huffington Post.

Life doesn’t suck, shit doesn’t happen and the glass is 100 percent full.

“Ever since happiness heard your name it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” –Hafiz

Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m a Course in Miracles groupie. Today, in my lesson, I read this beautiful sentiment:

“His gifts are sure, eternal, changeless, limitless, forever giving out, extending love and adding to your never-ending joy.”

That’s a pretty big claim. And so far removed from what most of us believe.

To get it, to really believe that you’re meant to be happy is the first step to enlightenment. Any other choice (and make no mistake, it is a choice) is a fool’s errand.

The going paradigm for now is more along the lines of “life sucks and then you die.”

Because we believe this as an inescapable truth, we expect that, we look for that and we create that reality. We can just as easily create a reality that says, “I can be joyful and peaceful every moment of the day.”

One of my intentions, in fact, is unceasing joy. I look for that reality day after day. Most people think I’m a ridiculous dreamer, an irresponsible gadfly.

“It’s impossible to always be happy,” they insist as they press their hand to my forehead checking for fever.

My response? I’m sorry you feel that way and I’m glad my intention is to see only peace, joy, love and beauty. That’s the only direction I choose to point my lens.

We get whatever we look for—100 percent of the time. I would argue it’s irresponsible to look for anything less than unceasing joy.

You always have the choice. You can continue to believe in the world as is appears now or you can believe in a new vision. You can settle for “what is” or you can create something new. You can continue to interfere with Truth or you can step aside and let your natural joy rush in. It’s a simple matter of deciding where to shine your spotlight.

I will close with one of my favorite quotes from A Course in Miracles.

I am responsible for what I see.

I choose the feelings I would experience, and I decide

upon the goal I would achieve.

And everything that seems to happen to me

I ask for, and receive as I have asked.

“I am here to be electric. I am here to be alive.”—Tama Kieves

“I’ve known for some time that staring at objects while holding pictures in my head makes reality oddly responsive.”—Martha Beck

Martha Beck, who I met one year at an author’s conference in Kansas City (we both had new books out), wrote an article for O Magazine about vision boards. As she said, “Some results are so successful that the hair on the nape of my neck prickled for months.”

Anyone who has read The Secret (a group that includes pretty much everyone on the planet) knows about vision boards where you cut out pictures of things you’d like to invite into your life for dinner.

However, today, I’d like to talk about an even more important practice. Instead of making lists (and vision boards) of things you’d like to receive, how about composing a list of things you’d like to give? Of things you’d like to create?

And before that, make a list of all the things you already have. Things you’re grateful for NOW.

Gratitude (or amazing awesomeness, as I like to call my practice) is the oil that lubes the channels of the world’s beneficence. If you’re not playing with and appreciating “the toys” you have now, why expect new ones? Why even want new ones?

The other day I was walking my dog (lots of things happen when I walk my odd-looking bassador—that’s part Bassett Hound, part Lab) by a railroad track. It’s junky, not exactly a spectacle for the eyes. I’ve walked this route countless times. But earlier that morning I’d been reading Blue Iris, a book of poems and essays by Mary Oliver. Most were about flowers.

In about three blocks, next to what many would describe as an eyesore, I found at least seven species of teensy little flowers. Teensy little flowers that I’d undoubtedly marched by many times and never noticed. I plucked one of each and pressed them between waxed paper and into a big, heavy book. I figure they’ll be a good reminder next time my ego decides to launch a new campaign around lack and fear.

They aren’t the big showy blossoms florists stock, but each one is ridiculously beautiful and I am embarrassed that I walked by so many times without noticing.

So, yea, vision boards are great. But right now, I’m too busy making lists of all the ridiculously beautiful things I already have.

flower railroad

Tell me in the comments below: What ridiculously beautiful things do you already have?

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

“Wake up expecting things.”—Christine Baranski

“We implore you to nourish yourself with delicious, nutritious tales and tunes that inspire you to exercise your willpower for your highest good.”—Rob Brezsney

I’m starting to feel like the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson as I collect all these delicious and inspiring manifestation stories. My inbox, in fact, is starting to resemble Shibuya Station in Tokyo, crowded with the most amazing tales.

Here’s one that caught my fancy yesterday.

With no further adieu, here’s the slam-dunking Tim Spires:

“As a basketball obsessed 11-year old, I longed for an NBA style breakaway rim. Let me tell you, wanting this rim was as much an obsession as basketball itself.

I became fascinated with how this Goalrilla Rim worked, the spring action of which allowed Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan to dunk the ball with such incredible force without shattering the backboard. I loved it when some of the more crazy players would dunk the ball and hang on the rim demonstratating the breakaway action, although it was rare because it often resulted in a technical foul.

Eventually, I got a Huffy Breakaway rim but not the NBA-style Goalrilla Rim. I lowered that Huffy and practiced dunking for hours, pretending it was the Goalrilla Rim.

Years later while in college, I was invited to visit my friend who was playing AAA baseball out of state. He was staying with a host family in a beautiful house on the lake.

I was awed by this mansion. Though I was told it was amazing, I couldn’t have been prepared for how great it really was, by far the most incredible house I had ever seen.

I was given a tour and to my delight, there was a full-size indoor basketball court stocked with Goalrilla Rims!

While shooting hoops and dunking on rims (after we lowered them), I asked my friends about the owners of this amazing property.

“What do these people do”? I wondered.

“Oh, they’re entrepreneurs. They invented the Goalrilla basketball rim. Have you heard of it?”

Fast forward 12 years later. Married and living in Austin, Texas, my wife began casually searching for our dream home. We made a list of must-haves, but a Goalrilla Rim had been long forgotten, replaced by other priorities.

While on a mountain bike trip in Big Bend National Park, my wife, who was home, called excited, said she’d found our dream home, wanted me to see it as soon as I got home.

When I finally returned, we meet the realtor at the house and can you guess what was there?

An outdoor “sports court” with a Goalrilla Rim, fully adjustable for dunking! Needless to say, we bought the house.

basketball tim

My wife had no idea of my previous obsession with Goalrilla. But I am grateful for that early childhood dream and can’t help but smile when thinking about how it came full circle, a perfect example of the law of attraction at work.

Thanks so much, Tim, for sharing!!

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.