Standing on stage with your pants down

“Adventures don’t begin until you get into the forest. That first step is an act of faith.”—Mickey Hart

Launching a new book is like standing on stage with your pants down. You feel kinda vulnerable, wondering if anyone’s gonna like it.

Even after 17 books, I totally relate to Maya Angelou who once said, “Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, I think, “Uh, oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody and they’re going to find me out.”

So thank you everybody for “finding me out” and supporting me anyway. All your oh-so awesome emails, your congratulations, your “likes” have really rocked my world.

I cannot tell you how much it means.

And if you’re still not sick of me, stop by Facebook on Monday from 3 to 4 pm EST for a chat on the Hay House website.

Now, get out there and have the best weekend of your life.

To get it started, here’s one of my favorite videos, for those who haven’t seen it in a while. I interviewed Matt years ago for one of my National Geographic books.

I dare anyone to watch it without breaking into a smile.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just -released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

“The sidewalks are littered with postcards from God.”—Walt Whitman

“We’re surrounded by things we cannot see.”–Louie Schwartzberg

An old boyfriend of mine, a rational, left-brain advertising man, was sitting at his office desk one Tuesday when he suddenly got up, jumped in his car and drove home. This never happened. He had trouble leaving work at day’s end.

He pulled into his driveway at the unheard of hour of two in the afternoon…just in time to thwart a thief making off with his new TV.

This was a guy who wouldn’t dream of uttering words like God or grace or guidance. As I recall, his favorite description of me was “way-too woo-woo.” Yet, even though he’d never before left his office in the middle of the afternoon, he somehow picked up a signal to stop work immediately, to drive home now.

In E-Cubed, my new book, I talk a lot about signs, about the fact the universe constantly leaves bread crumbs, even sends up roadside flares when we’re not paying attention.

Last weekend, I was in Sydney at the Australia Writer’s Weekend with Reid Tracy, president of Hay House, and Leon Nacson, president of Hay House Australia.

Leon told a funny story about his unlikely entry into the world of spirituality. Not that you can ever NOT be touched by the Divine. But a lot of us pretend not to notice. As for Leon, he was busy booking rock shows and running night clubs.

One day, while watching his favorite footy team, his stomach started rumbling. Eager to get back to the game, he reached into his cabinet and grabbed what he thought was Maalox. After downing nearly the entire bottle and noticing it tasted a bit weird, he took a closer look. It was calamine lotion and his stomach, he was aggrieved to admit, was now coated with 10 ounces of anti-itch meds.

He tried everything over the next few months to get rid of this nasty stomach coating, even agreeing to accompany his P.A. (personal assistant) to an after-work body cleanse that she had enlisted in her never-ending quest to drop LB’s.

To make a long story longer, the P.A. ditched the body cleanse, but Leon, who was desperate, attended and was introduced to the incredible world of mind, body, spirit, a field he had no idea even existed. He went on to write a book about dream interpretation, to meet and eventually promote Deepak Chopra (although when Deepak first called about coming Down Under, Leon thought he was saying Six Pack Chocolate, which he still calls him today) and, of course, to eventually join forces with Hay House.

The point I’m trying to make is we are all being guided, all being given signs, all the time.

Once we surrender, let go of the struggle and let the universe take the lead, everything starts to fall into place.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just -released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”–@StephenCovey

“You must never allow something that happened to you to become a morbidly treasured heirloom that you carry, show people, put back in its black velvet pouch and then tuck back into your jacket where you can keep it close to your heart.”–Augusten Burroughs

Watch out, world! I just wrote my intention for E-Cubed in the sand at Manley Beach in Sydney, Australia.

Watch out, world! I just wrote my intention for E-Cubed in the sand at Manley Beach in Sydney, Australia.

You know that story you tell about yourself? The one that describes yourself as dysfunctional or poor or desperately in need of something you don’t have now?

That story is only true as long as you: a) continue to tell the story, b) continue to believe the story c) and continue to live from that story.

At any time, you can use your imagination to create a whole different stage play. At any time, you can use the power of your focus to animate a brand new reality.

Each of us is the creator of the world we inhabit.

That being the case, tell me in the comment section below, “What is your grandest, juiciest, most satisfying story?”

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Why @BizStone is my new hero, Part 2

“The good in the world isn’t just my hallucinogenic optimism. It’s science.”—Biz Stone again

Remember Snuffles the dog from Quickdraw McGraw? Every time, he was given a doggie treat, he’d float up into the air. That was me yesterday, blogging about Biz Stone’s new book, Things a Little Bird Told Me.

It was such a treat to learn that the co-founder of Twitter practices the art of imagining what he wants, that he knows focusing upon “the new” brings it into existence that I was floating around like Snuffles. As I mentioned yesterday, Stone was able to get a dream job at Google and launch Twitter by following his joy and E-Squaring his desires.

Because I was so twitterpated to find a fellow optimist, I forgot to mention three other things I adore about this 40-year-old game-changer.

1. He knows money doesn’t make a person happy. Sure, he’s now worth $250 million, but he and his wife Livia live simply and give most of their money away. “Our version of a Lamborghini is that we give a lot to help others,” he says

2. He hired a corporate social responsibility employee before he hired his first salesperson.

3. He envisions a radically different business model. Rather than profit being the end-all-be-all, his mission for any business includes the following three prongs. First and foremost, it should make a meaningful impact. Secondly, anyone who gets involved (ie. is employed at said business) should LOVE what they are doing and thirdly, it should generate strong revenues. That’s the THIRD priority.

He also knows how to turn failure into “the best thing that ever happened” and that together, we as a motley bunch of optimists, can change the world.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Why Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, is my new hero

“We’re heading toward something big and it’s going to be good.” Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter

I have no idea if 40-year-old Biz Stone, the guy Time magazine called “One of the Most Influential People in the World,” has read E-Squared.

But I do know this: he practices the principles with a vengeance.

In fact, it’s the very principles I write about in E-Squared and E-Cubed that transformed him from a college drop-out with massive credit card debt into a wildly successful entrepreneur worth $250 million.

On my flight to Australia (where I’m giving a writing workshop with Reid Tracy, president of Hay House), I had time to read Stone’s book, “Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of a Creative Mind.”

He throws around words like infinite possibilities. He knows attitude is everything and that we pull from the quantum field a match to our beliefs and expectations

As he says, “For any one problem, there are infinite potential solutions. Creativity is limitless. If you cling to what you know, you miss out on the limitless possibilities.”

When Biz was unemployed and living in his mom’s basement, he printed up business cards that said, “Biz Stone, Genius.” He claimed to be “building inventions with infinite resources and a world-class team of scientists at his headquarters—naturally titled Genius Labs.” It was his pronouncement of this dream that brought it into reality.

He knew, as I always recommend, to focus on the end result he desired.

It was that same visualization that launched his career at Google. He decided he wanted to work there and even though he had no college degree, he visualized his way into a dream job. He saw it in his mind before it came true, even though everyone told him that Google only hires PhD’s.

“I manufactured this opportunity without a college education, much less a higher degree; without working my way up a ladder. I wasn’t a shoo-in. I wasn’t anything. But I was experienced in one particular area: creating my own opportunity.”

When he started Twitter, he visualized that it would eventually “topple despotic regimes” which, as we all know, it famously did in a revolution in Moldova and then again in what we now call the Arab Spring.

As he says, “Hard work is important, but success is more about looking through the lens of possibility.”

In other words, the invisible realm always influences the visible.

He also knows that the importance of focusing on what you WANT to happen.

He saw his role at Twitter as being the “non-worrier.”

As he says, “When everything’s wrong and broken, instead of harping on what’s wrong and broken, you need to find what’s working and build on that.”

As he says, the solution always emerges if you look for the positive.

He also knows that the most important quality of any job is that it’s fun. He said the reason he knew Twitter would eventually work where the other start-ups didn’t (yes, he had plenty of failures before Twitter) is because it brought him joy.

Even the $500 million offer from Mark Zuckerberg (he and partner Ev Williams turned it down), came because they were joking around. They were driving out to Facebook offices for what they knew would be an offer to buy them out. On a whim, they agreed to ask for something so big, he’d never go for it. Let’s ask for half a billion, they laughed.

And sure enough, Zuckerberg called a few weeks later offering that very amount.

So Biz, if you happen to see this post, send me a tweet and, even though you already know this stuff, I’ll make sure you get a copy of both E-Squared and E-Cubed.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Blessings are everywhere—even in your driveway

“Standing on the corner of awesome and bombdigity.”—Shared by a reader on my Twitter feed

In E-Cubed (that comes out in 13 days, not that I’m counting?), there’s a chapter called “Well, duh!” In it, I share miracle stories from readers of E-Squared who wrote to me with the awesome results of their experiments.

Hearing these stories makes me bounce around like Tigger. Telling them only elevates the bounce. Here are a couple I heard today:

A reader in Duluth was doing the Dude Abides experiment, asking for a blessing, a sign that she was loved by the universe. Although I encourage people to refrain from specifying the blessing, she thought to herself, “wouldn’t it be cool if I got a crystal agate.” Evidently, she had studied geology and was interested in rocks.

Well, the next day she came home (from where I’m not sure) and sitting near her driveway was the biggest crystal agate she had ever seen.

A friend from one of my power posses was recounting her circumstances at our last get-together when another member posed the question, “Well, what exactly do you need?”

It stopped her in her tracks and she said, “I need a vacuum cleaner.” We all laughed and said, “Better make room for a new vacuum cleaner.”

This morning, she returned to our breakfast meeting filled with all kinds of amazing manifestations and then she stopped, “Oh, I forgot to tell you. I went home last Sunday and there, in my driveway, was a vacuum cleaner.”

Moral of this story? Pay attention to your driveway.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Nanu-Nanu: What Robin Williams taught us all

“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.”–Malcolm Gladwell

Utter shock was the reaction around the world when our favorite zany comedian offed himself.

Didn’t he know how much we loved him?

How could he not see how much joy he gave us?

Doesn’t he realize how beautiful he is?

Having these thoughts reminds us of what our Source thinks about us as we go about our lives, not appreciating the truth of who we really are.

I know who you are, Robin, and I thank you for sharing your beauty and your truth with the world.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

How one reader used E-Squared to finally find Sasquatch

“Love should be ‘spread throughout the world, shouted in our ears for free.”—Stuart Kestenbaum

Thought I’d spread a little love from a reader who recently used the Einstein wands from E-Squared in a workshop at a Performing Arts Conservatory for Julliard and Broadway-bound youth. StevieAnne Petitt, a clinical hypnotherapist and life coach from Arizona, called them magic wards (actually a much better name) and used them to demonstrate the importance of being conscious of internal dialog.

In fact, she created a fabulous workshop called “Hang up your Negative Thinking,” a brilliant take since, after all, the wands are made from coat hangers.

Before she left the Conservatory, she and her students decided to conduct one last experiment, one that she called “super out there.” They asked the Universe to show them Big Foot within 48 hours.

Now, it’s one thing to find purple feathers and yellow butterflies, but Big Foot? People have been looking for the hairy ape-like creature for centuries. But StevieAnne shared on Facebook that on her plane ride back home, she found the elusive Sasquatch in her SkyMall magazine 30,000 feet in the air.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Let bliss be your GPS

“I say always listen to your beeps.”—Necie in The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

I have spent my life seeking higher guidance. My favorite joke used to be, “Why doesn’t God work in neon?”

I finally learned that God or the universe or whatever name you want to call the Divine Buzz does indeed work in neon. It’s called joy. Or as Joseph Campbell instructed, “Follow your bliss.”

If you want higher guidance, start moving towards what makes you happy. Kids know this. They automatically seek out things that bring joy.

Until….

…their parents and their culture and the dominant paradigm insist “You can’t do that. You have to protect yourself. You have to be safe.”

I’m reading Pat Conroy’s memoir, The Death of Santini. He remembers very clearly that his dad, who was a notorious disciplinarian (read: bully), would react the most violently anytime his children were having fun. It’s as if he was saying, “Cut that out. Fun is not allowed.”

Even though most of our parents weren’t bullies, they certainly didn’t tell us that the things we’re drawn towards, the things that bring us joy are God’s guidance in bright, crystal clear neon.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Why you should always say yes to fun. No exceptions


“What has trapped you in a belief system that says your ecstasy can only come when you have certain physical stimuli in place? We want you to understand that ecstasy is your birthright. It is not something that exists outside of you.”—Daniel Scranton
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A new member of yesterday’s power posse sent around the above quote. I had mentioned what I call “The Divine Buzz,” this sense of being joyful and filled with well-being. I often experience it just walking across the floor of my kitchen.

It’s not something that requires me to be staying in five-star hotels or meeting America’s Top Chefs. It just is…anytime I take down my preconceived mental constructs.

The first corollary in E-Cubed is called the Boogie-Woogie principle. Or the importance of NOT being earnest. It’s about the Divine Buzz, about being happy. Stated simply it says that the more fun you have, the better life works.

I found the above picture in an old computer I was going through over the weekend. I was in New York a few years ago with an old college friend and both our daughters who, at the time, were 14 or 15. Because there were four of us, we each got to pick one thing we absolutely wanted to do. Sarina, Mary’s daughter, absolutely wanted to have her picture taken with an Abercrombie and Fitch model.

So I decided, “Why not? Why should Sarina have all the fun?”

It took me awhile in this life of mine, but I have finally concluded that fun is ALWAYS the right answer. And, more importantly, I know that anything can be fun—-having my picture taken with an Abercrombie model or simply walking across my kitchen floor.

As the Course is Miracles says, “I have a kingdom I must rule.” That kingdom is and always will be my mind.”

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.