CBS exec: George Clooney “not a leading man” or why you should never listen to “experts”

“The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot.” ― Benny Lewis

Heard a funny story over the weekend. As you know, if you’ve seen my travel blog, I have a thing about George Clooney. I like his politics, his sense of fun and you gotta admit, he’s not too bad to look at.

I was listening to a couple TV writers who came to Lawrence for a big arts festival over the weekend. One of them, a writer for Bodies of Evidence, an old homicide drama from the early 90’s, told us that Clooney was considered for the leading role of Lieutenant Ben Carroll, but a CBS exec was pretty clear: “He’s just not leading man material.”

Instead, the part went to Lee Horsley and George, in one of his pre-ER roles, played the sidekick, Ryan Walker.

So next time, your brilliant idea gets rejected or your dream hits a snag, just remember, “Experts and authorities don’t know everything.”

Another great George story came to me before my talk at the Awakened Expo in Atlanta in May. I’m new at speaking (as I’ve said several times, I call this “My Year of Speaking Dangerously”), and I mentioned my jitters to someone who told me this great story.

When George Clooney first went to Hollywood from Kentucky where he grew up, he stumbled into auditions, like every other newbie, scared and wondering if casting directors would even like him.

Everything changed, he said, when he made this one little tweak. He strode into auditions with the attitude that he was “the answer to that casting director’s dream.”

Tell me in the comment sections below what dream you’re the answer to.

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.

Important news flash: There is only one problem left in the world.

“Through His power and glory all your wrong decisions are undone completely, releasing you and your brothers from every imprisoning thought.” —A Course in Miracles

This will probably come as a shock, but there is only one problem in the world today. Despite all its many wily manifestations, this one problem is the same for all of us.

It’s a problem of perception. Our perception is the ONLY thing we need to heal. If we pray for healing of the body (or money issues or relationship struggles or any of the other myriad “problems” we think we have), we only reinforce the belief that there’s a problem.

There is no problem. There is only wrong perception.

As you know if you’ve read my blog, I’m all about smooth and easy. Joy and fun. Anything else is but wrong perception, a story we made up to entertain ourselves or frighten ourselves or… heck, I don’t know why we persist in investing all our energy into solving all these problems. Why we spend so much time identifying problems and coming up with 7 steps to get rid of them.

I recently became Facebook friends with a beautiful, wise woman named Ley Tog. Her story so inspired me that I asked her permission to share it with you. If you’d like to hear more from Ley (I lap up her every word with relish), she can be found at

And, as promised, here’s Ley’s story:

Twenty years ago, i was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. It had been apparent that i had suffered the problems that come with the label for all of my life. After being diagnosed with the condition, i set out to discover all there was to know about the subject, so that i could be informed about my own condition. I read countless books, read websites, pamphlets, talked to others with Bipolar, anything i could find to understand why i was the way i was. I wanted to heal and thought that information was the best way to do this.

Today, i can see that all of that reading, the years spent pouring over information that would inform me of who i was being, was totally counter-productive. In fact, all it did was to teach me more about ‘How to be Bipolar”. I noticed that as time went by, i began to develop even more of the symptoms i had been reading about and life began to become unbearable. I suffered major anxiety, deep depression, panic attacks, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, low self esteem, OCD in many many forms, Agoraphobia (I didn’t leave my house for two years), I had countless problems in all of my relationships, self harmed and had basically completely closed down and given up on life. I had no hope of ever recovering and wanted to die.

This was the ego’s story.

Today, since studying ACIM, I am symptom free of nearly every one of those problems! I am happy, healthy, in love with life extremely grateful for all that ACIM (and god of course) has done for me. My only want in life now, is to be able to share this wonderful system of healing with others. To show people that there is a way out of the seeming nightmare that life can be and to give hope that what the course in Miracles insists can happen, DOES happen! I am the living proof. 🙂

I encourage anyone that wants to exchange the nightmare for the beautiful dream, to study this course. It is truly life-changing and has saved me from the depths of the hell that i thought i was living in. You can have this too. All it takes is a little willingness to see things a different way, God will do the rest! 😉

Let love lead the way :-

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.

‘A lot of people approach risk as if it`s the enemy when it`s really fortune`s accomplice.”–Sting

“You have to stop long enough to hear the whisper you might have drowned out, that small voice compelling you toward the kind of work you’d be willing to do even if you weren’t paid. Once you tune out the noise of your life and hear that call, you face the biggest challenge of all: to find the courage to seek out your big dream, regardless of what anyone else says or thinks.”—Oprah

Yesterday, I wrote about following your dreams. So naturally, stories about tagging along with your dreams began flooding in.

My favorite is from Sting who said in a TED talk that when he was given an old, out-of-tune guitar with rusty strings, he felt as if he’d been given a friend for life, an accomplice to help him get out of Wallsend, England, where he grew up.

He was eight at the time and he’d already decided that he didn’t want to build ships like the thousands of men who walked by his house on their way to the shipyard every morning. It was a hard life, he noticed, noisy, dangerous, with toxic work conditions.

Although his dad was a milkman, his grandfather had been a shipwright and, as a child, he wondered with anxiety whether that was to be his destiny. There weren’t many other jobs in this little town on the northeast coast of England.

“But once I was bequeathed that battered old guitar, I quickly realized I’d found a co-conspirator to help me escape from this industrial landscape,” he said.

“My dream was to leave this town just like those ships that never came back once they were launched. I wanted to be a writer of songs, to sing those songs to vast numbers of people all over the world and to be paid extravagant amounts of money.”

The dream started one day when the Queen Mother came to his town to break a bottle of champagne on the bow of one of the ships. His mother forced him and his brother and sisters to dress up in their Sunday finest as the motorcade passed in front of their tiny home in the shadow of the shipyard.

“It wasn’t that long ago that the Royal Family were thought to have magical powers. People held up their sick children, hoping to touch the hem of the king, hoping for a cure,” Sting said. “It wasn’t like that in my day, but it was still really exciting when Queen Ann or one of the Royals came to give a speech.

‘I was standing there waving my little Union Jack and there in a big, black Rolls Royce was the Queen Mother. She seemed to acknowledge me. She looked me in the eye. I smiled. She smiled. We had a moment.

“I wasn’t cured of anything. It was the opposite actually. I was infected with an idea. I realized I didn’t belong in the street. I didn’t want to work in the shipyard. I wanted to be in that car. I wanted a bigger life. A life out of the ordinary.”

And that’s how it begins. When we take the time to listen.

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.

“If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?”—Jim Carrey

“When you move past your fear and go after your dreams, you become free.”–
LL Cool J

I was in Mexico City when the World Cup began, so I had little choice but to get swept up in the excitement. I even wedged a World Cup schedule, distributed by my Mexican publisher, Grupo Planeta, into my Course in Miracles as a bookmark.

So I love this story about U.S. player, Kyle Beckerman, who made the World Cup team for the first time. You can’t miss him. He’s the handsome midfielder with the dreads. He looks just like Slade, one of the six characters from my TV series, Off the Grid.

Ever since he was a young boy, Kyle dreamt of representing the United States at his favorite sport. He put everything he had into making that dream come true.

His parents were teachers and he’d often leave them notes, “Down at the park playing soccer. Be home later.” And then he’d sign his entire name, Kyle Robert Beckerman, USA #15.”

He may not have known it at the time, but he was calling forth a vision, paving the way for a dream.

It took him 20 years, but this time when U.S. coach, Juergen Klinsmann put together his World Cup delegation, Kyle Robert Beckerman, USA #15, was on the docket.

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.

Important 2014 update to Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich”

“You are already wealthy, but you have been taught not to experience your wealth.” –David Cameron Gikandi

I’m heading to Mexico City today to speak at Expo Ser, the largest mind, body and spirit conference in Latin America. I’m excited because my daughter, Taz, who speaks Spanish (I don’t. Yet.) is going with me.

So I decided to re-run a popular blog post from last year. Enjoy!!

In 1937 when Napoleon Hill wrote his now-classic tome, quantum physics was still in diapers. Einstein, of course, had posited his famous theory of relativity, but quantum physicists didn’t completely understand how it worked.

To tell you the truth, they still have trouble making sense of the crazy quantum world that is changed by simple observation. As famous physicist Richard Feynman was known to say, “Nobody understands quantum mechanics.”

However, we do know with complete certainty that thoughts produce energy (much like invisible radio waves) and that they have a significant impact on your life. This energy, in fact, provides the building blocks for your life experience.

The update to Hill’s material should be this: “Think and BE Rich.” Time is irrelevant. You can “be rich” now. Money is only a representation of your “wealth consciousness” and “wealth consciousness” which is the true source of your financial picture is available right at this moment.

Money—or what we think of as money—bills, coins, etc.—are merely tools that demonstrate a person’s “wealth consciousness.” And, in fact, according to David Cameron Gikandi, only 4 percent of money in banks (depending on the country) exist in physical form. Furthermore, he says, “Money is not real. It’s a shadow of something else.”

So by expanding your consciousness into the true abundance of the world, you acquire what is in you already. As Gikandi says, “You have more wealth capability within you than you can possibly experience in a lifetime. Nor do you need to know how to convert wealth consciousness into paper money. It happens automatically when you expand your wealth consciousness.”

In the quantum world, you are connected to everything. You already have all the riches you could ever imagine. They exist right now as probability waves. But that’s the problem. You don’t imagine them.

You keep focusing on what you don’t have.

So back to Napoleon Hill. He advises people to come up with a date when they want a certain amount of money. Sometime in the future. But the trick in the quantum world is to “be rich now.” Again, all your riches already exist in the quantum world.

Being wealthy is an internal state. As Gikandi points out, “It has nothing to do with the outside world. The internal state of wealth is a decision you make right now and you become it right Now. You need nothing outside yourself to make this decision. Do not attempt to get wealth. Be wealth.

“Even in a billion lifetimes, you cannot possibly exhaust the wealthy given to you freely by life. But you can “fail” to receive it by your own thoughts, words, action, and most of all, your chosen states of being.”

The only thing standing in your way is your “wealth consciousness.” Isn’t it time to quit “thinking and growing rich?” Instead, it’s time to Think and BE Rich.

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.

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ― Rumi

“Sometimes all any of us needs in life is for someone to hold our hand and walk next to us.” ― James Frey

I promised my new friend Linda Ryan I’d participate in what’s called a blog hop.

And since today is the final day for this big online dance, I figured I’d better start do-si-do-ing.

The idea is you answer the following four questions and then run the bio and photo of the person who invited you.

So, thanks, Linda for including me on your dance card. And I’m really glad you didn’t have the anticipated heart attack.

Here are the answers to your four questions.

1. What am I working on/writing?

I just finished a story for CNN on the 10 best beaches you’ve never heard of. Before that, I finished the manuscript for E-Cubed, the follow-up to E-Squared. Probably the most unusual thing I’m doing is embarking on what I’m calling “my year of speaking dangerously.” I’ve been invited to speak, literally all over the world. Next week I go to Mexico City. The week after, New York and it just keeps on rolling with Australia and Holland and Finland and Canada—all the way through 2015. At the end of this “dangerous year,” I’m going to assess how I like this new component of sharing the love. I’m also planning to get back to my TV series, Off the Grid.

2. How does my work differ from other of its genre?

Tough question since, after all, we’re all one. But I’d say my main focus is on play and having fun. I believe the best way to “really get” the principles I write about in E-Squared is to let go of all the rules and play around with them like a merry prankster.

3. Why do I write what I write?

My main goal as a writer is to be a secretary for the Divine. I try to hook up to this bigger thing and simply take dictation.

4. How does my writing process work?

Hmmm. It changes all the time, but mostly I invoke the muses (the higher thing I was talking about) to have at it.

Thanks, Linda!!

Linda Ryan is an Intensive Care Nurse turned Life Coach. Her work centers around helping you understand the power your thoughts and emotions have on your results. She is the author of The Law of Attraction is B.S.* (*Basically Simple), and invites to connect with her at

“Nature is the art of God.”—Sir Thomas Browne

“Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine.” — Janine M. Benyus

Carousel of Happiness

In my new book, E-Cubed, there’s an experiment I call “Nature vs. News.” The idea is that the natural world has important messages to share.

So needless to say, I’m getting lots of “messages” about this very topic.

Spirit, Southwest Airline’s inflight magazine, just ran a story about Scott Harrison, a woodcarver in Nederland, Colorado who built a Carousel of Happiness.

But he wasn’t always so happy.

After a tour in Vietnam ended abruptly after seven months (his knee was shredded by a grenade), he was airlifted out of the battlefield and returned to an America that as he says, “wouldn’t look a soldier in the eye.”

To cope, he drank, took drugs and “isolated.” After getting a degree at the University of Texas, he migrated to San Jose, California where he worked in a boatyard, eventually building himself a 32-foot schooner.

In his continuing effort to avoid human contact, he sailed alone, deep into the Pacific. He was out of his mind, sobbing with grief and remorse, hoping for a big storm to capsize his boat and put him out of his misery.

Instead, on the 8th day at sea, a 30-foot whale surfaced beside his boat and swam beside him for three or four hours.

For reasons he can’t explain, he says, “It made me feel loved in a way I’d never been loved before.”

In fact, as the whale looked him in the eye, he got the message loud and clear: “You belong among the living.”

He sailed back to California and has never been the same.

The second story comes from Larry Dossey’s new book, One Mind. Evidently on April 14, 1865, the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in the Ford Theater, his dog, Jib, was back at the White House where the president’s aides couldn’t figure out why the normally calm and quiet pooch was running in frenzy. No matter what they tried, they couldn’t calm him. He ran in circles until finally he collapsed on a rug near the President’s desk. Somehow, Jib knew his master was in trouble long before the aides finally got wind that their boss had been shot.

So, as I suggest in the book, it might be time to spend more time listening to nature’s Divine Buzz than to the messages on those four-inch screens.

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.

The universe is a prodigious miracle and wants to bestow blessings

“Act as if the universe is a prodigious miracle created for your amusement and illumination. Assume that secret helpers are working behind the scenes to assist you in turning into the gorgeous masterpiece you were born to be. Join the conspiracy to shower all of creation with blessings.”–Rob Brezsny

If you’re in Atlanta this weekend, please stop by and say hi. I’m speaking Saturday at the Awakened Spirit Expo. In the meantime, I’m heading to Charleston to hang with my gorgeous sister (we love the Spoleto Festival) and gorgeous daughter.

And just so this post doesn’t sound too “commercial,” I also want to share a couple miracle stories that were sent to me this week.

Jeff Quickle and I have been Facebook friends for awhile. I love his energy, his fun take on life. He’s reading E-Squared again and when asking the FP for a sign, he was offered, out of the blue, what he calls “the Deal of the Century.” He lives on two acres and had wanted to buy a tractor mower. But with two kids in college, he was hesitant. I get that. And I have only one kid in college.

Completely unbidden, a friend asked if he’d be interested in his Wheel Horse lawn tractor. It’s like new, had been babied and his friend only wants $175. According to Jeff, that’s unheard of. Even the most beat-up used ones go for $350 and up. Chalk another one up for the F.P.!!

Another wonderful reader who says the universe delivered her a fabulous new relationship told me that when she was mourning the loss of her last relationship, crying in her car in an empty parking lot, a teenage girl she didn’t know knocked on her window holding a flower. She also got a check for $4000 and another for $5000 that was just enough to finish her home renovations.

I’m telling you folks, the F.P. means business!!!

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.

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” ― Mitch Albom

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
― J.K. Rowling


Death has a bad reputation. But I agree with J.K. Rowling.

We’re thrilled for our friends when they’re heading to say, Hawaii or the Caribbean. I posit that we can also be happy for our loved ones who are now able to be everywhere at once, who now know ONLY love.

I’m not suggesting it’s easy for those of still here on this limited physical plane to let go. I recently lost my precious step-daughter to H1N1 flu and not having her here to laugh (she had the BEST laugh) and to make her wicked funny jokes (I always thought she’d make a fabulous comedy writer) wouldn’t have been my first choice.

But I happen to know she’s still with us. It’s just that she’s now on a different frequency. And I had a fabulous reminder of this from my new friend, Melissa Murphy.

Her beautiful, beautiful daughter Dannica died in a car accident 18 months ago. We traded a couple emails and I shared my belief that our spirits never die and that I think we can still be in contact.

I also mentioned I believe in a much bigger story and that while our consciousness does indeed create reality, it’s also guided by a bigger, more loving part of ourselves that doesn’t always make sense in this limited time-space reality. Lastly, I told her I’d say a prayer that very night that she’d feel some kind of connection with Dannica.

Here’s what her next email said (and she gave me permission to share):

“Like you, I believe our spirits live on and like a good little human being, I seem to need constant validation of that belief even in the presence of miracles!

“I took these photos this afternoon as I was on my way into town to meet a friend. I pulled over several times to take more. The image just lingered and lingered and lingered for the longest time. To me, the first one looks like an angel with wings and a rainbow where her heart is. As you can see, the rainbow actually turns into a heart!

“I’m generally a very private person, but some things make a human being feel like screaming from the rooftops; love, grief, and miracles are certainly among them. Sharing my thoughts, feelings, and experiences with others is my introverted way of screaming from rooftops. I scream for a while, cry a bit, and scream some more. It feels so good to be screaming, “Dannica’s not dead!!! She’s right here! See?!




5 simple words that will stop complainers and other miscellaneous whiners in their tracks

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”—Mark Twain

As y’all know, I love my local power posses. Every single time, I get newly-inspired and learn cool stuff.

Last week, my friend Cindy shared this super-easy (and powerfully effective) tactic for steering conversations away from negativity.

When somebody is droning on about everything that’s going wrong in their life, simply ask this question:

“What do you want to happen?”

It works surprisingly well no matter what the person’s spiritual beliefs. If you say, “I’ll pray for you” or “Let the universe handle it” or my fallback line: “What you focus upon expands,” they might roll their eyes or even hit you.

But nobody can find a grievance in these five words. And it works like a veritable superchamp in steering conversations back to “what might be possible.”

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.