Why the parlor game “Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon” gives us hope

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” –Aibilene Clark, from the book and movie, The Help

This is a shout-out to the anonymous person who taped uplifting affirmations to the bathroom stall at the Sandbar’s new sub shop in Lawrence, Kansas.

Your words reminding me that “I am beautiful. I am powerful. I am capable of great things” made me so happy and reminded me that the simplest of things, the tiniest of actions can impact the world.

Your affirming words not only added joy to my day, but they elevated the energy of every person I encountered from that moment forward.

I once saw a comic strip where the boss scolded his employee who went home and took it out on his wife who then screamed at the kids. In the last frame, the toddler is sitting outside on the front porch shaking her finger at the puzzled dog.
That boss had no idea the chain of events he started when he chose to criticize rather than encourage.

You’re probably heard of the parlor game, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, which suggests that any two people on earth are, on average, a mere six acquaintance links apart.

I like to think of those beautiful human bonds when I get discouraged, overwhelmed by the issues in the news. It’s tempting to wonder what I, one solitary person from Kansas, can do to solve the political chasm, what I, a single mom with a couple twitter followers, can do to stop gun violence.

And then I remember. I can invite my neighbor over for ham and eggs. I can bake a casserole for the new mom that just came home from the hospital.

Yes, we’re all different, have varying political beliefs and religious affiliations. But every last one of us eventually shows up in the same bathroom stall.

One tiny sheet of paper. Five simple lines. Tiny actions sending beautiful ripples out into the universe.

Leave a comment below with the words you’d like to leave on the door of your bathroom stall.

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

“Life is a helluva lot more fun if you say yes rather than no.” – Richard Branson

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer.”–John Lennon

Remember when you were in grade school picking teams for say, kickball or Red Rover?

Even if you weren’t the team captain, you knew exactly who you wanted on your team.

Every single third-grader knew who was the fastest player, the most daring, the one most likely to succeed in breaking through the meaty arms of the classroom bully brigade.

We still today get to choose who’s on our team, who leads the executive committee in our minds. Only now it boils down to two team players.

There’s the ego, the PR person for fear and limits.

Or there’s the Field of Unlimited Possibilities (the FP).

I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking “no-brainer.”

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

Why it’s time to press the play button

“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.”—Roald Dahl

This morning–Monday bright and early–I was invited to a party. I don’t think the hosts called it that. Officially, it’s a weekly mastermind group started by four life coaches who call in from all over the country to talk “possibility.”

Because they’re currently reading E-Squared and going through the experiments, they graciously invited me on to the call. Since “I’m just a girl who cain’t say no” to anybody talking about intentions and law of attraction and well, anything that’s fun, I, of course, said, “I’d love to.”

They shared a great story about the Volkswagen Jetta Principle, the one that states: “You impact the energy field and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations.”

Rather than looking for yellow butterflies and sunset beige cars, two of my suggestions that many readers took quite literally, they showed a little initiative and decided they, as a group, were going to find orange boats and priests.

First off, I LOVE their creativity. How fun are priests and orange boats!

And since, well, they’re “professional manifesters” (most coaches are well-versed in most of these principles), all four easily found orange boats and priests, even the coach who lives in Arizona, far from a body of water.

So, here’s the take-away:

Hit the play button. Together, the four of them, made this principle really fun. As Linda Ryan, said “I was almost giddy with excitement.” Jean Kuhn, another one of these amazing coaches, joked that she found herself smiling eagerly at every man walking down the street, hoping for a priest collar. And one of them even found a troll doll dressed like a priest. Who knew?

What you’re looking for might be right under your nose. As Linda shared on her blog post, “Within 30 seconds of deciding on orange boats and priests, I became aware of how much orange was within five feet of me. It had been there all along, but I didn’t notice it until we started talking about it.”

One of the things I’m writing about in E-Cubed, the new book I’m currenly writing for Hay House, is the fact that everything necessary for electricity was available even during cavemen times. They just didn’t know to a) look for it or b) how to put the principles together.

The good news is we do!! And we’re learning how to use these spiritual principles to make a world that works for everyone.

Your preconceived notions tend to get in the way. One of my playmates on the call was at a marina during her 48 hours and thought, “Hmm, this should be easy. I’ll find an orange boat here.” Instead, she found it in a catalog.

She also decided to drive down a street where she knew there was a Catholic church. “Never know when a priest could emerge.”

Instead, she was led to a photograph of Buddhist monks…..wearing, you guessed it, bright orange.

The point is that once we decide HOW our intentions will manifest, we put a big straitjacket around the Field of Potentiality, giving it exactly one avenue to deliver our gifts.

The F.P. is infinite and has gazillions (actually way more) of avenues to deliver your blessings and miracles.

Why would I want to give it my ideas which, as I repeatedly have pointed out, are invariably teensy-weensy compared to infinitude.

So, I just want to reiterate. Spiritual principles are meant to provide joyful, big-ass fun, not a bunch of rules and regulations.

This is a party, folks, a love train and together we can turn this orange boat around.

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

Why I’m the luckiest person on the planet, Part 5 or is it 6?

“And to the tiger in the zoo, Madeline just said, “pooh, pooh!”—Ludwig Bemelman

I heard a report on NPR this morning that Madeline, Ludwig Bemelman’s plucky heroine that lives “in an old house in Paris, covered in vines” was turning 75 next year. I read all the Madeline books to my daughter when she was young. We both loved them.

Being reminded of Madeline’s courageous “pooh, pooh!” to the tiger in the zoo made me smile because that’s exactly what I decided to say to those old belief systems that were so insistently waving their hands in the back of the classroom yesterday.

And the reason I’m once again naming myself, “world’s luckiest person” is because when I mentioned them here on the blog, I was showered with so much love and support from so many people. And I just want to say thank you!

I am truly blessed, touched, humbled and forever grateful.

I wish each and every one of you the most amazing weekend 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.

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”—Frank Zappa

“There comes a point when you know, without doubt, without hesitation, that you cannot go back to your old life. You cannot be who you once were and also have a new life with new riches.”—Julie McIntyre

So, I fell this morning at pickleball, a huge, embarrassing spill right in front of 11 other players. My Hay House teleseminar on Tuesday was not the huge success I had hoped for. I guess what I’m trying to say is my old school belief systems (AKA: my B.S.) is trying to get my attention.

In fact, it has been quite vigilant this week. But here’s what I know.

Anytime I feel guilt or doubt or choose to look upon lack or limitation, the old belief system is in command.

My job, at that point, is to a) recognize it, b) ask for help from the Holy Spirit and c) eventually throw out the old script.

The old belief system, the critical self-chatter is an outdated, boring old re-run and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s time to rip that sucker to shreds.

The potential for getting bucked off the horse is always there.

But so is the question: “How long am I going to lay there before I decide to get back up in the saddle?”

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

“Abandon your belief in deprivation.”—Course in Miracles

“Martin Luther King, Jr. never said, “I have a complaint.”—Michael Beckwith a b tesla

Before I head out in my cape and superhero costume (yes, the “Haul of Justice,” the 23rd Superhero Bike Ride starts this weekend), I want to share a couple cool stories.

I get reams of these manifestation stories and while I haven’t had time to sort through all of them (never fear, I DID start a file), I always like to share from time to time here on the blog because I find them inspirational.

So story #1:

Yesterday, I was interviewed by the incomparable Tamara Gold. She has a weekly talk show, Empowered Living. I say interviewed, but it was more like two BFF’s having a much-needed catch-up.

Anyway, she’s reading E-Squared, trying to figure out which new car to buy. She does a little research and wisely decides that, “Hey, I want a car that’s cool, has zero emissions and gets something like 265 miles per gallon.” So she’s doing the Volkswagen Jetta experiment (where you look for a particular car) and decides, “What the heck, might as well look for the car I intend to soon own.”

Well, her new car-to-be is a Tesla Roadster, a $57,000 all-electric sports car of which only a couple thousand have been made. To give you some perspective, Toyota sold 28,279 vehicles in April alone. What can I say? This woman like a challenge.

So, she asks for a sign and before the experiment is barely started, she sees not just one Tesla, but as she says, “A FRIGIN TRUCK LOAD! SIX TESLAS!!”

If you’re an officer of the law, please avert your eyes now because yes, she couldn’t resist pulling out her phone and taking this picture. a -- Tesla

Story #2:

During our chat, Tamara asked if these principles work with kids. Which reminded me of this awesome email from Muskaan Sidhu, who calls herself “My biggest 11-year-old fan.” She gave me permission to share. Here’s what she wrote:

“Hi! I’m a girl, 11 years of age from Australia and me and my mum have been doing your experiments from your awesome book – Esquared. Everything you say in it makes soooo much sense and I can connect to every point you make! It’s incredible how successful your experiments are. For the first one, I really wanted an unexpected blessing from anything or anyone, and my best friend who I was currently in a fight with smiled at me! It was awesome! For the second experiment I wanted to see a bunch of flowers, and the following day she came up to me (WITH A BUNCH OF FLOWERS!!!) and said “do these look nice?”

As for the purple feather, I realized today at school that I was coloring in with a purple pen and I looked out and saw a bird. I actually didn’t even remember the experiment after a few minutes! It’s absolutely jaw dropping and I’m so glad they work!”

We shared a few emails (I mean, how can I resist an 11-year-old who writes this well?) where I later discovered that she and her old friend made up and, using these principles, she made an A on her science test, something she’d never done before, and is excelling in math. Needless to say, she was already a whiz at English.

So thank you, Tamara, and thank you, Muskaan.

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

How You Can Use Quantum Physics to Become a Real-Life Superhero

“What’s the use of old and frozen thought?”—Rumi

If you’ve shown up at the party of this blog, you already know I’m a superfan of social media. Since I dove in 10 months ago, I have heard so many AMAZING stories, greatly expanded what I believe is possible and am flooded now (in a good way) with lots of new friends.

Last week, in one of those “coincidences” that show up in my life as consistently as the postman, I got an email from Greg Kuhn.

Like me, he’s an author, loves quantum physics and practices the “law of attraction.” We all do, of course (practice the law of attraction, we can’t NOT practice it), but once you do it in a deliberate and conscious way, your entire life jets into a whole new cosmosphere.

The reason I was blown away to hear from him is that just that very morning, I had “discovered him” and was reading his wonderful blog. He’s brilliant, hilarious and completely in tune with the song I like to sing.

I very consciously thought to myself, “I’d love to get this quantum genius to write a guest post on my blog.”

Well, guess what?

He’s here today and his post (why am I surprised?) is about superheroes which is exactly what I’m heading out to “be” this weekend. For those who hadn’t heard, here’s an old post about the Superhero Bike ride that starts in two days.

But enough about me.

With no further adieu, here’s that guest post from my new pal, Greg Kuhn. Enjoy!

How You Can Use Quantum Physics to Become a Real-Life Superhero

Ever play a game where you get to choose one super power?

Super speed, super strength, x-ray vision, and indestructibility are always popular options. I always choose having the ability to fly, because I’d never be stuck in traffic again.

But what if you really could have a super power – in real life? What if you could have the super power of consistently getting more of what you want out of life? Not because of “luck”, but intentionally? Manifesting your desires, or at least coming very close to hitting your personal bull’s-eye, most of the time.

To acquire this wonderful super power you only need to do one thing: make it your primary purpose, just for today, to be grateful as often as humanly possible. More about that in a moment…

Does that, by the way, sound too simple? I can understand your reaction, but the instructions for acquiring this amazing super power are actually rooted in the very real and reliable science of quantum physics.

In our universe, material reality is subjective. Quantum physics tells us that each observer sees her own unique universe (and that is meant to be taken literally, not figuratively).

We now know that your observations collapse the “quantum possibility wave” into definitive, material objects. It works like this: all sub-atomic particles exist in a state of pure, unrealized potential (we call this the quantum field) until they are observed. Once observed, a system of coherence is created between the energy of the observer (you) and the energy of the observed (the quantum field). It is this system of coherence that forms material objects, or your material reality.

Thus, it is correct to call the creation of the material world a co-mingling of your energy with other, like-energy. Whereas we used to think that the material world existed independently of our observation, awaiting our discovery in a pre-determined state, we now understand that this is not true at all. Remember the old metaphysical question: “If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there, does it make a sound?” Quantum physics teaches us that if no one is there, there is no forest!

Quantum physics goes on to show us that you create your unique material reality not just through your observations, but, more importantly, through your expectations. Your expectations convey your energy (your state of being) to the quantum field; your expectations are the medium through which your energy becomes coherent with the quantum field.

Your expectations come, unconsciously, from your beliefs. And your beliefs are nothing more than habitual thoughts, so they are open to change and improvement. Thus, if you raise your beliefs to match, or align with, your desires, you will find that your expectations automatically and naturally rise as well. Like a rising tide lifting every boat in the water, you don’t need to micromanage your expectations – you simply need to raise your beliefs if you wish to experience a much more pleasing material reality.

This is not a “feel-good philosophy”. What I just described is based upon the incredibly precise and unerringly accurate science of quantum physics. A science that has finally revealed for us exactly how most of our universe operates in very concrete and definitive terms.

And here’s where gratitude helps you acquire your quantum super power today. Find reasons to be truly grateful for as many things as you can – even the things you usually take for granted, like breathing, your ability to drive a car, your sense of humor, your beating heart, your wonderful mind, etc. And especially the things you commonly label “unwanted” experiences – by looking for the hidden gifts and opportunities inherent in them (hint…they are there if you’re willing to look for them and are open to seeing them).

Yes, it takes practice. But the investment is worth it because the more you focus on gratitude the more you build beliefs which favor and foster gratitude. And with those beliefs will automatically come uplifted expectations about gratitude. Thus you will become coherent with the energy of gratitude – and create more and more things and experiences for which you’ll feel grateful.

By making a concerted effort to feel gratitude, you will be raising your beliefs in a very positive direction. Over time, by practicing feeling gratitude for everything (or as many things as you possibly can), you will change your beliefs. And, as quantum physics teaches us, when you change your beliefs, you will, literally, change your universe.

About the Author
Author Greg Kuhn is a professional educator and a futurist, specializing in framing new paradigms for 21st Century living. Devoted readers have dubbed him “The Law of Attraction Science Guy”.
Until 2012, he wrote primarily with his father, Dr. Clifford Kuhn, M.D., about health, wellness, and productivity. Since 2012, Greg has been busy writing his acclaimed Why Quantum Physicists… series: Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail, Why Quantum Physicists Don’t Get Fat, Why Quantum Physicists Create More Abundance, and Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Suffer. His newest book, How Quantum Physicists Build New Beliefs, will be out in October 2013. All are available on Amazon.
Greg Kuhn lives in Louisville, KY with a wonderful wife and four fantastic sons (one by marriage) whom he couldn’t write without; you can read more at his website, http://www.whyquantumphysicists.com

“Light is going to win.”—Michael Beckwith

“Don’t fight forces; use them.”― Buckminster Fuller

With all the apparent dysfunction in the news, I thought this would be a good time to point out some of the good that’s “trending,” to use a word that might have been invented by Twitter, right now.

1. We have a pope who is open and loving and actually acting like Jesus.

2. The leaders of the U.S. and Iran talked for the first time in 34 years.

3. Recent polls show 65 percent of Americans favor gay marriage. Just a few years ago, ago, 65 percent were opposed. What changed? Our consciousness is moving towards love and acceptance.

4. And there are people all over the world doing really nice things for each other like my friend, Rhonda, who left candy for her recycle collectors.

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Politicians may not be able to get it together quite yet, but the rest of us, in our refusal to believe in anything but love and connection, can lead the way.

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

Lack is a mirage. The three best strategies for getting to the holy land.

“Avail yourself of possibilities.”—Mike Dooley

Peter Jackson was paid $20 million for the script of King Kong. You’re not getting paid to create drama, so methinks it’s time to write a different script. Here’s how:

1. Give yourself an Academy Award for the amazing “drama” you’ve created thus far. In a world that brims with beauty and plentitude, the fact that you have been able to create such a convincing “story” of lack and struggle is truly an accomplishment. The special effects you have employed to overlook the world’s unending largesse are truly mind-bending. Take a bow and ask yourself, “If I have been this successful at creating separation and pain (and believe me, we’re all worthy of gold medals) what else might I create with a little imagination?”


2. Use the feeling for rocket fuel.
Once you get it that everything is your creation, you can use the emotions, the intense feeling to propel you into a different story. The only reason you’re still starring in the same, worn-out show (it should have been cancelled in 1989 when Seinfield went off the air) is because you’ve pitched a tent. You’ve completely forgotten that there are lots of other destinations on the map. Because you endlessly harp about “where you are” and “what’s going wrong,” you’ve driven in the stakes. At any time, you can move to a different location, a different story, a different reality.

3. Zip it up. With our words, we prophesy the future. You may not like the site of your present tent, but there is no need to tell the world about it. Use your words (do I sound like a parent or what?) to tell a more pleasing story. No matter where you’re camped, there are blessings and miracles nearby. Instead of belly-aching about the script, the campsite, the life you’re currently experiencing, focus in on everything that’s going right. Use your words to vocalize that. Once you begin to use your laser superpowers for possibilities, miracles and joy, you will suddenly find yourself on a whole new stage, accepting a whole new Oscar.

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

“The fact that the field exists changes everything we’ve believed about our role in creation.”—Gregg Braden

“When the veil is removed, there will be no more suffering, no more sorrow, no more disease, no more tears.”–Michelle Longo-O’Donnell

It’s movie Monday, boos!

This 82-second video is the best answer I can give to folks who want to know why their blessing didn’t show up. I’ve posted this video before, but it bears re-watching.

Someone reminded me of this the other day on Facebook. It really says it all.

Whatever you focus on expands. And the only reason you’re not seeing all the miracles and blessings that circle non-stop around you is because you’re too busy looking for other things.

Enjoy!

Have a marvelous, stupendous, incredible week. And remember, “Look only for what you want to see in 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.