What marvelous thing might I create today?

“What is the most important thing we can think about in this most extraordinary moment?”–Buckminster Fuller

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again. The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the questions you ask. The universe will always match you question for question.

Sadly, most of the questions we ask are repeats of the questions we asked yesterday. We keep wondering the “same ole, same ole” that forever locks us into a tiny box of perception that greatly limits our reality. We place amazingly low expectations on what might be possible.

Every time you ponder the question “How do I get rid of this?” or “How can I overcome that?” you add energy to sustaining the unwanted state. As you devote more and more attention to its existence, you further validate its reality. You continue to view the state you’re attempting to overcome as a linear, predictable “problem.”

Not a lot of options in that teensy box.

Here’s what I’ve learned from quantum physics. Despite how it looks, we humans and everything else we lay gaze upon are, at our core, nothing but patterns of light and energy. We are entangled with all other beings on the planet, forever linked with the indivisible “Field of Potentiality” or to use Luke Skywalker’s vernacular, “The Force.”

By continuing to ask the same boring questions and residing in the same uncomfortable little shoebox, we block the flow and full expression of the F.P’s power.

The force, to borrow from Luke one more time, “can’t be with us.”

So my intention is to ask bigger questions, to think bigger thoughts?

“What if?” is always a good start.

What if our politicians could see eye-to-eye, to join forces for true and lasting change?”

“What if every child on the planet had a hot meal before they went to bed tonight?”

“What if every family had a roof over their head?”

“What can I do today that makes me dance with joy?

“How can I grow into the loving, wise, inspiring person I am meant to be?”

“What marvelous thing might I create today?”

Anything is possible, but we have to imagine it first. The more big questions we ask, the more we dare to say, “What would it look like if….?,” the bigger our lives will become. Putting your attention on something calls it into existence. We can literally reshape and redesign our lives by asking bigger questions.

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 starts with your thoughts.

“This year I’m chosing to live beyond my wildest dreams. Wonder where they’ll take me.” –Oprah

If you’ve already heard this story, mea culpa! But as a dear reader reminded me this morning, “You can’t be ‘fed’ enough good juju!” and just because you ate breakfast, doesn’t mean you’ll never eat again.

So this is a story sent to me yesterday from my friend, Dave Smiley. He’s the guy who made the movie “The Inner Weigh” which, if you haven’t seen, is definitely worth a watch.

Anyway, he told me about Cynthia Stafford, this amazing woman who was taking care of her brother’s five kids after he died in a tragic car accident. As you can imagine, she was busy. Five kids, raising them on her own. But she was not too busy to believe in the power of her own mind.

Every night before she went to bed, she’d visualize herself winning the lottery. She envisioned the amount she would win, even the shirt she’d be wearing when she heard the news. On Mother’s Day 2007 (as I said, this isn’t a new story), every little detail came to pass. She won $112 million in the lottery, the exact amount she’d been visualizing, and yes, she was wearing the lime green blouse with a leaf print she had imagined herself wearing. Today, she uses that money to support the arts and other charities she believes in. As she says “It’s a lot more fun to give than to receive.”

Not that she didn’t treat herself. After putting away funds for the kids’ education, she bought two Bentleys, one a baby blue convertible, took a dream trip to Paris and hired a personal trainer. She also started her own production company and is now making movies.

“I knew I’d get here,” Stafford said. “Everything starts with your thoughts. Whatever it is you want to achieve, you’ve got to believe in it first.”

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

Let the universe do the heavy lifting, 2.0

“I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect and beautiful journey of my life.”– Kerry Washington

It happened again—three emails in a few short days from folks who are wondering what to do if they don’t immediately get their blessing from Experiment One. So I want to share this story.

I wrote E-Squared 9 years ago. It was originally called God Doesn’t Have Bad Hair Days and I loved it with all my heart. I affirmed that it would be a bestseller. I made the intention that Oprah would snatch it up and invite me on her show.

Instead, it did a monster-sized belly flop into the great sea of literary has-beens. It quickly went out of print, one of only two of my 16 books to ever do so.

In fact, my editor (of that book) said, “I just don’t understand it. This book is just like The Secret.”

Yes, my book debuted at the exact same time as the movie, The Secret, a whole year before the book, The Secret, came out.

So here’s what I did? I let it go. I waved the white flag and began focusing on other stuff. I wrote three travel books for National Geographic. I wrote this really cool TV series about an ecovillage. I did everything I could think of to keep open the channels of joy and abundance.

Now I’m not suggesting that I never crashed or walked through a few valleys, or ever bought into the recession and the continual bad news about my chosen career. I even wrote a piece about it for Huffington Post that you can read here.

But instead of pitching a tent in the land of “poor me,” I kept believing. I kept recognizing that it was only me that could block the world’s largesse. It was only me who could build walls to keep my good away.

My only job, the way I see it, is to enjoy every moment of my imperfect, messy, beautiful life.

And guess what? The book was polished up a bit and came out this year as E-Squared. And all those things I affirmed earlier. They’re coming to fruition, just like I envisioned them.

So I will repeat here, what I wrote last time I got the question: “What if I make an intention and it doesn’t happen?”

First and foremost, DO NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP! Do not ask yourself, “What am I doing wrong?” Do not make the erroneous conclusion that the universe does not have your back.

In fact, the very best tact when you’re unable to find your intention is to say, “THANK YOU!!!” “Thank you for showing me that I still have..…oh, maybe just a tad bit of resistance.”

And then go out and do something really fun, something that makes you sing with joy. If you can’t think of even one thing that makes you smile, that’s a sure sign your channels of love and joy are not as open as they could be. Again, no biggie. Feel free to borrow one of the many things I do when I notice my channels are blocked with twigs of negativity and self-doubt:

** Dance around the house. Put on some lively music and go for it.

** Get a stack of dollar bills and go out and give them away. I know a guy who uses hundys, but I’m still more comfortable using ones.

** Sing a happy song as loud as you possibly can.

Your only job (and that word probably demonstrates part of the problem) is to go out and get happy.

When you’re happy, life works. In fact, number one on my hit parade of intentions is something I borrowed from Yogi Bhajan: “To make myself so happy that others get happy just looking at me.”

When manifesting, you’ve undoubtedly heard that “How is not up to you.” These days, I’m not even so sure “What” is the best strategy. I prefer to focus on “Why?”

Why do I want money? So I can have an amazingly awesome time.

Why do I want to write books and blog posts? So I can use my God-given gifts.

Why do I want a meaningful, expanding relationship? So I can be a more loving person.

That’s what all of us really want—to have an amazingly awesome time, to use our gifts, to be loving human beans. And I’ve discovered that when I start “being” those things, the “whats” flow like a hawk in a tail wind.

The universe wants to give us every good thing. It is only our resistance that stops it from stampeding towards us like a herd of wild mustangs.

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 more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is to praise and celebrate.”—Oprah

“I will never again cast a curse on myself.”–Rob Brezsny

It’s TGIF, boos. Time to get out and celebrate. Time to remember how lucky you are, time to give praise to the highest of holies. As my mentor, Rob Brezney would say, “Let’s break open the forbidden happiness.”

Sure, I have a to-do list. In fact, I have two of them.

On mine:

Dream up better questions.
Have the best day of my life.

The other to-do list is for Source, God, the Field of Potentialty.

Here’s what it says:

Handle everything else.

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

“Let’s get out our leg warmers and dance our asses off.”–Vince Vaughn in “The Internship.”


“There is a path toward the light. The one that goes blink, blink, blink inside your chest when you know what you’re doing is right. Listen to it. Trust it. Let it make you stronger than you are.”–Cheryl Strayed

I was interviewing a business owner yesterday for an article I’m writing for People mag. We got off topic (imagine that) and she made a comment that made me consider reaching out and giving her an inappropriate bear hug. It was a simple comment, one I’ve heard (probably even said) many times before. She was upset about a particular issue that shall not be named and, in resignation, threw her hands in the air and said, “If it’s not one thing, it’s a thousand others.”

Her rant almost seemed like a foreign language to me. It wasn’t that I was offended, but it had been so long since I’ve thought that way or really even been around people who aren’t aware of the tremendous power of their words, that I sat there dumbfounded.

Now, I’m not this woman’s coach or counselor, but I wanted desperately to comfort her, to explain to her that every word that drops out of her mouth is sculpting her life experience.

I wanted to warn her, to help her understand that whatever she believes and yes, utters out loud, will be seconded by the the great universal energy.

I know. I’m probably like the annoying ex-smoker who no longer has patience for friends still practicing their former vice.

So instead of lecturing her, instead of suggesting that if she wasn’t more vigilant, negativity, like a body snatcher, could eventually take her over, I held my tongue and thanked the blink, blink, blink pounding in my chest for showing me a better 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.

What The Hangover Part III taught me about quantum physics

“There’s a certain delusional quality that all successful people have. They have to believe that something different can happen.”—Will Smith

Okay, true confession. I didn’t see The Hangover Part III. Didn’t even see the second in the trilogy.

But what this one-star summer bomb demonstrates is our tendency to repeat ourselves again and again, day after day.

We get stuck in these loops, looking for the same things we saw yesterday. Today is a brand new day with an infinite number of new possibilities. Whoever took over for Ed McMahon could knock on your door with the winning check in the magazine sweepstakes. You could make a new friend or meet a potential S.O. You could get an idea for a book or a song or a nonprofit that might change the lives of millions.

The thing is you never know. But because we get up every morning expecting the exact same thing, we get re-runs (Hangover Part III’s) of yesterday. Yea, there might be a little variety. You could get a speeding ticket, for example, or eat a pepperoni pizza instead of pasta, but admit it, you basically expect your world to look like a clone of yesterday.

But what if you woke up to a world where everything was completely unrecognizable? Are you willing to allow that possibility? The possibility that the world’s largesse could flow into your life? The possibility that we could have peace on earth? And that every child could go to bed with a full stomach knowing they were deeply loved and cherished?

If there’s one thing I know it’s this: We get out of life exactly what we look for…down to the precise shape, size and color.

A major conundrum of quantum physics is that whatever the observer expects to see he sees. Physical reality, at its essence, is made of high-energy photons. And we, you and me, are patterns of light and information, patterns of light and information that we keep re-running and re-running.

So, to my way of thinking, the more open we are to brand new, completely different possibilities, the better our world will become.

So, yea, the first Hangover was kinda fun. But as for me, I’d rather see Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and all those other actors starring in a whole new film.

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

“Tell the negative committee that meets in your head to sit down and shut up.” –Kathy Kendall

“We all need a daily dose of vastness.”– Rob Brezsney

Today’s daily dose of vastness is from Mollie Player, a fellow LOA blogger who, like me, is a freelance writer, a mom, a traveler and an author. Woo-hoo!! As I told her, “we’re twins….only I’m a lot older.” With no further adieu, take it away Mollie:

When I first decided to start saying affirmations way back in January of 2012, one of the first I tried had to do with work.

Work is my passion. I love what I do (I’m a freelance writer) and want nothing more than to keep sustaining myself (maybe, more than sustaining? Dare I say, thriving?) in this way. Since I had just given birth in November, though, and had only worked sporadically since then, I desperately needed things to pick up. So, I made some phone calls, wrote some emails and did all the usual things, without getting much response.

Then I tried it: My affirmation.

It was this: “I have steady freelance writing work.”

Here is what happened next: The following day (yes, DAY!) I received an email from a client that I hadn’t heard from in a while (my best paying client, no less). Then, later that same day, I landed an interview that resulted in a one-time paying job and a job offer (which I later refused due to other work opportunities).

And the story gets even better. I got more work from my best client. I got several jobs from my from my agent. And I’m happy to tell you that the following months (until the birth of my second child) were the most productive and financially lucrative of my career. I am so surprised that things picked up so quickly and for so long–with just that one affirmation!

mollieContributor: Freelance writer Mollie Player, who shares true, uplifting law of attraction stories every Friday at www.storiesandtruth.com.

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

“Let’s take it higher, baby.”–Tama Kieves

“It’s supposed to be a professional secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within.” Albert Schweitzer

At the party of “anything is possible,” there’s always the one cranky uncle who sits over in the corner. More times than not, the belief that stubbornly refuses to budge is the body as in “My mind has no control over my health, disease, aging, weight and any other fool thing my body decides to do.”

So today, I’ve got a packet of Reese’s Pieces and, like Elliott who was able to lure E.T. out of hiding, I’m hoping to lure out that curmudgeonly uncle to at least take a spin on the dance floor.

Reese Piece No. 1: Dr. Lissa Rankin’s new book, Mind Over Medicine. After years of being a physician, Dr. Rankin finally got fed up with the seven minutes she was allowed to see patients and the refusal by her colleagues to acknowledge the most powerful component of a person’s health: their beliefs and their thoughts. Initially, she was as hard-nosed and closed-minded as any doctor, but after investigating 50 years of peer-reviewed medical literature (New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association, to name a few), she found ample evidence proving that beliefs play a powerful role in a person’s biochemistry and to ignore those findings was irresponsible, a betrayal of the Hippocratic Oath.

Reese’s Piece No. 2: The body is wired to heal itself. Our bodies are self-regulating, healing organisms, constantly striving for homeostasis. But instead of teaching our children this all-important fact, we teach them they need someone or something outside themselves to heal. The minute they get a fever or an ear ache, we rush them to that all-knowing doctor. This, at a very early age, cements in the fallacy that our bodies can’t heal themselves. Most of the thoughts in our default setting are planted before age 5.

Reese’s Piece No. 3: Placebos are often as effective as drugs. Patients have been able to grow hair, drop blood pressure, lower cholesterol, watch ulcers disappear and cure about every other symptom after being treated with nothing but sugar pills. It was their belief they were getting “medicine” that cured them, not the medicine itself.

Dr. Bruce Mosely, a surgeon and team physician for the Houston Rockets, performed arthroscopic knee surgery on two of ten middle-aged, former military guys. Three of the 10 had their knees rinsed (without the scraping) and the other five had no surgical procedure at all. It was an exercise in just pretend. After two years, all ten believed their surgery was a success. What Mosely discovered is that the bigger and more dramatic the patient perceives the intervention to be, the bigger the placebo effect.

Reese’s Piece No. 4: Our beliefs are the hinge on which our bodies function. Rankin tells the story of a guy with tumors the size of oranges. After begging his doctor to try an experimental new drug he’d read about, he was treated with the drug and his tumors disappeared. Several weeks later, reports hit the airwaves that this new drug was not as powerful as originally thought. The tumors returned. His doctor, by now savvy, gave his patient a placebo, telling him it was a stronger form of the drug and that the ineffective trials had been using too little of this powerful drug. Once again, the tumors from his stage 4 lymphoma began to disappear. Finally, the FDA pronounced the drug ineffective and pulled it off the market. The patient, who had been rapidly recovering, died within a week.

Okay, enough candy. I could go on and on about how 79 percent of medical students develop the symptoms they’re studying. Or about the woman with a split personality who has diabetes in one of her personalities and normal sugar levels in the other.

But I’m not a doctor and would never dream of prescribing anything.

But I do know this:

We should teach our children that their bodies have self-healing superpowers.

And we should quit hexing ourselves by looking for disease.

And we should remember that if chimpanzees can lower their blood pressure at will, something Harvard doc, Herbert Benson, discovered in his research, there’s probably not much we CAN’T do to heal ourselves.

Uncle, are you ready for that dance?

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

“Set big, hairy audacious goals.”—Mr. Development

“Supersize your dreams.”—Joel Osteen
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No sooner did I appoint myself “Mayor of Crazy Town” (in yesterday’s blog), than blessings started rolling in.

Hay House asked if I’d be interested in writing E-Cubed, a follow-up to E-Squared which totally cracks me up.

The LOA community chose this very blog as one of the best blogs of 2012, an editor of Men’s Journal practically begged me to begin writing for him and, best of all, I got this email from a reader:

“I am delirious to join you in your madness! It’s so much more fun over here! My life has dramatically changed since reading “E-Squared” and your posts. I find I am much happier and spend a lot of my time expecting miracles. Such a departure from how I used to be (grimly holding onto my belief that something “bad” was going to happen.) Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You ROCK!”

Since changing the dominant paradigm is one of my major intentions (along with uplifting and inspiring everyone I meet), I feel extremely gratified. So, I want to offer a big shout-out to all of you, my community, my friends, my home boys and girls.

The LOA award is particularly meaningful because if this blog landed honors in 2012 in which I only BEGAN blogging (I think I started in November or December), just think what might happen in 2013. And also because accepting this awards feels like accepting the Emmy award that I intend to win next. And once you start feeling something and envisioning it, better step back, Jack!

Which brings me to today’s topic: pre-paving.

If you want to travel, buy a suitcase.
If you want kids, buy diapers.
If want to meet the lover of your dreams, buy a photo album for those inevitable wedding photos.

You have to create a vision, walk in that direction and keep dancing—no matter what.

Since I’m celebrating today (I celebrate most every day) and since my award apparently means, to quote Sally Fields, “You like me. You really like me.” I thought I’d offer this interview that ran on www.inspiremetoday.com. It’s a 20-minute feel-gooder with yours truly.

Have the best weekend of your life!!

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

“It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”—Albert Einstein

“You can spend your whole life building a wall of facts between you and anything real.”—Chuck Palahniuk


Four of us went to dinner last night. We talked basketball, kids and my favorite topic: quantum physics, spirituality and the idea that consciousness creates the foundation of our lives. Two of us were avid believers. One of us shrugged her shoulders. And the other was vehement in his position that physical is the ultimate reality and that to even suggest our thoughts might have any affect on the world is sheer madness.

Rather than argue, a tact that I’ve found to be about as effective as dieting, I simply listened lovingly and remembered the story of Guglielmo Marconi. He’s the Italian inventor who pioneered long distance radio transmission. In 1909, in fact, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics for sending vibratory radio waves 2000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

But when he first suggested that frequencies of energy could be transmitted without wires, people thought he was nuts. When he wrote to the Italian Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs explaining the idea of wireless telegraphy, he was referred to an insane asylum.

“Everyone knows that’s impossible,” he was told by detractors who scoffed at the crazy experiments he conducted in his parents’ attic.

So, yes, believing our thoughts, dreams and beliefs are being transmitted out into the universe and shaping our destiny is probably not going to be popular with everyone. Some go so far as to call me delusional.

But that’s fine by me.

I’d rather be appointed Mayor of Crazy Town than habitually focusing on what’s not working, on what can’t happen.

As I always like to say, “Who’d have thought 150 years ago that you could walk into a room, flip a switch and get light? Or bend metal into a machine that could fly over the ocean?”

I believe I can sit here in my Kansas home and, with my powerful, radio-transmitting thoughts, create joy, peace and insane happiness for everyone.

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