One more reason to shout “Hallelujah!”

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

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

My tact? Say “hallelujah!” anyway.

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

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

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

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

Again, Gail, said, “That’s fabulous!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want visible proof of your thoughts in action?

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks, Light, for making this movie.

And check out his sight here.

Giant blessings to all! Make this week extraordinary!!

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

Be recklessly generous and relentlessly kind, Redeux

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There’s more where that came from.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have the best day of your life!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am responsible for what I see.

I choose the feelings I would experience, and I decide

upon the goal I would achieve.

And everything that seems to happen to me

I ask for, and receive as I have asked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

flower railroad

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

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

“Wake up expecting things.”—Christine Baranski

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

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

Here’s one that caught my fancy yesterday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“What do these people do”? I wondered.

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

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

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

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

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

basketball tim

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

Thanks so much, Tim, for sharing!!

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

“The more people we connect with, the more doors the universe has to work through.”@Michelle Dobbins

“Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its intensity. Give me your hand.” –Rilke

Michelle Dobbins, my fellow fist bumper and internet buddy, ran a wonderful blog post yesterday about the “Six Degrees of Connection.”

In a nutshell, that’s what non-locality is all about. It’s the 101 Dalmatians Principle I talk about it my book. It’s the immutable fact that: “You are connected to everything and everyone else in the Universe.”

And since I know a lot of you are trying to get an audience with an agent or a publisher or maybe even Ellen DeGeneres, I’d like to offer this encouraging story that illustrates how you are connected to everyone from the Dalai Lama and Hilary Clinton to Joseph Campbell and the brilliant guy who proclaimed one of the most profound and oft-repeated phrases in the English language: “All men are created equal.”

For those whose history is a bit rusty, that man was Thomas Jefferson and here’s how you are less than four degrees (forget Kevin Bacon) away from each of them.

When visionary Jean Houston was but three years old, she was at a parade in her hometown of New York City. A wrinkled old codger wearing a confederate soldier’s uniform (hey, nobody’s perfect) came up and shook her hand. He said, “Little girl, you are shaking the hand of a guy who once shook the hand of Thomas Jefferson.”

And since I’ve shaken Jean Houston’s hand, even hugged her at workshops she used to give in Overland Park, Kansas, that means you are but four degrees away from one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. And since Jean has also been known to hug the Dalai Lama, proffer advice to Hilary Clinton and trade mythology with Joseph Campbell, well, you are within three connections of each of them. Isn’t that cool?

I like to think of those beautiful human bonds whenever I get discouraged or 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. And I can know with complete certainty that I am but an intention away from every single person on the planet.

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

“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”–Lao-tzu

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.”–Mary Oliver

Some people go to superhero movies. I prefer to BE a superhero. And by that I mean I actually dress up in a cape and bright costume and go out and perform good deeds.

In fact, in early October, I will join a whole band of bike-riding super heroes with names like “The Zing” and “Love Ninja” for a week of humble and spontaneous service. We’re meeting up in St. Louis.

And in honor of Ethan Hughes who started the International Superhero Headquarters and the Possibility Alliance on a 220-acre farm in northern Missouri, I’d like to re-run this post that ran last December.

Monetize, Schmonetize: the real juice is in the gift economy

You don’t need Alex Trebek or “buzzwords for $5000” to know that the internet’s top trend right now is “How do I monetize my website? My blog? My twitter feed?” Even YouTube offers monetization to prolific video uploaders.

Since I’ve been accused of being a “subversive presence on the planet,” I want to talk today about the exact opposite.

How do you un-monetize your life? How do you go against the culture’s dominant paradigm of wanting to “always get, get, get” and practice what’s known as the gift economy?

The gift economy, a philosophy more than a financial practice, is one in which people refuse to believe in scarcity and fear. Instead of always trying to “get more,” a gift economy is for those looking for ways they can give. It’s so radical that most people can’t even understand it.

I pitched a story about the gift economy to my editor at People magazine. She loves heroes, good news, and heart-warming human interest stories. But even though I gave her three specific examples of people working solely in the gift economy, she couldn’t understand it. “But how does it work?” she kept repeating.

It works, although I could never explain this spiritual belief to her, because once you give up your incessant fear and belief that it’s a dog-eat-dog, every-man-for himself world, abundance can’t help but show up in your life. It’s actually the reality of the human condition, but as long as we’re “monetizing” and erecting walls of fear, we block abundance.

Perhaps the best example of the gift economy is Nipun Mehta, a guy I consider my hero, the guy I begged my People editor to let me profile. In April 1999, when he was 25, he gave up his lucrative paycheck at Sun Microsystems to become a full-time volunteer. A fan of Gandhi, who said, “be the change you wish to see in the world,” Mehta started “giving” as an experiment. He started with money (he gave to charity), moved to giving of his time (volunteering at a hospice) and then decided he’d go full-time, giving of himself unconditionally with no strings attached. Thirteen years later, his experiment has been a huge success.

He started a free restaurant, a free inspirational magazine and has given away hundreds of millions of dollars in free tech services. He’s a Stanford-trained engineer who was raking it in during the dot.com heyday. But he wasn’t sure that’s where happiness lay. He works with a network of more than 100,000 volunteers who operate on 3 principles:

1) Everything is strictly volunteer. Money is NEVER charged

2) No one ever ASKS for money. Many charities do good work, but they all ask for donations. They do endless fundraising. He says that forces people to be in a needy space and he comes from a space of believing in abundance and the goodness of mankind. And indeed, money has shown up in spades (from the billionaire founder of Sony, as just one example) and from anonymous donors who send in checks for $10,000 or more. But Nipun and crew NEVER ask or expect.

3) They focus on small actions. “You just take care of what you can touch, give to whatever is in front of you,” he says and the ripple effects have organized into what he calls their own magic. “I can tell you story after story.”

The Karma Kitchen that he and fellow volunteers started in Berkeley (there are no prices on the menu and the check reads $0.00) spawned karma kitchens in Washington D.C. and Chicago.

“We don’t charge for anything, nor do we advertise anything. The project is sustained by anonymous friends who donate what they can, not as a payment for what they have received but as a pay-it-forward act for someone they don’t know,” Mehta says.

In place of financial capital, Mehta and his network of volunteers are building social capital, synergy capital and a type of subtle capital beyond definition.

Another one of my heroes is Ethan Hughes the guy I mentioned earlier that started the Superheroes Alliance, a group of 700 living, breathing superheroes. Everything he and his wife Sarah grow on their farm at the Possibility Alliance, they give away. They’ve given away goats, fruit bushes, seeds, soil and compost. They’ve given trees to every major city in Missouri. Most importantly, they host more than 1500 people a year who come to their farm from around the country to learn about permaculture. Permaculture classes normally start at about $1500. But Ethan and Sarah give them away free.

“At first people are shocked. So few mainstream Americans believe someone would actually give something away free with no ulterior motives. We’re in a cynical society that rarely trusts someone who says, “hey, I just want to help.”

The Hughes and their network of volunteers have helped build a library, bucked hay for a fellow farmer, cleaned up city parks and donated something like 50,000 hours of community service…all with no expectation.

“It’s really important to me to create access, and the gift economy is about access,” Ethan says.

Another example is Dr. Binal Shah, a naturopathic doctor with a biology degree from Rutgers, who offers a gift economy medical practice. She calls it the Karma Clinic and says it’s not about giving away “free” healthcare. It’s about sharing an experience of generosity that has the potential to shift both the giver and the recipient.

That’s why I say, “forget monetizing.” Think about something important, like what gifts do you have to give.

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 perks of brazen gratitude, Part II

“You will look upon that which you feel within.”—Course in Miracles

It’s Rave Monday, a practice I learned from the inimitable Michelle Dobbins on her Daily Alchemy blog.

Giving shout-outs to all the good in your life, more than just a soppy exercise, changes your brain and rewires your neural transmitters.

When someone shows up on this planet with a grateful heart and eyes seeking only things for which to be thankful, that’s exactly what they’ll find. Abundance aplenty.

Focusing on how lucky and blessed we are literally re-sculpts our brain, increases our enthusiasm and lowers our stress.

And if that wasn’t enough, think of all the good drugs (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin) you miss out on when you’re bitching.

So today, I’m raving, fist bumping, jumping up and down over all the INCREDIBLE people I get to meet here on my website and on Facebook and Twitter and blogtalk radio. I may be late to the social media party, but I’m no less an enthusiastic guest. I get it. I really get it.

So, for those who want to join the fun, I’d like to mention the following celebrations of joy that are happening in the next week:

Tomorrow, at 10 Pacific, I’ll join the fabulous Todd Alan Cudaback on Life Mastery Radio. Check it out here:

The next day, which also happens to be my dear friend Betty’s 80th birthday (Happy Birthday, my friend), I’ll be talking with the totally-hip founder of Present Tense Coaching, Laura Gevanter. Check out her weekly show on blog talk radio network that starts at 3 Eastern here.

And lastly, I want to tell you that next week, I’ll be one of 13 experts (I love it when someone calls me an expert, even though I consider myself more of a seeker) in Raise Your State’s 2013 Summer Summit. It’s a series of 13 interviews with teachers in the field of consciousness, love, health and relationships.

And, yes, there are prizes…well, bonus gifts from each teacher. And everyone who signs up gets the gifts…I love it when that happens. My free gift is a 53-page eBook, a preview of sorts, of my book, Create or Die that will be on bookshelves soon.

Find out more at this link:

Thanks everybody. I love you all and really feel that it’s impossible to express the endless wells of joy that I have for all of you.

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