Top five most dangerous myths still operating as our default setting.

“When we give up our dreary stories, we are provided for in every way.”—Alberto Villoldo

Before the age of five, our brains operate mainly in what scientists call theta wave. It’s similar to REM sleep, hypnosis and works beautifully for picking up language and other things useful for making our way in the world.

In fact, most of what we still believe and act upon today was formulated long before we started kindergarten. We picked up a mental, emotional framework that, despite our affirmations and positive intentions, still serves as our default setting. This default setting operates in our lives anytime we’re not living in the moment. As soon as you start “thinking,” it kicks in, which is a good thing except MOST OF IT IS WRONG!!

Here are five shining examples:

You need something outside yourself to heal
. The minute you got a runny nose or a fever, your parents, well-meaning as they were, rushed you to the doctor. They gave you sickeningly sweet syrups and pills and inadvertently taught you that “your body is not capable of healing on its own.” This lesson is patently false and so pervasive that very few of us consult the one source that is capable of healing everything.

Muffle your own inner guidance. Rather than teaching us to listen to the still small voice (which is loud and clear when we take the time to heed it), we were taught to follow the rules. We were taught there is right and wrong, true and false, good and bad. All of those concepts are a breeze if we’d only listen to Truth.

Money doesn’t grow on trees. Paper money, as a matter of fact, started as a tree. But sadly, the message of scarcity is imprinted into our psyches before we so much as take our first step. The world is marvelously abundant and that’s what a responsible, awake parent should model and teach their children.

Put your nose to the grindstone. Also known as “nothing good comes without hard work,” this little myth perpetuates a lot of pain and suffering. The truth is everything originates with our thoughts. EVERYTHING. In fact, when you do what you love, working is more like playing. It’s big fun, the thing you’d do even if you weren’t being paid. Hard work plays no part of it and besides, what exactly is a grindstone?

The world is a scary and dangerous place. What kid today is allowed to even go outside without adult supervision? I preferred to teach my daughter that the world is bounteous and people are amazing and every single person is kind if given the chance.

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.The other is as though everything is a miracle.”–Alby Einstein

“I am realistic – I expect miracles.”
― Wayne W. Dyer

Happy Hump Day! Once again, I’m heading out of town, this time to New Mexico on a “Breaking Bad” press trip. I’ll be hot air ballooning, visiting the studio and eating at the favorite restaurants of Bryan Cranston and other B.B. stars. And, yes, I’m taking the script for my TV series.

Luckily, I’ve met so many amazing folks through this blog (and have fallen hopelessly in love with this whole social media phenomenon) that I’ve got any number of brilliant friends to fill in.

This story comes from Dennis who, among other things, introduced me to Glenda Green’s book, Love Without End. Thank you for that, Dennis. I’ve enjoyed it immensely. So, in the interest of working together to change the dominant paradigm, I’d like to share this incredible tale from one of my favorite commenters. You’ve got the floor, Dennis:

“I’ve got a few of those “manifesting” experiences that would fall into the “unbelievable” category, so I’ll share one here.

Back in the early 1980s (I’m not sure of the exact year – 81, 82?) I was intently reading Neville and Seth (Jane Roberts). But it was “The Nature of Personal Reality,” by Jane Roberts as Seth, that I was most focused on, and every night into the wee hours and staying up alone, I would put on some quiet Steven Halpern music and read, highlight and review the book.

After about an hour or two, and still sitting in my bentwood rocker, I’d turn the light off and with the music continuing in the background I’d imagine things as though they already were. Then I’d go off to bed.

Anyway, I got it in my head that I was tired of the snowy Michigan winters I’d grown up in, so I decided I could control that, (according to what I’d been reading) so night after night I visualized waking up in the morning; looking out the little diamond-shaped window in our front door, and seeing the bare, snowless front lawn and street.

It was getting late in November; about the time mid-Michigan would get its first lasting snowfall, and LOTS of snow would endure us from then on – usually until about mid-March – due to being sandwiched within the Great Lakes and their “lake effect.” Sometimes, when the stuff drifted, we had to put “flags” on our car antennas just to let the snowplow know where the cars were parked in the street.

That’s how much we usually got, but none so far this particular year, and I was really encouraged as we went well into December and still no snow. I’d seen some flakes in the air a few nights, but it never did stick and I diligently continued my nightly routine.

The BIG TEST came after the New Year. It was still snowless and sometime in late January, or maybe February, I’m not sure. But a major blizzard approaching had been announced on the news.

The prevailing weather usually moved from west to east across our state, and the storm was still over Indiana and some others, and expected to cross Lake Michigan and the state in the middle of the night. It was dumping huge amounts of snow everywhere it passed and schools, businesses, and even freeways had been shutting down.

I realized I was like, looking-down-a-loaded-gun-barrel, but I decided I’d come this far and my faith was really on the line. I did my usual visualization in spite of the facts and got into bed.

I awoke the next morning and going to the little window I was amazed to look out at a completely snowless scene!

And equally amazing, here’s what the follow-up weather report said: The storm had stopped dropping its load as it passed over Michigan that night, but began again immediately after it got across the state and into Canada, then New York, etc.; shutting commerce down just as it had before.

So my conviction was made a lot easier after that, and Michigan finished out the season with no snow on the ground even though we’d had plenty of cold weather and it had tried to flurry on several occasions.

I think it may be the only recorded Michigan winter on record without snow – at least back then – and I remember deciding to repeat it again the next year, so I began doing the same thing and the snow was staying away as we headed into the season. But I lost interest in the experiment; wondering “What’s the point?” and having other things on my mind by then, and so I abandoned the project and the snow came back.

Good, good, good vibrations from the creative mastermind behind Good Vibe U

“If we would awaken, we could become selectors of the beauty of the garden God has given us.”—Neville Goddard

Don’t you just love it when crushes are reciprocated? Well, last weekend Jeannette Maw, the brilliant founder of Good Vibe U, was generous enough to post a blog from yours truly! Since she is one rock star of a manifester, I was thrilled that she made the confession of having a girl crush. Jeannette, I boomerang the sentiment back to you.

And I also want to thank you for graciously agreeing to do an interview/guest post on my blog. Yes, folks, you read it here first: wisdom from the inimitable Jeannette Maw.

1. You’re a manifesting maestro. Tell me about your all-time personal favorite manifestation. I’d also love to hear the funniest? The fastest?

My favorite was also my first, when I actually thought all this manifesting stuff was a bunch of hooey.

Just to prove it and be done with it, I followed the instructions I’d read in a book that talked about creating what you want by speaking it as if it were already done. At the time I was volunteering as a foster mom of homeless companion animals and had eight big dogs living in my little home. I’d been on a long dry streak for adoptions like no one had ever seen in the rescue community! I was desperate and badly needed something to go right – namely, one of my dogs needed to find a home!

So I talked about how great it was that my most difficult foster dog was adopted by a wonderful family who lived nearby and was fully capable of taking care of him. That was Thursday night.

Saturday morning within an hour of being dropped off at the same adoption fair he’d been to for the past three months, that very foster dog had two families fighting to adopt him.

The next day another foster dog was adopted. And two days after that a local rescue group took two more dogs off my hands. I was down four dogs in four days and it felt like a miracle had occurred in my life!

From the point on I knew there was something to this law of attraction stuff after all. 😉

The funniest was when my boyfriend followed my lead that same week (after witnessing my success) to manifest what he wanted, and I found myself having ridiculous amounts of sex all week long. Until I realized what was up and I told him he needed to stop that because it wasn’t ethical. In hindsight, it seems I could have appreciated his manifesting success more than I did at the time. 🙂

2. How’d you happen to start Good Vibe U, one of the very coolest manifesting sites on the web?

From personal experience I found that practicing deliberate creation was a little bit lonely in that none of my friends, family or co-workers were doing it (or interested in talking about it). I knew it would be easier to practice if I were surrounded by like-minded others, and I suspected other fellow creators would feel the same. Turns out there are lots of folks who feel the same. Good Vibe U is designed to inspire, educate and connect those of us who are consciously playing with the law of attraction. Together we are become better and better at this “thoughts becoming things” gig!

3. What’s your very best tip for beginners?

Don’t take it too seriously. Sometimes by making it a big deal we kink the energy and slow up our success. Approach it as a playful experiment that you’re engaging just for fun and you’re much more likely to enjoy the process as well as the results.

4. Tell us a LOA story that’s absolutely true, but nobody would ever believe it.

There are a few stories that no one would ever believe, so I’ll share this one instead:
One night I was home alone and craving chocolate. I had none in the house (I’d checked everywhere several times) and didn’t feel like driving to the store for a fix. Instead of resigning myself that I couldn’t have what I wanted, I decided to let Universe satisfy this craving for me. I imagined how good it would taste, melting in my mouth. I heard the “mm mm mmmmm” as I enjoyed every bite. I felt the satisfaction of appreciating rich, delicious chocolate.

And then I let it go.

Next inspiration was to do a little cleaning. As I cleared the counter of clutter, I knew I had to decide what to do with the decorative tin mom had gifted me a week prior. (A neighbor had given it to her; she thought I might be able to use it.) I decided to put it in the give away box, but opened it first to make sure it was still empty (as it was upon delivery).
Inside the tin, wrapped in clear plastic, was some of the best fudge I’ve ever tasted. 🙂

Jeannette Maw is the founder of Good Vibe University for deliberate creators and offers law of attraction coach training at Good Vibe Coach Academy.

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

“Today, let us swim wildly, joyously in gratitude.” – Rumi


“Traditional human power structures and their reign of darkness are about to be rendered obsolete.” –Buckminster Fuller

Happy Monday, y’all!! It’s spring and the birds are serenading, the flowers are popping up everywhere and I can actually open my windows for the first time in weeks.

And while this doesn’t usually occur to me, some people think of spring cleaning this time of year. You know, that ritual where you throw out all those clothes that haven’t been in style since Chandler Bing married Monica.

Well, the spring cleaning I’m devoted to is tossing out all the useless ideas I picked up when I was a kid, all those “You cant’s. It’s hard. Why bother?”

Before the age of 5, pretty much everything we hear and experience is sucked up like a vacuum cleaner. And, sadly, that’s the programming that still runs so much of our lives.

Despite our affirmations, our intentions to grow and thrive, we’ve got this five-year-old consciousness running the show. Before you’re five or six, your brain operates in mostly theta wave mode which is perfect for picking up language, family nuances and other stuff you need to know. Unfortunately, it also picks up messages that don’t exactly serve you.

For example, the minute you got sick, ran a fever above 99-degrees, your well-meaning parents trotted you off to the doctor. The message you got from that is “you need something outside yourself to heal.”

Had they instead insisted in the Truth—that your body knows good and well how to heal itself—you’d have that programming running your life.

Anytime, we’re not in the present moment (with me, most of the time), the subconscious programming, that darned five-year-old, the default mode runs the show.

So, yeah, I should probably lose the red turtleneck, the Ugg boots and several other items that would make better Halloween costumes, but the cleaning I am most interested in is getting rid of all those no-longer-useful ideas that I unwittingly drag around like a ball and chain.

In this moment, in this glorious now moment, I am joyful, abundant and as perfect as those flowers boisterously showing off in my front yard.

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

You impact the field of potentiality and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations.

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

I’ll say it again. Whatever you focus upon expands.

In my new book, E-Squared, I call it the Volkswagen Jetta Principle. To be exact, the principle states that “You impact the field and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations.”

You may have seen this video, but if not check it out. If proves, in 82 short seconds, that the results that show up in our lives are exact clones of what we spend our time looking for.

What did I tell you?

Have a marvelous, stupendous, incredible weekend. And remember, “Look for the blessings and miracles.

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

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”—Carlos Castaneda

“Imagine!!”–John Lennon

Rob Brezsny, the guy who writes the Free Will Horoscope column, is one of my mentors. Not because I’m a huge horoscope fan–I find it entertaining, but don’t stake my life on it, mainly because I prefer to create my own reality.

I love and adore him because he’s a big, booming voice for Truth. Today, I’d like to share one of his “Glories in the Highest.” I think it comes from his book, Pronoia, which I recommend highly.

Take it away, Rob:

“So I’m curious, my fellow creators. Since you and I are in charge of making a New Earth — not just breaking down the dying culture — where do we begin? What stories do we want at the heart of our experiments? What questions will be our oracles?

Here’s what I say: In the New Earth we’re creating, we will ridicule the cult of doom and gloom, and embrace the cause of zoom and boom. We will laugh at the stupidity of evil and hate; we will summon the brilliance to praise and create.

No matter how upside down it all may appear, we will have no fear, because we know this big secret: All of creation is conspiring to shower us with blessings. Life is crazily in love with us — brazenly and innocently in love with us.

The universe always gives us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it.

Pronoia is our word of power . . . the antidote for paranoia . . . the spell we cast to gleam ourselves awake again and again. It means that even if we can’t see and don’t know, primal benefactors are plotting to emancipate us.

The winds and the tides are on our side, forever and ever, amen. The fire and the rain are scheming to steal our impossible pain. The sun and the moon and the stars remember our real names, and our ancestors pray for us while we’re dreaming.

We have guardian angels and thousands of teachers . . . provocateurs with designs to unleash us . . . helpers and saviors we can’t even imagine . . . brothers and sisters who want us to blossom.

Thanks to them,
from whom the blissful blessings flow,
we are waking up.

The roads they pave us,
the places they save us,
the tomatoes they grow us,
above and below us.

Their mysterious stories,
their morning glories,
their loaves and fishes,
granting our wishes.

The songs they sing us,
the gifts they bring us,
the secrets they show us,
above and below us.

Thanks to them,
from whom the blissful blessings flow,
we are waking up.

The universe is limitless, abundant, and strangely accommodating.


“Infinite Intelligence is ever ready to carry out man’s smallest or greatest demands.”—Florence Scovel Shinn

On Sunday, I’m giving a talk at the Unity Church I attend and my minister told me yesterday she titled the talk “Manifestation.”

Don’t know yet whether I’ll share these two manifestation stories, but since they recently happened, there’s a 50/50 chance. But by then, who knows? I may have won the lottery or sold my TV series which would, of course, overshadow these recent events.

Manifestation, as you undoubtedly know, is when you pull something out of the Field of Potentiality. It happens all the time. You draw into your life whatever you think about. As Florence Scovel Shinn explains it, “The imagination has been called ‘The Scissors of the Mind’ and it is ever cutting, cutting day by day, the pictures man sees there, and sooner or later he meets his own creations in his outer world.”

She also says, “A person with an imaging faculty trained to image only good brings into his life “every righteous desire of his heart”—health, wealth, love, friends, perfect self expression.

So the other day, I was talking to my friend Wendy. She recently moved to Florida with her beau who just happens to be a garage sale fanatic. When they lived here in the Midwest, he spent practically every nice weather weekend scouring neighborhood sales. Now that they live in the land of perpetual sunshine, I can only imagine how often he’s out there plucking up treasures. Anyway, Wendy told me that whenever she starts thinking about something, something she believes would add joy or some other benefit to her life, Jim ends up bringing home that very item. She doesn’t have to say anything. She just starts thinking, “Hmm, I could use a new set of luggage or a new salad spinner.” Within a couple weeks, sometimes days, Jim, without even being privy to her request, comes walking innocently in the door with the exact thing she’d been thinking about.

Last week, it suddenly dawned on me that I’d been so busy blogging and traveling and doing interviews about my new book that I hadn’t done any stories for People magazine in a while. I made the mental intention to get a new assignment with this magazine for which I’ve freelanced for more than 20 years. Within a couple days, a colleague emailed me with the news that Jason Sudeikis, the Saturday Night Live star, and his fiancé actress Olivia Wilde were headlining an event in Kansas City, his hometown. Even though I was slated to be in Honduras for the event, I managed to get a pre-interview with Jason’s mom and yesterday, my story ran on people.com. The check will be arriving soon.

Truly, folks, whatever you focus on expands. Best strategy? Set an intention and then, with complete certainty, get out of the way as it barrels towards you like the Pamplona bulls.

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

“Poverty consciousness results from wearing blinders to the abundance of life.”–Glenda Green

“Suppose we’ve chosen the wrong god. Every time we go to church we’re just making him madder and madder.”—Homer Simpson

I had every intention of posting this on Friday, but couldn’t quite make it happen from my I-Phone. So here it is, a couple days late:

As you read this, I’m probably on a plane, heading to Honduras where I’ll be hanging out at Pico Bonito. I’ll be birdwatching, rafting and gathering intel for an upcoming travel story.

So before I go, I want to share a little something from my book, God Doesn’t Have Bad Hair Days.

First, if you’re thinking about getting this book, fahgetaboutit! It’s out of print. In fact, I revamped it and sold it to Hay House (who had a much better appreciation for it) as E-Squared.

So, fair warning, if you’ve already read E-Squared, avoid finding a copy of this book which IS still available in some circles. In fact, I got some flack from a reader in England who loved E-Squared, went out and bought three more of my books, one of which was God Doesn’t Have Bad Hair Days. Sorry about that!

The one and only thing I like better about this book (than it’s new incarnation as E-Squared) is Page 35.

Here’s what that page says:

“Before we get started, I need to ask you a favor. It’s a simple favor, won’t cost you a penny, and it takes all of three second to perform.

Ready?

I’d like you to please rip this page out of the book.

And then on the back side of that page (page 36), it reads:

Uh..not that I’m all-seeing or anything, but it appears to me that the page I asked you to rip out is still attached.

Why?

Could it be you’ve been conditioned to believe that “good people” do NOT rip pages out of books? Is it possible you’ve been taught that books are for reading and that one of your responsibilities as a good, law-abiding citizen, is to keep your books clean and free of smudges?

As I can say is your mother would be proud.

But what I’m saying is the page I’ve politely asked you to tear out is of absolutely no value, says nothing of any importance, and is totally and irrefutably irrelevant to the contents of this book.

Except for one thing, it demonstrates a principles this book is going to repeat over and over again. You and all humans like you have learned a lot of lessons in life that are getting in your way. You have picked up a lot of information that doesn’t serve you.

You’re educated about a lot of things that aren’t true, and in fact, are actually keeping you from becoming all you are capable of being.

It also demonstrates the one thing that makes this book different than any book you have read before. The message is not in the printed type on these pages. The message is in you. And the only way you’re going to get the message is by getting up off you keister and doing the experiments exactly as I instruct you. Now, would you please do me a favor and rip this damned page out of the book?

Lessons on love, joy and the power of dreaming from the world’s oldest CEO

“Behold infinity every day and all that you see shall be given you.”—Glenda Green

I’m writing a story this week about Denver’s Rockmount Ranch Wear. It’s a six-decade business that was started by “Papa” Jack Weil who joyously ran the company until he was 107. He showed up every day, sat at his little wooden desk in the front of the store and was widely regarded as the world’s oldest CEO.

He wasn’t, as far as I know, a student of metaphysics, but the reason his business was so successful and that his snap-button Western shirts are the go-to shirt for everyone from Eric Clapton and Tom Hanks to Robert Redford and Paul McCartney (he wore not one, but two different Rockmount shirts the night he hosted Saturday Night Live) is because Papa Jack believed the following things:

“It’s not who you are that matters. It’s what your dreams are.” Papa Jack’s grandson, Steve, runs the business today. He wrote a book called Ask Papa Jack: Wisdom of the World’s Oldest CEO that gives powerful insight into that magical component of always believing in possibilities, in dreams, in what could be. Forget what looks like reality. Dream! That’s where everything comes from anyway.

“The government predicts possible 7 percent unemployment. If it goes to 10 percent, there will still be 90 percent working, consuming, buying.” Wow! By focusing on what’s working (Nine-tenths of the population is still out there consuming), you get more of what’s working. Most of us zero right in on that 10 percent figure, on the thing that isn’t working. Well, guess what? You get more of what isn’t working. It’s like the speck and infinity I talked about yesterday. Why focus on anything but what you want?

“I was always thinking of something new. And I never stopped enjoying myself, not for a minute.” He nailed it on the head with that one. Love what you do. It’s the door to everything. Enjoy yourself and never STOP enjoying yourself, not for even one split moment. The reason Ang Lee used Rockmount Shirts in his Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain (the shirts worn by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal are forever entwined and displayed at L.A’s Autry National Center) is because he could feel the love Papa Jack put into all of his products, into creating, into dreaming.

“Every morning I read the obits, and if my name is not there, I get dressed and go to work.” Papa Jack had a great sense of humor. He believed in making things fun. If it isn’t fun, why bother? That’s the key. Always focus on the fun. Infuse joy and delight into everything you do.

“Relationships are everything.” Papa Jack was forever baffled at the popularity of his shirts with such headline-makers as Ronald Reagan, Elvis Presley and even Miley Cyrus. But he was every bit as personable and valued his relationships with every customer, which when it comes to business (and pretty much everything else) is all that really matters.

So yeah, Papa Jack probably never read “The Secret” or studied the law of attraction, but because of his gut instincts and knowing on a deep, visceral level that relationships, love, joy and creativity are the bottom line, he created a life (and a business) that lives on long after he’s gone.

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

“Whether we love, or close our hearts to love, is a mental choice we make, every moment of every day.”—Marianne Williamson

“Observations not only disturb what is to be measured, they produce it.”
Pascual Jordan, German physicist

This is a story about a speck and infinity. Since infinity is a rather difficult concept to grasp, I’m going to use the metaphor of this familiar painting:

For the sake of argument, let’s pretend Mona Lisa here is infinity.

So here’s the speck:

( . )

It should be pretty obvious, even to the untrained eye, that Da Vinci’s famous painting is a heck of a lot bigger than this itty, bitty speck.

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(Notice, you practically have to strain your eyes to see it)

Yet the speck is what we have spent the last two days (and indeed most of our lives) focusing on. The speck is the anomaly of recent events in Boston. While most of the world is perfectly fine (the sun’s still rising, spring flowers are still growing, the school crossing guards are still directing hand-holding kindergartners across the street) and 99.999999 percent of its inhabitants are safe and alive and still breathing fresh, clean air, we’ve glued all our attention to the speck.

Herein, lie the challenge of our times. We manifest into our lives whatever we focus on. This is a spiritual law and a certainty of quantum physics.

The world we see on television is nothing but what we’ve chosen to focus upon. Sadly, up until now, that has been mayhem, problems and unsightly bath tub scum.

We’ve drawn out of the magnificent Field of Infinite Potentiality a speck of seeming disaster and we’re staring at it like it’s a 16-plex movie cinema.

I compare it to the job review where the boss gives high marks in 16 areas. Yet we focus on that one slight aberration that “still needs improvement.”

It’s time for all of us to start bringing our attention back to beauty, to Truth, to what’s working. A friend of mine even healed her sprained right foot by taking her focus off the pain and concentrating on how wonderful her left foot felt.

Once something grabs our attention (a headache, a thought of unworthiness, an unfortunate world event), we devote every waking moment to worrying about it, to getting the latest twitter updates. And as long as we keep looking at the speck, it will only grow.

If you can see even a tiny glimpse of goodness, of peace, of kind, well-meaning fellow humans, place your attention on that. This simple truth is what will ultimately save the world.

We draw into our lives whatever it is we focus upon. Isn’t it time to take our battery-powered headlamps off the speck and focus on the beauty, the depth and the Truth of Mona Lisa?

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