“All bad things must come to an end.”—Ad for “Breaking Bad”

“Incredible things happen all the time when you buzz at the right level.” Overheard at Starbucks and shared by Eitan Tom Aitch
hans schultz
I’ve been thinking a lot about Hans Schultz. He is the fictional sergeant to Colonel Wilhelm Klink in the old TV series, Hogan’s Heroes.

Even though Schultz knew about the shenanigans of the Allied POW’s who were running Special Operations from Stalag 13, he was famous for proclaiming to his inept colonel, “I know nothing” in a clipped, German accent.

I repeat that line (complete with the accent) quite often. In fact, it has become an important piece of my spiritual practice.

I have learned that any time I think I’ve figured something out, any time I believe I’ve found the route to this intention or that dream, I promptly proceed to get in my own way.

My understanding is sorely limited. But when “I know nothing,” like Hans Schultz, I leave the gates wide open for blessings to rush in.

Last week, for example, I got an incredible response to my first post on The Daily Love. It’s a popular website run by Mastin Kipp, a young entrepreneur who recently appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as one of the Next Generation thought leaders.

I happened to catch that episode, looked him up and discovered that, lo and behold, he grew up in my hometown. I decided that I wanted to write for The Daily Love and I did everything I could think of to interest Mastin in my “brilliant wisdom.” I even wrote an article about him in the local Lawrence magazine. I mean, c’mon, we talked in person.

Those initial pitches? That initial scheme I came up with for getting on The Daily Love? Futile. Nada. Didn’t work.

However, when I let go of my plan, repeated the Hans Schultz “I know nothing” and forgot all about it (“Set it and forget it” is a new mantra of mine), Madeline Giles, the editor of The Daily Love or the Love Curator, as she’s known, contacted me.

Out of the blue, she wrote to me, said she liked my new book and wondered if I’d be up for contributing to The Daily Love.

So, Hans Schultz, thank you for proving that inspiration and important spiritual practices can come from anywhere.

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 if tragedy and unhappiness are nothing but a rumor, cemented into our consciousness by years of faulty conditioning?

“Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.”
–Marie Curie

Most of us think life is some sort of boot camp for heaven. We believe this short life span is “only a test” for the paradise we’re eventually going to earn. If we hang on and bear up, we’ll someday walk through those pearly gates and be happy. These errors in thinking have been condensed into living facts. Nothing is plainer than the inevitably of sorrows and trials.

But what if it isn’t necessary? What if these is no reason to be poor? Or sick? Or anything but living an abundant, exciting life? What if these tragic, difficult lives are nothing but a rumor, cemented into our consciousness by years and years of conditioning?

What I’d like to suggest is this heaven you’re waiting for is available now. And that you’ve been sold a bill of goods about who you are and what is possible.

The way I see it, there are only four reasons we aren’t all joyous, loving and free.

1. We didn’t know we could be.

2. We didn’t ask.

3. We don’t use our mind power properly. If you’ve ever been in a sailboat, you know that unless you hold the sails in the right position, you’re pretty much stuck paddling in circles. The wind, like your mind is a potent energy source, but it won’t take you anywhere until you learn the proper way to use it.

4. We have a thing about drama. Ever wonder why rollers coasters are so popular? Why movies like Alien v. Predator boost ticket sales? C’mon, admit it. You crane your neck around to see those mangled bodies lying there along the side of the road after a car accident. You actually like being a little off-kilter and guess what? As long as you enjoy this, you get to have it.

This may be a hard pill to swallow, but we—you and me—made the mess we call material reality.

If you look very closely as what we politely assume to be the building blocks of the universe, you’ll discover they’re dicey at best. Or to put it another way, since renowned physicist Brian Greene is much better at explaining these thing than I am, “quantum fluctuations so mangle space and time that the conventional ideas of left/right, backward/forward, up/down and before/after become meaningless.” In other words, we experience war and global warming because that’s what we’ve come to expect, what we think of as reality. We created these disasters with our angry, fearful consciousness. The exciting thing about this truth (that it’s us, not some random misogynist named God) is that another way IS possible. We do not have to accept war and sickness and injustice. We, by changing our consciousness, can create a peaceful world that works for everyone. In fact, looking for anything else is irresponsible.

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

“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.” –Mindy Kaling

“The world will exhibit what you persist in affirming.”—Science of Mind

I just read a wonderful story about Mike Dooley, the former Price Waterhouse CPA who now writes bestselling books and the fabulous “Notes from the Universe” to which hundreds of thousands subscribe.

When he first started his job at the Big Eight Accounting Firm (I guess due to mergers there are now only four big accounting firms), he was straight out of college, wet behind the ears and felt completely insecure about his job.

He had no idea what he was doing or how to get out of what appeared to be “one mell of a hess.”

But he did know his thoughts had power. So instead of composing a big scheme for fixing his situation, something we all obsessively tend to do, he began visualizing himself successful. For five short minutes every night, he’d picture his co-workers giving him high fives and telling him “congratulations!” He saw himself walking proudly down the hallway, feeling good about “a job well done.”

As he says in his book, Infinite Possibilities, it wasn’t long before he was transferred out of the department in which he was failing so miserably into the tax department where he became a company superstar, getting opportunities to work all over the world.

The moral of this story? The less you get involved in the “how” of your intention, the better.

Any time we start “figuring how things are going to work out,” we block the magnificence of Source. The F.P. has countless magical ways to make your intention happen.

So forget the how! Focus on the end result.

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

Looking With the Eyes of Love: A guest post by Amy Zoe

“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Not only do I get daily emails from readers, but I’m lucky enough to go for coffee or bubble tea or lunch with readers who live close by. Amy Zoe, a writer and life innovator (don’t you just love that title?) from the Kansas City area, contacted me a month or so ago for just such a get-together.

We had a fabulous conversation and she offered to share her talent on my blog. As you all know, I’m all about Show and Tell.

So here’s the amazing Amy Zoe shouting out from the love train:

If you’ve ever endeavored to manifest intentions, you know your thoughts wield a lot of power. It’s as if our thoughts spin a web in the mind of consciousness to capture and make manifest the desires of our heart.

This creative process is not limited to our want for material things, but also expresses itself within our daily interactions with others.

Often, when we engage in communication that doesn’t go well, we attach to our negative feelings and focus attention on what we don’t like about the other person’s behavior, or worse, we decide that we dislike them entirely.

When we focus our thoughts and emotions in this way, we may not recognize that we are manifesting and potentially creating more of what we do not want. If we value improving our interactions with those we find challenging, we have the opportunity through our intentions and feelings, to manifest something entirely different.

Here’s an example from my own life…

For several years, I worked with a woman many of my colleagues considered “difficult.” At times, she was abrasive, condescending, and arrogant towards people at work. Most of my co-workers had written her off as a bad seed and avoided interactions with her.

I, also, had moments of finding her behavior challenging. After one particularly bad exchange, I knew I needed to shift my thinking or our relationship would be doomed to a back and forth of perpetual pettiness.

In that moment, I opened myself up to seeing her differently. I decided that instead of focusing on her “bad behavior,” I wanted to see all of her beauty and understand her complexity.

As a result of setting those intentions and putting a little love behind my thoughts, I began to be exposed to another side of her that was in stark contrast to how many viewed her.

I saw how excited she was to share her professional experience with others, her willingness to provide opportunity to those who were new to her profession, her generosity to those she worked closely with, and ultimately her exceptional talent within her field.

I also began to understand that in most instances her challenging behaviors were just momentary responses to feeling overwhelmed, her gruffness, the result of a life marked by personal difficulty, and more than anything else, I sensed how alone and insecure she felt.

These insights helped me tremendously in my interactions with her. No longer was I inclined to rush to judgement when I perceived she was being curt. I had a newfound respect and compassion for her that alleviated much of the heaviness that existed in our previous exchanges. My picture of her was based on something much larger than an isolated moment in time.

When our professional paths separated, I could genuinely say that I cared for her well-being and knew I would miss her.

If an exchange with someone leaves us feeling less than congenial, instead of getting behind feelings of anger and resentment, we can choose to get behind feelings of love and kindness. We can envision our conversations with that person being authentic and set the intention to see what is beautiful about them.

This path does not guarantee others will change their behavior, as they are co-creators in the relationship. It does, however, afford those of us setting the intentions, to see that person through the eyes of Love…the most powerful force in the Universe.

AZ03Amy Zoe is a writer, teacher, life innovator and mother. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Iowa and has served as a human resources professional.

A lifelong seeker of spiritual truth and aspirant of personal growth, Amy is committed to inspiring others to identify their passions, chart a course, and navigate life at full capacity.

Her writing can be found on her website: http://www.abelovedlife.com.

More evidence that I’m the luckiest person on the planet.

“Change your narrative, change your life.” –Joan Borysenko

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I consider myself one supremely lucky gal. I sit here in my little Kansas office and, because I believe in the world’s unlimited good and expect to find unceasing joy, the most amazing things come pouring in. In the last month alone, I’ve been invited to Turkey (where I’m going in September for a travel assignment) and Namibia (where I’m going in October for yet another assignment).

Because I’ve let go of trying to figure everything out, a skill I discovered I was sorely lacking in, the universe has stepped up to bless me beyond anything I could have ever conceived.

Lately, I’ve been blessed with hundreds of inspiring stories that show up in my inbox completely unbidden. I’ve always been a huge fan of inspiring literature, so now I just turn on my computer and voila! manifestation stories out the wazoo.

For example, Lori from Missouri was conducting the Dear Abby experiment, where you ask for specific guidance around some issue that’s troubling you. Here’s what she wrote:

“My question was should I go ahead with my planned home refinance. I live in a rural part of Missouri with train tracks in front of my home. As a train speeds past my house I’m looking at the grafitti. In bold large letters is the word NOPE. Go figure, right?

“This morning, I was sitting outdoors and I said aloud, “Am I safe to assume that NOPE was my neon sign message?” At that instant I hear the ding, ding, ding of the railroad crossing and here comes another train. The train was heavy with coal requiring two engines to pull it. Both doors on the second engine were wide open and swinging in the wind. This is unheard of. The very next car was labeled with this grafitti. “Feel free to ask us. I love you. I love you.”

Another reader (and this just cracked me up) was approached by a guy dressed as a giant nutrition bar (Mr. Peanut is just so yesterday) and offered not one, but three Zone Perfect cherry chocolate bars.


And yesterday, GloZell Green, the famous comedienne and YouTube star who attended 600 consecutive tapings of The Jay Leno show (her “My Push up Bra will help me get my man” has gotten some 20 million hits), sent me this hilarious picture.

Check out her site here:

Thank you everyone for sharing the love!!

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

“Love is present everywhere, and its presence only needs to be realized.”—David Hawkins

“Everything we need at this moment is already available to us in abundance, exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think.”—Michele Longo O’Donnell

Last Friday, the federal government set standards to bring uniformity to the $4 billion market for gluten-free foods.

It seems everybody and their mother is giving up gluten…..or sugar….or dairy…..or meat or….well, the list goes on.

I find it ironic that we exert such Herculean efforts to give up particular foods, but make little effort to give up negative thoughts that, in the end, have more of a deleterious effect than gluten ever could.

Our thoughts and what we focus upon provide the structure for our lives, our day-to-day experiences and nothing could be more important than feasting on thoughts of abundance, tolerance, love, joy and well-being.

I have no idea yet what I will eat today (although hummus will likely be involved since I’m meeting friends for Mediterranean food tonight), but I do know I’ll forgo any thought that doesn’t provide the nourishment of the world’s unlimited beneficence.

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

“Get filled with life.”–Michele Longo O’Donnell

“Happy! Happy! Happy!”–Phil Robertson, Duck Commander

Just have a couple fun items to share today.

Taz and I got back from Chicago last night (We had a blast giving away our stack of five dollar bills) and I’ll be back on the blog next week.

Among other things, look for a fabulous guest post from Amy Zoe at the blog, A Beloved Life.

In the meantime, just have to share this fabulous photo of a cake that was waiting for Taz and me in our suite at the Peninsula Hotel. Yes, despite it’s accurate appearance, this is a delicious cake with chocolate fondant frosting.

peninsula cake

And then for Friday at the movies (one of my favorite traditions), check out this amazing You Tube video of the Einstein wands at work:

Thank you, Leslie Draper!!

Have a stupendous weekend!

“We’re all sorcerers.”—Mike Dooley

“We came to live life like no one was watching.”—Macklemore

Taz and I are in Chicago. She goes back to college in a couple weeks so we’re having one last hurrah, a girlfriends getaway, just the two of us.

We’re staying at the mighty Peninsula. We can see the Magnificent Mile from our suite. If it’s not ringing any bells, let me just say that this is where all the A-listers stayed when they came to Chicago to bid Oprah adieu.

We’re shopping, going to see “The Book of Mormon” and, of course, making a return engagement to Second City. In the audience, not on the stage.

As I like to say, we’re building muscle, practicing “being” what we want to be—united with all that is, knowing with complete surety that we are provided for in every way.

We’re also performing a secret mission. We brought a stack of $5 bills and we’re leaving them at bus stops, taping them onto park benches, pinning them into clothes at the stores on Magnificent Mile. With each fiver, we’re leaving an anonymous note about the abundance of the universe and how this is just one small sign of how much whoever finds it is loved.

I know $5 isn’t much (One of these days, we plan to leave hundys), but for us it’s about “being” who we want to be–confident, freely giving and knowing that as we give, so shall we receive.

I’ll be back to the blog next week and hope to see you then.

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

“Don’t die wondering.”—The Way, Way Back

“So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us, like the ceiling can’t hold us.”–Macklemore

In about an hour and a half, I’m heading to the grocery store to buy this week’s Sunday New York Times. In the NY Times Book Review, a section we authors revere as if it’s the word of God itself, I am going to see my name and the name of my new book.

Yes, Hay House informed me last Wednesday that E-Squared had cracked the golden egg, found “the holy grail,” made the list that every author longs to make.

To quote Phoebe Buffay, “Well, yeah!”

Lest you worry that I will start singing “Smelly Cat,” let me assure you that the only reason I can say, “I KNOW!” with sheer glee is because I made that very intention. And I know with complete surety that when you order something from the cosmic catalog of life, it’s going to show up as soon as you take down the barriers that keep it from your purview.

As soon as you release resistance and “get it” that the world always, without fail, has your back, the party can begin.

But before I start throwing out confetti, I want to give an Everest-size shout-out to all of you! Thank you so, so, so, so much for, to paraphrase Sally Field, “liking me, for really liking me.”

The feeling, let me assure you, is mutual. I love and appreciate you all so much!!

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

It’s time to accept the world’s boundless love.

“It’s the inner world that needs adjusting, tweaking and plucking when the outer world fails to please.”—Mike Dooley

I’m a travel writer and often end up confronting customs and laws different than my own. In Singapore, for example, it’s illegal to hug in public. In Cannes, you can be arrested for wearing a Jerry Lewis mask. I’ve also heard of some pretty weird laws in my own country. In Devon, Texas, I’m told, it’s illegal to make furniture in the nude. Darn that, Devon, Texas.

We might get a chuckle out of these (and let me just add that I don’t plan to pack my Jerry Lewis mask my next trip to Cannes), but more than these “laws,” we are also at the mercy of arbitrary laws we’ve imposed in our own heads. Laws such as “life is a struggle,” “I have to do everything myself,” “It’s me against the world.”

The bad news is that whatever “laws” you believe in are activated in your life, creating a personal reality that reflects those beliefs. The good, shout-it-from-the-rooftops news is that you can rewrite the laws operating in your life by simply changing your beliefs.

Like the yogini whose practice is stretching muscles, my full-time practice is stretching my beliefs, changing the limiting laws that my darned ego keeps sending memos about.

Here are just a few laws I’ve written on the books of my life:

1. The world is abundant and unlimited

2. Everything always works out for me.

3. Money is just energy and easy to come by.

4. By following my heart, I can lead a life of purpose and meaning and big-ass joy.

5. The more love I give, the more I receive.

6. Actually the more of anything I give, the more I receive.

Tell me in the comments below a new belief you’re ready to sign into law.

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