Why Judge Judy wins Emmys and I don’t

“The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.”
― Jon Krakauer

Because I view the world through rose-colored glasses, I don’t always recognize gloom and doom. Circumstances that others call “tragic” don’t necessarily get the same response from me. Sometimes, I’m even a bit cheeky about it.

Seven months ago, a beautiful young woman named Amanda Poe wrote to tell me she was reading E-Squared and consequently lost her job.

I responded like this:

“I am always of the opinion that losing one’s job and even one’s mind can be a very holy place.”

I told her congratulations and that I couldn’t wait to hear what happens next.

I’d forgotten about this correspondence until a couple weeks ago.

Amanda wrote with me this story:

“I’m very excited to tell you what I’ve been up to. You were right. Losing my job was literally the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I found myself again. I had always been so fearful of money, but when I lost my job.. somehow.. for 5 months I was completely and fully supported by the universe. With no savings and living on unemployment. I promise I still don’t know how it worked out!!

“I now have a job that I love, and I’m soo thankful. I wasn’t even looking for a job, but someone told me about this one and I got it the exact week that my unemployment ran out. I just learned to fully trust.

A lot of other crazy things happened.. I developed a better relationship with my mother.. I received free hair (weave/extensions) after asking the universe for free hair.. then I’m actually on a billboard promoting the hair .. just crazy things!

So, being the curious type and a lover of crazy things, I had to ask. Here’s what she said.

“While I was unemployed, I needed new hair extensions. (You know.. there are needs and wants.. and good hair is a NEED!) I put up an image of a girl who had curly extensions down to her knee caps on my screen saver on my phone. I put it up because I was communicating to the universe that I needed new hair. I didn’t care about the image… I just threw the long hair up there.. I just knew I needed free hair!!

My friend sent me a link to a Facebook post where a hair company was looking for models for their upcoming hair shoot. I submitted my pic and they chose me! They told me I’d get the blonde bob and that I could dye it later. I said “ok” – but when I got there.. they put in different hair. They put in curly hair that was down to my knee caps because they said the other model was acting too diva’ish and they had to let her go. So, now they’d chosen me to be the model for the billboard! The one with the long curly hair just like the one in the picture on my background on my phone.

No seriously.. how many other people have you seen with extensions to their kneecaps??? Its just crazy.

My life goal is to bring the spiritual gurus to teach spirituality to the masses in a super fun way! I’ve finally uploaded my first video under a brand new brand.

Help me in supporting Amanda on Twitter @spirituallydope and on the below YouTube video where you can see her cool new hair.

And remember that we get to decide whether to give the events in our lives a thumb’s up or a thumb’s down. No one can take that power away from us.

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

Why I’m the luckiest person on the planet, Part 10

“I always knew I was a hit record just waiting to happen.”—Oprah Winfrey

One of the great privileges of being a writer is people want to talk to you. They want to interview you, ask your opinion about things.

While I don’t consider myself an expert (I nearly fell off my chair when I read the article in a London paper calling me a single mom turned spiritual guru), I love sharing ideas with others.

Yesterday, I was interviewed by a radio station for “folks who weren’t born yesterday” (their words, not mine) and for a podcast with a couple college students just preparing to launch their love and inspiration into the world.

This morning, before I began writing, I got the chance to talk with Colette Baron-Reid, the famous radio personality, author and spiritual intuitive who used to open for Sylvia Browne. While all those titles (and she has even more) are great, the thing I love about Colette is she’s really fun. She knows better than to take anything too seriously. She just blissfully goes around spreading her love and joy and magic. This was our second interview and both times, we really connected, really had a great time. Don’t be surprised to see us giving a workshop together sometime soon.

Anyway, we talked today about a lot of stuff (our hour interview turned into two, much of it off microphone), but one of the themes was the magic of now which is one of the ideas in the new book, E-Cubed. You’ve heard of the Power of Now, of course, but the magic of now is the atomic force available in every throbbing, pulsing moment. It’s where miracles happen. It’s when we leave our old programming and tapes behind opening a potent opportunity for something new and magical.

Colette also shared a fabulous E-Squared story. For her sign, she asked to see a blue dragonfly. She’d recently had a motorcycle accident that caused her to spend, as she says, “the summer in bed.” Her friends encouraged her to stay off motorcycles, but she refused to live in fear.

Every time, she got on her motorcycle for the next week after asking for her sign, a red dragonfly flew right along beside her. Puff, the Magic Dragonfly literally accompanied her for the whole ride and then flew away the minute she safely embarked.

“I ordered blue,” she said, “but what I came to realize is that the Dude had something even better.”

Yes, Colette, red dragonflies are native to parts of Europe, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and the Canary Islands. Her blessing and sign was a rare and showy dragonfly that came all the way from the other side of the planet to remind her that she was protected and loved. In other words, magic!!

Tell me in the comment sections below something magical that happened to you and why you’re the luckiest 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

The universe is like the order taker at McDonald’s. It can’t give you a Big Mac if you keep ordering an Egg McMuffin.

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.”–Plautus

I’ve missed you guys. I’ve been busy polishing up E-Cubed, the follow-up book to E-Squared, and decided that since I haven’t been here on the blog for awhile, I’d post a brief excerpt from the new book.

It’s from an experiment about how our words have power and how they prophesy the future.

In a nutshell, it’s an experiment to prove that you can’t talk lack and poverty and expect an abundant life. You can’t continue to harp about how bad everything is and expect it to get better.


When I turned 50, I threw my hands in the air and basically decided that my life was over. My many years of being a tall, hot blond were about to come screeching to a halt. Or at least that’s what I kept telling everyone.

Having supported a friend who is older than me through menopause, I knew good and well what was coming. My skin was going to wrinkle and shrivel up, my ovaries would do a disappearing act and my emotions were about to compete with the Coney Island Cyclone for number of ups and downs.

I was like Paul Revere, riding my “woe is me” horse through the night, “Menopause is coming. Menopause is coming.”

One day, while rigorously going through yet another book on how to cope with this horrible affliction, I finally got it. I am prophesying the future with my words and expectations.

My insistence on looking for signs of impending doom, my repeated chants of “Is it me? Or is hot in here?” were paving the way for a difficult transition into a new phase of life. Even the name of this very natural life cycle (crone, anyone?) lays a stone in the road ahead.

I snapped the cover of that book closed, called my friend and said, “Thanks for loaning me that book on the symptoms of menopause, but I’m coming over right now to return it.”

From that point on (except those times–yes, Taz and Jim, I did occasionally still get bucked out of the saddle), I began to declare and still declare to anyone who will listen:

“My best days are ahead of me.”

“Girl, you are looking SO GOOD today!! (that’s when I was talking to the mirror)”

“I’m getting stronger and younger-looking every day.”

“Health is flowing through me like the River Jordan.”

Joel Osteen tells the story of a high school buddy of his. This guy was the star of the football team. He had thick, curly hair. What we girls used to call “a real hunk.”

Every time, Joel asked him what he was up to, he’d say “Oh, not much. Just getting old and fat and bald.’

“I must have heard him say that 500 times,” Joel says. “I hadn’t seen him in 15, 20 years and ran into him the other day. And you know what? He ended up being a whiz at predicting the future. He was old and fat and bald.”

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

Why I’m rooting for the Seattle Seahawks and why their new game strategy has the power to change the whole world

“There are so many things telling you that you can’t do something but you take those thoughts captive, take power over them and change them.”—Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle for the Seattle Seahawks

I don’t consider myself a football fan. I’ve probably watched one game this entire season.

But I just found out (okay, so I’m probably late to the party) that the Seattle Seahawks meditate, that their coach Pete Carroll believes his players should quiet their mind and focus on the now moment and that their star quarterback regularly gets out a yoga mat.

Is this frickin’ awesome or what?

I mean this is a sport known for brutal behavior, where guys like Bear Bryant were ballyhooed for refusing to give water breaks, where coaches throw balls at player’s heads.

So when I found out that Pete Carroll is completely rewriting the sport of football, I got excited. It’s one more notch in my viewfinder that says the world is changing for the better.

We have a new pope who believes in love. We have companies like Patagonia who actually run ads urging us not to buy the jacket. Not only did their fabulous ad campaign own up to the environmental cost of making their R2 coat, but it urged all of us: “Don’t buy what you don’t need. Think twice before you buy anything.”

And now we have a Superbowl team that gets it. A team that is winning and succeeding because they know life shows up according to your thoughts.

Now that I know that the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks recruited his team partly on positive attitude, that he actually cares about the personal lives of his players and that he knows that having a quiet mind and positive thoughts is every bit as important as lifting weights and performing on the field, I’m yelling, “Go Seahawks!!!”

Tell me in the comments section below how you’re going to follow the Seahawks’ stellar example.

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

5 top reasons choosy inspirational authors choose Hay House

“It is impossible to see what you do not believe.” –Course in Miracles

On Thursday, driving from Del Mar, California to Carlsbad to meet the Hay House team, I heard Leonardo Dicaprio being interviewed about his new flick, “Wolf of Wall Street.”

He was talking about a scene where he and Jonah Hill’s character did so many qualuuds they couldn’t walk. They reshot the scene five or six times, but evidently it was so much fun that the two of them looked at each other and said, “Can you believe we get paid to do this?’

That pretty much sums up how I felt about my day at Hay House. I mean, where else can you hang out with a whole office of people who already know that what you think is what you get.

Hay House staffers joke that they’ve “drunk the Kool-aid,” but here’s why, if you’re an author of inspirational books, they’re the only way to fly.

1. They have a captive market. E-Squared was my 16th book, but it’s the first to make the New York Times bestseller list. Because Hay House has cornered the market for readers wanting to raise their consciousness, they were the perfect publisher to reach the kind of readers that like books like E-Squared.

2. They’re a whole different breed of publisher. I’ve worked with five or six different publishing houses throughout my career (which tells you a bit about my jack of all trades tendencies) and while I’m grateful to all of them, none of them own their own radio station (publicity is the holy grail for authors), their own fan club (the Hay House list grows exponentially every week) and their own seminars where authors get a whole different platform for reaching readers.

3. The president of the company knows authors by name. Reid Tracy, the president of Hay House, took me to lunch while I was there. It’s not uncommon for me to get personal emails from this publishing dynamo. Not once, did this kind of thing happen with my other publishers. In fact, I have no idea who the presidents of those publishers even were.

Reid told me that Wayne Dyer, probably the best known self-help author on the planet, was still getting messages from his previous publisher (and this is after several bestsellers) addressed to Dwayne Dwyer.

4. Ya gotta love the founder. What self-respecting self-help groupie (and yes, I’m a card-carrying member) hasn’t read Louise Hay’s seminal book, “You Can Heal your Life.” I while I haven’t met her yet (that’s one of my upcoming intentions) I love that I looked in the same mirrors that she has so many times looked into and said, “Hey good looking. How ya doing?”

5. Elbow rubbing with the best. After my meeting with the Heal Your Life website team, I was invited back to their humongous bookshelf, handed a canvas bag and told, “Help yourself.” I grabbed so many books that my suitcase on yesterday’s flight home was overweight. Not that you can really be overweight with positive books like that.

For anyone who isn’t already partaking of the Start the New You seminar going on right now, here’s a link to my interview that ran today.

I love all you guys. Keep the joy channels wide open and ready to receive.

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

Why I’m the luckiest person on the planet, Part Seven

“Currently reading Pam Grout’s book E2…get home today and there’s a package with a new rose gold Nixon watch waiting for me… A surprise random gift from a friend- unexpected!! Manifesting in all it’s glory!! –E-Squared reader

You might have heard about the hard freeze here in the Midwest. Minus zero temps. Weather forecasters warning “Frost bite imminent with just 15 minutes of exposure.”

Not weather for wimps.

Which is why I’m so lucky I took the red pill. That’s a reference from the movie, The Matrix, where Neo has the option to either a) take the blue pill and stay unaware or b) take the red pill and realize he can create a different reality.

Last night I was driving to pick up vegetable korma at my favorite Indian restaurant. In my haste, I failed to grab a coat. But because I swallowed the red pill a long time ago, I knew I could create a parking space right up front.

I just had to put in an order.

My other stroke of great luck (although, with the red pill, you create your own luck) is my daughter and I are leaving tomorrow for southern California where, last I checked, temperatures were in the 70’s.

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

“Next year’s words await another voice.” ― T.S. Eliot

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
― Brad Paisley

I’m taking cupcakes to a New Year’s Eve party this evening. Instead of decorating them with cute little hearts or zigzags or candles, I’m poking a toothpick into each one.

The toothpick, ever versatile, can be used as a writing utensil–just like the stick I used to write last year’s intention into the sand on a Georgia beach. My hope is that each guest who gets what I’m calling a dream cupcake will write their highest intention into the frosting. Which should be a reminder that we write our own stories and that, at any time, we can write a new one.

As we close the book on 2013 and open a new chapter in 2014, I want to shout out my deepest gratitude– for all of you and for the abiding love that exists throughout our world.

And, if you didn’t catch it last year, here’s a wonderful New Year’s wish from Neil Gaiman:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

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

“Joy emanates in everything.”—Jon Krakauer

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” ― Hamilton Wright Mabie

If Victor Frankl can find meaning in a concentration camp, I’m thinking those long lines at Target could easily be turned into a party.

Everything is in your attitude. You can either stand there, moaning about how slow the cashier is going or you can sing “Joy to the World.”

Those 15 people ahead of you? They could become your new best friends. I’ll bet together you could even sing harmony.

So no matter how long the lines get, no matter how demanding your “to-do” list seems, just remember, “This, too, is an opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.”

This is the season of glad tidings. Don’t let it go to waste.

And thanks to Cathy Gallo Losee who sent me this video with yet another take on shopping. Enjoy!!

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 alive!!”—My new tip for making beautiful things happen

“Be wide open and ready.”—Patch Adams

Years ago when I wrote an article on Providencia for the Washington Post, I was torn. This little island off the coast of Colombia was unknown and so pristine that the airport (or rather the little strip that served as the airport) greeted guests with “Welcome” written out in conch shells.

It was like the Caribbean before it became THE Caribbean. Publicizing it, I worried, might garner crowds and detract from its charm.

That’s how I feel about this manifesting tip I’m about to share.

Last New Year’s Eve, while visiting my sister in Savannah, Georgia, I plucked a stick from the beach at Tybee Island and wrote in big four-foot letters, “E-Squared will become a huge international sensation.” I let the waves take it out into the world.

Admittedly, not a marketing strategy covered in most college textbooks.

But it worked so well that last month, when visiting Anna Maria Island, I decided to take another stick and write, “Oprah invites me to talk about E-Squared on Super Soul Sunday.”

Last week, her producers called my publicist asking for video.

So while I still write daily in my journal, you can bet that when I’m in Carlsbad next month visiting Hay House, I’ll be affirming something new into the beach.

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 secret is to gang up on the problem.” —Thomas Stallkamp

“Each new friend gives rise to the possibility of anything!”
― Stephen Richards

If you’re a regular at this blog, you know how much I love my Lawrence power posses and how important I think it is for all of us to “gang up” on the problem of lack and limitation.

I am so thrilled that groups are forming all over the planet to talk about the principles in E-Squared. From what I hear, there are Facebook groups, Sunday discussion groups and well, I can’t even keep up with all the E-Squared activity.

Since I get together with my one of my posses every Sunday (they’re like my own personal pit crew who help me change my flat tires when I’m heading in the wrong direction), I often have a great story to tell on Monday.

Carla, who I quote quite often in this blog, told a story about being on tour in India with a friend who, out of the blue, said, “I’d like to go see the Bollywood movie, My Name is Kahn, tonight.”

“O–KAY!!,” Carla thought, wondering how her friend was going to make that happen since she didn’t have a car, didn’t know her way around and didn’t exactly have the skills to negotiate one of the most populated countries in the world.

Their tour bus pulled up to their new hotel later that afternoon and right across the street was a movie theater playing (drum roll, please) “My Name is Kahn.”

If you can name it, you can claim it.

Also want to share this new word that came from Rhonda, another regular from the posse:

Have a great week, all you quanitrelles! Make it the best, most passionate 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.