Let’s get this party started! Calisthenics for big-ass manifesting.

“What’s important is you make the leap. Jump high and hard with intention and heart.”—Cheryl Strayed

I’ve been yammering on about the default setting in our little pea-brains, the blueprint that erroneously says, “life is hard, shit happens and the glass is half empty.”

So I’ve been encouraging us to cut off THAT negative feeding tube and force new beliefs into our psyches—chiefly the TRUTH. That the universe is limitless, abundant, and strangely accommodating.

But it has come to my attention that there’s still some slacking going on in our muscle memory. That’s the phenomenon where we create a physiological blueprint. Our brains send a memo to our body that triggers our central nervous system, our muscles, our tendons, joints, etc. to perform automatic movements. There’s a continuous feedback loop from your brain to your muscles and back.

So I’ve developed this series of calisthenics to train your body, your muscle memory, if you will, to “get excited, get, get excited.” That’s a line my cheerleading squad boisterously yelled in junior high. Yes, I was an Ark City Puppy cheerleader. Don’t laugh! The high school mascot was a bulldog.

So, I hope you’re hearing the James Brown song, “I feel good, so good” playing in your head about now.

Exercise # 1: Pump your fist in the air with complete glee. Repeat five times.

Exercise #2: Pretend you’re a Latin American soccer player who just made a goal. In the finals. When the score is tied.

Exercise #3: Fist bump at least six people daily.

Exercise #4: Do the Harlem Shuffle on your way to the bathroom in the morning. Before your brush your teeth.

Exercise #5: High-five everyone you see. I can’t tell you how much fun this one is. We do it in my hometown every time our college basketball team wins the NCAA tournament.

Exercise #6: Go outside and stretch your arms wide to salute the sun that comes up everyday without you having to pay for it or ask it to.

For more inspiration and exercises, go see the movie, Frances Ha. Greta Gerwig is a maestro at leaping across streets, dancing in public and keeping her muscle memory happy.

And it never hurts to re-watch this exuberant Flash Mob that surprised the Big O.

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 your best, most gigantic self.”—Cheryl Strayed

“We are invited by the future to step it up.”—Marianne Williamson

Even if I didn’t believe in the power of thought BEFORE I wrote E-Squared (and, of course, I did, that’s why I wrote it), there is no way I could, with a straight face, deny it now. Miracles are SO prevalent and manifestations so mind-boggling, that I can barely keep up with all the stories landing like jumbo jets of joy in my in-box. Relationships are happening, unexpected money is sailing in and, most importantly, people are changing their perspective of the world’s beneficence.

I want to thank everyone who has sent me a story. I walk around these days with a perpetual smile on my face and pump my fist into the air so often that my right bicep is starting to look like Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson’s bicep. Guess I’ll have to begin pumping with my left arm in July.

Anyway, in honor of celebration and joy and red rubber balls (my hope for all of you this holiday), I’m sharing this story that bounced into my inbox yesterday.

It’s from Travis Healy who not only gave me permission to share it, but was generous enough to send a picture. He even applied the word “Abracadabra” with magic (Okay,with a magic marker) to his way-cool manifestation.

Take it away Travis:

“For Experiment 2, I focused on “Burnt Orange Cars” to throw the F.P. for a loop. Within 48 hours, a burnt orange coupe drove right in front of me at an intersection just after leaving my home. Later that night, I was watching Counting Cars and they restored an old Ford and painted it…Burnt Orange.

Experiment 4 is where I became disenchanted. I focused on manifesting a red rubber, bouncy ball (another zinger I thought). Forty-eight hours later…no ball…that was 3 weeks ago…no ball. I wrote it off as not being focused enough.

Fast Forward…

No Shi* – Today, at the same intersection where I saw the burnt orange car, a red rubber bouncy ball literally rolled across the street with the wind, right across my path…as if taunting me. I jumped out, dodged cars and picked it up. Holding it now.” RedBallManifest

So for those folks who still believe in and are frustrated by the concept of time (I know it’s a pretty convincing illusion), this one’s for you.

Wishing you a sparkly, joy-filled Fourth of July.

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

Houston, we have a winner!!!!

“We know that attention acts as a lightning rod. Merely by concentrating on something one causes endless analogies to collect around it, an experience that we call coincidence, serendipity.” –Julio Cortazar

It’s a good thing I love to write, because I could never be a judge or a ref or anything that requires judiciousness. The snag I ran into when trying to decide a winner of my 2-2-2 competition is I love every one of the stories. I got comments on the blog, comments on Facebook, countless emails and I want every single person to win. That’s how I believe the world is meant to be.

But for the sake of not argument, but celebration, I have chosen a wonderful story by a wonderful new friend in Punjab, India. His name is Gaurav, he runs a grocery, has two adorable sons and he’s a whiz at teaching people to remember things.

We’ve become pen pals, discovered we have much in common and well, his email saying “I just know I’m going to win” was a clincher. I also loved his initiative in choosing a different number (more about that in a minute). His number was 4, chosen because one of his sons is 4, the other is 4 months. His wedding anniversary is on the 4th, he was engaged for four months and the year he was born ends in a 4. So he made the intention to see fours and (no surprise here) he saw them everywhere.

Because he’d already read E-Squared, he chose my book, Jumpstart your Metabolism, which is winging it’s way to India (how exciting is that!) as we speak.

I also want to share two other “amazing coincidences.” Hope you noticed the quotation marks which mean “ha-ha, get it!” or as Albert Einstein said, “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”

The first was on an early morning walk with my Bassador, Izzy. She’s a mutt, part basset hound, part black lab and, yes, she’s kinda funny looking. I decided I was overdue in watching the sun rise. I see sunsets regularly. But it’s a rare day in Timbuktu when I see the debut of its opposite. But I was up early and hey, perfect opportunity. I live on the edge of town so it wasn’t too far a walk to find a giant corn field (I can hear the Kansas jokes already) over which I watched the sun rise gloriously above the horizon in a stunning pink and purple sky.

One of the clouds (and I hesitate to share this story because I’ve already been appointed Mayor of Crazy Town) or perhaps it was several clouds positioned together was shaped in a big, heavenly “2.”

The other “coincidence” dropped into my inbox last night from the gorgeous Simran Singh. She wasn’t entering the competition. Not sure, she even knows I exist.

But I’m a fan of her 11:11 Magazine and she sent to her list this Ted Talk that I’ve added here. It’s 17 minutes, but I think you’ll find it worth watching. 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.

“A better world is sitting, literally, right in front of us.”–Tom Shadyac

“I strongly encourage you to let go of these beliefs. They are inaccurate and melodramatic and they do not serve you.”—Cheryl Strayed

When asked “What’s the best predictor for finding a genius?” Buckminster Fuller used to answer, “A good mother.”

What he meant by that is if your mother (or your parents in general) believed in the largesse of the universe, if they saw that proverbial glass as half full and if they recognized the tremendous potential in not just you, but in all human beings, then you’d have a pretty good chance of realizing the genius within you.

If the culture that formed your rudimentary belief system is generous, open and tends to looks on the bright side, then there’s very little that can stop you from becoming all that you’re capable of becoming.

I heard a joke once that the only reason Jesus became “The Christ” is because God alerted Mary before he was born that that is who he was.

Our beliefs, more than anything else, shape our life experience. And most of our beliefs (we have thousands) are picked up before we have much say in the matter.

So despite all the positive affirmations and intentions for success, your fundamental, underlying beliefs about how the world works at its core create the framework for your reality.

Ask yourself the following questions:

1.      What’s your bottom line belief about other people? Are they good? Can they be trusted?

2.      What about life in general? Is it hard? Fun? Or something to be endured?

3.      What about yourself? What adjectives would you use to describe yourself? How did you parents describe you?

Our beliefs, the default setting we inadvertently picked up when we were growing up, are usually served up with a lot of rules, conditions and limits.

Most of the time, we’re not even aware of the underlying beliefs that create our reality. Which wouldn’t be a problem if our beliefs are aligned with our aspirations, dreams and highest selves.

But when our belief blueprints suggest that the world is a scary place, that money is limited, that hard work is a necessary evil, well, we’re going to have thoughts, those all-powerful creators of reality, that restrict what is possible.

Sadly, your beliefs don’t just filter your thoughts. They determine how big a reality you’re able to imagine.

Imagination and being able to envision a whole new possibility is what we now need.

So I say, “Let’s throw out those old, out-dated beliefs. Let’s juice up our imaginations and create a world that nobody has thought up yet.”

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

“Walk without a stick into the darkest woods. Believe that the fairy tale is true.”—Cheryl Strayed

“The more you look for synchronicity, the more magical your life becomes. You are the magician that makes the grass green.”—Robert Anton Wilson222

In her book, Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed, posing as Dear Sugar, tells the story of hiking in New Mexico. She was alone and had been for several hours. She turned a bend and suddenly ran into another solo hiker who at that exact moment had run into yet another lone hiker. The three of them laughed, began talking and discovered that all three of them had the same birthday, in three consecutive years.

In E-Squared, I wrote about coincidence and how rather than being some weird anomaly spit out by what Dr. John Lilly called “The Cosmic Coincidence Control Center,” it’s actually evidence of the Zero Point Field to which we are all connected. I also pointed out that simply contemplating synchronicity often triggers these “Oh Wow!” events. I also asked readers who experienced “an amazing coincidence” after reading that chapter to send me an email. Just so you know, I’ve gotten dozens of stories, many including the number 222 that I mentioned in the book.

My daughter, when she was in junior high, for those who haven’t read it, had a thing about 222. She started a 222 Facebook page, her friends called her at 2:22 every day and that summer, we ended up staying in room 222 in two different hotels (one in Seattle and one in London).

I used that anecdote in the 101 Dalmatians chapter and was amazed at a) how many coincidences people sent me and b) how many included the number 222.

My daughter, who is now 19 and in college, and I were talking about her 222 fascination the other day and suddenly we started seeing 222’s everywhere, sometimes two different ones at the same time. We started texting each other every time we spotted a 222. It has become an amusing game.

So today, in honor of my incredible daughter who “coincidentally” called me when I was getting ready to post this, I’m hosting a 222 competition. For the next few days, make an intention to notice the number 222.

I will send a free autographed copy of E-Squared or one of my other books (if you can’t think of anyone you’d like to give a copy to) to whoever posts the best 222 story in the comments below.

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 marvelous thing might I create today?

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

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

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

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

Not a lot of options in that teensy box.

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

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

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

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

“What if?” is always a good start.

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

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

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

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

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

“What marvelous thing might I create today?”

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

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

Everything starts with your thoughts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let the universe do the heavy lifting, 2.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On mine:

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

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

Here’s what it says:

Handle everything else.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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