“It’s supposed to be a professional secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within.” Albert Schweitzer
At the party of “anything is possible,” there’s always the one cranky uncle who sits over in the corner. More times than not, the belief that stubbornly refuses to budge is the body as in “My mind has no control over my health, disease, aging, weight and any other fool thing my body decides to do.”
So today, I’ve got a packet of Reese’s Pieces and, like Elliott who was able to lure E.T. out of hiding, I’m hoping to lure out that curmudgeonly uncle to at least take a spin on the dance floor.
Reese Piece No. 1: Dr. Lissa Rankin’s new book, Mind Over Medicine. After years of being a physician, Dr. Rankin finally got fed up with the seven minutes she was allowed to see patients and the refusal by her colleagues to acknowledge the most powerful component of a person’s health: their beliefs and their thoughts. Initially, she was as hard-nosed and closed-minded as any doctor, but after investigating 50 years of peer-reviewed medical literature (New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association, to name a few), she found ample evidence proving that beliefs play a powerful role in a person’s biochemistry and to ignore those findings was irresponsible, a betrayal of the Hippocratic Oath.
Reese’s Piece No. 2: The body is wired to heal itself. Our bodies are self-regulating, healing organisms, constantly striving for homeostasis. But instead of teaching our children this all-important fact, we teach them they need someone or something outside themselves to heal. The minute they get a fever or an ear ache, we rush them to that all-knowing doctor. This, at a very early age, cements in the fallacy that our bodies can’t heal themselves. Most of the thoughts in our default setting are planted before age 5.
Reese’s Piece No. 3: Placebos are often as effective as drugs. Patients have been able to grow hair, drop blood pressure, lower cholesterol, watch ulcers disappear and cure about every other symptom after being treated with nothing but sugar pills. It was their belief they were getting “medicine” that cured them, not the medicine itself.
Dr. Bruce Mosely, a surgeon and team physician for the Houston Rockets, performed arthroscopic knee surgery on two of ten middle-aged, former military guys. Three of the 10 had their knees rinsed (without the scraping) and the other five had no surgical procedure at all. It was an exercise in just pretend. After two years, all ten believed their surgery was a success. What Mosely discovered is that the bigger and more dramatic the patient perceives the intervention to be, the bigger the placebo effect.
Reese’s Piece No. 4: Our beliefs are the hinge on which our bodies function. Rankin tells the story of a guy with tumors the size of oranges. After begging his doctor to try an experimental new drug he’d read about, he was treated with the drug and his tumors disappeared. Several weeks later, reports hit the airwaves that this new drug was not as powerful as originally thought. The tumors returned. His doctor, by now savvy, gave his patient a placebo, telling him it was a stronger form of the drug and that the ineffective trials had been using too little of this powerful drug. Once again, the tumors from his stage 4 lymphoma began to disappear. Finally, the FDA pronounced the drug ineffective and pulled it off the market. The patient, who had been rapidly recovering, died within a week.
Okay, enough candy. I could go on and on about how 79 percent of medical students develop the symptoms they’re studying. Or about the woman with a split personality who has diabetes in one of her personalities and normal sugar levels in the other.
But I’m not a doctor and would never dream of prescribing anything.
But I do know this:
We should teach our children that their bodies have self-healing superpowers.
And we should quit hexing ourselves by looking for disease.
And we should remember that if chimpanzees can lower their blood pressure at will, something Harvard doc, Herbert Benson, discovered in his research, there’s probably not much we CAN’T do to heal ourselves.
Uncle, are you ready for that dance?
Pam Grout is the author of E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.
Hay House asked if I’d be interested in writing E-Cubed, a follow-up to E-Squared which totally cracks me up.
The LOA community chose this very blog as one of the best blogs of 2012, an editor of Men’s Journal practically begged me to begin writing for him and, best of all, I got this email from a reader:
“I am delirious to join you in your madness! It’s so much more fun over here! My life has dramatically changed since reading “E-Squared” and your posts. I find I am much happier and spend a lot of my time expecting miracles. Such a departure from how I used to be (grimly holding onto my belief that something “bad” was going to happen.) Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You ROCK!”
Since changing the dominant paradigm is one of my major intentions (along with uplifting and inspiring everyone I meet), I feel extremely gratified. So, I want to offer a big shout-out to all of you, my community, my friends, my home boys and girls.
The LOA award is particularly meaningful because if this blog landed honors in 2012 in which I only BEGAN blogging (I think I started in November or December), just think what might happen in 2013. And also because accepting this awards feels like accepting the Emmy award that I intend to win next. And once you start feeling something and envisioning it, better step back, Jack!
Which brings me to today’s topic: pre-paving.
If you want to travel, buy a suitcase.
If you want kids, buy diapers.
If want to meet the lover of your dreams, buy a photo album for those inevitable wedding photos.
You have to create a vision, walk in that direction and keep dancing—no matter what.
Since I’m celebrating today (I celebrate most every day) and since my award apparently means, to quote Sally Fields, “You like me. You really like me.” I thought I’d offer this interview that ran on www.inspiremetoday.com. It’s a 20-minute feel-gooder with yours truly.
Have the best weekend of your life!!
Pam Grout is the author of E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.
“It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”—Albert Einstein
“You can spend your whole life building a wall of facts between you and anything real.”—Chuck Palahniuk
Four of us went to dinner last night. We talked basketball, kids and my favorite topic: quantum physics, spirituality and the idea that consciousness creates the foundation of our lives. Two of us were avid believers. One of us shrugged her shoulders. And the other was vehement in his position that physical is the ultimate reality and that to even suggest our thoughts might have any affect on the world is sheer madness.
Rather than argue, a tact that I’ve found to be about as effective as dieting, I simply listened lovingly and remembered the story of Guglielmo Marconi. He’s the Italian inventor who pioneered long distance radio transmission. In 1909, in fact, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics for sending vibratory radio waves 2000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.
But when he first suggested that frequencies of energy could be transmitted without wires, people thought he was nuts. When he wrote to the Italian Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs explaining the idea of wireless telegraphy, he was referred to an insane asylum.
“Everyone knows that’s impossible,” he was told by detractors who scoffed at the crazy experiments he conducted in his parents’ attic.
So, yes, believing our thoughts, dreams and beliefs are being transmitted out into the universe and shaping our destiny is probably not going to be popular with everyone. Some go so far as to call me delusional.
But that’s fine by me.
I’d rather be appointed Mayor of Crazy Town than habitually focusing on what’s not working, on what can’t happen.
As I always like to say, “Who’d have thought 150 years ago that you could walk into a room, flip a switch and get light? Or bend metal into a machine that could fly over the ocean?”
I believe I can sit here in my Kansas home and, with my powerful, radio-transmitting thoughts, create joy, peace and insane happiness for everyone.
Pam Grout is the author of E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.
“When I went to school, they asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They said I didn’t understand the assignment and I said “You don’t understand life.”—John Lennon
Every day, I open my email to find the most amazing stories. I get pictures, tales of “coincidences” and incontrovertible evidence that the universe is just waiting for us to catch up, just waiting for us to begin using this energy that has always been available for our enjoyment and well-being.
A few months ago, when writing a piece about medical tourism, I met this inspiring woman named Amy B. Scher who went to India to get stem cell treatment and wrote a book called This is How I Save My Life. It’s a great book, she and I became email buddies and to make a long story short, she ended up reading E-Squared.
The other day, I got this email from her.
“I’ve been doing the experiments from the book with my mom and wife. We were a little nervous on the yellow butterfly day as we were traveling alllll day on a very, very desolate part of the I-5, often loathed for being the most disgusting drive in California. There is nothing but dirt, tumbleweeds, fast food restaurants and the smell of cows. Not conducive for yellow butterfly sightings.
About halfway through the trip, my wife and her tiny bladder were calling for a bathroom break. We pulled up to the only restaurant on this stretch of the road and she ran in. She came out with a small take-out box as she felt too bad using their restroom, but not buying something in return (even though we had literally just eaten). So, she bought a slice of peach pie. As she climbed in the car, she opened the box and I immediately screamed. Unbeknownst to her, the peach pie she picked from behind the counter just to “buy something” had a little butterfly perfectly centered on top.
And so it goes to show you…..even on the I-5, in the middle of no-butterfly land, the Universe can make it happen if only your intent is strong enough.
Thanks, Amy, for sharing and thanks for your fabulous book.
“Really, weren’t these facts just placeholders until the long view could really assert itself?”—David Levithan
I’m a journalist, trained, degreed, the whole nine yards. In fact, I stated my illustrious journalism career at the Kansas City Star, the same newspaper where Ernest Hemingway and Walt Disney started their road to fame.
The last few years, however, I’ve begun to alter my beliefs about “the facts” I’m sworn by my profession to seek.
I’m not so sure that “just the facts, ma’am” is helpful anymore. In fact, these so-called “facts” create a negative energetic momentum that I no longer want to perpetuate.
The “facts” I now choose to report are that happiness is our birthright, that love is the only reality and that the only reason the “facts” sometimes look otherwise is because that’s what we’ve spent so many years focusing upon.
I now know that it’s unproductive to talk, report or give attention to anything I don’t want. And anytime I don’t feel joyful and at peace is because I’m giving attention to something that disagrees with Source.
To use the old radio analogy, I’ve tuned into an “oldies station” that still believes in pain and suffering.
I’m now committed to bringing a different energy to the party. An energy of love, an energy that sees only beauty, an energy that recognizes the Truth (and there is such a thing as truth with a capital “T” which is different than “facts”) in every person.
I believe that’s what Jesus meant when he said, “Turn the other cheek.” He wasn’t suggesting that we should walk around with bruised cheeks and black eyes. He was saying that we should begin moving in a different direction, turn our cheeks, so to speak, to a higher, brighter, more pleasing reality.
“Facts” are simply habits of thought we’ve been thinking so long that they now seem normal. When we invest in them over and over again, we validate them. We create more of them. “Facts” fill in around those beliefs.
Quantum physics has proven it’s impossible to observe anything without affecting it. Sadly, we’ve been seeking (and therefore affecting) things that no longer serve us. We’ve been seeking “facts” that were perpetuated long before we evolved to the place where we realized we have the power to change them. And, yes, they’ve picked up quite a bit of momentum.
But at any time, we can “turn the other cheek” and look in a different direction.
As for me, I’m turning my cheek towards joy, towards peace of mind, towards the idea that all of us can be free and abundant and living lives of insatiable well-being.
“It’s always a good idea to sit at the fun table.” –Esther Hicks
One of my favorite stories is about a four-year-old boy who kept pestering his parents for some “alone time” with his newborn baby sister.
His parents, avid readers of parenting books, weren’t convinced that was such a good idea.
“What if he pinches her?” they discussed between themselves, reflecting the current strategies for minimizing sibling rivalry.
Even worse, they surmised: “What if he tries to smother her?”
But little Johnny was not to be deterred.
“We—her and me—have important business to discuss,” he insisted.
Finally, while they waited within earshot outside the door, Johnny’s parents allowed him into the nursery by himself.
He gazed lovingly at his young sister, leaned in over her crib and earnestly whispered, “Tell me about God. I’m starting to forget.”
I was reminded of that story this morning while having coffee with my friend, Joyce. As a scientist, she has had some “problems” with the word “God.” As I point out in several of my books, “that word, after years of religion, has taken on more baggage than the Chicago airport the Sunday after Thanksgiving.”
Yet, despite that, Joyce says she has never stopped longing for that connection with “something bigger.” She was excited today as she read from a translation of Psalms by Stephen Mitchell. As he says in the introduction, “As soon as we try to define God, we are a billion light years away.”
We both agreed that the “something bigger” wasn’t anything we could capably put into words. But we feel it…in those quiet moments when our thoughts let go, when we plug into that connection with the unnameable reality that causes everything to exist.
Mitchell, later in the intro, called it the “Radiant X.”
That definition, minus the baggage we humans heaped onto the Divine, certainly works for me.
“I would rather be out on the fringes with angels and miracles and other wondrous things.”—Richard Bartlett
“Discard the classical mess.”—Bruce Lee
Thanks to flat-screen technology, our television sets are no longer shaped like boxes. But they still show us a “box of life” that is limited and constrictive.
For every piece of “news” you watch on TV, there are millions of other possibilities. The conscious mind can only pay attention to one observational frame at a time. So instead of investing in the teensy reality shown on TV, I prefer to ask “What if?”
“What might happen in the next moment?”
“What is possible if I let go of everything I know?”
“How would life be if I surrendered all my beliefs?”
“What if everything is absolutely perfect?”
The only reason your life looks the same today as it did yesterday is because that’s what you’re looking for.
The only reason the news seems so negative is because that’s where we invest our energy.
Playing make-believe, as we did as children, is a much holier tact. In fact, what we see and believe as “reality” now is simply what we’re currently “making believe” is true.
Once you loosen the rules and let go of all those “facts” you learned in school, all the patterns you picked up from your family and culture, you will begin to see a whole different reality.
Right now, you’re stuck in habitual patterns of perception. You miss all kinds of miracles because you focus on what is “known.” You believe in the stringent “rules for life” that have been given you. Those arbitrary rules encase you in a little box that’s not much bigger than that flat-screen TV.
My new intention is to notice what is different and new. To think about extraordinary things and to continually ask questions about what is possible.
As chiropractor Richard Bartlett says, “When we change our consciousness around what is possible, rather than being limited by a reality construct dominated by what isn’t possible, we discover that we are actually able to employ quantum energies and principles in our day-to-day lives in unexpected, and fun–and miraculous–ways.”
He suggests cultivating the habit of asking powerful, mind-altering questions. By asking open-ended questions, you train your right brain to respond to signals from your subconscious.
If you ask questions such as “Why can’t I do this?,” you cultivate the skill of obtaining useless data. It’s important to quit focusing on what’s the same, what’s familiar. As he so correctly points out, “All situations in life are merely patterns of light and information.”
To change anything in your life, change the frequency, density, and or quality of the light patterns that make up that reality.
Here are some “what if” questions of mine that you’re welcome to borrow:
“What if cancer could be healed instantly?”
“What if I wake up tomorrow and look younger?”
“What if 2013 is my best year ever?”
“What if I start each day with a completely clear slate?”
When you ask different questions, apply a different reference frame, you get different—and I would suggest better—information.
It’s like a deck of cards. Pick a reality, any reality.
“Our thoughts hold more medicine than many of the astonishing breakthroughs of our time.”– Kris Carr
I am so happy to be back home and ready to ease back into my regular writing routine. Traveling is so much fun, but so is talking about it. Or rather writing about it which I do on my travel blog and in my work with CNN Travel, Huffington Post and several other travel mags.
Today, I’m tying up loose ends (just got back last night) and want to rave about my favorite word, “EASY!”
My beautiful colleague and friend, Annola Charity, presented me with a Staples “Easy” button this morning at my Spiritual Entrepreneurs group. This three-inch red button, when pressed, repeats “That was easy.” I’m not a TV watcher so I didn’t realize Staples has been advertising that sentiment for years.
But it’s certainly one of my mantras and one of the most important beliefs you can have.
In honor of this amazing gift, I’d like to re-run the following blog post:
“Quantum physics is not just stranger than you think, its stranger than you can think.”
Today, I’d like to talk to you about the most dangerous four-letter word in the English language. This word that I’ve specifically banned from my vocabulary is especially damning when combined with something you’re trying to do: lose weight, attract money, get a hot date.
The word is “hard,” as in “It is hard to……(pick your poison).
You know you’ve said it:
“It’s hard to change old habits.”
“It’s hard to find a better job.”
“It’s hard to empty my mind when meditating.”
Because our beliefs are so powerful, literally sculpting our lives on a moment-by-moment basis, to believe (and especially to say out loud) that anything is difficult is extremely counterproductive.
Still, even those of us who know about (and happily use) the power of our thoughts sometimes speak that ugly word.
I prefer the words “smooth” and “easy” and repeat those beautiful sentiments as often as I can.
I affirm that whatever I want to accomplish is smooth and easy. In fact, the less I do, the better things turn out. The more I hand over to the universe (the field of potentiality that is SO much smarter than me), the better my life becomes.
Because I occasionally still see limitations, still believe the headlines, still believe in old school conditioning, I’m much better off affirming smooth and easy and turning things over to the big guy.
A friend of mine, by simply changing her phraseology, has lost 18 pounds in the last month. She hasn’t changed her diet or started a new exercise program. She simply started believing that losing weight is easy, a piece of cake.
What diet program could be more simple than that?
So I ask you today, with all you’re trying to accomplish, will it be hard or will you join me in affirming “smooth” and “easy.”
“What’s the point of being realistic?”–Will Smith
My social media mentor says, “Nothing wrong with re-runs.” In other words, if a post is popular and people need to be reminded of something, run it again.So abiding by those words of wisdom and wanting to spend my Saturday having an absolute blast with old friends in Flagstaff, Arizona, I am reposting this important reminder that we get out of life whatever we look for:
My name is Pam G. and, as of today, I am launching a brand new chapter of A.A. Unlike Version 1.0, my A.A. stands for Amazing Awesomeness and it only has two steps.
Step #1: Admit that… “something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today.” First thing every morning, before throwing off your covers, before leaping out of bed (and it doesn’t take long in this program before participants do leap out of bed with joy and expectation), before firing up the old Mr. Coffee, proclaim to the world that something unexpected, exciting and amazingly awesome is going to happen to you today. It takes what, three, four seconds? Yet it’s one of the most important things you will ever do. The first few minutes of every morning pre-paves the next 24 hours with positive expectations. It sets up a powerful intention, a forecast on which you can focus.
And it never fails to come true.
Step #2: Come to believe… in blessings and miracles. Pretend you’re a private investigator assigned the task of finding all the beauty and largesse in the world. The dominant paradigm might suggest otherwise, but practiced with regularity, this ritual will force you to see things in a whole different way. Instead of looking for problems, be on the hunt for new blessings. Take on the mission each day of reporting back with at least three pieces of amazing awesomeness, three blessings that are different than the day before. I often liken myself to Lewis or Clark, scouting important new territory.
Because we get out of life whatever we focus on, practicing these two simple steps has the power to override and overturn the accepted paradigm.
Like Bill W.’s A.A, that has reformed the lives of millions, this new program (A.A. 2.0) can transform a “nameless squad of empty glass thinkers.”
I invite others to join me in tweeting their blessings (only rule is it has to be different each day) to my Twitter feed. Or feel free to leave your blessings here. By expecting and looking for a different, more kinder reality, we can, together in one jubilantly mighty whoop, uplift and lighten this tired old world.
Don’t you think it’s time?
“Now go take the pressure off yourself and just go BE HAPPY!”—Bridget Hieronymus
As most of you regulars know, I’m traveling right now. In fact, I just re-visited Georgia’s Tybee Island where on New Year’s Eve, 28 days before the release of my latest book, I left the following intention in the sand. With a stick, I wrote in four-foot letters on the beach, “E-Squared will become an international bestseller.”
Although I didn’t really need the tide to take the grains of sand and that intention out into the world (we are, after all, all connected), I figured it was a symbolic gesture of my big dream for this Hay House book. And thanks to all of you, my intention is coming true. The other day E-Squared was Numero Uno on Amazon’s list of Kindle bestsellers in Personal Transformation.
I couldn’t be more jazzed. And the best part is hearing from readers with all their absolutely amazing manifestations.
When I was in Mexico a week or so ago, this one showed up from an awesome facebook group called the Infinite Possibilities Trailblazers. As Penne Davidson Ard, who was kind enough to send the thread from her Explore the Possibilities Study Club, said, “Can’t help but wonder if Pam Grout (the author) gave herself 48 hours to increase the sales on her ebook because I now have a copy, too!
Anyway, Penne shared this story from New York coach Bridget Hieronymus.
“Yesterday I found this book and bought it for 1.99 on Kindle: E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. I thought it would be fun to do the experiments and see what happened. I read a few pages of it before going out last night and one of the pages said something like … think of what you want to manifest and give yourself 48 hours for it to come true. For some reason the color purple popped into my head and I said ok … I want to manifest the color purple, but manifest it in a way so I KNEW it was not a coincidence and the way I manifested it would have to be HUGE. Meaning, I wouldn’t see the color on a t-shirt or a candle or something small, I’d have to be hit over the head with it. So last night I went out and whenever I saw the color purple on something I’d think … nah, that’s not it.
When I manifest it, I will KNOW and it will be HUGE. And here’s where this gets good. Last night I went to my first ever Roller Derby bout here in NYC at one of the colleges. I met my friends there, and we chit chatted outside before heading in. The bout took place in the colleges’s gym. I walked inside and BLAM! Staring at me was my thought … manifested. The school’s colors were PURPLE and EVERY STADIUM SEAT was PURPLE. I was surrounded by PURPLE. And I thought holy #$#% this is it! This is my manifestation. Crazy! Woo hooooo!
So then, Penne says, “Couldn’t help myself — had to see it in all its glory, so I googled “roller derby NYC college may 2013” and the Gotham Girls site popped up with City College of New York on the schedule for May 18. Here’s the picture:
Thanks, guys, for sharing!!!
Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including the recently released, E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.