“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”—Arthur Conan Doyle

“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.

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

“A magically whimsical universe is my favorite flavor of reality.”—Matrix Energetics practitioner

“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.

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

“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.

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

That was easy!!

“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.”
—Deepak Chopra

Life is a piece of cake!!!

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.”

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

Something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today.

“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?

“Thoughts are things – choose the good ones!” ― Mike Dooley

“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.photo

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.

“Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.”―George Washington Carver

We are connected as One through our divine link with God.”
–Eben Alexander

One of the millions of things I LOVE about my job is I can work wherever I am. Right now, I’m visiting my sister in Savannah, Georgia where boiled peanuts are sold at every roadside stand.

For me, it’s impossible to think about peanuts without thinking of George Washington Carver, the great American scientist and inventor who came up with hundreds of uses for the lowly legume and practically saved the economy of the South after the boll weevil devastated the cotton crop. He was one of the first Americans to be invoked into Britain’s Royal Society of Arts and was friends with three American presidents.

And while yes, he had several advanced degrees and taught at several colleges, he was the first to admit that all his “scientific” discoveries, the brilliance that made him so famous came from his connection to God or what I call the “Field of Potentiality.” (The F.P.)

Every morning, very early, George Washington Carver got up and walked for many miles. He connected with nature and it was that communion, indeed the plants themselves that told him how to turn peanuts and soybeans and sweet potatoes into the more than 100 commercial products he developed.

As he said, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.

“Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books for they speak with the voice of God. ”

He said he never had to grope for methods. Anything he needed to know was easily revealed to him.

“Without God to draw aside the curtain,” he said, “I would be helpless.”

Likewise, Einstein, the man we credit as being the world’s foremost genius was connected to this higher energy.

Call it what you will, but nature, God, the F.P. has answers to every alleged “problem” and “devastated economy” that seems to challenge us. Once we let go of “all we think we know” and make it our goal to connect to this unlimited, all-knowing, all-loving force, new discoveries and brilliance will rush in from every side.

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.

“If you see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.”—Steve Harvey

“There’s a flow of the universe that I’ve grown to know. Just have to go with it.”—Will Smith

If you’ve ever installed an inkjet printer cartridge (and I KNOW you have since they seem to need replacing every 50 or so pages), you’ve undoubtedly noticed the installation message on your computer screen, the one that asks you to match up the five or six horizontal lines. You’re asked to pick which of these half dozen or so examples provides the very best alignment. The idea is that if the printer heads are properly aligned, you get clearer, crisper copy.

The same principle works in our manifesting lives. When we’re properly aligned, Source has no resistance. There’s nothing to keep the ink (or, in our case, the intention) away.

When the inkjets are properly aligned, everything flows smoothly, everything works.

Sadly, most of us spend much of our lives OUT of alignment. Instead of training ourselves for positive expectation, we slice and dice the apparent “what is.”

Our reasoning goes like this: “Show me the money” and then I’ll feel joy.

But that’s not how it works. That’s not how you align with Source.

You align with Source by feeling happy, by feeling joy no matter what. Instead of letting the “apparent reality” dictate your feelings, you line up with Source that knows nothing but peace, joy, perfect contentment.

When you continue to bemoan the fact the money’s not in your bank account, you deprive yourself of Source alignment. Source is nothing but pure joy and when you’re busy documenting and discussing “what appears to be” you are NOT fully lined up.

Jerry Hicks used to carry a card in his wallet listing goals he hoped to accomplish. Finally, when his understanding changed, he threw the card away, because he knew that whatever he needed or wanted would flow right in whenever he needed or wanted it.

Goals are only necessary until we get lined up with Source. Once that happens, once we get perfectly lined up with Source, things show up immediately.

In fact, alignment and enlightenment, a popular word in spiritual circles, are synonyms.

Once you’re aligned with source, you have everything. Everything.

So I repeat. The best way to line up your manifestation ink jets is to train yourself for positive expectation. The apparent “what is” is old news. The current news, the Reality of Source, is joy.

Ignore what doesn’t please you. It’s passé. It’s history. And it will cease to be once you line up those manifesting inkjets.

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.

“Truth merely wants to give you happiness, for such its purpose is.”—Course in Miracles

“Lay your interfering thoughts aside.”—Course in Miracles

My thoughts provide an endless source of entertainment. Most of the time, they’re busy replaying the past, or constructing a future.

Instead of living in “The Holy Now,” where miracles are natural and joy is unstoppable, I put up a barrier. I let the past direct the movie of my life.

By believing today is going to resemble yesterday (and we all do—that’s how we decide things) we leave no room for change, no room for all the good the universe is trying so hard to bestow. There is a HUGE stockpile of blessings just waiting for you to lay down your continuous reactivation of the past.

Over and over, instead of viewing the delicious juiciness and endless possibilities available in this now moment, we plan the future using yesterday’s replay. The present has gifts of its own, but we keep returning to yesterday. Hard to believe, but the present doesn’t need our help!!!

As the Course in Miracles so clearly states, “Without the continuity of old ideas and sick beliefs, present confidence will direct the way.”

Esther Hicks talks a lot about pre-paving. Deciding in advance how you want things to be. Every time, I head out on a new trip with a new group of travel journalists, I pre-pave camaraderie and having a great time. I picture laughter. Well, guess what? That’s exactly what I get. Here’s a YouTube of my latest group (I just returned last night) in Mexico. We had a blast!!!

Pre-paving is powerful mojo. Just make sure you don’t pre-pave the past. Pre-pave something unexpected, something unlimited.

Once we let go of all our planning, all our struggling and all our beliefs that it’s our job to figure life out, the universe, whose only purpose is our good, will flood us with blessings.

Without defenses, fool bullheadedness and insistence in living everywhere but in the now, we can expect joy that constantly increases. That’s diggity!

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.

“My mind is a bad neighborhood I try not to go into alone.”–@Anne Lamott

“Thinking the physical world is all that matters is like shutting oneself up in a small closet and imagining there is nothing beyond it.”—Eben Alexander

One of the great joys in my life is knowing the universe is so much bigger than anything I can conceive, in knowing that miracles (or what we call miracles) reside right on the other side of the veil I’ve imposed with my very limited brain.

As cool as the brain is, a veritable network of neural pathways, it actually puts up a tremendous barrier to Truth. It limits, it takes all the available input and boils it down to what I call “Cliff Notes for Dummies.” Sadly, our Cliff Notes are restricted to what we’ve decide to let in, to what we’ve erroneously pick up from our culture, our family upbringing and the six o’clock news.

As the Course in Miracles says we would be astounded, literally blown away, if we had even the slightest idea how many limits we have placed on Reality.

While we’re here, living on this physical plane, we put the brain’s two pounds of wrinkled mass on a pedestal. We believe everything it tells us, listen to its crazy promptings, its tendency to focus on the past and worry about the future. I amaze myself with how much time I sometimes waste thinking about some person who “did me wrong” or about some financial dilemma. Not a good expenditure of my valuable time.

The brain is so NOT reliable that, I believe, our very highest calling is to distract it as often as possible. That’s why meditation is so important. It puts an end (or will eventually) to the crazy person blathering in the brain. Once the brain gets out of the way, Truth can’t help but rise up.

I really hate to knock my brain. It has accomplished a lot in my life, but from here on out, I’d like to officially appoint it as secretary of my neurology, digestive system and other things it’s proficient at and leave the rest to Source, to Truth, to the Reality of Pure Bliss.

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.