“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.

“There’s no reason to have a Plan B, because it distracts from Plan A.”—Will Smith

“The second I decide something is done, it’s done. I just have to wait for all y’all to see it.”—Will Smith

Or in many of our cases, we have to wait for ourselves to see it. The minute we make any intention, it’s real, it’s a viable creation. But until we can feel it and actually “be it,” our intention stays on a vibrational plane that’s out of our sight.

Making intentions isn’t the problem. What you’ve been intending is already present. It’s just that you and me and everybody else is stubborn enough that we keep staring at its lack. Until we can catch up vibrationally, we are unable to see and enjoy our fabulous creations.

As Esther Hicks likes to say, “We’ve already created enough joy and happiness for 20 or 30 lifetimes.”

I hope this is a comforting thought. That our only responsibility is to get ourselves tuned into the joyful vibration where blessings flow, to begin resonating to the vibrational catalog of fun, love and laughter. We literally have to distract ourselves from all thoughts and emotions that block the natural flow.

Most of us are really good at the first part of the equation. Making the intention. But the second part, the part where we get out of our own way and allow love and joy and the new Mercedes Benz into our sphere of awareness is often more problematic.

So for right now, forget about your intentions. Just focus on every brilliant, juicy, fun delicious thought you can think of. Be grateful for every little thing. That’s everything that even remotely resembles your intention and everything that doesn’t. When joy is the dominant emotion, you’ll be able to pull good things out of the air like magicians pull rabbits out of hats.

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.   

“I have an insane belief in my own ability to manifest things.”–@JimCarrey

“If you wish to understand the Universe, think of energy, frequency and vibration.”—Nikola Tesla

In E-Squared, when introducing the Abracadabra Principle (Whatever I focus on expands), I mentioned that Jim Carrey wrote himself a $10 million check (for acting services rendered) long before he ever made a movie.

I just discovered (check out the video at the end of this post) that he also used to go to Mulholland Drive every night and visualize directors wanting his services. As he jokes in the video, bookstores should probably rename the self-help section “The Jim Carrey” wing.

As he says, not one thing has ever been created without intention.

Enjoy!!

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.

Why it’s time to subvert the dominant paradigm.

“You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”—my hero, Buckminster Fuller

Psst! Over here! I want to let you in on a little secret. Despite what the $500 billion advertising machine incessantly insists, the world is wildly abundant.

There is no shortage of anything.

You have more than 50 trillion cells in your body alone. Your eyes have 100 million receptors for enjoying a rising moon, the big dipper, four-leaf clovers. Every tree has thousands of individual leaves and as for the number of trees on this planet? I couldn’t hazard a guess. Or simply try counting the blades of grass in one square foot of your front yard. Mother Nature (AKA the natural world before humans imposed fear on her) provides for every single need.

Did you have to make the sun come up this morning? Say thank you!!

Do you have to order your heart to pump blood through your body, 36 million beats per year? Do you have to schedule your lungs to draw in fresh, clear oxygen?

It we focus on the planet’s unending largesse, rather than on marketer’s drumbeat of limitation, on the bounteous gifts that spread out before us on every side rather than on TV commercials that suggest erectile dysfunction, depression and sleeping problems, we can rewrite the dominant paradigm.

Everything is working in our favor. Only our illusory beliefs in limits can keep it away.

That why I say today and every day, “Hallelujah!” And please pass the abundance!!

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.

Why I’m the luckiest person on the planet and other perks of brazen gratitude

“Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” –Helen Keller

While I was hot air ballooning over Albuquerque last Friday, looking out over the Rio Grande Valley for what my balloon pilot described as 100 miles, I thought “I must be the luckiest person on the planet.” Not only do I regularly get to do the most awesome things, but I stay at five-star hotels, get treated to scrumptious meals (complete with dessert and cocktails) and meet what I consider to be the world’s most fascinating people. I shared my gratitude about “being so lucky” with my Vortex group on Sunday and my friend Linda pointed out there’s scientific proof that “feeling lucky” brings good rushing to your doorstep.

She cited a study at Stanford University where students were divided into two groups: those who identified themselves as being lucky and those who said they weren’t. Both groups were given a newspaper section and asked to count the number of pictures. The “lucky group” reported seeing 41 pictures. The “unlucky group” didn’t come close. Not one of them.

As it turns out, there was a line on the last page of the newspaper section that said, “Tell your professor you saw 41 pictures.” Every one of the self-identified lucky students, the ones who perceive themselves as drawing good fortune to their lives, noticed that little tip. Not one of the “unlucky” students was “lucky enough” to see it.

Coincidence? I don’t think so. That study, done by one of the top research universities in the country, more or less proves my Volkswagen Jetta principle: You impact the field and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations.

Gratitude, feeling lucky, seeking things to be thankful for results in abundance. By focusing on positives, on how lucky and blessed you are, you will be rewarded not only with great drugs (neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin and other feel-good chemicals), but your neural pathways will sculpt a path to even more good things. We truly receive whatever we focus upon.

Tell me in the comments section below. Why are you 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.

Top five most dangerous myths still operating as our default setting.

“When we give up our dreary stories, we are provided for in every way.”—Alberto Villoldo

Before the age of five, our brains operate mainly in what scientists call theta wave. It’s similar to REM sleep, hypnosis and works beautifully for picking up language and other things useful for making our way in the world.

In fact, most of what we still believe and act upon today was formulated long before we started kindergarten. We picked up a mental, emotional framework that, despite our affirmations and positive intentions, still serves as our default setting. This default setting operates in our lives anytime we’re not living in the moment. As soon as you start “thinking,” it kicks in, which is a good thing except MOST OF IT IS WRONG!!

Here are five shining examples:

You need something outside yourself to heal
. The minute you got a runny nose or a fever, your parents, well-meaning as they were, rushed you to the doctor. They gave you sickeningly sweet syrups and pills and inadvertently taught you that “your body is not capable of healing on its own.” This lesson is patently false and so pervasive that very few of us consult the one source that is capable of healing everything.

Muffle your own inner guidance. Rather than teaching us to listen to the still small voice (which is loud and clear when we take the time to heed it), we were taught to follow the rules. We were taught there is right and wrong, true and false, good and bad. All of those concepts are a breeze if we’d only listen to Truth.

Money doesn’t grow on trees. Paper money, as a matter of fact, started as a tree. But sadly, the message of scarcity is imprinted into our psyches before we so much as take our first step. The world is marvelously abundant and that’s what a responsible, awake parent should model and teach their children.

Put your nose to the grindstone. Also known as “nothing good comes without hard work,” this little myth perpetuates a lot of pain and suffering. The truth is everything originates with our thoughts. EVERYTHING. In fact, when you do what you love, working is more like playing. It’s big fun, the thing you’d do even if you weren’t being paid. Hard work plays no part of it and besides, what exactly is a grindstone?

The world is a scary and dangerous place. What kid today is allowed to even go outside without adult supervision? I preferred to teach my daughter that the world is bounteous and people are amazing and every single person is kind if given the chance.

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.The other is as though everything is a miracle.”–Alby Einstein

“I am realistic – I expect miracles.”
― Wayne W. Dyer

Happy Hump Day! Once again, I’m heading out of town, this time to New Mexico on a “Breaking Bad” press trip. I’ll be hot air ballooning, visiting the studio and eating at the favorite restaurants of Bryan Cranston and other B.B. stars. And, yes, I’m taking the script for my TV series.

Luckily, I’ve met so many amazing folks through this blog (and have fallen hopelessly in love with this whole social media phenomenon) that I’ve got any number of brilliant friends to fill in.

This story comes from Dennis who, among other things, introduced me to Glenda Green’s book, Love Without End. Thank you for that, Dennis. I’ve enjoyed it immensely. So, in the interest of working together to change the dominant paradigm, I’d like to share this incredible tale from one of my favorite commenters. You’ve got the floor, Dennis:

“I’ve got a few of those “manifesting” experiences that would fall into the “unbelievable” category, so I’ll share one here.

Back in the early 1980s (I’m not sure of the exact year – 81, 82?) I was intently reading Neville and Seth (Jane Roberts). But it was “The Nature of Personal Reality,” by Jane Roberts as Seth, that I was most focused on, and every night into the wee hours and staying up alone, I would put on some quiet Steven Halpern music and read, highlight and review the book.

After about an hour or two, and still sitting in my bentwood rocker, I’d turn the light off and with the music continuing in the background I’d imagine things as though they already were. Then I’d go off to bed.

Anyway, I got it in my head that I was tired of the snowy Michigan winters I’d grown up in, so I decided I could control that, (according to what I’d been reading) so night after night I visualized waking up in the morning; looking out the little diamond-shaped window in our front door, and seeing the bare, snowless front lawn and street.

It was getting late in November; about the time mid-Michigan would get its first lasting snowfall, and LOTS of snow would endure us from then on – usually until about mid-March – due to being sandwiched within the Great Lakes and their “lake effect.” Sometimes, when the stuff drifted, we had to put “flags” on our car antennas just to let the snowplow know where the cars were parked in the street.

That’s how much we usually got, but none so far this particular year, and I was really encouraged as we went well into December and still no snow. I’d seen some flakes in the air a few nights, but it never did stick and I diligently continued my nightly routine.

The BIG TEST came after the New Year. It was still snowless and sometime in late January, or maybe February, I’m not sure. But a major blizzard approaching had been announced on the news.

The prevailing weather usually moved from west to east across our state, and the storm was still over Indiana and some others, and expected to cross Lake Michigan and the state in the middle of the night. It was dumping huge amounts of snow everywhere it passed and schools, businesses, and even freeways had been shutting down.

I realized I was like, looking-down-a-loaded-gun-barrel, but I decided I’d come this far and my faith was really on the line. I did my usual visualization in spite of the facts and got into bed.

I awoke the next morning and going to the little window I was amazed to look out at a completely snowless scene!

And equally amazing, here’s what the follow-up weather report said: The storm had stopped dropping its load as it passed over Michigan that night, but began again immediately after it got across the state and into Canada, then New York, etc.; shutting commerce down just as it had before.

So my conviction was made a lot easier after that, and Michigan finished out the season with no snow on the ground even though we’d had plenty of cold weather and it had tried to flurry on several occasions.

I think it may be the only recorded Michigan winter on record without snow – at least back then – and I remember deciding to repeat it again the next year, so I began doing the same thing and the snow was staying away as we headed into the season. But I lost interest in the experiment; wondering “What’s the point?” and having other things on my mind by then, and so I abandoned the project and the snow came back.

Good, good, good vibrations from the creative mastermind behind Good Vibe U

“If we would awaken, we could become selectors of the beauty of the garden God has given us.”—Neville Goddard

Don’t you just love it when crushes are reciprocated? Well, last weekend Jeannette Maw, the brilliant founder of Good Vibe U, was generous enough to post a blog from yours truly! Since she is one rock star of a manifester, I was thrilled that she made the confession of having a girl crush. Jeannette, I boomerang the sentiment back to you.

And I also want to thank you for graciously agreeing to do an interview/guest post on my blog. Yes, folks, you read it here first: wisdom from the inimitable Jeannette Maw.

1. You’re a manifesting maestro. Tell me about your all-time personal favorite manifestation. I’d also love to hear the funniest? The fastest?

My favorite was also my first, when I actually thought all this manifesting stuff was a bunch of hooey.

Just to prove it and be done with it, I followed the instructions I’d read in a book that talked about creating what you want by speaking it as if it were already done. At the time I was volunteering as a foster mom of homeless companion animals and had eight big dogs living in my little home. I’d been on a long dry streak for adoptions like no one had ever seen in the rescue community! I was desperate and badly needed something to go right – namely, one of my dogs needed to find a home!

So I talked about how great it was that my most difficult foster dog was adopted by a wonderful family who lived nearby and was fully capable of taking care of him. That was Thursday night.

Saturday morning within an hour of being dropped off at the same adoption fair he’d been to for the past three months, that very foster dog had two families fighting to adopt him.

The next day another foster dog was adopted. And two days after that a local rescue group took two more dogs off my hands. I was down four dogs in four days and it felt like a miracle had occurred in my life!

From the point on I knew there was something to this law of attraction stuff after all. 😉

The funniest was when my boyfriend followed my lead that same week (after witnessing my success) to manifest what he wanted, and I found myself having ridiculous amounts of sex all week long. Until I realized what was up and I told him he needed to stop that because it wasn’t ethical. In hindsight, it seems I could have appreciated his manifesting success more than I did at the time. 🙂

2. How’d you happen to start Good Vibe U, one of the very coolest manifesting sites on the web?

From personal experience I found that practicing deliberate creation was a little bit lonely in that none of my friends, family or co-workers were doing it (or interested in talking about it). I knew it would be easier to practice if I were surrounded by like-minded others, and I suspected other fellow creators would feel the same. Turns out there are lots of folks who feel the same. Good Vibe U is designed to inspire, educate and connect those of us who are consciously playing with the law of attraction. Together we are become better and better at this “thoughts becoming things” gig!

3. What’s your very best tip for beginners?

Don’t take it too seriously. Sometimes by making it a big deal we kink the energy and slow up our success. Approach it as a playful experiment that you’re engaging just for fun and you’re much more likely to enjoy the process as well as the results.

4. Tell us a LOA story that’s absolutely true, but nobody would ever believe it.

There are a few stories that no one would ever believe, so I’ll share this one instead:
One night I was home alone and craving chocolate. I had none in the house (I’d checked everywhere several times) and didn’t feel like driving to the store for a fix. Instead of resigning myself that I couldn’t have what I wanted, I decided to let Universe satisfy this craving for me. I imagined how good it would taste, melting in my mouth. I heard the “mm mm mmmmm” as I enjoyed every bite. I felt the satisfaction of appreciating rich, delicious chocolate.

And then I let it go.

Next inspiration was to do a little cleaning. As I cleared the counter of clutter, I knew I had to decide what to do with the decorative tin mom had gifted me a week prior. (A neighbor had given it to her; she thought I might be able to use it.) I decided to put it in the give away box, but opened it first to make sure it was still empty (as it was upon delivery).
Inside the tin, wrapped in clear plastic, was some of the best fudge I’ve ever tasted. 🙂

Jeannette Maw is the founder of Good Vibe University for deliberate creators and offers law of attraction coach training at Good Vibe Coach Academy.

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

“Today, let us swim wildly, joyously in gratitude.” – Rumi


“Traditional human power structures and their reign of darkness are about to be rendered obsolete.” –Buckminster Fuller

Happy Monday, y’all!! It’s spring and the birds are serenading, the flowers are popping up everywhere and I can actually open my windows for the first time in weeks.

And while this doesn’t usually occur to me, some people think of spring cleaning this time of year. You know, that ritual where you throw out all those clothes that haven’t been in style since Chandler Bing married Monica.

Well, the spring cleaning I’m devoted to is tossing out all the useless ideas I picked up when I was a kid, all those “You cant’s. It’s hard. Why bother?”

Before the age of 5, pretty much everything we hear and experience is sucked up like a vacuum cleaner. And, sadly, that’s the programming that still runs so much of our lives.

Despite our affirmations, our intentions to grow and thrive, we’ve got this five-year-old consciousness running the show. Before you’re five or six, your brain operates in mostly theta wave mode which is perfect for picking up language, family nuances and other stuff you need to know. Unfortunately, it also picks up messages that don’t exactly serve you.

For example, the minute you got sick, ran a fever above 99-degrees, your well-meaning parents trotted you off to the doctor. The message you got from that is “you need something outside yourself to heal.”

Had they instead insisted in the Truth—that your body knows good and well how to heal itself—you’d have that programming running your life.

Anytime, we’re not in the present moment (with me, most of the time), the subconscious programming, that darned five-year-old, the default mode runs the show.

So, yeah, I should probably lose the red turtleneck, the Ugg boots and several other items that would make better Halloween costumes, but the cleaning I am most interested in is getting rid of all those no-longer-useful ideas that I unwittingly drag around like a ball and chain.

In this moment, in this glorious now moment, I am joyful, abundant and as perfect as those flowers boisterously showing off in my front yard.

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