“Without the distraction of the world’s guidance, you can finally hear your own undivided genius.” –Tama Kieves

“The instant it is welcome it is there.” –Course in Miracles

Earlier this week, Jewels Johnson, the creative mastermind behind the ever-inspiring Law of Attraction Radio sent me an email with this message: “I want you to write a script. It’s about this amazing humanitarian who knows Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama. Richard Branson will bankroll.”

I had to smile as I wrote back, “Yea, I know.”

I knew because I made the intention several years ago to win an Oscar. While I’ve done everything I know how to do (written a couple amazing scripts, had plays produced here in the Midwest, sent a few pitches to Hollywood agents), I had no idea how a writer from Lawrence, Kansas, with exactly zero contacts in the movie biz, was going to make that happen.

What I did know is that if I focused solely on the end result, letting go of all seemingly brilliant schemes on my part, I wouldn’t be required to work out the details.

In fact, any attempt from me could only get in the way. Trying to work out the process of how something will happen is invariably our biggest stumbling block.

Here’s why: By concentrating on how to work something out, you’re making the assumption it’s not already worked out. If you made the intention, it’s worked out, awaiting your consciousness to tune into the right radio station.

The other boo-boo of trying to “work it out” is coming up with a finite plan, a process for getting from A to B. We think we know how everything should work and we don’t have a clue. Our planning sets up nothing but limits.

Here’s an example. Everybody wants to win the lottery.

There’s nothing wrong with winning the lottery, but that’s a very finite way to achieve abundance. The Universe (the field of potentiality, God, whatever you choose to call it) is infinite. It can create abundance in three thousand bazillion (and even that number is a limit) ways. So by intending to win the lottery, you give the Universe a grand total of one option.

I much prefer to rely on Its plan which is always so much cooler, so much more exciting than anything my mind can conceive.

As always when making an intention, I simply have to remove all blocks (normal human fears), open the gates and let it come pouring in.

And, as I will repeat again and again, we let our dreams flow in by focusing on “unceasing joy” and knowing that all the world’s goodness is our birthright. Let the universe haggle with the details.

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

The top three strategies for reaching your dreams

“Defenses are but foolish guardians of mad illusions.”—Course in Miracles

I have four main intentions: peace of mind, surety of purpose, clear, unmistakable guidance and unceasing joy. I used to keep that last intention to myself. People tended to think it was foolhardy and not at all possible.

“What?” they’d mock. “How can anybody be joyful 24/7?”

What I now know is that any other goal is simply irresponsible.

Our only function here on Planet Earth is to having a rollicking good time. I mean, we are meant to laugh and have fun and enjoy ourselves at every moment. And I refuse to feel guilty for proclaiming that.

Recently, I’ve been getting emails from people wanting more tips on how to manifest, how to kick their natural, create-their-dreams skills into high gear.

So, here are the three best techniques I can offer for letting go and letting your every intention happen:

1. Focus on the end result
. Period. Do not give any air-time in your thoughts–and especially your feelings–to the way it appears now. What appears now is history. It only appears that way because you think about it. You don’t even need to worry about how you’re going to get to where you want to be. In fact, one of our biggest stumbling blocks is obsessing about the process for getting to your goal. It is irrelevant. Just keep focusing on where you want to be. Tune in to that reality just like you tune into your favorite radio station. Ignore the other channels. Ignore what appears so real now. Again, it’s only “real” until you get clear focus on where you want to be.

2. Live by Bobby McFerrin’s mantra: “Don’t worry. Be happy.”
The more joy you can have in your life, the wider the door opens for life’s largesse to flow in. The only person who can erect walls that keep it away is you. If you’re in a state of perpetual joy (again, this is your natural, God-given state), all the security forces in the U.S. Army can’t keep it away.

3. Throw this phrase overboard: “It’s hard.”
Do you know how often I hear this from people, even people who know good and well how to manifest? I even hear myself saying it sometimes. But the moment I catch myself, I turn it around immediately and remember that it’s my choice. Life can be hard, complicated and difficult to manage. Or it can be a pleasure trip down easy street. Whatever it is you want to accomplish, affirm often that it’s easy to get there. The only reason life is anything but a piece of cake is our focus on hardship.

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

“Man is all imagination.” –William Blake

“What keeps the world in chains but your beliefs?”

–A Course in Miracles

Every town has one. The mumbling guy on the street. The woman in all-black who frequents coffee shops carrying a three-foot cross. Those intriguing characters that always make you wonder. In Lawrence, Kansas, where I live, we have a whole contingency of such characters. Dennis, who typically wears a Spiderman outfit, never leaves home without his “daughter” Cheryl, a plastic doll he either carries or pushes in a stroller. Over the years, Cheryl has “grown up” from a baby doll to a bigger doll until now she’s the size of a storefront mannequin which, in truth, she actually is.

Pranksters kidnapped Cheryl the other day and the local police force, taking it quite seriously, put out an A.P.B., which thankfully resulted in an immediate recovery. Dennis and Cheryl are local celebrities. Dennis even has his own fanpage on Facebook.

The point I’m trying to make is that Dennis is no different than the rest of us. His world, although a slight deviation from what’s considered normal, is very real to him. Just as the world we’ve made up in our minds is very real to us. But both—Dennis’ world and the world we “see” and believe in with such a tenacious grip—is fiction. Neither constitutes Reality.

Reality, according to physicists who study these things, is that we are all connected. We are all one. In fact, the biggest secret in the world is we all really love each other.

We only “see” this other reality, this separate, divided, ugly world, because we imagine it to be that way. Illusions are as strong in their effects as is truth.

Because we continue to repeat and believe in the world we see on the six o’clock news, we continue to see the all hell-breaking-loose world of destruction and limits. Because dodging minefields is our source of vision, we continue to see a world of doom. Through our rote insistence on fear, we have created a fearful world.

But it’s no more real than the world of Dennis.

We have enslaved the world with our fears, doubts and miseries. By simply changing our vision, by imagining what “could be” instead of believing in “what we think is” we can literally change the world. The inner always creates the outer.

Instead of swimming in the insane culture-wide obsession with pathology, we should revel in the endless flood of miracles.

Isn’t it time to give up the world we keep re-running in our mind, to overthrow the status quo? A new more imaginative and free world is possible. But we must retrain ourselves to look through optimistic eyes. To say “thank you” and recognize all the beauty and largesse in our lives.

“The more unrealistic I am with my dreams and goals, the more I’m able to achieve.” –Lesley Carter


“We can no longer consider ourselves merely onlookers who have no effect on the world we observe.”
–John Wheeler, Princeton physicist

It’s Rave Monday (thank you, Michelle Dobbins) so I get to spout monstrous thanks for all your emails. I love nearly everything about being a writer. I love research (yes, I actually think it’s fun), I love crafting sentences and I love the opportunity to channel the muses (my best stuff, I feel obligated to admit, isn’t mine, but comes from this mysterious “other,” often referred to as “the muses.”) But numero uno on the love train of raves right now is hearing from peeps who have read my new book.

Shilpi Gupta, in fact, suggested I start a community (she called it a global village) where people share their stories so others will be uplifted and gain faith in these principles. As you already know, it is my position that we should be using this information to create a better world that works for all of us.

So today I’m sharing a story from a new comrade of mine who I actually got to talk to yesterday. We met on Facebook while she was in Kentucky and I was in the Los Angeles airport heading to the Cook Islands. She had read E-Squared and was kind enough to let me know how much she enjoyed it. We bantered back and forth a bit, discovered we had a lot in common (both writers, both moms, both enjoying love affairs with Belize).

So yesterday, I get this message from her: “Since I read your book and subsequently Edwene Gaines’s book I have made close to $100,000 in (an incredible) 3 weeks.”

I’d heard from quite a few who noticed the pleasurable side effect of rising income since reading my book. BUT $100 GRAND. IN. THREE. WEEKS!

You don’t get a message like that without wanting “the rest of the story.” Turns out, Nandini Shastry is even more fascinating than I even suspected. She once worked in corporate America (Honeywell), but has since started and sold started several online businesses (brainybetty.com, a fab site that provides resources for teachers, to name one of them). She has also been a jazz singer, a pretzel maker, a vacuum cleaner saleswoman and a lyrics writer for the alternative band, Pleazin Iris. And this is all while raising three sons.

Like me, she’s a student of metaphysics.

“But even though I was fascinated, I’d never really put it into practice. I always saw it as esoteric, not something you used in your every day life,” she told me.

So, she did the Volkswagen Jetta experiment, the one that proves “You impact the field (of potentiality) and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations.”

Rather than feathers or cars, she decided to look for polka-dots.

“I saw polka-dots everywhere,” she says. “Practically everyone I saw that day was wearing polka-dots. It was uncanny.”

So then she decided to use the principle to bring in some cash. Within three weeks, she won an unexpected $88,000 and another $10,000 in free jewelry.

“It was serendipitous. I sold my corporation last year. I’m waiting on a new job. I have kids in college. So finding your book was just what I needed, a reminder that things come flying to you when you make the intention and get out of the way,” she says.

Next, she’s going for a $750,000 condo in Nashville and knowing Nandini, it won’t be long. I’ll post pictures.

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

Use this year’s 525,600 minutes to write a different story on your etch-a-sketch

“Refuse to be sidetracked into detours and illusions.”
—Course in Miracles

You’ve heard it a million times: George Santayana’s famous line that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

I’d like to take this opportunity to point out that it is ONLY our remembrance of the past that condemns us to repeat it. If we got up every morning with a completely clean Etch-a-Sketch, with not an iota of an idea of how so and so reacts or which dangerous road we think our world is heading or even what the status of our financial situation is, we would be free to write a brand new story.

We are the creators of our reality, but, instead of using this oh-so-awesome gift, we have the tendency to create our reality based on the past. We get up each day and focus on the same-ole, same-ole we created yesterday.

What’s even worse is yesterday’s same-ole, same-ole is filtered through our fears and illusions so the “past we’re condemned to repeat” isn’t even accurate.

I think it’s also important to remind you that you are the captain of your thoughts, the boss of your etch-a-sketch and that, at any time, you can throw yesterday’s memories overboard. You can use your will to create a brand new reality. I mean, starting from scratch.

Nobody’s forcing you to focus on anything. You get to choose.

Why write the same old soap opera? Why assume today is going to be just like yesterday? Do you really know for certain that your boss is an a-hole? That your partner is going to defy your needs?

What if they only act like that because that’s what you draw out of them with old expectations? Why not decide right now to draw out a more pleasing reality. You get to choose. Always!

I’m a student of “A Course in Miracles.” Its main thesis boils down to forgiveness which doesn’t mean forgiving someone for yesterday’s wrong. It means letting yesterday go and not making the assumption that the blessed NOW will be a re-run.

There’s no reason it has to be except your decision to “remember the past.”

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

“I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past.”–Thomas Jefferson

“To hold fast to history is to be swept aside.”
–John F. Kennedy

I’m not psychic, but I’m pretty sure that 100 years from now (hopefully sooner), future generations are going to look back at our belief in separation and limits and wonder, “What were they thinking? How could they be so misinformed?”

They’ll scratch their heads at our refusal to use our innate power in much the same way we look back at the Roman Circuses. “Are you kidding me?” we think, “How could thousands of people sit around drinking wine and being entertained by lions ripping gladiators apart?”

They’ll consider it a laughable curiosity that we treated ourselves this way, that we chose to suffer when right on the other side of the veil is everything we could possibly want.

And it’s all so easy and natural. It’s just that our beliefs that we have no power blocks Truth.

My lesson in “A Course in Miracles” today is “Let me recognize my problems have been solved.” In a nutshell, it encourages me (and everyone else who is following along the Course this year) to free ourselves of problems that do not exist.

We literally weaken ourselves when we put all our energy into trying to figure everything out. By focusing on the process (the learning, the studying, the mindless activity) instead of putting our attention on what we REALLY WANT, we strip ourselves of our power.

In other words, we bring to the table the part of us that came up with the error in the first place. We actually buy that the “imposter,” the voice I call my “Inner Salieri” is where we’ll find answers.

The side effect of this ridiculous notion of limitation and separation is we live at half throttle. By not exercising and delighting in our inherent abilities, we fail to use our inherent gifts. We actually live out the outdated Roman Circus-like notion that we are weak and incapable of creating our lives.

Future generations will also consider it freakishly odd that we felt so guilty and didn’t have the fun and joy we are entitled to. They just won’t understand why we didn’t relish in our creative powers. They’ll puzzle,”They had this amazing gift and they left it sitting in the corner, unwrapped.”

For what it’s worth, future generations, I’m doing my part now (even as we speak) to get up every day, pronounce that something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today and to spend my day in unadulterated wonderment at all the world’s blessings and miracles.

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

It takes a village to raise a child….and do lots of other things.

“Social media has sparked a revelation that we, the people, have a voice, and through the democratization of content and ideas we can once again unite around common passions, inspire movements, and ignite change.”
― Brian Solis

I am so excited right now that it’s hard to even sit down and write this post. Why am I so excited? Because of you, because of me, because of all of us working together to change the dominant paradigm. And social media, which I used to avoid (I was a journalist, after all), has flung wide doors for all of us to expand how we see things.

You know how geese, when flying south for the winter, fly in a giant V? No, they’re not advertising the political thriller “V for Vendetta.” They fly in that formation because, together, they increase their flying range by 72 percent. All of us working…I actually prefer the term “PLAYING”…together with social media, with the connections we make on the web, can “do this thing,” this “thing” being to change the world and the way we view it.

We are all connected and we all love each other and I am getting so much support from all of you, be it reviews on Amazon, or emails from readers who are telling me about the most AMAZING things that are happening as they change their consciousness, that my faith has been amped up to a whole new level.

Last week, my new internet friend, Michelle Dobbins, was kind enough to run an interview with me on her uber-fantastic blog, Daily Alchemy. The subtitle alone is enough to make me fall in love: Tips, “spells” and true stories of magic, creation and love in everyday life. She’s a Unitic, a raver and a fabulous mother. She and her kids rave (that’s a term for blasting out gratitude) together. Can you imagine how powerful that is? To teach your kids that life is meant to be unceasingly joyful? That’s Michelle and before I post her interview, I want to tell you a story that proves how awesome this woman is.

And, yes, it relates back to birds. Or rather feathers.

When she was doing Experiment #2 in E-Squared (proving the Volkswagen Jetta Principle that “We impact the Field of Potentiality and Draw from it According to our Beliefs and Expectations”), she decided to manifest white feathers. Within hours of making that intention, she and her family, stuck in traffic, noticed thousands of white feathers along the side of the road. It went on for five miles.

“I don’t know if a truck full of down feathers had a spill or what, but it was crazy how many feathers there were,” she says. “And then, when we arrived back home, there was a single white feather laying on our welcome mat. We were all laughing at the abundance of white feathers. It was like the universe was saying ‘I can give you so much more than what you ask for.”

And with that story, let’s get right into the interview.

1. I love your Monday raves. Especially that you do it with your kids. Every mom should take note. How did you get started on this practice?

I started raving a few years ago, when I learned it from Lola Jones who has classes on divineopenings.com. I loved the idea because it feels a little more vibrant than a gratitude list, which is a wonderful practice, too. My kids and I rave about things that have happened and also, about things we are anticipating. We started a “good things” jar this year to write down raves, so we can read them on New Years Eve and celebrate.

2. Gratitude (or raving or whatever you want to call it) has so many positive benefits. Tell me about some you’ve noticed in your own life?

Wow, so many things. When you focus on what’s positive in your life, it attracts more positive things. I know it’s made my entire family happier and we just seem to enjoy each others’ company more. That is really one of the most important benefits. However, we’ve had a lot of other wonderful blessings come since we started practicing raving. We bought our dream house with a beautiful oasis and pool in the backyard. It was so easy. The money we needed came almost magically and we were able to buy the house for way less than it appraised for. Everything just lined up for us. It seems like life just goes more smoothly than it used to. I always get the coolest clerks and counter people at stores. I have met some of the most upbeat, fun people. Just by becoming more positive, I believe you attract them to you.

3. Tell me more about your business. Your writing? Your angel card readings? How did you come to bless the world in this way?

My personal mission is to be a vortex of positive thought and joy in the world. One of the ways I plan to do that is through fiction writing, but I decided to find as many ways as possible to spread joy and inspire others and that’s how Daily Alchemy came about. I have done angel cards readings for friends and acquaintances for years, so it was a natural gift to share through my blog. Right now, I’m developing some ways to offer more through my blog, perhaps with on-line courses or e-books. I’m also editing a novel and halfway through a first draft of another. I’m in the beginning steps of creating a business around my joy, but while in that process I’m giving as much inspiration out as I can. I bring my spirituality into our heating and cooling business. I visualize our perfect customers finding us and enjoying and raving about our services. I intend that their lives will be blessed through their connection with us. It must work because we have the best customers.

4. You run an in-home business, right? That seems to be a growing trend. Tell me how you make that work?

I started out as a school teacher and I married a heating and air conditioning technician. When I had my first child I wanted to stay with her, so we quit our jobs and started our own heating and cooling business. No capital, just an office in our house and a small yellow pages ad, but we believed we could. We worked out of our home for nine years and I loved it so much. Three years ago we bought a commercial building and moved our heating and cooling company there, so now I work three five-hour days a week there and the rest of the time I work from home, writing. This was a big manifestation for my husband and me. I didn’t want to leave my children in day care or with a babysitter. We had a strong desire and belief and we not only did it, we made more money that first year than when we both had worked for other people. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something or you need money or connections. All you need is a desire and positive expectations and God (or the Universe, your higher self, whatever term works for you) will lead you once you take that first step.

5. I notice that you’re a Unitic (person who attends Unity or follows their principles.) I’d love to hear how you got involved and how it has influenced your life?

I found the Unity church when I was 22. I was struggling. My fiancé at the time had developed severe mental health difficulties and had tried to commit suicide. His parents took him away to be hospitalized and I was alone in a city where I didn’t know many people and I was devastated that my life had taken this turn. I needed peace and began searching for a church I could believe in. I searched phone books and on-line, but couldn’t find anything. Then, one day I was driving and got lost. I pulled in a parking lot to turn around or ask for directions. I looked up and saw I sign the said Christ Church Unity. I went in and life has never been the same. Everything suddenly made sense to me. Everything the minister said, I understood on a deep level. It was really my first conscious manifestation and it led to all the rest.

6. Lastly, what is the thing you’re most excited about right now?

I’m excited to see how Daily Alchemy develops and to create ways to inspire more people though the site. I’m, also, eager to get some of my fiction writing out into the world. I know the next few years are going to be loads of fun. My first novel has a working title of The Bliss Babe. Bliss Monroe ends up being unwillingly recruited as a Fantasy Fulfillment Agent. She has one month to make three people’s dreams come true before she can have her own wish. It is law of attraction, magical realism story. I’m currently editing it and plan to start submitting it in about 3 months.

Thank you, Michelle!!!

Hello!!! Do you really want to hang on so tightly to that idea?

“It’s not what you don’t know that kills you, it’s what you know for sure that just ain’t true.”
–Mark Twain

If you’re a parent, your kids have undoubtedly accused you of T.M.I. It stands for “too much information.” That’s what I want to address today.

Over our lifetime, we receive T.M.I., most of which is T.M.F.I. (“too much false information.”) I’m talking about such accepted concepts as:

“Life is hard.”
“It takes a long time to accomplish anything of value.”
“Relationships are continuously challenging.”

These accepted bits of information are what British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins calls “memes.” In short, it’s a concept that explains how ideas, behaviors and styles spread from person to person within a culture. Like genes, they self-replicate, mutate and are capable of playing havoc with our lives.

Most of us are unaware of how big a role memes play in the way we experience life. They’re like the kitchen junk drawer that’s filled with a bunch of forgotten items: a dried up magic marker, rusty scissors, old birthday cards from people you don’t even remember and keys that probably used to open something although you’re not sure what.

For those of us interested in manifesting and creating our own reality, it’s important to clean out the junk drawer, to examine the memes that run our belief systems.

Here are a couple popular memes I have decided to abandon:

1. “It’s necessary to get 8 hours of sleep.”

Who came up with that figure? It certainly wasn’t Thomas Edison who liked to boast that he slept but three or four hours a night and that he sometimes worked for 72 hours straight. The Course in Miracles makes it very clear that the only thing that makes us tired is our thoughts. And, of course, our commitment to the meme that you MUST get eight hours of sleep.

That particular meme has been a boon for the pharmaceutical industry that has made a killing out of Ambien and other sleep drugs.

I prefer this meme: “I always get the right amount of sleep.”

2. “If you’re overweight, you should diet.”

Ahhhhh, right? Whoever generated that particular meme should be marched to the guillotine. Dieting only resets your metabolism lower. It should be obvious to all of us that diets DO NOT WORK!! Except for the diet industry that has made billions off that big, fat lie.

I prefer this meme: “I can eat whatever I want and maintain a perfect weight.”

3. “It’s imperative to work really hard if you want to make money.”

Riddle me this? Who works harder? The 8-hour a day factory worker or Donald Trump? Some of the poorest people I know slave away at minimum wage jobs, putting in more and more hours trying to get ahead.

My meme of choice regarding finances is this: “The more fun I have in my work, the more money I make.”

What are some of the memes that run your life?

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

Do your beliefs block the flow of the world’s limitless abundance?

“A child of God is a magnet for all things good.”
–Marianne Williamson

I’m more or less illiterate when it comes to anything electrical. I know what a plug looks like and I know how to attach it to a wall socket. Beyond that, I draw a blank.

But there’s a device used in electronics that provides a good metaphor for understanding why some intentions are so easy to manifest and why others seem darned near impossible.

The device is called a resistor and basically (All you electricians out there, please forgive my simplistic explanation) what it does is reduce the amount of electrical current flowing through a circuit. Resistors limit the number of electrons that can flow past a given point at any one time.

Our beliefs about ourselves and about the way the world works serve as resistors, blocking the flow of the world’s limitless abundance. Our beliefs are the brakes that stop the natural, always-flowing current of good.

Let me give you an example. Most people believe money is limited and hard to come by. That’s a resistor.

On the other hand, they don’t believe health or intelligence is limited. Just because I’m healthy doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy, too. Steven Hawking’s brilliant intellect doesn’t prevent Matt Groening or Steven Spielberg from using their brain power.

But when it comes to abundance, the belief there’s only so much to go around is a big, fat resistor, much better at blocking the flow than tungsten, carbon and other popular resistors.

The other family-size resistor is believing you know how to best accomplish a particular goal. Let’s take traveling, a popular intention for many. Most people I talk to believe the best way to become a world traveler is to get a job so they can accumulate enough money and vacation time to visit say, Cape Town or Monte Carlo or even Denver, Colorado.

I, on the other hand, had no expectations one way or another. I knew I had a burning desire to travel, but I had nary a clue how to make that happen. What I did have is the wherewithal to acknowledge I had no clue. It was abundantly clear to me that if I was going to jet around the world, my only option was to give it up to the universe.

I let it go completely, trusting the universe was a heck of a lot smarter and more abundant than me.

Instead of following the “accepted path” of slaving away and accumulating money and vacation time, I now travel for free. The universe led me into travel writing, an occupation I’m not even sure I knew existed when I first made the declaration that I wanted to be a world traveler.

Money? Who needs money?

In the world of electronics, resistors sometimes come in handy (they can create heat and light), but for me, who longs for a life of ease and grace, I prefer to keep the flow as wide open as I possibly can.

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

Let the universe do the heavy lifting.

“Thank you for lifting this corner of the curtain so I can see the Truth, maybe for just a moment, but in a way that might change life forever.”
—Ann Lamott


As anyone who has read my book, E-Squared, knows, I’m prone to looking for and acting on signs from the Big Guy. Recently, I’ve had two questions about the same issue so that tells me it’s time to address.

Here’s 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.