5 reasons I adore Russell Brand

“Anyone that galvanizes people and points us to the better aspects of ourselves is worthy of being a hero.”—Russell Brand

Top reasons to love Russell Brand:

5. He pals around with the Dalai Lama.
4. He passes out hugs to prevent road rage.
3. He meditates.
2. He’s authentic, has huge cojones (I mean, what other dude would have the nerve to call his memoir, Bookywooky?) and he’s using his life to change the dominant paradigm.
1. This fab video below says it all:

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

“The more people we connect with, the more doors the universe has to work through.”@Michelle Dobbins

“Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its intensity. Give me your hand.” –Rilke

Michelle Dobbins, my fellow fist bumper and internet buddy, ran a wonderful blog post yesterday about the “Six Degrees of Connection.”

In a nutshell, that’s what non-locality is all about. It’s the 101 Dalmatians Principle I talk about it my book. It’s the immutable fact that: “You are connected to everything and everyone else in the Universe.”

And since I know a lot of you are trying to get an audience with an agent or a publisher or maybe even Ellen DeGeneres, I’d like to offer this encouraging story that illustrates how you are connected to everyone from the Dalai Lama and Hilary Clinton to Joseph Campbell and the brilliant guy who proclaimed one of the most profound and oft-repeated phrases in the English language: “All men are created equal.”

For those whose history is a bit rusty, that man was Thomas Jefferson and here’s how you are less than four degrees (forget Kevin Bacon) away from each of them.

When visionary Jean Houston was but three years old, she was at a parade in her hometown of New York City. A wrinkled old codger wearing a confederate soldier’s uniform (hey, nobody’s perfect) came up and shook her hand. He said, “Little girl, you are shaking the hand of a guy who once shook the hand of Thomas Jefferson.”

And since I’ve shaken Jean Houston’s hand, even hugged her at workshops she used to give in Overland Park, Kansas, that means you are but four degrees away from one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. And since Jean has also been known to hug the Dalai Lama, proffer advice to Hilary Clinton and trade mythology with Joseph Campbell, well, you are within three connections of each of them. Isn’t that cool?

I like to think of those beautiful human bonds whenever I get discouraged or overwhelmed by the issues in the news. It’s tempting to wonder what I, one solitary person from Kansas, can do to solve the political chasm, what I, a single mom with a couple twitter followers, can do to stop gun violence.

And then I remember. I can invite my neighbor over for ham and eggs. I can bake a casserole for the new mom that just came home from the hospital. And I can know with complete certainty that I am but an intention away from every single 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.

“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.