“We can make ourselves miserable or we can make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”–Carlos Castaneda
So I’m in Denver, prepping for tonight’s workshop. So if you’re planning to be there, this post will either serve as a trailer (it’ll make you really excited) or it could be all you need.
ACIM 228 is about getting out of our own way. It’s about recognizing our innate beauty, about no longer putting ourselves down.
In fact, the only problems any of us really have is that we view ourselves differently than our Source views us. Our Source sees us as perfect, funny, loving, gorgeous, free of all problems. We’re the ones who block that truth.
So here’s the outline, the hypotheses we will explore at tonight’s Denver playshop:
1. Joy is your natural state. We aren’t in touch with it because we live in problem state, not possibility state. Once we wipe away all the mind chatter, joy is what’s left.
2. All answers to all perceived problems come easily and smoothly once you contact and access this natural state.
3. Abundance is the state of the world without our muted lens.
4. Everything you are seeking is also seeking you. The answer is already here or it’s on the way.
“If your mind isn’t cluttered by unnecessary things, this could be the best day of your life.”—From a message left on my voicemail by The Zing of the Possibility Alliance
Some authors write about changing your life through healthy eating. Or meditating. Others suggest writing affirmations or visualizing
As for me, I offer one easy message: Open your joy channels.
When you get happy, the largesse of the universe can’t help but rush in.
It’s so easy that most people walk right by it, they roll their eyes and think, “Sure, Pam! It can’t be that easy.”
So I’ll say it one more time. It really IS that easy.
In my power posse yesterday, we had a blast sharing stories about just this topic. We decided that part of our mission and why we love this group SO FRICKIN’ MUCH is because we take time to register, to note, to document (well, we don’t really write it down) how frequently the universe works in our favor.
Frank brought in a stuffed monkey (says he’s doing the extra credit from Experiment One in E-Cubed), Nikki told us about the free pizza she won after taking the day off work and Rhonda shared this story that clearly demonstrates the awesome fact that celebrating life brings more to celebrate.
She and her husband, an architect, went to an awards banquet at a small Catholic college where he’s doing some design work. Sitting behind them was a table of eight or so nuns. They were all somewhere between 60 and 90 years old, Rhonda said
“Now, I’ve been to lots of these banquets and they’re always nice, polite affairs. But at this one, after all the awards had been given and the ceremonies had commenced, a DJ came out and started playing dance music,” Rhonda said. “My jaw nearly dropped.”
And as Kool and the Gang started in with “Celebrate Good Times,” those nuns got up and started dancing. Really getting into it.
“They didn’t sit down once,” Rhonda said. “And then the emcee got up to pull a name out of the hat for the grand prize trip to Ireland.”
You guessed it?
“Mary Katherine!” One of the “We’re gonna have a good time tonight” nuns.
If you’re anywhere near Denver this coming weekend, Rhonda and I will be at the Hay House “I Can Do It” conference. I’m giving a workshop on Sunday and we’re both psyched about meeting Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay (we’re affirming she’s going to make a surprise appearance), Cheryl Richardson and all the other cool Hay House authors. It’s not too late to get a ticket.
And in the meantime, tell me in the comments section below what you’re going to do today to “Celebrate Good Times.”
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 recently-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.
“Go in your pocket, pull out your wallet, put it in the air and sing.”–Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars
You’ve heard the phrase: “be careful what you wish for.” This is a story about that very adage.
Five months ago, I was in Denver on a travel assignment. And because travel assignments always entail getting to do “really cool things,” you won’t be surprised to hear that I was given the rare opportunity to not only visit Red Rocks, the magical outdoor venue that, to performers, is considered the holy grail of places you want to play, but I got to go backstage and hang out in the 300 million-year-old sandstone cave-like rooms where musicians hang before their sets.
I sat on the very couch Macklemore (who I love with all my heart and soul) had sat on just one month earlier when playing for Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks. I got to linger in the hidden tunnel beneath the stage where hundreds of famous musicians have signed their names. As I said in one of the articles I wrote about this trip, it felt like getting to mecca.
Every inch of the walls, steps and electrical wiring in this tunnel leading to the sound engineering room is covered with autographs: everyone from John Mayer, Sting and Santana to perennial favorite The Grateful Dead.
So what did I do? I took a deep breath, grabbed for my pen and signed my name along with the many recording artists that I’ve sung to, danced to and loved since I first turned on a radio.
So fast forward to today, less than 150 days later. I am heading to a real live recording studio to record (don’t worry I won’t be singing) the audio book of E-Squared.
It wasn’t just my “what I wish for.” Dozens of readers have emailed me with some version of this message: “Where do I find an audio book of E-squared? I want to listen while I drive to work, to New York, to my Aunt Bertha’s house for Thanksgiving……”
So together, I believe we called this forth. Me in a recording studio and a soon-to-be-available audio version of E-Squared.
So here’s to Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Phish, Poison, Buck Owens, Bruno Mars and Travie McCoy (who, instead of wanting to be on the cover of Rolling Stone, decided to “be on the cover of Forbes with Oprah and the Queen)!
As Bruno Mars told Forbes when they featured him in their annual billionaires’ issue (He wrote the song, I want to be a billionaire so frickin’ bad), “The inspiration behind that song was, I was tired of spending half my day worrying about what I can and can’t spend on whatever.
“I wouldn’t have to worry about, you know, ‘I can’t afford to get breakfast, so I’ll wait until lunchtime to eat.’ If I was a billionaire, none of that would matter. I’d be eating diamond cereal.”
So, he wrote the song and a few months later, he was playing the track “Nothing on You,” which went on to get multiple Grammy nominations. Can’t say if he’s a billionaire, but as I said, “be careful what you wish for.”
I don’t wish to be a billionaire or be on the cover of Rolling Stone (not that I’d turn either down), but what I wish for “so freakin’ bad” is that peace will enter each of our hearts and spread like a Colorado wildfire across the planet.
Wish me luck in the recording studio.
Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.
“Behold infinity every day and all that you see shall be given you.”—Glenda Green
I’m writing a story this week about Denver’s Rockmount Ranch Wear. It’s a six-decade business that was started by “Papa” Jack Weil who joyously ran the company until he was 107. He showed up every day, sat at his little wooden desk in the front of the store and was widely regarded as the world’s oldest CEO.
He wasn’t, as far as I know, a student of metaphysics, but the reason his business was so successful and that his snap-button Western shirts are the go-to shirt for everyone from Eric Clapton and Tom Hanks to Robert Redford and Paul McCartney (he wore not one, but two different Rockmount shirts the night he hosted Saturday Night Live) is because Papa Jack believed the following things:
“It’s not who you are that matters. It’s what your dreams are.” Papa Jack’s grandson, Steve, runs the business today. He wrote a book called Ask Papa Jack: Wisdom of the World’s Oldest CEOthat gives powerful insight into that magical component of always believing in possibilities, in dreams, in what could be. Forget what looks like reality. Dream! That’s where everything comes from anyway.
“The government predicts possible 7 percent unemployment. If it goes to 10 percent, there will still be 90 percent working, consuming, buying.” Wow! By focusing on what’s working (Nine-tenths of the population is still out there consuming), you get more of what’s working. Most of us zero right in on that 10 percent figure, on the thing that isn’t working. Well, guess what? You get more of what isn’t working. It’s like the speck and infinity I talked about yesterday. Why focus on anything but what you want?
“I was always thinking of something new. And I never stopped enjoying myself, not for a minute.” He nailed it on the head with that one. Love what you do. It’s the door to everything. Enjoy yourself and never STOP enjoying yourself, not for even one split moment. The reason Ang Lee used Rockmount Shirts in his Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain (the shirts worn by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal are forever entwined and displayed at L.A’s Autry National Center) is because he could feel the love Papa Jack put into all of his products, into creating, into dreaming.
“Every morning I read the obits, and if my name is not there, I get dressed and go to work.” Papa Jack had a great sense of humor. He believed in making things fun. If it isn’t fun, why bother? That’s the key. Always focus on the fun. Infuse joy and delight into everything you do.
“Relationships are everything.” Papa Jack was forever baffled at the popularity of his shirts with such headline-makers as Ronald Reagan, Elvis Presley and even Miley Cyrus. But he was every bit as personable and valued his relationships with every customer, which when it comes to business (and pretty much everything else) is all that really matters.
So yeah, Papa Jack probably never read “The Secret” or studied the law of attraction, but because of his gut instincts and knowing on a deep, visceral level that relationships, love, joy and creativity are the bottom line, he created a life (and a business) that lives on long after he’s gone.
Pam Grout is the author of E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.