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“I have drunken deep of joy,
And I will taste no other wine tonight.”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley joy-is-the-best-makeup-joy-quotes

Today, according to my Scrabble buddy Christine Smith, is International Buy a Priest a Beer Day, Opposite Day, Banana Day and Wonderful Weirdoes Day.

It’s also the perfect day to share a few new stories. Enjoy!

1. “I’d love to share something that happened yesterday, following my first “party game” from “Thank and Grow Rich.” It totally brightened my day.

“In the morning, I wrote on a Post-It note “Something magical is going to happen to me today” (making a little heart sign right after “today”). After work, I met up with 4 of my girlfriends: we usually meet in the city center, as we all live in different parts of the city. But yesterday, for the first time, everyone came to my neighborhood. After drinks, we decided to grab a bite to eat. I suggested the Italian restaurant near my apartment. Well, something magical did happen, which had not occurred before, in the 10 YEARS I have been going there with my boyfriend or my family. When the waiter brought us pizzas, we saw that the chef had made them heart-shaped for all of us! We were treated like queens the entire night. One of the most fun dinner experiences I have ever had!”

2. Yesterday, I wrote to Elena asking for permission to use the above story. Turns out there’s this addendum:

“I started doing one experiment a day since September 1st and I am blown away by the immediate results I’ve been getting. Aside from the amusing heart-shaped pizza (Party Game #1), I have also received some amazing financial benefits in the last week. I am a documentary filmmaker / public speaker and I routinely take my film on tour. Just this past week, two universities doubled my rate (from the original one we had discussed) and one even doubled the number of hotel nights they’re offering me (“just in case there are weather problems”). Needless to say, this has never happened before. Now every time I check my email, my heart is filled with so much joy and positive expectation, thinking “I wonder what amazing thing comes next.” Thank you for being the catalyst for such positive change in my life. Once I finish Thank and Grow Rich, I plan on starting again the party games on October 1st and doing one every day, just like I’m doing now. And then again in November… and December…

3. “I’ve been an actively manifesting since E-Squared, but have still not ‘fully surrendered’ to the fun joy ride the Universe is giving free tickets out for.

“This morning I prayed for the first time since I was 18. But this time I let go of the resistance I had towards my biblical understanding of prayer and just let it all out. I demanded help from the universe to prove to me that I didn’t need to try and control or worry about a thing.

I went for a walk on my lunch break and as I walked passed a woman I’ve never seen before in my entire life, she smiled from ear to ear, looked me in the eye, pointed to the sky and said “he’s listening, he’s really listening.”

Goosebumps and fist pumps followed as I laughed with the pure joy of the universe giving me the go ahead to let it all go and have fun.”

Thanks for sharing, my friends. Drink deep of joy this beautiful September weekend. Make it the best one of your life.

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

Empirical evidence is in the eyes of the beholder

“Just because something is rampant in your civilization doesn’t mean it has to express itself in your life.”–Abraham-Hicks

Despite what it says in the newspaper, despite what your mother told you, despite what society insists is rock solid truth, it’s important to remember Shakespeare’s adage, “Nothing is either good nor bad. Only thinking makes it so.”

Your thinking regulates what is allowed into your life experience and what boogies on over to the next guy. You get to decide. You have the final say.

And since my thinking believes in miracles, magic and moving right past the bouncer who says, “You can’t go in,” I hear stories like this each and every day.

1. “I’ve been reading E-Squared the past week. I was reading it in a coffee shop, and I decided to attempt to call out the FP. I noticed a man reading on the other side of the shop. I said “if all this is real, have this man look up and stare directly at me.”

“He didn’t. I didn’t loose the faith, just forgot about it and went about my day. Later, I was eating at a diner. Over the loud speaker came a song by an artist called St Vincent. The lyric goes “did you ever really stare at me….?”

“I thought that was funny and hadn’t heard the song in a while. I pay for my meal and as I enter into the street I start singing the song, “did you ever really stare at me?.” I take not but 5 steps until I’m met with the direct stare of the man from the coffee shop.”

2. “In summer 2014, I met a beautiful guy. He was absolutely amazing, he was funny, he was a musician and even though I was overweight and my confidence was big as a nail, he was kind to me and he treated me as a beautiful woman. I fell in love with him in one night. When we met again, he was acting like a jerk. But I was so in love with him that I gave him your book to read. And guess what? He started to change. Since we first met, he changed a lot. You changed my life and the life of my boyfriend from a womanizer to a kind, beautiful person.

“He told me to send you his thanks, too. And there is one more thing that I wanted to tell you. I lost 12 kilograms and found out I want to be a singer. I was fighting thoughts of not being worthy, but now I am taking classes, getting better and I have had three concerts.

3. “ I did this experiment 3 weeks ago. The night of the first 24 hours I decided I wanted to go to Japan (knowing that if I keep being positive it will come together). The next night I had stayed at my partners and we discussed what we wanted to do in Japan, where we wanted to stay and all that jazz. The next morning when I got home, my mum said, “I have a gift for you” and there it was–a Japanese hand fan (she knew nothing about the experiment or Japan). I knew in that moment that the field of potentiality was very real.‬‬”

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 its equally-scintillating sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

Blessings are everywhere—even in your driveway

“Standing on the corner of awesome and bombdigity.”—Shared by a reader on my Twitter feed

In E-Cubed (that comes out in 13 days, not that I’m counting?), there’s a chapter called “Well, duh!” In it, I share miracle stories from readers of E-Squared who wrote to me with the awesome results of their experiments.

Hearing these stories makes me bounce around like Tigger. Telling them only elevates the bounce. Here are a couple I heard today:

A reader in Duluth was doing the Dude Abides experiment, asking for a blessing, a sign that she was loved by the universe. Although I encourage people to refrain from specifying the blessing, she thought to herself, “wouldn’t it be cool if I got a crystal agate.” Evidently, she had studied geology and was interested in rocks.

Well, the next day she came home (from where I’m not sure) and sitting near her driveway was the biggest crystal agate she had ever seen.

A friend from one of my power posses was recounting her circumstances at our last get-together when another member posed the question, “Well, what exactly do you need?”

It stopped her in her tracks and she said, “I need a vacuum cleaner.” We all laughed and said, “Better make room for a new vacuum cleaner.”

This morning, she returned to our breakfast meeting filled with all kinds of amazing manifestations and then she stopped, “Oh, I forgot to tell you. I went home last Sunday and there, in my driveway, was a vacuum cleaner.”

Moral of this story? Pay attention to your driveway.

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.

Four major stages of consciousness–where’s your tent pitched?

“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.”
― Eckhart Tolle

When first crafting the spiritual/energy principles to be tested in E-Squared, I spent many an hour pondering the wording. On several, I stated “your thoughts and your consciousness” impact….this or that.

Part of me wondered, “Isn’t that redundant?” Writers would rather poke knitting needless in their eyes than be redundant. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that thoughts and consciousness, while certainly joined at the hip, are two different animals.

Thoughts are derived from our consciousness, but it’s our consciousness that provides the framework, the meat, the juice, the final answer. It’s the level of our consciousness that shapes and molds the reality that plays out in our lives. And there are many levels of consciousness, each with different rules, principles, characteristics and attributes.

For example, if you reside in the victim consciousness (“Things happen TO me,” “Life sucks and then you die” are a few standard thoughts from this level.), you can affirm and intend all you want, but your consciousness, the driver of your reality, which believes affirmations and intentions are a bunch of hooey always gets the last word. When you spend most of your waking hours in that consciousness (and it’s a very popular consciousness), your channels are plugged up. All the good that wants to come your way can’t get through.

Because we live in a multi-dimensional universe, there are dozens of different levels of consciousness, oftentimes residing in one person. For the purpose of this discussion, I’ve broken it down into four major consciousness categories. Each of these levels has dozens of subsets, all that play out in different ways in our lives. Let’s just say that my goal is to move closer to level four.

1. “The damn, not again” consciousness. The starting gate for most of us is some manifestation of victim consciousness. It varies from person to person, but the over-arching theme is we have no control over anything that happens in our life. The best we can do is work really hard, cross our fingers and hope that all the “shit” we hear about out there will somehow escape us.

2. “The woo-hoo! This is getting cool!” consciousness. One of the next levels (again it plays out differently in each person) is where we realize we have a say. We learn there are energetic laws that are just as reliable as physical laws. We discover that our thoughts are units of mental energy that play out in the world just as powerfully as the principles of gravity or aerodynamics.

Usually we move in and out of this consciousness, mixing it up with other levels. We still feel separate and still retain some of that “poor me” consciousness. In fact, we spend nearly as much time talking about what we don’t want as what we do. We still believe the things we want are out there, in the future, something we have to strive for.

3. The “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” consciousness. I am very happy to report that I spent nearly the entire year of 2013 in this consciousness. I got up every morning, celebrating, feeling good. I got up on the right side of the bed nearly every morning and boy, did things come to fruition for me. My book hit the New York Times bestseller list. I traveled to six different countries on four different continents. I got all kinds of new writing gigs. Editors contacted ME which, if you’re a freelance writer, you’d know never happens. I got emails from people all over the world, telling me how much they liked my book. And while all that was really cool and I’m intending it to happen again in 2014, the best part really was how blessed I felt.

And this is where the distinction should be made. People believe they will be happy when they achieve a certain level of success, when they find the perfect lover, when they heal from cancer. But that’s not how it works. All those things are byproducts of being happy.

This is one chicken vs. the egg that is not in question. Being grateful, being happy, feeling blessed ALWAYS comes first. In fact, most people say that when their “stuff” finally comes, the material things they got into this “thoughts creating reality” business in the first place they realize they’re beside the point. And that the gift, the real gift, is the joy they now see in the little things—the cute little heart the barista made into the foam on the latte, the squirrel running along the fence in glee, the softness of cashmere sweater you pull over your head.


4. “I am one with all” consciousness.
In this consciousness, which I must admit is not yet a 24/7 theme for moi, there is no sense of separation from anything. This consciousness knows it is one with Source. It knows it’s an indelible part of the F.P. It knows you are an unlimited being, hooked up with all that is. In this consciousness, everything is eternal and everything else (your thoughts, your reality) is subservient to this bottom-line spiritual Truth. When we’re lucky enough to view life from this consciousness, we are totally surrendered to the “all that is” and know nothing is missing from our life. And, in fact, by yielding to that consciousness, by giving it permission to play out in our lives, we come to realize that all those little intentions and manifestations we so dutifully held in our consciousness are small potatoes compared to this. It’s so much bigger and grander and woo-hoo’er than anything we could have ever imagined.

It’s too late to undrink the kool-aid

“Pain is purposeless, without a cause and with no power to accomplish anything.”–A Course in Miracles

WordPress tells me that this blog post is my 200th since I began blogging 15 months ago. What a fabulous ride it has been. Despite my initial resistance, I discovered that I love blogging about these topics. Writing these posts is one of many highlights of my day.

The number 200 seems like a reason to celebrate and since I’m busy packing for my bucket list-crossing-off trip to Kenya tomorrow, I thought I’d post a sneak preview of the experiments you’ll be hearing about in E-Cubed, the sequel to E-Squared. I’d love to hear below what you think of these corollaries to the 9 principles of E-Squared.

Experiment # 1: The Red Pill Corollary or a Quick Refresher Course

Life emanates from me.

Experiment # 2: The Simon Cowell Corollary or Why you’re not Capable of Judging Anything

Nothing is absolute. Only our thinking makes it so.

Experiment #3: The “Everyone’s your Gayle King” Corollary or There is no “Them”

Being in love with everyone and everything brings you in alignment with the F.P.

Experiment #4: “Your new B.F.F. Corollary or “Money, it’s not complicated.”

Money is nothing but energy and a reflection of your beliefs

Experiment #5: The “Nature Vs. News” Corollary

The field of infinite potentiality offers a Divine 24/7 buzz.

Experiment #6: The “If you say so” Corollary or Your Words are the Wand that Shape your Life

You bring abundance and joy into your life once you stop talking smack about it.

Experiment #7: The Boogie-Woogie Corollary or The Importance of Not Being Earnest

The more fun you have, the better life works.

Experiment # 8: The Right Side of the Bed Corollary or The ten most important minutes of your day

Without cultural training, joy is your natural state.

Experiment # 9: The Ya-ba-da-ba-do Corollary

Life is miraculous and you can’t really die. Furthermore, transcendence is inevitable.

Appendix: The Bonus Marriage of Cana Experiment or It’s time to get D-O-W-N!!!

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 secret is to gang up on the problem.” —Thomas Stallkamp

“Each new friend gives rise to the possibility of anything!”
― Stephen Richards

If you’re a regular at this blog, you know how much I love my Lawrence power posses and how important I think it is for all of us to “gang up” on the problem of lack and limitation.

I am so thrilled that groups are forming all over the planet to talk about the principles in E-Squared. From what I hear, there are Facebook groups, Sunday discussion groups and well, I can’t even keep up with all the E-Squared activity.

Since I get together with my one of my posses every Sunday (they’re like my own personal pit crew who help me change my flat tires when I’m heading in the wrong direction), I often have a great story to tell on Monday.

Carla, who I quote quite often in this blog, told a story about being on tour in India with a friend who, out of the blue, said, “I’d like to go see the Bollywood movie, My Name is Kahn, tonight.”

“O–KAY!!,” Carla thought, wondering how her friend was going to make that happen since she didn’t have a car, didn’t know her way around and didn’t exactly have the skills to negotiate one of the most populated countries in the world.

Their tour bus pulled up to their new hotel later that afternoon and right across the street was a movie theater playing (drum roll, please) “My Name is Kahn.”

If you can name it, you can claim it.

Also want to share this new word that came from Rhonda, another regular from the posse:
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Have a great week, all you quanitrelles! Make it the best, most passionate of your life.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Today’s weather forecast: an ongoing avalanche of miracles and blessings

“Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?”
― M. Night Shyamalan

I’ve heard we teach what we want to know. Well, I’d hardly call myself a teacher. More like a never-ending student who likes to share her toys with others

But one thing I’m learning is that magic (or what we like to think of as magic) shows up as consistently as the postman once we’re open enough to let it in.

And while I’ve known that precious piece of info for some time, I get confirmation day after day as people send me their stories of doing the experiments in E-Squared. Here’s one I love that showed up last week:

Leslie Strom, who gave me permission to share this, was trying the Dude Abides Experiment, the one where you ask the Big Guy for a clear, unmistakable sign.

Here’s her lab report sheet—straight from the email she sent me:

Hour 12/48: Sunday morning, drove to Starbucks downtown Tacoma. Every stall was full of museum-goers’ cars. A car pulled out, I pulled in, and it was exactly in front of the door. Could not have been more perfect. I took it as a sign, and then requested another gift, something bigger.

Hour 39/48: Monday morning, drove to Starbucks Old Town Tacoma. Before I got out of the car, I checked my email on my phone. A company wants me to do all their HR forms exclusively. Our sales guy doesn’t know where the lead came from. I phone them. It’s a giant bucket of potential work. New business isn’t unexpected and potential isn’t a gift, really. So I asked for another gift, even more unmistakable.

Hour 42/48: Went home via 6th Avenue. Passed the Artco store, thought I’d run in to see if they carry watercolor postcard paper. Looking for art supplies, I stop cold. In the wall decorations section of the store, on an end cap, is a whimsical large sign in a vintage script that said:

IF YOU ARE WAITING FOR A SIGN, THIS IS IT.

Imagine standing in a crafts store full of purple glittery holiday stuff, thinking, “I still want another sign since I’m not sure those other things were actual signs,” and seeing this:

Exp 1 sign

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Abundance, hoarders and why I’m a whole lot richer than Donald Trump

“I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine
Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen.”—Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars

I didn’t make Forbes’ list of billionaires in 2013. Unlikely, I’ll make it next year either. But I do know a secret that makes me deserving of the list.

I know with complete certainty that the world is limitless, abundant and strangely-accommodating. I also know that anything I could ever need or want is as easy to manifest as plugging in the toaster.

Take the last couple months, for example. I’ve spent the night in a Sultan’s Palace in Istanbul, the same palace that hosted Oprah, Madonna and Kobe Bryant. I’ve been on safari in Namibia, walked the beaches of Florida’s Anna Maria Islands.

Those billionaires? I doubt they could spare the time.

In fact, the only difference between me and “The Donald” is I choose not to carry my riches around. It’s comforting to know that anything I could ever want to do is available to me, but why flaunt it or drag around a bunch of material baggage?

In fact, I’d like to argue that amassing $7 billion, the dollar amount Trump claims to be worth, is not that different than hoarding old newspapers, leaky buckets and all the other junk collecting in the homes of the dysfunctional folks we watch on the A&E show, “Hoarders.”

No, my role model is Peace Pilgrim who, when she was very young, made an important discovery: “Making money is easy.”

Which is why she could give up her earthly possessions and walk around the world with nothing but the clothes on her back. As she said about her 28-year-old journey, “Life is full. Life is good. I have a feeling of always being surrounded by all of the good things, like love and peace and joy. It’s like a protective surrounding.”

That’s all anyone really needs. To know with sure conviction that “the world is limitless, abundant and strangely accommodating.”

Seems like a pretty good Thanksgiving notion to me.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Lack is a mirage. The three best strategies for getting to the holy land.

“Avail yourself of possibilities.”—Mike Dooley

Peter Jackson was paid $20 million for the script of King Kong. You’re not getting paid to create drama, so methinks it’s time to write a different script. Here’s how:

1. Give yourself an Academy Award for the amazing “drama” you’ve created thus far. In a world that brims with beauty and plentitude, the fact that you have been able to create such a convincing “story” of lack and struggle is truly an accomplishment. The special effects you have employed to overlook the world’s unending largesse are truly mind-bending. Take a bow and ask yourself, “If I have been this successful at creating separation and pain (and believe me, we’re all worthy of gold medals) what else might I create with a little imagination?”


2. Use the feeling for rocket fuel.
Once you get it that everything is your creation, you can use the emotions, the intense feeling to propel you into a different story. The only reason you’re still starring in the same, worn-out show (it should have been cancelled in 1989 when Seinfield went off the air) is because you’ve pitched a tent. You’ve completely forgotten that there are lots of other destinations on the map. Because you endlessly harp about “where you are” and “what’s going wrong,” you’ve driven in the stakes. At any time, you can move to a different location, a different story, a different reality.

3. Zip it up. With our words, we prophesy the future. You may not like the site of your present tent, but there is no need to tell the world about it. Use your words (do I sound like a parent or what?) to tell a more pleasing story. No matter where you’re camped, there are blessings and miracles nearby. Instead of belly-aching about the script, the campsite, the life you’re currently experiencing, focus in on everything that’s going right. Use your words to vocalize that. Once you begin to use your laser superpowers for possibilities, miracles and joy, you will suddenly find yourself on a whole new stage, accepting a whole new Oscar.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

More evidence that I’m the luckiest person on the planet.

“Change your narrative, change your life.” –Joan Borysenko


As anyone who reads this blog knows, I consider myself one supremely lucky gal. I sit here in my little Kansas office and, because I believe in the world’s unlimited good and expect to find unceasing joy, the most amazing things come pouring in. In the last month alone, I’ve been invited to Turkey (where I’m going in September for a travel assignment) and Namibia (where I’m going in October for yet another assignment).

Because I’ve let go of trying to figure everything out, a skill I discovered I was sorely lacking in, the universe has stepped up to bless me beyond anything I could have ever conceived.

Lately, I’ve been blessed with hundreds of inspiring stories that show up in my inbox completely unbidden. I’ve always been a huge fan of inspiring literature, so now I just turn on my computer and voila! manifestation stories out the wazoo.

For example, Lori from Missouri was conducting the Dear Abby experiment, where you ask for specific guidance around some issue that’s troubling you. Here’s what she wrote:

“My question was should I go ahead with my planned home refinance. I live in a rural part of Missouri with train tracks in front of my home. As a train speeds past my house I’m looking at the grafitti. In bold large letters is the word NOPE. Go figure, right?

“This morning, I was sitting outdoors and I said aloud, “Am I safe to assume that NOPE was my neon sign message?” At that instant I hear the ding, ding, ding of the railroad crossing and here comes another train. The train was heavy with coal requiring two engines to pull it. Both doors on the second engine were wide open and swinging in the wind. This is unheard of. The very next car was labeled with this grafitti. “Feel free to ask us. I love you. I love you.”

Another reader (and this just cracked me up) was approached by a guy dressed as a giant nutrition bar (Mr. Peanut is just so yesterday) and offered not one, but three Zone Perfect cherry chocolate bars.

glozell

And yesterday, GloZell Green, the famous comedienne and YouTube star who attended 600 consecutive tapings of The Jay Leno show (her “My Push up Bra will help me get my man” has gotten some 20 million hits), sent me this hilarious picture.

Check out her site here:

Thank you everyone for sharing the love!!

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.