Proud to be high on the woo-woo-spectrum

“Your thoughts are the strongest currency at your disposal.”–Alan Cohen
A reporter from Fast Company asked me once, “So what do you say to skeptics?” She was interviewing me on the power of visualization.

Although I probably cited one of the many scientific studies proving its effectiveness, I was tempted to repeat a line from my friend Anita Moorjani. “Every time I hear that not everyone buys this stuff, I almost fall off my unicorn.”

ACIM Lesson 140 is one of those lessons that falls into the unicorn category. Even though it uses one of those words I try to avoid, it very clearly states that no miracle is any more difficult than any other. It’s no harder to cure Stage 4 Cancer than a broken fingernail, for example. It says the power lies in our mind, that healing is as near as our own thoughts.

This, of course, defies every cultural paradigm. Every bit of our mental architecture teaches us that there are easy things and hard things. To heal. To manifest.

Parking spaces? Butterflies? Piece of cake.

BMW convertible? Thirty-eight foot yacht? Not happening. Except that both of those things were manifested by readers of E-Squared within hours of making the intention. You can read one of those stories here.

And that’s why I like sharing stories, hearing stories. So I can wrap my mind around new possibilities.

At my workshop in Austin on Friday, I heard a funny story from a woman who was bemoaning how much she had on her plate. She said to her daughter, “My lawn is out of control. I just wish someone would come over and mow it.” Not 15 minutes later, she heard a lawnmower outside revving its engine. She looked out her window where there was one guy mowing her lawn, another weed-eating. She had no idea who they were. There was no sign on their truck, no notice of why they appeared. She never saw them again. But they did a fabulous job executing the very thing she had requested.

Isn’t it a fun possibility (and a guaranteed fact according to the Course) that everything (healing, every need) could be that incredibly easy?

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

Don’t know how to do or get something? Pretend that you do.

“The body appears to be largely self-motivated and independent, yet it actually responds only to the intentions of the mind.”—A Course in Miracles

I get a lot of emails that start with this phrase: You’re never going to believe this.

Since I experience what some call “weird and miraculous things” on a daily basis, I always believe it. In fact, if you’ve read E-Cubed, you know I wrote a whole chapter about “weird and miraculous things.” It’s called “Well, Duh!”

Yesterday, when being interviewed for an article about visualization for the magazine, Fast Company, the reporter asked me what I say to skeptics. As she pointed out, the majority of her readers fall squarely into that disbelievers category.

While I didn’t say this, I immediately thought of a line Anita Moorjani told me in London. ”Every time I hear that not everybody buys this stuff, I almost fall off my unicorn.”

Well, the story I was sent this morning falls into the unicorn category. Especially if you’re one of those people who believe your limited physical body is all there is.

With no further adieu, here’s the story from Pam Matera (doesn’t she have a cool first name?) who was doing the 101 Dalmations Experiment from E-Squared:

Several years ago I was in a relationship with Ted, a musician. We lived in Sarasota Florida. A friend of his, Benji, also a musician, would come and visit us. I enjoyed his visits, always full of energy and life, and we liked the same books. We would stay up all night talking.

One of the books he recommended was Blink by Malcom Gladwell. I read it and loved it. Ted and I broke up, and I never saw Benji again.

I knew Benji was the perfect person to communicate with for the experiment. I very much wanted to hear from him. So all day I remembered his visits, and the fun we had. I couldn’t wait to hear from him! I told a friend about the experiment, and she was excited to hear about my results.

I decided to Google him (Benji was a keyboard player for a popular band in the eighties) so I knew I would find pictures of him. I thought that would help me manifest contact. Well, imagine how sad I was to find out he had died two years ago. It was shocking to me. I told my friend, and she said that was the end of the experiment. I thought about that and decided to keep an open mind and heart, and the universe would hear me.

The following Monday I was at jury duty, in a room with many strangers in an assigned seat, bored out of my head. For some reason I had to know what the man next to me was reading. It was Blink by Malcom Gladwell. The book Beni told me to read. It gave me goosebumps!

Then on the way home, the host on a talk radio program announced he was going to play an interview with someone, and the person being interviewed was Malcom Gladwell. Wow, twice in one day. Then I told my friend what happened she couldn’t believe it. She called me later that day and asked if I was sitting down. Her a/c was on the fritz, so she was looking for the paperwork for her a/c system in a kitchen drawer, and what do you think she found? A copy of Blink by, you guessed it! She had never heard of the book, and had no idea how it got there.

And lastly, my friends, I’ll repeat what I often suggest on Friday: Decide to have the best weekend of your life.

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