Who rules the kingdom of your mind?

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.”― Horace
My Course in Miracles lesson a couple days ago was, “I rule my mind, which I alone must rule.” Each of us is in charge of the kingdom of our minds.

Right now, there are a lot of crazy people circling the kingdom walls shouting “the sky is falling.” And plenty of town criers preaching despair. There’s even an airplane flying overhead with a banner: “Danger, danger. Take cover.”

But there’s also a dot, dot AND. There’s also a bigger story going on.

Which is why in the kingdom of my mind, I frequently pose this question: “AND what else is true?”

Even in Houston right now, there are neighbors helping neighbors. People opening their homes. Volunteers and supplies pouring in. If you look for it, there is always an underlying love story.

My mind is sometimes lazy and lets its kingdom fall prey to anguish. It’s a scary rabbit hole to fall into. In that kingdom’s narrative, there’s no end to the arguments that “life sucks.”

But for me, it’s an indefensible way to live.

When the drums of distress start reverberating throughout the kingdom, it’s time–for me at least–to get up and look around, to see what else is happening?

To remind myself that this galaxy in which I live, one of a gazillion galaxies, has hundreds of billions of stars and enough gas and dust to make hundreds of billions more.

I remind myself that because of my connection to this expanding, cosmic mystery, I also have the responsibility to create new things, things that were not there the day before.

Looking for the love beat beneath the dominant melody and creating something that does not yet exist is the best way I know to rule the kingdom of my mind.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side

Houston, we have a winner…29 winners of the E3 Selfie Challenge

“Remember…nobody wins unless everybody wins.”—Bruce Springstein
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Gosh, you guys! It was utterly impossible to pick winners of the E-Cubed Selfie Challenge. Creativity and joy and excitement just oozed out of every entry. In the end, I had to throw all the entries in a hat and eenie-minie mo it.

Seriously, you guys are all SO. COOL! I feel honored to be sharing the same planet with you. I did notice a couple trends. Quite a few of you will soon be traveling and publishing books. At least five of you want to meet Ellen DeGeneres although I also got a kick out of the entrant that wants to meet Brett Favre.

I wish from the bottom of my heart I could give away prizes to every last one of you. I really, really do. You all deserve it! And I can’t wait to hear the stories about how all your new visions and dreams and intentions came true.

But since Hay House has only given me 4 pair of tickets, the organizers of the cruise to Alaska cancelled the cruise (sorry about that! Out of my hands!) and I’ve got a mere 25 Donor’s Choose cards, here are the names that came out of the hat:

A pair of tickets to any one of the four North American I Can Do It conferences:

1. Nora Giron-Dolce. This fabulous author from Mexico sent in numerous entries including meeting Paul McCartney and having a bestselling book in Mexico. She even wrote her affirmation on a beach—sound familiar?).

2. Laura Duksta. This multi-talented woman from Nashville, Tennessee is producing an album with all the big names in country music.

3. Brandi Russell. What isn’t Brandi doing? The coolest thing, beside her selfie wearing a top hot, is that Brandi is making sure kids know they’ve got the power to create worlds.

4. Carla Golden. Can’t wait to skate at this woman’s holistic skating center!!

I will send each of you a facebook message with instructions on how to claim your free tickets.

The following 25 names will be receiving a Donor’s Choose Card. I learned about this wonderful charity from Biz Stone, the founder of Twitter who I’ve blogged about on more than one occasion. He learned about Donor’s Choose from Stephen Colbert when he appeared on his show, the Colbert Report.

Basically, you’ll be getting the chance to pick a classroom to support (on me), a classroom that might need say 25 copies of Charlotte’s Web or clay for a pottery project. If you see your name here, please send me your address (see the contact form here) so I can forward on your card.

1. Heather Alpers.
2. Carrie Sailer Starr
3. Allison Volk
4. Dana Dolsen
5. Asa Thuvesen
6. Greg Hamel
7. Wayne Adkins
8. Madonna Murphy
9. Natasha Bron
10. Mette B. Soby
11. Penne Davidson Ard
12. Gi Sand
13. Doug Beckerman
14. Ann Ladouceur
15. Tasha Hall
16. Carol Doberstein
17. Sasha Gidget Gary
18. Cheryl Lynn Gibbs
19. Kelly Blue Book
20. Kimberley Chilcote
21. Andrea Sebastiano
22. Sasha Gidget Gary
23. Bator Hos-Katalin
24. Bindy Barker
25. Rochelle Campbell

Thanks everybody for entering. And, as I said, every last one of you is a winner. I love you 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 recently-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.