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More tales from the frontiers of magic and miracles

“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.

The 5 kinds of capital that out-trump financial capital

“The spiritual lens—even just the nightly gratitude list–is starting to rewrite the story of my life. I feel like I have been snatched out of the fire, salvaged, saved.”—Mary Karr thank and grow

You might have seen my post on Facebook, where I gushed in glee about my new book. Hay House, my publisher, moved up the pub date (that’s publication date, not a day where I lift pints of hearty ale) from October to August.

It’s now available for pre-order so I posted the cover and wrote two sentences about my excitement.  That tiny mention sold enough books on Amazon to move it to #1 in New Releases in New Thought. At least for a day. I was blown away.

That being said, I want you to know that I don’t view this blog as an advertisement or a marketing tool. In fact, yesterday, I paid to have all ads taken off my site.  I figured it was the least I could do for those of you who so generously take the time to read my posts.

I write them out of sheer joy. I write from my heart and I view them as a gift to anyone who cares to read them. I’m not out to monetize this website.

Which is why I don’t use my blog to promote what’s known as affiliate programs. You know–those posts that have the same spiel, the same wording and everything, from five different people. While there’s a certain kind of mad genius in promoting someone else’s program or product in exchange for a percentage of sales, I choose to turn down such invitations because I don’t view you as “a list.” You are my compadres in spiritual mischief, my friends, my sounding board. If I write about something, it’s because I’m genuinely excited about it.

Financial capital, the goal of affiliate marketing, has glaring limitations. It’s fine, but it’s not why we’re here. The riches I talk about in my new book, Thank and Grow Rich, are not the kind you find in a bank.

One of the chapters, in fact, is called Becoming the Warren Buffet of Happiness. The book talks about amassing a different kind of capital. Five different kinds: spiritual capital, social capital, creative capital, adventure capital and alchemic capital.

We acquire these riches by getting on a frequency of joy and gratitude. By taking off the blinders that block the presence and the radiance and the unforced generosity of the universe.

My service is to this presence. And to you, my dear friends, who have put a little bit of trust in me. For that, I say thank you, thank you, thank you.

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

Your manufactor’s setting is the Divine.

“Jesus was the only son of God. And so are you and so am I.”—William Blake

In electronics, there’s a term known as factory reset—or master reset—where your device is returned to its original setting. All the information that has been added since say your laptop or your I-pad rolled off the factory floor is erased. It goes back to Square One.

That’s also a pretty good definition for spirituality. Our mission—if we choose to accept it—is to erase everything that isn’t the Divine. Things like fear, resistance, placing our attention on anything except this beautiful juicy moment.

As I repeatedly said in E-Cubed, joy is our natural state. And as I head into this weekend, I hereby commit to staying as close to that factory setting as I can.

Have fun this weekend, my beautiful friends. And remember one of the best ways to serve humanity is to send molecules of happiness and peace and gratitude out into the quantum field.

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.

Why you should smile more, play more and live full-time in your heart

“The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.”–Storm Jameson

When asked the secret to life, Thich Nhat Hahn, the amazing Vietnamese Buddhist monk, said, “Get up later in the morning and smile more.”

What?

Isn’t that the exact opposite of everything we’ve been taught? The early bird gets the worm. It’s important to work your ass off. And as for smiling? Who has time? I’ll smile more next weekend. After work.

I would like to suggest—as I do in all my books, in all my blog posts—that most of what we learned about life is wrong. When you relax and smile and trust that life actually wants you to succeed and wants you to be happy, then life has a pathway to slip in and show you the miracles.

When you resist (the state of choice for most of us), Truth can’t find a way in. It’s always there, waiting on the outskirts, waiting faithfully like the Jack Russell terrier who noticed you just opened the cabinet where you keep its treats. But until you let go of all the worrying and doubting and stubbornness that you’re doing something wrong, that there’s something that still needs fixing, it can’t do its blessed thing.

As for catching that worm? When you play and have fun, you can’t help but do good work. You can’t help but succeed when you’re doing what you love. Because when you love something, your entire heart goes in. Ask Carlos Santana. Ask Elizabeth Gilbert. Ask Steve Jobs—well, ask him if you happen to be doing a séance, something my junior high friends and I did at every slumber party.

The point I’m trying to make is there is only ONE THING you need to do. Smile, relax and trust, which as Carlos Santana said in a recent interview with Dan Rather, creates thrust.

I’m doing my first Google hangout today. And I’ll be in Miami at the S.H.I.N.E. event this Sunday. And until then, my oh-so-cool daughter, Taz, is home for fall break.

Sending you lot of love and good vibes,

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

Why I live by Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” mantra

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“Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.”
― Aberjhani

This is getting crazy.

I just heard about two college professors at two different colleges who assigned, E-Squared. For college credit. One is even going to send me her students’ papers which, as she said, were “pretty amazing.”

And someone sent me this picture of Andy Dick, the comedian, actor and Season 16 Dancing with the Stars competitor, who is apparently reading it, too.

With the new book, the one I’m writing now, I throw down an even bigger gauntlet. Full-time joy. Constant contact with the Divine Buzz.

Because the more joy you have in your life, the better life works. The more gratitude you feel, the wider the door opens for life’s largesse to flow in.

In fact, the ONLY thing that can keep it away is the walls we all build with our crazy thoughts. But once we quit believing our ridiculous, crazy-making thoughts, once we start trusting that joy is our natural, God-given state, all the security forces in the world can’t keep our good away.

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.

Why we’re creating an epidemic of love


“What is yours will come to you when you are ready.”—A Course in Miracles

Although I forgot to mention it to my power posse in today’s blessings text, I feel extremely lucky that I was able to get back in the country yesterday. I was so high from the London I Can Do It! that the drug dogs must have been wondering what I was on.

Hanging out with Anita Moorjani, Jessica Ortner, Mike Dooley, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Kyle Gray and all the other fabulous speakers was beyond spectacular. Who would have ever predicted (especially those from my college disco days) that I’d someday dance on stage? Granted it was with Dr. Robert Holden who conned all the speakers into joining him during his closing presentation, but still?

I plan to share here on the blog some of the awesome things I learned. But for today, while playing catch-up with my laundry and email, here’s three quick stories from London.

First, I learned there’s someone in British parliament that is a psychic medium—how cool is that?

Second, one of my readers told me she was in the Irish countryside while doing the Abracadabra experiment from E-Squared. She made the intention that the cows, grazing in clumps, would suddenly form a straight line. Well, guess what? No sooner did she say that then the cows looked up from their nibbles and moved into a line as straight as the Queen’s guard.

Last story came from Dr. David Hamilton, a Scottish scientist who as he says, uses science to inspire. He was doing one of the E-Squared experiments, feeling the love and, as a joke, said, “I feel so powerful I could probably stand here and a bottle of Dove deodorant would just fall into my hand.”

Believe it or not, a couple days later, while waiting for the Tube (the London subway), he helped a woman with her bags. And what fell out, right into his hands? Yep, a bottle of Dove deodorant.

Have a fantabulous day, my friends and stay tuned for lots of great inspiration from London I Can Do It!

Oh, and here’s a British take on “What a wonderful world.”

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.

Move over, Garmin! Following your joy is the best GPS

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”—Emily Bronte

One afternoon, when Taz was four, she was playing “mom” in the backyard with her friend, Ashley. Ashley had taken her turn being “mom” and had dutifully washed the pretend dishes, hung up the pretend laundry and ordered her pretend daughter, Taz, to pick up her toys.

When Taz’s turn came, she said, “Okay, now I’m the mom. I’m going to go meditate.”

It was one of my proudest moments. My daughter believed that’s what moms do first.

I don’t remember her friend’s response, but I do know this. The most important thing anyone can do for themselves is to get in tune with the Divine Buzz.

You can read all the books, follow all the steps, write affirmations to the moon and back, but unless you begin to feel this invisible, yet palpable buzz, this infinite force that flows through you and connects you to all that is, you will spend your life searching.

It’s all right here. In this moment.

Meditation is one way to feel the Divine Buzz, but there are countless paths. Above all else, align with whatever feels most joyful. This instinctual, incurable buzz is the best GPS I know.

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.

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”–@StephenCovey

“You must never allow something that happened to you to become a morbidly treasured heirloom that you carry, show people, put back in its black velvet pouch and then tuck back into your jacket where you can keep it close to your heart.”–Augusten Burroughs

Watch out, world! I just wrote my intention for E-Cubed in the sand at Manley Beach in Sydney, Australia.

Watch out, world! I just wrote my intention for E-Cubed in the sand at Manley Beach in Sydney, Australia.

You know that story you tell about yourself? The one that describes yourself as dysfunctional or poor or desperately in need of something you don’t have now?

That story is only true as long as you: a) continue to tell the story, b) continue to believe the story c) and continue to live from that story.

At any time, you can use your imagination to create a whole different stage play. At any time, you can use the power of your focus to animate a brand new reality.

Each of us is the creator of the world we inhabit.

That being the case, tell me in the comment section below, “What is your grandest, juiciest, most satisfying story?”

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.

Why you should always get your hopes up

“You know what I am? I’m a dust magnet!” –Pig-Pen

A friend of mine raises money for the Citizens Climate Lobby, a non-profit working to address climate change.

I, too, am addressing climate change, but not the big, global kind. The climate change I’m most interested in is the climate within my own energetic field.

Sometimes, I feel like Pig-Pen from the Peanuts cartoon. I don’t typically wear dirty overalls, but an energetic cloud of dirt and dust seems to surround me, blocking the universal flow of good.

Unlike the cloud around Charlie Brown’s friend, mine is largely invisible, but it’s just as effective at keeping love and beneficence at bay. When I feel ornery, when I start noticing all the “problems” in my life, I draw in even more problems.

Like gravity, you can’t really see a person’s energetic cloud, but it works just as effectively. Grumpy thoughts, unhappy attitudes, declarations that “life sucks” keep the world’s goodness locked out of a person’s life experience.

It’s why I attempt to keep my personal climate as pure and positive as possible. It’s why I get up every morning and declare, “Something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today.” It’s why I meditate and actively look for blessings.

I love you, Pig-Pen, but, as for me, I’m keeping the only climate I have any control of cloud-free and perpetually joyful.

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.

It’s T.G.I.M. and I’ll blog if I want to


“Joy is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.’—Jon Krakauer

Okay, so I saw this picture. And it reminded me of me. Or at least the me that sometimes pouts, the me that sometimes forgets to look around and notice the freakin’ awesome “ball pit” of a universe I live in.

So I decided to throw a contest. I will send a free copy of the audio version of E-Squared to the person who sends me the happiest picture of themselves in a ball pit. Last I checked, these ball pits were available at most every McDonald’s Playland on the planet and last time I checked, most every adult on the planet needs an excuse to jump in and have fun.

What are you waiting for?

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.