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Why I always sign up for happiness and joy

“Future historians might conclude that our age suffered from a pathological need to repetitively seek out reasons for how bad life is.”—Rob Brezsny guestbook

NPR’s Ira Flatow produces “Science Friday.” I’m offering “Science Monday” with three scientific reasons to choose happiness this week.

1. Your brain, still running ancient “Eat lunch. Don’t be lunch” programming is not hard-wired for fight or flight. Two-thirds of its neurons, in fact, are malleable and CAN. BE. CHANGED. You man the dials and can train those pesky neurons to seek out joy.

2. The new science of epigenetics is proving that even genes are not set in concrete. How they unravel depends on their environment.

3. By taking time to register within your mind that at this moment “I have all I need,” at this moment “Everything’s actually going okay,” you can rewire your brain.By actively stopping for a moment and registering moments of “Life right now is going okay,” we can literally re-sculpt our neurological structure.

We wouldn’t walk into a wedding or a funeral and not sign the guest book. Why do we fail to register for all those countless moments when life really is just fine the way it is?

Once you actively start noticing those moments, you’ll find the years will take care of themselves.

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 brand new, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy

Quit thinking. Start thanking.

“Love, peace, joy, and harmony are the best vitamins in the universe.”–Philip Arnold

thank and growYesterday on Instagram, I added the #hashtags for the Thank & Grow Rich scavenger hunt. If you’re new to the party, I should probably explain that Thank & Grow Rich is the title of my new book. In it, I offer what I call 27 party games for getting your gratitude on.
And because I think community is SO. DERNED. IMPORTANT. I’ve created a forum and a scavenger hunt for people to share their gratitude “finds.”

I’ve discovered for myself that when I’m in a good place, when I feel joyful, I am better able to respond to events and issues in my life and in the world.

It seems to me that one of the biggest issues many of us in the privileged world face is extreme mind suffering, turning ourselves into pretzels in our heads, being somewhere other than where we are.

And that’s what this book addresses.

To me, holding Truth, raving about possibility, sharing our miracles is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves and for the whole of mankind.

My vision for the Thank & Grow Rich Community is to come together to celebrate and appreciate this mysterious and beautiful world we inhabit together.

Here’s a short excerpt from the book that will debut next month:

In my quest to “heal myself,” I have been to therapy, analyzed my dreams, gotten rebirthed, written scathing letters to my parents, walked on coals, and read hundreds of self-help books. Maybe thousands.

You’d think I’d be hanging out with Oprah by now. But it wasn’t until I embarked on a simple practice of gratitude that I finally got what I’d been looking for all these years.

The reason I looked down my nose at this practice that, in one way or another, has been around for thousands of years (even the Bible says, “In all things, give thanks”) is because, well, it seemed way too simplistic. Getting “happy” can’t be that easy. Right?

I’d been taught that the only way to “heal myself” was to put in my time, dig up my broken places. I’d been taught that if I gave enough effort, I would eventually someday “get it.” Whatever “it” was.

I tried to think my way out of problems. I tried to analyze what was going wrong.

Little did I realize that all my thinking was a trap, a prison that put me over and over again in solitary confinement.

It wasn’t until I began to actively look around at all my blessings that it dawned on me: Everything is exactly perfect just the way it is. I’m exactly perfect just the way I am.

I call it being on the frequency of joy and gratitude, turning in to the Divine Buzz (D-Buzz.) The Divine Buzz, while known by many other names, is an energetic cha-cha- cha of a force that wants to interact and have fun with you.

In the book that’s subtitled “A 30-Day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy,” I offer a very concrete practice for connecting to the Divine Buzz.

I hope you’ll join us.

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 about to be released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.

So you want to travel? Here’s how

“The power of gathering inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.” –Alice Waters

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My vision for this blog is to celebrate what’s possible. To remind myself (and anyone who cares to read along) of all that’s going right in the world.

I think it’s important to keep talking about miracles, to keep the story about our connection—to each other and to the bigger thing that orchestrates it all—on the front burner.

I do this to be in service to the new world that’s trying to be born.

To that end, I’d like to share a few “travel stories.” As most of you know, I’m a travel writer. So I’m especially excited to share these three manifestations from readers. Enjoy!!

1. “My girlfriend’s birthday was coming up and I knew that she wanted it to be a special one with just the two of us.

“Not having enough funds at the time for a weekend getaway, I left it up to the universe. I wrote down what I wanted: a trip for two within a three hour radius of home, an overnight stay in a nice hotel or B&B with nice places to walk nearby and lots of things to do. I put it away for the month and the day before her birthday,I sent a couple text messages out to friends that may have known about an inexpensive country place and the first one to write back had an entire weekend package that include a wonderful hotel, tourist tickets to nearby attractions, dinner for two and an open bar tab at a local pub. I pitched in and bought all the fixings for a picnic basket and we visited a local winery too. It was amazing serendipity!”

2. “Your book couldn’t have come at a better time. (Not that there’s a wrong time for embracing manifesting what you want in your life!) I used to play games with manifestation and believed that anything was possible. It was like having a Genie in a bottle that I could summon at my whim at any time I wanted. Fast forward through a very emotionally and financially devastating divorce and I suffered from manifesting amnesia,,,that is until I was told about E2.

“Your book has reawakened what is possible. I read and did the experiments in the first several chapters and with each one I brushed off the dust on the magic that for some unknown reason I had shelved for over eight years.

“It wasn’t until I hit the chapter on calling something into your life and giving it a 48 hour time frame in which to materialize that I was reunited with the gift. While I wrote down in my log what I wanted to have transpire, I thought “Go big or go home!” I wished to manifest a free airline ticket to someplace exotic that I had not been before.

“It seemed very ballsy to put such a brief deadline on something so outrageous! I did so and threw caution to the wind on a Monday at noon .I envisioned going to my mailbox and taking out a ticket with my name printed on it. I imagined how ecstatic I would feel when I was packing for my trip abroad. I visualized possible ways that I might be alerted to my free ticket. I thought about contests that I had entered online over the past year and perhaps I would be emailed that I was the lucky winner!

“Well, Wednesday at noon rolled around and the 48 hours was up. However, I had not yet been informed about my free airline ticket. I did not lose hope. Instead, I was convinced that the ticket was on it’s way and that perhaps I had a new mailman that was detaining my ticket. Or, that the email informing me was sitting in my spam folder. I was not wavering from the fact that my airline ticket was coming.

“The following day, I met a coworker for Happy Hour. We spent the first few minutes catching up and then out of the blue she said, “I have something to ask you, and don’t say no until you hear me out.” I sat back and heard her continue, “I am going on a trip and want you to come with me. I will pay for the airfare and the hotel, all you have to do is pay for your meals. I want us to go to Barcelona Spain!”

“I sat there beaming and totally floored. Not only was it such a generous offer, but my wish for a free airline ticket to someplace exotic had just been delivered in the most unexpected way! I, of course, told her about E2 and the experiment. I told her, jokingly, “So, you were a day late, but I’ll take it!” She replied with, “Actually, I started thinking about you being the person I would ask two days ago!” She ordered both of your books (E2 and E3) on the spot.”

3. “My name is Michelle, I’m 22 years old and come from Germany. I owe you and your books a lot and I want to tell you about my story and why I want to thank you. I started reading “E-Squared” a year ago and like many other people I discovered how powerful our thoughts can be and enjoyed testing these experiments. I’ve learned that the experiment number 5, where the field of energy gives me a reliable answer to a certain question, works for me in an especially impressive way.

“I’ve accomplished my university degree two months ago and felt the desire to go abroad before I would start working in a publishing house in October. But you must know that I was a frightened girl ore more specifically in everyday situations I was a very confident and balanced person, but the idea of traveling alone or live outside my comfort zone frightened me in a terrible way. The absurd thing: I WANTED to travel, to meet new people, to gain experience, to see other countries. But the fear was always bigger.

“After my high school I’ve planned to travel Europe for three months…I cancelled my trip 3 days before my departure because of fear. A few years later I got the chance to live in Ireland for a study abroad. I‘ve won out applicants for this place at university….and cancelled it a few weeks before my departure so another student could get this place.

“But this time, I knew I have to do it. And then I saw a documentation about the Way of St. James and I was very excited. In the following weeks I’ve read a lot about this pilgrimage across France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela, which would take 2 months. I knew that I wanted to do this walk and also knew that I have to do it alone). But of course, there was this little stupid spoilsport named fear, who said to me: “Are you serious, Michelle? You just can’t walk 900 kilometers through two countries by your own. You can’t even speak Spanish. By the way, it’s a little bit dangerous, don’t you think so? And it’s also physically demanding. You just can’t do that, you little silly girl!”

“But this time, I decided to not listen to this voice. I knew that meanwhile a lot of young women walk this Way of St. James on their own and that it is not dangerous. But of course I was still frightened, so I did the experiment number 5 and asked the field whether I should do this journey. The results were amazing!!!

“1. The next morning, I checked my mails and got an (automatic) message from my Amazon Prime that one single movie was put online today and that “they” want to recommend me this movie. And what was it? The movie “The Way”, in which the outstanding Martin Sheen walks the Way of St. James across Spain.

2. At the same day, I took a bus to visit a friend in the city where I studied. Next to me an elderly woman suddenly took a book out of her handbag. I was shocked and happy at the same time. It was the novel “I’m Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago” by Hape Kerkeling. He is a very famous comedian in Germany, who wrote this novel about his pilgrimage a few years ago. I got into conversation with her and she told me that she regrets she didn’t walk the way when she was younger.

3. The next day, my friend wanted to check out a new restaurant. It was a beautiful sunny day and the waiter leaded us to the only table which was still free. And there it was! The table stood directly in front of a tree, on which a scallop was depicted. The scallop is THE symbol for the Way of St. James and the pilgrims. It also marks the way which you have to follow to Santiago, it’s the signpost. At home, I did research and discovered: the Way of St. James also runs across the city I studied for the last three years. I had no idea!

4. In the evening, my aunt called me and asked me whether I wanted to go to the cinema with her. I asked “ Sure, which movie”, but I already guessed it. “I’m Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago. Did you know they made a film of Hape’s novel?” I was so grateful and knew I got my answer.

But I wanted to go one better because it was so inspiring and also fun do get my answer from the universe. So I said to the field: “Ok, my dear. What about a small challenge? If you want me to walk the Way of St. James this summer, will you please ensure that my parents (who didn’t know anything about my plans at that time) will give me a small, light, brown and bound in leather book for a Christmas present. I will use it as my travel journal.”….and a few weeks later on Christmas Eve my parents give me EXACTLY what I asked the universe before. When I unpacked my present, I started crying and tell my parents the whole story. They were shocked and explained that they saw this book at a Christmas market and felt that I should have it. It was so wonderful!!!

So now the arrangements were made and I will start my journey next month.”

Stay tuned, dear readers, because Michelle just emailed me again. She’s back from her amazing journey and yes, miracles abounded.

To be continued.

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 about to be released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy

Changing the dominant paradigm one thought at a time

“Accepting the idea there were going to be no problems was a greater adjustment than one might think.” –Glenda Green

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I’d like to interrupt this blog with an important non-commercial announcement.

You are already a master at creating reality.

You can’t not be.

By virtue of being alive, this power is yours. Like all things vital to your well-being—air and sunshine, to name a couple you already take for granted—the energy to create worlds is your birthright. You do it every day, at every second.

The trick is to let got of the default “reality” you focus on now.

Once you do, the minute you let go of the “reality” you were mistakenly taught, it’s impossible to avoid joy, peace and daily blessings. They will stalk you like Freddy Krueger.

You have been taught that “life is a struggle,” that “nothing comes easy.” You have erroneously mastered the idea that people are not to be trusted, that it’s important to “be careful.”

And look how good you’ve been at creating THAT reality. In fact, it would be highly appropriate to get up right now and take a bow.

And while you’re standing, go ahead and do the “Harlem Shuffle” because once you let go of the “old reality” you created so successfully, the one with the deck of cards that proclaims “sickness is inevitable,” “abundance is limited,” “good things sometimes happen, but not all the time,” you can customize your reality to your liking.

Congratulations! You are now free to roam around the planet.

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 about to be released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy

“Everything is lit with hope and sparkles with a gentle friendliness.”—A Course in Miracles

“I tie no weights to my ankles.” –C. JoyBell C

When my friend Robbin was a little girl, she had two burning questions: 1. How were the giraffes getting to Kansas? 2. And why don’t we want them peeping in our windows?

Every night, Robbin’s mom insisted she close her bedroom windows to avoid….well, Robbin always thought she said giraffes. Needless to say, she eventually figured out it was “drafts” her mom hoped to keep out, but for quite a while, she was extremely puzzled why her mother wouldn’t want those really cool, really tall animals stopping by for a visit. After all, they paid good money to see them at the zoo.

I thought of this story the other day when someone on Facebook mentioned they had set the intention to manifest a giraffe. While I assumed it was a joke (although that is one of my new intentions for this week), I later saw that indeed a giraffe showed up in, not 48 hours, but in four days. Pretty powerful manifestation either way.

But the reason I share this story is because Robbin’s innocent misinterpretation is a good metaphor for the perceptual mistakes we make every day when we get up expecting difficulties and unhappiness. For that matter, getting up every morning and expecting “this day” to be a repeat of yesterday (and we all do) is a huge misinterpretation and a giant fence that keeps the world’s unlimited abundance from flowing in the windows.

We do ourselves a huge disservice when we don’t open up and allow for magic and joy. Because we cling so tightly to “what we know,” the world’s largesse is locked out along with the drafts and the giraffes.

As for me, I let yesterday go and open the windows, the doors and maybe even the roof so blessings and new possibilities can come rushing in.

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 about to be released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy

Abundance, hoarders and why I’m a whole lot richer than #realDonaldTrump.

As many of you may have seen on Facebook, I’ve been celebrating my daughter’s college graduation. Here’s a picture of the two of us in Bermuda long ago. I was there writing an travel article for Tennis magazine and she was my trusty research assistant.

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At the same time (thanks to the magic of the internet), I’ve been “speaking” at the Hay House World Summit.

In my bio, I love that they called me a “Happy Life Scientist.”  I also got a kick out of one listener’s comments: “Love your Kansas accent, Pam Grout, it makes me happy. Like Captain Kangaroo, Mr. GreenJeans and Banana Man.”

There’s one more day to listen for free. If you’re so inclined, there’s a link at the bottom of this post.

So with all that said, I decided to re-run a blog post from a few years ago.

“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 2015. Unlikely, I’ll make it this 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 today, for example, I’m making limoncello for my daughter’s party, enjoying mochas and breakfast out. And in a few months, I’m flying to Barcelona to visit her in her new post.

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 $10 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.”

It’s not the “stuff” you want. Jesus could never have brought Lazarus back to life and multiplied all those fishes and loaves if he’d been preoccupied by the desire for a beachside residence.

That said, I do not want to make you feel guilty for wanting a big home in Malibu. There is not one thing wrong with a big home in Malibu. Or anything else you want. Want it. Walk toward it with all your heart and might. Just know that there are higher rungs. And know that most people hoard material things out of fear. And fear, after all, is what we’re attempting to move away from.

Here’s the link to the World Summit interview:

And here’s a fun video you might have seen.

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 about to be released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy

Forget your wallet! What’s in your belief system?

“Your personal beliefs create realities. These beliefs are so powerful they either create expansive or entrapping realities over and over.”–Kuan Yin rhonda story

I am so blessed to get stories from readers of my books. And it is my great privilege to pass them along here on the blog.

Here are three that recently caught my attention:

1. “In my Spiritual Laws group, I shared more on your book E-Cubed. I had put out to the Universe “Checks are in the mail.” Below (or in this case above) is a picture of $1000 dollars worth of shopping cards we got in the mail 2 days ago.

2. “When I was in college, I got really sick. I was sick for 4 months and ended up in the hospital for 6 weeks. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. The day I got my diagnosis, I was a little dazed. I told my doctor and my mother, who were both in the room, that I wanted to take a shower. They both left the room so I could have some privacy. I stepped into the shower and I was expecting to cry. It was so bizarre, though. I can’t explain it and I’ve never told another person because I didn’t want people to think I was crazy.

“I got this wave that came over me. Something inside said that I was the same person I was yesterday before I was diagnosed. This disease wasn’t going to change that. I finished my shower and got back in the hospital bed. I decided that I didn’t want the disease and I didn’t accept it. That was 15 years ago. Shortly after my diagnosis, I stopped taking my pills. I have never once been sick since.

“My current doctor told me that he thinks I was misdiagnosed and doesn’t think there’s any reason for me to claim this diagnosis any more. I know I wasn’t misdiagnosed, though. I cured myself! I know it in my heart. I just never had a way to describe it before reading your books. I’ve conjured up tons of stuff in my life, but it wasn’t planned. I just inadvertently stumbled onto a connection with the FP. It’s just nice to have a better explanation of what was happening. So….thanks for writing your book. Thanks for explaining things no one else could. And thanks for giving me an outlet to finally tell my story. Something so magical needs to be shared with someone.”

3. “I’ve been practicing tapping into the Universe and all it has to offer and telling my son and husband about it.

“I am in the middle of revamping our school curriculum (homeschooler) and since my son loves gaming and wants to become a Game Tester (Quality Assurance Systems Engineer), I thought we’d better see what he needs to do in order to become one. So last week we scoured through job descriptions, requirements, etc. and on 4/24/16, I wrote a course description for it. The next day my son comes running to me to tell me he was selected to test a game before it is released. I said that’s how the Universe works. You put it out there and it works out the rest.

“On the morning of 4/28/16 before my son wakes up, I’m thinking this is so great, it would be nice if he was doing this on a consistent basis and I let the thought go. Later that morning my son comes to me again with a look of astonishment saying “Mom, I’m sorry I didn’t tell you earlier but I was offered to test the beta games permanently. Can you believe that?!” I said that’s how the Universe works. Awesome huh?! Needless to say he’s super excited.”

Awesome indeed! Thanks everybody for all your great stories. I love each and every one of you to the moon and back.

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 about to be released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless

Hello! Do you really want to hang on so tightly to that idea?

“It’s not what you don’t know that kills you, it’s what you know for sure that just ain’t true.”
–Mark Twain

If you’re a parent, your kids have undoubtedly accused you of T.M.I. It stands for “too much information.” That’s what I want to address today.

Over our lifetime, we receive T.M.I., most of which is T.M.F.I. (“too much false information.”) I’m talking about such accepted concepts as:

“Life is hard.”
“It takes a long time to accomplish anything of value.”
“Relationships are continuously challenging.”

These accepted bits of information are what British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins calls “memes.” In short, it’s a concept that explains how ideas, behaviors and styles spread from person to person within a culture. Like genes, they self-replicate, mutate and are capable of playing havoc with our lives.

Most of us are unaware of how big a role memes play in the way we experience life. They’re like the kitchen junk drawer that’s filled with a bunch of forgotten items: a dried up magic marker, rusty scissors, old birthday cards from people you don’t even remember and keys that probably used to open something although you’re not sure what.

For those of us interested in manifesting and creating our own reality, it’s important to clean out the junk drawer, to examine the memes that run our belief systems.

Here are a couple popular memes I have decided to abandon:

1. “It’s necessary to get 8 hours of sleep.”

Who came up with that figure? It certainly wasn’t Thomas Edison who liked to boast that he slept but three or four hours a night and that he sometimes worked for 72 hours straight. The Course in Miracles makes it very clear that the only thing that makes us tired is our thoughts. And, of course, our commitment to the meme that you MUST get eight hours of sleep.

That particular meme has been a boon for the pharmaceutical industry that has made a killing out of Ambien and other sleep drugs.

I prefer this meme: “I always get the right amount of sleep.”

2. “If you’re overweight, you should diet.”

Ahhhhh, right? Whoever generated that particular meme should be marched to the guillotine. Dieting only resets your metabolism lower. It should be obvious to all of us that diets DO NOT WORK!! Except for the diet industry that has made billions off that big, fat lie.

I prefer this meme: “I can eat whatever I want and maintain a perfect weight.”

3. “It’s imperative to put your nose to the grindstone if you want to make any money.”

Also known as “nothing good comes without hard work,” this little myth perpetuates a lot of pain and suffering. The truth is everything originates with our thoughts. EVERYTHING. In fact, when you do what you love, working is more like playing. It’s big fun, the thing you’d do even if you weren’t being paid.

Hard work plays no part of it and besides, what exactly is a grindstone?

My meme of choice regarding finances is this: “The more fun I have in my work, the more money I make.”

What are some of the memes that run 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 about to be released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy

Why I believe in being unconstitutionally happy

“People and circumstances don’t make me happy. I can get there all by myself.”—Carla from my gratitude posse

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When texting her three blessings a couple days ago, Carla wrote that she was grateful for “unconstitutional happiness.” She quickly amended it, explained that autocorrect changed what was supposed to be “unconditional happiness” to “unconstitutional happiness.”

Several of us texted back, “but we like unconstitutional happiness.”

Here’s why. The 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, borrowing from the famous line in the Declaration of Independence, guarantees all of us the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Unconstitutional is my preference because pursuing happiness doesn’t work. It puts us in the position of being constant seekers. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of seeking, tired of waiting for that thing I’m supposed to find someday. Happiness isn’t far away at the top of some mountain. It is always right here, in the here and now. This moment.

We don’t need another book, another seminar, another practice. We got this. It’s etched into our DNA. The only problem, ever, is our misperception. What if we let go of all our illusions, our beliefs that there’s something we have to do? What if we just stopped and looked around and realized, “Wow! What a cool world I live in.”

I’ve posted this before (it’s from Matt Harding who I interviewed for one of my National Geographic books), but it’s such a great celebration that it bears periodic repeating.

Have the best weekend of your lives, my friends.

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.

Peek-a-boo. I be you. The secret to real-time manifestation.

“The second I decide something is done, it’s done. I just have to wait for all y’all to see it.”—Will Smith

Or in my case, I have to wait for myself to see it.

The minute I make an intention, it’s real, it’s a viable creation. But until I can feel it and actually “be it,” my intention stays on a vibrational plane that’s out of my sight.

Making intentions is never the problem. What we intend is already present. It’s just that you and me and everybody else is stubborn enough that we keep staring at its lack. Until we can catch up vibrationally, we are unable to see and enjoy our fabulous creations.

As I heard Esther Hicks once say, “We’ve already created enough joy and happiness for 20 or 30 lifetimes.”

I hope this is a comforting thought. That our only responsibility is to get ourselves tuned into the joyful vibration where blessings flow, to begin resonating to the vibrational catalog of fun, love and laughter. We literally have to distract ourselves from all thoughts and emotions that block the natural flow.

Most of us are really good at the first part of the equation. Making the intention. But the second part, the part where we get out of our own way and allow love and joy and the new Mercedes Benz into our sphere of awareness is often more problematic.

So for right now, forget about your intentions. Just focus on every brilliant, juicy, fun delicious thought you can think of. Be grateful for every little thing. That’s everything that even remotely resembles your intention and everything that doesn’t. When joy is the dominant emotion, you’ll be able to pull good things out of the air like magicians pull rabbits out of hats.

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.