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There is a hum in you

“Nanny Ogg looked under her bed in case there was a man there. Well, you never knew your luck.”—Terry Prachett
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My life seems to be one big OMG after another. Karen Drucker (yes THAT Karen Drucker!), the one who has recorded 19 CD’s and won about every award an inspirational songwriter can win, is writing a song with my AA 2.0. catchphrase. She called (well, I returned her call) and she played the chorus for me. It is, to quote myself, amazingly awesome.

I can’t wait for you all to hear it. I’m already envisioning winning a Grammy.

But since I’ve devoted this year to writing about the Course in Miracles, I’m going to quickly introduce my take on ACIM Lesson 60. It’s a review (tomorrow we move on to new material) with these five paraphrased principles:

1. Today, I recognize my innocence. And everybody else’s, while I’m at it.

2. Instead of working really hard, I just have to turn within and tune into the Divine frequency. When I’m there, everything works out in miraculous, beautiful ways.

3. Fear is an imposter. It pretends to be important, but when I see the world as it really is (without fear gunking up the windows), I recognize everyone leaning in (maybe even Sheryl Sandberg) to bless me.

4. The Divine Buzz stalks me wherever I go. There’s never a moment it’s not available. And it will tell me exactly what to do, what to say and whom to say it to.

5. This Divine Buzz, this Super God, lights up the world in peace and beauty and goodness.

So there we have it, my friends. Once again, I just want to say thank you for joining me on this journey. I heard Marianne Williamson say that when she gives talks about The Course, she feels like an aerobics instructor. She may be the one up front, but she’s doing it right along with everyone who’s listening.

That pretty much sums up my thoughts. We’re all in this miracle-performing business together.

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.

There’s a party going on right here

“A miracle is the answer to any problem.”—Marianne Williamsonducky

A Course in Miracles has lots of pages, lots of words, but it boils down to this: once we relinquish our old thought system, love becomes our M.O. and miracles and blessings are all we see.

As we let go of the creaky, has-been thought system that’s currently playing out on our planet, we move…

From fear to love.

From problem state to possibility state.

From limitations to absolutely anything can happen.

And it starts with getting Lesson 31: I am not the victim of the world I see.

The world out there is a result of the world in here. I hope you see my pointing at my head.

Once I let go of my belief (my thought system) that whatever problem seems to be plaguing me is ABSOLUTE TRUTH, a bigger picture (also known as a miracle) can emerge.

Since I happen to be a trained journalist (or as I’ve been known to joke, a member of the world’s largest terrorist organization), I decided to prove my point by reporting the following stories that recently dropped into my inbox:

1. Problem: Missing wallet

“I just finished E2 about 2 minutes ago. I just wanted to say thank you for changing my life (no big deal lol)

“I had lost my wallet for 5 days. I went on and on about it. Even my 2-year old was walking around saying, “Mommy lost her wallet”

“Finally after complaining for the millionth time about the horror of replacing my credit card (1st world problems), I smashed my finger and split my nail open.

“So I think to myself, what’s the message. And with my new found dose of adrenaline, the voice came in clear: “Have you not learnt a *!** thing?”

“You’re right” I silently replied

“So I went to the kitchen with my daughter, took out some paper and drew a picture of Mommy and Lo finding the wallet. I wrote a little story about how we would do a ducky dance.

“Five minutes later, the wallet reveals itself and we danced like ducks.”

2. Problem: Missing the bus to work

“I felt moved to add to your mountain of emails. I work at a library and accidentally sent a book to the wrong shelf. In tracking it down I noticed “Thank & Grow Rich” and decided to check it out. On the very day I decided to do your 30-day exercise, I was shocked to see one of the inspirational readers I use every day reaffirming your philosophy with, “If I fill this moment with gratitude, the next moment can’t help but bring blessings.”

“After doing my first AA 2.0 (note to reader: it’s a gratitude program I write about in Thank & Grow Rich), I was rushing through the snow to the bus stop, only to see the bus cruise past my stop and head on without me. I decided not to see it as problem or the end of the world.

“Then the weirdest thing happened. The bus slowed down, stopped, and BACKED UP toward me! I had never had that happen before. “Don’t tell anyone!” the driver told me, smiling. He had backed up to a gap in the snow banks, so I could easily board. The gratitude exercise was a great start to the day, and every day since. Thank you and I look forward to more blessings to share!”

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.

Why gratitude is the best game in town

“The universe is programmed for your joy.”–Marianne Williamson
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As a devotee of A Course in Miracles, I go through its 365 lessons every year, starting January 1. Right now, the lessons are teaching me about grievances and how every time I have one, I block the light, I block the miracles, I block the truth.

I have come to the conclusion that the only problem (or grievance) I ever have is thinking I have a problem. Which is why gratitude is such a holy practice.

Not only does giving thanks move me onto a different frequency and change the lens through which I see the world, but it changes the world itself. It changes material objects. It changes the events in my life.

When I focus on grievances, the light cannot get through. Reality cannot get through. All I can see is a hologram of my grievances which, as anyone peering inside my head can tell you, is not a place anyone would want to pitch a tent.

The universe is alive, constantly changing, constantly in motion. And we participate in its evolution. All my grievances do is make more grievances.

At the 1927 Solvay Conference in Brussels, attended by dozens of future Nobel prize winners, physicists Werner Heisenberg and Neils Bohr made the case that even scientific research wasn’t completely pure and well, scientific because the experimenter, the observer, affects the experiment through his beliefs and expectations.

Did you get that? We shape the forces of the universe with our thoughts and beliefs. So, when we look for all that’s going right, we animate that superposition into our lives. When we focus on our grievances (basically anytime, we think things should be other than they are), we animate a world of suffering and struggle.

Many insist on hanging on to the belief that our grievances and struggles are real and I would never attempt to take that away from anyone.

But I can tell you this about my own life. When I put my attention on everything that’s going right (hey, my heart is still beating, the birds are still singing, the sun came up without me having to do a thing), my life, both mentally and physically, is more fun. I’m more curious, more loving, more peaceful. And for me, that’s enough.

So my friends, as I often say on Friday, have the very best weekend of your life. And, yes, I’ve shared this before, but I think it’s high time to share it again. I love you all!

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

“Whether we love, or close our hearts to love, is a mental choice we make, every moment of every day.”—Marianne Williamson

“Observations not only disturb what is to be measured, they produce it.”
Pascual Jordan, German physicist

This is a story about a speck and infinity. Since infinity is a rather difficult concept to grasp, I’m going to use the metaphor of this familiar painting:

For the sake of argument, let’s pretend Mona Lisa here is infinity.

And here is Exhibit A. Ergo: a speck:

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It should be pretty obvious, even to the untrained eye, that Da Vinci’s famous painting is a heck of a lot bigger than this itty, bitty speck.

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Notice, you practically have to strain your eyes to see it.

Yet the speck is what we have spent the last several months (and indeed most of our lives) focusing upon. The speck is the anomaly of say, this year’s political season.

While most of the world is perfectly fine (the sun’s still rising, autumn’s trees are still ablaze in brilliant colors, school crossing guards are still directing hand-holding kindergartners across the street) and 99.999999 percent of its inhabitants are safe and alive and still breathing fresh, clean air, we’ve glued our attention to this one insignificant speck.

The world we see on television–the mayhem, the violence, the unsightly bathtub scum–is but a particle, a grain, a hardly-worth-registering speck. Especially when you compare it to the size and scope of the Creator’s enterprise here. Our earth is one planet among billions of planets that form one single universe of which we’re told there are also billions.

We draw out of the magnificent Field of Infinite Potentiality a speck of seeming disaster and we staring at it like it’s a 16-plex movie cinema.

Herein, lies the challenge of our times. We animate into our lives whatever we place our attention upon.

Once something grabs our attention (a headache, a bad review, an unfortunate world event), we devote every waking moment to worrying about it, to getting the latest twitter updates. And as long as we keep looking at the speck, it will only grow.

What do you say we bring our attention back to what’s working, to beauty, to Truth.

If you can see even a tiny glimpse of goodness, of peace, of kind, well-meaning fellow humans, place your attention on that. This simple truth is what will ultimately save the world.

We draw into our lives whatever we focus upon. Isn’t it time to take our battery-powered headlamps off the speck and focus on the beauty, the depth and the Truth of Mona Lisa?

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.

Let’s think up a world no one has thought up yet

“I strongly encourage you to let go of these beliefs. They are inaccurate and melodramatic and they do not serve you.”—Cheryl Strayed

When asked “What’s the best predictor for finding a genius?” Buckminster Fuller used to answer, “A good mother.”

What he meant by that is if your mother (or your parents in general) believed in the largesse of the universe, if they saw that proverbial glass as half full and if they recognized the tremendous potential in not just you, but in all human beings, then you’d have a pretty good chance of realizing the genius within you.

If the culture that formed your rudimentary belief system is generous, open and tends to looks on the bright side, then there’s very little that can stop you from becoming all that you’re capable of becoming.

I heard a joke once that the only reason Jesus became “The Christ” is because God alerted Mary before he was born that that is who he was.

Our beliefs, more than anything else, shape our life experience. And most of our beliefs (we have thousands) are picked up before we have much say in the matter.

So despite all the positive affirmations and intentions for success, your fundamental, underlying beliefs about how the world works at its core create the framework for your reality.

Ask yourself the following questions:

1.      What’s your bottom line belief about other people? Are they good? Can they be trusted?

2.      What about life in general? Is it hard? Fun? Or something to be endured?

3.      What about yourself? What adjectives would you use to describe yourself? How did you parents describe you?

Our beliefs, the default setting we inadvertently picked up when we were growing up, are usually served up with a lot of rules, conditions and limits.

Most of the time, we’re not even aware of the underlying beliefs that create our reality. Which wouldn’t be a problem if our beliefs are aligned with our aspirations, dreams and highest selves.

But when our belief blueprints suggest that the world is a scary place, that money is limited, that hard work is a necessary evil, well, we’re going to have thoughts, those all-powerful creators of reality, that restrict what is possible.

Sadly, your beliefs don’t just filter your thoughts. They determine how big a reality you’re able to imagine.

Imagination and being able to envision a whole new possibility is what we now need.

So I say, “Let’s throw out those old, out-dated beliefs. Let’s juice up our imaginations and create a world that nobody has thought up yet.”

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.

“Be your best, most gigantic self.”—Cheryl Strayed

“We are invited by the future to step it up.”—Marianne Williamson

Even if I didn’t believe in the power of thought BEFORE I wrote E-Squared (and, of course, I did, that’s why I wrote it), there is no way I could, with a straight face, deny it now. Miracles are SO prevalent and manifestations so mind-boggling, that I can barely keep up with all the stories landing like jumbo jets of joy in my in-box. Relationships are happening, unexpected money is sailing in and, most importantly, people are changing their perspective of the world’s beneficence.

I want to thank everyone who has sent me a story. I walk around these days with a perpetual smile on my face and pump my fist into the air so often that my right bicep is starting to look like Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson’s bicep. Guess I’ll have to begin pumping with my left arm in July.

Anyway, in honor of celebration and joy and red rubber balls (my hope for all of you this holiday), I’m sharing this story that bounced into my inbox yesterday.

It’s from Travis Healy who not only gave me permission to share it, but was generous enough to send a picture. He even applied the word “Abracadabra” with magic (Okay,with a magic marker) to his way-cool manifestation.

Take it away Travis:

“For Experiment 2, I focused on “Burnt Orange Cars” to throw the F.P. for a loop. Within 48 hours, a burnt orange coupe drove right in front of me at an intersection just after leaving my home. Later that night, I was watching Counting Cars and they restored an old Ford and painted it…Burnt Orange.

Experiment 4 is where I became disenchanted. I focused on manifesting a red rubber, bouncy ball (another zinger I thought). Forty-eight hours later…no ball…that was 3 weeks ago…no ball. I wrote it off as not being focused enough.

Fast Forward…

No Shi* – Today, at the same intersection where I saw the burnt orange car, a red rubber bouncy ball literally rolled across the street with the wind, right across my path…as if taunting me. I jumped out, dodged cars and picked it up. Holding it now.” RedBallManifest

So for those folks who still believe in and are frustrated by the concept of time (I know it’s a pretty convincing illusion), this one’s for you.

Wishing you a sparkly, joy-filled Fourth of July.

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

“Whether we love, or close our hearts to love, is a mental choice we make, every moment of every day.”—Marianne Williamson

“Observations not only disturb what is to be measured, they produce it.”
Pascual Jordan, German physicist

This is a story about a speck and infinity. Since infinity is a rather difficult concept to grasp, I’m going to use the metaphor of this familiar painting:

For the sake of argument, let’s pretend Mona Lisa here is infinity.

So here’s the speck:

( . )

It should be pretty obvious, even to the untrained eye, that Da Vinci’s famous painting is a heck of a lot bigger than this itty, bitty speck.

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(Notice, you practically have to strain your eyes to see it)

Yet the speck is what we have spent the last two days (and indeed most of our lives) focusing on. The speck is the anomaly of recent events in Boston. While most of the world is perfectly fine (the sun’s still rising, spring flowers are still growing, the school crossing guards are still directing hand-holding kindergartners across the street) and 99.999999 percent of its inhabitants are safe and alive and still breathing fresh, clean air, we’ve glued all our attention to the speck.

Herein, lie the challenge of our times. We manifest into our lives whatever we focus on. This is a spiritual law and a certainty of quantum physics.

The world we see on television is nothing but what we’ve chosen to focus upon. Sadly, up until now, that has been mayhem, problems and unsightly bath tub scum.

We’ve drawn out of the magnificent Field of Infinite Potentiality a speck of seeming disaster and we’re staring at it like it’s a 16-plex movie cinema.

I compare it to the job review where the boss gives high marks in 16 areas. Yet we focus on that one slight aberration that “still needs improvement.”

It’s time for all of us to start bringing our attention back to beauty, to Truth, to what’s working. A friend of mine even healed her sprained right foot by taking her focus off the pain and concentrating on how wonderful her left foot felt.

Once something grabs our attention (a headache, a thought of unworthiness, an unfortunate world event), we devote every waking moment to worrying about it, to getting the latest twitter updates. And as long as we keep looking at the speck, it will only grow.

If you can see even a tiny glimpse of goodness, of peace, of kind, well-meaning fellow humans, place your attention on that. This simple truth is what will ultimately save the world.

We draw into our lives whatever it is we focus upon. Isn’t it time to take our battery-powered headlamps off the speck and focus on the beauty, the depth and the Truth of Mona Lisa?

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

Do your beliefs block the flow of the world’s limitless abundance?

“A child of God is a magnet for all things good.”
–Marianne Williamson

I’m more or less illiterate when it comes to anything electrical. I know what a plug looks like and I know how to attach it to a wall socket. Beyond that, I draw a blank.

But there’s a device used in electronics that provides a good metaphor for understanding why some intentions are so easy to manifest and why others seem darned near impossible.

The device is called a resistor and basically (All you electricians out there, please forgive my simplistic explanation) what it does is reduce the amount of electrical current flowing through a circuit. Resistors limit the number of electrons that can flow past a given point at any one time.

Our beliefs about ourselves and about the way the world works serve as resistors, blocking the flow of the world’s limitless abundance. Our beliefs are the brakes that stop the natural, always-flowing current of good.

Let me give you an example. Most people believe money is limited and hard to come by. That’s a resistor.

On the other hand, they don’t believe health or intelligence is limited. Just because I’m healthy doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy, too. Steven Hawking’s brilliant intellect doesn’t prevent Matt Groening or Steven Spielberg from using their brain power.

But when it comes to abundance, the belief there’s only so much to go around is a big, fat resistor, much better at blocking the flow than tungsten, carbon and other popular resistors.

The other family-size resistor is believing you know how to best accomplish a particular goal. Let’s take traveling, a popular intention for many. Most people I talk to believe the best way to become a world traveler is to get a job so they can accumulate enough money and vacation time to visit say, Cape Town or Monte Carlo or even Denver, Colorado.

I, on the other hand, had no expectations one way or another. I knew I had a burning desire to travel, but I had nary a clue how to make that happen. What I did have is the wherewithal to acknowledge I had no clue. It was abundantly clear to me that if I was going to jet around the world, my only option was to give it up to the universe.

I let it go completely, trusting the universe was a heck of a lot smarter and more abundant than me.

Instead of following the “accepted path” of slaving away and accumulating money and vacation time, I now travel for free. The universe led me into travel writing, an occupation I’m not even sure I knew existed when I first made the declaration that I wanted to be a world traveler.

Money? Who needs money?

In the world of electronics, resistors sometimes come in handy (they can create heat and light), but for me, who longs for a life of ease and grace, I prefer to keep the flow as wide open as I possibly can.

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

“You are here to fly at full wingspan, for the glory of the One who sent you.”–Marianne Williamson

“It’s right underneath your fingers, baby. That’s all you have to understand. Everything is right underneath your fingers. –Ray Charles

When a kindergartner bails off the monkey bars, the principle of gravity works even though he has no clue what gravity is or how to pronounce it. Likewise, spiritual principles are at work in your life whether you understand them, can pronounce them, or even want them.

Take a standard 8-1/2 by 11-inch piece of paper. If you drop it from shoulder level, it’ll most likely fall to the ground. But if you take that same piece of paper, fold it just right, add a paper clip to the bottom, you can sail it across the average Burger King.

The paper still weighs the same. It’s still the same color, the same texture. But by applying the principles of velocity, force and lift, you make what used to be an “impossible thing” possible.

Seven hundred thousand pound planes now fly through the air, not because we changed the law of gravity, but because Wilbur and Orville Wright learned higher laws that transcend it.

By learning and applying spiritual laws, you, too, can transcend anything. Once you discover that the world operates according to universal spiritual principles that, like gravity influence your life at every moment, you can fling wide the doors of creativity, love and joy. And here’s the kicker. These spiritual principles are more profound than physical laws and affect your life whether you’re aware of their existence or not.

Any light blub with a working filament and an electric current has the potential to light up a room. It doesn’t matter whether that light bulb is big or small, round or square, yellow or white. It doesn’t matter where it’s been or how it was used in the past. If a light is plugged to its source, it’s going to dispense light.

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

“The universe is programmed to support your happiness.” –Marianne Williamson

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
–Robert Frost

I know she’ll never host a competition like Oprah or Ellen, looking for her biggest fan. But if Marianne Williamson ever did, I would definitely enter.

Since Return to Love, I’ve eaten up her every word. I’ve seen her speak twice and, if I lived in Los Angeles, I’d definitely be a groupie.

I was already a student of A Course in Miracles when she first appeared on Oprah. But, oh baby, did she have a gift for explaining that dense, three-book blue volume. She introduced its beautiful message to the masses. Not since John Lennon sang, “Love is all we need,” did anyone so closely speak my language.

Over the weekend, I read her latest book, Divine Compensation, and I found myself copying down practically every word. Here are a few nuggets from the Divine Miss M that I simply must share:

“The ego doesn’t want you to believe this, but all you have to do is open your heart and all the abundance you need will find its way to your door.”

“The idea you must struggle to experience abundance interferes with the natural magnetism that otherwise brings abundance forth.”

“You have more important thing to do than worry about money.”

“You are here to fly at full wingspan, for the glory of the One who sent you.”

Thank you, Marianne, for being such a great teacher. I love you and appreciate all you do to bring Truth to the world.

And I will end this blog post with a prayer, copied straight from Divine Compensation:

Dear God,

I surrender to You who I am, what I have and what I do.

May my life and talents be used in whatever serves you best.

I surrender to you my failures and any pain still in my heart.

I surrender to you my successes and the hopes that they contain.

May the Light of your Love shine deep within my heart,

And extend through me to bless the world.

Amen

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