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Are you spreading wisdom? Or woe?

“The universe is being healed. Don’t you want to be a part of the dance?”—Rob Bell


I’m often asked about my possibility posses. How do you start one? What do you do?

Because I’m allergic to rules and steps and how-to’s, it’s hard to give a definitive answer.

But I can say this.

Every human on the planet has woes. And every human on the planet has wisdom. There’s no exception.

The going cultural paradigm focuses on the woes: the problems that need to be fixed, the “others” who are doing it wrong.

This complaining and anger takes up a lot of space. In our heads. In our everyday conversations. In our political discourse.

In my posses, on the other hand, we leave space for wisdom. We leave the woes temporarily hand-cuffed and tied up in the cellar.

We don’t deny they’re there. We just actively acknowledge that there’s an alternative narrative.

We commit to starting the discourse with “what is going right?”

Each of us feels responsible to show up with our best game. To put on our hard hats and mine for the wisdom that each of us has.

It’s perilously easy to get sucked into the woe conversation. There’s always temptation to join the dominant life sucks story.

So instead of asking what we’re against (the typical manner for picking the popular us-against-them teams), we ask what are we for? What beautiful thing is there to behold? It’s a judo move that completely changes the energy.

What do I stand for? What might be possible?

And then, when the light is shining, we untie the woes in the cellar and find that, not only are they untrue, but they shrivel into nothingness when exposed to all that light.

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.