The only conversation worth having

“In an exuberant state of joy, you are at peace with everything about you . . . there is no thing unconquerable, no thing unreachable.” — RAMTHA
Neuroscientists have discovered that humans reverberate to the actions and emotions of the people around them. This unspoken but ongoing communication is why someone yawning can make you yawn even if you slept ten hours the night before. It’s why dancing on a roof with my fellow Course students makes me so happy.

I probably sound like a broken record, but there is nothing like compadres on the path of enlightenment to encourage, celebrate, and challenge personal perceptions.

It’s why I’m part of two possibility posses in my hometown. It’s why I’m here in Mexico, getting loved up by this beautiful Course in Miracles community.

This Divine communion makes me buzz with joy and love and creative ideas. Which creates even more joy and love . . . and makes me wonder, Why doesn’t everyone do this?

Why doesn’t everyone spend their time talking about possibilities? Why doesn’t everyone move towards the love? Move towards the joy?

Adults, it seems, have a million reasons for declining an offer to enjoy themselves. Kids never turn down fun. They’re constantly in search of the next good time.

When was the tipping point? At what point did we begin rejecting the chance for joy and glee? At what point did we quit talking possibility and start talking problems.

When did we learn to pinch off our gorgeous, clear love energy? When did we allow but a small percentage of who we really are to radiate? When did we get so busy fixing our problems that we forgot to notice the incomparable possibilities?

What I’ve discovered is that when I join with others in possibility, when I commit to being open to love and joy, I don’t even have to look for ACIM Lesson 95. It’s right there, the knowing that I’m forever united with my one Self.

Once again today, I commit to having fun. I commit to being overjoyed. And I commit to letting my light shine.

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 I remain optimistic

“Birds in my backyard aren’t on their cell phones. Aren’t stewing over politics. They’re singing their hearts out in celebration of a new day.”—Tweet I recently sent


I have been accused of being naïve, a Pollyanna, a ridiculous fool.

“Haven’t you seen the headlines?” my naysayers roll their eyes.  “Are you ignoring what’s going on in the world?”

“No,” I answer back. “But I do suspect that newscasters and alarmist social media posts are ignoring one very important fact.”

There’s a bigger dance going on.

There’s overwhelming evidence of an intelligent universe that actually knows what it’s doing. That’s orchestrating this whole thing.

The point is I don’t have enough information.

All I know is that the old story isn’t working anymore. And that, unless we become aware of all the unfathomable possibilities, we are going to continue to be hit with a big stick.

Magic is afoot, my friends. There is an intelligent force that’s got our back.
And that’s why I will forever be a cock-eyed optimist.

Just the other day, I heard about a girl who was deeply depressed, ready to end it all. She was sitting on a beach, looking out over the ocean. She screamed out to the universe, “If there’s meaning to any of this, you better show me right now.”

She leaned back to take one last look at the ocean and set her hand on a gold medallion, buried in the sand. Surprised, she picked it up, turned it over. It said, “You are loved.”

Or consider this story shared on my blog this weekend:

“My dog, Moe, a beautiful soulful Basset Hound made his transition about a month ago. My partner and I were so sad that I picked up your book and remembered to ask Moe to send us a sign. I felt so badly for my partner who just was overwhelmed with grief.

“Well, two days later he wakes me up to tell me something rather amazing. We were given a brand new Lexus (another miracle…there are so many )…anyway, two years ago Moe accidentally ripped the leather console with his claw. It was about the size of a dime. My partner was so angry and just wouldn’t let it go. He kept moaning and groaning and was just a tad over-the-top about the tear in the leather.

“Two days after asking for a sign from Moe, he goes out to the car and notices that the tear is GONE. I am not kidding. GONE. 100 percent…NOT EVEN A SCRATCH. I am a big manifestor…have lists of really cool things but this really bowled me over. It was a miracle. A miracle from Moe.”

So, my friends, go ahead and despair if you must, but consider this. Magical, mysterious resources are already on the job. And maybe instead of reporting the same old story, appointing the same old commissions, we should instead…change our worldview.

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

“What’s possible” is far more important than “what is”

 “Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” ― Gloria Steinem newspaper

I love Michael Beckwith’s recent description of the mass media. He called it a “weapon of mass deception.”

He also said that instead of calling it news, we should call it “olds” because it tells a dying story, an antiquated anomaly that only exists because we continue to place our attention upon it.

What if instead we woke up every morning to different stories? Stories about all the spontaneous healings from the last 24 hours, stories about all the relationships that have recently been reunited, about philanthropic acts, about new innovations and creativity, about all the good that is taking place on the planet.

If we were bombarded with stories like this instead of stories about the lowest common denominator, our awareness would expand. We’d literally re-engineer, as Beckwith called it, our imaginations. We’d come to expect ever more good, more cooperation, more compassion.

The current news media wires our nervous systems for worse case scenarios. We actually believe and expect bad things to happen. We think that’s normal.

It’s not.

As always, we have a choice. We can place our attention on the news (AKA the “olds”) or we can dream of what can be. By placing our attention on new possibilities, we animate a completely different future.

Here are the headlines I’m envisioning for today:

New Zika cases around the world fall to zero

U.S. Democrats and Republicans hug it out on the Senate floor

The Middle East celebrate 10 years of peaceful coexistence

Snows return to Kilimanjaro

Pam Grout appears on Super Soul Sunday

Tell me in the comments section below: What’s your new headline?

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

Five non-political reasons I support Bernie Sandwich

“Pizza makes me think that anything is possible.”–Henry Rollins peace-flowers

I try to stay out of politics here on the blog. My goal is to bring people together and well, usually politics does just the opposite.

But I’ve recently become so jazzed about the candidate commentator Chris Hayes, the other night, accidentally called Bernie Sandwich that I simply must shout it from the rooftops…or at least from my little public megaphone.

Here are the five reasons I’m feeling ‘the bern’

1. Bernie talks “we.” Other candidates spout I: “I’m going to work really hard for you. I’m going to change this. I believe……” Listen to his language. It’s all about “we, together, all of us.” Bernie knows change is a team sport.

2. Bernie talks possibility. Pragmatism, I suppose, has some perks. But idealism and optimism is the only thing that will really bring about the change we all long for. Anything is possible, but only if we wrap our mind and consciousness around it. I want to believe big things are possible. Why not?

3. Bernie refuses to talk smack about his opponent. Again, pragmatists and the “old story” insist the only way to win an election is to attack the other guy. Bernie, even when asked, even when his opponents start slandering him, refuses to go negative.

4. Bernie talks (and votes) peace. If little ole me here in Kansas could clearly see the futility of the Iraq war, I can’t fathom how any reasonable person in Washington could not see it. Bernie was one of a handful of senators who voted against sending troops to Iraq.

5. Bernie supports everybody. White, black, straight, gay, born here, immigrated yesterday. Bernie knows we’re all one. He knows you can’t really bomb that guy over there or wipe out that species down there without it affecting all of us.

I love his new ad and with that, I’m signing off from Lincoln Street.

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.

Let the universe do the heavy lifting, Redux

“How is none of your business.”
—Edwene Gaines

Jeannie worked a minimum wage job as a clerk at a discount store. She heard this rumor that prosperity was possible to anyone who made it a conscious intention, anyone who took the time to write down what they’d “love to do.” She didn’t really buy it at first, but just in case, she hedged her bets by attending a workshop given by Edwene Gaines, a powerful prosperity teacher who makes the rounds at Unity churches.

She stood up during the workshop and challenged Edwene’s thesis. “This prosperity business is a bunch of bunk,” she said. “How could it possibly work? I barely make minimum wage. How in the world could any of this good stuff happen for me?”

Edwene reminded her of the first principle of prosperity: How is none of your business.

“Your business is ‘What do I want?’ Edwene reminded her and then asked her this question. “Would you be willing to consider the possibility that God has ways of bringing your good to you that you might not have thought of yet?”

Jeannie gulped and said, “Well, yes.”

“Okay,” says Edwene. “Should we get back to the only question that’s really up to you?”

“Well, I’ll tell you what I want,” Jeannie said. “I want to see the world. I want to go to all those wonderful places I’ve only read about and seen on TV. I want to go to the opera in Italy, the casinos in Monte Carlo. I want to see the Pyramids, visit London, Paris and Machu Picchu. I want to travel to Tibet and China. And I want to go first class and ride in limousines and wear beautiful clothes.”

And again, Edwene asked her, “Are you willing to consider the possibility that God knows exactly how to do all that?”

Eighteen months later, Jeannie called Edwene.

“And, boy, was she excited,” Edwene says.

Jeannie proceeded to tell her about waking up one morning and yelling at the walls of her tiny apartment, “I am not a clerk. I don’t know what I am, but I am not a clerk.”

She went in that day, quit her job and decided she’d look for gainful employment elsewhere.

A few days later, while making the job interview rounds, she took a break for coffee at a little diner. She sat down at a booth and noticed a paper opened to the classifieds in the booth next to her. She couldn’t help but be curious about the ad, circled in red ink.

Turns out an elderly woman who had owned three successful businesses had recently retired and wanted to see the world. Although the woman had grown children, none of them could take the time off, so she was looking for someone with whom to travel. She wanted someone who would handle all the details—plan the itinerary, secure the airlines tickets, hire the limos, etc.. The older woman didn’t care where she went. She just wanted to go, to make up for the lost time she’d devoted to her businesses.

“And guess what?” Jeannie says. “We went to the opera in Italy, the casinos in Monte Carlo. We went to Paris and London, Tibet, China and Mexico City. We saw the pyramids in Egypt,” Jeannie says. “And it was just like I asked. She bought me elegant clothes and even loaned me her jewelry.”

They traveled first-class for almost an entire year when the older woman became ill. They returned to the States and, in her will, the older woman left Jeannie a small inheritance.

So, as Edwene would say, “Are you willing to consider the possibility that God might know a few things you haven’t thought of yet?”