Imagining a new world

“Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle.  It’s a feeling inside that can hardly be contained.”–Terry Pratchett

In response to a comment on my last blog post, I stated that I have a crush on all of humanity. And I meant it.  We humans are utterly fascinating creatures, star dust all, random collections of molecules.

My latest crush is Adrienne Maree Brown, a black, queer activist from Detroit. I heard her interviewed by Tami Simon and was fascinated by her wisdom, her clarity and the following ideas:

We live in a world and a culture that was imagined by someone else. It’s not permanent—even though we often think it is. Many of the stories and beliefs we still act upon today were created long ago and way too many revolve around want, accumulation and fear. They’re not working anymore.  The cool thing is we can change them.

How? Fractal responsibility. A fractal, of course, is a pattern that repeats itself on many levels—in the universe and in a tiny cell. So to change the world, we can begin by altering our own personal fractal.

As Brown says, “Fractal responsibility is saying, How do I operate in a way that is responsible to my vision, in a way that’s not just pointing fingers and asking other people to change, but recognizing the kind of change I can make in the world is directly related to the change I’m willing to make within myself.”

For example, democracy. Rather than rail at what seems like threats to our country’s promise of equality, I can look at my own home where (gulp!) I don’t consistently practice democracy. My arrogant position too often is “Well, I bought the house, I pay the bills. I should make the decisions.” That’s not fair or democratic to Jim, my long-time partner. And that’s something I CAN change.

She also talked about pleasure activism, what she calls “a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work.”

In other words, let’s make the revolution irresistible. Let’s make it impossible to want anything else. My mission has always been to create a path (to equality, freedom, creativity, joy, etc) that’s so compelling that people can’t imagine walking any other.

If you’re interested, here’s the interview that compelled me to bring home three of adrienne maree brown’s books:

Embracing Pleasure, Fractal Responsibility, and the Power of Our Imagination – Sounds True

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Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World) that has just been turned into an app. Badass ACIM (

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
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.