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“Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book.”— WALT WHITMANhelp-i-need-somebody1

A reader emailed me this morning to regretfully admit that, alas, she was unable to faithfully execute the hourly reminders requested in the Course workbook.

I had to chuckle because a) In 20 years of doing the Course, I have never once successfully completed the task myself and b) the only reason we’re asked to do that is to be reminded–our minds are like pinball machines. And we need help.

My favorite Course lesson is “I need do nothing.” I love this one so much because of my great aptitude at proving to myself over and over again that, despite my best intentions, my own efforts are futile. They simply don’t work.

But there is, as the Course tells us, a better way.

The better way is a four-letter word: HELP!!!

In ACIM Lesson 100, I learn the following:

1. God’s will for me is perfect happiness.

2. My joy is essential to the healing of the world.

3. And Super God itself is incomplete without my joy.

So anytime I don’t feel perfect happiness, I have to stop and realize that I made a decision that differs from my Source.

And since that decision was my best effort (again proof of my futile efforts), I just have to offer that magical four-letter plea: HELP!

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.

“The sidewalks are littered with postcards from God.”—Walt Whitman

“We’re surrounded by things we cannot see.”–Louie Schwartzberg

An old boyfriend of mine, a rational, left-brain advertising man, was sitting at his office desk one Tuesday when he suddenly got up, jumped in his car and drove home. This never happened. He had trouble leaving work at day’s end.

He pulled into his driveway at the unheard of hour of two in the afternoon…just in time to thwart a thief making off with his new TV.

This was a guy who wouldn’t dream of uttering words like God or grace or guidance. As I recall, his favorite description of me was “way-too woo-woo.” Yet, even though he’d never before left his office in the middle of the afternoon, he somehow picked up a signal to stop work immediately, to drive home now.

In E-Cubed, my new book, I talk a lot about signs, about the fact the universe constantly leaves bread crumbs, even sends up roadside flares when we’re not paying attention.

Last weekend, I was in Sydney at the Australia Writer’s Weekend with Reid Tracy, president of Hay House, and Leon Nacson, president of Hay House Australia.

Leon told a funny story about his unlikely entry into the world of spirituality. Not that you can ever NOT be touched by the Divine. But a lot of us pretend not to notice. As for Leon, he was busy booking rock shows and running night clubs.

One day, while watching his favorite footy team, his stomach started rumbling. Eager to get back to the game, he reached into his cabinet and grabbed what he thought was Maalox. After downing nearly the entire bottle and noticing it tasted a bit weird, he took a closer look. It was calamine lotion and his stomach, he was aggrieved to admit, was now coated with 10 ounces of anti-itch meds.

He tried everything over the next few months to get rid of this nasty stomach coating, even agreeing to accompany his P.A. (personal assistant) to an after-work body cleanse that she had enlisted in her never-ending quest to drop LB’s.

To make a long story longer, the P.A. ditched the body cleanse, but Leon, who was desperate, attended and was introduced to the incredible world of mind, body, spirit, a field he had no idea even existed. He went on to write a book about dream interpretation, to meet and eventually promote Deepak Chopra (although when Deepak first called about coming Down Under, Leon thought he was saying Six Pack Chocolate, which he still calls him today) and, of course, to eventually join forces with Hay House.

The point I’m trying to make is we are all being guided, all being given signs, all the time.

Once we surrender, let go of the struggle and let the universe take the lead, everything starts to fall into place.

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 just -released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.