A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 168

Claim your blessings today.

Take 15 minutes today to mentally experience all the riches in the Universe, and send those thoughts out into the ether.

The idea of the “gift economy” states that the more I give away, the more I receive.  If I can give everything away, I will be overwhelmingly gifted in return.

By giving, I acknowledge that it’s not really “mine” anyway, and I make room for even more to come.

By giving, I claim the right to receive.

Quantum physics tells us that thoughts have the power to change the physical world.  We change the world around us just by observing it.  If we contribute to the positive, more positive things will be attracted to us.

What will you give today?  And what will you receive?

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 167

Death is not the enemy.

Death is an illusion that we use to “protect” ourselves from the fact that our physical being is a temporary shell.

Like the little hermit crab, we need to continue growing, and as we do, we outgrow the shell we’ve borrowed for the present.

Any form of negativity slows down our growth, our expansion into new realms of joy, peace, prosperity.

Anxiety, sorrow, suffering, even the smallest discomfort – all these give power away to the whole illusion that death is real.

Ecology teaches us that death is a part of life, not its opposite.  Death is just a transfer of energy from one state of being to another.  Every tree that burns in a fire is converted into nutrients for the next generation of trees. Every blade of grass eaten by a horse, a rabbit, a cow, is converted into manure that enriches the soil for the plants that remain.

Just because we can’t see our loved ones on this plane of existence, does not mean they’re “gone”.  We just have to open our minds to let in the joy and happiness they’re experiencing now.

Don’t let negativity take away your life!

Keep growing, and get ready to trade in the shell you’re using now for a larger one.  And prepare yourself for the day when you no longer need that shell for protection!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

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A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 166

What gifts surround me, that I overlook?

What blessings do I discount each day, taking them for granted?

How often do I give thanks?

I know I should spend every waking moment in gratitude.  How often do I actually succeed?

Not nearly often enough!  Unfortunately, I get sidetracked each day by the tiny aggravations and irritations of the average working day.

In order to move on, though, and become better, I have to constantly remind myself of all those things that I do take for granted.

I have so much!  My husband, my son, our home.  I’ve got a cat who’s been in the family for 13 years!  She’s definitely a trial sometimes, but she’s very precious.

I’ve got 2 sugar gliders who crab at me when I wake them up for a grasshopper treat.  I’ve got finches who beep constantly if their food or water is getting low.  I’ve got a couple of bunnies in our springhouse who put their heads down to get petted, when I feed and water them.  They get to run on the floor when I’m working on my rowing machine, and they hop, run and slide around as fast as they can go.

I’m blessed to have work that’s unlikely to be downsized, and my husband’s job is the same.

Life is so good.

Let’s celebrate all the gifts we’re given today!


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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 165

Body, mind and soul.

Everything that I am is deeply connected, inextricably bound together in these three aspects of myself.

If I exercise my body, it gets stronger and more resilient. I can walk, climb, or swim more easily.  My blood pressure drops and my weight stabilizes.

If I exercise my mind, I learn and understand more.  I find out things about the world around me that can change my perceptions, and I see more clearly the causes of events and the lines that tie all things into a web of life.

If I exercise my soul, I become more loving, more compassionate towards myself and others.  I take events less personally, and gain flexibility in my thinking.  I begin to understand that the universe doesn’t revolve around me, and that my place in it may be small.

It’s a lot of work!

The end result, though, is that I am gaining ground, every day coming a bit closer to that ideal “me” that I need to be, in order to accomplish whatever it is that the Divine has for me to do.

I don’t get as far as I’d like to, each day.  I don’t always feel like I’ve even made any progress.  But I have to try, otherwise, what’s the point?

Do you struggle every day to learn, to grow, to become?

Keep up the good work!  Have a wonderful day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 164

“All the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind.” Winston Churchill, 1953

I think Prime Minister Churchill might be pretty disappointed in how far we’ve come.

Instead of grabbing hold of the opportunity to create positive change, we’ve gone further and further down the path of self-destruction.

Instead of joining into communities that focus on making the world a better place for everyone, we’ve retreated into our own private corner of hell.

By using the past as the lens through which we view the world, we focus only on what’s already happened and on how we perceived it at that time.

But the truth is waiting to be seen and heard.  The truth is that we can change everything!

You can choose what you see, what you experience, and how you react to those events.  By actively seeking the truth, you change your reactions.  You change your experience.  As a result, you change yourself, evolving into the new human you can become.

Need an example?  The Khasi people of India live in one of the wettest spots on the planet, separated by rivers, lakes and swamps.  They have figured out how to train the trees to grow “living bridges” to stay connected with each other!  Check it out at http://click.nl.npr.org/?qs=8f2b3bf54f93029f567cff8d4a2d1dab79e2ae1251918ef169fee9b55877375907be0091fd2f5aa375629c72ecbacc26e0fe914696e42455

Are you ready to make the effort to change?


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 163

What would our planet look like if we consciously trained our minds to accept all the data pouring into our brains?

What would our country look like if we consciously decided to truly treat each human being as though they were someone we knew and loved?

What would your life look like if you treated every person, every plant and animal, like a beloved part of your family?

When I’m on the phone for work, I try to approach each call as if I’m helping a neighbor – someone I may not know yet, but a person who has unique needs and wants some help with a subject I’m more familiar with than they are.

If I can just treat everyone as though they’re a valued customer (which they are), I can hang up at the end of the day feeling pretty good about what I’ve accomplished.

Yes, some people are more difficult to work with.  Yes, some people don’t act nicely.  And yes, some people have needs I can’t meet.  But I have to recognize that I only have control over myself, and that the rest is not my responsibility.

I imagine our planet as a place where each child is treated like a gift, where every human being has every physical and emotional need fulfilled, where our pets are all valued members of the family.

Can you envision that?

What if everyone took five minutes today to try to bring that vision to life?

We see what we choose to see, experience what we choose to acknowledge.

What will you choose to experience today?

Choose joy!  Choose happiness!  Choose to see the unlikely, the improbable, the miraculous! Above all else, choose wisely.

Have a grand day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 162

An abundant life filled with joy, purpose and peace – that’s the promise that I’m buying into now.

For many years I suffered from depression.  I was diagnosed and prescribed, and honestly, I did do better with chemicals.  I faithfully took my scripts for probably twenty years. 

Things changed in our lives.  We moved to Kentucky to be closer to my husband’s family.  For several years, we had no health insurance and I simply had to do without.

In the intervening time, I found meditation and journaling, began a conscious process to improve my mental health and coping skills, and by the time I could see a doctor again I no longer needed chemistry to live well and happily.

I am NOT suggesting you try this!  It’s not the best way to reduce chemical dependency!  We managed to get by, and I am grateful to have survived, but it was no picnic.

But the fact remains that I no longer have the need for that kind of support, and I count that blessing every day.

We each embody so much more power than most of us ever realize!

You have the power to turn your life around, or upside down.

Greet your intrinsic power with a smile today, and join hands with it as you move forward into the life you want to lead!  You can become anything you want to be.  Drink your coffee, and get after it!

Have a marvelous day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 161

There’s an old saying that we should “Walk a mile in another person’s shoes” before deciding you know anything about them.

The ability to do this is, I believe, completely human.  We can choose to try to fully understand another human being, and by making that choice, we ourselves embrace our own humanity.

Until you’ve experienced what that person has been through (or under, or around!) you don’t really know what drives them or what motivates their actions.

Try it today, in your mind.  Picture one person in your life who maybe annoys you, aggravates you, just rubs you the wrong way.  Imagine their face, their gestures, the way they walk and move.

What do you really see?  When you toss your ego out of the driver’s seat and open your heart, what do you see?

It’s another human being, trying her best to get by, trying to do the “right thing”, whatever that looks like to her.

Give yourself that gift today.  Really look at someone else.  Try to walk in that person’s shoes.  

I’ll bet they give you blisters!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 160

If I can just get the heck out of my own way, the Universe will shower blessings on me like a thunderstorm.

All I have to do is accept this, and quit struggling so damn hard to make it happen.

If I can just take the song “Let It Be” (written by Paul McCartney and performed by The Beatles) and make it my mantra, the Divine will take care of me in every conceivable way.

Why is it so hard for me to get this idea through my head?

I work on this every day, sometimes every hour (it seems) and yet I have to repeatedly remind myself.

Every day, I start the day with thanks for another chance.  Every day, I wonder if I’ll ever really get the concept hammered in.

And every day, I try again!

What about you?

Don’t get discouraged!  We both know that our egos don’t have the “true story”, just the loudest voice.

Keep your spirits up!  Take a few deep breaths, and relax.  

We can enough to let the Divine send us blessings, and we will succeed.

How do you remember to “Let It Be”?

I walk down my driveway and look at the flowers…

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 159

The more you give, the more you receive.

You’ve heard it.  You know, somewhere deep down in your heart, that it’s true.

But have you ever actually been able to practice it?

It goes completely against the grain – it’s totally opposite of what we’re trained to do.  But if you look around, you can find examples of people who have literally stepped out in faith to give.

Take the story of Captain Tom Moore – the British veteran who decided he would raise some money for the health care workers who had helped him through illness & cancer to 99 years of age.

He announced that he was going to walk 100 laps in his garden (with his walker and cane) to benefit heroes in UK healthcare, before his 100th birthday.

He figured he’d raise a few thousand pounds.  By the time he finished his 100 laps, he’d amassed donations in excess of 39 million pounds!

This wonderful gentleman wanted to give back to people who had taken care of him.  He had no thoughts of what he’d get out of it, other than some exercise and fresh air.

He was knighted by the Queen for his selfless service on May 20th.  His actions have undoubtedly made all British healthcare workers realize how much they’re appreciated – a gift by itself.

No matter where you live, you can grow, and you can give.

What can you and I do today?

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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

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