A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 65

Joy is our real purpose in life.

The pursuit of joy, the inspiration of joy, the experience of joy – this is our sole reason for being on this planet.

Everything we do, every thought, every action should be taken with the aim of causing more joy, more happiness, more fun.

Most people can’t actually make themselves believe this utterly foreign idea.  We’re raised being told to “Settle down!” “Don’t be so loud! ” “Get to work!” 

And after eighteen years of being instructed in how to be dull, how to fit in, how to be “productive”, most people settle down and get to the work of not being so loud.

What we really ought to be doing is encouraging our kids and ourselves to get out there and start singing in the rain, dancing while it’s snowing, creating art and gardens and playgrounds.

Life is literally too short to waste all of it on fitting in.  What is that even about?  Everyone’s completely unique, so how can anyone really hope to fit in?  And, more importantly, why?

What’s your plan for joy today?

Spend 10 minutes today, and start making a plan for your own joyful production!  But remember to keep your “Social Distance” and stay well.

Be blessed today!


Photo by WinnieC, courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 64

Mindfulness means so much more than just thinking positive.

It’s about forgiving ourselves for the silly or dumb things we sometimes do, and that are sometimes done to us.

It’s about reminding ourselves that there’s a much bigger universe out there than we can yet imagine.

It’s also about paying attention to that small voice in your head.  The one that’s urging you on to DO something, to MAKE something, to BE something or some more.

The creative urge is far, far more ingrained in our species than even the urge to control our environment and feed ourselves.  Our ancestors were tagging rocks in caves with stick horses around 40 thousand years ago.  In contrast, evidence of agriculture only started around 10 thousand years ago.

So, despite the fact that art is now considered an “elective” in those schools where it’s even still taught, it’s apparent to me that we all need to “make” or ” do” something.

When I meet new people who look at the things I craft, they nearly always say ” You’re so creative.  I can’t do that.” Why not?  Who told you that?  And what the heck do they know about what you’re capable of doing?

I was told in the third grade that I would never be an artist, that I had no talent, and that i shouldn’t even bother any more.  Why?  Because I made a picture with orange and purple next to each other, and this “teacher” had rules about what art “should” be.  “You can’t do that!” I was told.

Fortunately, my Mom came from a generation of New Englanders who made stuff.  She knitted blankets and baby sweaters, she crocheted little string Christmas ornaments, she cut and sewed fabric to make our clothes until we could afford to buy what we wanted.  She never thought of herself as an artist.  She was too practical for that.

But the urge to craft, to make stuff, would not leave me alone.  I began to listen to that small voice in my head, and I made stuff.  I made macrame hangers for plant pots.  I embroidered my jeans with flowers and leaves.  I learned cross-stitch.  And for twenty years, I made quilts.  

Yes, I put purple and orange next each other.  I decided that if I couldn’t be an artist, I’d be a crafter.  Because that way, I didn’t have to follow those rules, and the creative urge would be satisfied. I literally HAVE TO make stuff.  When I don’t, my whole life suffers.

What is it that YOU do?  What do YOU want to make?  What craft have you “always” wanted to learn?

If you’re one of the millions of people around the world right now who are out of work because of the Corona virus pandemic, NOW is your chance.  Find it on YouTube.  Look it up on Pinterest.  Search it out on Instagram.  And as Nike famously put it, “Just DO IT!”

Because that creation NEEDS YOU to bring it to life.  And if we’re not creating, we’re just consuming.


Photo by bluemorphos, courtesy of Pixabay

Be blessed today!

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 63

“My only role is to be happy, to spread molecules of merriment, and to let peace radiate out from me…” (Pam Grout).

If we let go of the old paradigm where we think of ourselves as helpless victims, we each suddenly become a spreader of seeds that can bloom all around us.

Just like a farmer casts out his oats, corn, or alfalfa seed, you turn into someone who sows tiny miracles everywhere you go, in everyone around you.

Every time you consciously smile at a stranger, compliment a co-worker, or even just talk silly to your dog, you’re spreading positive “vibes”.  You don’t know what will happen to them.  You don’t get to keep track of whether that seed or this one actually manages to grow.  Your job is to keep spreading the seeds.

If everyone spread a handful of seeds of love, of peace, of miraculous intent every day, we could change the world overnight.

What story will you tell today? 

Will you stick with the old garbage?  The junk that says “poor, pitiful me, I’m just a victim of circumstance”?

Or will you deploy your ability to forgive, take the trash to the curb, and start a new story?

Grab a big bag of seeds today, and start spreading them around!

You don’t have to spread a truckload.  Spread a packet.  If two or three is all you can manage, do that.  But DO IT!

Every moment is a gift.

Make the most of each moment you have.

And be a gift to those who share your space and your life.

Have a safe and blessed day!

Photo by Andrea Goellner, courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 62

Are you stuck at home today?

Are you one of the many people trying to do “work from home”, perhaps with only the vaguest idea of how to actually produce something while the kids, the cat and your spouse all share your space?

Think of it as an adventure, complete with family atmosphere, lots of drama, and maybe throw in a delivery pizza for lunch.

The Universe is definitely up to something here.  We aren’t allowed to know what.  We don’t get to choose the end results for everyone.  But we do get, moment by moment, the choice of how we act or react.  

My question for you is, what part will you play in today’s adventure-at-home?

Will you play into the drama, lose your temper, shout at someone today?  Will you call for calm, and lovingly explain that everyone in the household has “work”, whether for school or a paying job?

Will you buckle down and get “it” done, so the Divine can reach down and touch your life?

Will you deliberately turn off the TV, concentrate on what you “have” to do, so then you can move on to what the Universe wants you to do?

It’s your choice.  You’re not alone, either, if you’re experiencing some hardship trying to make things work that haven’t had a lot of air-time in your life.

But you CAN make it work.  Think about the positives here.  You don’t have to drive the car and curse the traffic.  You don’t have to make your lunch before you head for work.  You can probably sleep in a bit, too.

Enjoy this time at home with the people you love!  Be gracious, kind and tolerant.  Even if you have to hide in the bathroom to catch your breath.

Make room for that infamous “Divine Inspiration” , and when it hits, grab it, jump in and hang on for the ride.  It’s scary, but amazing, like a rollercoaster, and you don’t know where you’ll be able to get off.

But I guarantee, it’ll be worth your while!


Photo by Paulbr75, courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 61

You are the light of this world.

Your reason for being is to be a light, to help others find their way out of darkness, so they can be a light as well.

The Bible admonishes us not to hide our light under a basket, not to keep it to ourselves, but to let it shine forth.

Every time the selfish, idiot voice in your head makes some negative statement, it’s trying to get you to hide your light.  It’s trying to convince you that you aren’t good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough – but you KNOW now that’s BS.

BS has it’s place (in the compost pile).  The place for BS, you’ll notice, is NOT in your head, your home, or your heart, but outside in a pile, cooking itself into something useful.

Toss the BS out where it belongs, and fill the space with thoughts that make your light burn brighter.  Thoughts like “I’m an amazing person”. Thoughts like “I’m really good at this!”.  Thoughts like “I CAN do this, I am creating this, I am helping this person”.

Start thinking BIG today.

What’s your biggest dream?

Don’t worry about how you’re going to make it happen. That’s NOT your job.

Just daydream.  Every bit of time you spend on your dream (even just thinking about how awesome it will be when you’re on that vacation, going to that workshop, driving that new car) draws that dream closer to you.

No, it’s not “common sense” .

Even Albert Einstein didn’t like how this stuff works.

But Quantum Theory says that there doesn’t have to be a cause and effect relationship that we can identify.  

It’s not our job to figure out how to make things happen.

It’s our job to share the light, create positivity in and around us,  and to be joyful when those dreams come true.

Be joyful today.  Be ALIVE.  Shine out and share your light.

Be blessed today, and stay safe.


Photo by Rujhan_Basir, courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 60

“Shower the People with Love” by James Taylor is today’s Jukebox pick.  Listen to the words.

You are capable of amazing things.  You are meant to accomplish astounding acts of creativity.  You are the ONLY ONE who can make those particular things happen.

Someone else might be able to create something similar, but it will not be what YOU would create.

If you’re like me, you have that voice in the back of your head that’s always saying “But YOUR creation will never be as good as that photo there.  YOUR creation will never look as good as that.  YOUR creation won’t be seen by anyone who will appreciate how much time and love and effort you put into it.  So why bother?”

 The challenge is to just ignore that voice.  Let it natter on until it fades into the background while you get on with creating, with living, with BEING the gorgeous, loving, creative person you’re meant to be.

And once you’ve managed to consign that voice to the trash bin, it gets easier.  Each time you consciously recognize that voice and toss its crappy advice where it belongs, you make it easier to do the next time it pokes its unwanted nose into your creative business.

No, you may not change the world with your writing, your drawing, your dancing, your woodworking.  But you WILL change yourself, for the better.

And here’s the part that I like the best – when you make a space in your life just for YOU, there’s suddenly a lot more room for everyone else.

When you are expressing your creativity somehow, and you make time for it regularly, you’ll find there’s more room in your head and your heart for everyone else’s stuff, too.

So then you can “Shower the People You Love with Love”.  

What’s your thing?  How do you express your creativity?  Do you cook?  Garden?  Clean house?  Decorate?

Do it.  Let it out.  Let it expand your life, your love, and your reality, until you lift off and rise above it all.

And have a blessed day today!


Photo by ggenseke , courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 59

Today’s pick from the Divine Jukebox:  “Living in the Moment” by Jason Mraz

Today I give you a quote I found in Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” – “We must risk delight.  We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the furnace of the world.” ( by Jack Gilbert).

We have to be brave enough to dig our way through all the muck and trash that the world throws at us to find the value, the inexplicable joy in our lives.

Each day, wake up and remind yourself that here’s another chance to experience gratitude, to express love, to be kind.  

Each day, we get back on that horse and ride until we find the oasis where we can rest in the assurance that the Divine is looking out for us.

Each day, we consciously look for opportunities to bless and be blessed.

Like the birds who wake up before dawn and start singing, we must do it, because we can.

Have a safe and blessed day!


Photo of Red-Winged Blackbird by FletcherShauna , courtesy of Pixabay
With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 58

From the Divine Jukebox today: “Dancing Queen” by ABBA

Every day, we’re bombarded with advertisements about what we need to buy to fix what’s wrong with us.

If we have arthritis, there’s a host of appetizing drugs with myriad lovely side effects.

If we’re a bit overweight, there’s a dizzying array of programs  to “help us drop those unwanted pounds”.

If our complexion isn’t model-worthy,  there are thousands of products to make ourselves look different.

But what if we just accept who and how we are, and move on into the next stage of our lives?

I was diagnosed with depression many years ago, and was told that I’d always be on medication for it.  I have a family history of depression disorder, so it made a certain amount of sense.

But when I started realizing and accepting that my issues stemmed from a wish to control what was happening around me, and I released the responsibility for all those things, something started to change.

I decided that I didn’t need to control anything but my own reactions.  Everything else became NOT my responsibility.  What an amazing freedom I’ve found!

All I had to do was let go, and let the Universe do the rest.

My job is NOT to control anything except myself.  In my case, that usually means keeping my mouth shut and thinking first, before I actually say anything.

If I stop and think  about the consequences BEFORE I speak, everything else gets easier.

And because I’m concentrating on myself and my reactions, I don’t have time to get angry or upset about what ‘ought to be’.

I’ve not had to take antidepressants for several years now.  I DO still have to remind myself to think before I open my mouth.  But what a relief to hand over the responsibility for all the things happening around me to “somebody else” !

The Universe has my back.  She’s got your back, too.  We just have to let her deal with those things that are not our responsibility, and quit second-guessing her.  Let the Universe do her thing.  She’s taking care of each of us.

Be safe and well, have a blessed day, and don’t forget to dance a little bit today!


Photo by Jill Wellington , courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 56

Today’s Divine Jukebox pick is “Imagine” by John Lennon.

We’re told to “Keep the faith”, to”Have the faith of a little child”, but then the next thing we’re hit with is “Don’t expect too much”.

Which one has been winning out in YOUR life?

Because you cannot have this both ways.  Either you hand over your wants to the Divine, or you don’t.

Either you have faith that things will happen for your good, or you don’t.

Now, while I’m the first one to grant that what the Universe gives you is not always what you expect, I refuse to believe that what you get (if you have faith) is not what you really need.

And I will warn you that the Universe has an interesting sense of humor.  My experiences prove this point!

My husband and I had been married for about five years, and he brought up one day that if we wanted our own child, we’d best get a move on, as I had already turned 39, and had none of my own.  He’d been ready to name his firstborn Tyler, when they found out that Rachel would suit better, and she’d recently turned 18.

We talked to the girls about it, and after a few months of serious consideration, decided that we were good just finishing up raising the girls.

My Mom was really disappointed that she wasn’t going to get a pile of grandchildren to play with, but she soldiered on through.

Less than 6 months later, I was pregnant.

Our son’s 16 now, and the light of our lives.  He’s blessed us in ways we couldn’t have imagined; just the idea of a grandchild was enough to help my Mom emerge from the deep depression she’d been in since my Dad had passed on.

And to cap it off, he was born the day before my Mom’s birthday the next year.

If that’s not divine humor in action, I don’t know what would qualify!

Whatever you can imagine, the Divine has so much more to give.

Dream BIG today!


Photo by LeandroDeCarvalho, courtesy of Pixabay

If you’re looking for something different to do while you’re in quarantine, I suggest that you check out gutenberg.org!  It’s an entirely free site for public domain books.  And if you’re stuck at home for any length of time, you might want to volunteer to help proofread more books for anyone to read.  It’s strictly volunteer, and every page helps!

Have a safe and blessed day!

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

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