A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 8

When we focus on our past experiences, we bring our minds into resonance with the things that led to those experiences.

But, if you’re resonating at B-flat, you can’t also resonate at C-sharp.

And if B-flat is where you were, and C-sharp is where you want to be, you have to keep turning that tuning peg to tighten that string.

So, four times today, I commit to tuning that one string back to C-sharp.  Four times today I will stop whatever I’m thinking about, and re-tune those thoughts to my goals.

Pam says in her book that you don’t have to “believe” in these experiments .  But you do have to do them.  Unless you don’t want to change anything in your life.  In which case, you’re good to go!

I’m going to focus on where I want to be, not where I was.

Because I have seen miracles happen in my life, and I’m ready for more.


Just a note here.

If the swan started thinking about all the bad things that could happen, would she be able to not only lay those eggs, but actually incubate them for the 32 to 37 days it takes for those chicks to develop inside the eggs?

She doesn’t worry about what might happen.  She just knows she has to keep setting, turning those eggs, keeping them warm.  Her mate keeps her company, defends her against all comers, and generally just hangs around.

They don’t keep talking about how that last bunch of cygnets were so ungrateful.  They don’t worry about how one might be an ugly duckling.  They just do the job at hand.

That’s the attitude we need!

Just do this job.  Don’t keep worrying about how it might not work.  Don’t fret about which eggs might hatch, and which might not.  Just do this job.

And let the Universe, full of every good and beautiful thing, provide.  After all, that’s its job!


Go out and enjoy this day.  After all, its all we really have, right now, with everything we need.

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 7

Everything we can see is in the past.  My woodstove is in the past.  My kitchen, with its floor that needs cleaning, it’s in the past.  My closet is in the past.  My not-comfy-enough bed, its in the past.

Look around and repea three times for each object, “This is in the past.”

 Then remind yourself that right now, this moment, everything you could possibly need or want is available to you.  You just have to be where it’s at.

Live for this moment.  All day.  Every day.  You’re alive, with all the possibilities that brings.  Choose to be open to all the possibilities!  It’s always sunrise somewhere in the world…


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A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout). Day 5

Think about the last time you were overcome by sheer happiness and joy.
Remember how those”problems ” you think about continuously sort of disappeared?  How that snarky voice in your head receded into the background, and you couldn’t hear it anymore?

 That’s the place I want to be all the time.  

But, just like a doctor who prescribes a “cure” for the symptoms of your illness, we try to fix whatever we think is “wrong”.  But we’re just masking those symptoms.  What we think is wrong is based on our beliefs.  Those are inside, they’re the real illness.  

It’s not the crappy weather or politics or work that’s got you upset.  That upset is just the symptom.  It’s those beliefs that you’ve built up over all these years, that things “should be” just so.

But why?  Why does your work feel like a trial?  Because you believe it is.  Why does the weather bother you?  Because you believe it should be different.  Why let crazy politicians ruin your day?  Because you think you should.

Search your mind today for the source of your upset.  Them remind yourself that its cause is not what it appears to be.  
Then replace it with that outflowing, boundless joy.  And start breaking down those walls of belief.  Just be.  It’s there for all of us.  We just have to let it in.


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A Course in Miracles Experiment, Day 4 (author Pam Grout)

Repeat after me, “My thoughts don’t mean anything.”

 WHAT?

Think about it.  That critical, mean-spirited, overbearing, self-proclaimed boss in your head is only there on your sufferance.  You can fire that butthead at any time.

So, my thoughts “I really need to mop the floor.” ” I need to wash those dishes. ” “I should clean the table off, wash the car, mow the lawn…” don’t MEAN anything.

Unless I listen.  

Choose not to listen to that Simon Cowell in your head.  Let it go.  Fire that person.  You don’t need that negativity in your life, or in your head.  Refuse to give your precious attention to negative thoughts.

Remember that there’s an infinity of possibilities right where you are, and be ready to embrace the positive.  Live for the things that renew your faith and rejoice in everything you are and can become.  

You’ll find a shift in the world as you practice this, believe me.  It’s like walking a few feet in a rainstorm to find that there’s blue sky and sunshine on the other side of the street.  There’s no comparable feeling in all the world.  It’s sort of like being reborn, maybe, emerging from darkness into the light.

So, keep going!  Ignore that nay-sayer in your head.  I mean, REALLY!  Who hired that guy anyway?  Keep climbing up the path until you reach the sun…

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A Course in Miracles Experiment. Day 3

Today is about getting around that “bad guy” we’ve hired to guard our thoughts from getting out and enjoying themselves in this crazy wonderful world of ours.

I’m old enough to remember the first Star Trek series, when it first came out on TV.

I remember how my Dad scoffed at the “science” that was so integral to the stories.  

My favorite example is the communicator.  We still had a “party line” on our phone, and if you don’t know what that is, you’re probably too young to have ever had one.  Ask your parents.  Or maybe your grandparents.

Anyway, the communicator.  Think of the modern folding cell phone.  Fifty years before cell phones.  It’s a fine picture of how something that someone imagined has come into being.

Everyone has a cellphone now, right?  Back then, everyone had a phone in the house.  Period.

If no one had imagined the communicator, would we all have cell phones now?  If the person who dreamt of a communicator had let that “bad guy” scoff and tell them “What a bunch of crap” would we all have handheld devices to talk to each other?

I’m thinking not.

First, you gotta let your imagination out of the lockbox you’ve put it in.  Fire that “bad guy”.  Go have some fun, for crying out loud.

Then, admit you don’t understand the things around you.

I sure don’t understand my cat.

I definitely don’t understand my tablet, my cellphone, or really even the coffee maker.  By allowing myself to not have to “understand” the things that surround me, I open the door for the inexplicable universe and send the “bad guy” down the road to torment some other soul who enjoys knowing.

Me, I’m going to shoot for the stars…

The feel-good science behind sea otter surrogacy

What a great testament to the tenacity of these otter- and ocean-loving people! Otter on!!

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Surrogate-reared otter released into Elkhorn Slough by Monterey Bay Aquarium A new study reveals the Aquarium’s Sea Otter Program bolsters the local otter population. Here, a surrogate-reared otter leaps into Elkhorn Slough on California’s central coast.

Ask not (only) what you can do for sea otters, but what sea otters can do for California.

That’s one of the thoughts on the minds of Aquarium scientists in the wake of a new study, which confirms the power of sea otters to restore coastal ecosystems.

Since 2002, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has reared rescued sea otter pups for release to the wild. Female otters in our exhibit serve as their “surrogate mothers,” teaching them critical life skills like how to groom themselves and forage. The hope is that when the pups are released in Elkhorn Slough, a wetland 20 miles north of the Aquarium, they’ll be able to thrive on their own.

A newly published study confirms that these surrogate-reared pups are…

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Jellyfish?

Just read an article about the amazing number of Lion’s Mane Jellyfish appearing off the Maine coast. Apparently jellies are not that uncommon there most years, but this year most of the jelly reports are Lion’s Manes, and that’s definitely unusual. The best reading that I’ve found so far is “Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and The Art of Growing a Backbone” by Juli Berwald. Juli’s journey from landlubber to jellyfish researcher and advocate is a thoughtful and insightful tale that’s a pleasure to read. It’s also thought provoking in a way that’s becoming increasingly necessary in the age of “spin”. Juli takes you along in her search for answers about jellies, what we know about them, what we use them for, and what they do in their spare time. I was already a jelly fan, and this story has excited even more interest in the subject for me. Image courtesy of Skeeze via Pixabay When the book ended, I was left wanting more. More information, more anecdotes, more everything Jelly! I loved the way the author takes the reader along on her travels involving her fascination with jellyfish, and the way her I understanding evolves into a holistic view of the sea and the planet.  It’s long been my view that if we as a species continue to discount the value of our environment, our children will not thank us for the consequences that they’ll have to live with. What do you think? What are you doing about it? I and my husband have purposefully fostered a deep and abiding love and concern for the planet and all its inhabitants in our kids.  We encourage daily hikes, interaction with our farm animals and pets, and the whole practice of husbandry of our land and resources. It doesn’t seen like enough…

Photo Capture # 132 – Great Egret

Gorgeous birds! Anybody know if their feathers were used for those amazing crazy hats a century ago? You know, that one’s that looked like they had a whole bird, plus the entire flower garden?

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Great Egret


Why Not?…” I think I’ll get a turtleneck sweater for next winter…


Great Egret Great Egret –
“I think I’ll get a turtleneck sweater for next winter…”


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Hedgehogs? Why?

So, you think you want a Hedgehog? They make a fabulous pet, and may be exactly what you want and need for a critter companion! First, though, let’s find out some fun facts about Hedgies and what makes them so interesting.
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One of the first things to know about Hoglets is that they are naturally shy. Even if your baby Hedgie was raised by loving humans, he or she may take a while to warm up to the idea of cuddles. The key with your Hedgehog will always be patience! Treats of mealworms, boiled egg, apple bits or slices, banana and berries will go a long way to encourage your Hedgie to boldly face the world! Hedgehogs aren’t nearly as quiet as you may think! Especially as your Hoglet gets to know you and feels comfortable around you, they may make a wide variety of sounds. I’ve heard chirps, squeaks, grunts, whistles, purrs, clicks, pops, sneezes, wheezes and sniffles!
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Here’s another bit of Hedgie trivia: The International Hedgehog Association recognizes more than 90 different colors! What color Hedgoie do you have or want? Stuffed toys are great for your Hoglet’s mental health, especially the ones that are small enough for them to drag around. Some Hedgies like to take their stuffies on safari, and carry them all around their habitat. Others prefer their “pets” to stay in bed and keep them warm while they’re sleeping. Some Hedgehogs like to steal socks, strings or shoelaces (even if you’re wearing them)! If you let your pet have the run of the room, be very careful for both your sakes, and keep close track of where your Hog is. Try to figure out what mischief they’re planning next – this could be a fun game with an interested partner or group!
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Some Hedgies will use a litter pan like a cat! Some won’t though, no matter how hard you try to train them. Another interesting fact:  If you decide multiple Hedgies are the answer to your pet needs, you may only safely keep females together for any length of time! Males kept together, even brothers from the same litter, will eventually fight. Many people assume that Hedgehogs are related to porcupines, but this isn’t true. Porcupines are a rodent with quills (which are hollow). Hedgies are insectivores with spines (which are solid). Also, porkies can lose their quills without being harmed, while a Hedgies’ spines are tightly attached.
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Most domestic Hedgehogs are of mixed parentage! Multiple African Hedgehog breeds have been used as breeding stock, so your domestic Hedgie may be descended from several different species. This could be part of the reason that there are so many different colors to choose from. Another thing to keep in mind is that many Hedgehogs will change color as they get older, so if you’re set on a particular color, make sure you get to see their parents and older siblings, if possible! When you’re doing your Hedgie acquisition research, make sure that you find a reputable veterinarian who’s studied exotic species like Hedgies. Your regular dog and cat vet may not be equipped to handle a Hedgehogs’ particular medical needs if an emergency should arise. It’s ALWAYS best to have a vet lined up BEFORE you get any pet! I’d also recommend My Hedgehog Journal (bit.ly/Hedgehog13) as a way to research and decide if your kids are ready for a Hedgie as a pet.  Even the best critter-loving kid has a rough day now and then, so working through the Journal will give you both time to make sure that you’re ready for the responsibility!  It’s got Hedgehog facts, trivia and animal quotes to get your child actively thinking about the daily tasks associated with pet care.  There’s room in the back for veterinarian information and feeding schedules for vacation time, too. Good luck with your new spiky friend, and keep me posted! With Grace and Gratitude, LeslieAnne Hasty
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Bird’s ID – Long-tailed Mockingbird

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Long-tailed Mockingbird


The Long-tailed Mockingbird (Mimus longicaudatus) is a species of bird in the Mimidae family. It is found in dry scrubland and woodland in western Ecuador and Peru (north of Camaná).

The bird favors open habitats with scattered low bushes and shrubs, such as forest edge and young second growth, montane scrub.

It is frequently found in gardens and parks. It often feeds on the ground, running forwards on relatively long legs.

An attractive, thrush-like bird, the long-tailed mockingbird has a long, elegant tail which it carries at a pert angle whilst on the ground. Its plumage is made up of grey, cappuccino, and dun colored feathers. The outer tail feathers are broadly tipped white. Its face has been described as harlequin patterned. The juvenile is duller, with a dark iris, and is spotted or streaked on underparts.


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