A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 145

By the time we’re in middle school, we’ve had some negative experiences that color our perceptions of the world and the people around us.

We’ve learned that it’s “not okay” to show strong emotions, that it’s not safe anymore to just be ourselves to everyone around us.

We start to construct the mask and costume that we’ll wear the rest of our lives.  And we start coloring in our expectations of others, whether for bad or for good.

What does your mask look like?  Are you the strong, quiet person on the outside, while your heart and stomach twist with each small disappointment?  Are you the life of the party outside, while your true feelings lay tightly locked away where they can’t get hurt?

These constructions are intended to soften the blows from a “cruel world”, but in fact they are an attempt to distance ourselves that just won’t work.

I can put a bandage on a hurt to give it time to heal, but if I keep putting a bandage on that spot to protect it after it’s gotten better, the end result is a spot even more vulnerable than before.

If we keep the mask on all the time, we develop a softer place that’s easier to hurt the next time.  And we miss out on the unscreened, unaltered clarity of the experience.

Instead, embrace the Universe!  Celebrate every thing, whether it seems to be “bad” or “good” at the time!  Gather your courage, take the mask off, and experience the Divine Plan firsthand.  

Yes, there are hurts and some experiences we’d rather do without.  But the bottom line is that EVERYTHING is part of that Plan, and our responsibility is to rejoice in every bit of it.  It gets easier with practice.

Have a truly wonderful day today, taking that mask off!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 144

Remain open to life’s amazing grace.

When I went back to Arzona State University, to complete my Bachelor’s degree after a ten year hiatus, I managed to sign up for a course on Riparian Ecology.

The things I learned in that class still come back to me sometimes – the amazing ways that plants cope with the “feast or famine” of water availability still leaves me in wonderment.

In the Sonoran  Desert where I grew up, there are cacti that pull in every bit of water they can reach when it rains, and lock it up in a greenish goo that sustains them through the long months of drought.  Cacti are so adapted that they don’t even have leaves – just spines – so they don’t lose as much water when they “breathe”.

Ocotillo plants look like spiny sticks for most of the year, but when the rains come, they burst into leaf, then produce extravagant wands of scarlet blooms for hummingbirds and insects to feast on.

If you see Cottonwood trees in the desert, you know there’s water there – they’re notorious for using amazing amounts of water.  I remember in the 80s (or possibly the 90s) the water companies in the Central valley cut down all the Cottonwoods along the irrigation canals, claiming they stole too much water. What a shame that was.

We’re a part of an ecology that is more complex and detailed than we’ve figured out.  

Our place is to dream big and to love bigger, to adapt ourselves to fit our place in the world.  We get to choose, though, unlike the cactus plants.

Where do you fit in?  Where do you want to be?  Claim that place today!

Be your most loving, your most forgiving, and your most grateful self today.

Change the world!  We truly are all in this together!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 143

“Thank you” is the primary saying for today.

Despite all the media telling us how little we have, and how much we need, all of that is an illusion.

Today is a day when we get to experience miracles in abundance, blessings that overwhelm, and gratitude that overflows.

Every day is an opportunity to forgive, to apply your get-out-of-jail-free card by sloughing off the made up stories of lack and want.

There’s so much more that we don’t know or begin to understand.

The planet we live on continues to surprise us.

Fungi have the ability to digest and detoxify oil residues, and even plastics.

Trees can communicate with each other, and actively nurture their offspring.

Nearly extinct species are being re-populated successfully.  (Galapagos tortoises, after 55 years in captivity and 1800 baby tortoises, returned to thier native island!)

As long as we hold on to our gratitude, and let go of our fears, anything is possible.

Thank you for reading!  I appreciate you and ask that you be blessed today – extravagantly, amazingly, abundantly blessed!

Have a great day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 142

Only love matters.

Only love is real.

Everything else is a distraction, meant to draw us off the right track and delay our trip.

All the attention we give to anything besides love is a waste of our minds, our time, and our resources.

Love is the answer to every question of importance, to every situation, to every dilemma we might face.

Love can cure any illness, solve any problems, repair any relationship.

Each day, if we put on that attitude of love and gratitude, will fulfill our responsibility to ourselves and those around us to do our best, be our best. This is the most efficient route for you and me.

Twice today, for five minutes, stop what you’re doing and remember that love and gratitude will change the world.  Your love and gratitude (and mine) are what we need to change the world.

Let’s do it.  Together. Today.


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 141

Get to the truth of who you are.

The hamster running on its wheel in my head tells me continually all the stuff I “need to do” to improve myself.  Let me tell you, it’s a very long list.  There’s really not as much repetition as you might think.

Is your brain like that, too?

Do you have a running commentary in your head, constantly reminding you of all the things you haven’t done yet, all the things you need to do to “get ahead”?

I have to remind myself that that’s my ego talking, and it’s not exactly bosom buddies with the real truth – that today I am sufficient to the needs of truth and love.

Everything that I am (and everything that you are) is everything we each need to be today.

Love in an unending stream will fill you up and overflow, washing away all that trivial bullsh*t our egos try to pour in to poison the truth.

Stop the hamster wheel.  

Take your ego out of the cage in your head and turn it loose in the woods.  You’ll be so much better off without it!

Know yourself.  Not your ego, but your true self.  And rest assured that you are (in the words of Robert Hollis, an amazing network marketing guru) “greatly blessedhighly favoredand deeply loved“.

Have a fabulously wonderful day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 140

Choose love today.

Commit your entire being today to the propagation of love.

Forget all the garbage that’s spread around us in a banquet of negativity.

Forgive the wrongs you’ve experienced, the hurts that have scarred your soul.

Remember that nothing can hurt you if you don’t allow it.

Make the conscious decision to be the human you’re intended to be, and keep that thought uppermost in your mind today.

Enough ripples of love can merge into a tsunami of caring, overtaking and cancelling out the tide of negativity that is trying to drown our humanity.

Celebrate the birth of a revelation – that one person can change the entire world, with love.  Celebrate that that person is you!

Have a marvelous day today!  It’s a day of celebration!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 139

I am lovable.  I am loving.  And I am loved.

These are the truly important facts that I need to frame my days.

Despite what the media reports to us, despite any evidence to the contrary, these facts are the basis for making the entire world a better place.

You ARE lovable.  You ARE loving.  And you ARE loved.

With this as our cornerstone, we can build an empire of true and eternal love.

When we stop believing that internal narrative that tells us everything that’s wrong, tells us we should be frightened, that we should spend our days cowering in a corner somewhere – that’s when we grab hold of love and step out into the promise of a brand new day.

Think about it.  Do you want to believe in all that negativity?  Probably not.  But we tend to forget to keep our guard up, and those negative thoughts will slide in through the smallest crack.

Put on your armor of love today.  Wrap yourself up in a robe made of hope.  Grab up those rose-tinted glasses, and remind yourself that you have faith.

And spread the truth.  Love is where it’s at.  Let’s travel this road together.

Have an extraordinary day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 138

Decide on heaven today.

Take 5 minutes.

Step outside.  Look at the sky.

Smile.  Feel beautiful.

Yesterday I got in our little pool, climbed into my son’s floaty chair, and just looked at the sky.

No thoughts.  No worries.  No decisions or judgements.

Just watching the clouds build and shift, listening to the amazing array of birds busily singing away. Feeling beautiful.

It’s always been a rejuvenating experience for me, to be able to just exist in nature.

What’s your “feeling beautiful” exercise?  How do you connect with the natural world?  When do you know you need to recharge your ‘nature’ batteries?  Do you make it a regular practice?

I’m so blessed to have so much nature in my yard.  I’ve got Bluebirds, Cardinals, Goldfinches, three different kinds of Woodpeckers, an occasional pair of Bluejays.  There’s Titmice, Nuthatches, and a Phoebe with her nest over the basement porch door.  We’ve got a family of Grey squirrels, several wild rabbits, and once in a great while we see one of the neighborhood Red fox family.

And then, about the time I get into that Zen state, a tree frog croaks, right next to me by the volume, and practically knocks me off the float and into the water.  Darn those things are loud!  

Nature.  This is where it’s at.  Go there today.  Charge up your mind, your heart and soul, by connecting to something in nature today.  Feel the ties that bind us to the planet, and that feed us and nourish us every day. Be beautiful.

And don’t forget to be thankful!

Have an extraordinary day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 137

“We’re all in this together.”

 We’re not nearly as separate from everyone around us as our ego wants us to believe.

Together is how we are, and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us exactly how un-separate each of us remains.

If a virus, depending on some sort of physical transmission, can literally cover the planet in a few months, how much faster can an idea move?

What if we started to repeat “We’re all in this together” every time we think those negative thoughts about someone?

A new study in the scientific journal “Science Advances” this month shows that people are generally inclined to give or do for someone else even if it costs them something, and it’s not just motivated by the thought that something good will come back to them as a result.

This study also found that when you see someone being generous or kind, you’re more likely to be generous or kind in turn. 

So if you “pay it forward” and pay for a Starbucks for the person behind you in line, the ripples move out through the world.

We ARE all connected, whether we want to admit it or not.

Forget the ripples.  Go out today and make a splash!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 136

Fire your ego.

Remember when you were a child, that feeling that every good thing would be yours in time?

Remember the rock-solid certainty that the world was just waiting for you to get things done, so the celebration could start?

Remember that gut-level knowledge, how full of power and connection you were?

Well, the only thing standing between you and those feelings now is your ego.

Our ego builds up a storyline, just like the evil sorceress in Terry Pratchett’s  “Witches Abroad” .  After a while, the story gains momentum and carries on all by itself, without you paying any attention whatsoever.

Rewrite your story.  Change your life.  Get rid of your ego’s self-serving BS, and replace it with the life you CONSCIOUSLY want to live.  Reclaim that childhood power to believe.  Allow the Divine to guide you to where you need to be.

And give thanks every day, for the blessings you recognize and the ones you don’t!

Have a marvelous day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

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