A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 95

Freeing, Electrifying Joy.

THAT is why we’re here.

Not to be stuffed into a cubicle, cranking away at some ridiculously simple “job”.

Not to be tied to a desk and chair, thinking that “If I can just make it to the weekend…”

Not to drag ourselves out of bed each day, heading out to work we really hate.

We’re here to add to the party.  I love Carlos Santana’s “Planetary Party” because for me it expresses that jubilation in the fact that we’re alive,  that we can dance, sing, play, create.

THAT, my friends, is what we are here to do.

To experience and to share that completely overshadowing blissfulness, that exhilarating feeling that not only is everything right with the world, everything is RIGHT with YOU.

When was the last time you felt that way?

Where were you, and what were you doing?  Who were you with?  What did you have to eat, what music were you listening to, what did the sky look like?

And more importantly, can you re-create that feeling?  

Take ten minutes this morning to re-experience that feeling of being fully alive and joyful.

Take that with you today.

Spread it around.  Start the party!

And have an  EXTRAORDINARY day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 94

Have you ever met one of “those” people?

You know the ones I mean.  They’re the people who, if a stranger walked up and gave them a stack of $100 dollar bills, would complain because they weren’t in a wrapper.

Those people.

Our egos are exactly like “those” people.

They don’t mean to be like that, they just can’t help themselves.

The problem with that is that the griping gets in the way of any good.

If we leave our ego in charge for any length of time, it will get carried away with its own sense of importance.  Once this sets in, it’s very hard to dislodge it from its self-created throne.

You are NOT your ego.

You DON’T have to listen to that selfish, narcissistic voice.

You ARE a Divine creation, capable of your own accomplishments and miracles.

Your ego (and mine) keep telling us that the way to completeness is with that brand name purse, that designer coat, more money, more this, more that.

The truth that this obscures is that you have, right now, the capability to create something new.  That’s a miracle all by itself – the capability to create.

We have to be on guard against listening to that greedy, acquisitive voice in our heads, and move forward into creation mode.

What will you create today?

How will you react to the gifts the Universe will hand you?

Will you whine that it’s not in a pretty wrapping, that there’s no fancy bow?

Or will you express your sincerest gratitude, and get to work? 

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Have an extraordinary day today!

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 93

Be different today.

Tell yourself how much you enjoy your work. Whatever you do that’s creative, whether it be painting, photography, cooking, woodworking, or writing – remind yourself how much you like doing that thing.

Even if what you do is figuring out new ways to amuse your cat.

Whatever you do, keep reminding yourself that inspiration is important, that you enjoy its company, and that you’re glad to have it around.

In “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, she reminds us that our creativity is a gift, and we should frequently tell it we appreciate having it around.  As she puts it, “by saying you delight in your work, you draw inspiration near. …because inspiration  – like all of us -appreciates being appreciated.”

By expressing that appreciation, we draw our source of creativity nearer.  It’s a law of attraction rule that whatever you spend your time talking about, whatever you spend your brainpower thinking about, that’s what you’ll draw into your life.

If you want to be inspired, tell your inspiration source how much you love having it around, how much richer it makes your life, how you’re willing to ride with it to the end of the line.

And follow through.  Because words without work accomplish nothing.

The words themselves start to pull things towards you, but the work, and the joy you experience in the work, keep those things heading in your direction.  

Yes, sometimes the work feels like work.

Sometimes it feels like you’re pulling a beach towel through a two-inch knothole.

Keep pulling.

Keep edging that tiny bit through each day, every day, until you get the darn towel all the way through.

That’s when the ideas will flood through that tiny hole, fast enough to nearly drown you, inspiration to last a lifetime.

And keep appreciating that source of inspiration, no matter how hard it may be.

The Universe wants you to create, wants you to express yourself, wants you to use her inspiration.  Indulge her, thank her, and get to work!

Have a blessed day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 92

Look around you.  What do you see?

Our eyes only see the things we’ve come to believe. Because our brains have gotten so efficient at filtering out anything that doesn’t fit our world view, we literally don’t see the rest.

Do your eyes show you lack of something?  Do you see division, need and discontent?  

If you’re ready for a new vision, close your eyes, and open your mind to the inner vision that can show you the abundance, light and kindness that’s all around you.

The Divine is there in everyone, in everything, surrounding us with the keys to a greater experience.  We just have to tune in to the right station on the radio to get the message.

The world around us seems to be full of static as we’re trying to find the right spot on the radio dial.  That’s an illusion.  We each have to keep carefully turning, gently moving that dial until we find the beautiful music that’s out there.

Let the light in to your life.  Tune your inner radio to the uplifting music of the cosmos, open your inner eyes to the light of the Universe, and extend a hand to take the key that is waiting for you to grasp it.

Then fit the key into the lock, turn it, open that door and step into a new and better reality.  Because you can.

Have an extraordinary day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 91

Everything we see, everything we feel, and everything we experience is filtered through our brains.  In the process, there’s a lot that’s left by the wayside as we go about our day.

What if we could pull that filter off of our minds, and just soak it all in?  Well, we’d be completely overwhelmed by the immense load of data and we’d probably be unable to function.

So, by applying those filters, our brains are helping us out, straining out the bits we don’t need to survive.

Unfortunately, by the time we’re able to talk, our minds are pretty well conditioned to accept and process a certain set of data, that best fits with what we want to believe.

As a result, we then only ever experience events that fit with that particular mindset.

Here’s an example:  You know that lady who is always upbeat, always looks on the bright side, and always seems to “come up smelling like roses”?

She has a completely different way of perceiving the same events as the next person you know.

Second example:  That guy at the office who’s always complaining about something, who always seems to have bad things happening to him, and is forever one step away from disaster?

The same set of events will affect them differently, because the way they perceive those exact same events will be completely different.

Do you see yourself in either of these?  My husband is the worrier in our family.  He’s the one who expects the worst, is always afraid that the next event will be a disaster, and that something awful is just over the horizon.

On the other hand, I’m the optimistic one.  I see the positive things, look forward to more fun, new friends, and I tend to concentrate on the good things that have happened at the end of the day.

We experience completely different realities.

It’s taken me twenty years to figure out that even though we’ve lived in the same house, had the raising of the same children, and frequently had similar jobs, that what he’s lived through has almost no similarities to what I’ve experienced.

It’s been sobering for me, in my happy-go-lucky way, to realize that his life has been a lot more stressful.

What to do?  He’s not the kind of person who is willing to change his world view, and that means he’ll probably always be stressed and unhappy.  My job can only be to try not to add to that burden.  I can’t change him, but I can adapt myself to make life easier for both of us.

That’s the good news: That we do have the ability to change our own perceptions, to change our reactions to those perceptions, and so to change how we experience and affect our families and the world around us.

How do you experience the world?  How does your partner (if you have one)?  Are the two opposite, like in my family, or more alike than different?  How can you change, or do you even want to?


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Have a FABULOUS day today!

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 90

There’s a miracle sitting right next to you.

I don’t know what it looks like.  But I do know that it’s waiting patiently for you to stop looking the other way and pay attention.

There are miracles all around each of us, every day.  We’re so busy, though, seeing the “lack” in our lives, that we don’t look the other direction.

We get stuck in that single view like a horse with blinders on his bridle, and we can’t seem to see anything else.

But you and I are not wearing blinders.  You and I can make the choice to look beyond the moment, past the struggle to just survive, and find that miracle.

Make a decision to look around you today, and find a miracle.

Maybe it’s something small, like the way your dog looks at you like you’re omnipotent.

Maybe it’s something huge, like the love your family has for you.

And maybe it’s something in between, like the fact that your car keeps getting you to work every day, though you know it should have died long ago.

Open your eyes.

See past the misery that the media has made so popular.  See the amazing things people are doing for each other in these tough times.

Look for the stories that show how important the smallest things can be.

I recently read a story about a teenager who heard how uncomfortable wearing a mask had become for some of our heroic health professionals.  He sat down and designed a small plastic strip that pulls the strings back from behind the ears to the back of the head.  Then he printed them on his 3D printer and donated them to local hospitals.

I would bet you money that the lucky nurses, doctors, and technicians who have received those small plastic strips think they are a miracle.  They’re right.

What if everyone did the same?

What if you and I and every person we know, invented one item that would make someone else’s life easier?

Yes, we can change the world.

Look past the fog and the obstacles, ignore the “problems”, and focus on the opportunity, on the path forward and upward. 

What miracles will you find today?


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 90

The biggest problem in my life is my lack of gratitude.

If I can maintain that “attitude of gratitude” no matter how bad my brain is trying to tell me things are, I cannot possibly lose my cool.  “Things” will always get better.

You, too, can change your life, your actions and your perceptions by making those knee-jerk reactions take a back seat to the truth as you know it.

Today when you feel that instinct to draw back from someone at work who’s naturally irritating to you, stop your brain.  Ask yourself, “What’s REALLY going on here?”

Maybe that person is actually trying to be friendly, and just doesn’t quite have the hang of those social skills.

Maybe that person is attracted to your positive nature and doesn’t really know how to communicate that need to bask in your aura.

Maybe that person is always miserable and wants to spread it around.

In any case, YOUR reaction is something you can consciously control and change.

How should you react?  How would you want that person to react if your positions were reversed?

The bottom line is that EVERY person has worth.  EVERY person has a purpose.  EVERY person has the capacity to create and to share and to grow.

Just because you can’t see it at first, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

We each have a primary responsibility to ourselves, but then we also should be thoughtful and considerate of everyone around us.  This is the outward manifestation of our grateful response to the Divine for all the blessings we receive.

Who do you know now that just aggravates you to be around?

Why exactly do you feel that irritation?

Pick one person today who you would normally not be particularly friendly toward, and make an effort to really listen to them.  What are they trying to communicate?  How can you be more pleasant, more helpful, more kind?

Let the irritation drain from you like sand through your fingers, and when it’s gone, you’ll find yourself holding the treasure that remains.

Have a blessed day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 89

You are entitled to miracles.  I am entitled to miracles.  Everyone is entitled to miracles.

What we forget is that we have to give voice to what we truly want, that we have to make room in our heads to imagine and envision the miracles we want!

Start a journal today.  Make it your “Miracle Journal”.

It doesn’t have to be fancy.  It doesn’t even have to be a notebook.  Start with one page.

Spend 15 minutes today, while you’re drinking your first cup of coffee or tea, and write down a couple of your dreams.

Then put that page away somewhere, and do another one tomorrow.

Our minds truly create our reality.  If you take that 15 minutes every day to create the reality you WANT, focusing on that goal, it will come into your life.

Your job, and mine, is to use the power inherent in our heads to make that reality happen.

It’s not a negative process.  We have to remember that whatever we pay attention to, that’s what we’re going to get.  So you can’t spend all your time bemoaning the awful state of politics, the world, the healthcare crisis, and expect that to produce something positive.  That’s not how it works.

Do you spend most of your time complaining, worrying, wondering what else can go wrong?

If so, you’re attracting those negatives into your life and experience.

Catch yourself today.  Each time you find yourself thinking about anything negative, turn it around.  Fix the problem in your head, make it positive, then go back to work.  Because you have to have rain, to get a rainbow.

And have a blessed day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 88

You and I make our own laws.  

We envision the chains that bind us into the spot we live in, and then we shackle ourselves into that reality.

Alternatively, we can free ourselves, just by creating that freedom in our own minds.

When we open ourselves up to the possibility of freedom, we invite that reality to come into our experience.

When I was a kid, I used to dream that I could fly.  Not in an airplane or helicopter, but actually fly.  Like I had wings of my own. And let me tell you, when I woke up, I felt like I was still soaring through the sky.  Those were always the best days ever!  No matter what happened around me, I could still feel the wind in my hair, the near weightlessness of gliding on a breeze.  Nothing bad could touch me on those days.

It’s been way too many years since I had a flying dream, but the sensation remains.  It’s the feeling that everything is right in the world, that all things will work toward a positive end, and that I would find answers to all the questions I could ever ask.

Have you read Jonathan Livingston Seagull? It’s by Richard Bach, and its the story of a seagull who is trying to be more than just another gull.  Check it out.  See if it resonates with you.

And have an extraordinary day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 87

What goals did you find in your head yesterday?

Are they big?  Do they make you a little queasy?  Does your heart kind of flutter when you think about them?

If your goal(s) don’t make you nervous, if they don’t bring on the feeling that maybe you’re reaching too high, they’re probably not big enough!

A really BIG goal is what you want to focus on, because you’re going to spend a significant amount of time working toward making it happen.

Here’s the thing we forget, as we get tied into the details of daily life:  We’re each of us on a unique journey through life.  And if we continue to let the minutiae draw our attention, we get side-tracked.

The trick is to keep looking at that goal.  Every day.  And keep reminding ourselves that it’s important.  Because you will NOT get to your chosen destination if you don’t keep consulting your map.

One of the easiest ways to get detoured is to allow complaints to fester.  We live in a society that is FULL of people who complain constantly.  Right now, we hear complaints about having to stay at home, about having to work at home while also providing guidance to our kids, about this, that and the other thing.

But by allowing complaints room in our heads, we make them more important, we give them more power.  And what we need is to be pushing all our power toward meeting those goals.

Today, stop three times and consciously stop complaining.  Each time, replace that complaint in your head with a picture of your goal, with the sensation of how you’re going to feel when you reach that goal, and let the insignificant negatives fall away like dead leaves in Fall.

Allow yourself the space to grow new leaves.

Reach for the sun.

Breathe the clean air, rejoice in the sunrise of a new day, a new chapter in your story, another chance to practice shooting toward your goal.

Because YOU are a miracle all by yourself, and what you have to contribute cannot be done by anyone else just the way you can do it.

And YOU ARE IMPORTANT!  You are unique.  You have something to accomplish.

Get out there, and give it a shot.  If you don’t, it’s not just your loss.  It’s everyone’s.  And you ARE needed.

Have a great day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

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