A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 47

There is a place in your mind that is completely peaceful, completely trusting, and completely fulfilled.

Your job is to find that place, and stay there.

In order to find that peaceful spot, though, you have to block out all the distractions that are so common.

You know that worrying about something that hasn’t happened is a complete waste of time.  I know that, too.  But we still do it.  And, if you watch the news, or listen to the radio, the media will give you plenty to worry about.

Worries are distractions from our true purpose, leading us away from the path to peace.

If you’re worrying about catching the Corona virus, you’re not enjoying the health that you have today.

Worrying takes a lot of energy. And it’s not constructive.  We’re encouraged at every turn to worry about something, though!

The Divine has a plan for you.  It does NOT include worry.  It does include resting in the assurance that your needs will be met and exceeded, if you will allow it.

Today, spend three minutes, four times if you can, in purging your mind of worry and inviting the Divine to fill you in on the plan, to lead you along that proper path.

It’s a quiet voice, though.  Listen carefully. And be blessed today!

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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 46

Today is all about forgiveness.

The biggest thing I need to remember is that I don’t really understand the whole concept of forgiveness.

It’s not about letting people walk all over me.  It’s not about forgetting what someone may have done.  It IS about realizing that I have absolutely NO IDEA what’s actually happening around me.

My limited perceptions don’t give me the big picture, just a small corner. And without that big picture, how can i possibly figure out what an event really means?

It’s the story of the three blind men, presented with an elephant, and asked what it is.  The first blind man gets ahold of the elephants’ trunk, and announces that the animal is a snake. The second blind man gets ahold of a leg, and decides he has a tree.  The third blind man grabs the tail, and says he’s got a length of rope.

We’re just like those blind men, groping in the dark, clueless and reaching for answers.

But if we just let go of the need to make a judgement, suddenly our idea of forgiveness has no meaning.

Three times today, pin down a judgement call you’ve made, and admit to yourself that you have no idea what was really happening there.  And for five minutes each time, let go of your need to decide what it means, and “forgive”.

When you truly forgive, you can stop judging and just experience the blessedly complex life in and around you.

When you can forgive yourself, you really start to feel freedom.

Have a blessed day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 45

Have you ever had to housebreak a puppy?

Here’s the thing.  Puppies gotta go.  And, like babies, when they gotta go, they go.  They don’t have the muscle control to NOT go, when they’re small.

So, every time you think about it, you take her outside, to her own special spot in your yard, and let her sniff around.  The scent of her potty spot will start to reach through all those puppy distractions, and remind her body that THIS is THE spot.

When she catches on, you praise her.  EXTRAVAGANT praise.  EVERY TIME.  Until her puppy body and her puppy brain can get it together, and she begins to let YOU know when she needs to go to her special spot in the yard.

It takes time and patience and, most of all, persistence.  

Our brains are EXACTLY like that.

EVERY time you catch yourself thinking those unkind, unloving thoughts, take your brain out and remind it what it’s supposed to be doing.  Where it’s supposed to be.

EVERY time.

Yes, it takes practice.  For me, I’m breaking 55 years’ worth of habit.  Hopefully, you’re starting sooner than I did!  Either way, if we keep at it, keep taking our puppy out and reminding her gently where she’s supposed to be, and rewarding her when she does what we want her to do, she WILL get it.

Five times today, take a couple of minutes to remind your brain of where it’s supposed to be and what it should be doing.

Purge the unkind thoughts, the unloving ideas, and remind your puppy brain that it needs to be somewhere else.  Somewhere different.

But most of all, be kind to yourself.  Remember, it takes practice and time.  

And, have a FABULOUS day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne
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A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 44

You have the power of creation in your head, and in your hands.

Don’t believe me?

Do you cook?  When you take the raw ingredients of a recipe and put them together in a particular way, you’re creating something delicious.

Do you craft?  If you’re a knitter, you take plain yarn (a long string of some material) and turn it into a scarf, a sweater, an afghan.  Each of these is your creation, a warm blessing to whoever gets to wear it.

Do you draw, or paint?  With a brush or a pen or a pencil, you put on paper something you’ve seen or imagined.  You take your unique viewpoint and put it on canvas or paper.

I needle-felt wads of wool into small animals, and masks, and fuzzy stress balls.

The act of creation is a great way to relieve stress in itself.  This is why kids love to color, draw, make mud pies, whittle sticks of wood into cars or planes.

Why not take that inherent power and form your life the way you want it to be?

Three times today, for three to five minutes each time, think about how you want your life to be. 

If you want to live near the beach, think about the feeling of the sun on your face, the sand between your toes, the smell of the ocean.

If you want to be an author, think about the satisfaction of finishing a manuscript, seeing your book at your local bookstore.

The more you contemplate that life, the closer it comes to you.  Let the power of creation inside you have free rein to make over your life. Climb out of your not-so-safe shell, and give yourself room to grow.

Be blessed today, and be a blessing!


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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 43

“The Laws of Happiness were created for You”

Today you get to push the Happiness Button, and change the old, outdated junk that says you can’t be happy because…

The media we are exposed to every day is continually showing us “Beautiful People” who supposedly have it all.  And the subtext is that if we were good enough, beautiful enough, righteous enough, we’d have it all, too.

But that’s garbage.  And you know as well as I that most of those “Beautiful People” are much more screwed up than the rest of us.

You have everything you need right now to be blissfully happy, crazy successful, whatever.

You DON’T need to lose 50 pounds, diet for the next millennium, work 80 hours a week to have it all.  You already have it.  

You DO need to decide to open your eyes and REALLY see what’s there for you, right now.  

So, today, four times at least, close your eyes.  Mentally push YOUR Happiness Button.  Then open your eyes to a whole new world of opportunity.

 Be blessed today.  Be a blessing today.

And don’t forget to thank the Powers That Be for all you DO have!

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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 42

Cut yourself some slack today.

In your busy day, give yourself twenty seconds, four times today, to realize and appreciate that you are here on purpose.  

Remember that you are a blessing to everyone around you and to this planet, just the way you are.  Remind yourself that at this moment, on this day, you are meant to be, that you are important, and that you have a place in the Divine plan.

Be tolerant of yourself. Be (to yourself) that person you want to be for the people you care about.  Be gracious to yourself, as well as those around you.

You are not a stone, stuck in one place until someone picks you up and tosses you somewhere else.  You have the ability to move, to change, and to be different if you choose.  But at this moment, where you are and who you are is enough.

Have an extraordinary day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout), Day 41

What do you choose to believe today?

Our culture tells us continually about all the “problems” we have to deal with every day, and we’re encouraged to keep looking for ways to solve them.

But what if they aren’t real?

What if, instead of counting every calorie in the food you eat today (because you’re told you should weigh less than you do), what if instead you took a moment to offer thanks for the fact that you have enough to eat?

What if, instead of hurrying through your morning routine,(because you never seem to have enough time to get everything done), you just relax and enjoy the fact that you get another day?

What if, instead of fussing at your child about what they want to wear to school, you just agree, and give them big hugs to start their day?

If we focus ALL of our attention on the good things we have, those problems melt away like fog in sunshine.

And suddenly, the air is clear.  You can see the truth, the path forward, and what you REALLY need to be doing.

Which would you prefer?

Because you can make a conscious decision to ignore those “problems”, and make room in your head for that Divine Grace.

Just once today, stop the voice in your head.  Shut it down. And let the fog and mist fade away, while you REALLY look at the blessings you have.

Allow yourself that moment of peace.

Have a FABULOUS day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 40

“Question the reality of the problem.”

What if there wasn’t a problem?

What if you simply choose to let things go?

What if you decided one day (today?) to just focus on being?

Because you see most clearly that which you focus on, adjust the settings on your microscope and focus on blessing and being blessed.

Focus on love and being loved.

Focus on gratitude, on the outpouring of grace the Universe wants to surround you with.

Suddenly, those problems aren’t quite so big.

In fact, if you focus all your mind on any one thing, you can completely lose sight of everything else.  Try it today.

Four or five times today, (more often if you can), question the reality of the problem.  Open yourself to that encompassing light that wants to show you how truly blessed you are.

After a while, those problems will shrink down to the size of a pebble in your shoe.  Shake it out.  Leave it behind.  Move forward into the life you’re meant to live.

Have a blessed day!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 39

Step outside your head.

Look in at all the junk in there.

The biggest liar in your head is your own ego.  And it can tell you some real whoppers!

Your ego is the voice in your head that spends its days telling you all about the world and how things should be.  It’s very concerned about every possible bit of negativity that it can find.

But it is this voice (your ego) that keeps you in bondage to that so-called “ideal” that has little or nothing to do with who you REALLY are. Or who you’re meant to become.

Fire your ego!  Allow yourself some grace today.  Just be.  Because you are perfect, whole, and complete.  You are becoming more perfect, more whole, more complete every day.

And your ego has NO PART in that process. All it does is criticize, complain and whine.  It’s not constructive, it can only be destructive.

You, on the other hand, were intended to make things, or to make things happen.  Remember your super-power?  

Find that.

Use that.

Develop that.

And BE that.  Your superpower today is the ability to spend five minutes (three times today at least), to TOTALLY IGNORE your ego.

And let Grace rule inside your head for those five minutes.  Let Gratitude color in the pictures in your mind.  Let Love take over your thoughts.

What a difference!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 38

What sort of superhero would you be?

Given a choice, what would your super powers look like?

BAM!  You’ve got them.

Not that easy?

And why not?

We go through the world using only  a tiny fraction of our actual power each day.  The energy in each of our bodies (if we could direct it) would power a small city.

So, who says that you don’t have super powers?

Only your own mind.

Your mind (and mine) has been taught from an early age that there’s a lot of things that you cannot do.  What happened to an educational system that taught us what we needed, so we could imagine new things, new ways, and keep trying until we made them happen?

Thomas Edison tried something like 2000 different designs for the incandescent light bulb, before he hit on one that worked.  When asked about all those “failures”, he referred to them as “just 2000 designs that didn’t work”.

And one of his teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” *

If we don’t keep trying, we never find our super power.

Keep trying.

Don’t give up.

Know that you have super powers, and you CAN find them.

Just keep trying.

Because your super power may be the one that can change our world for the better, for everyone.

You have within you the power and capability to change the world.  

Think about it.

Find it.

And, as the people at Nike have said, “Just do it.”

Because you can.

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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne
 * source UKY.edu/Pajares/OnFailingG

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