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!

Photo by Olga Kononenko, courtesy of Unsplash

With Grace and Gratitude, 


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!

Photo by Todd Cravens, courtesy of Unsplash

With Grace and Gratitude, 


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!

Photo by Neel, courtesy of Unsplash

With Grace and Gratitude, 


A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 135

“Anything thing that appears to threaten me is a chance to evolve…”

 Anything, here, really means ANYTHING.

Whether it’s an annoying neighbor, the seasonal Saharan dust storm sweeping across the continent, or the possibility of contracting the novel Corona virus, everything that brings on a feeling of being threatened highlights an opportunity to become more than you are.

Shine a light on that fear, and learn from it.

Remember that everything is connected, and fear only comes from the ego, constructing that “scary” reality that has no basis in truth.

Boot your ego in the butt, and toss it out the door!

The truth is that you are great.  The truth is that you have the potential to be incredible!  Let go of the fear and move on.

Allow the Divine to shower blessings on you today so your cup truly overflows.

Have a marvelous day today!

Photo by Illiya Vjestica,courtesy of Unsplash

With Grace and Gratitude, 


A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 134

Your mind controls your reality.

There are numerous scientific studies that confirm the point of this lesson: If I think of myself as a victim, if I expect attack at any moment, that’s exactly what will happen.

If I walk down a city street with an expectation that am going to get mugged, that expectation shows in my body language.  The message I exude is “Attack me.”

 If I stride out with confidence and pride, the likelihood of assault drops to nearly nothing.

The same principle plays out in the natural world as well.  A hummingbird that weighs a couple of grams will attack without hesitation anything that threatens her nest, no matter how much bigger.  I’ve seen a hummer chasing a red-tailed hawk that outweighed them by several pounds!

The hummer doesn’t give two hoots about size.  She knows that her territory, her nest, her babies are THE most important thing and will take action on that knowledge.

Most creatures won’t bother a hummingbird, because they have no fear.

You and I have nothing to fear today.  We can move into the world confident that everything that happens around us today is FOR us.  Everything (and that does mean EVERYTHING) that goes on today will be to our benefit in some way.

Expect a miracle today.  Look around you with care, seeking out that gift.  Thank the Universe for it!  And write me back about your special present from the Divine.  I’d love to hear your story.

Have a blessed day today!

Photo by Maria Sheehan , courtesy of Unsplash
With Grace and Gratitude, 


A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 133

Reframe reality.

Forget the “Oh, woe is me” crap that we’ve been conditioned to believe in.

Forget the cultural “divide” that the media so strongly suggests we subscribe to.

Forget the idea that anyone can make you angry, can upset you, can do anything TO you.  Reality is that without your permission, no one can “make” you feel anything, do anything.  

You and I have to face the fact that every person on this planet, every living being here with us, is as interconnected as the strands of a spiders’ web.  When something disturbs one corner of that delicate construction, every part of the web wobbles.  The only separation between us is what we construct.

What if every single person today decided to be loving, kind, and thoughtful no matter what happened around them?  Suddenly, that delicate web would become a net.  It would be stronger, better, more easily seen.

If we continued?  As the threads thicken and become more numerous we soon have a sheet of cloth.  How much more can you catch with a sheet than a spider’s web?

If we could keep adding layers of love, of kindness and generosity, we build a quilt.  Multiple levels of thoughtfulness, of giving will sew together every person of every color, every religion, every ethnicity into a warming, enveloping long-lasting quilt of well-being that could cover the planet.

Open your heart.

Open your eyes.

Let go of the tiny world your brain has you penned into, and come out in the open air and freedom.

Allow the Universe to bless you today, wrap up in that quilt of loving kindness, and then pass it on!

Have a marvelous day!

Photo by Sophia Kunkel, courtesy of Unsplash
With Grace and Gratitude, 


A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 132

“Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.” – George Washington Carver

 Love is the ultimate answer.

With enough love, anything could happen.

With enough love, we could heal all the hurts.

With enough love, we could feed, clothe and house every person on the planet.

With enough love, we can do ANYTHING.

But you can’t legislate love.  You can’t make it a crime not to love.  You can’t force love.  You just have to do it.

Look at that person you can’t stand to be around today.  Allow the light of love to color their presence.  And watercolor that picture of them in your head with an overwash of love.

Change the world. One day at a time.  Change yourself, one loving act at a time. 

You have that power. You and I are the superheroes of today.  Together we can erase the negativity that our brains use to paint over our lives.  Together we can turn that picture of a planet gone awry to a beautiful portrait of peace, beauty and love.  Let’s get to work.

Have a day filled with love today!

Photo by Ray Hennessey, courtesy of Unsplash

With Grace and Gratitude, 


A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 132

You’ve heard the saying that “Nothing is what it seems”?

It’s true.  We’re surrounded by events, by people, by nature, but what our brains interpret as reality is NOT exactly what’s happening.

How we see and experience life depends completely on our choice of viewpoints.

We can choose the “modern scientific” theory that says we’re separate and distinct from our surroundings.  But where has this idea gotten us?  

What if we choose to recognize that all life is connected, that every life, no matter how small, has its place in the big scheme?  What if we choose to believe that we are not just important, but necessary, for this planet to work the way it ought to?

Spend a few minutes today imagining how this planet will be when every human “knows” that they matter.  When every pet has a caring home.  When our woods and forests, grasslands and deserts are cared for as the precious shared resources they are.  What sort of life will that be?

The Universe care about every bit of creation.  We are responsible for extending the love we receive to each living thing around us.

Grab hold of that love.  It’s truly endless, miraculously overwhelming, and free for the taking.  

Once you have a good grip, share it!  Show the people around you how life can be when you are confident in that continuous shower of blessings.  The whole world can be changed, and that change starts with you and I.

Have a miraculous day today!

Photo of watercolor by Elena Mozhilo, courtesy of Unsplash
With Grace and Gratitude, 


A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 131

“No-one can fail who seeks the truth.”

Look hard for the real truth that surrounds you today.

The real truth, according to modern physics, is that EVERYTHING is connected to EVERYTHING else.

The reality that our media foists on us every day is a world filled with landmines and booby-traps.  It’s a world made up of “us” and “them”, and “them” of course, are the “bad guys”.

What if we refuse to buy into that whole “us” and “them” mentality ?

Why don’t we instead focus on the amazing good that happens every day?

Despite all the negatives we’re bombarded with each day, good still happens.

Real charities still work at making a difference in every-day life for real people.  Take a look at the work done by non-profit organizations like Hiefer International, whose work helps raise the standard of living for whole communities in just a few months.

Real people take time to help others in need, and if you need proof, subscribe to the “Good News Network” newsletter, a daily email full of amazing positive happenings.

The truth is that we see a tiny fragment of what’s actually happening, and our trusty brain filters out a whole lot more.

Switch your filter!  Like changing a camera lens to get a new viewpoint, change up how you view your world today.  It’s our privilege as human beings that we can, and we definitely need a change.

Have a fantastic day today!

Photo by Sai Kiran Anagani,  courtesy of Unsplash
With Grace and Gratitude, 


A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 130

Give your attention to the things you can change.

You can change the way you see other people, the way you understand events around you, the whole of your experience here.

Why not take the high road?  

Discard everything you think about that doesn’t point you towards fulfillment, everything you see that doesn’t highlight brilliance and joy in your life.  Toss that junk in the trash can, tie the bag shut, and set it on the curb.

Don’t bring it back in later to check if maybe you possibly dropped in something valuable!  Just let it go!

I’m constantly having to remind myself “Okay, that’s done.”. Re-hashing it won’t change it.  I try to learn from it and move on.

The choices we face every day start with waking.  Do you start the day at a dead run, always feeling like you’ll never quite catch up?  That makes it harder to find calm, to set your intentions, to remember that you’re part of the solution but not all of it.

Make your choice before your feet hit the floor, and stick with it!

Today is going to be extraordinary!  

We can change the whole world.  Today.

Let’s look at the brightest, most beautiful happenings, and celebrate!  Start the momentum toward a more loving, more thoughtful planet.  Tomorrow will take care of itself.  Today is what we have.

Photo from The New York Public Library, courtesy of Unsplash

With Grace and Gratitude, 


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