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

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 86

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”- The Red Queen, in “Alice Through the Looking-Glass”, by Lewis Carroll.

Practice this today!

We get so conditioned to believe in society’s “norms” that sometimes we forget they are just the product of our minds.

Our ancestors spent time finding food, building shelters, and taking general care of each other.  They mostly had plenty of time for other pursuits, though, including making art and caring for animals.  The biggest difference that strikes me, though, is our sense that we don’t have time to spend just hanging out with our friends, our family, or our kids.  They did.  Why don’t we?

Today I’d like you to take half an hour to imagine something impossible.

Maybe it’s having that time for relationships every day.

Maybe it’s having the space for your art or creative enterprise.

Maybe it’s being able to support yourself by doing your art.

Maybe it’s having a million dollars in the bank.

Whatever it is, set your timer and really make the effort to experience what that will be like.

What exactly will you do with your friends?  Do you like to see the newest movies, go to the best restaurants, dance all night?

What will you do with your kids?  Take them to those cool museums or National Parks you’ve never had time for?  Go to the beach, the mountains, the desert?

If it’s your creative space, draw up plans, and start figuring out on paper exactly what sort of shelving you’ll need, how you’ll set up the lighting, and how you’ll organize your supplies.

Whatever YOUR impossible dream is, spend time each day living that dream.  Even if you only have a couple of minutes!

Every time you open your senses to the world of miracles, the world that’s out there that we can’t see but that we CAN experience, the closer that miraculous world moves to you.

So make it a priority to draw that world into your sphere.

Quantum physics tells us that distance is an illusion.  It also reminds us that anything we observe is changed by the act of observation.  

Put your untapped potential for making miracles happen to work today.  Because the reality you experience is controlled only by your mind.


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 85

Mindfulness is a process.  It’s about remembering where we’re heading, and why.

Think about what your big goals are.

Then, decide what step or steps you’ll take today on the path to those big goals.  Where on that path will you place your feet?

And don’t be surprised when you hit a road block, or stumble in an unforseen rut, or find yourself on an unplanned detour.  Because the struggle to stay upright and maintain focus and movement is part of the process.

In order to reach your goal, you must continuously look ahead to that goal.  Every day.  And you have to continue to walk that path toward your goal.  Every day.  And you must keep reminding yourself why that goal is worthwhile.  Every day.

There will be days when you think you’re too tired to bother.

There will be days when you wonder if that goal is worth the effort.

And there will be days when you feel like you’ve fallen and you just can’t get up.

But you ARE in control of your fate.  You own your reactions to whatever obstacles appear in your journey.  You are the only person who can accomplish that goal in your own unique style.

Keep the faith.  Climb back up from where you’ve tumbled.  Take a break, catch your breath.  Look ahead, focus again on the finish line.

And then, get back on the road.  Keep taking step after step.  Because the struggle to finish has its own reward.  And you CAN reach your goal.

No matter how long or short, you can complete your journey, if only you keep moving.  Don’t let the inevitable detours distract you.  Experience the good, be thankful for it, and shrug off the bad.

After all, it’s YOUR journey.  It’s YOUR goal.  And you are ultimately the one in charge of how you experience it each day.

Safe travels, and have a blessed day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 84

There’s so much still for us to explore in our universe.

We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the depths of our own oceans.

For example:  Have you heard about the hydra?  It’s a tiny jellyfish relative that looks like a teeny tube stuck to a rock, with a few tentacles waving about on the unattached end. It sort of resembles a piece of a sea anemone. The largest hydras are just over an inch long.

Hydras are amazing because they are essentially immortal.

Now, most animals this size have a very short lifespan – you’d expect your pet hydras to live a few weeks at most.

But these tiny creatures can apparently live forever, as long as they have food, light and clean fresh water to live in.  Daniel Martinez confirmed this by keeping a bunch in tanks in his home , feeding them and cleaning the water every couple of days.

After 4 years, Daniel gave up.  He finally got tired of hand-feeding his little pets, cleaning their water, and waiting for them to die.  Besides, he had a thesis to write.

The point is, that if a creature smaller than a toothpick can turn out to be immortal, what other miracles are waiting out there for us to discover?

Ask for your own miracle today!

And don’t forget to offer an attitude of gratitude for that miracle.  Even if it presents itself differently than you expected, be grateful.  Know that what you get will be what you need (though it may not be immortality).

And celebrate today.  We’re not immortal, but we as a species are uniquely creative, amazingly inventive, and unendingly surprising.

How will you express that creative impulse today?

What will you do today to make our world a better place?

Who will you be a blessing to, today?

Photo of sea anemone by Ernest Ojeh , courtesy of Unsplash
With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 83

Today’s musical pick is “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper.

Focus yourself on having some fun today.

I wave across the room at some of my less serious co-workers, and proceed to make faces, blow kisses, and wiggle my fingers by my ears.

We may be subject to social distancing guidelines, but who says we can’t maintain that connection?  Yes, it’s a little harder.  Yes, I have to be creative.  But it can be done.

And try this experiment from Pam Grout’s “E-squared” today:  Take three minutes today to think about the Universe.  Ask the Divine for a blessing today.  Don’t be specific.  Just ask.  Say it out loud.  “May I have a blessing today?”  Then let that thought, that prayer, speed it’s way out into the vastness of space.

Tonight, when you go to bed, think about the blessing you received.  Because you will be given a blessing.  The real question is, will you recognize it?


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 82

Peace, joy, and happiness are your birthright.  

As long as you can keep this thought uppermost in your mind, you’ll stay on the right path.

Every time a roadblock appears, remind yourself.  You don’t have to be in control of each moment, just the way you respond to it.  This is the challenge.  You have to keep the gratitude rolling, no matter what happens externally.

It’s tougher some days than others.  There are days when it feels like you should have stayed in bed.  But how we meet those hard days is the real test.

If you make the effort to “stay positive”, you’ll get through and find that the detour you didn’t plan on might just be a shortcut to where you really need to be.

Stop yourself a couple of times today.  Think about how you’ve reacted to external events.  Are you able to embrace every change in plan that presents itself to you?  And can you do this in a spirit of thankfulness, knowing that each of these events has a purpose?

Can you remember a time when something changed your plans, and you ended up much better off?  Keep that thought close, to remind yourself that you don’t know what will happen today, but that it WILL work toward your best interest.

If you can allow that it’s possible that “bad things” can have a positive impact, you’re halfway there.

Keep the spirit of gratitude close to your heart.  Be ready to experience joy at any moment.  And remember that you are a lighthouse, shining love to all around you, every day, all the time.

And have a spectacular day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 81

Everyone has the light of the world inside them.  Full stop. Period.

We just have to get out the glass cleaner and wipe away the film of grunge that’s coloring our view.

Here’s an example from my “every day life”.

There’s a lady I work with who drives me crazy.

She’s a nice lady.

She’s a few years away from retirement, has had higher paying, more stressful jobs in the past.  Now she’s just marking time until she hits that magic age when she’s got medical insurance that her Social Security will pay for.

The part that drives me crazy is silly, too.

Because I craft, I keep a small project with me all the time, and I work on my current needle-felting critter while I’m on the phone.  I do this to retain what little sanity I have left, and to prevent myself from chewing on my fingernails.

Some days I work on my felted masks.  Right now I’m building a wooly orange octopus.  But it’s always something.  

And I’m pretty self-contained.  I don’t require a lot of interaction from the people I work around or with.  But Peggy does.

She will ask me daily “What are you working on?”  ” What did you do last night?” “What are your plans for the weekend?”. And on and on.

 It drives me crazy (admittedly, a short trip).

But yesterday, I was thinking about Peggy.  And in a flash of brilliance, the answer was handed to me.  She’s lonely.

She lives with her little dog.  That’s it.  So while she may be financially comfortable, she doesn’t have many friends.  She doesn’t ever talk about her family.  She apparently doesn’t have the skills to make friends easily, but she’s trying.

In that moment, I realized how rich I really am – not in dollars, but in family.  I’ve got my husband of 21 years.  I’ve got my 16 year old son.  I’ve still got a brother who stays in touch, and a sister who doesn’t really.  I’ve got one Aunt, who I talk to pretty regularly, and a bunch of cousins all over the country.  And, I’m one of those lucky people who can talk to just about anyone. About pretty much anything.

I am blessed beyond compare.  And I need to be kinder and more gentle with Miss Peggy.  Because we all need each other, and how we treat every person around us makes a difference. 

Do you have a person at work who makes you crazy?  Can you be a little kinder, a little gentler today?

Make a difference.  Count your blessings.  And cut your neighbor a little slack.

Because you don’t know what their trials may be, and you don’t need to add to them.

Have a blessed day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 80

My mistaken perceptions are the real problem.

Without those skewed views of what’s happening around me and to me, I can begin to see through the fog of “problems” to the reality of the grace, beauty and love that I actually live in.

There’s only one person in the world who can change your attitude.  

There’s only one person in the world who can change your situation.

There’s only one person in the world who can change your reactions.

That person is you.

You ARE the only person in control of your life, your attitude, your situation.

YOU are in charge of your perceptions.  YOU can change how you react to the challenges of daily life.  That is your power.  You can choose to exercise it, or you can stay stuck in the same old rut.  Or, you can choose to give that power to someone else.

People who spend their lives blaming someone else for all their problems have a couple of basic issues to address:  The first thing is that we each have a responsibility to make ourselves the best person we can be, and the second is that as long as we continue to re-hash every bad thing that’s ever happened, we’re giving that experience and our faulty perception of it a larger and larger amount of our power.

So, the bottom line is that, yes, bad things may happen.  But we are each responsible for how we allow those things to affect us.  We each have a responsibility to make the better choice, the choice of love, forgiveness, and kindness.

Today, as you go about your daily routine, be aware of your reactions to the events of the day.  Monitor yourself, and when you find yourself reacting in that old, familiar way, stop yourself.  Clear your head, and figure out what’s REALLY going on.

You may be surprised to find something completely different is going on, and this is your golden opportunity to create positive change.  Instead of buying into the prevailing view, find the possibility of blessing.

Stand out from the crowd today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 79

My flawed perceptions are the “problem”.

Life isn’t naturally filled with problems to solve.  We create the problems by our faulty perceptions.

Here’s an example:  The other day, my husband was perusing his gardening media sites.  They’ve been filled lately with people wanting to grow vegetables and fruits, but who don’t yet have the knowledge to be successful.

One person wrote that she had a huge compost heap in the yard, but the previous owners had covered it with ashes from the woodstove, and now it was “ruined”.

The “problem” here was not ashes on the compost, but an immediate need to make that a problem.  If she’d simply accepted that maybe the people who built up that great pile of compost knew a bit more, or had different information, and done some research, she’d immediately find that it was not a “ruined” resource.  The fact is that ashes “sweeten” soil, (change the pH), and are frequently added to gardens and compost heaps for that reason.

Nature uses fire to recycle dead wood and old plants into ash, which serves as a fertilizer for the next generation of plant life.  It all has purpose. Everything has a purpose, and that purpose is NOT necessarily to be a “problem”.

What “problem” are you finding in your own life?

When confronted with a pile of ashes, how do you perceive that?  As a rich resource and a blessing?  Or as a problem that’s practically unsolvable?

Look around yourself today.  Where are those things that you see as problems, and how can you find the blessings hidden in each one?  It’s literally “all in your attitude”.

When confronted with the unfamiliar, do you throw up your hands and declare disaster?  Or does your attitude reflect a willingness to use the resources you’re given to fertilize your garden of miracles? 

And most importantly, which kind of person do you choose to be?

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 78

Let a miracle replace your grievance today.

Remember that however you perceive someone else, that’s not the reality of who they are.  However you perceive some action, that doesn’t begin to encompass the total event.

However you react to something that occurs, that IS your reaction, and as such IS under your control.  Your reaction, then, is YOUR responsibility.

If you wish to change your world to a place where miracles happen, you have to allow the possibility that they CAN happen.  That’s the first step.

Clear out all the clutter in your head.

Get the dustbin and dump the junk, then bag it up and take it to the curb.

And if you catch yourself going back to those old ways of thinking, give yourself a good shake.

Once you begin to train your brain to believe that miracles are possible, don’t stop.  Look for miracles everywhere.  They’re out there, if you look.

Yesterday on NPR they had a story about a British war veteran (Captain Tom Moore) who’s 99 years old.  He decided that he was going to raise money for the UK’s National Health System.  And that he would walk 100 miles before his 100th birthday, doing laps in his garden with his walker, to raise that money.

This is a guy who has done his time already.  He served in India and in Burma during World War II.  But he was grateful for all the work that health-care providers did to cure his cancer and heal his broken hip, and he felt he could give back.

With some help from social media, he hoped to raise 1,250 pounds.  He committed to walking 10 laps every day, and so far, he’s on track to get his 100 miles finished before he turns 100.  So far, he’s raised 9 million pounds, crashing the fundraising web server multiple times.  Now that’s a miracle!

What miracles could pour forth if everyone started thinking about ways to express gratitude?

What could possibly happen if each of us found a way to give?

The world CAN change.  We are the ones to change it for the better.

Start today.  Forget your grievances, and get busy on your true mission in life:  Making Miracles!

Face it.  If a 99 year old man using a walker to get around can make a  9 million pound miracle happen, so can you.  

Let’s get busy!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

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