A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 25

Remind yourself today that “I do not know what anything is for”.

The universe, according to Pam, is like the tool section in Home Depot.

Most of us can stroll through that series of aisles and marvel at how many different tools there are, each one with a slightly different purpose or application.

Most of us are truly amazed by how many different ways one project can be accomplished.

And most of us have few clues as to how those tasks actually get done.

But the universe has EVERY tool at its disposal, and wants us to get the heck out of the way, so construction can continue!

I get in my own way too darn often to admit, but if I remind myself regularly that “I know NOTHING!”, it helps.

Remind yourself six times today that inspiration and blessings can come from ANYWHERE, and that it’s important to remember that “I know nothing”.

And enjoy today!  Happy Friday!

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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 24

Today you fire your brain.

Your brain is exactly like that guy at the Motor Vehicle Department who can’t conceive of any service other than he’s already done.  You know, that irritating guy who, when you explain exactly what happened and why you’re there, just looks at you blankly.

The guy with no imagination, and no idea how to deal with anything new.

That guy.

So, fire him!

Hire in your stunt double – that other you, there deep in your heart, that knows (and always has known) you can do anything, be anything.

Because your brain does NOT have your best interests in mind.  It’s intent on classifying every experience, in light of the past, and has no clue how to allow new ideas in.

Five times today, for two minutes each time, take this statement and fill in the blanks.  “In the situation involving _________, I would like _________ to happen, and _________ to happen.

And take a close look at what you’ve written.  

Are some of those things contradictory?  Because a clear and concise focus is the key.

Your stunt double knows what you REALLY want.  Whether it’s learning how to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, or be the perfect example to your kids.

So fire that guy in your brain, the DMV guy, and let him move on to another place.  Put your stunt double in charge.

And don’t forget to fasten your seatbelt!

Photo by Lin Animalart, courtesy of Pixabay (Sun Conures!)
With Grace and Gratitude

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 23

The world is merely an effect of my thoughts.

This is the shocking part of quantum physics that you will never hear on the evening news.

The whole “We gotta change the world” paradigm that we’re expected to buy into, is garbage.

 The truth is, we have to change our outdated, ineffective ways of thinking.  We actually have to get off the couch (at least mentally), and change ourselves.

In the Matrix, Morpheus tells Neo, “There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”

And if you’re having a hard time changing those cemented-in patterns that keep you frozen in an endless, repeating loop, just ask for help.

The universe wants to be good to you.  The universe is constantly searching for people who want to do better, be better, and is ready to unload its bounty upon you.

As you begin to arrange your thoughts into creative, loving patterns, the universe will rise up and take your hand.

Be ready for the ride!

Photo by Simon, courtesy of Pixabay

And if you’re sceptical, here’s a thought.

Several months ago I found myself having to quit a job that was too physically demanding for my 55 year old body.

I didn’t have a new job lined up, but simply couldn’t continue in the job I had.

So, I quit.  

And, one evening a couple of weeks later, I told my husband “This next job, I’m going to have to have a desk.  And, the perfect job would give me time to pursue my creative stuff, while I’m there.  Oh, yeah, and they’re going to treat me like I’m gold!”

 It did take a couple of months.  But I’m in that perfect job now!

Thanks to the universe, who listened when I finally articulated exactly what I wanted!😘

Give it a shot, after all.  What have you got to lose, except a bunch of needless negativity?

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A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 18

Today is all about being interconnected with everything and everyone else.

I remember in my Junior High science class the feeling I got when I realized just how interconnected everything is in Nature.

Its “starts” with sunlight (because you gotta start somewhere).  Sunlight, beaming down on plants, lets them grow.  Rain does, too.  The plants feed animals, some of whom get eaten by other animals.  The wastes from these animals get used by the plants to grow more plants, which feed more animals, and so on.  (Please excuse the simplification here!)

The point, though, is that without the plants, the animals can’t survive.  Without the animals, the plants would take over, then die.  It’s all dependent on every part of the system.  Without rain, or sunlight, or plants, or animals, the system collapses.

How we perceive the things and people around us, has an effect on both them and us.

If I believe that the young lady who works next to me is a thoughtless, inept, unintelligent person, my reactions to her are colored by that belief.  And she in turn, will “feel” that vibe, and react to me in ways that are consistent with that notion.

So my thoughts have an effect on the things and people around me.  I’m an inextricable part of the system.

Today’s practice thought is this:

“I am not alone in experiencing the effects of how I see ________.”

Three or four times today, look around and pick some random object.  

Say to yourself “I am not alone experiencing the effects of how I see my computer”.

 “I am not alone in experiencing the effects of how I see that Valentine’s day bouquet.”

And remind yourself that whatever vibration you’re experiencing, can be felt by everyone and everything else.  Ripples of intent and energy surround us all!

Photo by BlazingFirebug, courtesy of Pixabay

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 17

Nothing I see or think about is neutral.

Every thought I have, has a “spin”.

It’s up to me to pay attention to those thoughts and decide, consciously, which ones I’m going to edit out of my story.

I’m the editor of my story and I get to choose which scenes to leave on the cutting room floor.

The thoughts I allow to stay in the story attract things to me that have the same spin.

All the stuff about being a neutral observer that we were taught is so much hogwash.  The act of observation changes what we observe.  This is a law of quantum physics, and of the world.

Nothing in Nature is neutral.  It’s either positive (growing) or negative (dying). It’s either moving, or it’s not.

Here’s the exercise:  Remind yourself today, two or three times, that none of your thoughts are neutral.

And if you want to be more positive, help someone else find the sunny side of life!

On the practical side, TextforHumanity.com is an anonymous switchboard  set up by the CMO of Sinch, Jonathan Bean, for positive text messages.  Send love out to a random stranger somewhere in the world and get love back!  Just text “join” to the phone number for your country, and start sending and receiving love from all over the world! 

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A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 16

“My thoughts have no effect…”

 What?

Wait a damn minute!

Right?

Well, it’s not true.  Actually, the way I see it, my thoughts DO have an effect if I focus on them.

And the lesson is “There are no NEUTRAL thoughts.”

Every thought I pay attention to, has some effect.  If I focus on the crazy, expanding universe and the countless blessings that are mine, I receive more of that.

If I focus on the “news” about climate change, crazy gun-wielding  extremists, and how everyone in the world is out to ruin my day, I get more of that.

Pay attention to what you pay attention to!

Focus on the things in your life that are wondrous, your friends, your family, your cat or dog.  And appreciate how blessed you are.  This is what sets you up to be more blessed, and it turns into a self-fulfilling circle.

 Stop making room in your life for junk!  Would you save a room in your house for the garbage?  One room just to keep all the trash, the broken toys and appliances, the ripped clothing, the dirty diapers?

Hell, no!

You keep EVERY room clean (ar least reasonably so) and take the trash out to the curb.

Take your mental trash OUT, and quit bringing it back in!

And, have a miraculous day today!

Photo by MeHe, courtesy of Pixabay

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 15

Be suspicious.  Very suspicious.  That whiny, snarky, rude and obnoxious voice in your head?
Don’t trust that one.

Here’s the thing:  There’s actually another voice in there, too.  But it’s the “still, small voice” that I remember hearing about in Sunday school, many years ago.

It’s not loud.  It’s not pushy.  It’s not at all critical, of you or anyone else.  It’s the teeny tiny sound of immense love and acceptance.

But that small sweet voice is usually drowned out by that loud, critical, smart-ass voice.  And the more you listen (to whichever one you choose), the more you focus on that view of the world, and the more of that side you see.

That smart-ass  may be kinda funny.  In a snarky way.  But that voice does NOT have your best interest in mind.

It’s like a story I remember about a guy who had a tiny angel on one shoulder, and a tiny devil on the other.  And they both were trying to get him to do something.  

The devil was busy trying to convince him to do something that sorta sounded okay, but wasn’t.  And the angel wanted him to do what was right.

Which one was louder?  Yep.  The devil.

Your head is just like that.

Which voice are you going to focus on today?

Look around yourself and repeat at least three times today “My thoughts are images that I have made.”

“This cup of coffee, this computer, this chair that I’m sitting in, these are all thoughts I’ve made.”

 You don’t have to believe it.  Just say it.

And have a fabulous day!

Photo by MabelAmber  courtesy of Pixabay

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 14

“Make it fun.  Make it yours.”

Today is all about fun!

Most people I’ve ever worked with spwnd all day Monday griping about the fact that it’s Monday.

I’m wierd, because I generally like Mondays.

It’s a day to get back to work sure, but why do we insist that work is so awful?

I figure, I’ve had two days to do my own stuff, now it’s time to check in with my work friends and earn that paycheck.

Why is that so onerous?

What would you actually do if you didn’t work?  Would you really spend all day, every day, doing exciting fun things with your dog, your kids, your S.O.?

Or would you just vegetate on the couch and watch more senseless TV?

Come on!  Go to work!  Be that person in your office who always has something nice to say, the one who notices everyone’s new haircut, new blouse, new shoes, and compliments everyone she speaks to.

You can be a source of joy!  Try it!

Today, compliment 3 people where you work (or wherever you are) on something about themselves.  Watch that smile grow on their faces.  And remember, YOU have the choice of how your day will be.

Make it FUN!!

And if it’s not fun, blow it off!  THAT’S the choice that brings joy.

(Photo by Rihaij, courtesy of Pixabay)

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 13

Which would you prefer to have – a photograph of a great moment in your life, or the actual experience?

No-brainer, right?

But we spend so much of our lives thinking about those tiny, two-dimensional snapshots of bits of our actual lives, that we forget that it’s actually still happening (OVER HERE)!

Rather than being “in the moment” we spend all our time letting our brain revisit the past.

And it’s not even a “true” past, because our brain filters out so much of what goes on around us.

But right now, under our noses, a real life is still happening.

If we’re not paying attention, it still keeps going, but we get further and further behind.  You’ve had this happen, right?

Get thinking about something to hard, and you forget to make that turn off the freeway to work.  Then you have to turn around and go back, just to get where you were originally wanting to go.

“Invisible grace and never-ending abundance.”

 THAT’S what we need to look for and focus on. 

Three or four times today, remind yourself that those snapshots are the past, but you’re going to experience NOW, as it happens, without missing a single, blessed moment.

Jump in!

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A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout), Day 11

Three times today, look around you and say to yourself, “My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless reality.”

Tough, huh?

But if you allow those meaningless thoughts to take root, they’ll smother out the good thoughts, the productive and original, the loving and the creative thoughts, like a kudzu vine smothers the tree that it climbs.

 The poor tree has no chance of survival, once the kudzu gets in.  Kudzu will climb that tree and completely cover it in “meaningless thoughts” , until the tree dies for lack of light.

Pretty soon, there’s just a pile of kudzu on the ground, where a tree once stood.

This is your new thesis for life:  “My thoughts determine what I see in this crazy, bizarre world.”

 And, “My mind controls my reality.”

 Start chopping that kudzu vine out of your mind.

And remember to embrace life, and joy!