A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 62

Are you stuck at home today?

Are you one of the many people trying to do “work from home”, perhaps with only the vaguest idea of how to actually produce something while the kids, the cat and your spouse all share your space?

Think of it as an adventure, complete with family atmosphere, lots of drama, and maybe throw in a delivery pizza for lunch.

The Universe is definitely up to something here.  We aren’t allowed to know what.  We don’t get to choose the end results for everyone.  But we do get, moment by moment, the choice of how we act or react.  

My question for you is, what part will you play in today’s adventure-at-home?

Will you play into the drama, lose your temper, shout at someone today?  Will you call for calm, and lovingly explain that everyone in the household has “work”, whether for school or a paying job?

Will you buckle down and get “it” done, so the Divine can reach down and touch your life?

Will you deliberately turn off the TV, concentrate on what you “have” to do, so then you can move on to what the Universe wants you to do?

It’s your choice.  You’re not alone, either, if you’re experiencing some hardship trying to make things work that haven’t had a lot of air-time in your life.

But you CAN make it work.  Think about the positives here.  You don’t have to drive the car and curse the traffic.  You don’t have to make your lunch before you head for work.  You can probably sleep in a bit, too.

Enjoy this time at home with the people you love!  Be gracious, kind and tolerant.  Even if you have to hide in the bathroom to catch your breath.

Make room for that infamous “Divine Inspiration” , and when it hits, grab it, jump in and hang on for the ride.  It’s scary, but amazing, like a rollercoaster, and you don’t know where you’ll be able to get off.

But I guarantee, it’ll be worth your while!


Photo by Paulbr75, courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 61

You are the light of this world.

Your reason for being is to be a light, to help others find their way out of darkness, so they can be a light as well.

The Bible admonishes us not to hide our light under a basket, not to keep it to ourselves, but to let it shine forth.

Every time the selfish, idiot voice in your head makes some negative statement, it’s trying to get you to hide your light.  It’s trying to convince you that you aren’t good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough – but you KNOW now that’s BS.

BS has it’s place (in the compost pile).  The place for BS, you’ll notice, is NOT in your head, your home, or your heart, but outside in a pile, cooking itself into something useful.

Toss the BS out where it belongs, and fill the space with thoughts that make your light burn brighter.  Thoughts like “I’m an amazing person”. Thoughts like “I’m really good at this!”.  Thoughts like “I CAN do this, I am creating this, I am helping this person”.

Start thinking BIG today.

What’s your biggest dream?

Don’t worry about how you’re going to make it happen. That’s NOT your job.

Just daydream.  Every bit of time you spend on your dream (even just thinking about how awesome it will be when you’re on that vacation, going to that workshop, driving that new car) draws that dream closer to you.

No, it’s not “common sense” .

Even Albert Einstein didn’t like how this stuff works.

But Quantum Theory says that there doesn’t have to be a cause and effect relationship that we can identify.  

It’s not our job to figure out how to make things happen.

It’s our job to share the light, create positivity in and around us,  and to be joyful when those dreams come true.

Be joyful today.  Be ALIVE.  Shine out and share your light.

Be blessed today, and stay safe.


Photo by Rujhan_Basir, courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 60

“Shower the People with Love” by James Taylor is today’s Jukebox pick.  Listen to the words.

You are capable of amazing things.  You are meant to accomplish astounding acts of creativity.  You are the ONLY ONE who can make those particular things happen.

Someone else might be able to create something similar, but it will not be what YOU would create.

If you’re like me, you have that voice in the back of your head that’s always saying “But YOUR creation will never be as good as that photo there.  YOUR creation will never look as good as that.  YOUR creation won’t be seen by anyone who will appreciate how much time and love and effort you put into it.  So why bother?”

 The challenge is to just ignore that voice.  Let it natter on until it fades into the background while you get on with creating, with living, with BEING the gorgeous, loving, creative person you’re meant to be.

And once you’ve managed to consign that voice to the trash bin, it gets easier.  Each time you consciously recognize that voice and toss its crappy advice where it belongs, you make it easier to do the next time it pokes its unwanted nose into your creative business.

No, you may not change the world with your writing, your drawing, your dancing, your woodworking.  But you WILL change yourself, for the better.

And here’s the part that I like the best – when you make a space in your life just for YOU, there’s suddenly a lot more room for everyone else.

When you are expressing your creativity somehow, and you make time for it regularly, you’ll find there’s more room in your head and your heart for everyone else’s stuff, too.

So then you can “Shower the People You Love with Love”.  

What’s your thing?  How do you express your creativity?  Do you cook?  Garden?  Clean house?  Decorate?

Do it.  Let it out.  Let it expand your life, your love, and your reality, until you lift off and rise above it all.

And have a blessed day today!


Photo by ggenseke , courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 59

Today’s pick from the Divine Jukebox:  “Living in the Moment” by Jason Mraz

Today I give you a quote I found in Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” – “We must risk delight.  We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the furnace of the world.” ( by Jack Gilbert).

We have to be brave enough to dig our way through all the muck and trash that the world throws at us to find the value, the inexplicable joy in our lives.

Each day, wake up and remind yourself that here’s another chance to experience gratitude, to express love, to be kind.  

Each day, we get back on that horse and ride until we find the oasis where we can rest in the assurance that the Divine is looking out for us.

Each day, we consciously look for opportunities to bless and be blessed.

Like the birds who wake up before dawn and start singing, we must do it, because we can.

Have a safe and blessed day!


Photo of Red-Winged Blackbird by FletcherShauna , courtesy of Pixabay
With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 58

From the Divine Jukebox today: “Dancing Queen” by ABBA

Every day, we’re bombarded with advertisements about what we need to buy to fix what’s wrong with us.

If we have arthritis, there’s a host of appetizing drugs with myriad lovely side effects.

If we’re a bit overweight, there’s a dizzying array of programs  to “help us drop those unwanted pounds”.

If our complexion isn’t model-worthy,  there are thousands of products to make ourselves look different.

But what if we just accept who and how we are, and move on into the next stage of our lives?

I was diagnosed with depression many years ago, and was told that I’d always be on medication for it.  I have a family history of depression disorder, so it made a certain amount of sense.

But when I started realizing and accepting that my issues stemmed from a wish to control what was happening around me, and I released the responsibility for all those things, something started to change.

I decided that I didn’t need to control anything but my own reactions.  Everything else became NOT my responsibility.  What an amazing freedom I’ve found!

All I had to do was let go, and let the Universe do the rest.

My job is NOT to control anything except myself.  In my case, that usually means keeping my mouth shut and thinking first, before I actually say anything.

If I stop and think  about the consequences BEFORE I speak, everything else gets easier.

And because I’m concentrating on myself and my reactions, I don’t have time to get angry or upset about what ‘ought to be’.

I’ve not had to take antidepressants for several years now.  I DO still have to remind myself to think before I open my mouth.  But what a relief to hand over the responsibility for all the things happening around me to “somebody else” !

The Universe has my back.  She’s got your back, too.  We just have to let her deal with those things that are not our responsibility, and quit second-guessing her.  Let the Universe do her thing.  She’s taking care of each of us.

Be safe and well, have a blessed day, and don’t forget to dance a little bit today!


Photo by Jill Wellington , courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 56

Today’s Divine Jukebox pick is “Imagine” by John Lennon.

We’re told to “Keep the faith”, to”Have the faith of a little child”, but then the next thing we’re hit with is “Don’t expect too much”.

Which one has been winning out in YOUR life?

Because you cannot have this both ways.  Either you hand over your wants to the Divine, or you don’t.

Either you have faith that things will happen for your good, or you don’t.

Now, while I’m the first one to grant that what the Universe gives you is not always what you expect, I refuse to believe that what you get (if you have faith) is not what you really need.

And I will warn you that the Universe has an interesting sense of humor.  My experiences prove this point!

My husband and I had been married for about five years, and he brought up one day that if we wanted our own child, we’d best get a move on, as I had already turned 39, and had none of my own.  He’d been ready to name his firstborn Tyler, when they found out that Rachel would suit better, and she’d recently turned 18.

We talked to the girls about it, and after a few months of serious consideration, decided that we were good just finishing up raising the girls.

My Mom was really disappointed that she wasn’t going to get a pile of grandchildren to play with, but she soldiered on through.

Less than 6 months later, I was pregnant.

Our son’s 16 now, and the light of our lives.  He’s blessed us in ways we couldn’t have imagined; just the idea of a grandchild was enough to help my Mom emerge from the deep depression she’d been in since my Dad had passed on.

And to cap it off, he was born the day before my Mom’s birthday the next year.

If that’s not divine humor in action, I don’t know what would qualify!

Whatever you can imagine, the Divine has so much more to give.

Dream BIG today!


Photo by LeandroDeCarvalho, courtesy of Pixabay

If you’re looking for something different to do while you’re in quarantine, I suggest that you check out gutenberg.org!  It’s an entirely free site for public domain books.  And if you’re stuck at home for any length of time, you might want to volunteer to help proofread more books for anyone to read.  It’s strictly volunteer, and every page helps!

Have a safe and blessed day!

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 54

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin is today’s pick from the Divine Communication Jukebox.

Have you ever actually tried to just say out loud what you really want?

We get trained pretty early to internalize our wants and needs, and if we do talk about our deepest desires, we’re very careful about where we are and who we’re with if we do.

I’ve had the Universe laugh at me a few times in my life, when I’ve had the gumption to speak my wants out loud.

I was living by myself (contentedly divorced), had just turned 34, had paid off my one acre fenced property and little junky trailer house.  I was working the graveyard shift.  

A storm came through one day while I was sleeping, and I woke up to the sound of the metal siding peeling off my house.  Being my father’s daughter, I cursed roundly while grabbing some nails and a hammer, and headed out to tack it back on.

Unfortunately, nails are hard to hammer in when your surface is trying to blow away in a gale force wind.  So, I tried the screw gun and some screws.  Same problem.

As I stood out in those 97 mile-an-hour winds, I yelled out “All right, God, I WANT a man here who can fix this!!”

Finally I got the idea of using duct tape to stick my siding back on so I could get a little sleep, and that did work.

Not a month later, I called an old friend to chat, and she mentioned that she’d kicked her husband of 17 years out, and gave me his number.  Within a year, he and I had gotten married and his older daughter was staying with us.

We’ve stayed married now for 21 years, and he still fixes all the stuff around the house.  He’s been teaching our son how to fix things since he was around 4, and between the two of them, I shouldn’t have to ever get out in the wind to tack things together ever again.  

It wasn’t an instant answer like some people get, but it’s definitely been a long-term solution!

Try it today for yourself.  Think about what it is that you REALLY want.

Say it out loud.

If you’re not comfortable with someone else hearing you, go in your own room and close the door first.

Write it on your calendar.  Then let it fly!

And let me know when it comes to you. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that whatever you truly want WILL come to you.  

Probably when you least expect it, and very likely in a form you can’t predict.

Be safe and well, have a blessed day, and most of all “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”!


Photo by Jamie Gough, courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 53

“Everything I see is a reflection of my thoughts.”

If your head is full of thoughts like “My boss is a jerk”, that lady next to me is a pain in the butt” , or “People in general are rude and hateful”, that’s exactly what you’ll ALWAYS experience.

Your brain will helpfully filter out anything that doesn’t fit that paradigm.

But you DO have choice and you CAN control your thoughts.  Unless and until  you make that choice, and take the time and energy needed to change focus, you’ll be stuck in that unloving experience.

Everybody says they want to do better and be better, but very few people are willing to actually make an effort toward that end.

It’s just like making a commitment to exercise, though.  Every day, you get the choice.  Every day, you decide.  Every day, you either take action, or you don’t.

So, today, start taking action.  Write on your calendar this evening what you did today to shift your experience toward the positive, the miraculous, the “dancing in the rain” reality that’s just waiting for your acknowledgement.

And if you’re at a loss where to start, here’s one idea.  Get a glass marker, and write on your bathroom mirror.  Try a phrase that really resonates for you.

 “I Love You” is a great start.  “You’re Amazing!” may work for you.  Or how about “Life is Fabulous!” .

Then pull up on your playlist the inimitable “Celebrate” by Kool and the Gang.

Be safe and well, and have a blessed day today!


Photo by FlorenceD-pix, courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 52

Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” is your musical reminder today, to replace all those negative thoughts trying to take up space in your head.

It always makes me think of Gru’s  minions, cheerfully milling around, waiting for the next “impossible” task.

 Our brains are EXACTLY like those funky little guys (& girls?).  Our thoughts mill around aimlessly, day in and day out, running headlong into each other in a rush to get nothing in particular accomplished.

Once we give them a concrete idea, though, they happily work away until that idea is completely fulfilled.

The Universe willingly falls in with your wildest dreams, if you allow it.

The Universe has your back.

The Universe is so much more able to accommodate your desires than those funny little minions.

There’s a reason the minions became a phenomenon by themselves.  It’s because deep down, we remember what it was like to really believe that we had a bunch of our own little helpers, toodling along to help us reach out and grasp our every want and need.

So today, every time you think of it, play the chorus of “Happy” in your head, and try to envision your own bunch of minions.  What do yours look like?

I don’t know about you, but mine look a lot like little spotted bunnies.

Have a blessed day today!😘

Photo by FeeLoona, courtesy of Pixabay
With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 51

It’s not enough to just remind ourselves occasionally that great things are happening, whether we perceive them in our lives or not.

We’re aiming here for a continuous stream of positivity, to replace completely the negative garbage in our heads.

Think of it this way.  When you take the trash out, do you leave a little bit behind, to kind of hold that spot and remind yourself what the trash bin is there for?

Probably not.

So why leave any remnants of those negative thoughts in your head?

Pam Grout’s  plan for the next few days is a musical reminder to replace the negativity with a positive musical message.  

Pull up a sound bite of artist James Brown’s “I Feel Good”, and let that song roll around in your head today every time you find a fearful, painful or unloving thought coming on.

It’s close to impossible to continue feeling bad, with “I Feel Good” running through your head.  That song will fill your mind with positivity, like it or not!

Practice this several times today, checking your head out for those creepy, uncompassionate thoughts, and replacing them with the catchy, upbeat rhythms of “I Feel Good” .

The goal is to make this an automatic reflex, so that every time your brain loses track and starts heading the wrong way, you immediately pull up a positive song to point you back onto the Divine path.

Feel GOOD today, and have a little fun!

Photo by Lars_Nissen_Photoart , courtesy of Pixabay

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne