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, 


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, 


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, 


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, 


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, 


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, 


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, 


A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 77

You are entitled to miracles.

You were born as a miracle.

You are here on the planet to make miracles happen around you.

In “The Greatest Miracle in the World” (by Og Mandino) we’re asked “Why have you valued yourself in pennies, when you are worth a king’s ransom?”

You are truly unique, from your fingerprints to your eye color and everything in between.

You are made from a unique combination of your parents’ genes, and you are intended to not just be a miracle, but to do miracles.

Jesus told his disciples “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains.”

 I’m a gardener, and I know how small a mustard seed is. One would fit on the dot of this letter “i”.  That ain’t much!

When we’re babies, we have to believe that our needs and wants will be taken care of, but as we grow up, we lose that trust.

We’re told not to trust, taught not to trust, treated in ways that wear away that natural trust.

So we have to work at building that faith, that belief, that trust that the Divine will care for our needs back up into that tiny mustard seed. 

It’s not an easy thing, unfortunately.  But it IS necessary for peace of mind, and if we want the world around us to change.  First we have to change ourselves.  First we have to change our thoughts, and our expectations.

First, we have to allow ourselves to believe in miracles.

Twice today, more if you can, remind yourself that you embody a miracle.  And if you ARE a miracle, you can make other miracles happen.  Embrace your innate power, and prepare to fly!

And have a blessed day!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 


A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 76

What is truth?  How do you decide?  What evidence do you require?

If a doctor tells you that you have some incurable disease, is that truth?  What if they don’t have all the facts?

Here’s a story about facts, and about truth.

My Dad was 16 when he left the family farm and enlisted in the Army Air Corps (later to be the Air Force).  His father had taken him out of school when he finished the 7th grade, so he could pick cotton and make money for the family.  All my uncles enlisted in various branches of the military for the same reason – they were tired of picking cotton so the old man could stay home and drink.

Dad spent 20 years in the Air Force, serving in Korea and being stationed all over the world.  He met my Mom in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she was stationed when she finished her basic training.

About 19 years into his term of service, Dad started having problems with his joints.  Mom said the first thing that happened was his wrists swelled up the size of softballs, and hurt like the devil.

It took a while for the doctors to figure out that he had rheumatoid arthritis, which wasn’t all that common then.

When they’d confirmed his diagnosis, they gave him a plan of action.

“Move to the desert.  Now.  You’re going to be in a wheelchair in a year, but the dry heat will make it more bearable.  Oh, and by the way, you’re retired now.”  He was only in his 30’s.

 So they packed and moved to Arizona, not too far from Williams AFB, where he could get medical attention when needed.

My Dad lived to his late 60’s, and he never gave in to the wheelchair.  The only times I ever saw him in one was after his knee surgeries, and after his pacemaker implants, and that was only as far as the parking lot at the hospital.

He refused to believe the doctors who told him he’d lose his ability to move himself around, and never, ever let himself believe that “fact”.  While I was growing up, we went on trail rides in the Superstition Mountains, explored the desert and rivers in his dune buggy, and hiked through the hills.  There was no way he was buying into the “fact” that he would be crippled for the rest of his life.

What “facts” have you been told that keep you physically, emotionally, or mentally crippled?

Look at what you think you know today, and test it.

Do you “know” you’re not artistic or creative?  Bah!

Do you “know” you don’t enjoy physical activity?  BS!

Do you “know” you’re not smart enough to get ahead at work, or to support yourself, or to have your own business?  What garbage we tell ourselves!

Tidy up your mental space today.  Find the trashy “facts” in your head that trip you up, sweep that rubbish up and put it in the garbage can!

You don’t need to save that junk!  Get rid of it!  Take it to the curb, and clear some space in your head for your dreams.  And be ready!  When the sun finally comes out, the revelation may be blinding.

And have a FABULOUS day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 


A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 75

Small changes add up to big deals.

If you change one habit (let’s say the habit of re-hashing  those conversations you had yesterday with your spouse) and stick with it, you’ll soon see a big difference in your relationship.

If you change the habit of watching TV for hours in the afternoon, and replace it with going outside for a walk, you’ll soon feel that big difference.

If you change the habit of expecting the worst from everyone around you, you’ll soon experience a change in what actually happens.

And if a small change in how you think can make a big difference, think of what big changes can do!

Start small.  Make a change, and stick with it.  Write it down every morning for 3 weeks, and remind yourself that you CAN change, and YOU are the only one who can change yourself.  

Maybe just tell yourself in the mirror each morning that “I AM  a good person, and I deserve every good thing the Universe can provide.”

 Try it.

Record it.

And look out!  Because once change gains some steam, the inertia may carry you far away from wherever you are now.  Once you begin to control your own thoughts, there’s no power that can stop you.

Claim your personal power.  It’s there, not even out of reach.  Just put your hand out and grasp it gently.  Bring it close, and keep it next to your heart.  You’ll be astounded at how much true power you have, once you decide to take it.

Open your mind’s window and let in some fresh air and sunshine.  And enjoy today!

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Have a blessed day today!

With Grace and Gratitude,