A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 32

Make it happen!

We are an inventive species.

But in this modern culture, we’re taught from the beginning all about what we cannot do.

The truth is that everyone’s capable of invention.  Not just the Thomas Edisons and Albert Einsteins and Ben Franklins.  Everyone.  Every human being.  This means YOU.

We’re also taught to fear failure.  Thomas Edison tried something like 2000 different designs, before he came up with a working light bulb.  When asked how he felt about all those failures, he talked about the fact that he didn’t consider them as failures, just designs that didn’t work.

What if he’d given up after the first dozen tries?

We CAN invent our reality EVERY DAY.

Just make up your mind, every morning, that you’re going to let go of all that negative thinking, in and around your mind, and make room for your inventions to come to life around you.

Make up your own version of your world today.

Three times today, remind yourself that you have the choice to define your own reality.  Spend a few minutes each time, envisioning that peaceful, loving, brilliant world.  The more attention you give that idea, the faster you’ll experience it.

So, relax into that ideal.

And have a joyful day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 31

What i see is a direct result of what’s happening in my head.

Our brains filter out an astonishing amount of input, in order to make sense of our surroundings.

When we change the filter, and get rid of that old, gunked up one, more and different experiences can slide in.

Ever heard of someone you know as “wearing rose-colored glasses” ?

It’s a metaphor for a person who always finds something good, something positive, no matter the situation.

And people who use that expression usually aren’t making a compliment.  

But what the hell is wrong with refusing to give attention to the negative?  Giving attention to bad behavior in your kids (or your dog) just encourages them to continue, without finding out why.

Step away.

Change the filter.

Clean the lenses on your rose-colored glasses, and prepare yourself for miracles.

Three times today, spend a few minutes reminding yourself that your beliefs are a choice.  You CAN choose to change them.  And when you do, your world will change.

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With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 28

“Above all else I want to see things differently.”

 I was reading “The Secret Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben, a  forester and author, where he talks about the amazing facts of how trees not only communicate, but actually take care of each other.

If you really want to see truth, the truth that surrounds you all the time, you are going to have to slow yourself down.

There’s no way Mr. Wohlleben could have ever figured out that mother trees take care of struggling baby trees around them, to the point of sharing nutrients with them, if he was moving at the pace of our modern society.

What other truths around us are we unable to see, because we’re looking in the wrong place, or even just at the wrong speed?

How often have you been blessed by some moment, some small thing, that changed you for the better?  The smile of a baby, the sight of a “V” of geese heading home, a majestic sunset.

True vision is sorely lacking in today’s world.  But, it’s free and freeing.

As many times today as you can, remind yourself that “vision is free”, and that when you see what’s truly there, blessings will flow.

Have a blessed day!

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With Grace and Gratitude

LeslieAnne

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!

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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!

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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 22

No-one gets to be critical of our kids.  Especially when they’re small.

They’re kids, right?  They make mistakes, they do silly stuff, stupid things sometimes, but they’re OUR kids.

And NO-ONE else gets to criticize.  We, the parents, jump in and with love and humor help them out of whatever ridiculous situation they’ve gotten themselves into, and try to help them learn from it.

But we are SO critical of ourselves!  Listen to that snarky voice for a few minutes, and you’ll realize just how un-loving and un-helpful that voice is.

We continually hear that voice in our heads that’s telling us “You’re not smart enough.  You’re not pretty enough.  You’re not good enough. Blah, blah,blah.”

 But it’s bullsh*t.

That voice is NOT the voice of a loving and compassionate universe.

That voice has no more reality and substance than what we allow.

I’d NEVER speak to ANYONE in that tone of voice, or say those things to my child!  So, why do I allow that voice to speak to me that way?

Beating ourselves up all day does NOT change anything, other than making us feel worse.  

Be to yourself, today, that loving and compassionate parent who’s there for you, looking out for you, helping you learn and grow.

Remind yourself, 5 times today, look around and remind yourself that what you fear is not real.

And go on to enjoy this day!

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A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 21

To clear my mind of thoughts that make me unhappy, i have to hunt them down like rabid raccoons and get rid of them.

Even the smallest thought about something or someone, that isn’t perfect, or kind, or loving, has to be rooted out of my garden of beautiful flowers and disposed of on the compost heap.

Each time the teeniest idea that the experience I’m having right now isn’t perfectly aligned with the great things the universe has in store for me, that’s doubt and I have to deal with it as the true enemy.

Doubt, fear, and uncertainty can be found everywhere, but I don’t have to buy into it.

Five times today, look around you.

Tell yourself that you are determined to see “_________” (bonehead next to you) differently .

Tell yourself that you are determined to see “_________” (situation you seem to be stuck in at the moment) differently.

Find that tiniest scrap of an idea that something around you today isn’t perfectly satisfactory, and compost that puppy.

Because the log jam will clear out, the branches will eventually move out of the way, and the river of life will begin to move again. And I have to be ready for that jump! 

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A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 20

“Today I am determined to see.”

 Commit today to seeing a radically different reality.  

Look for a reality where kids DON’T grow up being bullied in school, because the kids who’d be bullies, don’t need to be.

It’s easy to love the people who we’re already attracted to (or, in my grammar-perfect household, to whom we’re attracted).

But everyone has some redeeming qualities, and today your task is to really LOOK.  

I just read an article about a prison where the inmates are given the chance to study and earn college degrees.  That institution has a less than 2% return rate.  

Those are people who didn’t grow up in the same world that  I did, but they’re getting a chance to change their world, and that of their children.  And 98% of them are grabbing that chance with both hands and hanging on for dear life.

It’s hard to change our brains, but it’s so rewarding.  Suddenly, there’s a lot more to love out there, in this crazy, busy, beautiful world!

Three or four times today, stop and really LOOK.  Try to see the truth under the surface “reality”.  Think about that person who you hate to be around, and SEE the person under those mannerisms that drive you crazy.  

And remind yourself, everyone is worth loving.  Everything is here for a reason.  But you have to train your brain to really LOOK, before you can see that deeper truth.  Find it!

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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!

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