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 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!

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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.

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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!

 

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout). Day 10

You know that voice in your head?

The one that’s always chatting away about nothing in particular?

Yeah, that one.

The one that’s constantly nattering on about inconsequential stuff like “Darn it i wish that car would get out of my way, i need to get to work, I hate it when it rains, i wonder how awful work is gonna be today, will Nancy be her usual nosy self, is Gary going to insist on telling me his views on politics, i hate listening…”

 That one.

Remind yourself today that the voice in your head is NOT you.

How do you prove that?

In your head, say this:  “Well, howdy there partner!  Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”

 Now do your best imitation of JLo, saying the same thing.

And now, try it in Bugs Bunny voice.

Laughing yet?

The point is that YOU can control that voice.

Which means?  You’re in charge of it.

Four times today, stop that voice in its tracks, and say this instead:  “I am in control of  what I think.  I choose to pay attention to positive things. Period.”

 And do it.  Follow through.  Start replacing those negative comments with positive things.

I personally subscribe to the Good News Network daily good newsletter, so i get a shot of sweet, funny, amazing info first thing in the morning.

It sets the start of my day into motion with a positive inertia!

And don’t forget to forgive yourself for slipping.  The Universe has your back.

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 9

Be willing to believe that what you are seeing, isn’t necessarily the “truth” or the “fact”.  Because what you’re seeing is the result of all those millions of bits of information going through a screening process in the base of your brain, long before the  thoughts make it in to your conscious mind.

Just give it an inch or so.

Grant the possibility that there is an amazing world of possibilities, just waiting for you to decide about and focus on.I

Look at your computer, your morning coffee, and your favorite chair.  Three or four times today, remind yourself that “I don’t really see this computer, this coffee, this chair as it is now.”

 You don’t have to believe it.  Just admit that there might be more.

And have a joyful day today.  Catch that breeze and let it carry you.

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A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 8

When we focus on our past experiences, we bring our minds into resonance with the things that led to those experiences.

But, if you’re resonating at B-flat, you can’t also resonate at C-sharp.

And if B-flat is where you were, and C-sharp is where you want to be, you have to keep turning that tuning peg to tighten that string.

So, four times today, I commit to tuning that one string back to C-sharp.  Four times today I will stop whatever I’m thinking about, and re-tune those thoughts to my goals.

Pam says in her book that you don’t have to “believe” in these experiments .  But you do have to do them.  Unless you don’t want to change anything in your life.  In which case, you’re good to go!

I’m going to focus on where I want to be, not where I was.

Because I have seen miracles happen in my life, and I’m ready for more.

Just a note here.

If the swan started thinking about all the bad things that could happen, would she be able to not only lay those eggs, but actually incubate them for the 32 to 37 days it takes for those chicks to develop inside the eggs?

She doesn’t worry about what might happen.  She just knows she has to keep setting, turning those eggs, keeping them warm.  Her mate keeps her company, defends her against all comers, and generally just hangs around.

They don’t keep talking about how that last bunch of cygnets were so ungrateful.  They don’t worry about how one might be an ugly duckling.  They just do the job at hand.

That’s the attitude we need!

Just do this job.  Don’t keep worrying about how it might not work.  Don’t fret about which eggs might hatch, and which might not.  Just do this job.

And let the Universe, full of every good and beautiful thing, provide.  After all, that’s its job!

Go out and enjoy this day.  After all, it’s all we really have, right now, with everything we need.

A Course in Miracles Experiment, Day 4 (author Pam Grout)

Repeat after me, “My thoughts don’t mean anything.”

 WHAT?

Think about it.  That critical, mean-spirited, overbearing, self-proclaimed boss in your head is only there on your sufferance.  You can fire that butthead at any time.

So, my thoughts “I really need to mop the floor.” ” I need to wash those dishes. ” “I should clean the table off, wash the car, mow the lawn…” don’t MEAN anything.

Unless I listen.  

Choose not to listen to that Simon Cowell in your head.  Let it go.  Fire that person.  You don’t need that negativity in your life, or in your head.  Refuse to give your precious attention to negative thoughts.

Remember that there’s an infinity of possibilities right where you are, and be ready to embrace the positive.  Live for the things that renew your faith and rejoice in everything you are and can become.  

You’ll find a shift in the world as you practice this, believe me.  It’s like walking a few feet in a rainstorm to find that there’s blue sky and sunshine on the other side of the street.  There’s no comparable feeling in all the world.  It’s sort of like being reborn, maybe, emerging from darkness into the light.

So, keep going!  Ignore that nay-sayer in your head.  I mean, REALLY!  Who hired that guy anyway?  Keep climbing up the path until you reach the sun…

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A Course in Miracles Experiment. Day 3

Today is about getting around that “bad guy” we’ve hired to guard our thoughts from getting out and enjoying themselves in this crazy wonderful world of ours.

I’m old enough to remember the first Star Trek series, when it first came out on TV.

I remember how my Dad scoffed at the “science” that was so integral to the stories.  

My favorite example is the communicator.  We still had a “party line” on our phone, and if you don’t know what that is, you’re probably too young to have ever had one.  Ask your parents.  Or maybe your grandparents.

Anyway, the communicator.  Think of the modern folding cell phone.  Fifty years before cell phones.  It’s a fine example of how something that someone imagined has come into being.

Everyone has a cellphone now, right?  Back then, everyone had a phone in the house.  Attached to the wall.  With a long curly cord that always got tangled up.   

If no one had imagined the communicator, would we all have cell phones now?  If the person who dreamt of a communicator had let that “bad guy” scoff and tell them “What a bunch of crap” would we all have handheld devices to talk to each other?

I’m thinking not.

First, you gotta let your imagination out of the lockbox you’ve put it in.  Fire that “bad guy”.  Go have some fun, for crying out loud.

Then, admit you don’t understand the things around you.

I sure don’t understand my cat.

I definitely don’t understand my tablet, my cellphone, or really even the coffee maker.  By allowing myself to not have to “understand” the things that surround me, I open the door for the inexplicable universe and send the “bad guy” down the road to torment some other soul who enjoys knowing.

Me, I’m going to shoot for the stars…