A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 152

I have to rule my own mind before anything else will fall into place.

We’re conditioned from an early age to view the world as a “you or me” proposition, but that’s a flawed vision.  The separation that we see is the illusion.

The deepest truth is that we don’t need to fight our way through life, we don’t have to beat the bad guy, we don’t have to judge events or people using our own flawed perceptions.

By aligning ourselves with the Divine, we eliminate the possibility of “you or me” and accept the truth of “us“.

When I can get my head around that, then I can finally start to see that I simply need to accept that Universe where we truly are all family, and that my job is to love my brother and sister just as much as I love myself.

Put that cracked mirror away.  Clean your glasses.  And prepare yourself for revelation.  Because once you get past that perception of division, the one-ness will begin to show itself to you in some startling new ways!

Join me today in envisioning our planet from a base of inclusivity, togetherness, courtesy, caring and love.  Join the dance, everyone, together.  Now thats the world I want to leave my grandchildren!

Have a fantastic day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 151

I create my own reality.  

The problems only arise when I lose focus, when I allow distracting thoughts to intervene.  Once I’ve gotten the vision clear in my head, I have to continue on with it, allowing nothing contradictory to get in the way.

If I could just get out of my own way!

We’re constantly deluged with opposing opinions and “facts”, most of which seem to have little bearing on actual life or reality.  All this junk creates a gigantic scrapyard where it’s nearly impossible to find a way out.

The logjam in my head eventually untangles itself when I stop concentrating on fixing it.

If I can just maintain that focus on my vision then everything else falls into place.

What does your vision show you?

Have a marvelous day today!


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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 150

Judgement is something we all indulge in, and is something none of us are qualified to practice.

Children (and kittens and puppies) are fun to be around because they haven’t gotten into the habit of constantly evaluating every person or experience yet.  They simply “go with the flow”, accepting each new thing for its own merits.

As we grow up though, we begin to believe that we can compare what we think is happening to some fictional construct that “should” happen, and when the two don’t coincide, we act as jury and judge.

Unfortunately, we know too that most of the evidence is not visible, or just isn’t brought into the courtroom, because it gets overlooked in the haste to hurry up and sentence the prisoner!

Of all the millions of bits of raw data that our brains receive from our surroundings every moment, less than a hundred at a time are even acknowledged.  How can we evaluate evidence that our brains don’t even show us?

We can’t.  Simple enough.  We can’t.

Lay down your judge’s robes.  Get up out of that chair.  Step out into a brand new world that’s ready and willing to take care of you and your every need.  No judgement required.

Respond to every event with love and gratitude.  Love and gratitude will come back to you multiplied.

Have a truly great day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 149

You are a miracle.

Think for a few minutes about all the systems your body includes – your respiratory system, your circulatory system, your digestive system, to name just a few.

We still have just a few ideas, a limited understanding of how they work together to keep us living, breathing, moving.  Our scientists and doctors would like us to believe that they understand these things completely, but the evidence is against them.  Every year, another amazing revelation shows how interconnected these systems really are.

How to explain extraordinary feats like the shamans who can control their breathing to the point where they appear to be dead?  Humans who can literally walk across hot coals and yet aren’t burned?

We don’t even really understand the physical creation we inhabit, let alone the “invisible” self that animates that shell.

What we do know is that without love or affection, even plants don’t thrive and grow as they should.  Without love, we truly are without power.

Love is the energy source that we really depend on and need.  Love expands.  Love doesn’t die.  The tiniest act of love is never wasted or lost.

Focus yourself today on being that most loving vision of yourself.  Remember “Pigpen” from the old Charlie Brown comics?  Remember the cloud of dust and dirt that always floated along with him?  Surround yourself with a fog of love, and let it float along with you today.  No-one will mind sharing!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 148

Do you still find yourself thinking  crap, no matter how much you practice your affirmations and your thanksgiving?

I know I find toxic thoughts surfacing daily in my head, thoughts like “I need to make more money” or “I’ve got to work harder at my house cleaning” or “I should be doing …” .

The real truth is that you and I have a true purpose, and it has nothing in common with those thoughts that roll around in our heads like crazed hamsters.

Our true purpose is to find joy, and to experience it, and to share it.

The so-called reality that we experience every day has very little joy, very little happiness, very little wonder.  These however, are the building blocks we need to use to create our honest, joyful place on this planet.

Where do you find joy, wonder, happiness that overflows?

I find a lot of gratitude in my garden, whether it’s the flowerbeds, the vegetable patch, the pots of mixed flowers and veggies on the porch, or in the blackberry bushes that line our driveway.  There’s always something amazing, new, or beautiful going on out there.

Another great source of happiness is my bird feeder on the porch.  Watching the antics of the family of Downy woodpeckers as the young ones figure out how to climb straight up or down the strings that hold the suet blocks is always good for a laugh!

Find your wellspring of wonder and unleash your gratitude!  Help those beautiful thoughts on their way into the atmosphere and remember that truly “We are ALL in this together!  We can heal those hurts, together.

Have a marvelous day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 147

Perception is flawed by its very nature.

What the heck does that mean?

It means that our internal filters build up with gunk as we get older, exactly like the air filter on your A\C unit.  Have you changed that thing lately?

We just switched ours out for a clean one, and let me tell you the old one was filled with dust, grime, assorted bugs, and a couple of spots were completely unidentifiable.

Our brains build up layers of attitude, of self-protectiveness, of ego-driven  ideas about the human beings we come into contact with.  But it’s just gunk on the filter!

The only thing that gets us out of that stale, smelly dungeon in our heads is a change of filters.  You can’t just change a piece of it, though.  Doing that gives you only a momentary respite.  You have to pull out the whole thing and install a new one, in order to make any lasting change.

The new filter has to be made up of new layers – love, forgiveness, caring, sharing, gratitude.  These filter elements will clear the way for a true shift in your consciousness, and will change your perspective completely.

Like the astronauts who’ve had an epiphany in space – you’ll suddenly see a connectivity that wasn’t visible before.  When you put love first, everything else falls into its proper place.

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Have an extraordinary day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 146

Only love is real.

Love is the enduring power of this divine universe that we share.

Anything that purports to show division is an illusion.

The world that we experience is like a mushroom:  the cap is what we see.  In reality, the fungi itself is much, much larger, incredibly complex, and completely interwoven into its environment.

The cap is the fruiting body of the fungi, not the whole ‘animal’.  The vast majority of the “body” is made up of a complex mat of thread-like mycelium.  These mycelium are generally only a cell or two thick, and have been measured at up to 8 miles worth in a single cubic inch of soil (according to Mycelium Running)!

All those tiny threads provide a lot more cell surface to absorb water and nutrients even when they’re hard to find.  They’re the back-up plan for drought or scarcity of any kind.

The Divine Plan is exactly like fungi.  Although we may only see or experience or pay attention to the cap ( because, after all, that’s the edible part), there’s SO much more going on that we never really take a look at!  Whether we look or not, though, it’s definitely still there, (like those mycelia) still surrounding us, still trying to provide and protect us.

We try to separate the cap from the creature, but reality shows they aren’t separate entities.

We are inextricably linked to everyone and everything “else” on this planet of ours.

The more we each rejoice in gratitude, the stronger those underlying connections become.

Love binds us all into one, though some may perceive us as separate.

Extend your reach.  Offer love and gratitude, and build your connection with tmhose around you, and with the Divine.

Have a wonderful day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 145

By the time we’re in middle school, we’ve had some negative experiences that color our perceptions of the world and the people around us.

We’ve learned that it’s “not okay” to show strong emotions, that it’s not safe anymore to just be ourselves to everyone around us.

We start to construct the mask and costume that we’ll wear the rest of our lives.  And we start coloring in our expectations of others, whether for bad or for good.

What does your mask look like?  Are you the strong, quiet person on the outside, while your heart and stomach twist with each small disappointment?  Are you the life of the party outside, while your true feelings lay tightly locked away where they can’t get hurt?

These constructions are intended to soften the blows from a “cruel world”, but in fact they are an attempt to distance ourselves that just won’t work.

I can put a bandage on a hurt to give it time to heal, but if I keep putting a bandage on that spot to protect it after it’s gotten better, the end result is a spot even more vulnerable than before.

If we keep the mask on all the time, we develop a softer place that’s easier to hurt the next time.  And we miss out on the unscreened, unaltered clarity of the experience.

Instead, embrace the Universe!  Celebrate every thing, whether it seems to be “bad” or “good” at the time!  Gather your courage, take the mask off, and experience the Divine Plan firsthand.  

Yes, there are hurts and some experiences we’d rather do without.  But the bottom line is that EVERYTHING is part of that Plan, and our responsibility is to rejoice in every bit of it.  It gets easier with practice.

Have a truly wonderful day today, taking that mask off!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 144

Remain open to life’s amazing grace.

When I went back to Arzona State University, to complete my Bachelor’s degree after a ten year hiatus, I managed to sign up for a course on Riparian Ecology.

The things I learned in that class still come back to me sometimes – the amazing ways that plants cope with the “feast or famine” of water availability still leaves me in wonderment.

In the Sonoran  Desert where I grew up, there are cacti that pull in every bit of water they can reach when it rains, and lock it up in a greenish goo that sustains them through the long months of drought.  Cacti are so adapted that they don’t even have leaves – just spines – so they don’t lose as much water when they “breathe”.

Ocotillo plants look like spiny sticks for most of the year, but when the rains come, they burst into leaf, then produce extravagant wands of scarlet blooms for hummingbirds and insects to feast on.

If you see Cottonwood trees in the desert, you know there’s water there – they’re notorious for using amazing amounts of water.  I remember in the 80s (or possibly the 90s) the water companies in the Central valley cut down all the Cottonwoods along the irrigation canals, claiming they stole too much water. What a shame that was.

We’re a part of an ecology that is more complex and detailed than we’ve figured out.  

Our place is to dream big and to love bigger, to adapt ourselves to fit our place in the world.  We get to choose, though, unlike the cactus plants.

Where do you fit in?  Where do you want to be?  Claim that place today!

Be your most loving, your most forgiving, and your most grateful self today.

Change the world!  We truly are all in this together!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne

A Course in Miracles Experiment (by Pam Grout) Day 143

“Thank you” is the primary saying for today.

Despite all the media telling us how little we have, and how much we need, all of that is an illusion.

Today is a day when we get to experience miracles in abundance, blessings that overwhelm, and gratitude that overflows.

Every day is an opportunity to forgive, to apply your get-out-of-jail-free card by sloughing off the made up stories of lack and want.

There’s so much more that we don’t know or begin to understand.

The planet we live on continues to surprise us.

Fungi have the ability to digest and detoxify oil residues, and even plastics.

Trees can communicate with each other, and actively nurture their offspring.

Nearly extinct species are being re-populated successfully.  (Galapagos tortoises, after 55 years in captivity and 1800 baby tortoises, returned to thier native island!)

As long as we hold on to our gratitude, and let go of our fears, anything is possible.

Thank you for reading!  I appreciate you and ask that you be blessed today – extravagantly, amazingly, abundantly blessed!

Have a great day today!

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With Grace and Gratitude, 

LeslieAnne