Spinach and Basil..

I am so jazzed about getting my hands in the dirt today folks. Planted a dozen or so spinach starts a from a friend of a friend who donates to the gardens. I had some super cool basil I put in also..

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Tales from the keys I tap..

I booked a room at the Roma San Pietro on Via Crescenzio  back in Scotland and as I stood on the balcony, with the Coliseum just a stone’s throw, on a crystal clear night, and every star in the galaxy shining down was a gift. A gift from God, to me it seemed. I could hear the bustling noises of this magical city, and about a thousand different lights all came together with perfect timing. As I peered down at the street below I could make out a small stand and knew this wasn’t just a hot dog stand. Not in this majestic city. I can still taste the aroma of warm bread, garlic, and basil, oh man, life is feelin’ good right now. But wait, it just got better. All of these aromas, and sights, paled in comparison to the most magnificent life form that stood behind this tiny kitchen on wheels. ‘Stunning” was the word that came to mind. All I could see from my vantage point was her perfectly round face and the most intense shade of green in her eyes I personally have ever seen. I knew instantly, there was an exquisite body underneath the tattered apron she wore. Right then and there, the Universe around me decided to open a window and let in some light. For some reason, at that exact moment a man walked up to her, and I could hear him speak some Italian to her, and that, my friend, is when the window was opened wide because her beautiful smile made everything else stand still. I held that vision in my mind for the rest of the evening as I went into pour a glass of wine. When I returned, she was still there just as before but I would wait until morning to see her again, I only hoped.

 

With the morning came

Marching toward the land of freedom

Pam Grout

“Let us hope that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. ”—Martin Luther King Jr.
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In America today, we pause to celebrate one of my top heroes. Sorry Wonder Woman, you’re on the list, but Martin Luther King Jr., who has such a remarkable way with words, snags top billing in my writerly heart.

Everyone knows about his “I have a dream” speech. I’m betting your community has organized an event today where somebody’s going to read it. But this great man gave something like 450 speeches per year and wrote five books. Having a dream is only the beginning.

One of his key beliefs was spiritual purification. You can’t go out stirring up change until you’re clear inside, until you’re speaking Truth as the universe sees it. This is where A Course…

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How to get past the bouncer of your limited thinking

Changing the beliefs that no longer serve me folks..

Pam Grout

“Enlightenment is the unlearning of the thought system that dominates the planet.”—Marianne Williamson
bouncerPicture a big, muscle-bound bouncer, a Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson type. His arms are crossed and he’s got that “no way, no how” look on his face.

Anyone with a lick of sense can figure out it’d be best to come back later, to try again when Mr. Tough isn’t so diligently blocking the entry.

Our current beliefs about the world are just like that bouncer. They block all the joy, peace, meaning and other Divine goodies that the Universe so desperately wants to bestow.

Which is why the Course in Miracles is all about clearing our minds, about undoing the beliefs we think are absolute fact.

Enter Lesson 3: I do not understand anything I see (in this room, out the window, etc.)

Again, we simply take a moment or two to look around and say…

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Your deed to the world’s most valuable real estate

Pam Grout

“Eventually you will see that the real cause of problem is not life itself. It’s the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes the problems.”—Michael Singer

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I’ve got a holiday gift that, should you choose to accept it, will change every aspect of your 2018. It’s a deed for an exclusive piece of real estate that needs nothing but your decision to chop up and carry away extraneous bits of debris.

This plot that you already own and have been tending for all the years of your life is your consciousness. It’s the sum total of your beliefs. It’s the thoughts you spend the 1440 minutes of each day animating into your life.

There’s probably a corner with beliefs about your body, about how it operates, what it needs, what it’s capable of. This part of your real estate, which seems inescapable, gets a lot of attention. Most…

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How to change the optical illusion of your life

Pam Grout

“Man’s concept of his world built on the experience of the five senses is no longer adequate and in many cases no longer valid.”—Shafica Karagulla
newopticalillusions(7)A Course in Miracles is a thick, dense book that most of us who rank high on the woo-woo spectrum own, but very few actually read.

I get it. It’s not a picture book.

Because it’s my main spiritual squeeze, I’m asked a lot of questions. But here’s all you really need to know. The Course tells us consciousness creates the material world. And that we get to decide how we’re going to experience life, that we get to choose what we want to see.

This would be truly good news except for one small fact. Most of us have a monstrous chip on our shoulder. We think life sucks or that it’s here to be endured.

So we use our butt-kicking consciousness to create…

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Don’t buy your diagnosis

Pam Grout

“Reality is so vast that there is no way from our small place in the universe to see it all. We create cultural constructs of our knowledge and try and make the whole vast infinite universe fit in our tiny little boxes.”
― Lyssa Danehy deHart
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Whatever affliction you believe about yourself is a hoax. It’s a tiny box that you continue to animate by your belief in it.

I know it seems like stone-cold fact that you are depressed or financially challenged or still suffering the aftermath of something your parent did or didn’t do.

But it’s just not true.

It seems true because you’ve collapsed the wave of that reality. In the quantum world, the observer (that’s you expecting and believing things are a certain way) interacts with all the possible superpositions (the world’s unlimited possibilities). Once you collapse the wave (the particular state or affliction you’ve been…

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