Amazingly Awesome 2.0
Pam Grout’s motto is to celebrate what you want to see more of.
Among the nine experiments are “The Dude Abides Principle,” “The Volkswagen Jetta Principle,” “The Alby Einstein Principle,” and the “101 Dalmatians Principle.”
This follow up to E-Squared also has nine experiments, including: “The Boogie-Woogie Corollary,” and “The Yabba-dabba-doo Corollary.”
“This little book will prove…your thoughts have power and that a field of infinite possibilities awaits your claim,” Pam Grout writes in her New York Times bestseller
E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.
In a nutshell, in order to attain what might be possible, you need to fully participate to see those possibilities unfold. “I think most people in recovery are in a 12-step program, and they believe there is a higher power,” Grout says. “Basically, that is what we are doing with these experiments: Is there really something that has your back? And is there really something that if you allow it, if you surrender to it, it will guide you?
“What I believe is this power [God, Spirit, or, as Grout often says, the field of infinite potentiality] wants to connect with us, help us out and guide us,” Grout continues. “But because we choose not to see it, we are not using this all amazing quantum playground that is out there.” Instead of investing in what is, start placing your energy into what might be possible.
Grout’s website features a regularly updated blog where she shares “nuggets” of inspiration, such as avoiding the “should storm.” She says God, the universe, Spirit — whatever name you give your higher power — has never deserted us. “We’re so busy with our dark clouds of guilt and shame, the should storm that begins the moment all the frightened adults start administering “tests,” that we fail to notice, we fail to appreciate its unending gifts.”
When your thinking starts “stinking,” remember you are loved, and no matter what you have done, there isn’t anything that would make your higher power not love you. “With this force there is no judgment whatsoever,” Grout says. “Instead of critiquing, I call it creating. Any judgment gets in the way of this field of infinite potentiality, so the more open we can be, the more nonjudgmental, the more available it is to us.”
What You Appreciate, Appreciates
One way to clearly see and appreciate what is going right with your journey, with your recovery process, is to consider putting two simple steps into daily practice. Grout has an initiative called “AA 2.0,” or Amazingly Awesome. Much like AA has reformed the lives of millions, the notion of AA 2.0 could lead to the transformation of a “nameless squad of empty glass thinkers,” she says.
The first step is to get up every morning and say: “something amazingly awesome is going to happen to me today.”
In the second step, Grout texts three blessings from the day before (the blessings have to be different every day) to what she calls her “power posse” or a circle of three friends. “You enter this state of gratitude, and it changes your life.”
Grout notes that setting this intention, which takes just a few seconds, is one of the most important things you will ever do. You not only begin the day on a positive note, but also you hold yourself accountable because you are looking for blessings in order to share them with others.
“Your thoughts really do create your reality,” Grout says. “So if you really believe this, you should make this intention early in the morning that ‘yes, I am going to have a positive day.’” Because we get out of life whatever we focus on, practicing these two simple steps has the power to override and overturn the accepted paradigm of wallowing in our problems and challenges.
Grout points out: “You know, in a 12-step program, you take things one day at a time. And that is all we can do. We can even do one hour at a time.”
Naturally, challenges will get in the way of achieving your full potential. “When something happens that is not positive, I go to a thought from A Course in Miracles: “Holy spirit, help me see this differently.” The course is a spiritual system, which focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. The premise is basically that joy is our right, and anything else is an illusion we have made up.
A blog post from Grout’s website, posted in May 2014, explores the concept that humans gravitate toward focusing on problems because we are conditioned to believe we don’t have any power. The problems end up being all we see. However, by investing energy on positives, such as things to be grateful for, problems dissolve back to the nothingness from which they arose.
Gratitude is what Grout refers to as her superpower of choice. At her website, she writes gratitude is like a seed, which starts small but grows whatever you’re focusing on into a super-size reality. She also believes gratitude improves family relationships because being happy is contagious. Gratitude also brings you back to ultimate reality because it can be easy to veer off track; but when you stop and write down what you are grateful for, the misleading ideas and stories you tell yourself don’t stand a chance. What’s more, gratitude makes us feel happy.
“You can read all the books, follow all the steps, write affirmations to the moon and back, but unless you begin to feel this invisible, yet palpable buzz, this infinite force that flows through you and connects you to all that is, you will spend your life searching. It’s all right here. In this moment.”
Are you ready to claim it?
A New York Times bestselling author, Grout travels the world and calls Lawrence, Kansas, home. She has written 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time
Gig. Learn more by visiting www.pamgrout.com.