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Thank and grow rich – Pam Grout

“Thank and grow rich” by Pam Grout is a must read. I don’t remember ever having said about a book “You have to read this”. In this case I do. You have to read this.

I love this book. I’ve made it my daily companion during the past weeks and am now reading it for the second time. It shifts your focus away from everything that doesn’t work towards all the things that do work, daily, for 4 weeks.

The book guides us to come into the frequency of gratitude and joy and stay there, every day. There is an introductory part in which Pam Grout explains the thinking errors of our time, i.e. that there is lack and what happens when we tune into the endless possibilities of the universe.

At the beginning and at the end of the book there is a Thank and grow rich income statement where you can evaluate yourself before and after reading the book. This isn’t about gaining financial riches, but about spiritual, social, creative capital and more. What is meant by everyone of them is explained in detail and with examples.

Then comes the big fun part of the book with 27 party games, one for each day. Pam Grout doesn’t like “exercises”. That sounds too serious for her. She prefers party games. 😄 Gratitude is supposed to be fun and guide us into the frequency of joy.

And that’s why every chapter starts with a party game where at first the game is being described, telling you what to do during this day. Then comes the “Party Gift”, which is often an explanation about what happens when you play the game and additional real stories. And then there is the “Dessert”, which are often real life stories from real people that show what gratitude can do in your life.

For me “Thank and grow rich” by Pam Grout is simply awesome. It helps me enormously at the moment to see 3 things every day that I am grateful for. That’s one exercise at the beginning of the book.

I have just accepted a 40 hour job to heal my finances and be financially self-sustaining. In this job I am in daily contact with mass consumerism and the respective energies and I have less time for my spiritual business. So I currently need something that helps me see the good in my job and in my life. This book does exactly that.

It reminds me every morning to look for things that I am grateful for. And they need to be different every day. I intend to continue doing this, 27 days, again and again. I can only recommend it.

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I Can See Clearly Now – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“I Can See Clearly Now” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is a fascinating book that I have read for the second time in the past weeks following Wayne’s passing. It spans his whole life from 1,5 years of age until his early 70’s. And right in the first chapter it becomes clear to the reader that there is something in this little boy Wayne that’s different from other people. He sees opportunities for fun where others feel frustrated. He doesn’t know sadness and instead makes everyone laugh. The way people know him as a speaker onstage – in this book he shows that he has always been like that, that he was born like that.

From a very early age, due to being put in orphanages, he takes care of himself and follows his own interests. And already as a child he also takes a stand for weaker children that are being bothered by others. All these traits that he showed as the famous author and speaker he was, he already possessed and showed as a child. I found this absolutely fascinating to realise.

The book contains 58 chapters and each chapter is divided into two parts. In the first part he tells a story from the past. In the second part he analyses what happened back then from his current point of awareness. I have never before read a book like that and I love it. Several times while reading it prompted me to look back at my own life and major turning points. In his Afterword Wayne encourages the reader to do just that.

Wayne goes through his life chronologically and writes about the major steps and turning points in his life. His childhood, living in orphanages, school time, university, his life as a professor and later as an author. Being a father, why he wrote which book, what he did to promote them. The most fascinating thing for me are his internal development processes that he writes about in detail. From self-reliance and self-actualization at the beginning of his life to spirituality and God-realization at the end of his life. This is a journey worth reading.

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

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Love, God and the Art of French Cooking by James F. Twyman

“Love, God and the Art of French Cooking” is a beautiful book about James F. Twyman’s  journey into his own self in search for happiness that is to his surprise supported by Roger Dufau, a French chef who together with his wife Kathleen owns a sweet B&B “Drew House” in Elora, just outside of Toronto.

How did James get there? Well, he and his girlfriend at the time decided to have a short holiday at Drew House to find out in which direction their relationship might go. The answer comes faster than expected. The next day Michele drives off, leaving James, because she says they are too different. He is quite perplex and in this moment is being met by Roger who then invites him for breakfast and for talking. And that’s where it all begins. Suddenly the French chef turns out to be a spiritual teacher as well and together they explore joy, real happiness and the role of food in our life.

“Love is what is important.” is Roger’s main teaching and he applies it not only to his life but also to food and his cooking and everything else he is doing. “Whatever brings us joy, we do; and what makes us feel sick, we don’t.” is something he teaches James very early on.

“You don’t deserve to be happy.” is one of the hidden beliefs from his past that James finds deep down inside during the time he spends alone at Drew House. He realises that all his life he has been searching for money and fame, because he believed that without it he wasn’t deserving love. He thought he was unable to attract lasting love, because he wasn’t powerful or rich enough. Now he comes to realise that although having been successful and having earned lots of money, he doesn’t feel abundant. During his conversations with Roger he is finally ready to let go of those old beliefs and embrace the uncertainty of not knowing how his life is going to turn out now. Not knowing where he is going from there.

Roger teaches a lot of beautiful and wise lessons about real abundance, choosing love instead of fear, embracing uncertainty which really is life and about combining your passion with service so that others can enjoy it too. James finally learns the most important lesson in life which is loving yourself and also to enjoy every moment and every imperfection in life.

I encourage you to read that book. It contains so much wisdom. I have taken 5 pages of handwritten notes for myself to remember the wisdom and be able to have a quick look at it now and then during my day. It really is beautiful and wise.

The coolest thing for me which I found at the end of the book are the cooking classes Roger Dufau and James F. Twyman have filmed together. In these videos they share some of the thoughts and teachings that James received from Roger at Drew House. And of course Roger also shares some quick recipes. The recipes aren’t really suitable for vegetarians or lactose-intolerant people like me, but the way of dealing with food with love and respect and all that Roger does is one that you can apply to whatever dish you prepare. So I encourage everybody to watch those videos. Here is the link to the videos: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=roger+dufau

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Living Gratitude

It’s Day 13 already. – Living Gratitude.

Today I would like to share a personal story about gratitude.

Until about 2 years ago I don’t think I knew what gratitude really was and didn’t pay much attention to it consciously. Then my life changed dramatically. In one day I lost my husband (through separation – we are back together today, but that’s another story), the house that was our home (moving out took longer, but we had to go), my job that was in my husbands company and with that my income. I was left with 6 animals to care for and myself in a shocked and sick condition.

In the following months I went through a lot of grief, physical and emotional pain, fear. For months I had panic attacks. But the universe also send me a whole regimen of people to help. On days when I couldn’t see or feel anything but pain and grief, I started doing an exercise I had read in ‘I don’t know which’ angel or spiritual book. Finding things that I was grateful for every evening. I started doing that every night when I went to bed. And I always always always found things and beings like my animals that I was grateful for. Always. This exercise slowly but steadily and deeply changed my life and my awareness.

Just before I was writing this I had no idea what I would write today. And then I remembered randomly meeting 2 friends a few hours ago when I was shopping. I felt a bit off and too much in my head today. And I realised that I was really grateful to have met them. They took me out of my head and into this present moment with them. I also thanked the universe as there are no coincidences. And that reminded me of this exercise. Which is no coincidence either.

So, if you want to change your outlook on life from inside, I recommend you do this exercise. There’s so much to be grateful for. One of the things I’m most grateful for is that I got to know myself and learned to take care of myself during that time. The other thing is that my husband and I have found each other again. Yes,it’s possible. No, I wouldn’t say it was easy. But love never dies. You just have to dig deep sometimes and pull away everything that’s not needed anymore and didn’t belong to you in the first place.

Be grateful for being here. Be grateful for this life. Yes, you can choose another one. But this is unique.

Namaste.

Day 13 - I am thankful for all I have