Gratitude

“The following passage comes from the Gospel of Matthew in the Holy Scriptures, and it has mystified, confused, and been misunderstood by many people over the centuries.

“Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”

“You have to admit that when you read the passage it appears unjust, as it seems to be saying that the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer.  But there’s a riddle to be solved in this passage, a mystery to uncover, and when you know it a new world will have opened up for you.

“The answer to the mystery that has eluded so many for centure is in one hidden word:  gratitude.

“Whoever has gratitude will be given more, and he or she will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have gratitude, even what he or she has will be taken from him or her.”

“By the revelation of one hidden word, a cryptic text is made crystal clear.”  Rhonda Byrne, The Magic

Most spiritual traditions tell us that being grateful for our lives and what we have in them is a necessary component of a full life.  If we believe that God needs our praise, then I can see that expressing thanks to Him in our prayers would make sense.  But I have had more trouble understanding the “why” of gratitude since I don’t believe God needs us to tell Him how wonderful He is.  (Jesus says this in A Course in Miracles.)

Of course, I can understand that we need gratitude.  It opens our heart.  And, not incidentally, it makes us just feel good.  Writing about the Law of Attraction, particularly Rhonda Byrne’s The Magic, says that without gratitude our wishes for a more abundant life will fall on deaf ears in the universe.  But is not a rote recall of things we are grateful for just seem to be manipulation of ultimate reality?

Our heart needs to be in the right place when we are expressing thanks for the blessings of our life.  We need not to be manipulative, we need not to say “thanks” just because it does feel good.

There is a higher reason for gratitude.

I know that I appreciate my life, and that is a good start.  Gratitude does warms our heart, and maybe that is reason enough to be diligent in feeling and expressing gratitude for our lives.

Gratitude does keep us in the right pathway back to God.  Separation healed, we are on our way.  And with it, the abundant life.

 

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Gratitude

“If you learn to focus on and feel grateful for what you have in each moment, that thought process will become habit itself.  Similarly, when you focus on what is lacking in or wrong with your life, you will always find a way to attract even more of what you don’t like.”  Richard Carlson, You Can Feel Good Again

Gratitude is the way we walk in grace.  While it may not be obvious why God “needs” our gratitude, we need the experience of being grateful.  When we are appreciative of life itself, we attract good experiences in that life.  If we focus on what is wrong, this, through the law of attraction, draws in more wrong to be experienced.

The law of attraction is actually not a particularly religious thing to believe.  It gives a secular slant to God Himself.   It seems to say that God falls in line with our own thinking and feeling, giving us what we have, perhaps unconsciously, asked for.  We don’t have to be centered in God to have this happen.

We thrive better when we think well of Life, though, and this includes God in particular.  We are creatures, first of all, for we know that we did not create ourselves.  What is the true and real meaning of the universe?  Tuning into God, attracting an Answer from the cosmos itself, will give us a way to live better.  It will assure us that living independently and alone, thrusting our Creator off as irrelevant, just doesn’t work very well in the long run.

When we focus on what is wrong, we get more of it, as Richard says.  This is fundamental law of attraction.

Let’s ask for some help in attracting what we truly desire, which is a life in which the love we experience is full and good.  And this love comes originally comes from God.

Is that not reason enough to be grateful for the gift of life itself?

Gratitude Prompts Joy

“I began this chapter by suggesting that gratitude is the antidote to virtually all stress, unhappiness, and frustration.  I’ll end by repeating that suggestion.  Life is a gift.  You can learn to be grateful you have dishes to wash rather than angry that you have to wash them.  You can learn to be grateful that you have children rather than upset that you have to get up in the middle of the night to nurse them.   You can learn to appreciate your job instead of wishing you had a different one.  You can look at all of life with an eye toward gratitude.  And when you do, it is glorious!”  Richard Carlson
Just why is gratitude so desirable?  What does it matter to a benign God that we thank Him for our blessings?
We don’t thank God because He needs to be appreciated.  We thank God because we function best with a grateful heart.  And He knows this.
There are a myriad of laws that govern the universes.  And attendant to the law of attraction is the truth that gratitude gives us something that we want very much.  A whole heart, open to this world as well the one beyond.  An open heart to our brothers and sisters in this world is positive thinking at its best.  We are creating a new world of value for all.  And we, too, are the beneficiaries.
Make a list of seven things a day that you feel grateful about.  Just the ordinary events of the day give fodder for gratefulness.   There may have been things to rue in any given day, but there are also a myriad of good things that happen.  To see those myriad of happy things, though, we need to have eyes that are open and looking, blessed with vision.
Let our eyes look upon our blessings today.
It will change our tomorrows.

Why Gratitude Is Necessary

“Regardless of how much time you spent in therapy, you would never feel the value of therapy, would never reap the fruits of your labor, unless you were able to cultivate a sense of gratitude in your life.  Why?  Because the feeling of gratitude is a foundation of personal contentment, satisfaction, and the ability to enjoy life.   Gratitude is a powerful antidote to virtually all stress, unhappiness, and frustration.”  Richard Carlson

When we aren’t grateful, we are in negativity, and only positivity works in the law of attraction.  If we are thinking in a negative fashion, we will, just like a photocopying machine, make a “copy” of our negative thoughts, and these will come off the “machine” and right into our lives.

When we are glad that we have what we have, we are not reaching after mirages in the desert, illusions that will come to plague us over time.   Being glad (grateful) for what we have is the right starting point.  Then, in a positive frame of mind, we can put out a call to the Universe for the more that we long to have.  We have prepared our mind; now the Universe finds us and blesses us with the happiness that our wants, satisfied, can foster in us.

We might wonder why gratitude for what we already have is key.  It is because if we don’t treasure what we have, we won’t treasure any other goodies that might come to us.  The Universe can’t operate on such a slender cord of electricity.

It takes positive thought waves to activate the positive, and gratitude is among the most positive emotions that we can summon up.