“You must bring yourself into alignment with what you are asking for. That’s what joy is, that’s what appreciation is, and that’s what the feeling of passion is. But when you are feeling despair, or fear, or anger, those are strong indicators that you are not right now in alignment with what you are asking for.” – The Spiritual Teachers called Abraham
Appreciation, Gratefulness, Gratitude, Thanks, Praise – whichever word you use to express this energy of loving something to the point you would like more of it, is the highest state of consciousness you can generate on your own.
Peace, Love and Joy are states of Divine Mind and in order to receive them, you have to prepare the soil of your mind to accept them. That environment is greatly enriched by time spent in true gratitude.
When you are truly grateful, you are naturally happy and in that happy state, Peace, Love and Joy simply fall upon you. Your senses are infused with a total energy of well-being and from that fully awakened state of consciousness, you can then effectively co-create the greatest desires of your heart.
A regular practice or practices of gratefulness will increase your prosperity, improve your health, harmonize your relationships and deepen your spirituality. You know that your grateful words are working for you when you begin to feel happy. Famed author Louise Hay teaches that you can’t be grateful and unhappy at the same time. And you cannot.
Your grateful thoughts also align you directly with The Law of Attraction. What you most appreciate, genuinely and consistently, you will draw more of into your life experience.
Be grateful for everything!
You don’t have to look very far to find things for which you are grateful. Wherever you are right now, look around you and pick out five things right within your sight for which you are profoundly grateful.
If you are reading this online, you are certainly grateful for your computer. It opens up the entire world to you and connects you with many fascinating people, places and things.
If you have a beverage within reach, you can be grateful for the way it tastes and the way it quenches your thirst.
You probably have one or more books near your computer. Surely you are grateful for the knowledge and entertainment they afford you – and not just today, but as long as you own them.
The comfortable office chair you sit in, the lamp that lights your work area, family pictures or your pretty or amusing screen saver are also other tools that make your life easier and for which you are surely grateful.
By expressing gratefulness for just those few but important things, you will continue to draw into your life experience all the computers you want to own in the future, the beverages you want to drink, plus comfortable chairs, illuminating writers and light to guide your way in the future. What a simple act it is to express gratefulness and how huge the rewards!
When you are feeling the effects of gratefulness – you are filled with a sense of “great-fullness”. We have so many things to appreciate that we could wonder why we ever allow ourselves to think of anything else.
But if you ask yourself, “Do I live in a perpetual state of gratitude for all the good in my life?” the answer would probably be no.
Most of us do express gratitude some of the time, when we happen to think of it. We also express criticism, judgment, resentment, fear, envy, guilt, blame or shame at least as often if not more often and usually those are unconscious thoughts that we don’t even attempt to control. They are subliminal reactions to the events we encounter, but if we don’t make a conscious effort to change them, like all thoughts at all levels of consciousness, they will reproduce in our external reality
It is essential to point your thoughts in the direction of what you want, and never in the direction you don’t want. Consciously expressing gratefulness, with a great deal more vigor than you are used to expressing it, is the fastest, easiest and most available tool to help you focus on what you do want instead of what you don’t want. There is something to be grateful about in every person and in every situation in your life. Gratefulness is literally food for your Soul.
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