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As we know the beginning of each new year finds the energy of the collective consciousness palpable with goalsetting. What is on your list that you’d like to manifest in 2015? Loving relationships, increased finances, improved health, or a more fulfilling career? Of course, the list can go on ad infinitum, depending on your individual desire, experience and or circumstance.
Even if you are in the camp, as I am, of those who don’t make beginning of the year goals, I believe it is safe to say, everyone, consciously or not, is seeking more peace, comfort and connection with their inner divine spiritual essence. No one is spared challenges or confusion in this life. But what if the practice of gratitude which is the parent of praise and appreciation, is a gateway through your thoughts and emotions that lifts you above your personal stories of pain and discomfort?
The ancient mystics inform us that on an energetic level, cultivating gratitude as a way of life brings us into alignment with what we want and through the Law Of attraction, what we have been asking for … manifests.
I consider Keb’ Mo’, three-time American Grammy Award-winning blues musician, a modern day mystic. In the January 2015 Science of Mind Magazine an article title “Attracting Quality Stuff through Spiritual Practice,” Mo’ writes, “I brainwash myself. Every day, I retrain my brain by reading and studying spiritual thoughts. More than my bank account, I protect my state of mind; [and] my state of gratitude… [because] that’s where good comes from.”
It sounds like Mo’ has discovered that we each have a ‘happiness set-point,’ the genetic and learned tendency to remain at a certain level of happiness. Fortunately, Mo’ understands we are not just our genes and our environment, therefore, happiness can be a choice. We can change our happiness set-points through our intention to be happy by using our spiritual practices.
Earl Nightingale, author and speaker, advocates, “learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future.” I believe Nightingale’s observation also applies to changing our happiness set-points. Have you noticed how happy people refuse to be victims. They have learned that blame doesn’t allow them to move forward. They have derived from experience that once you plant the seed in your brain to be more content and happy, you shift the way you see the world; when something happens that appears to be bad or negative you realize you can not only learn from it, but you can use it to remember who you are as a divine child of God, and then look for new opportunities.
Establishing your consciousness at the higher levels of hope, optimism, and positivity, empowers you to manifest the desires of your heart with more ease and grace. As you move upward on your consciousness journey, I recommend taking notice of your process. Watch how the more you express the qualities of gratitude, praise and appreciation, the more your experience of happiness and fulfillment increases. What seems to be “magic” is added to your adventure. Some call it being in the flow. Athletes tend to call it being in the zone.
I am so appreciative of the opportunity you give me to be in service to you through my posts. The joy that I derive from sharing my thoughts, ideas and insights is immense, and know that your comments, feedback and stories inspire and expand my consciousness and perhaps even extend my life. Please remember as Melody Beattle writes, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity.”
As you enter into the New Year of 2015, remember the power is within you to reset your happiness set-point in order to experience a life of more fulfillment. At the same time know that wherever you are on your consciousness spectrum, you are not alone, God is with you.
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