“When we speak the words of thanksgiving to the God within,… There’s something in this attitude of thanksgiving that carries us beyond the field of doubt into one of perfect faith and acceptance, receptivity and realization.” Ernest Holmes
Many of us including myself, will travel far and wide to gather with our families this Thanksgiving. We set aside the day to be together, appreciating what we have, giving thanks and acknowledging our blessings.
As important as this day symbolizes, we know appreciating, giving thanks and blessings is not a once a year activity. The very act of giving thanks raises our vibrational energy to uplift us, to heal us, to change us at depth. When we make a daily practice of the spiritual acts of appreciating, giving thanks and blessing, our lives are enriched.
With the divisive energetic climate of fear anger and uncertainty that we’re now living in, having an attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving is a powerful spiritual practice.
It is key to transforming our lives, and contributes to the collective consciousness of creating a world that works for everyone.
Think about it, what if this political climate is revealing what needs to be seen, healed and transformed?
What if it is a time like this that offers the opportunity for more compassion, forgiveness, love and a deeper realization of our oneness.
Rather than focusing on the appearances from the energetic field of worry, doubt, fear, lack, fight or flight, what if we choose to focus on the possibility, potential, and opportunity that is available?
What if we looked beyond our challenges and know that our lives are filled with infinite possibilities! Jesus told us “…with God all things are possible,” and “…all things are possible to those who believe.” -(Mark 9:23)
Remember the Chinese word for crises is also the same word for opportunity? What if we looked at each challenge as an exciting array of opportunities!
I love Michael Beckwith’s concept of addressing a challenge or perceived problem. Here is my remembrance and paraphrase of his statement…in every problem, there is a question wanting to be asked. In the question there is an answer wanting to be revealed. In the answer there is a divine action to be taken. In the action is a way of life to be lived.
However, it’s important to remember not to ask disempowering questions from a victimhood standpoint, like, “Who can I blame?” or “Why me?”
Socrates believed that all wisdom is already within and asking questions helps bring forth the knowledge. The question then becomes: What are we asking life, what are we seeking from life?
What if we asked empowering questions like, “What is my purpose? What is wanting to emerge within me? How can I grow through this? And “How can I serve?”
Are you wondering where to start? Join me in knowing that if you ask, the answer is given, and that you are being guided to divine right action.
As St. Francis of Assisi asserted, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
The practice of prayer/meditation on a regular basis amplifies the power to give thanks in all circumstances. Bettie Danley, Brentwood Unity Prayer and Healing Coordinator has given me permission to share an insightful reminder of the power of prayer.
She prefaced the requests that had been submitted for prayer to the prayer team with the following encouraging reminder:
“Jesus told us to pray without ceasing. Certainly after the results of this past election, we realize how much our country needs positive prayer. Everyone who voted truly wants the best for our people and our country; but each of us has a different vision of what that should be.
We can see now how divided our country really is. God works in mysterious ways, that we know not of. When Jesus prayed, he always said, “thank you Father, for hearing me, and he also said , “not my will, but thy will be done.”
Our vision is limited, (but God, Presence, Father, Spirit, Universe, whatever name you call the creator) sees the whole picture. If we truly believe that everything that happens works for our highest and best good no matter how it appears to us, then let us pray to allow God’s will be done.
God is Love and we are love. Let us pray for unity in America. There is more good than bad, more similiarities than differences. Let us pray to release the fear and remember the LOVE that we are.”
In the spirit of gratitude, prayer and the love that we are, I offer the following scriptures to support us through this Thanksgiving season and beyond:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. -1ST Thessalonians 6:18
Let us come before his presence With thanksgiving Let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms. -Psalm 95:2
Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name. –Psalm 100:4
That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving and tell of all Your wondrous works. Psalm 26:7
As we know, we are what we think all day long. Let’s align ourselves with the Infinite Source of Life and let Life flow through us as right action and true expression.
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