The Power of Thanksgiving

Candy's Photo 2“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

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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 qandaperceived 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.”

I invite us to consider now more than ever, awakening every happy-thanksgiving-with-hearts-for-gcu-2morning with a heart of thanksgiving, declaring in prayer that with God all things are possible.

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,thanksgiving-greetings-jean-fitch-october-2015-jpgw468h624 (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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The Power of Gratitude Revisited

Candy's Photo 2On a Scale of 1-10 Where Does Your Gratitude Meter Register?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough,and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”                 – Melody Beattie

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As we enter into the Holiday season I want to revisit the topic of gratitude from a slightly different perspective.

As I am writing this post, it is three days before the election, and as I will be out of town for a few days, it will be post election when it is published. Nevertheless, because this has been a most unusual and divisive two years of political campaigning, it doesn’t matter which nominee wins the presidential race there’s going to be a lot of mixed emotions, relief and joy for some, disappointment, fear and anger for others.

Of course, most of us have a candidate in mind that we hope will win, and yet I am in the camp with those whose  prayer is not for their preferred candidate to win, but for the highest and best outcome for our country and the world.

Think about what that means.

I would like to think that if we are disappointed in the results and feel the need to have a moment of moaning and groaning, that we will compassionately honor our feelings.

At the same time, let’s remind ourselves that nothing outside of ourselves needs to change in order for us to be happy. Therefore, it is comforting to know that through God’s grace, you can use your faculty of choice to give thanks  according to St. Paul’s admonition:

“…Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God for you…”                  -1ST Thessalonians 6:18

Joel Goldsmith, spiritual author, teacher, spiritual healer, and modern-day mystic founder of The Infinite Way movement,can-you-see-me-now makes a similar observation, “The highest expression of gratitude is the realization that God is the invisible source of all that is visible, and that He is responsible for all the good on the earth and in the planets.”     

It’s important to acknowledge that we have all been hurt, disappointed and saddened by events and circumstances in which St. Paul’s admonition doesn’t sound or feel reasonable.

From our human experience and perspective I totally agree that at times life experiences can suck, and yet, what if there are no mistakes, just lessons to be learned?

What if no matter how difficult, painful or frustrating a situation seems, all things are working together for good?

Have you ever considered what it might look like to transcend your immediate discomfort and hold a consciousness of gratitude for all of the ups, downs and phases of your life?

On a scale from 0-10  consider where your gratitude would register if by faith you choose, even when it isn’t immediately evident, to see that in the eye of the storm God puts a rainbow in every cloud!

Gratitude Is A Choice

The following simple example illustrates how a disappointing circumstance offers an opportunity for a different response and experience:

Let’s say that you wake up on a Saturday morning after a good nights rest. You’ve worked hard all week and you’re really looking silverforward to getting outside and playing in a golf tournament that you had entered, and enjoying your weekend of R&R. You’re feeling pretty good about the day ahead of you. You make your coffee and head for the window to open the blinds. You get them opened up and look out the window. ARGGHHHHHH, it’s raining outside!

Next, your self-talk kicks in and it goes something like this. Oh man, my whole day is ruined. I was planning on doing this and that and now I can’t. Why do things always have to happen like that? Another weekend shot! I can’t ever get a break!”

Obviously your perception is that everything went wrong and your whole weekend is ruined. Based on your thought pattern and perception, you’re right, it is.

Unless you are able the-power-of-choiceto change that perception, you’ll allow yourself to have a less than desirable weekend. In fact, by remaining in this state, you will literally attract additional events, conditions, and circumstances to you that will make certain that you have a less than desirable weekend!

This is a classic case of resistance, or ungratefulness. No silver lining here right?

Now let’s take a look at the neighbor down the street who always seems to have things going his way. Let’s imagine it’s the same scenario. He has worked all week and made plans to play in the same golf tournament that you were entered in.

He walks to the window, opens the shades and sees exactly the same situation that you did when you opened them except, although he initially has a little disappointment because he can’t go to the golf tournament he was planning on, he decides that there is nothing he can do to change the situation and begins his habitual thought process and self talk which goes something like this…

“Boy I sure was looking forward to that golf tournament. Oh well, I’ve got a few things that need to get done around here today anyway. That means I don’t have to water the grass for a few days and that will sure save a little on my water bill. It’s been a few weeks since it rained and we sure needed it.”

Although the person in the second example was initially a little disappointed, his conscious choice was not to  allow rain ruin the entire weekend. He shifted his focus to something more positive and productive.

This is a classic case of remaining in gratitude, regardless. No resistance, no allowing undesired emotions to ignite. Only acceptance with the end result of a harmonious vibration.

Same situation, different people, different choices, different outcome.

While we understand gratitude is not always easy, at the same time, when we have developed a crystal clear understanding that all things work for the greater good no matter how seemingly bad things may appear, it becomes much easier  for our gratitude meter to register at a higher level.

 In All Circumstances – Thanks?

From the simple to the sublime this true story illustrating being grateful in all circumstance comes from Corrie Ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place, where she tells the story of how she and her sister manage to smuggle a small New Testament into the barracks in their concentration camp and read to the women every night.

One morning she and Betsy were having their personal devotions and Betsy read this verse, “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you.” Corrie was busy slapping at the fleas which were

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biting her. “Not for the fleas,” she said. To which Betsy replied, “Corrie, he said to give thanks in all things.” And she stood her ground until Corrie grudgling said, “Oh, all right, ‘thank you God for the fleas.’” And to herself however, Corrie, just didn’t think that Betsy was right about that.

Sometime later when Corrie came in from a day of hard work, she noticed that her sister was sitting darning socks with a particular smug smile on her face. “O. K. Betsy, what’s up? You look pretty pleased with yourself.”

Betsy reminded her of that day that she had given thanks for the fleas. “You know, Corrie we have always wondered how we have been able to read the Bible to the women every night. Why didn’t anyone ever interrupt us and stop us?” Well, she cried triumphantly, “it’s because of the fleas. None of the guys want to come in here and get bitten by the fleas!”

The girls in their zeal, did miss an important point: the verse says, “IN everything”  Not FOR everything.

 

Expanding Your Attitude of Gratitude

Key to making peace with our past, acceptance for today and a vision for our future are the qualities of forgiveness and gratitude. expansionExperiencing and expressing gratitude expands and supports us in awakening and connecting to our divine purpose.

Gratitude is a wonderfully powerful emotion that helps you live more joyously in the life you have been gifted.

However, thoughts influence our feelings, and often we’ll bury negative beliefs in our subconscious because they create uncomfortable emotions. The caveat here, is in order to create or expand your attitude of gratitude, you may have to adjust your way of thinking.

Here are gentle reminders you can choose to add to your gratitude practices (Check out The Power of Gratitude post published 8-5-16 for detailed practices).

  • By recognizing these limiting beliefs and replacing them with more uplifting thoughts, we make it easier to experience positive feelings.
  • Every day, you can choose to create feelings of wonder, excitement, abundance, and gratitude.
  • When you get up in the morning, take a moment
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    to say a prayer of gratitude that you’re waking to a day filled with infinite possibilities.

  • Savor your breakfast. Say a prayer of thanks for your food; and imagine that every person in the world is sitting down to a nice, inviting breakfast just as you’re doing.

Your mind may try to protest, saying, But there are people starving in the world! That’s true today, but it doesn’t have to be tomorrow.

  • Throughout the day, stop yourself again and again as you go about your usual business, and create a sense of gratitude that you envision spreading into the hearts of people everywhere.
  • Feel thankfulness for your clothes as you’re getting dressed. Be grateful for those people who grew and harvested the cotton that went into the material of your clothes, as well as those who diligently sewed them, packed them, shipped them, and sold them.
  • Feel thankful for your car, your children, and the wonderful neighborhood and schools they enjoy as you drive them around.
  • Be thankful for your dog as you go for a walk, or your cat as you feed it.
  • At every opportunity, all day long, create feelings of abundance and wonder for what you have. Be in awe of your good fortune.
  • Be thankful for the  freedom to choose your emotions regardless of what happens.

As this New Testament scripture encourages, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” -Phil 4:6-7

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.

If you know of someone who may benefit from this series, I would love it, if you would take a moment now to share it with them.

I love hearing from you. And If you would like more personal support, you may contact me through the contact box below.

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         HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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