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Having Gratitude for Life

Life is a spiritual journey that takes many forms. Whatever comes our way, we must see the good in it and keep our hearts open to every experience. If we want to live an empowered life, we must project gratitude for all our life lessons. Years ago, I gave programs on positive thinking to women who were homeless and jobless. Despite their circumstances, they wanted to learn. I was humbled by their gratitude for what they had. They gave me the simplest of gifts—pictures cut out of discarded magazines, a single rose purchased from a street vendor, and pictures they had drawn. They had nothing, yet they found something to give. I was inspired to keep on teaching them. Like these courageous women, we can all do a little better for one another, no matter our circumstances. Isn’t it true that when someone shows his or appreciation, we want to give more to that person? The universe works that way, too.

When we get in the habit of giving thanks for what we experience on our life path, when we acknowledge the blessings that have been a consequence of these experiences, that’s when we acknowledge the most empowering connection that exists between human beings and Divine Spirit. We no longer sit at the sidelines, waiting for something to happen. We become conscious, creative participants in life.

Further, we can never fully receive anything that we do not already have within ourselves. If we want more love, then we must practice the art of love. If we want more friendships, then we must first practice being a friend. If we want to be thanked and appreciated, we must first express gratitude and feel it at a deep level. It’s all about reciprocity.

How can we learn to practice more gratitude?

  1. Say “yes” to the goodness of life. Quit being a “doom-sayer.” Stop complaining about the state of the world. Don’t make a habit of creating daily exchanges filled with fear, blame, and doom. Use auspicious language. Encourage others to be thankful for being alive and for all their experiences. Count your blessings!
  2. Find ways, no matter how small, to thank others. I write tons of thank you notes, and wherever I go, I show up with a compliment. I’d rather receive a compliment from someone than a fancy hostess gift. At the next party you attend, take an affectionate or caring compliment. Tell your friends how much you appreciate their sense of humor or their graciousness. Don’t ever assume people don’t need to be thanked. That’s a need everybody has, whether they admit it or not. When you learn to get the words out, their energy will circulate back to you.
  3. Use the Law of Attraction. Don’t you always feel more inclined to give more to someone when they’re enthusiastic and appreciative? Consider the times you’ve helped a friend or employee and were overwhelmed with thanks. Did it make you want to give more? Of course it did! “Like attracts like” is a scientific principle at the sub-atomic particle level. Put this principle to work in your life every day!

Give thanks for all you are, for being part of that limitless, magnificent, empowered relationship we call life. Let’s affirm:

“With each breath, I expand my love and gratitude for the many opportunities that await me. Today offers me a chance to live in appreciation of all the blessings in my life. My thankfulness is my true state of being. I create positivity with my thoughts, actions, and words. I am grateful for the abundance that sustains me during my life lessons. I am alive with vitality and enthusiasm. I am grateful for everyone and everything.”

Every Blessing,





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Get to Know God through Gratitude

Nobody can achieve their greatest aspirations and sustain them for any length of time without being well-aligned with God’s intelligence. But if we directly and consciously align with divine intelligence by first recognizing it within ourselves, we can succeed. We live within a responsive universe whose nature is to keep us evolving, moving, and flowing through all forms of life. It’s a living, responding organism heeding our beliefs and requests, so when we are in a conscious relationship with the Divine, our alignment produces faster responses, especially when we express gratitude for all we receive.

Expressing gratitude for coincidences is one way we can align with God’s intelligence. Gratitude is a beautiful recognition of the love and support that continuously flows to you, and expressing your gratitude is the beginning of establishing a more conscious relationship with God. Be aware of coincidences; they are moments of grace flying in to lend you a hand. When you have a conscious relationship with the All and ask for help when you need it, you can actually, consciously make coincidences happen. You can invoke a Divine happening or a beautiful event that will serve your purposes. When you are conscious of the Divine Presence all the time, you can learn to invoke it anytime.

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Kingdom of Heaven

Many enlightened beings have pointed out that we look everywhere for God but never find him until we look inside. Finding God inside seems too simple, too improbable. But the kingdom of God, which we also call heaven, is not a place in another galaxy far, far away. It is within us, and it’s a completely accessible state of attunement containing all the qualities we ascribe to God: wisdom, bliss, love, and a higher-level vibration. To know heaven, we must replace error-ridden thoughts with joy-producing good vibrations. Heaven, which is inner truth, lies within our reach and can be revealed to you as you ascend to a higher level of conscious awareness. In deep meditation, when we withdraw from the issues of the outer, material world and focus on the realm of heaven in the inner world, heaven is near. To experience heaven, we must visit the place where God resides, which is a higher state of vibration. We must redirect our energy and draw from their natural energy stream. Heaven is a meditative place where a person first realizes that the kingdom is within and acts accordingly and wholeheartedly to express it in thought, word, and deed. This is how we each bring the kingdom of heaven to earth. We saturate ourselves in the work of translating higher ideals and principles into daily life. This is what a spiritual awakening is.

Regardless of external circumstances, anyone can find and express the kingdom of God. This expression is a place of clarity and calm, where the unity of all things is revealed, and is your higher self at work, the antaryamin within you. When we are centered in such knowledge, we don’t need to seek love or acceptance from other people or the external world at large. It is more enjoyable to focus on truth and humility and project our self-love than to worry about what others think. When all we do is seek praise and accolades from our contemporaries, we become blinded by the temporary happiness of celebrating ourselves and forget about our brightest light, the spirit within. When we have complete self-acceptance and honor the divine every day by expressing our gratitude, it is easy to feel comfortable with who we are and accept others. This is also where the kingdom is to be found.

A new 90-minute movie on where we find the kingdom is Being in Heaven. It’s about losing everything when life takes an unexpected turn. Often those are the times that lead us to real answers! I think you’ll enjoy this film about letting go of the past, embracing personal transformation and freedom, and finding true happiness.


Divine Thoughts: Worry Less by Building Gratitude

In the current economic conditions, many people are worrying about how change will trickle down into their personal lives. If a daily exchange of fear, blame, or doom has replaced your daily affirmation, you need to say yes to the goodness life has to offer and build an attitude of gratitude.

Living in a true state of thankfulness allows us to manage worry with ease. No matter how difficult they are, life’s lessons are always learning opportunities. Spirit is attempting to get your attention in an area that is not serving your best interests. When we acknowledge the lesson, learn from it, and add gratitude to our daily life, worrying will fall away. Let’s practice six ways to build gratitude today.

  1. Yes, You can cope. Affirm it! When the caca hits the fan, first learn to affirm your innate ability to cope.
  2. Remember that you are made of Unlimited, Divine Spirit. Affirm that spirit is a part of your skill set. Invite the Divine Presence into each day and every circumstance and in whatever wisdom tradition or faith feels right to you.
  3. Widen your perspective to deep appreciation.
  4. Use the Law of Attraction.
  5. If you want to be a person who is loved, continue to give unselfishly and thank others for all they do.
  6. Get the energy to return to you by practicing gratitude.

Living in a continual state of gratitude for being alive and well and having a chance to improve the lives of others through your words and actions turns negative situations around very quickly. When you express gratitude in your words and actions, you’ll be among the most beloved people on this planet, and your worrying will fall away. Without a thankful approach to life, we do not have as great an opportunity to explore the limits of our patience and our capabilities as loving individuals have.

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