If we let Thanksgiving Day call us to true feelings of gratitude for our life and what we have now; if we take a moment at the beginning of the Day to feel the happiness within our grateful heart; and if we take time throughout the Day to quiet our mind and feel a sense of peace and well-being beneath the festivities, we’ll find a deeper meaning for the word “Thanksgiving,” and become aware that there is far more to us and those around us than we all appear to be. Emerson wrote, “What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Sometimes the frantic energy around a Thanksgiving gathering can make us feel a bit crazy—getting the decorations up, getting the food ready on time, and showing up on time. It’s easy to forget what the Day is about. But crazy isn’t a new energy in this world. In fact, if we watch or read about what appears to be happening in our country and the world today, it would seem that this world passed crazy long ago and is venturing beyond the border of insanity. We read in A Course in Miracles, “Sink deep into the peace that waits for you beyond the frantic, riotous thoughts, sights and sounds of this insane world.” There are seldom any new reports of peace and well-being, no breaking news about how well things went that day. It’s easy to forget what this Life is about. That’s why it’s up to you and me to let our life be the good news we want to hear and see, not just Thanksgiving Day but every day.
It’s up to us to choose to be the presence of peace and well-being wherever we are, whatever we’re doing. No matter what is going on around us, our unwavering vibration of peace can change the energy, not only in a room, but in the world. When we’re aware that there is more to all of us, and for all us, and we feel the consistent certainty of that Truth, the more abundant good we will experience in our life, and the see more abundance of good we’ll see it appearing in the world around us. If we let an official day of giving thanks cause us to sink into the peace that awaits our grateful heart, we’ll stay sane far beyond Thanksgiving Day. A grateful heart is a happy heart. When we live each day as if it were Thanksgiving Day, our feelings of gratitude draw thoughts of appreciation to our mind. Vibrations of happiness are all around us just waiting to become our thought!
The Bible is filled with metaphors and poetry, and the Book of Psalms offers them beautifully. The 23rd Psalm begins “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.” When we talk on Sundays about the “wanted and unwanted” in our life, it’s not to imply that we’re ever lacking anything. It’s to imply that we’re not allowing what is already spiritually ours to manifest in our physical experience. Every good thing we could ever ask for is already within us—answered before we ask, given before we need, fulfilled before we want. We read in A Course in Miracles, “What is the Will of God? He wills His Son have everything, and this He guaranteed when He created him as everything. It is impossible that anything be lost, if what you have is what you are.”
As we like to say, “We are not a drop in the ocean, we are the ocean in a drop.” And in the same way, we are not a self in a Universe separate from us, we are the whole Universe as our Self within it. Just as the ocean has no separate drops, no drops that are not made of what the entire ocean is made of, so it is that whatever God is we must be also because God is all there is—the whole Universe and all the multi-verses, and everything that exists within them. we read in the Lamsa Bible, “Everything came to be by his hand; and without him not even one thing came to be of what was created.” All that exists was made by God, If we “is,” and we are, we are Divinely made. If that doesn’t seem true to us, about us or anyone else, it’s because we’re focusing on changeable appearances, rather than the Unchanging Power behind them. We’re focusing on the insanity of the world, rather than the Eternal Peace, Love and Joy that has caused All-That-Is to be.
In the Aramaic Bible in Plain English, one of the stanza’s of the 23rd Psalm reads, “You have prepared tables in front of me opposite my enemies; you have anointed my head with oil and my cup overflows as if it were alive.” As infinite expressions of an Infinite Source, we’re not offered just one table, but multiple tables, like a Universal all-you-can-eat buffet. Everything we could ever desire to express or experience is already prepared for us. It’s all on the tables, an unlimited buffet from which we get to choose anything we want. And, that’s why we came into this world—not to get stuff because everything is already ours. We came to become aware of our Power as a Being of God to create by consciously choosing from all the contrast in the world a life we enjoy living.
We live in a world of duality for a reason. Without it there would be no individual awareness or experience of our self as a Master creator. If we never had an opportunity to choose between this or that, we wouldn’t know we could choose. We live in a world of countless pairs of opposites, not opposing powers, but as two ends of the same stick. Both ends are always on the table because it’s just one stick offering us the opportunity to choose which end of the stick we want to focus on. Our chosen focus is important because it is our focus that causes our experience of Life. It should be a simple choice if we want to live a life of Joy.
We read in A Course in Miracles, “This is the miracle by which creation became your function, sharing it with God.” But rather than focusing on what we want, somewhere along the line (it doesn’t matter where), we started to believe we had no choice. We began to eat the same thing over and over again even if we didn’t like it or we were bored with it. Or be started eating everything, even if it made us sick. We started fighting with each other over scraps as if there wasn’t enough to go around on the tables our Source had set before us. And, we started complaining about things that were on the tables we didn’t like even though others seemed to like them.
When we focus on lack in the world, on conflict in the world, and on what others are choosing in the world, we help to perpetuate it because what we focus on becomes our experience of Life. We pinch our self off from experiencing all the goodies on all the tables before us for which we are free to choose. In the stage play, Auntie Mame, the lead character says, “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!” When we don’t look in the direction of our good, we can’t see it so we believe it isn’t there. We keep asking for it, but not looking for it within where it’s already prepared.
But as eternal creators of our individual experiences of Life, we get to choose differently anytime we decide to. If we’re still hungry for Joy we can feed it gratitude that will fill us up. If we’re a little “queasy” because what we’ve chosen so far hasn’t sat well with us, we can choose again. And, even if we don’t immediately see our good in physical form before us, if we trust it’s there just same and feel happy about that, our gratitude will open our eyes to the abundant good that from the beginning was prepared for us.
Mooji wrote, “Say thank you to your inmost being. Even if you cannot see at the moment what to say thank you for, keep on saying thank you. It will change the vibration inside and make you light and open and full of love, forgiveness and joy.” The words, “thank you,” are two of the most powerful words we can say when they come from our heart. Perhaps that’s why we say, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” even though there isn’t really a bottom to our heart. It’s bottomless and there is no limit to the love, forgiveness and joy it can feel.
There is life-changing power in our saying “thank you” to Life for our life, in our saying “thank you” to Existence for our existence. Creative power comes to us when we are grateful we’re alive and feel it “from the bottom of our heart.” When we’re grateful for the Life within us that causes us to be aware we’re alive, when we appreciate the gift of this human experience even when we can’t see in a particular moment what to be thankful for, it changes our perception of that moment and we discover there is always something there to appreciate.
When we start right where we are, feeling grateful for what we have, the high vibration of inner appreciation brings into our awareness and experience more and more to be grateful for. Gratitude feeds our joy. The more grateful we feel each day, the more joyful we feel each day, and the more joyful we feel each day, the more grateful we are to be alive. Unlike the physical body that we can (and often do) overfeed, Joy can’t be overstuffed or overfed. It expands exponentially with every silent and spoken feeling of gratitude we feed it. Since Joy is a quality of Spirit, It is Infinite, and so our joy has the potential to expand forever without our ever feeling overly full!
Everything in this world is a gift to awaken us to who we truly are, and none of us wants to sleep through that! But looking at everything as a gift for which to be grateful isn’t always easy, especially when something seems uninvited and unwanted. But if we choose to be grateful for it all anyway, gratitude will transform our experiences of life into experiences we love to live. It’s been said that the heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time. We may be able to multi-task, but we can’t experience opposite feelings at the same time. In every moment we get to pick which end of the stick we’ll focus on, and we get to experience how our focus makes us feel.
A heart that gives thanks looks at all life with gratitude, and appreciates the view without needing to fix whatever it sees.The only thing that can keep us from feeling thankful and grateful and living with a happy heart, is our decision to let things we don’t like and want to wish-away hold our attention long enough to cause us to feel unhappy. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Don’t try to fix things that feel broken. Just focus upon things that give you lightheartedness and joy and ease until you make that your vibrational lifestyle, and see what happens to every relationship in your life experience.”
Whether it’s our relationship with our self or someone else, with money, or with anything else we have a relationship with, which is everything since we exist in relationship with All-That-Is, focusing on things that give us lightheartedness, joy and ease will change the vibration inside, and cause all we perceive to be outside of us to change before eyes. When our inner experience is happy, we laugh more, especially at our self, instead of taking our self and this life so seriously. RuPaul said, “Don’t take life too seriously and have fun. Don’t waste your time on things that your ego will try to convince you are important.” When we’re not taking our self so seriously, it’s easier for us not to be so hard on others. Compassion is born of non-judgment. When we’re not trying to fix anything that feels broken around us, whatever it is seems to fix itself. Imagine a lifestyle that reflects that much joy, fun and ease. And, the thing is, we do need to be able to imagine it for our self so that our inner vibration joins, without resistance, to an awareness of the Pure Energy of Love that is constantly creating a Life for us to enjoy.
Some of us were taught early in our religious upbringing that God was a little like Santa Claus. He made a list of who’s been naughty or nice. But, unlike Santa Clause, God didn’t need to check it twice because He’s All-Knowing and knows what you’re doing all time. His list isn’t seasonal, it’s eternal, written in indelible ink that lasts forever. Even if we can’t remember precisely what we did each moment as we were growing up, if we were told a lot that we were naughty (and we better watch out!), then it’s possible that even today we have a list of naughties in our mind that far outweighs our nices. And, we’re sure that God holds the original of that list!
A belief in eternal sin, or at least unforgivable mistakes, keeps us from feeling light and open and full of love, forgiveness and joy. When we feel unworthy, even if we can’t pinpoint why we do, it’s easy for us to believe we’re not going to get what we want in life (for Christmas or any other time); that our prayers won’t be answered and our desires won’t be met. We’re not surprised when our heart feels heavy and we experience more struggle, pain and suffering in our life than we do joy and ease. If any of this sounds even a bit familiar, you’ll be happy to know it is written in the Book of 1 Corinthians, “Love keeps no record of wrongs.”
If Love keeps no record of wrongs, then a Divine Naughty List does not Exist! We’re off the hook, and so is everyone else whether we like it or not—no matter who, no matter what. God is Love, and Love holds only loving thoughts about all of Creation. Only God’s thoughts are real and eternal. Nothing has changed in the Mind of God since the beginning when He saw all He’d made (including you) and beheld it all as very, very good. Gratitude allows us to experience the very, very good as our Self. We’ve always been loved, and worthy of Love, no matter what we’ve done. We could say all of it went “In One Holy Ear and out the Other.” We were forgiven before we asked. We were forgiven even if we didn’t ask.
If there’s a list that exists, we wrote it our self. We are the only one that keeps a record of wrongs done to us and by us, and that list keeps us from being grateful for our life now. “I’d be grateful if” I’d done things differently in the past. “I’d be grateful if” the behavior of others didn’t hurt me or make me frustrated and angry. But if it isn’t the nature of Love to keep a record of wrongs, then it isn’t our true nature either. We read in A Course in Miracles, “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” Our soul is immersed in the peace of God where it is eternally safe from all worldly happenings. We find Inner Peace by loving the Life that is real in us, the Love that exists as us that can’t be threatened.
There isn’t a list of requirements for us to meet before we are spiritual enough or good enough to be loved by Love. We are the very expressions of Love in individual form. Love is what we are, and as we feel grateful for that Truth, and say “thank you” to our Inner Being, gratitude changes the vibration inside us and heals the negative perceptions of our self that cause us to perceive others as we do. Krishnamurti wrote, “Forget all you know about yourself; forget all you have ever thought about yourself; start as if you know nothing.”
Within us, and all around us, is a Universe created by Love. We are in relationship with All-That-Is within It. As we allow lightheartedness, joy and ease become our vibrational lifestyle, every relationship in our life experience changes and improves. We were created for the joy of living in a Universe that always has our back and conspires in every moment to bring about our good.
We might as well stop resisting the amazing life we’ve been given and start appreciating It every moment.
When we say “Thank you” to our Inmost Being for our being alive, for the gift of living in this human environment and sharing our self in relationship with others, all for the purpose of awakening to the Love we are, we feel light and open and full of love, forgiveness and joy. Love reveals to us all that is good, beautiful and true within us and the world around us. When we accept that Love is what we are, and what we’ve always been, we discover that our list of guilt and blame was written in disappearing ink.
Even though Joy is natural to all of us, and the Universe in which we live is dancing with It (and with us), we are free to sit out the Dance. We’re free to stifle the Music of Life that seeks expression through us and would, if we allowed It to, animate us in such ways that we’d never want the Music to stop. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The basis of your life is Freedom; the purpose of your life is Joy. In your joy you will grow, in your joyous growth you will add to the growth experience of All-That-Is. However, you are also free to choose bondage or pain.” If we look at Joy in that way, i.e., as a group hug for the world, our choice to be a party pooper seems almost selfish.
Still, we’re so free we can say “no” to tapping our toe to the Joyous Rhythm of Life. We’re so free we can say “no” to experiencing the Happy Energy of the whole Universe! Deep within us our Soul feels the Joyous Rhythm of Life because we have come into existence through Its High Energy and powerful creative Vibrations. It’s not just that this Life is Joy, we are the Joy of Life. We’re the fun Life is having! Are you having fun as an expression of Life?
When we ignore the Joy we are, when we imprison It because we’re worried we might look foolish, or overenthusiastic, or too hopeful about who we are, it’s painful for us because it is Divinely unnatural for us. We remain Divine even when we’re saying “no” to our Divine Self. We are expressions of the Joy of our Creator, Divine beings of joy, peace, love, goodness, and clarity given absolute freedom of self-expression. How could we be otherwise when the Pure Positive Energy that creates worlds and keeps them spinning in space, created us?
Still we’re free to ignore our Divinity, and the part our Joy adds to the Whole of All-That-Is. We’re free to act as if we’re only human (at least while we’re here on Earth), separate from the Joy of our Source and separate from each other. We’re free to feel burdened by life, as if we’ve been given something broken that needs fixing rather than a life to simply enjoy. And, no one is going to fault us if don’t feel like dancing because, let’s face it, there is plenty to keep our mind occupied with thoughts about the world that will bring us down. It’s hard to move (much less groove) when, like Atlas, we’re carrying the world on our shoulders.
What we focus on most of the time becomes what we see most of the time, and what we see most of the time becomes our experience of Life every time. When what we focus on causes negative emotions most of the time, we don’t trust our self to let go and fully enjoy Life. We worry where our joy might take us, even though our lack of Joy is keeping us stuck. We fear what others will think if we’re too happy—happy can seem uppity or at least ill-advised in this seemingly troubled world. But the Mind of God thought us into existence, and only that Mind that knows who we are and how to guide us with that holy knowledge.
We have to let go and let the Rhythm within us move us if we want to be in step with our Divinity. When we’re moving with the Tempo of the Source of our Creation, when we’re in our Joy and with our Joy, we discover there’s no fear in being joyful. We enjoy expressing who we are wherever it leads us. And, in those moments of free self-expression, we attract others into our experience who are dancing to the same Joyous Rhythm.
Eckhart Tolle wrote, “You cannot receive what you do not give. What comes out determines what comes in.” We’ve got to let our Joy out if we want more Joy to come in. When we’re not holding back, we reap the benefits of Joy in every area of our life. We feel healthier, we feel lighter, we laugh more, we enjoy being around others, we experience more abundance, and we feel more creative. We may not feel like being joyful all the time, but when we choose Joy anyway because Its there to choose, we grow. And, in our growth we add to the growth experience of All-That-Is. But we won’t choose Joy if we’re holding back any part of our self because we believe we’re not worthy of bliss. Every living being is worthy to live in the fullness of Joy.
This human environment gives us opportunity after opportunity to discover our power of choice. Every moment of every day we’re given an opportunity to demonstrate that power, and in this world choice is everything! If we think we have no choice in some area of our life, we need to think again. Unless we deliberately choose how we want to experience Life, we’ll feel like a victim of bad news waiting to hear it! It is only because we’re free to choose that this world of challenging interactions and conflicts, where we could focus everyday on some condition, event or situation that would bring us down, serves a beneficial purpose.
We read in The Science of Mind, “Freedom and bondage, sickness and health, poverty and riches, heaven and hell, good and bad, big and little, happiness and misery, and all conditions that appear as opposites are not really opposing powers, but are the way that the One Power is used. Man has within himself the key to every situation, but he must come to realize his relationship to the Whole.” We get to choose which end of the stick we want to focus on. Both are there every moment because there’s just one stick. The Joy that really has no opposing power, but our own freedom to choose to oppose Its expression as us, would naturally draw us to the positive end of the stick if we’d let It. When we allow Joy to pull us onto the Dance Floor of Life, our Heart dances with the Universe!
Rumi wrote, “If you are hungry for joy, feed yourself with gratitude!” Gratitude is the extra ingredient that enhances and enriches our experiences of Life. Without gratitude we can’t experience life as we’re created to experience it because we’re unable to taste the Joy of living. When we’re happy to be alive things to appreciate naturally arise in our field of awareness. It’s as if things to appreciate that were already there come forward and make themselves known to us. Simple things fill up all five of our senses: The sight of the moon and stars; the fragrance of autumn leaves; the sound of wind in the trees; the taste of water when we’re thirsty; the feel of a soft warm blanket when we’re cold. We reap the benefits of gratitude because it unlocks the fullness of the Life we are created to enjoy.
When we’re not feeling appreciation for Life, it’s likely because we’re taking It for granted and missing Its magic. When we’re grateful even for small things, our Joy is so well-nourished that we don’t have to wait for a break from the mundane to experience the miraculous. Louise Hay wrote, “I find that the more willing I am to be grateful for the small things in life, the bigger stuff just seems to show up from unexpected sources, and I am constantly looking forward to each day to all the surprises that keep coming my way!” Gratitude helps us to appreciate the good that’s present in the moments of our life instead of complaining about what’s missing.
Life surprises us with more of the good that is meant for us when we appreciate the good we already have. When we’re feeding our Joy with gratitude, we reap the benefits appreciating life offers us. We have a passionate curiosity about the Life that is living in us as we live this Life. We feel enthusiastic about being our self in the world around us and we can’t wait to genuinely connect with others just for the Joy of it. And, when we’re feeling the Joy of gratitude, if there’s music, we can’t help but dance!
We get to choose how we “flow” with Life. Some of us choose to paddle against the current. Some of us seem to be up the creek without a paddle. But if we’re ready to let go of what seems to create struggle in our life, if we’re ready to release whatever seems to keep us “stuck,” if we’re tired of saying “no” to our good through our focus on what we don’t like about our self and the world around us, we free our self to flow with Life with grace and ease. There are so many blessings for us to say “Yes” to in every season of our life, so much for us to enjoy, appreciate and celebrate if we want to. And who doesn’t want to, even when we don’t? When we’re flowing with grace and ease, when we’re not worrying about what might be, and instead we’re trusting the currents of life, unlimited blessings flow to us and through us.
Even if we find our self complaining from time-to-time about what we don’t like in our life and the world, we’re aware there’s no Joy in complaining, and we’d rather appreciate and celebrate those things in life that bring us joy because Joy is natural to us. But, so often we believe we have to wait to celebrate the good news about something that seems to be threatening us with bad news, or we’re waiting for something or someone to change so that we can be happy. But nothing needs to change for us to say “yes” to Joy because It lives within us unassisted and unaffected by the circumstances and appearances of the world. Yet, Joy affects those circumstances and appearances just the same.
Joy just is. We don’t need a reason for Joy, feeling It is the reason. Our “Yes” to Joy enlivens It in us and It spreads Its uplifting Energy into every area of our life. When we choose preemptive Joy, Joy that precedes Its outer form, Joy we feel for no apparent physical reason, our negative “yeah buts” about life become less and less. Joy gains momentum every time we choose It because every time we choose It we’re deliberately growing with the Flow of Life.
Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You get to choose what you focus upon and you get to choose what manifests and you get to choose how you feel about it when it does. Every time you know what you don’t want, what you do want becomes a real thing.” The Universe doesn’t take “no” for an answer even when we say “no” to our good through our complaining and grumbling about the not-so-good we don’t want. Every time we know what we don’t want, what we do want is vibrationally created by our desire and becomes a real thing. The Source of creation only creates the good, beautiful and holy. We are One with the One that creates only Good. Its Pure Positive Energy flows to us, and through our desires we become more of It.
We are natural receivers of good because we flow within an Invisible Unlimited Stream of It. We live in It and It lives in us, and every time we think, It responds to our positive desire. We read in The Science of Mind, “There is One Infinite God. One! One! One! ‘I Am God and there is none else.’ Every time man speaks to This God, he receives a direct answer. There is One Limitless Life which returns to the thinker what he thinks into It. One! One! One! In all, over all and through all.” Just because we’re not paying attention, and focusing instead on the not-so-good, doesn’t mean our good has been declined It’s always there within us for us to turn to if we want to. Allowing It to manifest in our life is up to us.
The only seeming effort there is in our living a happy life of healthy positivity is the effort we put into resisting the All-That-Is Good in us and in the world with our decision to focus on what is not-so-good in our personal life and the world instead. It’s our decision to think about, talk about, and be upset about unwanted events, situations and conditions that causes negative feelings within us. And, even though it doesn’t feel good when we do it, we do it because it appears to us that we have every good reason to do it!
Choosing Joy and feeling good can often seem like an unreasonable choice, and it often it is. Our positivity may even be frustrating and irritating to those around us. But choosing otherwise keeps us from growing with the Flow that natural to us. We are the only One who can say “Yes” to the Good that is already Present in us, and we are the only One who can experience Its “Yes” in us—“Yes” to healing of our body and our planet, “Yes” to harmony in our relationships and to unity in the world. “Yes” allows us to feel our Oneness with the Unseen Force of our existence. It allows us to recognize the power and dominion we have over the thoughts of our mind no matter what’s happening.
Our free will has to do with our Oneness with the One Infinite God and nothing else. When we realize that there is no opposition anywhere to our Good, we stop worrying about when It will appear. The God that Is Love is never done with us even when we believe we have good reason to be done with Love. Love is always saying “Yes” to us even when we say “no” to It because we believe we have good reason not to love. Our mind has a thousand reasons why we should not love this one and that one and the other one, when all the while there is only One. One! One! One! One Infinite God and none else, and we are expressions of that One even when we’re choosing not to express what we are.
Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You have the free will to blend with your Source or not, to allow or to resist, to open your valve, so to speak, to be in alignment with who you really are or not.” We are free to blend our Earth life with Love. We can choose It or resist It with a thousand good reasons. Thank God we don’t need a reason to Love. Feeling It is the reason. Our “Yes” to Love enlivens It in us and Its healing Energy spreads into every area of our life. When the Love within us precedes Its outer form, when we feel It for no apparent physical reason, when we say “Yes” to Love when we could justifiably say “no, our “yeah buts” about our self and others become less and less. Love gains momentum every time we choose It because every time we choose It we’re deliberately growing with the Flow of Life.
The Love within us isn’t dependent on the appearance of things because Love is what we are, and every time we choose It we choose our Self. Nisargadatta wrote, “When the mind is kept away from its worries, it becomes silent. If you do not disturb this silence and remain in it, you find that it is permeated with a light and a love you have never known, and yet you recognize it immediately as your own nature.” When our valve is open to the One Light of Love, we have no doubt as to the One we are One with, the One we really are. Our mind opens to the greater perspective of our Heart. We stop resisting our good because we feel worthy of receiving it. And, we stop resisting loving others because we know everyone else is worthy of Love too.
Life, just as It Is, is naturally good—behind, beneath and within whatever appears to be—because Its Source is Love. Love is the basis of All-That-Is, and All-That-It is everywhere, all the time, including right where we are. And even though we may often forget that’s so, Love is never done remembering It’s True. Every time we make a choice to Love, no matter what, we’re saying “Yes” to the healing of our body and our planet, “Yes” to harmony in our relationships and to unity in the world. We are saying “Yes” to the answers to our questions and prayers, and “Yes” to greater spiritual awareness because we are saying “Yes” to the Holy Source of our Life that from beginning of our creation has said “Yes” to us. We read in The Science of Mind, “Talk, live, act, believe, and know that you are a center in the One. All the Power there is, all the Presence there is, all the Love there is, all the Peace there is, all the Good there is, and the Only God that is is Omnipresent; consequently, the Infinite is in and through you, and is in and everything.”
The moment we were created, the moment we came into being, we received a Divine Proposal from the Unlimited Source of our life to take care of us for all our life, here and hereafter. We were offered a life filled with abundant good—health, happiness, loving relationships, financial ease, and creative fulfillment—while we embarked upon this human adventure of spiritual self-discovery.
We’ve never had to learn the hard way, that has been by choice. All we’ve ever needed to do is accept the proposal and say “Yes” to our Oneness with the Unlimited Provider of all Good that has promised (since beginning) to take care of us. The master teacher, Mooji, wrote: “The greatest step towards a life of happiness and simplicity is to let go. Trust in the power that is already taking care of you spontaneously without effort.” No need to struggle to get our good, no need to steal it, no need to charm anyone else to get it, no need to go without to save up for it, and no need to budget to make it last. Whatever we want, we’ve got it. Whatever we need, we’ve got it. And all that’s required of us is to trust that’s true and say “yes” to receiving it.
Unlike the human tendency to hesitate, procrastinate and vegetate while simply talking about the good life we want someday, the Universe isn’t all talk and no action. If fact, It is all action that doesn’t require words because Its living Energy speaks in frequencies. It responds to our frequencies, i.e., to the vibration of the “tune” our mind and emotions are playing in any moment. There is music in the flow of Life the runs deep in our soul that we can effortlessly tune into because It is eternally playing our song. The only seeming effort there is in our living a life of abundance, positivity and peace is the effort we put into it, because we are free to hum along with Life’s Joyous song our whole life. That doesn’t mean things we don’t want don’t happen in our life sometimes. It means that no matter what happens, that song of Joy is there in our soul to let us know everything is alright.
If Eddie Watkins Jr. would have put the lyrics of “Yes! Yes! Yes!” to a tune that was somber, or a melody and rhythm of sadness, it wouldn’t have uplifted us or moved us want to dance. But his happy, positive words matched his happy, positive tune. That is why we talk so much about singing a happy tune because then when we’re out of tune, we notice, and it is easier for us to “retune” our self to a frequency of happiness. The vibration of Joy we emit is an affirmation to the Universe that we trust that life is good for us and to us no matter what.
We’ve all heard stories about people who have won lottery and done wonderful things with their abundance, and we’ve all heard stories about people who have won lottery and lost it all. Every one of those people likely said “I’m winner!” when they won, but not all of them believed that to be true of themselves. When something good comes into our physical experience, if our mental frequency is playing a “this is too good to be true” tune, then whatever that something good is will be too good to last. Our good will be so short-lived, we’ll hardly have had time to enjoy it before we hear that familiar “somebody done me wrong” song playing within us again.
Unless we’re tuned into the Divine Provider within us, unless we’re tapped in to the Truth of who we are even while we’re having this human exp, unless we’re vibrationally saying “Yes” to being blessed, and we feel the Truth of an affirmation as our Truth, our affirmations are powerless. We all want to believe it is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom, that we are a Child of God, and that we’re loved by a Universe that conspires to bring us all we desire in life. But often when comes to affirmative our prayers and statements, we’re like the man we read about in the Book of Mark who brought his mentally and physically disabled son to Jesus and asked Jesus to heal his son if he could. When Jesus said to the man, “Everything is possible for one who believes,” the man said, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” We’ve got to believe before we can receive.
Author, Veronika Tugaleva, wrote: “No river holds a grudge against a rock in its path. No leaf refuses to blow in the breeze. We must learn to turn our minds towards the peace and love that we are flowing within at any given moment.” So often we get in the way of the flow of Good to us with feelings of not deserving it. We emit a tune that matches the sad frequency unworthiness, and when we do all the affirmations in the world can’t lift us to a higher. When our words don’t match our tune, no matter how positive our words may be, we’re mentally and emotionally saying “No” to flow of Life that is naturally Good to us. We need to match our affirmations for Good with a happy tune that feels good, a frequency that uplifts us to the holy vibrations of the Good we are flowing within at any given moment.
When we’re tuned into the Joyous Song of the Universe, we’re tuned into the frequency of our Divine Provider. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “Unless you are in the receiving mode, your questions even though they have been answered will seem unanswered to you; your prayers will not seem to be answered; and your desires will not seem to be fulfilled—not because your wishes have not been heard, but because your vibrations are not a match so you are not letting them in.” We’d all like to say “Yes” (and mean it), but if we don’t trust in our Divine Nature and our own Divinity, we’ll effort to become good enough, worthy enough, and spiritual enough to receive our good—when all the while we are the good we’re trying to become. It is only as we answer as the powerful spiritual being we are, and say “Yes” to the Source within us as one who is One with the Source, that we open to the abundance that is there for us.
Even though we don’t appear to be, we must trust that we are a holy being created by God’s Love, living in a Universe that loves us and is willing to bring every good thing to us and everyone else. Then we’re open to receiving the Good that is promised to all of God’s creation, to the Christ that is within all Life, to the Divine Self we are flowing within at any given moment. We read in the Book of 2 Corinthians, “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.” When we accept that “Yes” is always Love’s Answer to us, when something seems to go wrong for us we know that something better is on the way. We no longer wonder if our prayers are being heard. We don’t post the same affirmations on our mirror over and over again hoping there is magic in repetition. And we no longer believe that anything is too good to be true for us. We trust that right where we are God is fulfilling His promises to us and is taking care of us spontaneously without effort on our part.
When we hold it in our heart that Life is always good to us, we’re in receiving mode, and our good is never far away because it is always on the way. Everything we want is flowing to us, and all we need to do is let it in by letting go of our efforting to make our good happen, and tune in instead to the vibrations of abundance where our good already is. It is all there, we just need to decide that’s where we want to be mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When we trust that’s true, there is no other place in our mind and heart we want to be. We naturally sing a happy tune that matches our affirmative words, and the door to our life is wide open to the Good Life. When we’re in receiving mode our affirmations are powerful indeed and all manner of Good comes to us.
Life is naturally good. How could It be otherwise when Its Source is Love. It is the Nature of Life to be good to us and for us, and all that’s required of us is to allow It to be. We are invited by Life to say “Yes” to the good that is here for us. When we say “Yes” to the well-being within us we experience the health and vitality that is natural to our body. When we say “Yes” to the happiness within us we naturally attract happy experiences to us. And, when we say “Yes” to the peace within us we naturally experience peace of mind. No worries, no stress, no need to control any situation. It’s that simple, but so often we make it hard to feel the good of Life.
Mooji wrote, “Life is miraculous. Once you begin to recognize the subtle gifts inside life, day by day you’ll keep seeing and receiving more and more.” We can only recognize subtle gifts inside life by recognizing the subtle gifts of life inside us. The subtle gift of Grace, for instance, allows us to let those around us be who they are in our presence without our feeling the need to change them. The subtle gift of spiritual discernment allows us to see there is nothing that needs changing anyway. And, the subtle gift of choice reminds us that we have the power to say “yes” to the good things in life.
We read in The Way of Knowing, “Cultivate a very childlike attitude toward all you experience. Learn to ponder it, to wonder about it, to look upon it like a father does to a child, like your Father does to you: Behold I have created all things and it is good.” We have created our life as it is today. Our recognition that whatever is going on in our life is what we have thought into expression, no matter what it is, is a powerful thing because such a recognition causes us to want to become a Master of our moments rather than a victim of circumstances. The realization that what is is the result of what we’ve done so far is the beginning of changing what we don’t want to do anymore and enhancing what we want to do more of. There is nothing that can affect our life more powerfully than for us to own our experiences of life because we are the only one with the power to change our life. When we take responsibility for what is in our life right now and realize we did it, we realize that we must have the power to decide what’s next as well.
Eckhart Tolle write, “Instead of creating expectations of what should or should not be happening cooperate with the form that this moment takes. Bring a ‘yes’ to the ‘isness’ because it’s pointless to argue if it already is. A greater intelligence is available to you when you no longer reject, deny, or ‘don’t want’ what is.” What happens in each moment is the result of thoughts we’ve already thought. It is our invisible thoughts manifesting visibly in form and expression. It’s pointless to argue with what we’ve already thought. It’s like arguing with yesterday and trying to change it! We all know yesterday is what was, but we often don’t realize that what is is also history, i.e., that we’re experiencing the results of already thought thoughts. What’s next depends on what we think now. Eckhart Tolle goes on to say, “If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality is without.”
When we recognize that everything we experience is the magical display of our mind on parade, then when something goes our way, we get to say, “I did that!” And, when something doesn’t seem to go our way, we get to say, “I did that too! And behold it’s all good because I can celebrate my power to create and decide what’s next by choosing it now.” Our mind is so powerfully creative that what we believe we’re going to see takes form right before our eyes. Even when we say, “I can’t believe it!,” yes we can because we can’t perceive what don’t believe. It may seem to us that whatever we’re observing in any moment was there before we got there. But it was nothing to us until we arrived, in person, online or by turning on the TV, and perceived it as something.
It is the Unlimited Holiness of Consciousness that is Everywhere that allows all that Is to appear the way It is, no matter what it is. Each of us is an awareness within One Unlimited Consciousness, and it is that One Consciousness that allows us be conscious of anything at all wherever we are. It’s been said, “Consciousness has no religion, no belief or ideology, no gender, no sexuality, no race, no nationality, and no age. It is pure unlimited potential filled with unlimited possibilities. You ARE that Consciousness.” And because we are, we’re given the gift of creating our own version of life, the freedom to be aware of whatever we decide be aware of, whether what we’re aware of pleases us or not.
We are so free that we get to choose our perception of life from the unlimited possibilities for living life that exist within Existence. Each of us is a conscious being, or is consciously being, within One Consciousness whose Center is everywhere and whose Circumference is nowhere. We are each a center point of Consciousness with a point of view that is pointing towards everything we view. It is our point of view that so often limits what we see. In The Way of Knowing we read, “You are very much at play in the Kingdom, like a child in a sandbox, and each event that arises for you need not be judged for manifestation is simply the expression that reveals where the mind has been focusing. The real power is the very mystery that anything can be manifest at all. And you are free to constantly choose anew.”
We get to choose the concepts, ideas, images, and impressions we’re going to call our life. That’s the good news! The bad news is many of the concepts, ideas, images, and impressions we call our life are secondhand. Much of our thinking was handed down to us by the thinkers that were already here when we arrived in this human environment. We may habitually think those secondhand thoughts, without question, over and over again even though what we’re thinking is causing us to say “No!” to the good life that’s here for us. Goethe wrote, “A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.” Unless we stop saying “that’s just way I was raised,” and decide we want to see life for our self, and decide for our self who we want to be in life, we can’t raise our vibration to experience the new, or expand our awareness so we are able to see and receive more and more.
There is nothing that can’t be changed if we’re willing to change our mind. If we truly recognized the gift of constant choice, we’d realize that every manifestation, everything we perceive as our life in the world, is simply revealing to us what we’ve chosen to perceive so far. We’d take responsibility for what we see, and own our view of what is, rather than allowing whatever it is to own us. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “It is in making such complete peace with what is that you are able to allow what you really want to be revealed to you in the next step. But if you’re not making peace with what is, then you can’t feel the revelation and become aware of the realization of what’s next.”
We make peace with what is in our life by accepting it as if we’d chosen it. When we do, we remove the noise of friction and resistance in our mind caused by denial, rejection and “unwantedness.” We’re able to feel the revelation of creation within us and our awareness naturally opens to the realization of what’s next. And then, when what’s next becomes what is and what is is so good, we’ll happily say “It is what is and I did it!”