Henry David Thoreau wrote, “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite – only a sense of existence.” Thanksgiving Day may be behind us, but our existence isn’t, and when we’re grateful we exist, when we’re grateful we’re alive, our thanksgiving becomes perpetual while we live it—a continuous “thank you” fills the moments of our life.
When we appreciate our life, whether we’re thinking about certain people or particular things around us, and when we look around us and appreciate particular people and things we see, it’s easy to feel grateful. In fact, it’s easier to feel grateful in particular than it is to feel grateful in perpetuity, i.e., to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in general, grateful for nothing definite but our own sense of existence.
A perpetual attitude of gratitude includes our being grateful even before we see something or someone to be grateful for; it’s living in ungrounded positivity; it’s being miracle-minded; it’s seeing Life Itself, and our self in Life, as the miracle It is. We are Loved perpetually by a Universe that is loving everything within It, and everything within It is Love, including you and me.
Eckhart Tolle wrote: “You are not IN the Universe, you ARE the Universe, an intrinsic part of It. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the Universe is becoming conscious of Itself. What an amazing miracle.” In any moment that we become aware of our true Nature, in any moment we become conscious of our Self as a Being of Love, in that moment we experience our Oneness with the Universe of Love, and that moment is miraculous. Healings occur in such a miraculous moment, forgiveness occurs in such a miraculous moment, the abundant good that’s always Present is revealed to us in such a miraculous moment.
Miracles are everywhere, all the time. We read in A Course in Miracles, “Miracles are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong.” But to live each moment aware that it’s miraculous might feel overwhelming to us. We may wonder how much good we can allow our self to experience in this life without feeling like a spiritual Farmer in the Dell: With a miracle miracle here, and a miracle miracle there, here a miracle, there a miracle, everywhere a miracle miracle. How can we live a normal human life with that kind of thinking in a world that often seems mundane at best, and so very unmiraculous with its contrasts, conflicts and opposites?!
But miracles only seem unnatural and overwhelming to us if we’ve gotten out of the habit of naturally feeling good about Life, and our self in Life, all the time, no matter what—grateful for what we are, grateful for what we have, grateful for what was, grateful for what is, and grateful for what’s next. Perpetual thanksgiving is feeling good about life as we live it. It’s feeling happy we’re alive to experience existence at all.
But if we’re waiting for something in particular to show up that hasn’t shown up yet or if we’re having a personal challenge, and with all the things going on in the world, how can we be content with nothing definite but our own sense of existence? How can we remain positive until what we’re wanting to show up, shows up, in our individual life or the world around us? If we walk around feeling good, and expressing happiness and positivity perpetually, we’d not only be irritating to many, but appear crazy to most! Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
The Pure Positive Energy of Life, the Holy Vibration of Joy that fills Universe of which we’re all intrinsic part, is always emanating dance music, meditation music, a love song, but we have to allow our self to have ears to hear it. When our head is filled with noise caused by our focus on negative conditions and events, there’s discord in our mind. Gratitude for what we are and have, and contentment with nothing definite, opens our inner ears to the Sound Track of the Universe.
There’s no danger to our sanity for us to live in perpetual thanksgiving, with a mind aware of constant miracles, because that is our true Nature. Joy is a gift of our Spirit, an attribute of the Energy of the Universe. Joy naturally flows to us every moment, and as us when we allow It to. The danger to our sanity isn’t too much Joy, it’s too much judgment, too many opinions, and too much unworthiness that doesn’t allow us to accept the miracle Life is and the miracle we are within It.
When we’re underwhelmed by Life, and when we’re underwhelmed being our self, we don’t allow our True Nature to enter our awareness. And, such unawareness of the goodness Life affects our experience of health and well-being, our relationships with others, and our encounters with everything we call Life. Without appreciation and gratitude for what we are and what we see around us, life holds no meaning.
In the Aramaic Bible, in the Book of Mark, we read: “For how is a man benefited if he should gain the whole world and he should lose his own soul.” What good does it do us for others to appreciate us if we don’t appreciate being our self? What does it matter what position we hold in the world or in our family, or how many possessions we have, if we’re not happy and content living Life?
There is more than enough Love living in us to meet our desire to perpetually live as the loving Being we’re created to be. There is more than enough Joy in our soul to lighten every step in this human experience. Eckhart Tolle wrote, “The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through some form, possession, accomplishment, person, or event, through something that happens. This joy cannot come to you ever. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from your own consciousness, and therefore is one with who you are.”
We experience the Good Life by discovering we’re an intrinsic part of the Good Life, and by living as who we are no matter how “unrealistic” others may think we are. The Good Life, the God Life, is the only living Reality within all Life—no exceptions regardless of circumstances or behaviors. Perpetual thanksgiving is the cure for Divine Dementia, i.e., we remember that Life is good (and so are we) after all! We’re happy and content with a sense of our own existence, grateful we’re alive! We realize Life is a Joyful Miracle because we feel that Joy within us for no reason at all except we exist to feel It!
Our gratefulness allows the Joy that is, the same Joy that burst forth from God as Creation, to burst forth in us. Ever feel so happy you felt like you were bursting at the seams, so to speak? In that moment you were feeling the Joy of God expanding you so that more of YOU could come through! We are here to have the time of our life—to enjoy health and well-being, loving relationships, and financial abundance. We’re here to dance, to sing, and to live a life that feels good to live.
Abraham-Hicks tells us, “If you know that all is well, you know all you need to know. And if you know life is supposed to be fun, you know more than almost anybody else knows. And, if you know that the way you feel is your indicator of how connected you are to Source, then you know that which only a handful of Deliberate Creators, respective to the total population, really know.”
When we remember that’s true, when we remember we are One with an Unlimited Source that is loving us every moment, and wanting the good for us that we want for our self, we’re able to live as Rumi said, “As if the Universe is rigged in our favor.” We’re content being who we are, wherever we are, because we know we’re connected to the Whole Universe even if we’re just sitting in our living room. We affect the world not through counter action or perceptual friction, but through our vibration.
If we want to affect the world in a good way, we need to vibe high. The vibration of gratitude and Joy we feel (anytime) travels everywhere—like a burst of light from the center of our heart out in every direction into world around us. It not only touches everything in front of us, but behind us as well. We could say that Joy heals the past even as It creates a joyous future.
We’re not overwhelmed by moment-to-moment miracles when we’re miracle-minded because we expect nothing less. We read in A Course in Miracles, “All miracles mean life, and God is the Giver of life.” How many miracles can occur in our life in one day? As many as we allow our self to receive. So the question for all of us is this: “How big is your allowance?