Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. Often on that officially-designated day of giving thanks, many of us traditionally take a moment, as we sit around the table with family and friends, to say aloud to each other what we are thankful for that year. With all the uncertainty that is going on in the world today, this year Thanksgiving Day may be celebrated in a different way. But however we do it, no matter who we’re with or even if we’re alone, let us take a moment to be thankful for what we’ve learned from this extraordinary year, and perhaps begin by being thankful we’re still here to review the year!
This year has challenged so many of us to remain grateful in our life, happy, hopeful, and filled with peace and grace, under circumstances that haven’t occurred in the world before, or at least in our lifetime. Many of those cherished things that in the past we were easily grateful for, or may have even taken for granted, seem to be temporarily locked away from us and unavailable to us. But, perhaps in such a year we’re more able to see that gratitude for our life is a choice we can make under all circumstances. We might even discover there is power and freedom in our ability to be thankful for our life for no other reason than we want to be thankful for it.
Gratitude is a powerful energy, and like all of the creative energies of the Universe, It multiplies as we choose It and use It. The more gratitude we feel, the more grateful we are on a regular basis. And, the more grateful we habitually are, the more to be grateful for comes into our awareness and into our experiences in life. In other words, the more blessed we feel, the more our blessings continue. Mary Oliver wrote in her poem, Instructions for living a life, “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” The more we pay attention, the more aware we become of all there is in this life that is good, beautiful, precious, and worthy of celebration. With that awareness, the powerful energy of our gratitude calls to us more experiences to surprise and delight us. It’s been said, “When Gratitude becomes an essential foundation in our lives, miracles start to appear everywhere.”
As spiritual-vibrational beings of Love even while we’re having this human experience, living in a spiritual-vibrational Universe of Love even while we’re having this human experience, miracles are intended to be natural to us, a consistent phenomena in this human experience. Miracles only seem supernatural, and occasional or not occurring at all, when we feel separate from the Miracle Maker, the High Creative Vibration of Universal Love that creates for us anything heart desires. The Powerful Source Energy of Love in which we live always says ”yes” to us. All that is required of us to experience every day miracles is to believe that’s true. We read in A Course in Miracles, “Miracles are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong.” Usually what’s “gone wrong” is that we’re spending our creative energy focusing, with a lack of appreciation, on what appears to have already gone wrong in our life and in the world. We look at what we don’t like that has already happened and we wait, complaining and ungrateful, for something outside of us in the world to change. Or we wait for some supernatural intervention from beyond the world to override our ingratitude and give us something to be grateful for!
We want to believe we are One with God and connected to a Life that is All Good. But without unconditional gratitude, without gratitude that depends on nothing but our choice to feel it, we’re not able to experience our connection with the Oneness that would allow us to live the life of joy and freedom we desire to live—a life free from pain, suffering and sadness, free from conflict with others, and free from financial lack or lack of any kind. Gratitude opens our heart so we’re able to feel our oneness with the powerful Source of Goodness within us, our connection with the goodness around us, and we’re able to experience the miracles that are natural to us.
When ingratitude becomes an essential foundation for our life, miracles can’t appear to us. Anais Nin wrote, “We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” Gratitude as a way of being in life causes us to see the beauty within us and around us, beauty that is overlooked if we are walking through this life ungrateful to be alive. Lack of appreciation for our life as it is, and constantly complaining about the way it should be, puts up a barrier between what we want and what we get because our mind and heart aren’t open to receive it.
Being grateful ahead of time, gratitude in advance before we can actually physically see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the thing we want to manifest in our life, is a powerful receptive energy that gives miracles access to our mind so that they can appear to us in our physical life. That is why Jesus began his miraculous healing prayers with the words, “Father, I am grateful that you always hear me.” If we’re waiting to see a miracle first as proof God hears us, then we’re missing the point of faith and trust, and forfeiting the healing power that is available to us when we claim our oneness with God. If we’re waiting for a supernatural occurrence beyond our own mindset of resistance, we are ignoring the Law of Attraction that tells us, as Jesus told us, that it’s done unto us as we believe. Or, as Ernest Holmes suggested, “act as though it were and it shall be.” Let it be and it will be. Gratitude is the powerful vibration within us that is the positive proof of what we believe is true. We could say that gratitude pre-approves miracles. It is a “Thank you, Father, for always hearing me” as we wait patiently, filled with happy trust and gratitude in advance for the answer that is always given in the affirmative, to appear in the physical.
When we’re ungrateful because we haven’t seen yet whatever it is we’re waiting to see so we can be grateful for it, we’re not acting as though it were, we’re reacting as if it weren’t. If we
believe it’s not, it won’t be for us. We can wait for proof before we say, “thank you,” but what’s done for us is done according to what we believe is true before it appears to us. Gratitude allows whatever we desire to receive to come to us, as the Law of Attraction matches our high spiritual expectations, and moment to moment appreciations, with perfect physical manifestations.
We all feel unhappy at times. We all think unjoyful thoughts at times. But it’s only when we make those thoughts and feelings a lifestyle choice that something goes “wrong.” We can to continue the negative energy of unhappy thinking that causes low energy in our body, if we want to. We can continue to reap the ingratitude we sow, and no one is going to stop us. But, if we want every day miracles to flow into our experience, we might want to choose to look around us and act “as though it were” that right where we are something astonishing is present for us to be grateful for. And, if we don’t see something right away, just being thankful we’re still breathing is a good start that will open our heart.
In the Book of Proverbs we read, “A happy heart is good medicine, and a joyful mind causes healing. But a broken spirit dries up the bones.” No wonder it’s been said that being in love with life is the key to eternal youth! If it seems we’ve been experiencing one physical challenge after another, if our bones feel “a little dry” and inflexible, a happy heart is highly recommended! A Happy Heart causes us to feel alive at any age, and more flexible in our thinking. Happiness is an elixir that gives us a sense that everything is okay, that no matter what may be going on in our body or the situations around us, we can trust that a healing is on its way. A happy heart can beat with joy under any physical conditions, and with every beat cause any condition to improve, heal, and not return. We can choose to live, even in the world today, with a “thank you” on our lips and happiness in our heart. A happy heart is good medicine that allows every day miracles to flow our way.