Gratitude is one form of positive energy that can change your life from drab to magical. Focusing on what you are grateful for can shift fears and supplant negative thoughts with positive, attractive vibrations. If you live in a continuous state of dis-satisfaction, it can accumulate in your life force and draw toward you negative things and experiences. However, if you make the choice to be grateful, your appreciation will bring amazing responses toward you, giving you even more to be grateful for, and bringing delight and joy.
Gratitude operates through a law that is universal and therefore governs our lives. The law of attraction says “like attracts like.” Gratitude is a very high vibration and when we sincerely feel gratitude we draw abundance toward us. Our gratitude is magnetic and the more gratitude we feel, the more abundance we magnetize. Isn’t it wonderful to know about this universal law! Many of us today are turning our lives around from struggling to thriving – in large part due to our practice of maintaining an attitude of gratitude. I am sure you hear this phrase frequently as it is a major piece of the puzzle regarding consciously employing the law of attraction to attract abundance.
The ancients knew this law very well. It is mentioned in various Holy Scriptures including the Bible and the Koran and dates back to the earliest recordings of human civilization. The practice of gratitude is at the heart of most indigenous traditions. History is filled with famous people who practiced gratitude: Plato, Gandhi, Leonardo Da Vinci, Einstein and Shakespeare are just a few. And, as you know, Jesus said thank you before he performed miracles.
G.K. Chesterton says: “You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” Chesterton understood that when gratitude becomes a way of life, amazing results occur. There are always things for us to be grateful for. Focusing on our blessings instead of our complaints, changes our personal energy which then changes and enhances our magnetic resonance. Sandra Anne Taylor, who has been teaching the principles of magnetic attraction for over twenty years states: “Appreciation is the intention to live with gratitude and consciously acknowledge the value and blessings already within and around you. It’s the willingness to notice all the good things and wonderful experiences you already have – and the desire to filter your life through this grateful attitude.” In her book entitled 28 days to a more Magnetic Life she shows us very practical and easy to understand steps to change the direction of our lives using the forces of magnetism.
I am happy to share with you my personal practice of gratitude. I have a daily practice. Each day I do my best to express gratitude throughout the day. However, I do have a formal gratitude practice. I combine my gratitude practice together with my affirmations. Therefore, every morning when I arise I write in my gratitude journal, which is simultaneously an affirmation journal. I open the journal and on the left side I write down what I am grateful for that I already possess – material and or otherwise. For example, a frequent one of mine is, “I am grateful that I have clean water to drink every day.” I fill the entire page and sometimes go on to the next left side. Then, on the right side of the journal I write things and or qualities etc. that I am manifesting but that have yet to appear in my ordinary reality. In other words, they currently exist in what probably Abraham – channeled by Esther Hicks – would call being in my “vibrational escrow.” For example: “I am grateful that I live in a lovely neighborhood where old trees are venerated and allowed to flourish.” I fill my future page as well. My bedtime practice is to use the “magic rock.” This practice is described in the book and the movie called THE SECRET where Lee Brower tells us the story of the father of a dying child who used a gratitude rock (mine is a heart-shaped, smooth, pink crystal) to be grateful for his son’s health. His son made a miraculous recovery. I find that using the “magic rock practice” plants a wonderful affirmation into my subconscious mind every night and also helps me to enjoy a restful sleep. These are only a few of the endless ways to practice gratitude and I find that my practice changes and grows with me.
This morning I learned via email of the death of a friend of mine in Victoria who crossed over in March. Dee is a wonderful woman who embodied an attitude of gratitude through many challenges. I first met Dee when she came to take my Life-Writing classes at Monterey Centre in Oak Bay many years ago now. She consulted me with regard to a memoir she wished to write that would focus on the medical malpractice surgeries she endured that had left her in a wheelchair. I encouraged her to write her story and we became friends. Dee was thrilled when her book SPINAL – CON – FUSIONS was published through Trafford Publishing ( it is still listed!) and I was honoured when she requested that I write something for the back jacket. I believe that Dee wanted to have her story heard, but, also that she wanted to protect us all – by reminding us that we need to advocate for ourselves and our loved ones when we are within the health care system – which although capable of astounding medical technological advances and treatments (and filled with many dedicated and skilled professionals) – is also under severe stress due to cutbacks and over-crowding. Praying for Dee and her family today, I said to her, “Dee, you are in a place now where not only can you walk, but, you can run – and I just KNOW that you are doing this with joy.” Within hours I received an answer from Heaven. I was in a card shop in downtown Kingston looking for a congratulatory card for my niece for her recent musical performance. While scanning the cards I noticed the woman beside me standing with two canes. Our eyes met. We were drawn to each other – the little dance you do when you feel familiar with the person – but – you have no idea who they are! We said to each other that we MUST know each other, yet, we had no idea of names or where or when? We asked each other. She is Vanessa. I am Monica, I said, drawn to her eyes as though I was mesmerized. We were eye-locked and looking into each other’s souls. That moment where Time stands still. Suddenly she drew me to her and gave me a very big kiss on my cheek and embraced me in a heart-felt hug, just out-of-the-blue! “If we meet again, Monica, we will know each other.” We parted, smiling. It was only minutes later when I ‘got it.’ I began to laugh out loud with glee. Dee! The woman was sent by Dee! She had her hair colour, her eye-colour, her glasses style, and I had seen Dee stand at times on canes. But, what cinched it was – she had a big, open heart and arms open wide to hug a stranger. Thank you Angels! Thank you Dee!
With deep gratitude for having known Dee, Monica