have noticed that the Universe loves gratitude. The more
grateful you are, the more goodies you get. When I say ‘goodies’
I don’t mean only material things. I mean all the people, places
and experiences that make life so wonderfully worth living. You
know how great you feel when your life is filled with love and
joy and health and creativity, and you get the green lights and
the parking spaces. This is how our lives are meant to be lived.
The Universe is a generous, abundant giver and it likes to be
appreciated." - Louise Hay, "Gratitude, A Way Of Life"
It is now after Thanksgiving 2020, and I am hoping that
everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. There is a lot of
controversy about Thanksgiving especially concerning Native
Americans. Also, a lot of angst for those who voted for Donald
Trump. How these issues affected your Thanksgiving is unknown to
me, but this I do know, that holding anything in our mind
against anyone is a poison to happiness and success in life.
have read more than a couple of News articles about the numbers
of people who are experiencing depression and mental health
issues due to the restrictions placed on so many of us during
this pandemic we are experiencing. I believe that this is due to
people allowing themselves to think about what they have done in
the past especially during this time of year. But we are not
living in the past. Even though I understand that for many
people the changes they are going through seem overwhelming, I
also know that this is a temporary situation and also a
situation where we have an opportunity to create something new
in our experience. We are creative beings and we can create
something in the now that causes the past to be just a memory.
Believe me, I am not criticizing anyone or seeing mental health
issues and depression dismissively. Nor am I diminishing the
reality of both. I have experienced the pain of depression
personally. From that experience, I know that the cause is due
to not what is happening to us in the present, but how our past
has given us expectations that are not always realistic.
The past is for archaeologists ... and we must release it in
order to live fully in the present. And in order to do so, we
must "present" our mind with new images and ideas of happiness
and joy ... and we do this with gratitude. Gratitude gives us
the sense of "having" ... and as we remind ourselves that we
"have" ... our mind turns from thinking about what we don't have
and the Good that we have begins to increase.
I believe that the most important thing to be grateful for is
Life. No matter what we may be currently experiencing, as long
as we are alive ... our experiences can change. And being
grateful for Life, we put a demand upon our consciousness to
give us more to live for ... and it will. Life is for living,
not merely existing from day to day ... and it is within us to
know that this is true.
Now, I know there are people who are living in what appears to
be, challenging circumstances. But how many of these
"challenges" have we hung onto for too long? How many of us are
experiencing unhappy relationships ... but continue to refuse to
do anything about our relationships? It is so easy to fall into
the trap of complaining about our relationships then it is to
constructively take action about them. And for some of us, this
may mean that these relationships will end ... but, even that
oftentimes is something to be grateful for as that which is "new
and greater" cannot enter into our life when that which is
"finished" continues to remain.
And for others, illness is challenging them to not feel grateful
for Life. And once again ... we must be willing to stop talking
about our illnesses to other people ... and talk to G-d, the
Spirit of Health, about them in communion. As we begin our
communion with a heartfelt statement of gratitude for Life, we
align ourselves with the Infinite Healing Presence. And as we
continue to commune, with gratitude for Life, we will find that
"over-coming" our illnesses becomes our expectation ... and what
we expect ... we accept ... and as we do ... we receive.
There are also many of us who don't feel any great amount of
gratitude for Life because we are facing financial challenges,
debt and a lack of hope in any positive changes in our financial
affairs. No one feels gratitude for debt or financial lack ...
but, we sometimes bury ourselves in debt and financial struggle
because we do not feel grateful for Life. Life is not one
moment in time ... and Life can change quickly as our mind is
"changed about it." We can be grateful to know that Life never
gives us more than we can handle. And as we take this idea into
consciousness ... and stir up the spirit of hope and expectation
within our minds ... be grateful for knowing this is so ... and
we will find that ways that we know not of begin to open up in
our lives to meet our financial responsibilities and debts. But
... as we know ... if our mind is focused on the debts or the
lack of money ... we will never "stir up the spirit" of hope and
expectation within us ... so we must take the time each day to
change the focus of our thoughts by turning within to "the
kingdom of G-d" ... that is, the spirit within us ... and begin
to "expect" that we meet all demands in our life for money ...
and this we will do.
A lifetime of happiness begins right where we are ... right in
the circumstances and conditions that we are currently dealing
with. It can be no other way ... and the solutions; the better
relationships, the health, the money and all of whatever we
desire to experience in Life ... is ours to unfold in our
lives. Gratitude is the key. Gratitude is a state of mind that
knows that we have … and this knowing that we have … even if
only currently on the Unseen Side of Life … automatically
creates the channel within our mind to accept more, to expect
more and to receive more … of every good thing we can imagine
for ourselves … guaranteed!
Keep the Faith!
(Reverend Dr. Henry Lee Bates)
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