ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

My Prayer to Passage today was via video content online. I have been revisiting Rhonda Byrne’s book ‘The Secret’ in recent days. And I set out to find more conversations surrounding the topic of The Law of Attraction. I clicked on a video which included a panel of experts talking about The Secret. The first quote was by Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith. It rang loudly and with great fervor:

“I am available to more good than I have ever experienced, realized, or imagined before.”

A few minutes later, Chicken Soup for the Soul author, Jack Canfield, said this:

“The more you notice it [the Law of Attraction] and acknowledge it, the faster and more often it happens. Because what you focus on expands.”

So let’s talk about this Law of Attraction. Have you read The Secret? Have you seen the film? The basic premise of The Secret is that we attract what we think about. If we complain, worry, and doubt, we attract more things to complain about, worry about, and doubt. If we give gratitude for what we have now and have experienced in the past, and if we believe with a rush of energy that good things will flow into our lives abundantly, we will create a space for those good things to arrive. The higher we set our vibrational frequencies (fancy, scientific term for emitting positive energy and thought), the more abundantly and quickly these good experiences show up.

The Law of Attraction has been utilized by some of the world’s greatest minds for centuries. Plato, Leonardo Da Vinci, William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, Ludwig van Beethoven, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford….

I practice The Law of Attraction every day. Once I started to see it creating results, I then realized that it is an engine. One activity that I enjoy is creating a list of things for which I am grateful. These can include things that have not yet happened or arrived. “I am so happy and grateful now that…” I also have vision boards. Setting the very image of what I plan to attract into my life is not only powerful, it’s sort of fun.

If you have not created a vision board, I invite you to do so. Find some magazines with images you would like to bring into your reality. Include words if you’d like. e.g. A picture of your dream home and the words “Welcome home.” Paste these pictures and passages onto some sort of board (I use tagboard) and hang it in a place where you will see it daily. Even if you don’t see the vision every day, know that you have now released this vibration to the Universe. And the Universe is working in your favor. Exciting!

Something that I am more clearly practicing is emotional joy surrounding my visions. When I see something that I am to attract into my life, I must believe it whole-heartedly; my heart must be in it. My heart sends a message to my brain, my brain sends out a message to the Universe, and so on and so on. Another thing I have noticed is that if I “want” something, I am telling the Universe that I desire to continue wanting. If I thank God for what I will be receiving, it rushes in. This “attitude of gratitude” is a powerful force. There is even a Bible verse that displays confirmation of this practice.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
—Mark 11:24

Goodness and abundance are available through gratitude. The very energy that we present in our thankfulness is received, acknowledged, multiplied, and returned to us. In my prayers, I often find myself asking God for what I need or what I want. Sometimes I find myself begging. And then I stop. I take a breath and pause in silence. And I begin to thank God for all of the blessings that have been afforded to me. When my prayers are presented with gratitude and thanksgiving, my life opens up to receiving grace and benediction from God. Gratitude is a blessing. Gratitude is a gift. It is through gratitude that we are able to honor God for the many ways we are seeing God present in our lives. This prayer of thanksgiving is a passage to a life more wonderful than we had imagined. And that is something to celebrate.

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