Monday, November 22, 2010

Gratitude II

We are entering into the holiday season, which for many is a time of joy. But for many others it is a time of sadness and depression. A common cause for depression is a lack of gratitude. Some are more focused on what they don’t have than on what they do have. If you’re reading this article you are blessed. No matter what your social or economic situation might be - it’s better than thousands throughout the world. We often take blessings for granted.

The more you focus on thoughts that are depressing, the more those thoughts will manifest into reality. It’s a vicious cycle and having gratitude is a sure way of breaking that cycle. With gratitude comes faith. If you believe you can manifest reality through thought, try real hard to think about what you want. Faith plays a big role in this. Faith gives you the endurance and ability to make your visions come true. Gratitude comes from understanding that you are born with that divine ability.

I write about this a lot because too many people in the world allow their thoughts to manifest the opposite of what they want. They misuse their ability to create through thought. Those same people often lack gratitude. Without gratitude their faith is misdirected. How often have you heard someone say, “We will never get out of this mess.”

I often quote Wallace D. Wattles. In his book “The Science of Getting Rich” the following two statements sums up the above nicely: “If it is a new thought to you that gratitude brings your whole mind into close harmony with the creative energies of the universe, consider it well, and you will see that it is true. The good things you already have come to you along the line of obedience to certain laws. Gratitude will lead your mind out along the ways by which things come; and will keep you in close harmony with creative thought and prevent you from falling into competitive thought”.

Wattles warns, however, that “The moment you permit your mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things as they are, you begin to lose ground. You fix attention upon the common, the ordinary, the poor, and the aqualid, and the mean; and your mind takes the form of these things. Then you will transmit these forms or mental images to the formless, and the common, the poor, the aqualid, and the mean will come to you.”

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