. . . or the sense of being thankful comes from a generous heart.
Whether we are giving or receiving a sense of gratitude will keep us
in alignment with Infinite Goodness. When we give with a sense
of gratefulness toward God for having something to give ... we will
have more to give. And when we receive with a sincere sense of
gratitude toward the giver and toward God ... we will receive even
more still. Gratitude is an attracting energy like faith ... it
automatically attracts more of what it is grateful for.
A true sense of gratitude
is not perfunctory. There are people who automatically send out
thank you cards or thank people but have no true sense of
appreciation. We lose our sense of gratitude by declaring that
we are thankful or grateful when we are not ... when we truly don't
feel grateful ... the Infinite cannot be mocked ... and the Infinite
is always the Giver no matter who may be the person giving the gift.
This is also true when we are the person giving the gift ... our lack
of gratitude for being able to give will diminish our appreciation for
The feelings that block us from a true
sense of gratitude have to do with our self-esteem ... ingratitude is
the opposite of deserving. If we don't feel deserving of
receiving it is difficult if not impossible to foster the sense of
gratitude. People who feel un-deserving will often look for a
motive as to why they are receiving ... often thinking that the giver
wants something in return. But the person giving with a true
sense of gratitude gives the person receiving an opportunity to feel
deserving ... when they do not ... the giver is not diminished but the
real gift ... the gift of deserving ... is not received. This is
what the Master Mind Jesus was referring to when He stated, "do
not cast your pearls before swine." There are those who
have created such a strong separation between them and Good (God) that
they cannot realize any real sense of gratitude ... they are
immediately suspicious of people who give to them.
There is only One Giver and that Is God
... but God gives through many channels ... no matter who we may be
receiving from ... that which we are receiving is from God. And
we would have nothing to give unless God gave to us first. We
are always only giving that which God has given us to give ... and we
are always only receiving that which God wants us to receive.
Both the giver and receiver reside in our very own consciousness.
It is a consciousness that has a healthy sense of gratitude
established that gives and receives with the same appreciation and
“Can you see the holiness in those
things you take for granted--a paved road or a washing machine? If you
concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will
discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a
feeling that nurtures the soul.”
– Rabbi Harold Kushner
us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at
least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least
we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so,
let us all be thankful.” – Buddha
“The reason we can make our
requests known with thanksgiving is because we know from the beginning
that we are to receive and therefore we cannot help being thankful.
This grateful attitude to the Spirit puts us in very close touch with
power and adds much to the reality of the thing we are dealing with.
Without it we can do but little. So let us cultivate all the gratitude
that we can. In gratitude we will send our thoughts out into the
world, and as it comes back it will come laden with the fruits of the
Spirit.” – Dr. Ernest Holmes,
Creative Mind and Success
Day in the United States is Thursday, November 24th ... but we can
choose any day to be a day of thanksgiving, no matter where we are.
A day of Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to be at-one with G-d,
the Good that we have received, and the Good that is unfolding for us
from the Great Un-Seen. In the words of wisdom from Rabbi Harold
Kushner, we can see something that most of us experience daily, that
is, a taking for granted the things that we have received. Most
of us, of course, are grateful for paved roads and washing machines,
but few of us express gratitude for these things or the countless
other good things that are in our experience that make our lives more
comfortable and gives life a greater ease. All the things that
we take for granted have come to us from the same Mind, G-d, as the
things that we pray for and hope for, and expect. We are
blessed, and most of us, immensely blessed, yet we fail to recognize
this Truth and therefore fail to express our gratitude for all that we
have been given.
Now, I am not saying this to make any
of us feel bad or become defensive, but to point out, with love, that
Thanksgiving is our opportunity to spend some time focusing on all
that we have received, not just personally, but collectively as well.
It is this opening our mind to what we have that builds within us a
greater feeling of gratitude. And this greater feeling of
gratitude attracts even more to us ... more good, more love, more joy,
and so on. Some of us get so fixated on the things that we have
not received yet, or the things that we feel we have lost, that our
mind does not process any great feeling of gratitude easily.
But, no matter what it is that we do not have yet or what we have lost
... "... at least we didn't die; so, let us all be
thankful," said the Buddha. And, in reality, not dying is
definitely something to be grateful for, because as long as we are
living, we have the opportunity to realize wonderful changes in our
lives and more to be grateful for.
No one likes to feel that they are taken for
granted, it makes us feel out of balance with Life. We cannot
ignore our responsibility to recognize and express that which we are
grateful for, as our thoughts of gratitude or lack of thoughts of
gratitude, are creating patterns of thought that attract to us that
which is like them. I often refer to the Master Mind Jesus'
teaching in Luke 19:26, "I tell you
that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has
not, even what he has will be taken away." In this
statement from his philosophy, we can see that Jesus was indeed a
spiritual genius. We have been given life so that we may enjoy
it and experience as much of it as we can accept for ourselves.
But, we can't multiply our Good, if we don't recognize the Good that
we already have. The Master Mind Jesus knew that we must
consciously have a feeling of gratitude, for gratitude is a feeling of
"having" ... and this feeling of having, brings us into
at-one-ment with the Source of All-Good, G-d, and opens our mind to
the infinite abundance that is available to us all ... and the more of
it that we can experience. Dr. Domenic Polifrone, often, began
his prayer-treatments with, "I rejoice and give thanks ... "
and these words create the opening in consciousness to accept our
Only two other countries celebrate
Thanksgiving in similar ways as the United States, Canada and Germany.
But, as I stated above, we can choose any day to be a day of
thanksgiving. True thanksgiving is a mental activity and a
spiritual one as well. As we take the time to express our
gratitude for the things that we have been blessed with, we shall
experience a greater feeling of joy almost immediately. This is
evidence that we are touching our soul and in turn our soul is
connecting with the Soul of the Universe.
Lavish words of appreciation, gratitude and thanksgiving,
provides not only a lift to our spirit, but also to our physical body
and our emotional center. Expressing our gratitude in words ...
in prayer ... and in silent meditation ... feeling gratitude to G-d
... expressing gratitude to the people in our lives, and to those who
have supported us in our good who are no longer with us ...
recognizing what we have and are grateful for ... takes time ... and
for most of us a single day of thanksgiving is not enough time.
Yet, whatever time we spend in our expression of gratitude, it will,
with certainty, multiply the Good that we are grateful for.
SO IT IS!
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