all the gifts of the Spirit the one that I believe is the most
powerful incarnated within mankind is the ability to feel a deep sense
of gratitude. Gratitude develops loyalty, honesty and even
beauty. Not the beauty that the physical eye beholds but the
beauty that weaves its way through the senses when genuine gratitude
is felt. Not everyone has the capacity to feel this deeper sense
of gratitude as it is not something that springs from the physical or
the experiences of life but is felt deep within at the level of our
We read and
hear so much about "gratitude" that is focused at the level
of surface mind. We are told to affirm that we have gratitude
and that this affirming that we are grateful for what we have will
draw to us more of what we desire. And I suppose this is true to
a point but usually this is a long route to an unpredictable result.
Our gratitude must always be centered in consciousness ... the level
of our soul. And we must have the realization of why we are
grateful. To say I am grateful for my job or my car or my home
or my health or my whatever, may be true, but it is all too often
surface sensation rather than a deep sense of gratitude. To
realize that all that I have in the physical is just a fragment of all
the good that is truly mine for the asking takes us into the realm of
a higher truth.
The Master Mind Jesus throughout
his ministry tried his best to get the people to understand the
Principle of Abundance and the spiritual laws that the Principle
governs. He said in confidence and truth, "all that the
Father (Spirit) hath is mine" ... and he said this from the
subjective level of mind; at the level of his soul that understood
that this is a universal, changeless truth for all of us. In the
consciousness of this truth he knew that whatever good we accept for
ourselves at the deepest level of our soul that withholds nothing from
anyone else, is ours for the asking. He confirmed this with the
words, "Father (Spirit), I know that you hear me always."
And in this realization at the depths of our soul we can know this is
true for us too.
Can we speak the word of
gratitude with conviction not only for what has materialized in our
experience of life, but also that which we accept as ours on the
UnSeen realm of Life ... that which has not crystallized in material
form? As we take into our mind's eye the image of ourselves
having, being and doing that which we desire to experience, are we
feeling a sense of gratitude for it or are we still at that level of
believing that it is not ours yet? As we believe that what we
pray for (ask) is ours now this deeper sense of gratitude will be felt
in our heart, our mind and our soul simultaneously. Some have
even sensed the sound of an inner "click" when this is
Yogananda stated that "An artist doesn’t really create anything
– he just rearranges what is already there" ... and this is
what happens when we feel the deepest sense of gratitude. We
don't create anything, we magnetize the unseen good into our material
experience. It is through the medium of spiritual law ... what
is referred to as the Law of Correspondence. It is an immutable,
changeless, universal Law. As the mystical Ernest Holmes writes
in the classic Science of Mind, "Think, see and feel activity.
Radiate Life. Feel that there is that within which is the center
and circumference of the Universe. The Universe is the result of
the Self-Contemplation of God. Our lives are the result of our
self-contemplations, and are peopled with the personifications of our
thoughts and ideas."
not have to struggle to reach God, but you do have to struggle to tear
away the self-created veil that hides him from you." -
Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
Nothing is ours unless we
"claim" it. We make our own reality by loosing from
our mind any thought that diminishes our sense of gratitude ... a deep
and abiding gratitude; first for the gifts of the Spirit, and then for
the good that is ours ... both that which is seen and that which is
UnSeen .. right now.
SO IT IS!
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