Give gratitude, the voice inside my head said very clearly. My immediate response was to question. What would giving gratitude yield? What was its purpose? These words were first heard back in the mid-nineties, and since that time gratitude and I have undergone a lengthy transformative journey of learning, healing, and manifesting.
Think and Grow Rich (1937) explained the power of thought more than 80 years ago. In this classic masterpiece he reiterates this point continually. One such statement is “Man can create nothing which he does not first conceive in the form of an impulse of thought . . . man’s thought impulses begin immediately to translate themselves into their physical equivalent, whether those thoughts are voluntary or involuntary.”
Nowadays there is increasing awareness that giving gratitude is actually one means by which manifestation occurs. If you are one of those people who occasionally, or even daily, think of something to be grateful for then you have begun to live in a state of gratitude. However, giving a fleeting thought of gratitude isn't highly effective. Let’s assume that someone you know is ill and you receive word that they are healing. You may quietly express a sentence of gratitude. Immediately another thought distracts you, and then another, resulting in a weakening of the gratitude energy. Giving momentary gratitude is better than giving none, though its level of effectiveness is low.
When gratitude is practiced as a regular and meaningful expression–where thought, emotion, and intention are involved–then it has the potential to change life positively and dramatically! The process I recommend consists of three stages. Incorporating all of them into your daily routine produces the most effective energy for creating change.
1) Gratitude for the tangible things. This includes consciously giving gratitude for the basics such as food, friends, and money to pay bills.
2) Gratitude for the intangibles. This relates to such things aslove, fun, and good health. These are essential for well-being and happiness.
3) Gratitude for things desired. This last step is important as it creates the energy to bring in desired changes. For example, if you desire a career change, a gratitude statement might be “I am grateful for the perfect job that is now mine.” Always express gratitude in the present tense. Giving gratitude in the present tense commands that this is how it is to be now, and not in the future. It is also beneficial to infuse the act with feeling. Expressing the emotion of gratitude strengthens the energy, thereby sending a message to the Universe that you are serious about your intentions.
Initially I was skeptical about undertaking this practice. How-ever, my inner knowing was that gratitude practice needed to be undertaken on a daily basis. Within a relatively short time (three months) I felt happier about life, and the things I desired and expressed gratitude for actually manifested! It does not matter what you are experiencing in life, gratitude has the power to change the things you are dissatisfied with. When undertaken daily in a conscious and mindful manner, it has the power to change any aspect of your life.
If you are an avid television viewer you are exposed to count-less fear-generating messages. I encourage you to switch off the television set, or choose to view only positive programming. It is pointless to worry about things you are powerless to change. Instead, choose to create a more harmonious lifestyle by under-taking daily gratitude practice. During the years I've advocated gratitude practice, I've seen individuals change from feeling dis-empowered, angry, and highly stressed to becoming empowered and optimistic.
For individuals who have suffered abuse and other stressful states, a Gratitude Journal is a great way to begin the process of empowerment. This involves writing down, in a designated book, at least one statement of gratitude daily. The act of writing strengthens the energy around that particular gratitude. Visualizing the issue, situation,or emotion strengthens it further. Each entry is dated to record a process of growth. I have observed abused individuals become empowered to create significant changes in their lives in as little as one month.
Gratitude needs to be expressed daily in order for its energy and effectiveness to be maintained. Gratitude is generated from thought. Thought is energy. When energy builds up it manifests in the form in which it is directed. Through the practice of daily gratitude you discover your power as creator of your reality. Through gratitude practice you learn the importance of language. Mindfulness of thought has the potential to create miracles!
Some Gratitude Statements
- “I am grateful for the abundance of love, harmony, friends, prosperity, and so on that I experience daily.”
- “I am grateful that I have an abundance of finances for my bills, living costs, and incidental needs.”
- “I am grateful for the new job that pays well, and offers many opportunities for professional growth and advancement.”
- “I am grateful for my body’s excellent health and its self-healing abilities.”
If you are experiencing a health challenge or financial difficulties, giving gratitude as a positive statement creates the energy of whatever you are stating. In time subtle changes will become evident.
I encourage you to assess how you would like your life to be, and then begin the gratitude process. Experiment with different ways of expressing gratitude. Find the way that feels most comfortable and then ensure diligence in its application. With persistence and patience you will find yourself reaping the rewards!
~ Bente Hansen, Dynamic Energy Healing, www.dynamicenergyhealing.net