What really is gratitude?
For Gary Zukav:
ďA glorious life is filled with
companions who have open hearts. It generates joy moment by moment. It
is the continual experience of gratitude.Ē
Do we understand the importance of gratitude?
Margie Waters explain ...
by gratitude I donít mean just
saying thank you if somebody gives you a gift, or holds a door for you.
That is just politeness, or social convention.
Gratitude isnít words, itís emotion. Itís opening our heart to
experience that lets our energy flow out in a particular way. Emotions
are all indicators to us of how we are releasing energy or how we are ďvibratingĒ.
Learning to focus on emotions, and to see what theyíre telling us
about our energy, is an important step in learning to be a conscious
creator. And learning to nurture and magnify the emotions that serve us
well is an equally important step.
So if gratitude isnít about words, what is it?
Gratitude Is Vibration
Gratitude is an emotional
vibration that makes it easier to manifest those things that we want.
This works in two ways. One is that feeling a ďpositiveĒ feeling like
gratitude puts us in sync with things that we desire. By raising our vibrations we make it easier to attract what we want.
other is that by expressing gratitude for that which is not yet
manifest, we are adopting a posture of assuming that what we want is
already there. In this way we encourage it to move from our energy
level into our physical life.
When we express a desire, the
fulfillment of that desire is immediate in the non-physical realm. As
soon as we Ďwantí it, it exists in the field of non-local intelligence,
the field of pure potential. We are not able to have a burning desire
for something that is not in our power to create. The two go together.
So as soon as we think of it, itís there in the quantum field.
has demonstrated that merely by observing (noticing; turning our
attention to) something, we bring it into being. Reality comes into
being through consciousness turning its attention in that direction.
The hard part is learning how to bring those things we have created in
the quantum field into our material life. How do we get what we want,
which is always created instantly, to manifest in physical form?
do that we have to become the person who has it, is it, or does it. We
have to become the finely tuned receiver of that thing. We have to step
into the reality where we already have it.
Gratitude expresses trust in the process.
It makes a leap across time, and in a small way puts us into the
position of already having received that which we have asked
for. This opens the energy circuits, so to speak, and allows that thing
to come into material form in our life.A Willingness To Receive
of something as simple as receiving gifts ... If itís something wonderful that you love, or
if the giver is someone you cherish and love, your response might be
open-hearted and wonderful: Oh thank you, I love it, I love you for giving me this.
the openness in this kind of response. You are truly receiving this
gift. Youíve taken the energy here into your reality in a welcoming
way, it becomes yours.
On the other hand there are those other
gifts; token gifts that you know no thought has gone into, or things
that people give you that are inappropriate, or not to your taste. Your
more guarded reaction here might be: Thanks. How kind of you.
This kind of gift you donít receive.
It might live in your house, but it doesnít have an energy equivalent
in your spirit. You havenít opened yourself to the experience of it.
The first example is gratitude; the second is just politeness. If you
look around your house at the things people have given you, you can
feel the difference in quality. Some things are yours in a full and meaningful way, and some are just clutter.
is about a willingness to receive. When we are grateful we open our
whole selves to the experience we encounter. We acknowledge the
presence of what is happening and the value it has. When we cultivate
an attitude of gratitude, we allow ourselves to become receivers.
like turning on the radio. If I want to listen to music on the radio, I
have to turn on the receiver. The sounds are all out there, they
already exist in the ďfieldĒ, in the air all around me. They are being
broadcast from many stations all the time but I will never hear the
music if I donít hit the "on" switch. I turn on the radio, and then
adjust the dial until I get the exact station that I want.
is what weíre learning to do, become finely tuned receivers. Our
emotions are the key to learning what we are tuned into. The more
depressed, closed in, afraid, angry and sad we are, the more weíre
going to "receive" static and chaos. The more we feel love, joy and
gratitude, the more weíre going to tune into that which we truly desire.
You Can Start Small
wonderful thing about gratitude is that itís easy to start small. How
can you feel joy if you are afraid, ill or unhappy? Feel joy? Itís not
But you can feel a little gratitude.
You can look at tiny little things and focus on them. Thank
you for my dog. Thank you for this parking space. Thank you for a sunny
day. Thank you that in this minute I donít have a headache. Thank you
that someone smiled at me. Thank you that I know how to type. Anything. You can start wherever you are and focus on things that are as small as they need to be, in order to be genuine.
all it takes, the genuineness of the feeling. It doesnít matter what
you are focusing on, just how genuinely you feel the gratitude. That
is, feeling truly grateful for your new car you just won in a contest
isnít better or more effective than feeling grateful for that hot cup
of coffee in the morning. Itís the feeling that counts, that small
opening of your energy system that lets your attractive power start to
work and teaches you how to receive.
The Universe Is An Infinite Source
teaches us not to get in our own way. It helps us learn that the
universe always answers, that whatever we desire, itís already there.
Itís ours, we have it, we deserve it, we donít need to earn it or
figure it outóit is already there. We just have to put down our
constructs of what needs to be done, give up figuring out how to make
it happen, and learn to be receivers.
Gratitude teaches us that
the universe is an infinite source for anything we could imagine. Being
grateful is like stepping into that moment of receiving, time-traveling
ahead just a bit to meet the future moment Ė and encouraging it by
feeling what we will feel when it comes.
Who Are We Grateful To?
we express gratitude in terms of thanks Ė thank you for this parking
space, or I am so grateful for my dog Ė who or what are we addressing?
Who are we saying thank you to?
Some people have trouble with
this practice as it is reminiscent of traditional religion, which tells
us that only a god or gods can give out the goodies, and we have to be
properly grateful for what we get.
In conscious creation, we
see this from a broader perspective. Each one of us is a part of the
universal energy, of All That Is or God. We are each the expression in
living material form of the One energy that is the source of all
reality. As a part of this energy, we are not separate from it but
living expressions of it. We are the universe in the form of a human, this human.
an expression of the universe, it is our nature to be creators. We use
the universal energy that is our nature to create our reality; or, the
universe uses us to create for it. It works both ways at once.
Understanding this, we can see that gratitude is expressed not to any
outside source, but to ourselves as active extensions of the universe.
We are doing it, and the universe is doing it, through us. This paradox
is central to our true experience.
Our gratitude isnít payment
offered to some obliging God that we have cajoled into giving us
something. Gratitude is an act of receptivity to the energy that is our
own nature, an act that opens the channels of energy to allow what we
desire to flow into our experience. We are addressing our own true
nature as it allows the universe to unfold within it.By Margie Waters