Gratitude – it’s something that actually works. Too often it is in the “You Should” department, however it really belongs in the “It Works” department. Can you feel the difference in energy?
The more I come to understand that we live in an energetic universe as much or more than we live in a physical universe, the more attuned I am to what works, and how. Despite a bazillion howto books on spirituality, on business, on relationships, what I find I am attracted to is what feels good to me. What vibrates in harmony with me. What resonates with me. Not the words. Not the formula. The vibration – it is that inner sense of knowing, even when outer words or stories contradict.
Gratitude is one of those things that it is easy to talk about, yet we find ourselves challenged when it comes to the walk about. I have preached it and heard it preached, wrapped in a sense of moral imperative. Yet all too often there was a disconnect in my day-to-day reality. So-called bad stuff would happen and I would get pissed and spend hours, (days!) devising responses, workarounds, elaborate excuses and justifications.
After divine openings, gratitude flows naturally. Not only do I have less resistance to whatever shows up, I also easily remember to “go with the flow.” I have learned that it is not the event itself, but my resistance to it or my story about it, that can prolong it or increase my suffering related to it. (The remembering part – that is such a fun thing about consciousness!)
When so-called bad stuff happens now (like a little dermatitis showing up on my face yesterday morning, two days before my live divine openings mini retreat), I just say “Thank you! You got my attention.” Or “Isn’t this curious.” Or “Hmmm, I wouldn’t have thought of doing it this way … now I can hardly wait to see what is on the other side of this!” Or “Let me check inside…must be some feelings wanting let out of the basement!” (And today, the dermatitis has departed.)
Most of all I acknowledge that “I created this.” That instantly puts me back in the driver’s seat, and off the pity pot and out of the rage machine. Things can now shift so quickly! And of course when I am laughing at the absurdity instead of moaning, “Why me?” – well, I’ve already starting flowing past it. Divine openings adds the ease and supports the framework of my powerful co-creativity. I just love that!
I now love being grateful – not to be a “better person” – what the heck is that anyway? But instead, I love being grateful because – it works. Gratitude moves mountains, if we let it.