Living in Gratitude & My Steps to Conscious Creation

I try to remember to be grateful each day for the blessings I have, and for the blessings I wish to have someday. My favorite book series, Conversations with God, says that the most powerful prayer is saying thank you in advance. I don’t always remember to do that, but as much as I’m able to, I try to practice this high form of gratitude. It’s similar to visualization and to making a vision board – techniques I and some of my friends have had some success with. It is a pretty neat (and powerful) phenomenon when you put it to work in your life. 

Form arises from thought. As long as we live in the manifest world of the physical, we create the things we think about. It’s important to make sure the things you think about and wish to manifest are aligned with your higher self. It’s ok if they’re not, but you’ll probably take more joy in your creation when it’s aligned with God’s will. I’ve created many things that were not really in alignment with my higher self, before I was aware of such a thing as a higher self. The things I thought about and created weren’t terrible, but they didn’t raise me up and connect me to love – they just kind of fizzled. Alternately, when I created from alignment with God, my creations came more readily, easefully, and joyfully, as if I were walking on the “straight paths” from Psalm 23 – my pathways opened and cleared, and I walked into my creations with light steps.

When I am wishing to create something in my life and I’m being conscious about it, here is what I do. 

  1. I get still and sit in prayer to make sure what I’m asking to manifest is in alignment with my highest good. I can usually tell when I get still. I will know deep down. It’s the thought that won’t go away and the tug that can’t be ignored. Thankfully and blessedly, what is for your highest good will also be for the highest good of all.
  2. I connect myself to love and joy. This also happens in a deep state of peace and prayer and connection to the Divine.
  3. I imagine myself being or doing whatever it is I’m wishing for. When we were looking to buy our house or make our garden, I imagined myself walking through the home, and walking in our yard, feeling joyful and happy. I felt at peace as I did this. Eventually, these things became real. (Now, did they become real because I imagined them? Some people would say so, some would not, but it can’t hurt to try!)

What are you wishing to create? It’s very easy to become anxious and worried that the things we truly desire won’t come to us. That pushes them away. Be still, get in touch with your heart, and imagine being in your creations. Send love to the creations you wish to have. And then wait!

Wishing that all your dreams come true.

Gratitude

Express Gratitude. This is the most powerful tool you could be given. Gratitude can be a selected energy, and not merely an automatic response. When one actively chooses gratitude for everything presenting itself in one’s life (and I do mean everything), it sets up an energetic signature that washes over and impacts the energy of whatever is now arising. This can transmogrify (defined as: “To transform, especially in a surprising or magical manner”) the presentation itself- to say nothing of one’s entire life.”

– Conversations with God, Book 4

Gratitude is a topic that is so important in healing, and one that I’ve grappled with. How can someone be grateful for the painful things? How can I be grateful when someone hurts me? Those are big and difficult questions.

I do believe the words I quoted above, hard as they may sound. Gratitude changes one’s life. It unlocks whatever small beauties may be lurking within painful moments, and it allows the already beautiful moments to be magnified.

In my life, practicing gratitude looks like noticing the things I’m grateful for and saying small prayers of thankfulness for them. Watching water come out of the sink, I thank it. I thank the earth for creating it, and I thank the people who devised and built pipes to bring it into our home. Other times I’m thankful for my friends and family. Still other times I’m thankful for my job and profession.

Now, being thankful for even the difficult moments seems like a job for a spiritual Jedi, but it doesn’t have to be. In my toughest times, if I remember to, I will say thank you to God for being with me. I can be grateful for an opportunity to be love when confronted with its opposite. Of course it would be nice to remember to express gratitude all the time, but sometimes is good enough for me.

What are you grateful for? How do you express gratitude?