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GRATITUDE AS INFINITE POWER
Vlogged here on YouTube You are divine The energy and consciousness of the divine flows through you at all times. You can tune in to this flow. It is not difficult. At times the flow is more obvious than at other times. As an example, moments when you feel the flow of gratitude coursing though you--these are definite contact points with the divine. As these occur, tune in to them. Give them a moment or twelve of your time and attention. Allow yourself to go with their flow. Witness the divine flowing through you. Revel in it. Make space, make abundant space for it. Now, just watch it. Gratitude is divinity in action. It is the joy of perception in the moment. In reality, each and every moment is worthy of the flow of gratitude, yet we must grow into that. Let us take the ones that offer themselves, and be glad and grateful for them. Let us enter in to them more fully, much more fully than has been our wont, our habit. Gratitude is the flow of the divine. Open yourself to that. Allow it entree into your world, your conscious awareness. Gratitude is the flow of the divine. This has broad implications, only some of which we will address now. Gratitude is the flow of the divine. As the flow of the divine, it has infinitely more power available to it. As the divine, it has infinite power. Because you do not notice it, the infinity of its power is not unleashed in you, for you, through you; but it is there. Never doubt that it is there.
This infinite power flows through you, regularly, but you do not notice it.
One of the purest forms of gratitude is that felt for the blessings received by another. Sometimes your heart soars in a grateful (great full) rush when you read or learn of blessings life has bestowed upon a fellow creature, be it plant, animal, or human. Your heart is touched by a happening, by the story, the recording of a happening, a blessing.
These are the best moments of all to let
your heart and soul soar into the divinity, into the flow of a grateful heart. Why? These are pure expressions of gratitude, untouched and untinged by any aspect or element of selfishness, of self-concern of any kind. Thus, they are pure, and can be completely trusted as the flow of the divine in a pure heart.
Thus, these are the best moments to
let yourself go, to let your heart soar, one with the joy and blessing of your fellow being. Give yourself over to these moments when you can, when time and circumstances permit. Better yet, put some intent into creating the space in which you
can enter in to these moments. At first they may seem faint to you, mere whispers of gratitude flashing by on the current of your concerns and cares. Yet they happen; they do occur. You can focus your intent to notice them, to pay them attention in the happening, in the moment. So, the next time you read of a blessing received by someone, give your heart the attention it deserves at all times; give it your conscious awareness. Look at what you are feeling. Reread the story a time or two, if that will help. Watch closely for the arising of the momentary feeling of gratitude. This gratitude does not have to be focused in any way; it need not be directed at God, or Source, Spirit, or whatever form your idea of a deity takes. Gratitude is, itself, the action of the deity, and the deity need not be grateful to itself. Gratitude is simply the natural flow of divinity. It is in God’s nature to experience gratitude.
Thus, this feeling is open to and present in us all, whether atheist by belief or devoted Christian, Muslim, Jew, or whatever...or none of these. It does not matter. Divinity is at the foundation and base of all creation, and so
divinity flows in and through us all, regardless of our chosen path through life.
So, when the moment comes, and you feel the upsurge of grateful feeling rise on the wings of someone’s story,
go with it. Enter in to it, as fully as you are able. Simply give yourself permission to feel this, to go with these feelings as they arise. Practice just this much. At every opportunity, be alert for moments of gratitude. You have felt them, before, though you may not have noticed, or given them much of your attention. Things have changed, now, however, since you have set your intent to notice, and to participate in these feelings. You begin to notice these opportunities, now, even if you never did, before.
So, you have set
your intention to first notice these opportunities, when the flow of gratitude arises within you upon the hearing of some blessing or other that has come to someone, or even to something. All has consciousness; all is alive and aware. Yes, “Even” nature experiences gratitude, even nature is aware of blessings. So, first you notice. You have also set your intention to allow yourself to enter in to the heart’s flow, to enter in to gratitude, itself, and to go with this flow. You have set your attention to simply pay attention whenever your heart stirs with a grateful feeling for another, on behalf of a blessing received by some ‘other’ part of life. Thus, you have intentionally determined to both notice the arising and to allow yourself to flow with gratitude as it arises. This is a sufficient practice to bring about change. Give some time, some practice to this. Allow these changes, even if they are subtle, and you have been wont to practice this grateful flow, allow these changes to settle in. Give yourself over to this practice, expecting nothing.
nothing is generally the best way. Most of our thoughts and ideas are nonsense, anyway. We can certainly not corral and contain divinity in our thoughts. It is best not to try to do so, but rather to leave the playing field open. Openness is best, with no fears and no expectations clouding our practice. This is best.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Go and practice. Develop your awareness. Open yourself to the flow of gratitude. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Do not be impatient. Be very patient with yourself. If you are in a rush, you are not fully in the present moment. Practice. Be at peace. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Okay, you have grown...in patience, if nothing else. It is more than that, of course. One cannot give attention to divinity, to the flow of the divine within, and not be changed by it, and not grow in the process. So, you have grown. Divinity is stronger within you, now. Rejoice in this. Give it a moment. Be grateful for this blessing in your own house, your own self and life. You have grown. Gratitude is expansive; its energy is ever to expand and flow freely. Gratitude expands all it touches. It expands Love; for gratitude is a form of Love. Gratitude is the recognition of God in action in the awareness, in the world. Gratitude is a gift of vision. It is not a mental quality or blessing. Gratitude is of the heart. It makes use of the mind, to notice and to allow; to set an intent is an activity of the will and of the mind. Nonetheless, gratitude is a heart energy. It is a combination of vision and heart, 3rd eye and heart chakra. One cannot be grateful if one cannot see something. One first sees a situation, then gratitude arises. If you are not experiencing gratitude for the blessings of others, if you are not seeing situations that cause gratitude to arise within your heart, then perhaps your vision is clouded. Then again, if you are seeing these situations, these blessings happening to others, and your heart is not moved, if you are not aware of gratitude arising within upon the seeing, then your vision is certainly clouded. Your heart may be, as well.
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