Gratitude and negativity can not exist at the same time. Gratitude and worry can not hold the same space. Neither can gratitude and anger, blame or resentment coexist together. Therefore choosing the energy of gratitude is a life giving activity.
It fills up the places where draining energy might have dared to roam. Being grateful takes us out of negative attention and connects us with Love. Gratitude is a part of the large body of Love feelings which are available to us. How can we cultivate gratitude?
One early step towards gratitude is to be aware of times and places when we are feeling angry and drained. We have to train the mind to “jump the track” to gratitude when we are angry, frustrated or feeling simply down. We can focus on that which is draining energy or that which is life affirming and the later creates good endorphins throughout the body. This then helps us glide through situations which might have snagged our good feelings in the past. If we practice focusing on our blessings and on that for which we are grateful, we literally feed ourselves a diet of Love. This affects every single aspect of our lives, including our chemical balance, our ability to sleep soundly and our ability to attract mates or live peacefully with the mates we have.
Gratitude energy is of a very high vibration, not simply the fleeting thought of gratitude but the real feeling of being grateful for the blessings we have. This actually opens and strengthens our connection with the Divine Presence as well, because we begin to exude Love energy which attracts us to Divine Presence. This is a totally awesome experience filled with love and support which can only improve our lives.
In fact, developing the choice for gratitude is a wonderful way to become closer and more connected with All That Is on many levels. When we feel grateful or appreciative, we actually calm our nervous system. This brings us into greater balance and we cultivate the feelings of goodness and well being. So the question is why would we not choose to live in this energy all the time? Basically, fear. Fear keeps us in a state of vigilance, anxiety, stress or all three. Fear and gratitude are not compatible with each other.
Beth kept feeling fear and anxiety for her son, Greg. In fact, every time she thought of Greg, her body constricted due to her very real concerns about him. She was afraid that he would suffer because of his excessive weight. She was concerned that he was not happy in his job and she worried that his current relationship was unsupportive. She was unable to think about Greg without a sense of deep sadness, worry and discomfort. Their interactions began to suffer, become strained and eventually Greg did not want to see his mother very much at all. This added to Beth’s angst and generally sense of loss and impotence regarding her son. She needed a change of thoughts and feelings regarding her son.
Beth began by writing down all the fears she was carrying about Greg and his life. She named over 22 fears she had for her son. She allowed as how it was probably impossible for him to come for a visit and not feel the energy of fear she had for him. One by one, she began to call out the specific fears she had for Greg and turn them over to All That Is/Divine Oneness/God. At the SAME time, she began to list the things she was grateful for about her son. This was a much harder list to compile because she hardly ever thought in this way. Eventually, though there was a complete shift in her thinking about her son. She began to fill her thoughts with the energy of gratitude and this began to transform their time together and their relationship. Love heals anything and gratitude is a form of Love, pure and simple.
This is also true about our Earth. When we feel gratitude towards her beauty, it is a healing energy. When we drink in the beauty of a sunset or bask in the warming rays of the sun or work with our flowers or food, and feel gratitude, we become a healing presence for Mother Earth. It is harder to feel gratitude for our Earth if we are worrying about pollution, animal extinction, strip mining, insect imbalances, genetically enhanced foods, clear cutting, pesticides and dwindling oil supplies. If this is your relation with our Earth, consider praying to Divine Presence to bring forth re-balancing energy for Mother Earth. This is something we can readily do which can clear us of the draining energy of worry and concern. This allows us to focus on the gratitude we feel for the beauty of the Earth, and we can stay in a state of gratitude for the other aspects of the Earth which feed our soul.
Prayer Process for our Earth
1. Open a Sacred healing circle with your highest I AM self, the Angelic Host and the Ascended Masters. You can include any and all Divine Presence you want to help you hold the space.
2. Set the intention to call forth Divine Healing Energy for Planet Earth.
3. Clear you own concern, fear, anger or sense of outrage regarding Earth conditions which you know are particularly draining you.
Sacred Flame, I call forth my blocked emotional, mental, thermal (protective) and spiritual energy originating from this lifetime or from any previous lifetime which is manifesting as my outrage with the practices of strip mining I am seeing in West Virginia. ( fill in the blank for you)
4. Call for the Sacred Flame, the Presence of All That Is which knows nothing but the Divine, to clear blocked energies manifesting as imbalances on our Earth.
Sacred Flame (Divine Presence in this form) clear the blocked emotional, mental, thermal and spiritual energies from our Earth from this century and from any previous centuries which are now manifesting as strip mining in West Virginia. I call for energy of the Great I AM/Divine Presence/Mighty God to fill the strip mining industry with the perfect vibrations to bring strip mining into Right Relationship with All That Is.
5. My deep appreciation and lasting thanks.
In the process of clearing our blocked energy and blocked energy from other sources, we ourselves benefit greatly by being able to remain in a state of gratitude. When we are in a state of gratitude, this grows and blesses all whom we meet and all we come in contact with including our Sacred Planet.