I once suggested to a friend that she cultivate more gratitude. “Frankly, I’m sick of hearing about gratitude,” she said. “It makes me feel like I should be groveling about my unworthiness and forcing myself to feel thankful when I don’t.”
And I have to say, she had a good point! Although that wasn’t AT ALL what I meant by the term, having been raised with mainstream organized religion, I could recognize a similar imprint in my own consciousness. Like, “Oh we are so lucky that Jesus died on the cross for us filthy sinners, and we should be so grateful even when terrible things happen.”
In response to this brand of “gratitude,” I think I speak for many organized religion survivors when I say, blechhh.
…That’s why I thought I’d take this opportunity to point out: true gratitude isn’t about expressing our unworthiness or feeling like we ought to be piously thankful that we got a raw deal. Rather, it’s about connecting with the truths that (A) everything is energy, (B) we are one with everything, and (C) what we focus on expands.
In other words, when we focus on the things we feel lucky about, we expand the scope of our blessings, and draw even more of the same.
So try this on for size: be grateful for your own selfish reasons. (But they’re really not selfish, because the more joyful you are, the more joy you spread.)
For example, perform any of these simple rituals to express your gratitude generously and often, and discover that all that good energy you send out comes back to you multiplied.
Abundant Earth Offering
On a plate or in a dish, assemble various foods that will provide healthy nourishment to the animals in your neighborhood: seeds for the birds, nuts for the squirrels, apple slices for the bunnies. Set it on your altar (or another surface), and place a brown candle nearby. Light the candle and say, “Mother Earth, thank you for sharing your generous bounty with me. You have blessed me with so much, and with profound gratitude in my heart, I thank you.” Place your hands over your heart or belly, close your eyes, and really consider all the earthly blessings you benefit from each day: food, wood, cotton and other natural materials, paper, crystals, metal, construction materials such as adobe and brick, natural gas, and so much more. Marvel at how wealthy you are in earthly comforts! Then take the dish outside and lovingly scatter it on the earth.
Existing Wealth Blessing
When we want to manifest more wealth, it’s always best if we can start with a “glass is half full” kind of attitude. As a matter of fact, that attitude alone can be the silver bullet for magically drawing more wealth! For example, try lighting a green candle and surrounding it with shiny coins. Sit in front of it, relax, and center your mind. Bring to mind the money you already have, no matter how small an amount it may seem. Consider all the change in your house, anything in your wallet, and anything in the bank. Bless that wealth by conjuring up a huge amount of gratitude for it. Consider how wonderful it is that it’s currently in your possession. In your mind’s eye, surround this wealth with golden light and see its vibration of prosperity increasing and expanding.
Simple Love Expansion
To expand the overall love quotient of your life (i.e. to draw more love and to harmonize existing relationships), try this one. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and place your hands over your heart. Lightly pay attention to your breath: simply notice as it goes in and out until you feel very centered and relaxed. Now, one by one, call to mind the people and animals you totally adore. Feel your heart energy like a vibrant light, expanding to fill and surround each one. As you do this, notice how amazingly lucky you are to have these beings in your life. When this feels complete, inwardly affirm that you are willing to receive love, and open yourself up to the warm, expansive flow of energy that instantly comes back to you.