Gratitude (Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov)

“Think each day of thanking heaven, until you feel that everything that happens to you is for your good. From now on, say ‘Thank you, Lord, thank you, Lord…’ Give thanks for the things you have and for those you do not have, for the things that delight you and for those that make you suffer. In this way you will keep the flame alive within you. It is a law you should be familiar with: nothing can resist gratitude. You will say, ‘But how can anyone give thanks when they are unhappy, ill or poverty-stricken? I’ll never be able to!’

Yes, you can, and this is the greatest secret: even when you are unhappy, try to find a reason to give thanks. If you are poor or ill, give thanks, give thanks, and rejoice when you see others who are rich, in good health and prosperous, and you’ll see… It won’t be long before certain doors open and blessings begin to be showered upon you.”

“Even if you have every reason to be miserable or dissatisfied, still give thanks. When you say the words ‘thank you’, it is like a source of light, peace and joy springing from your soul. And this source floods all your cells. Gradually you feel something inside coming to life, getting stronger. ‘Thank you’ – they are the simplest words, but they relax all tensions. Repeat them several times, feeling their meaning deep inside. From the moment you instill within you a feeling of gratitude and look after it to enable it to grow, it becomes more than just passive.

The feeling possesses specific vibrations, and through the law of affinity it attracts corresponding thoughts and sensations. This simple expression of gratitude will bring you every blessing. ‘Thank you, Lord’, ‘thank you, God’… Eventually these words should spring naturally from you without your having to use your will. When you thank the Creator, you are moving out of the tight circle of your personal, limited self and into the peace of cosmic consciousness… When you return, you will sense in yourself new, very precious elements.”

“There are all sorts of books which describe how to meditate and what formulas to pronounce during these meditations. I do not deny that they are beautiful, useful and effective. But there are two words which are never mentioned, words which for me are the most powerful of all, words which clarify, which harmonize, and which heal, and these words are ‘thank you’.

I have tried many methods in my life and have carried out many experiments, but the day I acquired the habit of consciously pronouncing the words ‘thank you’, I felt I had gained possession of a magic wand capable of transforming everything. And in you too, if you know how to pronounce them, their work will extend to the very marrow of your bones. Nothing is more important than to thank God: ‘Thank you, Lord. I thank you with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul and with all my spirit, thank you.’ You have all eternity in which to understand and appreciate the value of these words.”   Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

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