As kids we are forced to say “thank you” to people who give us stuff, or help us in some way. But before we are forced, as babies, we would naturaly say “thank you” with giggles, smiles and many hugs.
Somewhere along the line, we forgot about that amazing, powerful, transforming energy of “gratitude”. The word gratitude comes from the Latin word related to “grace”. The word “thank” comes from Germanic and is related to “think”. Both hint at the powerful transformation a person can experience from feeling gratitude.
This week, in the USA, Thanksgiving is celebrated. The origins of Thanksgiving can be traced to Europe’s harvest festivals, and also to a story of Pilgrims from Plymouth’s survival in the New World.
Traditionally in the USA, Thanksgiving it is a time when family gets together, drama played out, new future spouses introduced to parents (or kids), and much entertainment, food and communication shared around the country. The airlines make huge profits from families and friends travelling huge distances to get to spend a few days with loved ones. It has been commercialized to hell now, just like any other social celebration, but the energy behind it still lives.
I grew up in England and did not hear about Thanksgiving until some movie or other on television. Still, it was not really “real” to me until I came to visit the USA for the very first time, and my then boyfriend took me to his parent’s house for Thanksgiving. I had no idea it was Thanksgiving at the time, nor what it meant to be taken “home to the folk” on that particular day, and was surprised at how shocked and grateful his parents were that their son had brought a girl home for Thanksgiving for the first time in their lives. I had no idea we were then considered to be engaged. No idea they had been praying for him to find someone, and started praying they might get grandkids again (a dream they had dropped about a decade earlier).
The energy of finaly bringing the significant other home at a time of Giving Thanks is an extremely powerful mystical combination. It bases the new relationship in Grace, Thoughfulness, and permanency.
In the USA, when a person divorces themselves from the energetic imprint of their biological family, the first thing he or she does is often to “be busy” during Thanksgiving. Or simply not turn up. The retreat into quientness and solitude is also a very significant and important “ritual” of intent. “I choose a different path and energy imprint to that of my family”. Or they might choose a group of friends who do resonate at his or her frequency to spend this time with.
Our human lineage gives thanks to Gaia for her abundant support at harvest time, the human collective in the tribe and family, and strengthening or cutting of energies is carried out publicly during the ritual of Giving Thanks.
Yet non of this really, trully expresses the amazing power and energy feeling grateful ignites in us.
Let’s do it!
1. Think of something or someone you love. It could be your cat or dog, your car, clothes on your back, job, passion, a beautiful sunset… just about anything that captured your heart even if momentarily.
2. Look at that being or thing, or visualize it your mind if it’s not with you right now, and say “thank you”.
3. Repeat the words, and feel the energy of the words come out of your heart center and grow larger and larger.
4. Feel its warmth, joy, and power.
5. REPEAT OFTEN
If we do this once a day, say when we wake up first thing in the morning, or the middle of the night, in just a few days we will see a huge transformation in our lives.
Every time I think of you, who are out there in the world, working on raising the vibrational level of the planet, processing all your negative output, increasing and empowering your positive output, my heart is filled with gratitude, love, joy, light.