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In a state of gratitude

Gratitude. In the order of frequencies affecting our vibrational patterns, appreciation is up there with love. When we live in modes of appreciation we spread that vibration throughout the universe and minimize the harm that may come from sustaining ourselves when we consume animal and plant lives. We should all practice gratitude and acknowledge that all that we receive is a gift.

While pondering Dr. Emoto’s work with water and how communication and other things affect its crystalline structure, I circled back to one truth of how our bodies/planet surfaces are mostly water and was also reminded of material I encountered that illuminated me to the memory of water. That’s right, water has memory. So these coupling ideas made me come to the conclusion that when I am speaking to someone I am not only communicating to their ears, eyes and mind, but also to the water that traverses their being. So even if they do not register everything with their conscious mind, there are parts of themselves that are receptive to even the minutest projections of my mind (more on thoughts as things in later posts). And this is only if we leave it in the physical realm, the third dimension as it is called by some. There are many layers of activity operating simultaneously, most we aren’t even aware of.

This helped me to realize how very careful I must be with not only the words I speak and write, that I also must view my thoughts in the same manner. For they are of a subtler fabric before the volumizing that speaking, writing or performing them birth. The same way that air can almost be ignored or denied until it is in motion. Though we know how important and real air is. And although we cannot always see it directly, we can certainly experience its realness when we lack it or when it is combined with other energy bodies, graduating into a grander force that demands respect and adherence to its power. This is how a breeze of thoughts whispers in and out of our mindscapes with the potential to become a storm of wind, blowing our mind with its whimsy or worry or whatever it is that captivates our presence. And when we can maintain a conscious separation of who we are from who we think we are, we direct our choices, so we are not just guided by the whirlwind of thought and the emotion that follows, we are anchored in the depths of our spiritual being, and act from there.

I began thanking my water and my food as I prepared it. Along with every drop I pour, flows a stream of thank yous from my mind and mouth. As I chop vegetables I thank the Earth for the space in which they grow, the sun for feeding them, the people who nourished and cultivated them... I thank and thank and thank. My goal is to say thank you at least 100 times each day. This is counterintuitive to most people, but even after I hurt myself I say yes and thank you (after I say ouch! of course) to move away from struggling against the pain and into acceptance, to jumpstart the healing process.

When we show gratitude, even for the things that cause sensations we refer to as pain, we let the universe know that we are ready for more of what will assist us in our evolutionary ascension. We accept what was given, be it a lesson or a blessing, which are one in the same, and put ourselves in line for what is to come next, while we embrace what is NOW, which is where we always are anyway.

As we progress, our practices usually tend to evolve with us. Currently I am purifying water with a simple “bless this water” mantra while I’m pouring it and I thank it as I’m drinking it. I also bless bodies of water and do the same for land masses too. I drive or walk around repeating thank you out loud or just in my head, sometimes acknowledging a tree, a passerby or even insect, directing my gratitude toward them. It is very important to practice gratitude with our intimate ones because they support us and teach us so much, can be taken for granted so easily, and are where we live. Gratitude and love are ingredients that make everything they’re added to tastier and richer in a way that nourishes our evolution. When I’m doing energy work, if I have no particular mental focus I just beam gratitude and love. Even though I fall short of my goal some days, living in gratitude allows me to swim in the abundant high tide of endless love that we all have inside of us, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity.

Spiraling aligned with gratitude

Gahiji Akil


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