The easiest and most abundant prayer we can make daily is the prayer of Thanksgiving. Often we find ourselves too busy to pause and reflect due to numerous distractions, mostly coming from our personal devices. But if you could imagine having a screen-free hour in your day, what would your mind do?
For those of us exploring the ideas and tenets of wisdom traditions, there is a constant pull between interfacing with modern technology and engaging our awareness vehicle, which wants us be present to the present moment, and not our past or future.
To be in gratitude is necessarily to be in the present moment, because in order to generate that thanksgiving we have to tap into the now, and reflect to the universe what we see as fulfilling, abundant, and most importantly, PRESENT, right here and now.
Gratitude in the West
In the Western esoteric tradition, we are called to live IN the world, not OUTSIDE of it. We find meaning in the laughter of our children, the light in the eye of our spouse, the beauty of a couple in love, and the calming patter of rain on the roof.
We access universal awareness through our experiences, rather than in spite of them. Every action we take is an opportunity to be in devotion to the higher life, the best life we have the potential to live. Fortunately, our brain is wired to lean into, and create, more positive experiences. So when we reflect in gratitude and thanks to what life has provided us, we are charging the quantum field to bring us more of the same.
This is what gratitude can do for us. It is a transformative tool that brings in more love, light, and energy to the areas of life we direct our gratitude toward.
What are you grateful for now? Pause. Ask yourself the question again and go deeper.
Opening up is hard to do and the challenge of the Great Work is to stay in your process even when you want to hit the ‘eject’ button. Recently I traveled to Japan to deepen my study with this work and I’m finding the tremendous impact of that time continuing to bear fruit in my everyday, lived life.
A big theme for me in the last year has been focus, and I’m continuing to make inroads into the alchemy of that conversation. Our teachers say that everyday we should be working with the combination of lust, heart, and focused intent to manifest the reality we want to live in.
Where I’ve gone awry in the past has been around getting very excited about a variety of projects. Since I have many competencies and talents, and a drive to get shit done, I also have a valuable contribution to make towards them.
So I end up stretching myself too thin through those commitments. By that I mean I become ineffective in producing results everywhere because I’m not bringing enough focus in any one place or project.
Even with an aligned heart energy and sustained lust to produce the fruits of that project, without the focused intention I really can’t get anywhere with it.
To that end, I’ve been making changes slowly but surely. The Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Light has been holding the pace of my progress compassionately and now it’s time to rev up the engine of transformation and change once again!
I closed one of my businesses in January that’s been fairly successful though not very glamorous over the years. That was hard to do. I didn’t want to and I knew I had to in order to realize and activate more of what I am becoming.
This act opened up a whole chunk of time for me to re-invest into my other projects that allow me to do my heart work in the world and fulfill the mission I’m here to accomplish with greater impact. Generally, I’m happier for it and may not be worse off for it financially. New clients and paid projects have emerged since then to allow for me expand into the work I’m destined to do.
A greater impact
I’ve been able to accelerate my learning and development to support the bigger energy that I’m pulling down to support myself, my family, and my community. This has resulted in more people stepping forward to realize their truth and express their unique divinity. This has also provided to me more opportunities aligned with my mission to express my unique divinity as well!
So, when the going gets tough, remember to stay present to your mission (heart), choose where you’re at, and focus your intent on where you want to be to forward that mission (lust). The world needs you to do your Great Work!