Have you ever noticed that happy people show gratitude when good things come to them AND when “bad” things come to them? I have put “bad” in quotes – read on and you’ll see why!

An attitude of gratitude changes your life!What is True Gratitude?

True gratitude is an interesting concept. It’s easy to be grateful for life’s little goodies and delights. But feeling gratitude for struggles, pain, sorrows, screw-ups and hardships, well, that takes a lot of courage. It means that you courageously come to the realization that you are the creator of your life experience and that everything that happened to you has occurred in alignment with your vibration. It also means that you have courageously accepted that everything that happens in your life does so for a reason, and that is to help you evolve.

It’s been said that we learn more from our mistakes and failures than we do from our successes. That’s so true! But it’s more than just learning how not to do things next time! Each difficulty you face is a giant flashing neon sign that screams, “WARNING – LOW VIBRATION!” When you can appreciate this incredible gift, then you can take full ownership of your life and begin consciously creating instead of unconsciously creating.

I encourage you re-read the previous paragraph and fully take in the meaning of how wonderfully transformative adversity can be!

Adversity is a gift!And then, start applying gratitude to your life. Anytime you find yourself in a difficult, emotional or seemingly hopeless situation, be thankful. You have been brought a gift of awareness – “the vibration that created this was too low, and that vibration created this situation.” It’s very liberating to know that whatever thoughts you put out there, eventually come back to you in physical manifestation – liberating because you’re no longer a victim of circumstance, you are an all-powerful creator!

Your Role as Creator Consider the word “circumstance.” The literal meaning is, “stands around” meaning that you are the center, and everything created by your thought energy and vibration, stands in an endless circle around you. So look around at your life: your health, wealth, relationships, spiritual development, fun, purpose… how’s the view? Do you like what you see? Do you like some of what you see and not other aspects? Even if you don’t like what you see, give yourself credit for being a creator – and now that you know you’re a creator, you can shift your focus to creating what you want, instead of believing that you have no power! Now, imagine yourself as the center of a golden, infinite circle of life experiences, situations and people that are positive, happy, abundant and wonderful. YOU have the power to create this infinite golden circle! Look the the Love or Above Spiritual Toolkit for help. Your guides and angels are there for you, to help point you in the right direction…

Take charge of your role as creator by being thankful!It’s really exciting to know you have this power, isn’t it? To reverse any downward trends or free yourself from any rut, you can take charge of your life by raising your vibration with gratitude. The Love or Above Spiritual Toolkit contains many wonderful ways to raise your vibration and gratitude is one of the most powerful.


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Reversing Trends

Imagine for example that you’re in a struggling relationship. Emotions are high, you’re both moody and communication is difficult. Things can go from bad to worse quickly but you can reverse the downward spiral just by planting a seed of gratitude. Give thanks for becoming a more compassionate listener. Be grateful for your developing ability to see things from your partner’s perspective. Change may happen overnight, or take longer, depending on the level of emotions and yours/your partner’s vibration. The more gratitude you can project at your partner, the more you will influence his/her own vibration and create an upward spiral. Of course you also need to back up your gratitude with words and actions – but imagine how different the ‘vibe’ will be between the two of you if you start looking for the good instead of the bad!

The more you can be grateful for events and circumstances in your life (past, present and future) the more you embody the principle of “believing is seeing” which is the essence of being a conscious creator. You stop focusing on the problem, and you become grateful for the lessons. You stop fearing the future, knowing that your thoughts and your vibration creates it – and those are two things you control 100%! Instead of “things are happening to me” you’ll KNOW that you are “happening to things.”

It takes a while to get used to having this power but don’t delay, you have nothing but abundance, happiness and inner peace to lose!

Start your day with gratitude. Give thanks for the things you take for granted like the air you breathe… and always, always end your day with gratitude for the miracles that occurred, for the gifts you have received (either the delightful gifts or the lessons/signposts). If you express your heartfelt gratitude every day, you will be blown away by the results, which will not be long in coming. End the day with gratitude.

Learn to see the blessings and lessons in everything!Next time you’re in a difficult situation and you can’t see anything to be grateful for,  journal about it later. Start writing about it from a perspective of gratitude. Be grateful for the adversity. Say thanks for the ugly, the frightening, the bad, the difficult, the bittersweet, the absurd… everything. We don’t always see the lessons in adversity until much later – but adopting an attitude of gratitude helps those lessons come to light much quicker. Start writing and don’t stop until you see the miracle in each difficulty. See the silver lining and the lessons. Your outer reality corresponds to your inner reality; gratitude makes the inner reality so, so much more beautiful and miraculous. That radiates outward and your outer reality will inevitably change for the better!

Adopt an attitude of gratitude today, raise your vibration and change your life!


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