Many of us first get interested in the law of attraction because we’re not happy with what we have. So we come to the teaching about the law with eager anticipation of what we can receive.
But a paradox is at work in the universe.
Before we can get what we desire we first must appreciate what we already have.
Ironically, that which leads us to the spiritual teaching in the first place is the very thing that must be overcome.
The law of attraction teaches us that like attracts like. You attract to yourself the things that match your predominate mind state, your vibration.
If you’re predominately appreciative for the things that you already have, then the universe will give you more things to be thankful for.
On the other hand, if you’re disappointed or resentful with what you have, then it will have no other choice than to give you more things to complain about.
It is also important that we know and truly believe that we possess the capacity and power to create whatever we want. And one of the ways to express this knowing, this belief, is through showing gratitude.
Gratitude, when given before you actually have what you desire, is like announcing to the universe: “I’m so positive I’m going to attract this that I’m thanking you in advance for it. Thank you, universe!”
You see, just being gracious is an intention in of itself. Thanking the universe in advance is one of the ways masters can implement what is called “instant manifestation.”
Whether or not you believe this is possible makes little difference.
Whether you receive it instantly or in a month, or a year, the same laws are at work. Whenever a master intends to manifest an object instantaneously, he/she thanks the universe in advance; rather than doing what most people do, which is to ASK for it to occur.
So how can we bring more gratitude into our lives?
The best place to start is when you get up in the morning.
Reflect on those things that mean the most to you – your children, your partner, your car, your bed, your health, your pet, whatever – and focus on them until you feel a sense of appreciation.
Do this right when you wake up in the morning, or when you lay in bed at night. And when you do it, be sure to really feel the emotion; the stronger the appreciation the better.
Soon you will be constantly on the lookout for things to appreciate. It could be when you're driving, walking, working, exercising, etc. There are unlimited opportunities in your life and all around you.
If you find it hard to be gracious for the things that you already have, then perhaps you need to take a second look. When you look at your life honestly, and I mean really honestly, it’s not hard to be thankful. With this practice you may even find yourself becoming overwhelmingly appreciative.
There are plenty of good reasons to drop to your knees and say “THANK YOU!” to the universe. Really!
When it all boils down, life is all about perception. So, is your glass half full or half empty?
Make this your practice in the days and weeks to come. If you can truly feel that appreciation regularly, you’ll begin to see magic come into your life.
It truly is an amazing transformation!