The Power of Gratitude

gratitudeIn his book, The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles devotes an entire chapter to the subject of gratitude. Here is a summary of some of the key principles from that chapter:

On Gratitude As A Way To Get Closer To The Divine – To receive what you want, you must relate yourself to the Universe in a harmonious way. You must bring your whole mind into closer harmony with the creative energies of the universe – into perfect unity of mind with God. To do so takes a mental adjustment, and the whole process of mental adjustment can be summed up in one word, gratitude. Deep and profound gratitude.

On The Law Of Gratitude (Newtonian Physics) – The law of gratitude is the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal and in opposite directions. The grateful outreaching of your mind is a liberation or expenditure of force and the reaction is an instantaneous movement towards you. If your gratitude is strong and constant, the reaction in the Universe will be strong and continuous. The movement of things you want will be always toward you.

On Why Gratitude Helps You Stay Positive – Without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are. The moment you permit your mind to dwell on dissatisfaction, you begin to lose ground.

On Gratitude As A Way To Increase Your Faith – Faith is born of gratitude as well. The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith.

On Being Grateful for All Things – Include all things in your gratitude because all things contribute to yours and mankind’s advancement… even the plutocrats and corrupt politicians. God has worked a long time to bring us up to where we are in industry and government, and the work God is doing is not finished. Knowing this and being grateful for all, even what doesn’t seem to be “right” to you, will bring you into harmonious relations with the good in everything, and the good in everything will move toward you.

About that last point…

Wattles urges us to include all things in our gratitude, even what we perceive as corrupt and less evolved. That’s a pretty radical concept!  What do you think about what he says?  And if you agree that it would be a good idea to include what you don’t see as blessings in your thanksgiving, what do you think you could be grateful for in your life that falls under this category?
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Angela Loëb helps people rediscover and use their gifts so they bring who they are to what they do in life. http://about.me/angelarloeb
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