Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.
— John Henry Jowett (1864 – 1923 )
As you shift your attention from what you don’t have, to what you do, you will notice that the patterns of your attitudes about money will shift as well. As you begin to seek the signs of abundance in your daily round, you will begin to notice that your needs are being met. Maybe not all the wants you could name. But you will find plenty of lagniappes showing up. Lagniappes are little luxuries, “a little something extra” thrown in for good measure, like a 13th beignet when you’ve ordered a dozen.
I admit it is not so easy, however, to just snap your fingers and have your beliefs and experiences about money melt into golden happy thoughts. Even with the daily journaling, the reality is that our entire socio-political-economic system is based on a myth that money is finite, that there is not enough to go around, and that competition, dog-eat-dog, and struggle are the facts of life.
I hope you are beginning to see that this need not be true.
But if it feels a little like an uphill battle to overcome those attitudes, you have plenty of company. And you will need more than journaling to move past them.
In fact, you will need the very Hand of intervention that is the same One that blesses us with prosperity in the first place. So today, and over the weekend, I invite you to think about your relationship with the Divine. If, in fact, prosperity, abundance and even money (which is just one aspect of the prior two) are gifts from the God(dess), can it possibly be true that they are finite?
I invite you to think about how you communicate with the Giver of Good. The Gratitude Journal is a very deliberate way to change the balance of your communication process from overwhelmingly “please” to much more “thank-you.” What are other ways you can open the channels between yourself and Spirit, specifically regarding your beliefs about material needs, finances, and security?
This weekend, I hope you will be inspired to begin or deepen a trusting dialogue with the Universe. Ask for help letting go of the shame, fear, and other conflicted, painful feelings that money may trigger for you. Be honest about your needs and desires. She already knows them anyway.
As you reach out and open your heart to the Divine, it might be helpful to become familiar with the traditions from other cultures that have not become as conflicted about wealth and abundance as modern Western culture has. In particular, get to know the benevolent Ganesh, Lakshmi, Hotei, Daikoku, Abundantia, Tsai Shen Yeh, the Goddess Ops, the Dagda of the pre-Christian Irish traditions, and the popular Laughing Buddha. All will show you the smiling, loving, infinite generosity in the Universe.
You need only ask and then open to receive.