Creating what you want always begins with identifying what you want. To get clear about this download the Self-Reflection here.
Taking a creative approach to what you want begins from the place of being grateful, which is another way of saying to be at peace with what is… as everything is unfolding perfectly. It is from that space we create grace and magic.
As the holiday of Thanksgiving is upon us, it is helpful to look at the concept of being grateful and the relationship of gratitude to happiness. Gratitude is another way of saying to gives thanks. I like to look at the root word to really understand what something means. In this case gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness.The practice of giving thanks has always been associated with future bounty, but that’s not why do it. We do it because it makes us feel good.
When you use a creative practice to bring forward what you want in a creative way, you must start from the place of gratitude for what is and what has been. Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier in the future. If we do not do this, we risk coming from a purely ego-oriented perspective, and that never brings happiness.
Gratitude helps us to stay focused on what you have now instead of what’s missing. This can become something that is immediately felt as positive, when you refocus on what you have instead of what is lacking. It raises our energetic vibration which is what makes us feel good. This and having the capacity to acknowledge this every day instead of just once a year is a mental state grows stronger and creates more positive feelings with use and practice.
Here are some ways to cultivate gratitude on a regular basis and make it become a habit.
1. Write a thank-you not or get in the habit of telling people you appreciate them. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person’s impact on your life. Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month or speaking those words to someone. Once in a while you could also, write one to yourself.
2. Keep a gratitude journal. You could make it a habit to write down on a daily basis what you have to be grateful for and share with a loved one these thoughts.
3. Meditate. Meditation gets you into a space where you focus on the present moment. I recommend incorporating this in an evening practice that starts with accessing a meditative state then moving to gratitude for what is before you move into your Active Visualization for what you are creating in your life.