“The whole process of mental adjustment and attunement can be summed up in one word. That word is gratitude.” – Wallace Wattles
This quote is from the book “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace Wattles. It is one of the first books ever written about the Law of Attraction. If not even the first one.
Make sure you check it out if you want to learn the basics of the Law of Attraction and how gratitude gives it more power than anything.
It is a fantastic little book with a title that implies enrichment. I mean, who doesn’t want to get rich, right?
However, within this post riches are used in the broadest sense.
Health, wealth, happiness, you name it.
When I was starting to learn and practice the Law of Attraction, I thought I have it. One might say that I was a little bit cocky.
However, very soon the problems occurred and everything stopped. I forced it to get back on the track, but somehow I couldn’t get it going again.
I was reading affirmations, I was visualizing, taking continuous action, and yet it was going backward.
My head was full of questions. How and Why?
What I didn’t know was that I was focusing my thoughts on the problems instead of thinking about solutions. My mind was flashing thought after thought, and all of them was in the same negative context. I was magnetizing it to think negative.
A crucial mistake!
However, I knew that there is something wrong with what I was doing. It is just that I could not discover what it was so I keep looking.
During the time spent in searching for answers, I have learned that gratitude is what creates a direct link between me and the infinite source of supply. The one which is beyond our five physical senses.
The discovery was amazing!
It was this inner feeling of appreciation for everything that I have, good and bad, which made a connection again and pulled me back on the right track.
Gratitude helps to create a state of mind which is a polar opposite of the one I was building.
It also helps to become a better human being, to give more of yourself without thinking are you going to get anything in return. It helps to take the mind off troubles, and place it on people and things that matter.
Since that discovery, I had an ultimate solution in my hands. Or to say, in my mind.
Let me explain briefly.
The Law of Attraction works for you, and me, only if we are in complete alignment with our goals. Which means, mentally, emotionally, and physically. If there is a mismatch, if you are not in harmony with the positive sources of this Universe, your goal will stay out of your reach.
I learned this in a hard way. I was pushing and pulling like everyone else out there, trying to do it my way. And when it was not working, I got mad, frustrated or even fearful every next time.
I learned that we are like that. We like to learn in a hard way. The worst thing is that many people never try again because of the frustration from the last time.
All of this creates a negative field in your mind, and around it as well.
Instead of attracting the good you want, you are repealing it.
Our mind and body are the instruments with which we set up the process of vibration and attraction. Both must be in a harmonious wave with your goal. It is impossible to entertain two sets of thoughts and to be in two different vibrations at the same time.
“You can’t be angry and grateful simultaneously. You can’t be fearful and grateful simultaneously. So, gratitude is the solution to both anger and fear.” -Tony Robbins
We have willpower for this reason. You can train your self to think what you want. You can choose between poverty and riches.
Therefore, you can control your state and what you are going to attract in your life.
The magic key, the secret sauce, the antidote for negative stuff is hidden in the powerful word, gratitude!
But first! Understand the following law. The one which is in a perfect connection with The Laws of Universe, including the Law of Attraction, of course.
The Law of Rhythm – The Missing Link in the Law of Attraction
Since I got “crazy” about the Law of Attraction around two years ago, I have spent almost every day in study and application of the knowledge to make my life to order. There were ups and downs, of course, like with everything else in life. However, I ended up with a head full of this fantastic knowledge which is worth more than anything!
When people study LOA, they tend to focus only on attraction. Almost everyone neglects to learn about a couple of connecting laws which will make understanding and application much easier.
One of the Laws of Universe which correlates with the Law of Attraction is the Law of Rythm.
Everything is an expression of the same energy. Thoughts are energy, and they manifest themselves in the form of results in our physical world.
This law tells us that all energy is in perfect rhythm, swinging back and forth. That we live in an ocean of motion.
I think it is easy to understand this merely by reading the definition.
However, based on my experience so far, when the swing of the positive energy backs out and get replaced by a temporary defeat, we tend to freak out.
What happens then?
Instead of staying cool and waiting for the positive wave to come back, we tend to force the control over things in our outside world.
Force only negates. Trust the Rhythm.
If you try to push things to happen you will deny the excellent results which may follow if you just let it be. You are going to cause some negative stuff.
The words that we use for these states of mind are, doubt, fear, and worry.
The three enemies to a successful manifestation.
The Law of Rhythm dictates that everything is in perfect movement. The night takes place when the day goes out. The high and low tide is always in a perfect rhythm. The summer goes, and winter replaces. Good stuff cannot stay forever, and they fade away from time to time so we can have them again.
Every energy comes and goes, and again, comes and goes in a perfect rhythm.
Your goal is out there on a frequency of its own (wave). The key is to stay in a perfect mental and emotional vibration, at the same rate as your goal. And to express that vibration through continuous action.
In other words, don’t let the small and petty day to day things to annoy you and get you off the course until you manifest what you want.
Don’t be like most people who break the harmonious vibration as soon as something terrible happens to them. I understand that it can be a million and one thing during our day to day activities which can get you off course.
It is all perfectly reasonable.
Understand that negative stuff must happen so we can get back on the positive wave again.
They exist only as a reminder that you are getting off course!
Now, once you fully understand the Law of Rhythm, its relationship with the Law of Attraction, and connect it to everything that I will say under the following headline, you will have a key to a successful life in your hands.
“Gratitude Attunes You to Success” -Bob Proctor
I like to repeat the next line to every person that I meet because it contains the most significant truth about life. Every time I express my gratitude I start with the following.
“I am so happy and grateful that now I have full control over my self and my life.”
The only thing you can control is your own thoughts, emotions, and actions.
Everything else that happens in the world is under a greater control which we cannot understand completely and we may never will. We invented words like God, Energy, Universe, Spirit, as such, to name this high power.
Your thoughts are the only thing over which you must take full responsibility. You must monitor your mind, control and direct it in the right way if you want to control your life.
You have the power!
When the external influences, the environment, and circumstances take control over the control, you lose the game. You can be sure that you are not the one who is in the driver’s seat anymore. At those moments you are giving your power away.
As I have said already, many people neglect to understand the significance of this fact.
Therefore, they find themselves in a negative rut. They start to blame everything around them, everything except themselves. The wife or husband, the neighbors, the boss at work, the economy, and politicians, of course! All of them are guilty because you feel bad, but never you.
It is you who is in control. Therefore, it is only you who is responsible for your thoughts, feelings, and action.
Here is where gratitude comes to play!
When things start to SWING towards negative stuff, you must stop and take responsibility for your mind.
Gratitude is like a paddle which you can use to push yourself back on the positive side without waiting for something outside of you do that for you. Appreciation is a magic stuff which helps you to stay on the positive swing for a long time.
Of course, the negative things will force to swing back in all the time because we are surrounded by different types of energy.
However, now you understand that you are the one who is in full control over yourself. Therefore, you can intentionally CAUSE the shift of energy back to positive when you know how to express gratitude and mean it.
You can snap your fingers and say “I’m back!”
Gratitude does attune you to success.
To stay on the same tune with the success, it would be desirable and wise to create a habit of expressing your gratitude. Not only when the times are tough, so you can push yourself back, but also at the times of happiness and bliss so you can keep them for longer.
In my opinion as well as by the judgment of majority experts on the topic of the Law of Attraction, gratitude is the key to keeping the success rolling.
Gratitude changed my practice and my results like night and day once I got a mental grasp on the power it contains. It is such a simple action which makes a huge difference.
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of equal or greater benefit.” -Napoleon Hill
How to Practice Gratitude
It is a pretty simple technique.
Gratitude, like every other thought, feeling or in other words, energy, can be cultivated.
Let’s say you find yourself in a bad situation just for an example. Think about any kind of negative stuff that can happen in your day to day life.
To keep your mind on the positive side of the thing that happened to you, you must immediately recognize at least one good thing about it.
We perceive the things around us all the time through our five physical senses. And we get affected or involved with all the things that we can see, hear, taste, smell or touch.
Let’s say that you have experienced a car accident. In this kind of scenario, the majority of the stuff you will observe is wrong.
The car is in the total crash. Your insurance won’t cover the accident, and you don’t have the ride anymore, etc. All of those are negative stuff on which you can concentrate. They are in majority, and it is perfectly reasonable to perceive them like that.
Recognize and acknowledge the fact that your head is still on your shoulders and you are happy and grateful to be alive and healthy!
In every other life situation, when you face any kind of difficulty, you have to use your willpower to find at least one good thing about it and focus on nothing else.
Now, to cultivate this powerful energy, you can create a daily practice.
Understand also, that there are a few things or habits which are blocking the way to gratitude. If not already, you must get rid of some of the worlds nastiest habits. They include all, man and women, all except little children.
These inherited social paradigms are the poison of the world. Look after them like you would for the worst enemy.
Therefore, no excuses and be honest with yourself if you want to cultivate the power of gratitude.
First of all, you must stop with complaining, criticizing and gossiping!
You might say “Oh no, I don’t complain, or do those things.” But the truth is we all do! It is a part of our social paradigm. We all do it on a regular basis, even to ourselves if not to others.
It is a sickness of the world. It was my enemy number one as well. But I got rid of it!
When you criticize, complain or gossip, you are focusing your mind on negative. You are then spending your time and energy to think about the things that you don’t want in your life. As a result, you will receive whatever you think about.
Moreover, you might be doing damage to someone else’s life without any conscious awareness of this fact!
So, stop it immediately!
Instead of complaining, start paying attention to small things.
Appreciate the warm bed after you wake up. Understand that some people are sleeping on the floor. Say thank you for the running water which you use to clean and refresh. Be grateful for the job you have because there are people out there who are unable to find work. Say thank you for the food, clothes, and roof over your head.
Slowly start to inject those thoughts throughout the day to begin to cultivate the gratitude within you.
Even if you see or hear something which may cause you to think or feel bad, you can try to thank for it and find something good about it.
Next, great thing you can do is to start writing a gratitude list or a journal.
I don’t practice this one but I might as well. I see a lot of good people do.
You can use your phone for this matter. It doesn’t have to be a notebook or anything special. Just write down every day at least ten things you are grateful for. It can be the same things every day.
However, the more you can list the stronger the feeling you will be able to cultivate.
To empower this energy, try to express it even more by sharing it with other people.
This one is my personal favorite.
We can give energy to others. The more you can provide, you will be able to receive more in return.
Start appreciating if someone opens a door for you by saying out loud and sincere “thank you.” Say it to a person who makes your coffee every morning, or to a man who is fixing your breakfast. Say “thank you” to a newslady on TV or a newsman on the radio for providing you with the information.
There are millions of situations during the day where you can give your thanks.
The more you express it by spoken word and direct it to someone, you can expect the more coming back to you.
Also, you can close your eyes and pray or meditate.
I like to begin my day with a short prayer/meditation session. It is nothing too much religious.
It is merely me, focusing on my thoughts from the top of my day where I positively direct them by thinking of all the things I have, by appreciating everything that happened to me, and asking to stay on the right track.
For the sake of my goals and wishes for the future, I give my thanks for the things that are coming to me as well. This is also known as “paying it forward.” and it is a powerful thing for those who practice the Law of Attraction.
After you do all these little things and stop doing the ones which are blocking the way, relax and go with the flow until the next time.
That is all there is to the power of gratitude.
Practice makes perfect and builds confidence. Remember that. I did.
When and Where to Practice
Now, during your day to day business, there are many situations where you can practice giving thanks. Some of them are already mentioned in a couple of preceding paragraphs.
The fact is, you can do it everywhere!
Some people go to churches or mosks to give their thanks. Some just close their eyes and do it on the bus on the way to work. As long as you can hear your voice, whether inner or outer, you can cultivate it everywhere.
My recommendation is to create a specific time of the day just for that.
As I have said already, I made it a part of my morning routine for a few reasons.
First of all, it is a great way to begin your day by empowering all the good stuff from inside. It sets up a fantastic tone for the day.
When you begin to do it on a regular basis, it will eventually become a habit of thoughts which will follow you everywhere you go.
Morning is a time of peace. It is the perfect time to practice gratitude.
There are no rules for this matter. If you can go through all day and think of everything you are grateful for, then do it!
The point is that it can help you to stop focusing your mind on the negative things during the day. You can become a much better individual. The Law of Attraction will work in your favor all the time, and you won’t experience troubles and problems that you may have so far.
One last thing before I conclude this piece.
If you have never practiced gratitude, the beginning might be slightly tricky.
Understand that it is a habit, and habits take time to develop. Also, remember that you must get rid of the bad habits which are blocking the way to gratitude (complaining), and you can do it only by replacing them with the good ones.
The critical point is to stay persistent and to practice every day. Ultimately you will see the results in your life and then you will become aware of this new habit you have formed.
Until then, persistence and patience. After that, don’t you ever stop!
Example of Powerful Gratitude List
Always begin your thoughts with “I am so happy and grateful…” and then start adding the following.
that I am in control of my thoughts.
that I am happy and healthy.
that I am wealthy.
that I am alive.
that I live in a world of abundance.
that I am powerful and wise.
that I always have a choice.
for all good and evil that happens to me.
for all the people in my life.
for love and other beauties of the heart.
for everything, I have and possess.
for my choice of service to others.
for the air that I breathe.
for every new moment.
for the sun that warms me.
for rain which reminds me of the sun.
for my mistakes and adversities.
Keep adding the things to your list. Nothing is off the limits.
Always remember to keep feeding your mind with these thoughts whenever something wrong is happening because they have the power to pull you back on the positive wave and keep you there for a long time.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below, and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,