I came in from work the other day, picked up a book I’ve been reading and randomly opened to a page. It was on making all your wishes come true.
Now who couldn’t love that?
The book is The Magic by Rhonda Byrne whom you might remember from The Secret. [This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, if you click through an affiliate link and make a purchase, I may make a small commission.]
Rhonda begins the chapter with a quote by Norman Vincent Peale: “imagination is the true magic carpet.” I love magic carpets!
Let me flash back a second, in this magical movie of mine. This morning, driving to work, I was listening to an audio. It had nothing to do with gratitude. It was business leaders talking about success and what people need to do to be successful.
They discussed visualization techniques and ran through an exercise of visualizing a goal as if it had already happened. We’ve all heard this before. Visualize it and then FEEL it, imagine how you would feel having accomplished this goal.
Forward again to the book I opened. The page had a gratitude exercise for making your wishes come true. It is pretty much the same as the other visualization. (Twice in one day the universe hit me with that one!)
The difference is, and it’s a BIG difference – instead of focusing on how we feel having accomplished our goal, the emphasis would be on how thankful we feel – the emphasis would be on gratitude.
Rhonda has laid out the book beginning with being thankful for the past: with our parents and childhoods, our lives all the way up to yesterday. That is easy for us. Even when we remember tough times, there is something to be grateful for and we don’t have a problem believing it!
We can believe in the past! We remember it. We can play a song and transport ourselves right back to a moment with utter clarity and still feel thankful for it!
Then Rhonda has us practice feeling gratitude it different situations where we have to stretch the muscles a bit. On Mondays for example! Or months when Mercury is in retrograde! Or when for whatever reason we perfect the art of attracting every time-consuming error, breakdown, hassle, rudeness, road rage and random acts of idiocy!
Oh yes, mama said there would be days like those! Practicing gratitude on those days … well mama never mentioned that! In order to practice gratitude then, we have to open our minds and search a bit!
But all of that was practice because we can BELIEVE in something we can remember. We can BELIEVE in something we are experiencing right now. So we can feel gratitude easily for those.
Now it’s time to go a step further and project ourselves out into the future. Now we imagine a goal or something we want. Imagine it CLEARLY. Visualize it, feel and more, feel gratitude and give thanks for it. Really feel thankful for it.
It’s more difficult, isn’t it? It’s harder to believe in the future.
I see the value of the build up here. If you were just to do this exercise out of the blue, it would feel more like going through the motions. It’s not easy to feel gratitude for something imaginary.
But if you’ve been practicing gratitude by looking at your past and present and feeling gratitude on a regular basis, you know what it will feel like! It is much easier to transport yourself!
What are you grateful for from your past?
What are you grateful for from your present – today?
Have you walked out on your time line yet? What are you grateful for in your future?
Have some fun with it! Gratitude is not meant to be somber! When someone gave you something, surprised you with something that truly took your breath away you were you somber?!
You might have cried, but I bet you weren’t somber! Jump up and down and squeal. Do a Snoopy dance. Let’s hear a Woo Hoo for that dream that just came true!
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