Friday, 29 August 2014

Gratitude

Altar
Following links from Facebook, I came across an article about the "secret ingredient" to spell work.  According to this person (I can't remember the link, I'm afraid), the reason spells sometimes go awry after initial success is because we don't give thanks.

Now, I don't personally believe in capricious or spiteful deities or spirits who would steal away success because we forget to say thank you.  However, I still believe giving thanks is important, for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, like any other form of gratitude practice, it is a good mindset to cultivate. Acknowledging the good in our lives and giving thanks for it helps foster a more positive view of life.  This helps us see opportunities and blessings, as well as being good for our mental health, and therefore also our physical health.

Secondly, it is important to stop and take time to acknowledge what we have achieved or received.  It is so easy to move onto the next thing without appreciating where we are and how we got there.  Taking some time to be in the moment, recognise what has gone before and how we feel right now, is also a great practice.

This week, then, I changed my spell for the success of my elder son's surgery to a prayer of gratitude.  Sticking with the ASS Lenormand (K√∂nigsfurt-Urania, 2005), I have Scythe, Key, Child, Sun, Flowers: keyhole surgery for my child is successful/brings happiness, for which I give thanks (Flowers).  Not that everything is perfect, and things have still been tough.  Yet, the operations both were successful, my son is home safe and sound, and his quality of life has improved already and should improve further.  So, I have chanted daily, giving thanks.

8 comments:

  1. I am so happy that the surgery was successful - may you all be blessed with strength, comfort and healing in the days ahead.
    Yes, I would question the logic of "you must be grateful or things won't work out" too. Operating from that mindset would be acting out of fear. However gratitude IS the number one game changer for me when I am in a pissy mood or feeling down.

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    1. Thanks, Bev. And yes, I agree gratitude is a wonderful, spiritual practice, rather than something I do out of fear :)

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  2. So happy to hear BB is doing feeling better already, what a relieve this must be for everybody!!!
    Gratitude has become the daily practice I hardly never skip, just because it feels so good to be grateful and to acknowledge the everyday gifts of life
    I love how you've setup a visual prayer of thanks with your cards. Great idea :D

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    1. Thanks, Ellen! I find it helpful to reinforce my prayer - I chant, visualise and also think words :)

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  3. This is wonderful and heartening to hear about your son! I hope he continues to see improvement and that your family's life improves in general. Xxxooo

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    1. Thanks, MM! Likewise, I hope all goes swiftly and smoothly with your house move :) Hugs, Kxxx

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  4. It's wonderful news that the surgery was successful -- and something I never doubted. In the tradition I was taught (charismatic Christian), blessings are claimed and most of the rest of the time is spent giving thanks that they have been accomplished. Thanks are given before the evidence of manifestation can be seen. This is key to the working. :)

    I like your altar and the ways you are putting Lenormand cards to use. Innovative. :)

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    1. I guess that's like some visualisation practices, where you visualise the successful outcome to embed it in your unconscious, and let it get you there :)
      As for the cards, I like having a focal point, be it for spell work, prayers or gratitudes (and the differences may be slight)...

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