Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.
In 1957 Robert A. Russell published a book titled “God Works Through You.” In it he describes eight avenues through which God works in the world. These eight avenues are not presented as laws per se, but for our purposes in this examination we will treat them as such. Today we will look at the seventh of these eight methods of God.
God Works Through Thanksgiving
If there is one element, one practice, that can have a greater impact on your life than any other, it is gratitude. What makes gratitude such a powerful force? I’ve discussed it in a series here, and even written a book on it. At the end of his chapter on thanksgiving, Russell presents fifteen different points on gratitude and its effects. The short answer is that there are so many benefits of gratitude there isn’t a short answer. I will, however, attempt to present a brief summary.
“After all the metaphysical theories have been written and all the philosophical platitudes spoken, the thing that sets the Law in operation is thanksgiving.” – Robert A. Russell
We know that one of the basic tenets of The Laws is a peaceful, positive state of mind. The Bible says over and over to “delight yourself in the Lord,” to “be still and know that I am God,” to “let not your hearts be troubled,” and so on. Different teachers have all told us that feeling good is imperative in bringing about good.
Gratitude is a powerful force for keeping your heart, your mind, in a positive, peaceful state. By focusing on the good already around you and the blessings you have already been given, you take your focus off of any perceived lack or want. It lifts your mood by praising the good things you already have and how much they mean to you. It uplifts, it inspires and it reassures.
Science has demonstrated in recent years the measurable physical and psychological benefits of gratitude. Better sleep, improved relationships and less stress are just a few of them. Practicing an attitude of gratitude has been shown in multiple studies to improve the mood and lead to an overall higher quality of life.
Gratitude focuses the attention on the now. You are aware of the good in your life now, and less concerned with the future. When you are thankful for the roof over your head tonight, you aren’t worrying about paying the rent tomorrow.
Gratitude also reinforces faith. Doubt about tomorrow’s supply is washed away when you become aware of all the blessings you have already been given. When you see the good around you, worry is replaced with reassurance.
Gratitude is the catalyst that makes all other aspects of The Laws and of faith function. It is the foundation upon which all the other Laws are built and which supports a positive mindset. Without a sense of gratitude, all the rest of it is nothing.
- The Practice of Gratitude (tobiehewitt.wordpress.com)
- 219. Making Gratitude A Part of Your Life (youarethepower.wordpress.com)
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