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The Blessing of Gratitude

By Anne Deidre Smith

You can become a Master of your challenges and open up your channel to Divine Guidance through feeling gratitude. It is easy to be grateful when things are going your way. It is through struggle and challenge that there is an opportunity for mastery. Feeling gratitude after hardship is a tremendous cause for celebration. It is getting to that place of acceptance, surrender, appreciation and gratitude that can require some inner work. Especially is you have lost a job or a loved one and you are experiencing pain. I have discovered ways to facilitate this process of coming to a place of gratitude regardless of what I am facing.

Anger, fear and resentment are lower vibrational energies. One way to transcend these energies into feeling the higher vibrational energy of gratitude is through intention. When you are feeling anger, fear and resentment for a situation or experience you are resonating with that energy and you may attract more experiences, situations and people into your life that match this energetic vibration. The good news is that you have the power to create your reality and change your energetic vibration. When you feel gratitude and appreciation you are vibrating at a high frequency. When you are grateful you feel joy. Joy is a magnet and more opportunities and reasons to be grateful will appear in your life.

You can shift your energetic vibration through intention. If you feel that you are in a situation and you are not feeling grateful for it, ask the Universe for help. The door to Divine guidance swings wide open as you set your intention. Heavenly help is always available. Because we have free will, our angels and guides are waiting for us to ask. As we ask we receive answers.

"Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened to you." —Mathew 7:7-8
True inner guidance responds in a kind and gentle voice. Intention is divinely magical. It is the vibration of the heart, it is love. My spiritual teacher and mentor Barbara De Angelis PhD taught me that when I find myself in a ditch in life and am asking in fear "Why is this happening?" to take the why off the question and shift into, "This is happening."

In that frame of mind we may more peacefully ask for the gift, the value of the experience. It is powerful. Asking with confidence, trust and faith versus asking from a place of panic and fear can allow your inner guidance to answer your questions with clarity. You will feel comforted that your struggle and pain is not without a reason. There is a gift and reason to feel grateful in every experience.

Along with intention, it is transformational to feel forgiveness. Feeling forgiveness is a powerful way to clear the blocks to experiencing the feeling of gratitude. As you feel forgiveness you will develop compassion as you begin to see the light and love that is within everyone. It is very healing to see yourself in others. It unifies your consciousness. Feeling forgiveness, mercy and compassion helps you transcend negativity and you will feel your vibration rise into the heart of gratitude.

Gratitude is a portal, a gateway to receiving wisdom. When you express gratitude to the Universe, it sends back to you more and more. You are giving gratitude and as you give you are creating a space within to receive. Gratitude is giving back to the Universe, and as you create this vacuum, space within, the Universe will pour in its gifts abundantly. That is not why we do it, it just happens naturally. May you be blessed with gratitude.

Anne Deidre Smith is a published book author, contemporary artist, speaker and certified angel messenger. Her book "Inner Visions ~ The Healing Path of Art," with a foreword by Norman Paulsen, reveals the Divine messages that she has received through her intuitive artwork as well as her meditation techniques. Her mission is to remind people about the Divine power within.
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