Yes, we can experience happiness through gratitude! I have come to the conviction that having a mind of gratitude in every situation is the key to eternal bliss. It goes a long way to determine whether we shall be happy or sad, experience good health or sickness, attract wealth or poverty. The essence of this content is to throw light on gratitude based on my understanding with the hope that we can consciously use the power to our advantage.
Melody Beattie with her word hit the hammer on the head: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Many people ignorantly deprive themselves of happiness through gratitude by not appreciating the good things happening in their lives and blaming others for their predicament. In the process, they attract more problems and the good things they have is taken away from them. Whereas, people that possessed the right attitude to their problems and see it as an opportunity to move forward tend to attract more goodness and goodwill to themselves. Therefore, they deprive themselves of experiencing happiness through gratitude.
I want you to take
your eyes away from reading for some moment and try to reflect on the lives of
some people you know that continuously complain and blame others for their
problems (sickness, poverty, etc.) you will see that they are never out of the
difficulties, sometimes when they think the problem is over it manifest in a
All spiritual books, philosophers and people that are intuitively alert have discovered that if gratitude is genuinely applied in our daily activities it ensure our eternal happiness.
For instance, there are several verses in the bible and the Koran that emphasized the importance of gratitude for our spiritual progress.
In the bible 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 admonishes us to be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
From the Quran Surah Ibrahim 14:7, it is stated that if you are grateful, I would certainly give you more, and if you are ungrateful, my chastisement is truly severe.
An American new thought writer, Wallace D. Wattles who live from 1860–1911 on experiencing happiness through gratitude stated: “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Emmet Fox an Irish New Thought spiritual leader of the early 20th century who live from 30 July 1886 – 13 August 1951 said: “Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will curse you...If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you, and even if it is troublesome for a time, it will gradually fade out, if you sincerely bless it.”
My explanation that gratitude in everything is the key to happiness will not be complete if I did not refer to the grail message which is the source of my knowledge.
The grail message
explains the three basic laws guiding creation which are the law of sowing, the
law of attraction of homogeneous species and the law of spiritual gravity and
elaborate on how it relates to gratitude. We, the human spirits are spiritual
farmers because we have the free will to apply these laws to sow whatever
pleases us and we are compelled to enjoy its harvest whether good or bad.
The message helps us
to know that whatever we are experiencing today is based on what we have sown
in the past. Therefore, if we are experiencing good things we should be
grateful to the almighty father through whose power we use to sow good seeds.
If the experiences are
not palatable, we should accept responsibility for it and thank God for the
opportunity to redeem it and overcome our weaknesses.
When you complain and
blame others for your problems, you are committing more sins and still sowing
more evil seeds which will attract more bitter experiences to yourself.
Thus you deprive yourself of experiencing happiness through gratitude.
Finally, here is an extraction
from the Grail message taken from volume 1, page 35 in the lecture Awake:
“Therefore become spiritually free! Burst all the fetters that hold you down!
If obstacles present themselves welcome them joyfully; for they show you the
way to freedom and strength! Look upon them as gifts from which you will
benefit, and you will overcome them with ease.
Either such obstacles are put in your way to teach and develop you, in which case you add to the means of your ascent, or they are the reaction to some debt you have incurred, which you can redeem in this way and thus free yourselves. In either case, they help you to advance. Therefore set out to meet them with a bold heart, it is for your good.”