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I am a believer in affirmations. I do them regularly. And I feel it when I don’t. But there seems to be some controversy over them. Do they work or not?

It depends on what you’re looking for. Affirmations are positive statements, generally stated in the present tense. “I am beautiful, capable and loveable,” for instance.

Some want to say that repeating affirmations does not make you any more beautiful, capable or loveable. Maybe not.

For me, affirmations help to feel certain things. Vibrate at that level, shall we say. In that way you can, if you’re good and consistent, attract things. And anything repeated enough times has got to change how you see things. That can be extremely powerful!

I cannot, however, attest to being able to manifest things in my life simply by affirming them. But I can say that affirmations make me feel like I can. They keep me going when I’m slipping. Affirmations remind me of what I’m doing and why.

I believe in Gratitude.  I think it’s just about the most powerful thing in the Universe.

Gratitude can make something horrible into something tolerable.  It can turn a washed out picnic into a delightful afternoon.  It can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.  Not a lot of things can lay claim to all of that!

It upsets me that we only celebrate gratitude one day a year.  In some countries, not even that. I need to be grateful that the country where I live, at the very least, does have one day.  But I am sorry for the rest.

Gratitude listing is part of my daily activities.  I often wish I did it more often throughout the day.  Grace before meals can help that.  And perhaps some gratefulness at the end of the day, before going to sleep.

What might happen in our world if everyone took the time to be grateful several times throughout the day?  I’d venture a guess that there would be fewer (if not 0) wars, as everyone would be too happy to wage it.  One of the other powers of Gratitude is that it can wipe out greed. The feeling that a particular country needs or wants a certain piece of land might just become mute.

The same principle might apply to criminal acts.  If everyone’s wallowing around in being grateful for everything they have, chances are they’d be less likely to be interested in yours.

Another benefit of constant gratitude is the willingness (maybe even the drive) to help others.  So the next guy who buys shoes for a homeless person won’t be lauded as a hero, but simply acknowledged and quickly emulated.

Just a thought ~ What if you could see every event, every encounter as an opportunity to give or receive a powerful gift? 

Instead of the usual stress around questions like:  Will I be accepted?  How do I get what I want?  What’s going to happen?  Wouldn’t it be better to see it as a chance to receive some knowledge, learn more about whoever you come in contact with?   You might practice seeing the other as a human being, just like you, trying to do his or her best.

You might also stay open for ways you can give.  How can I serve this person?  What can I do to ease suffering, spread love, practice more understanding?  What is it this person really needs?

There is a Japanese anime series called “InuYasha”.  In it a sacred jewel is shattered into pieces.  Each person who gets a shard of this jewel is imbued with special powers. What if you greeted every person as if they had a shard of that sacred jewel to give you? 

There are so many ways to give and receive when you are in contact with others.  What amazingly powerful gifts can be exchanged!

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