The Law of Attraction has attracted a lot of attention lately. But there’s nothing new or in the least bit secret about it. This principle dates a long way back to great teachers such as Hermes, whose teachings are written in The Kybalion, and Abraham, father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, whose teachings include this law. I think that with all the recent hype though, it might be a good time to remember that without gratitude, forgiveness, love and compassion, the Universe might struggle somewhat to bring us that shiny new bike, new iPhone, or that priceless Renoir painting we’re putting in our energetic orders for.
Let’s look at gratitude for a sec. Gratitude – along with forgiveness – is a very powerful and healing emotion (high frequency, for all you LoA junkies). The thing about gratitude is that on a spiritual level it’s almost like a rite of passage or a level that you need to reach in order to continue on your spirtitual journey. Seeing I work in health & wellness, let’s look at it in terms of weight loss and body image issues. In order to attract health, healing and positive body changes, one must first be grateful for the body we currently have. After all, this is the body that has carried us thus far through life’s trials and tribulations, joys and successes. This is the body that created a life (or two or three or four!) and has the scars to prove it; the feet that walked us forward through fear when our heart was pounding; the legs that ran when we didn’t think they could; the hips that carried a child or curved like the goddess; the breasts that supported life or gave solace and comfort to another’s fear or fatigue; the lips that have loved and caressed and spoken our truths and our fears and our deepest desires, lined with experience or full with youth, they are the part of us that share our sighs with the world; the eyes that say so much about us, so much that we forget or are too afraid to stare into them every day, so instead we just bemoan the crows feet that surround them. We need to first be grateful for this body before we can usher in a changed one. And we need to be forgiving towards ourselves and others so that we can be truly compassionate souls. We have learnt to be so unforgiving on ourselves. The demands and expectations we place on our bodies are extreme and rarely do we forgive or give ourselves an inch when it comes to them.
Moving a step beyond this, gratitude and forgiveness can be the two things that free us from fear and doubt so that we truly can manifest with pure joy and faith. Expressing gratitude for the people who teased you for being fat, or gratitude for the person who sexually abused you means that you are grateful that you had that experience as you can see that it has enabled you to be who you are and understand the things that you do. This expression of gratitude allows forgiveness to flow in. This is true healing on a soul level and creates spiritual growth at a great rate of knots.