Your Vital Edge: More on Gratitude

The first step toward getting rich is to convey the idea of your wants to the formless substance.
The whole process of mental adjustment and attunement can be summed up in one word: Gratitude.

The process of Wealth, Health – Abundance in all it’s forms – comes down to three simple steps:
1. You believe that there is one intelligent substance, from which all things proceed.
2. You believe that this substance gives you everything you desire.
3. You relate yourself to it by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude.

I would love to tell you that I was smart enough to create this formula. I’m not. And actually it is not that new. The original words came from a book written in 1910 by Wallace Wattles. Who is Wallace Wattles? you may ask. Wattles’ best known work is a 1910 book called The Science of Getting Rich.

The Science of Getting Rich preceded similar financial success books such as The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel (1912) and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (1937). In the 100 years since its publication, it has gone through many editions, and remains in print from more than one publisher and website. The Science of Getting Rich was credited by Rhonda Byrne as a major inspiration for her popular 2006 film and 2007 book The Secret.

As I delved into this small book it became obvious to me that many thinkers, writers and personal growth seminar leaders owe a debt of gratitude to early authors such as Wattles.

I have quoted from Wallace Wattles Chapter 7 Gratitude so you can hear the power of his simple, elegant words for yourself:

“Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude.

It is easy to understand that the nearer we live to the source of wealth, the more wealth we shall receive.

And the reason simply is that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come.

Gratitude will lead your mind out along the ways by which things come, and it will keep you in close harmony with creative thought and prevent you from falling into competitive thought.

Gratitude alone can keep you looking toward the all, and prevent you from falling into the error of thinking of the supply as limited — and to do that would be fatal to your hopes.

There is a law of gratitude, and it is absolutely necessary that you should observe the law if you are to get the results you seek.

The law of gratitude is the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal and in opposite directions.

The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to the supreme intelligence is a liberation or expenditure of force. It cannot fail to reach that to which it addressed, and the reaction is an instantaneous movement toward you.

And if your gratitude is strong and constant, the reaction in formless substance will be strong and continuous; the movement of the things you want will be always toward you.

But the value of gratitude does not consist solely in getting you more blessings in the future. Without gratitude you cannot long keep from dissatisfied thought regarding things as they are.

The moment you permit your mind to dwell with dissatisfaction upon things as they are, you begin to lose ground. You fix attention upon the common, the ordinary, the poor, the squalid, and the mean — and your mind takes the form of these things.

Then you will transmit these forms or mental images to the formless. And the common, the poor, the squalid, and the mean will come to you.

To permit your mind to dwell upon the inferior is to become inferior and to surround yourself with inferior things. On the other hand, to fix your attention on the best is to surround yourself with the best, and to become the best.

The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. We are of thinking substance, too, and thinking substance always takes the form of that which it thinks about.

Also, faith is born of gratitude. The grateful mind continually expects good things, and expectation becomes faith. The reaction of gratitude upon one’s own mind produces faith, and every outgoing wave of grateful thanksgiving increases faith.

It is necessary, then, to 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.”

If you have watched Derek Siver’s video explaining the concept of the “First Follower” you have seen the importance of the first follower. Well, Gratitude is the first emotion and will lead you to the attainment of your goals. You see, the whole point of this first emotion is that gratitude is your immune system for your self-esteem and self-confidence. Without a deep appreciation for any and everything in your life there is no way more positives can come to you. Your self-esteem and self-confidence will sicken and falter without the strong protection that gratitude provides.

All the effort, hard work, sweat equity, determination and perspiration will not create sustainable effort and traction to move you towards your goals and allow you to reach your dreams however noble and world changing their may be. You cannot move forward without the sustaining force of your own appreciation for all of your life. That appreciation must include all the stuff in your past. Everything in your life has gotten you to this point of NOW. Now is where you are poised to leap into your purpose and power.

Be grateful and take the leap!

So be thankful – not just your words but feel in your heart, a profound sense of thankfulness for who you are, where you are and where your path is going. If there is resistance such as:

“Well, I’m not going to be grateful for that… or him … or her!”

It is a sign and a symptom of first failure. You will not move forward.

“But what about (fill in the blank)? You surely can’t mean that I be happy and appreciative of … (name your tune)?”

The error is in equating appreciation with happiness. They are not the same emotion and don’t arrive at the same time.

You can be appreciative of bad things and not-so-nice people in your life and not be happy about it (them). By being grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow, seeing whatever part you had in the drama, you’ve learned and are free to move on to greater realization of your goals and dreams. Goals and dreams do not arrive completed, just like every parent knows when wrapping the children’s Christmas present … On the box it will say, “Some Assembly Required”. You will also have to provide the energy to make your dreams come alive. The box also says “Batteries Not Included”. There will not be enough energy to drive your dreams unless you release the power of a grateful heart.

Have you ever watched the movie Joe vs. the Volcano?
A man named Joe (Tom Hanks) goes through his life unconsciously and only at a time of great stress and suffering does he wake to the fact of how beautiful and precious life is. I have a copy of this picture with me since 1990 when the movie came out. As Joe sees the beauty surrounding him in his difficult time he raises his hands and says “Thank You for my life, I forgot how Big!” (it is).

The Meg Ryan character tells Joe what her father thinks: ‘My father says almost the whole world’s asleep. Everybody you know, everybody you see, everybody you talk to. He says only a few people are awake. And they live in a state of constant, total amazement.’

To live an amazing life you have to wake up. Waking up to the power of gratitude opens you to sensing the abundance surrounding you. People and events in daily life can pull you away from your focus on gratitude – if you let them. Stay focused on feeling a constant spring of gratitude bubbling up from the depths of your soul and you will live in a state of constant, total amazement and accomplishment.

So in your tool box for building your dreams there is the foundation on which you will build everything else. This foundation should be as deep and permanent as you can make it. Your foundation is your constant, continual, all-encompassing gratitude for your life and everything in it.