Monday, November 24, 2014

The Importance of an Attitude of Gratitude

“Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.”
~Jack Canfield, “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”   

As everyone knows, we are facing serious challenges in our country right now, providing us a perfect opportunity to consider utilizing the highest and best information available to protect and maintain our health, prosperity and happiness or, if needed, to increase all three. Taking advantage of this tried and true information will benefit anyone who uses it, and in the process it will help heal America.

This information has been around for eons, and has allowed many individuals to create successful, enriching and happy lives despite external socio-economic conditions.

The primary concept, which I have written about before, is that by changing our thoughts we can change our lives. Millions of people around the world are confirming the truth of this concept daily by living it. They are also attaining and maintaining an Attitude of Gratitude, which is a key component that assures success.

It is helpful to remember that gratitude is simply taking the time to look around us and appreciate what we do have. And not only does the Universe love a grateful heart, it responds affirmatively by sending us more of the good we are already enjoying. In practicing gratitude each day, this places us in alignment with what is Good in the Universe. This is a powerful place from which to act. By placing only positive thoughts and affirmations of our desires into the Universal Law, and maintaining an attitude of gratitude, we can expect to receive Good back from the Universe.

The challenge for some of us lies in the fact that no matter what we have, we often see only lack and scarcity because we don’t have enough, or we fear it won’t be enough in the future, or isn’t everything we want, or what we really want. If we truly want to change our lives for the better, it is vitally important that we start to become consciously aware of the many Good things that actually are in our lives and to start being grateful for them – no matter how small they may seem to be at the time.

One excellent way to do this is to take time each day, either first thing in the morning or at bedtime in the evening, or both, to repeat everything we can think of that we can be grateful for in that day. Just say: I am grateful for ______________, and let your mind and heart fill in the blank. We can also make a daily written list or start a daily Gratitude Journal and keep track of everything for which we are grateful, including ourselves, our abilities, attributes and talents. When gratitude is practiced consistently for the good we have in our lives, the loving universe takes that as our order and sends us more of the same.

I start each morning by being grateful for another day of life, for a good night’s sleep, or an unbroken night’s sleep, for a comfortable and warm bed, for my house, my car and for each person, event and experience I will meet this day. I also repeat this affirmation daily: 

 I am grateful for this day, knowing it is the first day of the best years of my life. I am grateful for the continuing Good that comes into my life in expected and unexpected ways. 

At night, before I fall asleep, I review the day and while going over it bit by bit, I declare every event Good, every person Good and bless the day. Then I repeat the following affirmation: 

 I bless everything that happened today and everyone with whom I came in contact. I am grateful for all the Good I see in my life and for the Good that is yet to be. 

As I turn over, I always feel complete and clear of the happenings of the day, and just naturally drift into a peaceful sleep.

As we learn to focus on positive thoughts and to live with an attitude of gratitude, this raises our energy vibration, which also elevates the consciousness of humanity. Since our government mirrors our level of awareness, we will also be helping our country return to a state of harmony and balance.   This is another blessed gift for which we can be exceedingly grateful.
Copyright © 2008 by Fern Stewart Welch – Repeated by request.

The author’s books: “Becoming a Spiritual Warrior of the Heart,” (April 2013); “Tea with Elisabeth,” recipient of the 2010 Silver Award for Non-fiction; “You Can Live A Balanced Life In An Unbalanced World,” (Nov. 2008); and “The Heart Knows the Way – How to Follow Your Heart to a Conscious Connection with the Divine Spirit Within,” (Feb. 2008), are available at, other online booksellers, as well as bookstore chains such as Barnes & Noble.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

We Live in a Scary World - And Making It Better Begins With Us

“We must become the changes we seek in the world.”  ~Mahatma Gandhi
Corporate greed, immorality, incivility in public life, disrespect for the rights of others and even less concern for how millions of people in the world eke out their lives in poverty, suffering from war, disease and lack of opportunity.

Granted there’s a whole lot of undesirable stuff going on in the world today – you have only to glance at your newspaper, go online or withstand a cycle of cable news to get a full measure of it.  And you have to wonder if this scary decline is getting as bad as we think, or do we just know more about it nowadays because of the 24-7 news coverage.

As bad as things may seem – in our neighborhoods, our country, the entire planet – there would be – believe it or not – a great deal more pessimism about this societal slip-and-slide were it not for the beliefs and actions of many millions of intelligent people around the world who are committed to helping their fellow human beings see the Big Picture, and hopefully, our role as individuals in it.

In this highly emotional climate, we need to ponder on a quote from futurist/visionary Barbara Marx Hubbard, who has been called the best informed human being now alive regarding “futurism” and the fore-sights it has produced.  Hubbard stated that “Whatever we are going through is part of the planetary struggle to evolve.”  She continued with this explanation:  "Throughout human history there has been a continuous and growing impulse toward the regeneration of humanity.”  And this is despite many examples that could cause some to question that there is any activity in that direction.  But when we take a few minutes to realize how far we’ve come – albeit in fits and starts – since cavemen wandered the Earth, it’s obvious she’s right.

Yet the mess we’re in now – that humanity as a whole has created – is serious enough that it behooves us as individuals to bypass the emotionalism of fear and blaming, and ask ourselves this question:  “What can we learn from this situation?”

I believe along with many others that our lesson as individuals is to finally pay attention and realize that we’re part of a spiritual, as well as a physical, world and it’s way past time to take responsibility for our part in changing the negativity that exists today—because it determines our tomorrows. 
When we can start replacing negative thoughts with positive ones in our own everyday lives, we will truly be able to feel that we are now part of the solution instead of part of the problem.  And if it seems that anything that could be done would be such a tiny step in a great journey – just remember that’s how all great journeys begin.

One of the most disturbing reactions I see in this situation, because I experienced some of it myself, is that while many people seem shocked by the sheer magnitude of the decades-long negative slips that have brought us to where we are today, they don’t know what to do about it.  Trapped in that mindset, the answer is “Nothing” when they ask themselves the question:  “What in the World Can an Individual Do?”  This makes them feel even worse.

This question came up for me during election time, and the brutality and craziness of the campaign process had totally turned me off, and for a micro-moment I thought about a way to register my disappointment – and it was to withhold my vote.  Two things happened to reverse that immature and unwise response.  First common sense prevailed and I immediately returned to my normal desire to support our democracy, which is based on individual participation, caring for the greater good, choosing to live from a higher set of values and ethics, and exercising and honoring the privilege of voting.

Second, I believe that if we’re here on Earth at this time, it’s our destiny to help ourselves, our fellow human beings, and our planet through this time.  This was confirmed for me recently while in the dairy aisle at Albertsons grocery store.  Perhaps it was only a commonplace incident, but an illuminating one for me.

I couldn’t reach the last carton of unsweetened almond milk on the highest shelf and spent a few too many minutes maneuvering.  When I turned to look for an employee to help me, I was embarrassed to see a line of carts behind me.  I began apologizing profusely and was pleasantly surprised.  Instead of snide remarks or angry words I was met with smiles and kindness.

As I expressed my delight at their responses, those total strangers spontaneously circled me and proceeded to assure me that common courtesy and human kindness still exist, and there was always hope for humanity.  The gathering concluded with high-fives, handshakes, and a half-gallon container of almond milk in my cart.

It wasn’t until I worked through my own “stuff” and gained the insight in this lesson that I was able to complete this essay—and to vote.  I realized fully that by continuing to hold negative thoughts in my mind or spewing them out verbally to others, I was actually adding to the problem instead of making a positive difference, which is my heart and soul intention.

From what I’ve learned, the answer lies in the Universal Law of Attraction, which means that like attracts like.  We already know that millions of the seven billion human beings on Earth today are
thinking, verbalizing and acting on such heavy-duty energy thoughts as anger and hatred, which are immediately deposited into the group consciousness of humanity. This magnifies and attracts even more negative happenings into our world and our lives.

The good news is that millions of us (hopefully) are now aware of an answer for what ails us and our world.  This key has been around for eons of time, dating back to Jesus and Biblical days.  It is simply this:  When we change our negative thoughts to positive ones, our lives change for the better and in that process, we elevate the consciousness of humanity.  This means we have the power individually to be part of the solution.  And we do that by mastering and cancelling negative thoughts and holding only positive ones for ourselves, others and the world.  It can begin with something as “small” as helping a shopper reach a carton of almond milk.

All we need to do is choose how we want our lives to be, and what we desire in our world, and to start claiming it in positive words, and as a done deal.  For example, repeat this positive affirmation daily:  I am grateful for a world that works for everyone, and is filled with health, wealth, wisdom, loving kindness, happiness, joy and peace.

Here are some simple steps to help us begin experiencing the incredible healing feeling that comes from accenting the positive, eliminating the negative and making a difference in the world:    

 Start a daily Gratitude Journal; it will transform your life.

Monitor your thoughts and cancel negative ones by saying cancel, cancel, cancel, together,      together, together.  (This includes your conscious, subconscious and super-conscious aspects.)

Practice living loving kindness (including yourself.) 

Forgive Everyone (including yourself) and Everything

_____________________________________                                                                                          Copyright © 2014 by Fern Stewart Welch

The author’s books: “Becoming a Spiritual Warrior of the Heart,” (April 2013); “Tea with Elisabeth,” recipient of the 2010 Silver Award for Non-fiction; “You Can Live A Balanced Life
In An Unbalanced World,” (Nov. 2008); and “The Heart Knows the Way – How to Follow Your Heart to a Conscious Connection with the Divine Spirit Within,” (Feb. 2008), are available at, other online booksellers, as well as bookstore chains such as Barnes & Noble.