The Magic of Gratitude and the Power of Choice
Yesterday I woke up very early, feeling full of fear and doubt. I lay in bed trying to calm myself down, trying to figuring out what I was afraid of and why I couldn’t relax and go back to sleep…. Boy, that sure didn’t help.
Finally I got up to do some journaling with my “trusted guidance,” which is the voice my soul uses to talk to me. And what happened was so remarkable that I want to share it with you:
Direct from my private journal
Pamela: I’m feeling fear and doubt and can’t sleep. Dear TG [trusted guidance], can you help? What’s going on? It even seems hard to connect with you…
TG: It seems so. It is not.
P: So please help me. What’s going on? What do I need to do to go back to sleep?
TG: You know the answer. Sometimes this fear and doubt is just an automatic reaction of your mind. You do not need to ‘figure it out,’ it is simply a matter of being willing. Are you willing to experience the profound love, joy, peace, and harmony that is in your heart right now and always?
P: I want to say yes, but…
TG: What is the ‘but’? What do you have to lose?
P: I think it is a fear of trusting – feeling I must make something happen, I can’t just ‘trust’…
TG: Is that true?
P: No, I could just trust. I am doing all I can to make things happen, and they are happening… I just wish it were easier…
TG: It is easier. You have choice on what to focus on. You are arguing for your smallness and the Illusion. Wake up!
P: Thank you. I am awake.
TG: Really wake up! Choose what you want.
P: What I really want? [A rush of deep feeling…] I want to love God – purely and completely. I choose to give my heart and my life to serve God in all forms Love leads me to. I choose to be authentic. I choose to be brave. I choose compassion for the human condition we are all born into — and I choose delight that I can divine love and harmony anytime I choose to.
I choose to expect goodness — what fun! I am really taking that one on right now. I can’t wait to see what happens today; there are several beautiful opportunities that I know of, and I choose to expect unexpected goodness, too – surprise me! Thank you, thank you!
I choose the freedom to focus on all that is right, rather than what is wrong. I choose gratitude – I’m so grateful to have the capacity to choose! (And I choose to acknowledge David Mumm of PowerLearn.us for reminding me of the power of choice and his alphabetical affirmations. Thank you David!)
I choose to trust that you are always there, dear TG, to guide and protect me. I choose that life is a magical adventure. I choose that it is in the highest and best good for all, especially me, to allow myself to trust, to love, and to enjoy the adventure! I know everything can change in an instant for the better, anytime I choose. Thank you for that miracle!
And now I see the gift in my sleeplessness and fear and doubt – another opportunity to practice choosing, and experience this liberation. Thank you!!
TG: Can you now choose to trust that all is truly well, and go back to sleep?
P: I don’t know, I’ll check in with myself to see…
TG: NO, we ask: can you choose it?
P: Yes I can choose it.
TG: Is there any reason not to?
P: [on reflection] No. I choose to trust that all is truly well (and has been, and will be.) I choose as an act of trust to allow myself to relax and fall back to sleep – without effort or trying, just relaxing into the beauty and gratitude of choosing to trust. Thank you. I feel moved!
And now I am moving myself back up to bed… [Slept more soundly than I had in days, awoke totally refreshed, had a wonderful day.]
What is going on here?
On a profound level we are all, worldwide, at work on piercing through the veil of Illusion (fear, doubt, shame, hatred, prejudice, all forms of separation) to remember our true unity and essential nature — the love, light and joy that glows like a jewel in our hearts. Every time each of us awakens to this truth we strengthen the energetic Grid of Light that helps us all grow, heal and evolve.
One of the easiest and most powerful ways to see through the Illusion right NOW is to combine the magic of gratitude and the power of choice.
You can do this as simply as 1, 2, 3:
STEP 1. Scan your thoughts, feeling, and body sensations to notice what is already there.
STEP 2. If what you notice does NOT make you feel good, tell yourself “I am willing to experience something better” and see if you can allow that to be true. (If you can’t, just notice you’re not willing right now. You can always ask “please help me to be willing,” or try again later.)
STEP 3. If you are willing, actively CHOOSE it now. Write or say aloud, “I choose life is an adventure. I choose to be brave. I choose to be caring.” Feel the truth of each statement as you say it. (This shifts us from fear-and-struggle mode into Love, and changes our perception of reality in a moment).
Bonus: You can strengthen this shift by going through the alphabet — for each letter choose a virtue or possibility that enlivens you, and CHOOSE it. For example:
I choose now (or today) to be:
- A authentic
- B brave
- C compassionate
- D divining love & harmony
- E expecting goodness
- F forgiving myself & others
- G grateful
Try it out, and tell me what happens!
It’s truly inspiring and uplifting to participate in this 365 Days of Gratitude movement, even if you only read what others write…
And I’d love to hear from YOU.
With love and blessings,
Dr. Pamela Moss, The Soul Guide