What would it be like to take one day a week and give only thanks in prayer rather than asking forsomething, or petitioning God. No matter what the current outlook, do you give thanks for what is, and for how excited you are to discover the situation’s outcome? Prayer isn’t about “getting” — it’s about change. Changing our consciousness.
When we pray “Oh, God, give me this” or, “Give me this and I’ll do that” it’s not a prayer at all. It’s a business deal, and we’re calling the shots. The Universe doesn’t work like that. Run a perception check right now. Have you been whining about work? Bad mouthing someone? Complaining about money? Is your response to defend all the reasons you hate your job, and the louse who isn’t paying you enough? —And after all, you’re only involved in gossip, back-biting pettiness, because the person is so stupid, or rude, right? NO! You’re partaking in verbal graffiti. There is no justification. It’s up to you to change your thinking, and change your life. Only you can do it. To take from a song, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”
Don’t like the job? Sit down and get quiet. Do you know if this situation is temporary? Is it a stepping stone? A learning curve for you? (It may be a spiritual learning curve, and that doesn’t always show up in the setting we expect.) Are you willing to leave the job, neighborhood or person? Do you believe you’re worthy of the position or situation you want to manifest? Do you listen for guidance? (Do you ask for it?) — If you think that’s an odd thing to write after beginning the post with “Praise, don’t ask” re-read the first sentence: Take one day a week in prayer to praise, and give thanks rather than asking forsomething, or petitioning God. In the Jewish teaching, the Sabbath is a day to refrain from asking God for “more.” The day is meant for expressing thanks to God.
In all things give thanks. Got food? Thank you God! Maybe your home was destroyed by Sandy. Did someone open their home to you? It’s not brushing over tough situations, it’s shining the light on what’s working in your life. The stronger the wind behind the ocean, the bigger the waves. Same is true with our thoughts and perceptions. If we run around taking smack about our life, guess what? We’re creating a storm, and we’ll get more smack to talk about. Oh, no. Don’t want that!
So, turn it around. It’s cause and effect. Make sure the wind behind the ocean is harnessed power, one that will sail your ship in the direction you intend to go, rather than destroy your ship. We never go directly from point A to point B, but if our intention is focused and we stay true to our desires, the detours won’t be as drastic, and many of the adventures will bring us joy along the way.
This brings us back to focusing on what we want to experience. Not as in, “I want this, and this, and that…” but as in, if I want a better job, it serves me well to praise everything about my current job. (Even if you still feel the louse doesn’t pay you enough.) Thank God for an income. Think of anything you can about the job that you like. Is it close to home? Do you have a window with a nice view? As you go through everything you can think of that’s good in the situation, take that “good” energy and feel it. Don’t just go through the motions of making a mental list, and saying, “Thank you.” Our Universe is a feeling, creative one. It picks up on your vibration. If this is dreaded homework, find a way that works better for you. Mostly, stay out of the intellect. That’s where the ego lives. The Creative Mind is the mind of God. It lives in the imagination; the home of possibilities.
One day this week, see how many people, things and events you can hold in gratitude, without asking for “more.”