Some years ago I learned a meditative technique from a group called the Ishayas. Part of this technique was called the Gratitude Attitude. That name stuck in my mind….a lot and this Gary Scott November 25, 2004 message shares a lesson I learned from these words may add extra spirit to this day of thanksgiving at
My impression from the Ishayas is that gratitude has great power that can remove root stresses in our lives. By focusing on the objective world with gratitude; we can cure erroneous beliefs and concepts about the body and our external universe.
The Ishayas say that gratitude is the master key for unlocking belief in the limitations of the body. It is invaluable for healing
disease of any and all kinds.
You can learn more about what the Ishayas say at http://www.awakeningpath.com/about.html
But shortly after learning that technique I gained my lesson by seeing an Andean shaman use it in a most powerful way. Merri and I were spending the entire winter at our Ecuadorian plantation with this shaman and his apprentices. We lived in a 10'x 10' hut, no electricity, no phone and no hot water…for all those months.
Our goal to understand how these people really lived, thought and felt. We did not expect was to learn how much we truly are blessed in life and how much we have to be thankful for.
Though they had nothing and earned about $30 a month, the joy and happiness during that time with those people was infectious, laughter always just waiting to bubble over at any event. I remember one day the country shut down. I mean almost everything.
Gas ran out and all the banks were closed. The shaman and the apprentices lost every penny they had in the banks. Upon learning this the shaman called for a mingo (this word means circle and represents a meeting) where he performed a ceremony of thanks for all the change that these losses would bring.
Later after the meeting we sat on the front porch and watched the setting sun, dropping in a burst of purple and mauve. The wind was warm and a symphony of insects gave a serenade. This now penniless shaman looked over and whispered. “life is good”.
Changes in his financial life did not rob him of a penny's worth of living. He filled what others considered a loss with gratitude.
I can't put in words what a sense of peace and harmony rolled over us as we looked down at the lushness of the valley below, the mists rising, the waterfalls folding in lacy cascades, bird songs trilling through the clear air. The river although far below us was a great bubbling sound along with the strangeness of some of the bird calls. This was a joy we had not felt since we were kids.
As Merri and I sit here now in lush comfort, enjoying this day of thanks, we fell incredible joy knowing that in this world of problems we can have the gift of helping. So we thank you for letting us share and hope we can help make your life better in some small way.
We cannot thank you enough! We look forward with great joy to sharing more ideas in the year ahead with you. If we can in some way make your life more joyous and help you laugh, learn and be grateful, we will truly be blessed. There is such beauty on this earth and in this world at this time and we feel privileged to be able to share it with you.