Archive for May 16th, 2010

Today’s message from your Angels concerns that entirely under-rated attitude, gratitude. It sounds so trite: be grateful for things and people in your life; count your blessings. Mostly, these sound like empty words, platitudes expressed by miserable people who are trying to feel good in their misery. After living with this word intensely for the past year, and for having sporadically felt it for some decades, I am here to tell you that when you practice gratitude, wonders come into your life.

For me, the beginnings of gratitude started after the mushrooms began talking to me. As I shopped in the produce section of the supermarket, the mushrooms wanted to come home with me. “What do I need mushrooms for?” I wondered and totally dismissed the thought. The very next day, I wanted to cook beef stroganoff, which called for—you guessed it—mushrooms. Had I bought them yesterday, I would have them now. Instead, because I did not follow guidance (who knew that mushrooms could talk, anyway?), I had to make that extra trip to the market. Off I went, grumbling to myself about not having followed guidance, and bought the needed mushrooms. As I was cutting them up for dinner, I had the thought that I should thank them for volunteering to be eaten by me. An odd thought, that. Accustomed to taking my vegetables for granted, it was a truly novel idea to thank them for sacrificing themselves on my behalf. Thank them I did, and proceeded to cut them up for dinner. After this initial experience, it has become second nature for me to mentally thank my vegetables, and even the chicken or other meat that I am using, just before I cut them up. I am unsure of the physical effect of this act of gratitude. Perhaps it helps you digest your food better, or perhaps you utilize your food more effectively to keep you healthy and strong. Incidentally, the vegetables and meat don’t mind if you do not acknowledge their sacrifice in becoming your food, but they appreciate your awareness of them, when you do thank them. Somehow, that awareness and appreciation translates into a benefit for you.

Slowly, and in spurts, I was directed to begin to thank the Universe for a multitude of things which I had previously taken for granted. I began giving mental thanks for my wonderful car, which had brought me home safely, once again. I gave thanks for my warm, soft bed with the wonderful mattress that hugs me just right. I gave thanks for my tight roof, which keeps out the weather in the driving rain. I gave thanks for having enough money to pay my bills any particular month. This last idea I received from my dear sister. Many years ago, I was complaining to her about having to pay so many bills and how the money just seemed to be hemorrhaging from my bank account. She listened in her wonderful way and then said, “I’m always grateful that I have the money to pay the bills”. What a novel idea, I thought. Since then, I, too, have developed the habit of thanking the Universe that I am able to pay my bills, and since then, I always have enough money to pay the bills. It’s close sometimes, but the money is always there.

A propos that idea, just this past week a miracle happened regarding my bills. This miracle is directed related, I believe, to both my continued expressions of gratitude and my expectation of help from my Angels. My car, which is my lifeline to the world, had been acting up. The steering was wobbly, clunks came from unexpected places, the steering wheel was canted 30 degrees from the horizontal, and a rhythmic “thump, thump, thump” was being telegraphed along the driveshaft into the steering wheel when I was stopped at a light. Annoying symptoms, which, I believed, could be addressed by a simple wheel alignment. Silly, naive, little ole me. Wheel alignment? How about rebuilding the front end, to the tune of $3500? There I was, between a rock and a hard place. The car was undriveable in its present condition and I need it for my work, but who has $3500 in their back pockets for a major car repair? Trusting to the Universe, I gave permission for the work to be done and drove away in a very plush loaner car.

The day before I was to pick up my repaired car, I was driving to an appointment in the plush loaner. My mind went blank and I mentally talked with my Angels. Calmly, I told them that I would have to pay for the repairs to my car, but had no visible means of doing so. I told them that they would have to come up with a plan, to reveal the plan to me, and to let me know how all of this would be accomplished. I thanked them for their help and totally put the matter out of my mind. That night, as I was opening the mail, an amazing offer was presented from one of my credit card companies. This particular bank had an offer for 0% interest on cash advances for six months, with only a 4% transaction fee! I could pay for my car repairs! Just to be absolutely certain of the bank’s rules, I called the customer service line. A very helpful representative told me not only the fine points of the rules, but also offered to extend the life of the loan—at 0%—for an additional 3 months! I could not believe my luck. Not only had my Angels presented me with a way to pay for my car repairs, but they did it with a very low interest rate and then extended the loan payment period! Gratefully, I thanked the agent for this offer and told him that he had no earthly idea how helpful this had been. The agent transferred the money to my checking account and I was able to pick up my car the next day, having paid for it in full. Truly, my Angels had, once again, saved my sorry patootie.

These are just a few small examples from my own experiences of how having a feeling of gratitude for elements in my life has allowed even more abundance to flow into it. In the coming days, your Angels will have more to say about this concept of gratitude and plan to show you some of the wonderful benefits that can come your way.