Clearing Gratitude from Guilt

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I used to write lists of joy in the past having a major challenging phase in my life. I wrote them for not to get drown in those challenges, to keep on noticing all the good and wonderful still going on in my life. I also wrote them to clear guilt from gratitude. I did it by adding the words and the energies of joy and joyful in my lists of gratitude. I gave joyful thanks to the universe.

Nobody (in relative terms) in my past surroundings and in the society had wanted anything bad by gearing gratitude with guilt and obligation, which tell us that we don´t quite deserve what we receive and that it is somehow away from those less fortunate. We should be grateful, because…That kind of guilt was programmed due to understandable reasons by the even earlier generations in our culture. (Not that it was or is a concern of all the people, but one of those more collective programmings that some of us may adopt unconsciously. On a deeper level it relates to a bunch of patriarchal believes. The quilt and related was also a bigger issue to me, to a part of my personality, having more layers and connections).

So, I managed to clear gratitude from guilt and obligation and now-a-days joy is related to being thankful even without me adding the word “joy” or “joyful” to it.

What kind of feelings does gratitude evoke in you?

Related: Lovely tips from the blog Project Light to Life

Nice Things Jar

Start a Gratitude Journal

 

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An Article: Are You in Creative Void?

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Although there is a concept of void in astronomy, there is no empty space in the universe, says science. Many of us are aware of the concept of “void” in spirituality. That void is not empty either, although it might feel being so. A void space is often and for instance experienced when the old is leaving and the new is not yet quite there. We can enter a void concerning one life area or issue or several ones at the same time. A void period can last  lets say from a few moments to several years (depending also on how we define a void). It can be a time to embrace uncertainty and confusion by our personality, and of letting go. It can also be a very creative time to tune inside and try out several probable futures and a great opportunity for inner growth and transformation, so the new will be even better, more wonderful and more satisfying than the old that is leaving, or has already left, us.

Here is an article about the void with some practical tips and insights:

Are You in Creative Void? Coping with Spiritual Timing

From Linda Mackenzie: http://healing.about.com/od/synchronicity/a/spirit_timing.htm

Related:

Vacuum State in Quantum Field Theory

No Empty Space In The Universe

 

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A Poem of Joy: Daffodils

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Daffodils

by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed and gazed but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

 

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An Energy Boost from Tolkien

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Song Of Aragorn

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

– JRR Tolkien

Sing hey! for the bath at close of day
that washes the weary mud away!
A loon is he that will not sing:
O! Water Hot is a noble thing!

– From the Bath Song of  JRR Tolkien

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Gentle Vibes – My Tarot Card for July

thoth4CupsIt is always a pleasure to me to pick The Four of Cups – Magnetite (Lodestone) because of its tender, gentle nature. It is about giving and receiving love and affection and kind gestures not only in romantic sense, but also relating to family, friends and acquaintances and even strangers. It is a compassionate, emotionally nurturing card and very magnetic to good. It is about ease and grace. On the other side of the coin, if not being aware of it, we (or others relating to us) may become overly protective, pampering, dependent or overly indulgent. We might do things we don´t really want to, because of the fear of rejection. It may also remind us to be open to receive and that we are deserving beings.

Cups are ruled by the element of Water. They reflect our inner emotional reality. Their realm includes love, feelings, interaction in relationships, and sexual energy (the Yin, or feminine aspect).

Keywords of Four of Cups, Luxury: Moon in Cancer, love, tenderness, care, emotional riches. Gerd Ziegler, Tarot – Mirror of the Soul

Magnetite – Lodestone

“Magnetite balances the intellect with inner emotions to bring about stability. This is an excellent stone for balancing polarities such as male-female; physical-spiritual; left brain-right brain, and many more. Magnetite aligns the chakras and connects the base and earth chakras to the nurturing energies of the earth. Additional properties include:

Aids telepathy, meditation, visualization
Strengthens trust in your own intuitions
The magnetic quality of magnetite attracts love, commitment and loyalty
Offers relief from negative emotions” – source: crystal-cure.com

The Sanskrit word for magnetite is chum-baka, meaning the “kisser”. T’su shi is what the Chinese call it and means the “loving stone”. These names are based on its ability to attract other metals. For this reason, it has often been used as a love charm.  –  Richard Webster,  Magical Symbols of Love & Romance

Affirmation:  I enjoy my relationships with gratitude and joy. I am in the flow of love. I am magnetic to good.

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Images: Four of Cups / ALISTAIR Crowley tarot, magnetite – Lodestone /Ryan Somma, wikimedia commons