“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
I love Thanksgiving. I love that it is a secular holiday that applies to anyone, yet also ties into the very spiritual idea of Thanksgiving. I love that its a nice family based holiday without a lot of commercialization; a perfect break between the growing commercialization of Halloween and the complete frontal assault of Christmas.
This week I am going to focus on Thankfulness on this blog. It is a practice in itself that is highly underrated. When I included a chapter on being thankful as a daily practice in the SS course, it generated more objections than any other practice I gave except meditation. It still amazes me that if I told people to summon a demon or cast a jinx, they would probably have no objection (I dont ask either BTW) but people get fiesty when I ask them to sit still for a few minutes a day and be thankful for what they have.
Some truly cannot see what they DO have because they are blinded by what they DON’T have. Some feel cursed, like the world is just arrayed against them, yet when I look at them I can see some amazing things that most people wish they had.
For some the Holiday itself is tainted , having its roots in a fabled meeting and peaceful between Pilgrims and Native Americans who we then went on to slaughter en masse. Likewise life itself is tainted by all that is wrong with the world. I urge you to acknowledged what is wrong, but not to let that stop you from celebrating what is right! Leave Burroughs and Wednesday Adams alone this year and give Thanks!
Thankfulness is a practice that is not only religious, but magical. When we are grateful to another human being for something that they did for us, we give value to that person, build rapport, and also cause that person to want to please us further to continue the positive feelings. It is the same way with the universe itself. After your meditation, but before you concentrate on your projection for the day, give thanks to the universe for all the random factors that have gotten you this far. The body you were born in, the education you were able to receive, the people that life has brought you into contact with. Anything and everything that you value.
The focus on good things that you already possess reinforces the idea that you can get more of the same, and build self-value. Another trick is to give thanks in advance for what you expect to achieve through magic. It just primes the forces that surround you to respond with success. This is not some new thought shenanigans - this is the basis upon which your rituals should rest!