If you believe, as I do, that we are all one energy and you are feeling grateful, to whom or what do you offer thanks?
I realized that I was not offering gratitude as much as I would like and then I released that I didn’t know who to offer my gratitude to. I’m working with concepts like The Emptiness That Holds Everything, and The Void, and All That Is.
They/it/whatever probably doesn’t need thanks. But I need to give it. Me, in my body suit, wants to notice the good stuff that shows up and say “thank you”. But that’s tricky when I think there’s only one energy and we are all it.
My Helping Spirits began to offer some insights. I do shamanic journeying every day and in those inner visits to the invisible world, I’m joined by helping spirits in the form of a metaphor that only I am to interpret. (Just as your metaphors are only for you to interpret.)
Sometimes those helping spirit metaphors make more sense to me than others. I have a big black snake named Charlie who lives in the Lower World and whose primary gift its to give me hugs….go figure. As I continue to study shamanism, I identify more and more levels of being-ness. However, some of those are based on the experiences and studies of others, and who actually knows what The Void is like? I realized I had to figure this one out for myself. Just as you will have to also do.
You ancestors are helping you
Fairly recently it was suggested I journey to talk to my ancestors. There seem to be several ways to interpret the ancestors. I like the idea that they live on a parallel universe rather than a linear one. The consensus is that they are actively engaged in our well being.
My ancestors showed up as a rabbit.
Well, hey, I can offer thanks to a rabbit. I was on a roll.
The Divine Feminine
Then I found myself having trouble with the idea of a Divine Mother. I can’t do an old white man in the sky Father figure and I have a similar problem with the idea of a Divine Mother. But I sure can embrace the idea of Divine Feminine. It’s interesting how a name can hang you up.
Who is guiding you?
I actually have several guides that have evolved as I have continued to take various shamanic journeys over the year. I finally figured out that a metaphor I call The Director is a primary guide for me. But I had a hard time bringing in the Angel with the Golden Wings. Again because I had a hard time with the idea of angels. She came in slowly in my journeys – almost one wing at a time. And I was resistant. Now I realize that for me, she is the metaphor for the Divine Feminine.
Back to giving thanks
Those helping spirits do not need my gratitude, but I need to offer it. And since they are consistently active in my journeys, they seem like a good place to begin.
I am thankful for my gifts and talents. Where do they come from? Who do I thank? Perhaps my ancestors (Rabbit) and my major guide (The Director) who helped me choose the form of this lifetime.
I am grateful for the adventures my mind is taking me on and the doors that are being opened in the Unseen World for me. Can I just toss that gratitude up into The Void, the All-That-Is? I think, that since I am currently in the form of a woman, I might offer gratitude to my ancestors or to the Divine Feminine.
Do you see my problem? Offering gratitude is a body-suit need. I know the ancestors or the Divine Feminine don’t need gratitude but I have a feeling they would appreciate it.
I can thank Nature. Sophia, the soul of the earth or Gaia. I can thank the elements of Wind, d Fire, Air, and Earth. Those seem tangible to me. And yet their spirits are very intangible.
But who do I thank when a particularly good idea comes through? And I write about it and it changes others? That’s not me. That’s the Energy of Oneness. Ah ha. A new metaphor. The Energy of Oneness. I like that. That puts my gratitude back out into the Vibration That Is Everything.
I don’t ask for help – I am responsible
There’s one other major consideration. I believe I create my own reality. So there’s no supplication or asking for help because I’m it. The buck stops here. I attracted it. I can send it away. That doesn’t mean that the Helping Spirits don’t shower me with ideas or insights or even courage, but it’s me doing my life. Me being my vibration. Me living in this body suit and figuring out how to do it well. The outcome is my responsibility.
Self-responsibility is challenging
Self-responsibility is all we have. There is no “other” doing it to us. It’s us manifesting whatever we’re manifesting because of our thoughts and words and actions. We change. Our life changes.
Does that mean I thank me? Hummmmm. It might. Not in praise but in acknowledgment and gratitude for the choices I make. Thank you, Cara, for recognizing this idea and exploring it. Thank you, energy known as Cara, for exploring and considering that great idea for a new project today. Thank you, Cara, for experiencing a shift and being willing to reach out to others more.
Who do I thank? Who do you thank?
There is something bigger
Of course, there’s something bigger. I just don’t know what it is. 95% of the world is unseen. But since everything is vibration, I think we communicate with whatever it is through our vibration. I’m working to raise mine. I know we communicate with whatever it is through those unexpected thoughts of insight and encouragement that make us climb higher on our path.
Why do you offer gratitude?
Who do you offer gratitude to?
Deeper Song Affirmation
I ask my inner guides to help me understand
how and to whom I am to offer gratitude.
Deeper Song Process
I think I win a prize for advanced spiritual philosophy on this exploration.
- Who or what do you offer gratitude to?
- Go beyond any religious or spiritual teaching you have received and see what your inner voice says.
- If you journey or meditate ask for a deeper understanding of gratitude – its purpose – where it is to be directed.
- Figure out how you want to offer gratitude in your life.
- Do that.
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