Gratitude: A Panacea

Field theory teaches us about “going the other way” when faced with a problematic situation, rather than following our first impulse to “apply pressure” through will, effort, and resistance. We can experience a dramatic example of the power of going the other way by practicing gratitude. Generally, the depth of thanks we feel depends on conditions: first something good happens, then we’re grateful. We rarely invoke a consciousness of gratitude before the fact, though if we could do so consistently, we would find the facts embodying conditions that “go with” a grateful consciousness. This shows the reversibility of principles basic to Field practice.

Consciousness, not the world, takes the lead. To prove this, we have to stop becoming the effect of our experience, for until we do, how can we appropriate our identity as cause (creator)? In Field theory, we choose gratitude deliberately, regardless of the facts, and as we’re living consistently in this stance, the facts are shaped accordingly.

This adopting of gratitude must be done for its own sake, and not in order to change the facts. We can do this by giving our attention to things for which we’re truly grateful that represent some form of whatever it is we’re wanting. So, for example, if you wish to experience more material wealth, you would shift your consciousness by letting go of trying to make wealth happen, and instead recognize the things you already have that represent wealth or abundance. The things themselves are not important here, only the feeling that you are already in consciousness who you wish to be in the world. Your aim is to take on the consciousness of one who feels wealthy, to adopt that point of view and remain in it. The feeling is one of releasing all striving to do, have, or be more and instead celebrating what life already has given you.

In other words, the consciousness of gratitude must be genuine, not strategic. There is an old expression that implies something of the spirit of this: “Better is the enemy of good.” In Field theory, we would add, “Good is the friend of better,” since as we align, in gratitude, with our current good, we open the door to better coming into our experience. Gratitude in the face of any problem is a powerful form of "going the other way."

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