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Thanksgiving — Its Spiritual Significance

This except is by Marie Watts from The Word.

We know that God really is All, and there is nothing that is not God. This being true, we are aware that God is the entirety of our Existence, and the entirety of our Intelligence, our Life, our Consciousness, and the entirety of our Body.

Furthermore, God has to be the entirety of our experience, and God has to be the One who experiences. As there is no God outside of, or other than, our Self, whom or what are we going to thank for a greater Realization of Perfection? There is only one answer to this question: There is no one to thank at all other than our God Self.

To give thanks, and to be grateful, mean exactly the same thing. We are grateful, but our gratitude is not to God. Neither is it for things or for healing. Our gratitude is not for the fact that something that was already perfect was revealed to be perfect, for the realization of the evidence of supply when supply has always been present. We cannot be grateful that God is God or that omnipresent heaven is the Presence of heaven right here and now. So, let us perceive the true meaning of the word “gratitude,” and why we are grateful.

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord even the devils are subject unto us through thy name” (Luke 10:17). The disciples knew that they went forth in their right and only Identity. They also knew that the name of their Identity was the same name as was that of the one called Jesus – I AM. “…in this rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). Right here is the key to the tremendous significance of that word, “thanks.”

We rejoice (or give thanks), “because our names are written in heaven.” We rejoice because we have discovered that the I AM Identity is eternally perfect, free, joyous, and abundantly aware of infinite Supply. We rejoice (give thanks) because we perceive that our I AM Identity is eternally in heaven, because our I AM Identity is the very Presence of heaven Itself.

That which had appeared to be hate is perceived to be Love, and that which had seemed to be darkness is seen to be Light. Above all, we rejoice because we have discovered our genuine and only Identity, and our name is I AM.

Our joy is boundless because we are actually “seeing” things as they are, rather than as they appeared to be when we seemed to “see through a glass darkly.” Our gratitude is really our great joy in realizing this true and only perception. This is our Thanksgiving. This is our gratitude, and this is our eternal song of Joy.

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GRATITUDE ELEVATED

Count your many blessings,
Name them one by one.
And it will surprise you
What the Lord has done.
Count your many blessings,
See what God has done.

That’s the refrain of a popular hymn sung in many Protestant churches in the United States. It’s a hymn of gratitude – a timely topic this Thanksgiving season.

Focus On The Good

In many churches, pastors urge their congregants to take their watchful eyes off the barren places in their lives and refocus them on the good that’s already present. Some respond by making a nightly list of all the good things that happened that day. Have you ever done that? It does seem to soften the rough bumps and hard blows of the day.

Such a list might look like this:

  • I am so grateful that the business transaction went through without a hitch.
  • I am so grateful that the doctor says my body is healing.
  • I am grateful that I wasn’t hurt in the car accident.
  • I am really grateful that I won $200.00 in the state lottery.

A List Built On Spiritual Reality

Nothing is wrong if your list looks like this, but let’s elevate it. The list above is likely to change tomorrow, and the following week it’ll be forgotten. Meaning, there’s another way to build a “gratitude list” that’s enduring and changeless. Such a list is built on spiritual reality. It’s a list that can be contemplated for days on end, revealing even greater wonders.

As you read the list below, it will trigger other ideas. That’s good. It’s supposed to do that. Let those ideas flow. Sit with them. Contemplate them. In doing so, you’ll squeeze all of the juice out of this enchanting moment of contemplation.

The Elevated List

  • I am grateful to know that despite all contrary appearances, God (Perfection) is the only Presence.
  • I am grateful to know that I and God is one, and all that God Is, I Am.
  • I am grateful to know that the kingdom of heaven in all its resplendent grandeur inheres my very own being.

NOTE: This gratitude is not to a God outside of you for so-called gifts given to you. Rather, this gratitude is another way of saying, “I’m so glad that I’ve come to realize the freeing Truth of God’s Allness.” It’s an exercise in spiritual mindfulness.

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