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Give Thanks

By Charles Wm. Skillas, PhD, DD, BCH, CI, FNGH, MCCHt


We have to give thanks when we are feeling the worst. This really helps. I know it helps me. It does not require you to believe in a higher power or God or any religion or anything, including yourself. You might have just lost your job or all your money or your love has left you or you got news that you have cancer or some other misery or that your child has died or you are a quadriplegic or in the depths of despair and are thinking of suicide … giving thanks helps you. It does not matter who you are thanking. Just doing it helps you.

There is one day per year when we are reminded to give thanks and that day is Thanksgiving. But we need to give thanks every day, many times for our own benefit. It helps us. We might think when in the depths of anguish that there is nothing to thank anyone for and if there is who is it? It doesn't have to be anyone in particular. Pick something like nature or the sun or the ocean or the universe or the solar system if you don't believe in a higher power like a God or something. It is great if you believe in a God to thank, but many people in misery find it difficult to thank someone like God who they may blame for their problems.

The fact is that God does not cause our problems. In the old testament of the bible, the Judaic God was a vengeful God and He smote the transgressor in terrible ways. That is not the God that really exists. I believe that God created us with love to express whatever God is and that we live many times experiencing all kinds of problems and that when we finally get it right, we go back to this infinite power. I believe that we are perfect beings because we were created by perfection and that this perfection dwells within us. It is our divine spirit. Carl Jung called this perfection, this divinity, the Superconscious Mind. We often call it the High self … the part of us that has always been perfect and always will be. The Huna of Polynesia studied our three selves for thousands of years and named these three selves Superconscious Mind (Amakua), Subconscious Mind (Unihipili) and Conscious Mind (Ohane). If you want to know more about these three selves, study the Huna or take my hypnotherapy class.

Giving thanks in the midst of adversity is like forgiving those who have transgressed against us. You are not forgiving them for what they have done to help them … you are forgiving them because it helps you! No matter how bad off you are, you can always find something to be thankful for. Look at Stephen Hawkins, the great physicist. He cannot move or speak and yet he is fathoming the universe. I think he is thankful for his wonderful mind, which is an expression of his perfect self.

Adversity, if it doesn't kill us, makes us stronger. An old adage says, "The strongest steel comes from the hottest fire". That may be why so much crap happens to us in life … to make us stronger and to learn. It takes strength to give thanks and be grateful when you are suffering, but why not try it? The mere act of expressing gratitude for what you have, even though what you may only have left is the spark of life within you, will help you. The act of gratitude is a holy act and I think it clears the energy meridians of the body, because you feel better right away. We do this in hypnotherapy and it helps greatly. Getting the Chi life force energy moving through you, nourishing the cells of your body makes you feel better.

Disclaimer:
This article is intended for general informational purposes
and does not provide medical, psychological, or other professional advice.


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