Shaman ~ Gratitude
Discovering the Shaman Healer Within
Aho! Take a journey and an exploration into the worlds and the way of the
Shaman. Come and sit down before the fire with the Shaman as you calm your mind
and open your heart to the teachings of the Elders. As you walk the path of
this course, you will re-member many skills, talents, places and people from
your past that you have forgotten. Welcome to the reconnection to your purpose
as healer. Let the Shaman Elder take the talking stick and listen to his words.
The Shaman Way: Gratitude ~ Embracing
By Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls
Walking in gratitude is not a hard thing to do yet it is the basis of a happy
life and your own personal power. Native Americans give thanks to Mother Earth
for everything they have. Christians give thanks before they eat.
give thanks to the universe for all that they are.
When we walk in gratitude we find again that sense of wonder in everything
around us. We realize the bounty that we have in life. We appreciate the beauty
we see. We hear the beautiful winds in the trees. We smell the flowers. We know
how much is given to us that we didn't even have to work for. We walk with a
sense of smallness against this gift, this experience of life.
Being grateful is as much a part of being mature as having wisdom or discernment.
Gratitude teaches us to admire those around us, to lend a helping
hand to those who need one. And who are we not to be grateful? Do we not see the
blessings of the air we breathe? Do we not realize how fortunate we are to be
walking this land? Just look around at all the places you could be.
Did you have a good idea today? Be grateful for that! Did you eat today? Be
grateful! Is there a dollar in your wallet? Can you be grateful for that? When
was the last time you looked into the heavens and said, "Thank you!"
Albert Einstein was one of the greatest thinkers in history. He was always aware
of what could have been and expressed his thanks each day. Gandhi had nothing
and yet was one of the most grateful men who ever lived. It isn't about who you
are or what you have, what station in life you have been blessed with. It is
simply to be. To be is worthy of thanks.
Some people feel they have nothing to be thankful for. But do they have air to
breathe? Did they get up this morning and find the sun shining? Did they find
another human being to talk to? Companionship, caring, compassion, beauty, life,
seasons, the earth, these are all worthy of our thanks.
The Shaman cannot heal without gratitude.
It is not the
who creates any
healing, who finds the lost souls, who comforts the dying with hope in new life.
These things are greater than any man, Priest or Shaman. It is our
interconnectedness with each other through the universe that gives us what we
need, what we want and even more than we imagine.
Start each day with a prayer of thanks giving.
Tell the universe how happy you
are to find the sun shining in your window, to hear the birds singing and see
the green grass glowing with dew. Thank your Creator for the gifts you will
receive this day. Humble yourself at the magnificent creation of life and give
gratitude for being an observer of this most
holy miracle today.
By giving thanks you are opening yourself to all the possibilities of goodness.
You are joining into the universal awareness as a participant in life. You are
forming a council and taking your seat in the creation of the day. You come with
open hands to receive and ready to give your blessings to those around you. You
realize your fortune and you wish that same fortune for all.
Being grateful sets the place for goodness and open communication with teachers
and guides. It shows your willingness to learn and your respect for what is.
Gratitude manifests more things to be grateful for. If you
make a list each day of those things you feel grateful for
you will find that your list will grow
over time. It will change from things seen to those things that are unseen and
far more important than material possessions or fame. You will touch the very
fabric of your soul and feel the blessings you have that are so worthy of your
gratitude. In humbleness, you receive more than you could ever receive with
pride. Gratitude begets humility in this awesome life experience.
A Shaman knows this humility and often falls to his knees to return the
heartfelt love that he recognizes and honors. The power of the Shaman comes not
from within but from without because a man standing on his own is just a man but
a man standing on the grace of gratitude walks with Spirit and is given
everything - even the ability to heal. Approach each day, each hour, each
minute with gratitude in your heart and find love filling your spirit with its
own power and truth.
Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls is one of America's most beloved elder teachers of Shamanism for today's modern society. She is a gifted energy healer and the creator and instructor of these Self-Healing Expressions courses:
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