We automatically say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ because we have been taught that it is right. What that automatic response lacks to us is the feel that it is right. It is time for our good and the good of others to start saying ‘thank you’ with a deep sense of Grace for what has been given us. It’s easy because you don’t have to be embarrassed by expressing gratitude – at first – to the Universe. There are no words to memorize or audience to please. You can express gratitude is the space of a few minutes – any time – anywhere. Say thank you for what you have previously taken for granted, for the commonplace, for the very growth of your insight and experience. Say thank you for having two sound legs to walk on, eyes that can see, a person or people to love you. Moreover, if you don’t have anyone that loves you, say thank you that that can change, that you have a new day and a new opportunity to work for and attract respect and good people to you.
Express gratitude for the job that you hate (it helps you pay the bills), and for the opportunity to start a business of your own with some of the finest teachers and soon-to-be comrades. Express gratitude for the ability to wake up, think coherently, and experience the day. You will be surprised by what this simple act can do – first for yourself and then for others as you put out grace, more grace will come to you. That’s just too easy, I can hear you say! Bad things happen to me, they happen to everyone, what you are doing is asking me to ignore reality. No, I’m not. Bad things are going to happen to us all and our human response is to react with great energy to the pain, fear, and disappointment those experiences can bring. What I am asking you to do is what Proctor calls the Energy Redirection Technique. Basically, you have the opportunity during any part of a bad or painful experience to redirect the energy of the anger, disappointment or pain into something endurable, into something that will help you attract the solution and the answer – from the inexhaustible resources of the energy of the Universe – right before, during, or any time after a loss. Proctor (and I) don’t ask you not to feel pain, grief, loss, nor do we suggest there is a timetable for anyone in any negative situation.
Remember the Proctor mantra – “Emotions + Energy = Action”. Try to re-focus when another driver cuts you off; remember, that person must be under a great deal of stress to act like that in the first place. Try thinking of what he is doing for you instead of to you by his actions. Perhaps his actions are going to buy you more time and prevent you from an accident! It is not simplistic. It is not purely reactive. What it is – is pro-active. As Proctor points out, “The energy redirection technique is really simple. When faced with a bad situation, think of a way to turn it into a challenge (that you CAN overcome)…by finding a challenge, a goal – something to motivate and inspire you – you can re-allocate a large chunk of your energy away from the negative thoughts. In other words, thoughts that would otherwise be obsessed with the negative events can now be redirected and focused on something positive.” The Universe operates on some pretty basic, does not take a rocket scientist principles. Do not dismiss what looks easy this time – as too good to be true. In fact, it’s so good it is true!