I remember my grandmother telling us constantly: “Be thankful for what you have.”
I never really payed most attention to it because I didn’t or couldn’t understand why I needed to be thankful when things in our life were not so good. I mean, we didn’t have any money or food and sometimes the only thing that we could eat was carrots mixed with water, and if we were lucky, we would add a little sugar to it to give it a little flavor.
So, no, I couldn’t be thankful for situations like that because I could see how some neighbors and many people around us had a nice meal to eat and most of the time, they were not even nice people.
Funny part though, I didn’t know that my own ungratefulness was the cost of our lack on food, money, toys and pretty much anything I had desires for.
I was truly jealous of people that had more than we did, I would be so upset by just looking at them, feeling like it was so unfair and that we were definitely hopeless. Once again, being very, or I should say, extremely ungrateful for what I didn’t have in my life, created more of what I didn’t want.
I don’t think that being raised as catholic helped me much. I am saying this because, somehow, at a very young age, I knew this religion was not making much sense to me. I couldn’t understand how a repetition of things was doing anything in anyone’s life at all. Every Sunday morning, we were forced to dress up to go to a cold place full of people that would literally criticize each other instead of paying attention to what the priest was saying, even though, the priest always said the same things every single Sunday. So, I guess it is a little understanding why everyone was bored and the only thing they could do was to talk or criticize everyone else in church, including the priest sometimes.
My mother and grandmother also taught us, or reinforced us to pray “The Lord’s Prayer” every single night, and that too, was a very simple repetition of a very long paragraph, I felt like by doing that I was literally just wasting few more seconds of sleep.
One day, for some “strange,” reason I decided to be thankful for every single thing I did, had received or experienced that day. It felt so good and I literally could go to sleep with a huge smile in my face and I could even feel a strong energy of emotion and love in the center of my chest…. I wish I would have payed more attention to it making it stronger, but I didn’t. In other words, I wish I would have been more aware of what I was happening, because it was definitely changing my life for the best.
I remember that I was definitely feeling better about things and life in general, but somehow, I managed to go back to my old habits of negativity and depression, and completely stopped being thankful making my life more difficult than it should have been, allowing to create a cycle of more pain, frustrations and situations that were not so easy to deal with.
I am glad though that somehow and for a very beautiful reason, I had the ability to think about something and make it happen in my life. I would be determined to make it happen and work hard towards it. Even though, sometimes I would just think about it and soon enough it would manifest in my life. Again, at that time I was not aware of what was happening, but somehow, it would materialize sooner than I had thought about it. I could guess it was my excitement towards getting something I had dreamed off.
So, I could say that, in a way, I really had a very interesting life full of many ups and downs, and to be honest with you, it felt more downs than ups. At least that is how I felt for so many years, because if you ask me right now, I would totally say that I had more ups than downs in my life. In reality, we all do, but it is our perspective towards people and situations that allows us to see one thing being prominent or stronger than the other one.
Ok, so why the need to be grateful? Does being grateful really changes your life? I can say with plenty of certainty that Yes it does. How so?
Well, after many years of pain, negativity, anger and frustrations, I finally discovered that my happiest moments were the ones I had been grateful the most. If you go to the Manifestation Page, you would see that all of the manifestations were created only after being thankful for something it had not even been a reality yet.
Later on, I discovered that being thankful is the most powerful prayer ever. When we begged God for help because we are desperate, frustrated or just sad, we don’t get as fast results as being thankful for something we desire so much, even if it is health when we don’t have it or money when we don’t have it. For example, it would be better to say: “Thank you God for allowing me to be so healthy (when being really sick)” than saying: “God please help me with this illness, make it go away, don’t let me die or get worse” but I have to say that the sentence above is still better than saying: “I hate being sick, why are you punishing me God, what have I done to deserve this?”
If you could truly see what those sentences above would look like if put in a more physical perspective, one that we can see, then you will definitely see that words are very powerful, especially when your feelings towards those words are very strong and clear.
To prove this, Dr. Emoto studied water for more than 20 years and he too discovered the importance and beauty of the word “Thank you” and many other positive words as well as negative words.
He found that it was very important to know how the water has a secret within it, and that it is very important to be careful or aware of how we talk to each other, specially kids, since we are 75% water and kids 80% to 90% water (The older we get, the less water we have) When I tried his experiment, I was very amazed at how my life had been molded according to my thoughts, words, and mostly my feelings.
One day, after a lot of work within myself, (which I would talk a little more in another time or maybe in a book) I decided to do the experiment that Dr. Emoto had created to show people the importance not only of positive words and feelings, but also the importance of water and how you can change your life in a very beautiful but kind of simple and easy way by just being happy and positive most of the time. Like Abraham Hicks says: “You need to be happy in order to find happiness”
I know this doesn’t make much sense, but trust me, the only times I was truly happy was when I was already happy, or at least, when I had an emotion of comfort and ease. The key to this process though is to try and be positive or thankful for at least 22 days, because just like your body needs 22 days of work out for your body to get used to it, and see physical results, your brain and more specific your neurons, also need 22 days to really grasp the concept of positivism and thankfulness. After 22 days, every single cell of your body would feel positive and thankful for a lot of things, you wouldn’t even need to think about it, you would just naturally do it. The reason why we don’t see many results when trying something new, is because we do try for maybe a couple of weeks or sometimes just a couple of days and because we do not see any immediate change or result, then we believe this stuff does not work for us, that is not real, that it is just s joke, so we go back to our old believes and we stop trying completely, going back to our old habits.
I would recommend you take a look at Dr. Joe Dispenza for more detail information and practices about how our brain, neurons, thoughts and feelings work together in order to help us create a different life or reality.
Here is how my experiment with the water and rice worked, and, in a way, helped me see that first, I can change the Ph of the water with my thoughts and feelings, second, that I can create my own reality, third but not least, that this is a very healthy way to let out my emotions, specially my not so positive emotions without hurting the people than matters the most to me.
On my first exercise, I used two small jars, both of them had the same amount of rice and the same amount of water, then I would put the top on and put them in a place where they both would get the same amount of light and darkness, this is so you don’t think or say that the environment was the cause of the change. I put them apart from each other about one foot. The only difference between these two jars, is that one would have a little sticker that says either I love you, thank you, or any positive and the other one would have another sticker with any negative word such as stupid, idiot, or I hate you. In my case, I used the words “thank you” and “I hate you”
I was supposed to hold each jar for two minutes every day and while holding them, I would have the feelings of thankfulness or hate and send it to each jar. Of course, I couldn’t or didn’t really have those feelings while holding those jars, I couldn’t understand how to find those feelings towards something I thought had no life, to me the jar with the water and rice was just something material and nothing else.
So, I decided that every time I was already happy for whatever reason, I would hold the jar that said: “Thank you” and when I was super upset at something or someone, or I had had a very hard day, I would hold the jar that said: “I hate you,” since the feelings were already there and was so strong, there was no problem to do this.
In less than a month, I did notice many things, first, the jar with the word “thank you” had turned yellow and the smell was nice and soft. The rice was actually fermenting. On the other hand, the jar with the word “I hate you” didn’t change at all, the water was clear, maybe a tiny bit whiter, but the rice was completely white, like nothing had happened to it. But, when I opened the jar with the words “I hate you” to smell it, my daughter and I almost past out because the smell was so strong and literally horrible. I could see that my feelings had an effect on water and apparently material things as well. The changes on the color of the water depend on the strength of the person’s feelings while doing the exercise. I have known people that have turned the water and rice with the word “I hate you” completely black. If this happens to anyone out there, I would definitely recommend to please do not feel ashamed or bad about it, otherwise, you would just been adding to the feeling that is not so positive and you would just feel worse.
Second, I also noticed that every time I was super upset at someone or something, instead of getting my frustration out on that person, situation or thing, I would get it out on the jar with the word “I hate you” but as soon as I would put the jar down, I would literally feel relaxed, calmed and without any anger at all, it was amazing.
Third, I realized that I could tremendously affect my environment not only with my thoughts, but with my feelings. I realized I had control over my own reality, not only with situations, but also with material things and people.
* 2 jars (3 if you want to see what happens when you ignore it, you don’t put any word, you just simply ignore it for the same amount of time that you will be working on the positive word and negative word)
* ¼ cup of water
* ¼ cup of white rice (cooked or uncooked) if you decided to do cooked rice, you can still add the same amount of water to see the change not only in the rice, but also in the water)
* Stickers to write the words or you can just use a marker and write on the bottle itself
* Your positive feelings :)
* Your not so positive feelings :(
Remember to put them in the same place but a foot apart from each other. Every day, grab them and send the according feeling to each one.
Have fun and if you want, please send me any feedback or story you experienced during this process.
I am attaching few videos of people that have done this same exercise, getting some amazing results. Not everyone does it the same way, so please feel free to choose one that works best for you.
Here is another link to a longer explanation about water and the importance of feelings and positive words.