Appreciation. Something nice to think about, right? A lovely state
Something that increases the quality of life
a happy person knows about
Yes, definitely, but there's more, much more.
"Appreciation is the least used and least understood of
the more powerful spiritual tools available to you
then meditate upon it."
What is the nature of appreciation? "Appreciation: A: sensitive
awareness; b: judgment, evaluation, esp. a favorable critical estimate;
c: an expression of admiration, approval, or gratitude; d: an increase
in value." Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, 1975.
Well, Webster does provide some grist for the mill. But there is
no reference made to appreciation being an attribute of the soul.
What do we mean by this? Well, simply put, it is a divine quality.
It can accurately be said that whenever you sincerely appreciate
anything -- a sunrise, a flower, a smile -- that in that moment
you touch your soul, i.e. you are elevated and aligned with subtler
reaches of your own Being.
Now, we are not speaking here of noting a simple preference, but
rather of an experience that includes a sense of gratitude. We can
say that Appreciation may be reflected in the expression
(body/personality), but it truly resides within the soul. We can
validly make certain assumptions regarding the acceleration of development
that can take place through alignment with, and experiences of the
soul. We can say that the individual's overall vibration will increase,
that there will be an elevation of consciousness, and that personal
growth will be the result. If we accept this understanding of appreciation,
we cannot properly regard appreciation as an emotion. Rather, it
is a state of being that both creates and reflects a fuller knowledge
of and integration with the energies of the soul.
Appreciation also functions as a spiritual tool, in that it clears
the path for more of whatever we appreciate to come into
our lives! The energy of appreciation is so powerful that it produces
an energy field between the appreciated and the appreciator. That
can sort of "bulldoze" a path through whatever obstacles
stand between us and more experiences of that which we are appreciating.
The smallest amount of contemplation of this truth will reveal the
enormous benefits that can be had. A significant boon will include
the overall strengthening of the immune system, which results, partially
from the spiritualization of the physical body that naturally ensues
from being bathed in energies of appreciation.
The logical question is "What can I do to experience more
Appreciation?" You can do a great deal. If affirmation and/or
visualization techniques are a part of your personal growth process,
you can employ them to both plow the field and plant seeds for greater
appreciation. Contemplating each new awareness, every unfolding
perception, and each understanding that you gain with gratitude
can create quantum leaps. Nurture self-appreciation, which
is the root of your ability to appreciate everything. Consider the
distance you have traveled to get where you are, i.e. that you can
read this and understand the implications of what is being said.
We can cultivate and increase "appreciably" our ability
to appreciate through a sincere effort of will. Dont rely
heavily on comparisons between self and others to find appreciation,
as in, "I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a man that
had no feet." Rather take the opportunity to focus on your
feet; note their serviceability and regard them well. Simple efforts
and even a few flat out comparisons are a place to start. Those
diligent efforts will become a habit and eventually lead you to
higher states of appreciation.
Lastly, I recommend starting an appreciation log. Find at least
seven things to appreciate in your life each morning when you rise,
seven during the day and seven different ones before you retire.
If you're feeling uninspired, start with the fact that you woke
up! You could then move on to the fact that you remembered the log,
to your realization that appreciation is a powerful and accessible
tool, and go on from there!
Today I am appreciating: the channeling that inspired this article,
New ConneXion for printing it, Arise Counseling and Dr. Lorelynn
Cardo for presenting my Portland Workshops, the computer I'm writing
this article with, all previous Appreciation Workshop attendees
whose participation enabled me to refine the ideas expressed here,
and I appreciate YOU for reading this! (That's seven, isn't it?)
Julé is an Intuitive Counselor, Minister and Healer who has
been working in Metaphysics for more than 30 years. She is the author
of What's All This About, Anyway?...A Metaphysical Companion.
She lives in New York and teaches seminars and workshops throughout
the country and abroad. She will be offering private sessions and
workshops at Arise Counseling
in Portland, March 25 April 4. See Calendar or call 503 690-7727.