The second card for this week is Grace & Gratitude: "Through gratitude, joy expands"
Every Monday morning on my Facebook page I post about gratitude. It's my personal way of working through and sharing my thoughts on gratitude.
Gratitude was not something I was openly taught when I was young. Sure I was always encouraged (strike that... 'made') to phone up Aunts and Uncles etc who bought me a gift and thank them for that gift. But it was never fully explained to me how much gratitude and being grateful for even the smallest things in your life can change your life so immensely.
It's only been in recent years that I've (better) understood the energy and vibration of gratitude, how powerful being grateful is. And it's only recently that I've started to actively practise gratitude and watch how that simple practise changes my energy and helps me climb over, break through, and overcome obstacles in my path in a more peaceful and loving, yet resilient, way.
When you're happy, when you're joyful your energy is high. And when it comes to energy, like attracts like. So the more joyful you feel every day, the more joy you'll experience in every day life.
And the secret to maintaining the high vibration associated with joy is gratitude. Because, through gratitude, you cherish and honour everything and everyone around you - you cherish life. You can't feel sad, scared or low when you look around you and see nothing but joy. Joy and vibrations like sadness and fear are at opposite ends of the vibrational spectrum. Where one is the other simply cannot co-exist.
It doesn't mean to say that when you express gratitude for everything that life is a bed of roses or a box of chocolates; you can and will also experience sorrow and fear (because it's important for us to experience a full life, not just one of joy or one of sorrow). However, when lower vibrational emotions (sorrow, fear etc) impact you, you know you have a tool and a skill that you can apply which will raise those vibrations until your energy reaches one of joy: and that skill is gratitude.
There are only a couple of symbols on this card that I want to dive into, quickly, today (otherwise I would be writing forever!). The first is the little whisp of 'cloud' rising from the lady's hand. The cloud feels quite magical as it's rising from her hand and through it you can see pink feathers floating.
Gratitude is referred to as modern-day alchemy, where you can transform something negative into something positive. Alchemy is an ancient practise that has always been shrouded in mystery and secrecy and I think that is fitting, in one sense, when we talk about gratitude. Where, unlike alchemy, gratitude is something that can be practised by everyone, not everyone who practises it realises why or what they are doing and, yet, gratitude always creates positive results whether you fully understand the concept or not. It's magical.
In the card the lady has her hand outstretched. Is she giving or receiving? It really doesn't matter because gratitude works in both directions. You give gratitude and you receive positivity as a result. The feathers floating down represent the angels. The angels are with you and, just like a Mother Duck, they are asking you to move forward, to keep practising gratitude so you can watch and experience the positive impact it has on your life. The little whisp of cloud is inviting you to enter into higher thinking. As I mentioned above you don't need to know how or why gratitude works. What you do need to know is that practising gratitude is a higher form of thinking and the angels are inviting you to create a daily practise.
The second symbol I want to refer to is the pink tree. Trees represent a harmonious exchange. Trees absorb the carbon dioxide we breathe out and exchange and release it back out as oxygen which we breathe in. In doing so we have a harmonious exchange with Mother Nature in this way. The message here is that in order for you to receive what you want in life, in order for you to experience a fulfilled life, you need to express gratitude. Because if you're not grateful for what you already have, you'll never be grateful for whatever you receive in the future. There has to be balance, a harmonious exchange.
Also of significance is the colour of the tree: pink. Pink is the colour of compassion. As your gratitude practise grows, so your compassion for those around you, human, non-human and nature, will grow also. Through gratitude you create not only a better life for yourself but for those around you and for those whom your life touches.
Reference: This beautiful card is from The Sacred Traveler Oracle Deck by Denise Linn, artwork by Jesse Reisch