Lett's Set A Spell

Counting our blessings is necessary for feeling gratitude
Dec. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

In focusing on gratitude during the Thanksgiving season I have been reading “The Magic,” written by Rhonda Bryne, who also authored “The Secret” book and produced “The Secret” film. 

In “The Magic,” Bryne says there are two very important words that must be used constantly: thank you. She suggests saying thank you three times in a row. She emphasizes: “Thank you is the bridge from where you are now to the life of your dreams.”

According to Bryne, the Magic Formula is three-fold:

1. Deliberately think and say the magic words, thank you.

2. The more you deliberately think and say the words, thank you, the more gratitude you feel.

3. The more gratitude you deliberately think and feel, the more abundance you receive.

THE AUTHOR says gratitude is a feeling. “So the ultimate aim in practicing gratitude is to deliberately feel it as much as you can, because it’s the force of your feeling that accelerates the magic in your life.” 

In “The Magic,” Bryne states: “When you are grateful for the things you have, no matter how small they may be, you will see those things instantly increase. If you’re grateful for the money you have, however little, you will see your money magically grow. If you’re grateful for a relationship, even if it’s not perfect, you will see it miraculously get even better. If you’re grateful for the job that you have, even if it’s not your dream job, things will begin to change so that you enjoy your job more, and all kinds of opportunities for your work will suddenly appear.”

This sounds simple, but Bryne believes truth is simple. She notes that maintaining a constant attitude of gratitude has transformed her life from being deep in debt and having challenging associations with others to being wealthy and rich in relationships with her children and family.  

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS is a crucial message in the expression of gratitude and a necessary practice discussed in “The Magic.” Bryne offers practical exercises for changing our consciousness throughout the book.

The first assignment on page 35 is called Count Your Blessings, and here are the four steps:

1. First thing in the morning, make a list of 10 blessings in your life you are grateful for.

2. Write why you’re grateful for each blessing.

3. Go back and read your list, either in your mind or out loud. When you get to the end of each one, say the magic words thank you, thank you, thank you, and feel the gratitude for that blessing as much as you possibly can.

4. Repeat the first three steps of this magical practice every morning for the next 27 days.  

ON THE FRIDAY before the Thanksgiving holiday season, someone came into my home office and stole money while I was down the hall for only an hour. This painful experience robbed me of sleep and stole my joy for several days, but I realized I could not let this loss and betrayal continue to take away my peace. I called the sheriff’s department and reported the larceny and later confronted the person I thought responsible, but I could not prove anything and chose not to waste any more time on this futile pursuit. Instead my husband Michael changed the locks, and we are investing in a new security system, and now we must lock doors even when we are home.

Now I am choosing to spend my time focused on counting my blessings instead of dwelling on my losses. I am praying, meditating, walking, and reading and writing down my blessings every day.   

AlexSandra Lett will autograph her four nostalgia books and four-CD set at several locations during the holidays. She is the author of “Timeless Recipes and Remedies, Country Cooking, Customs, and Cures;” “A Timeless Place, Lett’s Set a Spell at the Country Store;” “Timeless Moons, Seasons of the Fields and Matters of the Heart;” and “Coming Home to my Country Heart, Timeless Reflections about Work, Family, Health, and Spirit.” Lett can be reached at (919) 258-9299 or LettsSetaSpell@aol.com.