I had a conversation with two friends today about gratitude and appreciation. We discussed how they are very different. At first, I thought of them as kind of the same but, to be honest, I don’t think I have ever thought about it much. Upon deeper reflection and discussion, it became clear that gratitude is a feeling and being state, whereas appreciation is more of a doing action step.
So, what comes first in manifestation? I think being in a state of gratitude cues the manifestation of the thing you are trying to create in your life, and then when you get it, you must express appreciation.
I will apply these principles to a recent manifestation in my life. So, at the end of April I wrote about the work I am currently doing with the book Tapping Into Wealth. I am still loving this book by the way. I have been tapping my brains out. I know the mind is telling you that a simple little thing can’t possibly work because it is too simple! The mind likes to make things complex and I can tell you, the things that really work are extremely simple.
I was checking my email and I saw an email from a local children’s theater that I support. The email said you could buy raffle tickets to support the children’s theater and the prize was an IPAD air. I was about to hit delete when my intuition said “buy a raffle ticket”. My mind started saying “why would I buy a raffle ticket? It’s a waste of time. I don’t need an IPAD Air. We already have plenty of electronics around here.” But, my new rule is to ALWAYS listen to my intuition. So I bought one raffle ticket as instructed by my intuition. I then felt gratitude. Gratitude is a feeling not a thought.
I got an email that I won the IPAD Air. My first instinct was to donate it back to the Children’s Theater because I have a habit of giving too much. I am practicing receiving, not giving, I have giving down! I proceeded to receive the IPAD Air. I then casually tossed it on the table. Wait, this is a gift from the Universe and I just threw it away and pretended that it did not happen? I put the IPAD Air on my altar and said “thank you” to the Universe and gave the Universe appreciation. Gratitude first and then appreciation.
I wonder how many other times the Universe was trying to give me a present and I missed the opportunity? To Infinity and Beyond!