The Power of Saying Thank You and Giving Gratitude!

woman with hands over heart giving thanks and gratitude for healing and relationship therapy

by Wendy Betterini

In a previous article, I revealed a simple process for writing your own powerful affirmations. I discussed the importance of getting clear about your existing beliefs, writing affirmations to replace those old beliefs with new empowering ones, writing affirmations in the present tense, the importance of consistent repetition, and the necessity of believing in the words you’re saying.

Today I’d like to share a simple three-step process that can greatly increase the power and effectiveness of any affirmations you use (whether you’ve written them yourself or use someone else’s).

In the movie “The Secret,” Cathy Goodman shares her personal experience in beating breast cancer without chemotherapy or radiation. She says, “I truly believed in my heart, with my strong faith, that I was already healed. Each day I would say, ‘Thank you for my healing.’ On and on and on I went, ‘Thank you for my healing.’ I believed in my heart that I was healed. I saw myself as if cancer was never in my body.” Cathy’s story is astounding to say the least, and her husband, Morris Goodman, has an amazing healing story of his own. (Learn more about them at http://www.themiracleman.org)

However, for the purposes of this article, I would like to concentrate more on the phrase Cathy used to heal her body of cancer. “Thank you for my healing” is such a simple phrase, but it holds tremendous power! There are three key reasons why, and they are the same simple steps you can use to literally supercharge the effectiveness of any affirmation:

1) Gratitude. Giving thanks for something automatically puts us into a state of allowing and receiving. It puts us in a state of non-resistance with the Universe. This is powerful enough when we’re giving thanks for something we already have (because it attracts more things to be grateful for), but when we do it with something we want, the power is magnified drastically! Why? Because we are putting our full faith into the belief that what we desire will come to be in the physical realm. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, a strong belief that something is true will most definitely bring it forth into reality! Notice that Cathy didn’t say, “Thank you for the healing that is on the way,” or, “Thank you for my upcoming healing,” or, “I know I will be healed, thank you.” She said simply, “Thank you for my healing,” with full faith that she was ALREADY healed. Can you sense the power in that sentiment?

2) Affirming the process. Though Cathy affirmed she was already healed, notice that the language she used puts the emphasis on the process of healing. She didn’t say, “I am healed,” she used the form of the word that implies a transition in progress: heal-ing. This may seem like a contradiction, but it’s the perfect combination of focus to achieve the desired result.

Though we put our full faith into believing our desire has already manifested, choosing words that support the PROCESS of manifestation can be easier for us to believe. Why? Sometimes the jump from our current reality to the new reality we desire can be too big of a leap to make and still be believable. Believing that something is in progress seems like a smaller mental leap than trying to force ourselves to believe it’s already a done deal.

To demonstrate this point, consider the difference in feeling you get from these two affirmations:

– I am a perfect size 5.

– My body is becoming slimmer and lighter every day.

If you don’t wear a size 5, stating an affirmation that you do is largely ineffective, simply because you know it’s not true. With enough forceful repetition you might be able to convince yourself and bring forth such a reality, but you would have to overcome plenty of inner resistance first.

The second affirmation is much more believable, isn’t it? It causes feelings of excitement and pleasure because you can visualize your body shrinking in size, clothing becoming baggy, and smaller sizes looming in the near future. The mental state this affirmation activates is perfect for attracting the desired result.

3) Focus ONLY on what you WANT. Finally, the phrase, “thank you for my healing” is powerful because of the absence of something. Notice that cancer isn’t mentioned anywhere in this affirmation. Though breast cancer was certainly Cathy’s reality at that moment in time, she didn’t emphasize or reinforce it. She didn’t say, “Thank you for healing my cancer.” Because that would have been affirming that cancer existed in the first place! With affirmations, it is crucial to focus ONLY on what you want, not what you DON’T want. Likewise, with the two example affirmations above, notice I didn’t mention “losing weight” or “burning fat”. Fat doesn’t exist in the mind of someone who is thinking slender thoughts.

Can you see how these three simple steps will add power to your affirmations? If you’re skeptical, try it yourself and see! Just to get you started, here are some more examples:

“Thank you for my growing abundance.”

“Thank you for my considerate and romantic spouse.”

“Thank you for my successful business.”

“Thank you for healing my eyesight.”

“Thank you for returning me to a perfect state of health and vitality.”

“Thank you for the happiness and joy I experience every day.”

“Thank you for the many blessings I continuously receive.”

“Thank you for freeing me, mind body and spirit.” (This one is especially good for addictions!)

As you recite your affirmations, allow yourself to really FEEL the immense gratitude your words convey. Conjure up an image in your mind of your desired circumstances already formed and actualized. See yourself in the midst of these new circumstances, shouting your joy and thanksgiving to the Universe. The more you can do this, the more power your affirmations will contain, and the more quickly your chosen outcome will manifest.