Tidings from the West
As I read Worshipful Master Bailey’s tidings from the East, it created recognition within me of how grateful I am personally, for the experience of being a mason, and of having the opportunity to improve myself in the presence of other master masons. Our participation as a brotherhood, in our rituals and our degree work, reinforces the traditions that are the best that humankind has to offer.
Some ten years ago, Rhonda Byrne, the creator of “The Secret” wrote the following;
The greatest thief of human happiness and abundance is ungratefulness. Any lack in our lives - whether in money, health, or relationships - is simply the evidence of a lack of gratitude. If you focus on lack you are not being grateful, and that will bring more lack into your life. Yet the simple state of radiating gratitude summons everything to you.
No matter who you are or where you are, you can change your life with gratitude, but you must feel it with your whole heart and radiate it from every cell. Gratitude is not a mental exercise, and in fact, if you simply use your mind for gratitude it will have little or no power. True gratitude comes from your heart! You must think gratitude through your heart, speak gratitude through your heart, and feel it intensely in your heart.
Then practice gratitude relentlessly. As you practice gratitude you will attract more thoughts and feelings of gratitude. In a short time your entire being will be saturated with it, and you will experience a happiness that is beyond what you can imagine. This is what is ahead for you when you choose gratitude as your way of life. And if you can really live in this highest state of gratitude, you will never have to ask for anything. Everything you want will be given to you before you even ask, because gratitude is the magnetic substance that opens every single door in the Universe.
This thought of gratitude has reoccurred repetitively to me over the past few weeks. I hope in some small way it will be of benefit to you as well.
Kenneth J. Noorlander