I read it from The Secret but it was Johannes “Meister” Eckhart who allegedly originally said this.
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was thank you…
I do not know who Eckhart is, except that he was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic born during the 12th century who wrote such controversial articles that he was tried as a heretic by the then-pope.
But this is not about Meister Eckhart or the Secret. This article is about certain prayers, and thank you.
You are writing. You want to be shaken to your core, inspired beyond belief, get your thoughts flowing but the words won’t come. Today is one of those days, you tell yourself, brows furrowed, while trying to figure out what it is you are supposed to do now. How do you get to the zone?
If the experts are to be believed, there is no zone. There is only you. And that you are blocking you.
Or you are blocking your chakra. And It could be stress, fear, insecurity or worry that are the culprits – negative emotions that are of your own making but ones you think you cannot heal or overcome – at least at that point in time when you are calling upon your inner genius.
There are those who know early on what they want in life. They know they want to be – president, CEO, beauty queen, housewife.
I did not.
And I looked at those people with awe. It seemed to be the right way to be and so when I was a child I had to force myself to choose to be something (newscaster), not knowing that life can take me to different, more exciting destinations and that it is okay and that it is possible to be many things.
But just between the two of us, asking a child to be what he wants to be – I think this is a dangerous question. It is okay when he knows what he wants with certainty (which is more the exception than the rule because a child would have limited experiences and so would have limited choices) but it is not okay when it fosters doubt in a child (do I know what I want to be? why don’t I know what I want to be? is there something wrong with me?) or gives power to the parents who force the child to fill his head with what they want (many sad stories here).
I am not sure that I learned about money when I was young. Actually, I am almost sure that I did not.
To be fair to my parents, I think there was no consciousness yet, at that time, on the importance of teaching kids about money. What they knew was that they had to provide and that was the end of it.
But the power to dream of riches and making it come true lies at the core of one’s life – in one’s childhood. His views about poverty, about money, his poverty mindset (money does not grow on trees) and his wealth mindset (money grows on trees) start at that time which is at the root of all his memories.
And so we as parents have a duty to make those memories good ones, and that the mindset we cultivate is one of wealth.
During my birthday last year, D gave me The Secret Gratitude Book. It was beautiful, in aged brown, with scribblings dry-embossed on the front. I ran my hand over the cover and read “Dank Je”… “Gracias”… and said to myself, thank you, these all means thank you. I was intrigued. Is The Secret thank you? Rhonda Byrnes in her introduction explained that yes, The Secret is gratitude, that the mere utterance of “thank you” would lead to unimaginable blessings. I was surprised.
Thank you are the simplest of words, taken for granted, mostly un-uttered because it is unnecessary sometimes because people feel entitled to the deed, or the giver, almost always, has already walked away and it is only the wind that will catch the last strains of the words… Personally, I would wait for its utterance, and I would expel bated breath when I hear it. I did not know that, like me, the universe also expels bated breath when it hears it, except that the bated breath has with it the makings of a miracle. Truly, there is something about expressing gratitude that finds favor with the air around all of us.