Key 7. Gratitude

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul."
-- Henry Ward Beecher

Chapter: 89
Symbol: Elephant
Gatekeeper: Sam Hutchison
Location: The Bells & Whistles Inn, Pine, CO

The seventh key found is one that truly opens the door to enlightenment. Gratitude can be found through a myriad of pathways that all lead to God. The symbol for the seventh key is revealed to us in the image of an elephant. In the Hindu Vedic traditions the elephant was most often seen in the deity of Ganesha. However, the gentle giant is also a symbol for the sacred state of Gratitude. Within the emotion of feeling grateful is the seed that offers us the ability to enter into enlightenment.
Intellectually, most of us know what being grateful or thankful is. However, few beings apply Gratitude to its fullest benefit. Gratitude can create a beautiful moment or define a lifetime of happiness and bliss. Its power is great and its effects, if fully embraced, can transform your life into magic.

“Gratitude is most sacred. It is not a state of subservience, as some might think, though humility is an inseparable part of gratitude. People with the type of humility I speak of do not worship God as some assume; they commune with God, which is considered far more reverent.”

“Without duality, there is unity. Gratitude is one of unity’s faces. Gratitude is part of the experience of unity.”                                                      -- Chapter 89

Gratitude forces us to be present in the moment. You can be grateful for the past, but you can only feel the emotion now, in this moment. Life is now, abundance is now, God is now and you are now. Being grateful in each moment will literally transform your life. No less.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."      -- Melody Beattie

“Gratitude is a tool, a power, and a state of consciousness all at once. It creates miracles in our lives, and expands our hearts to the point where we can invite God in. …embrace gratitude in every way that you can.”                                                -- Chapter 89

Don’t forget to feel grateful for the richness of your life, including the difficulties; for they are the boulders of today that you must scale, to build the muscles needed to climb the mountains of tomorrow. Stay present in each moment, feel the sustenance the earth provides you and the opportunities that lay within your heart. Make every moment a grateful moment. 
Receive the gifts of Gratitude!
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Resource Books for the 7th Key:

 Daring Greatly - Brene Brown

 Gratitude:A Wayof Life—Lousie L. Hay

Living in Gratitude—Angeles Arrien

 Hand Wash Cold —Karen Maezen Miller

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