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Seeds of Gratitude give rise to Loves Bloom

Blessing Seed illustration by Alison Dexter*
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“If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.”

-Rachel Carson

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A wise, dear friend once taught me our Soul-Purpose in this world is to tend our Sacred Garden.  I believe this to be true.  This same friend, who understands the freedom found in cultivating ones’ own life, is now serving time in the state penitentiary. A paradox in many ways and a profound mirror of something I deeply acknowledge:  We teach what we most desire to learn.

How can one such being, over-flowing with potential and a deep desire to be of service, seemingly turn into a ‘bad seed’?  More poignantly, is there such a thing? Or rather, do we choose the optimum conditions for our growth and then remember to bloom where we are planted?

I believe this to be true, as well.

As we flow through the seasons of Life, we daily plants seeds of possibility in the landscape of the heart.  We nourish these with our thoughts and water them with our tears of joy and the sweat of sweet-release.  We must be ever diligent to pull suckers and weeds that would choke out the light and steal vital resources required for strong growth.

With attention, we learn each seed has its own Divine timing, we can no more hurry it to fruit than make the sun rise or set.

Tree in Four SeasonThis, our Sacred Garden, is teacher, playground and friend. Through communion and stewardship we remember ALL things are Sacred, and so come home to thrive in the light of Love, our hearts blooming with planted Seeds of Gratitude.

True to her nature, this same friend catalyzed the creation of a green jobs program for inmates, offering training in emerging fields, as well as daily mentoring in conscious creation and making change from the inside out.  Not your standard program, though highly desired — and effective.

We are extremely proud to have been on the ground crew that helped to get it up and growing, and continue to witness the local community embrace, support and evolve the program.

One of many gifts and shifts to come out of this venture, is an evolutionary technique for tending the Sacred Garden, through the power of Gratitude.  More specifically, it teaches the art of planting Seeds of Gratitude in the heart, inviting each bearer to remember she/he is the Soul gardener of her/his sacred life, and able to enjoy a fruit-full experience no matter what the ‘outside’ world looks like.  Very powerful, indeed!

Cracked and Barren -- or is it?Now, one can imagine, some of these Sacred Garden plots have been long left untended … they are scarred, perceivably barren, and hardened from a lack of attention, nourishment and care.

This is true for many — for those behind physical bars, and even illusory ones built to protect a tender heart. Self-Love, Self-Nurturance, and Self-Appreciation are vital to replenishing the Sacred Garden within all our hearts and are truly the key to Freedom!

The ‘Seeds of Gratitude’ exercise is so powerfully effective, connective and empowering we are gratefully sharing it here, too!  We believe what we’ve witnessed thus far — in the gains, breakthroughs, and miraculous life shifts of those brave-hearts willing to give it a go —  this is only a small taste of the great harvest that lay waiting at the heart of Humanity.

Here’s the basic formula:

1) Draw a Gratitude symbol on a piece of paper.  Let it take up the whole space!  Simple Gratitude symbolNow, write in the center of the symbol something you are seeking to heal, understand, transform or release.

2) In the outer area, record all that you can be grateful for, in regards to this experience.  Be free with this!  Be creative!  Open your heart-mind to receive wisdoms nurturing Light and write, write, write.

3)  Choose one of these gifts.  The most touching, profound and clear. Now imagine this is a seed.  Place it in your heart, and feel its presence. Feel its wisdom.  Feel its gifts growing within you. Opening your heart. Nourishing your Soul.  Rising to touch and embody the Light of Love.

4)  Imagine taking the words written in the center of Gratitude.  Fold them and place them into your heart, too. Feel the Love you have grown in your heart embracing, transforming, enlightening these words, this experience.  Stay with this feeling while thinking about this experience.  Stay with this for a minimum of 33 seconds.

While you do this, you are re-programming the mind to Love this experience.  Cherish it.  Embrace it.  Be grateful for it! As you do, you become one with the Divine, in Love with All that IS, an expression of the Great-Full-Ness of Life!

Blessed be!

We created a printable .pdf file for easy download and use.  Simply click the image below to download the file:

Seeds of Gratitude Exercise. HeArt-Peace by Stacey Robyn

You’ll find the exercise is designed to transform challenge into gift, by revealing the ‘golden’ opportunites of every ‘leaden’ experience. This allows us to quickly move from judgement, shame, blame and guilt into Love, acceptance and appreciation.

Alternately, it can be used as a manifestation tool.  Simply place a vision, intent, or waking dream into the center of Gratitude, and write current and emerging ideas, inspirations, connections and resources in the outer circle.  This will accelerate and magnetize the forces of creation, as you focus on, feel, and witness the beauty of the Seeds of Gratitude now planted at the heart of YOU!

As you put this powerful process into practice, please come back and share your results with us.   This process is a continual evolution — a Come-Unity Sacred Garden, you might say!

On that same note, please feel free to share this exercise widely!  Blog it.  Post it.  Email it onward.  Share your experiences, linking here so others, too, can share their golden moments of Gratitude!

Blessings to all as we grow ever inward and onward!

Stacey

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“Within life’s most difficult challenges

lie the seeds of our greatest gifts.”

D. Lightmoon

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Hearts-Up!
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The World Gratitude Gathering is flowing and growing now!
Join us as we gather to plant seeds of Gratitude, Align with the Hearts calling and embrace the Great-Full-Ness of Life!
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** For reasons of confidentiality, the Source of this exercise must remain anonymous.  It is with great thanks, Love and deep appreciation that we acknowledge her contributions in the world, and send blessings beyond measure to her, and all the women she serves, that they may know the difference their courage makes in the world!**

Ukehi shi’bijii - Thank you for being our heart









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About the Author: Stacey Robyn is an Ambassador of Gratitude, author, speaker, ardent tree lover, and Light Coach. She is currently stewarding the Go Gratitude Experiment, being raised by four children, and can often be found listening to the ancient trees of the Pacific Northwest, her current hOMe.

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  1. I’m always so grateful for so any things–including you and your mailings:)
    Thank you for this lovely post, and excellent exercise, and all you do.
    I will share it in my next Wellness Weekly!
    My own life, tough and turbulent as many lives these days-is DAILY filled with great Gratitude: no matter how tough or scary it momentarily is–it will never again be as tough or scary as it was the 5.5 years I was blind (from brain injuries) with all the MD’s saying I’d never see again. Each day I awaken to SEE the beauty of our world. What could be more beautiful?

  2. THIS is absolutely ‘all over body.mind’ tingling amazing!
    This message resonates so highly with me, that the smile on my face is from ear to ear! Will be sharing this with everyone I know, and intending it be a perfect start to something really big for the entire universe! YAAY for your ‘guidance’ and to you for listening! Let me know if there is anything else I can do to assist in this wave of gratitude! Love and deepest gratitude!

  3. With heartfelt thanks for your continued leadership in the cosmic flow of grace and gratitude. My gift to the universe is in bringing an age-old diet therapy into the hands of medical professionals and ultimately into the lives of people with brain disorders who will benefit from it. I place this intention into the light every day. Amazing outcomes are transpiring. There are still mountains to move. I trust they will. Thank you for inspiration & hope.

  4. i love everything about this website and will do what i can to continue its success. good luck with your move!
    blessings!

  5. Beth - Your Seva with the Charlie Foundation is much needed and loudly applauded. My sister suffers from grande mal seizures, and I wonder what might be different if she altered her diet - even now at the age of 21. Thanks for the info!

  6. I was somewhat taken back by your suggestion that someone who is incarcerated is a ‘bad seed’…the key to all gratitude is appreciation - which is the ability to see all of life’s events as neutral, masterfully created for our highest and best good, and flawlessly executed by our most holy perspective. Thank goodness for those who, through their life’s circumstances, find themselves in places where they can be of service to the common good…even if is discovered through their own misfortune. And, thank you for your willingness to perform your sacred service through the internet - a challenging communication medium to say the least.

    Bless you!

  7. Virginia - You are a blessing. To be able to rise above our judgments - of self and others - and claim compassion as our chosen action is truly the path of the Master. Even here, you read ‘bad seed’ and it put you into choice - to judge or open your heart even more. Perhaps that’s why Spirit inspired the use of these words. To put them forward, and then dissolve the energy attached to them. To see through the illusion and come home to the perfection of what is. Great dialog - thank you!

  8. There are 1111 words in the post. Auspicious, eh?

  9. Grateful, to have stummbled on this Blessing you have offered of Go Gratitude, The beauty in every part of it has been a heartfelt experience for me.
    Wishing you many Blessings and with Gratitude for all you provide.

  10. Space…my soul is smiling. with gratitude right back at you. Hugs Tena

  11. Thank you so much for this particular exercise. It has helped me immensely in accepting and embracing a divorce that wasn’t my choice. All is in Divine Right Order.

  12. My dear Stacey. You have found the path to peace while here on earth. Thank you so very much for sharing it with us! It is with profound reverence, love, joy and irreverence that I in-joy your wisdom. I look forward to frolicking with you in the sparkling warmth of the sun and lush gardens of our soul’s creation when we are together again. Much love to you and gratitude for you, Rev. Adriana

  13. Dearest Stacey,

    I have been following you from the beginning of your Journey with Go Gratitude. You have Inspired me with your Passion & Focus on this project as it has grown and it keeps growing within all of us. You are truly an amazing angel that walks among us and i am grateful for the seeds of wisdom that you have shared and that are taking root in my fertile ground, & in so many other peoples hearts & lives.

    Snowflake Obsidian is one of my most favorite gemstones that i work with others in my self esteem classes, it reminds me that there is always light in the darkness, shining so that we may see, what needs to heal within our minds eye, & our hearts, & souls, & the world.

    You are truly a blessings to us all for what you have done in bringing your visions & goal into the world for us to grow & share in the beauty & light of your heart & soul.

    Many Blessings with Creative Love & Light,
    Lisa Bull

  14. Since the moment I met you, I have been transforming GREAT-FULLY every day. I believe I was destined to know your site and gogratitude program. I always say THANK YOU GOD FOR MY LOVE THANK YOU GOD FOR MY LIFE - every day - several times a day no matter what’s going on inside or outside of my life. But you have taken me to a whole new level of Gratitude and Love. It is my pleasure and passion to share Love and Gratitude every day and you and your ground crew and all of the gratitude community are my home base. You are so in my heart and my soul. I hope to continue to grow with you and to transform into deeper and stronger waves of Gratitude and Love for all of the DIVINE. Thank you for being and sharing yourself with us. You are an angel of Light, an ambassador of Gratitude and a beautiful reflection of all that is DIVINE.

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