Harvest Hestia: The Nature of Gratitude

My life partner and I try to eat together when our work schedules allow. Because of the Feast Day this week, we treated ourselves to a meal in a restaurant. I was thinking how fortunate we both were to 1. have enough to eat and 2. to be able to afford to eat out occasionally. I mentioned this to him afterwards and he said that he too was feeling the same. So this post came as a welcome and important spiritual exercise.

Reblogged from https://deanic.com

Harvest Hestia: The Nature of Gratitude

Rosadi/Tuesday.

Today is named after the Rose, one of our Seven Sacred Symbols, which represents the Holy Mother as Our Lady, Rose of Joy. Madria Vicka rules this day. She is the Guardian of South and Fire and the Jana (Divine Gate) of Courage, Strength and Valor.

(We will continue these informative explanations through next Rosadi.)

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Madria Vicka

O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us. May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, into this world and in all the worlds to come.

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Tomorrow, 17 Abalon/Sept. 21, is the Feast of Harvest Hestia. In our religious Tradition, an hestia is a home which has been blessed and consecrated to Dea, Our Divine Mother God.

autumn-home

On the feast of Harvest Hestia, we offer our gratitude to Our Heavenly Mother, not only for the great blessings of the Harvest, but also for the safety of our homes, for the blessings of our Faith and for our families, for our friends, our jobs and our daily joys. No matter where we are in our lives, even if we are struggling or have been going through tough times, there is always something for which we may offer our gratitude to Dea.

Gratefulness is a form of joy-filled humility. When we are grateful, we are not puffed up; we are not full of ourselves, rather we acknowledge the Fount of all Joy, a Source higher than ourselves; She Who is Our Divine Mother. For what Mother would not wish to fill Her child’s life with Joy?

When we search our lives to discover those things for which we are truly grateful and then offer up that gratitude to our Heavenly Mother, this gratitude is not only an expression of our love and thankfulness towards Her,  it also helps to lift our minds into a more positive light. It becomes a source of comfort to our souls. The expression of gratitude is a Grace-filled way of erasing the negativity which weighs heavy on our minds and which tends to drag down our hearts into the muddy mire of our personal dramas.

download-5  Gratitude made visible.

Gratitude is an important concept in the Universe. The late Dr. Masaru Emoto, author of The Hidden Messages in Water series, taught that love and gratitude are the vibration of true healing. This is the vibration of life. In his teachings of Hado, he states: “Hado creates words. Words are the vibrations of nature. Therefore beautiful words create beautiful nature, ugly words create ugly nature. This is the root of the universe.” (1)

Words are the outward expression of an inner emotion.

As we read in the Teachings of the Daughter, Chapter 1 (SMR edition):

Thoughts of the mind pass not away, nor vanish into air. For every thought is a builder in the subtle world that lieth about thee.

20) Forget not the power of words, for a word hath all the power of a thought and a thought hath power to move the Earth and the Heavens.

Both as a word and as an emotion, gratitude is a much more powerful force or energy than is commonly realized. As Dr. Deepak Chopra states, “Gratitude is an immensely powerful force that we can use to expand our happiness, create loving  relationships, and even improve our health.”

Psychologists recently began to study the effects of gratitude upon the psyche. Some of their findings are:

  • Improved physical, emotional, and social well-being
  • Greater optimism and happiness,
  • Improved feelings of connection in times of loss or crises
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Heightened energy levels
  • Strengthened heart, immune system, and decreased blood pressure
  • Improved emotional and academic intelligence
  • Expanded capacity for forgiveness
  • Decreased stress, anxiety, depression, and headaches
  • Improved self-care and greater likelihood to exercise
  • Heightened spirituality — ability to see something bigger than ourselves. (3)

On a spiritual level, gratitude, when it truly comes from the heart and the soul, i.e., from our True Self, is the highest form of prayer. It is a gentle expression of Joyful-Love. At its fullest, it is physically possible to feel this emotion within the heart. We experience it as inner pulses of joy within our heart chakra.

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Whether we are speaking about anger, love, moroseness or joy, emotions are a state of being. As a state of being, we may be or exist in a state of anger or we may be or exist in a state of gratitude. As an emotion, there are some who believe that gratitude is the most important emotion in the Cosmos and feel that it is the key to a more peaceful world. (4)

These findings contain an important insight: gratitude is, above all, a social emotion. It’s possible to be happy or miserable and for those feelings to have nothing to do with other human beings. But gratitude is always about your connection to the outside world, to someone who has extended a hand to help you. (When you feel grateful to something non-human, such as fate, or the weather, it’s likely you’re thinking of it as an agent with intention – personifying it. Even atheists say “thank God”.) (4.) (This is an inspiring article about survivors of the Holocaust and their stories of gratitude.)

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Gratitude flows out from love. During these dark times, this era of seemingly utter despair and depravity during which we live, perhaps gratitude is a key towards a more Golden future for our world. On a microcosmic level, the emotion of gratitude is important as we express it in our daily lives. When it flows, like a wave, from our personal life towards our families, our friends and on into our towns and out into the world, it becomes significant on a macro-cosmic scale.

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When we are consciously manifesting the emotion of gratitude outward into the world, it does not just dissipate into the air. It is not annihilated. As emotions are a form of energy, they can never be entirely annihilated. They are eternal and, as with the effect of the word gratitude on water crystals, they must go somewhere and affect someone or something. On a quantum level, emotions are a living reality and we create them on a subconscious or conscious level, whether we realize it or not.

4) Every crossroads is a choice, and every choice has a spiritual meaning. 5) In each turning, we choose either to come closer to Perfection or else to move away from Her. 6) In the first way, the soul perfects herself in beauty; in the second, she grows duller and more coarse. (The Crystal Tablet, verses 4-6. SMR edition.)

Just as a brook meanders away from a great river, gratitude flows out of the Living Stream of Madria Theia, She who represents the Celestial Mother. Gratitude flows from Illumination, Joy and Benevolence. Ultimately, it stems from Our Celestial Mother Who is Supernal Joy and She wishes to extend this Joy into our lives. We must learn to always recognize these daily joys and to consciously express humble gratitude each and every day.

Starting tomorrow, as we sit down to our Harvest feasts, let us begin this first day on the rest of our Soul Path by consciously practicing gratitude.

May the blessings of Harvest Hestia be with you and those you love.

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

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(I recommend this lovely article: Creating an Autumnal Equinox Celebration: https://www.wildgratitude.com/how-to-autumnal-equinox-celebration/).

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

  1. http://masaru-emoto.net/english/index.html
  2. http://www.chopra.com/articles/cultivate-the-healing-power-of-gratitude
  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-kamen-gredinger/the-transformative-power-_2_b_6982152.html
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/30/gratitude-most-important-emotion
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