The easiest and simplest way to ensure that your day ahead will be filled with magic is to fill your morning with gratitude. When you incorporate gratitude into your morning routine, you will feel and see its magical
benefits throughout the whole day.
Each morning is full of opportunities to give thanks, and it doesn’t slow you down or take any extra time, because you can do it naturally as you go about everything you do. There is an added bonus to filling your morning with gratitude because your daily routines are the times when you can harm yourself the most by thinking negative thoughts without realizing you’re doing it. There’s no room for harmful negative thoughts when your mind is focused on looking for things to be grateful for. After this practice you will go into your day feeling much happier and more confident that the day ahead will be great – and that’s when you will see the magic happen before your very eyes! When you wake up to the new day today, before you move, before you do a single thing, say the magic words, thank you. Say thank you for the fact that you are alive, and that you’ve been given another day of life. Your life is a gift, every day is a gift, and when you really think about it, it’s inconceivable that any of us would wake up in the morning without giving thanks for another day. If you think a new day isn’t such a big deal, then just try missing one!
It doesn’t matter how sleepy you are, or if your alarm has woken you up for work, or you’ve slept in during the weekend; the moment you wake, say the magic words, thank you, for another day of your life.
Say thank you for the good night’s sleep you received. Are you fortunate enough to have slept in a bed, with sheets and a pillow? Thank you! As your feet hit the ground say thank you.
Do you have a bathroom? Thank you! Are you able to turn on the taps and immediately receive fresh, clean water every morning? Thank you! Imagine all the people who dug the trenches and laid the pipes across your country, throughout your city, and along all the streets to your home so you can turn a tap and receive beautiful, clean, hot water. Thank you! As you reach for your toothbrush and toothpaste, thank you! Without them, your day would not begin so pleasantly. Thank you for the towels, the soap, the mirror, and everything in the bathroom you use that makes you feel fresh, awake, and ready for the day.
As you get dressed, think about how fortunate you are to have clothes to choose from and wear. Thank you! Think about how many people must have been involved in making all the various items of clothing you put on and wear in one day. It’s likely that the clothes you put on in one day come from many countries across the planet. Thank you to everybody! Do you have shoes? Lucky you! Imagine life without them. Thank you for shoes!
“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”
Make today as good as it can be by practicing concentrated gratitude and putting the magic into your morning routine. From the moment you open your eyes until you have put your shoes on or finished getting ready, say the magic words, thank you, in your mind for everything you touch and use. It doesn’t matter if you don’t shower or get dressed first thing in the morning, you can still use this Magic Morning practice as a guide and apply it to whatever your morning routine is. If you wake up and eat breakfast first, then as you touch and use each thing for your breakfast say the magic words, thank you. Give thanks for your morning coffee, tea, fruit juice, or breakfast. They make your mornings so enjoyable and give you energy for the day. Be grateful for the kitchen appliances you use for your breakfast – the refrigerator, hot plates, oven, toaster, coffee maker, or kettle.
Every day without exception, I say “thank” as I put one foot on the floor, and “you” as my other foot touches the floor, so that as both feet touch the floor for the first time each day, I’ve said thank you. As I walk toward my bathroom I say the magic words, thank you, in my mind with each step. Then I continue saying thank you in my mind as I touch and use each thing in my bathroom. By the time I am dressed and ready for the day, I feel so happy I could jump for joy. And when I feel that happy, I know my gratitude has worked, and I am guaranteed to have a magical day. As I go through my day, I really feel as though I have a magic power with me, because one good thing after another happens. And as each good thing happens, I’m even more grateful, which speeds up the magic with even more good things happening. You know those days when everything just seems to go right for you? Well, that’s what it’s like after doing Magic Morning, but multiplied!
A Magic Morning
1. When you wake up to the new day, before you do a single thing, say the magic words, thank you.
2. From the moment you open your eyes until you’ve finished getting ready, say the magic words, thank you, in your mind for everything you touch and use.
3. Count Your Blessings: Make a list of ten blessings. Write why you’re grateful. Reread your list, and at the end of each blessing say thank you, thank you, thank you, and feel as grateful for that blessing as you can.
4. Just before you go to sleep tonight, hold your Magic Rock in one hand, and say the magic words, thank you, for the best thing that happened during the day.
Practicing gratitude for everything you have received and continue to receive in your life. But today is an exciting day, because you’re going to begin to use gratitude’s magical power for your dreams and desires!
Hundreds of native cultures through the centuries have traditionally given thanks for what they want before they receive it, creating elaborate ceremonies to put as much energy as they could into giving thanks. The Egyptians have celebrated the flooding of the Nile River since ancient times to ensure the continual flow of water in the river, American Indians and Australian Aborigines perform rain dances, various African tribes perform ceremonies for their food before they hunt for it, and the very nature of prayer in every culture and religion is giving thanks before having received what is desired.
The law of attraction says that like attracts like, which means you must form in your mind a likeness, or an image, of what you want. Then, to attract your desire to you, you have to feel as though it’s yours, so that how you feel is also like how you would feel when you had what you wanted. The easiest way to do that is to be grateful for what you want – before you’ve received it. If it never occurred to you before to use gratitude to receive what you want, you have now discovered another of its magical powers. The very words in the Holy Scriptures promise exactly that:
“Whoever has gratitude (now) will be given more (in the future), and he or she will have an abundance.”
Gratitude is something you must have before you can receive, not something that you simply do after something good has happened. Most people are grateful after they receive something good, but to make all your wishes come true and change your entire life by filling it with riches in every area, you must be grateful before and after. Through the act of being sincerely grateful for receiving your desire beforehand, you immediately form an image in your mind that you have it, you feel as though you have it, and you’re fulfilling your part. If you continue to hold to that image and feeling, you will magically receive your desire. You won’t know how you’ll receive it, and it is not your job to figure it out. You don’t try to figure out how gravity is going to keep you on the ground when you go for a walk, do you? You trust and know that when you go for a walk the law of gravity will keep you firmly on the ground.
Likewise, you must trust and know that when you’re grateful for what you want, what you want will be magically moved to you, because it is the law of the Universe.
What Do You Most Want Right Now?
At the beginning of this book I asked you to get really clear about what you want in every area of your life. (If you didn’t do that earlier, now is the time to do it.) Go to the lists you created now, and choose your top ten desires for this magical practice. You can select ten desires from different areas of your life, such as money, health, home, and relationships, or you might want to choose ten desires in one area you really want to change, such as work or success. Be very clear and specific about what you most want, so that you can see the changes magically happen from this practice.
Imagine you are putting in a magic order with the Universe for your top ten desires, because in truth, by using the law of attraction, that’s exactly what you are doing.
Sit down at a computer or with a pen and journal, and create a separate list of your top ten desires in the following way, as though you’ve received them:
Thank you, thank you, thank you for, and fill in the blank with your desire as though you’ve received it. For example:
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the high marks in my exam results, which got me into the exact college I wanted!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the great news that we are having a baby!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for our dream home, which has everything we wanted it to have down to the last detail!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the amazing phone call with my dad that has improved our relationship!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the medical results that show I am all clear, and healthy again!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the unexpected money I received, which is the exact amount I needed for my European trip!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the doubling of our sales figures this month!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the ideas that won us our biggest client yet!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for my perfect partner!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for how easy and effortless our move was!
Writing thank you three times in a row is a powerful thing to do because it prevents you from throwing the words away, and increases your focus of gratitude. Saying thank you three times is also a magic formula, because it is the mathematical number of all new creation in the Universe. For example, it takes one male and one female to create a baby. The male, female, and baby total three, completing a new creation. The same rule of three applies to the creation of everything in the Universe, including the creation of your desires, and so when you say thank you three times in a row, you are using the magic number of creation,
and a secret magic formula!
The second step of Make All Your Wishes Come True involves saturating your desires with even more gratitude. You can complete the second step at any time during the day today, either at the same time as listing your top ten desires, or intermittently throughout the day.
To saturate each of your desires with gratitude’s magical power, begin with the first desire on your list and using your imagination mentally answer the following questions, as though you’ve received your desire:
1. What emotions did you feel when you received your desire?
2. Who was the first person you told when you received your desire, and how did you tell them?
3. What is the first great thing you did when you received your desire? Include as much detail as you can in your mind.
Finally, reread each desire, and really emphasize the magic words, thank you, so that you feel them as much as you can.
Move on to the second desire on your list, and follow the same steps with each desire, until you’ve completed all ten desires. Spend at least one minute on each desire.
If you want to do something that’s really powerful and a lot of fun, you can also create a Magic Board, where you attach pictures of your desires. Cut out the pictures and attach them to a board that’s in a place where you will see it often. Place the magic words THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU in big bold letters on your Magic Board. Or you can use your refrigerator as your Magic Board. If you have a family, you can create a Magic Board as a family project, because children love it!
Imagine that your Magic Board is truly magical, and that whatever you place a picture of on your board is instantly being moved toward you. Your continued gratitude for it will magnetize it all the way into your life.
Have a Magical day
To see and experience the most magical day of your life, you can be grateful for your whole day before you live it! To Have A Magical Day, you simply think through your plans for the day and say the magic words, thank you, for each one going well, before you’ve lived it. It’s the easiest thing to do, it only takes a few minutes, but the difference it can make in your day is incredible. Being grateful for your day beforehand creates a magical day through the law of attraction; when you give thanks for the experiences in your day going well, you must receive back experiences going well! If you don’t believe you have the power to affect the circumstances of your day so dramatically, think about a time when you woke up grumpy or in a bad mood. You went off into your day, and one thing after another went wrong, until by the end of the day you were exclaiming that you had a heck of a bad day – as though the bad day happened by accident. Well, the only reason you had a bad day was because you took your bad mood from the morning with you, and it was your bad mood that was the cause of one thing after another going wrong.
Even waking up in a bad mood doesn’t happen by accident, because it means that you went to sleep thinking negatively about something, perhaps without realizing it. It’s the very reason why you are doing the Magic Rock practice last thing at night, to ensure that you go to sleep thinking good thoughts. The Magic Rock practice at night combined with Count Your Blessings every morning sets your good mood at night and in the morning, and they guarantee that you are feeling good before you go off into your day.
To Have A Magical Day you need to feel good. I don’t know of anything other than gratitude that guarantees to put you in a good mood almost instantly. Whatever your plans are for the day today, whether it’s traveling, a meeting, work project, lunch, exercise, dropping off dry cleaning, playing a sport, going to the theater, meeting a friend, yoga, cleaning your house, going to school, or buying groceries, turn today into a magical day by saying the magic words, thank you, for each plan going well – before you live it! If you’re a person who writes daily lists of things you need to do, then you can go through your daily list and be grateful for each one having gone well. Whether you do this magical practice in your mind or on paper, the most important thing is that you feel the result of each plan or activity was the best it could have been. When you use gratitude ahead of time to Have A Magical Day it wipes out unexpected problems or difficulties before they happen. The more you use this magical practice, the better your days will become, and from the smallest things to the important things, everything starts going well in your life. The bumpy days smooth out, and instead of frustrating or troublesome things happening in your day, your days start to have a magical flow about them, and things seem to magically go your way, with less effort, no worry, no stress, and far more joy. When I first began to use gratitude to Have A Magical Day, I chose to give thanks ahead of time for the events in my day that I didn’t enjoy doing very much. One of those things was going to the supermarket. At the beginning of the day I said the magic words:
I had no idea how a trip to the supermarket could be easy and joyful, but I felt as much gratitude for that outcome as I could. The result of gratitude’s magical power was that I got a parking space right at the door. I
then ran into two friends. One friend I hadn’t seen for a long time, and we got together for lunch after shopping. The second friend I ran into told me about an amazing and inexpensive house cleaner, which was something I had been dreaming of having. As I did my supermarket shopping, wherever I looked, what I needed was magically in front of my eyes; everything was in stock on the shelves; one item after another was on special; and as I approached the checkout after doing my shopping in record time, a new aisle opened, and the checkout person signaled me to them.
As the checkout person was putting my items through the register, out of the blue she asked, “Do you need any batteries?” It was the one item I had forgotten to buy! My trip to the supermarket was beyond easy and joyful – it was downright magical!
It only takes a few minutes in the morning to use gratitude to Have A Magical Day by giving thanks for the events in your day ahead of time, but this one practice alone will change the way your entire day unfolds. To Have A Magical Day, when you wake up to the new day, either before you get out of bed, or while you’re showering or getting dressed, think about your plans for the day, and give thanks for each one going brilliantly well. Make sure you do this magical practice at the beginning of your day and in one session. In your mind, work your way through the plans you have for the morning, afternoon, and evening, until bedtime. With each plan or event, say the magic words and imagine that you’re saying thank you at the end of the day, and you’re immensely grateful because it did go brilliantly well.
You can use as many superlatives as you like to help you feel more grateful. “Thank you for the incredibly successful meeting.” “Thank you for the amazing outcome with the phone call.”“Thank you for one of the best days ever at work.” “Thank you for the thrilling sports game.” “Thank you for the effortless and fun day of cleaning.” “Thank you for the great night out with our friends.” “Thank you for the relaxing day of travel.” “Thank you for the amazing energy from my exercise session.” “Thank you for the best family get-together we’ve ever had.”
This magical practice is more powerful if you can say the magic words, thank you, out loud for each experience, but if you’re not in a position to say them out loud then it is fine to say them in your mind.
After you’ve finished using gratitude’s magical power for every task and event in your day, end the practice by saying, “And thank you for the great news coming to me today!” Without fail, every single morning when I finish using gratitude to Have A Magical Day, I give thanks for the great news coming to me that day. As a result, I’ve never received so much great news in my entire life. One week after another, one day after another, great news pours in! Each time I receive another piece of great news I am especially grateful and excited because I know I used gratitude’s magical power to bring it, and then even more great news continues to come in. If you want to receive more great news than you ever have before, then just follow in my footsteps.