At this juncture, it seems as if we are all surrounded by strife, upheaval and a fair amount of fear. Our world seems like an uncertain place right now. We cannot forget that we are also surrounded by hope, promise and remarkable gifts of compassion.   While they may not be as visible as the bad news imparted by social media and news outlets, they none the less exist and inspire. And let us not forget that where Light shines, it multiplies.
We here in the United States are about to celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that has a questionable past but nonetheless represents an opportunity for people to gather in gratitude for life’s blessings. As Thanksgiving approaches, I have found myself giving a great deal of thought to gratitude. And so I am told:
Rejoice in gratitude for it leads the way. It opens doors within your self and in your external world. Most importantly, you must know that gratitude is first cousin to love. Love cannot exist without it.
Gratitude is essential to your spiritual growth and transition to Crystalline Being.
Gratitude facilitates healing and Wholing. Immerse yourselves in it, let your hearts well up and overflow with gratitude.
Gratitude serves to clear clogged chakras and other blockages.
Gratitude allows humans vibrations to rise. It increases your ability to connect heart to heart with others.
Gratitude affects the energy of others, allowing them to experience an expansion of their own heart fields.
Do you begin to see how closely aligned gratitude is with love? Do you begin to understand why? We ask you to explore these thoughts and seek their similarity in your own hearts. We cannot stress how important this is as you move through this time of transition. In every moment of time/space, there is reason for gratitude. Let this be your walking, breathing mantra and allow thanksgiving to be who you are with every breath.
This week I wanted to take the opportunity to speak to all you directly from my heart to yours. We are entering the holiday season for many of us, which, as we all know can be equal parts stress and joy. I urge you, once again, to put self-care at the top of your list of “to do’s”. It has never been as important as it is right now.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this column, and for the emails and messages, you send me. You mean the world to me, and fill my heart with gratitude.

***This guidance column was written by Jan Finley for It may be shared freely, but only when the author’s name and website are included.