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The Power of Gratitude

My mother told me when I was almost four years old, as she was putting me to bed one night Son before you go to sleep tonight make sure you count your blessings Great truths are often hidden within such simple words.

Those who count their blessings, who are grateful, have more blessings and fulfillment in life than those who do not. This is a simple principle. Yet it has the power to change your life and the life of those you come on contact with. Gratitude is the key to healing, growth and fulfillment. A therapist who works from a space of love, gratitude, certainty and presence will bring healing to anyone they come in contact with.

In fact anybody in the healing arts who applies these four things will become a master healer, anybody who goes to a healer with these principles will experience a healing process, and any person seeking healing who has these four things will heal. 

Let me go into greater detail of how each of these four pillars contributes to healing. The first one is love. There is no greater healer on this planet than the feeling of love. Love is the result of a heart that is open and not distorted by the emotions created by lopsided perceptions.

Years ago I was the president of the Cancer Control Association in Houston, and at that time I lectured on what I believed to be the cause of cancer. Most of the things I lectured on then have now become almost mainstream but at the time it was considered unorthodox. 

At the time a gentlemen by the name of Carl Simons advocated a technique where you visualized the leukocytes attacking and destroying the cancer cells, and wrote about its effect in helping cancer. That was the paradigm he was in, and even that was a major jump forward in terms of understanding the mind’s power over the body. Today however he says, “Instead of visualizing them attacking the cancer cells, imagine them loving the cancer cells and being grateful that they are bringing to your attention the issues in your life you haven’t loved.”

Carl came to the realization that everything serves the purpose of teaching love. I define illness as the illusions of health and disease, and wellness as the synthesis. Anything we see that is not loved is our lie, it creates uncertainties and our desire to fix and change things – it’s a dissipation of energy which is called disease. Every emotion we have has its metaphysical manifestation in the body, and the body’s manifestation is trying to wake us up to the lie that we’re living. 


The second pillar is gratitude, an absolute appreciation for life. Just as with wealth you must have appreciation in order for it to grow, so too with your body – if it’s not growing its decaying and disease is simply a decay process. If we’re not appreciative we can’t grow – appreciation is an absolutely essential component of the growth and maintenance of a body. In fact your body will give you symptoms and create disease to try to get you to appreciate it.

If you had only 24 hours to live, do you know what you’d do? You would go to the people you love and say to them, “I love you and I appreciate you. I am so grateful for everything you have contributed to my life,” when you’re down to the last moments of life you get to priority, and the highest priority is love and gratitude.

There is no higher priority that any human being will have. All of us are on spiritual missions, having a spiritual body inside a physical/metaphysical body, and that is here for the sole purpose of learning lessons of love and gratitude. Everything we do in all the seven areas of life will be teaching us exactly that, and to the degree we learn those lessons we will unfold our full potential both physically and metaphysically, and to the degree we don’t we sabotage that potential.

When you are grateful for life you open up the gateway of the heart and allow the love that is always waiting there to eternally express itself in the form of light or illumination in our consciousness, which brings organization and order to human physiology. It’s been shown scientifically that love and appreciation organize and bring order to cell structures on a molecular level. 

Certainty, the third pillar, is a by-product of gratitude and love, and when you are certain you’re not wavering with past remembered guilts and future imagined fears – the emotions – you’re present, and hence the fourth pillar is presence. Love, gratitude, certainty, presence; those are the four cardinal pillars that support the dome of healing and any healer who has those states will bring healing to anyone they get involved with. And guess what? We all have the potential to be a healer.


In ancient times and cultures there existed individuals whose span of experience and study embraced broad scopes of knowledge – they were called philosophers. In our modern era where specialists reign and the general man of letters is left to educate the future specialists, there rarely occur those individuals who could truly be called modern day philosophers.

Dr. John Demartini is one of those rare and gifted individuals. His scope of experience and knowledge has encompassed the intricacies of cosmology, the mysteries of theology, and the magical essence of clinical psychology and healing. He has researched the great classical writings of both the Orient and the Occident and has synthesized the message of the great Masters of the past and present.

Dr. John Demartini is a human behavior specialist, educator, international best-selling author and the founder of the Demartini Institute.
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