What if God’s blessings pour forth to such a degree that we cannot contain them, that our cup overflows? – John Morton
Popular author of The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings, and the Spiritual Director of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, John Morton has quite a lot to say about How to See Everything as a Blessing. That was the title of the John Morton Seminar held at Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens last week. Gratitude was one of the tips. I am grateful for my furiously scribbled notes.
Next time I’m riding the roller coaster called life and feel like screaming, hopefully I’ll remember the following concepts I heard from John Morton (in italics below) that I jotted down during the Seminar:
I heard John say: The blessings are here. You have the ability to see everything as a blessing…You’re going to be tested.
Yes. So when emotionally stressed and stretched, I’ll do my best to recall this that I heard John say:
Next time you could declare for all who can hear, “I see the blessing.” Even if you’re having a knockdown, drag out [fight]. When you make the declaration, consider God will show you the blessing.
There is another tool John presented in the Seminar which I did manage to implement last week.
I heard John say: [A] great blessing inside we call the imagination. Use your imagination: What do you want to see as your blessing? Change the frequency…Indulge in what makes you happy. Be what makes you happy.
MSIA students are probably familiar with the concept. Imagination as a tool to transform a negative vibe into a positive one is not new. For those of us with Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh as a spirit animal, the idea bears repeating.
I confess the monkey-mind would poke its persistent self into my happy thoughts. However, a wise one inside persevered and did a redirect back to my winning affirmations. Here’s another gem I heard from John during his Seminar:
If we don’t bless what we already have, how can we expect greater blessings? Be grateful for what you have. Count your blessings.
I can work on this after all, right now, in the very present moment:
- My husband – my Prince Charming finally arrived – and we’ve been together for twenty years.
- Kitty cats greet me each day and night.
- I’ve got all ten fingers and toes.
- I can see Japanese koi swimming at Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens.
- Symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi grace my eardrums.
- Smells of baking and tastes of carrot cake muffins bring on the smiles.
- I’ve got a job.
I have an abundance of blessings.
But if I’m stumbling around in the shadowy parts of my brain, I can choose to do this that John mentioned:
Consider there is something being contested – a battle royale. Choose the blessing. Be willing to be the blessing.
And when it’s just too hard…I can follow this guidance from John:
What you cannot do as the Blessing, God has already done. Go to God. Maybe that is the Blessing. Let God show you…but be prepared to do your part.
Thank you John Morton, for the blessings and the reminders.
WATCH THE RECORDING OF JOHN MORTON’S SEMINAR