Appreciation is the is the magic formula you’ve been seeking.

— Abraham

As people walk down their spiritual path they run into many diverse spiritual tools, each with its own specific purpose. Some of the more common ones are:

• Meditation,

• Prayer,

• Contemplation,

• Mantras,

• Chanting,

• Rosary,

• Whirling,

• Prayer treatment,

• Fasting,

• Hallucinogenic Drugs, and

• Many more.

All of these are techniques or practices to shift or change consciousness. Everyone wants a better life or to be closer to the divine and, as we change our consciousness, we experience a different reality.

There are many variations of each practice and some of them can be quite complicated. Individuals can become so enthralled in a practice that they study it for many years. They become a master of that practice and some can do very remarkable things. One example that has been reported is that master meditators can actually levitate during meditation. Or during a peyote experience a person can transport themselves great distances. A qi gong master is reported to have a surrounding protective field that no one can penetrate.

Manifesting should not be a difficult or an arduous process. In fact, it is a very normal and natural process. We all manifest every day, but most do it unconsciously.

The Law of Attraction simply works by whatever we place our attention on we create more of. That attention can be something tangible or in our imagination. There is no difference to the Law of Attraction. It is empowered by emotion. Since it is inclusive it matters not what type of attention we have, “want it or don’t want it,” it still draws to us what we have our attention on. It is the same with emotion: Love or hate, appreciation or anger. But keep in mind that anger and hate will perpetuate more of the same. What works best is attention to what we want to create or create more of, and appreciation empowers it. Simply being thankful for what we have will bring more good and wanted experiences into our lives.

If we complain about something, we are giving attention to it and it thus produces more dislike or anger. If we read or watch violence, hatred or disaster we add energy to it. If we can become aware of it, not buying into it emotionally, but offer loving thoughts or prayers to those involved, we can help ourselves.

Of all the wonderful spiritual tools available to us to help "shift" our consciousness and bring forth the material things and experiences we desire, appreciation or simply giving thanks seems to be the simplest and may be the easiest tool everyone can employ.

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'thank you,' it will be enough" (Meister Eckhart).

Even in the mist of despair, or the darkest moment, there is always something we are able to give thanks for. It can be seemingly the smallest thing such as giving thanks for the air we breathe, beauty that surrounds us, food we have to eat, and any of this will be enough to make a difference in our lives. When we appreciate, when we love, we are doing exactly what our creator, our source does and is. It is its nature to love and appreciate unconditionally. It doesn’t get any more powerful than that.

I suggest that you start giving thanks on a regular basis:

• When you get up in the morning;

• Before you go to sleep at night;

• Before you eat a meal;

• When we are with or even think about a friend or loved ones; and

• Anytime.

The more you practice, the more you will start to be in constant appreciation. What better way to emulate the divine? It will change your life.

The world is not broken, be in peace.

—Jim Hatton is author (under the name James Apollonius Alan) of “A Spiritual Master’s Guide to Life,” available on Amazon or at Send 600- to 700-word articles to Sally McKirgan at