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It’s easy to be thankful for the good things – but can you be thankful for the not-so-good things too?

They are all a part of your soul’s journey here on earth. Listen in to this week’s podcast to hear more about it!

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Podcast Transcript

from Practically Intuitive Podcasts

Hi again, and welcome to the weekly Practically Intuitive podcast. I’m Lisa, your host now with the froggy voice. Kids, don’t go stand on line in 37 degree weather for five hours without a coat to see your favorite musician. Just saying. So please excuse any pre-pubescent squeaks in my voice this week.

As we’re coming upon Thanksgiving here in the United States, it’s common for us to speak out loud about all we’re thankful for. Jobs, health, family and friends – these are all wonderful things for which to be grateful.

But what about being grateful for the hard things, the crappy situations you find yourself in, the relationships that didn’t work out, the jobs you didn’t get? Can you find space in your heart to be thankful for those, too?

That’s when gratitude is the hardest, isn’t it? But can you consider for just one moment that you’ve created all of it – the good and the bad – on a soul level in order to gain lessons and to evolve and grow?

People get very touchy when this topic is broached – that you have created every single experience in your life in order to grow and evolve. They’ll argue that they didn’t ask to get breast cancer or to lose their home to foreclosure – who in their right mind would even ask for that?

If you can step back and look at things with your spiritual eyes, as Tom Jacobs calls it, you’ll begin to see the truth of this, though. Before we incarnate into the physical, we make contracts and agreements with others on a soul level to experience certain things in this life so that our soul can truly evolve and move forward on the path. Many of these experiences are wonderful and life affirming. Some are not.

My dad became a type 1 diabetic at age two, studied to be a priest and was asked to leave the monastery because he became ill while caring for alcoholic priests, went blind at 32 and lost both legs to diabetes at 44. Who would choose a life like that?? That’s a bowlful of hardship, isn’t it? What lessons could he possibly have asked for in this incarnation that warranted that? I don’t have an answer to that. Only his soul knows.

I can tell you, though, that he was truly grateful for every moment of it. He told me that. He knew that in all the hardship and pain was a gift of growth and something he asked for at soul level. My dad was able to see things through his spiritual eyes and that’s helped me do that, too.

It’s not easy to look at the pain and suffering that’s occurred in your life and understand the choices that were made to get to that place (again, on a soul level). But they’re there. And understanding why and how those choices came about, what you learned from them and how to move forward with that knowledge is so important.

Please don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying that a 3 year old child consciously asks for a debilitating disease or that we’re all wishing on bad things to happen. What I AM saying is that everything that occurs in our life and everything we will create in the future is a part of the soul’s learning path. In order to evolve as that soul, we are here on earth creating different experiences for just that purpose.

Being grateful for the good things and the not-so-good things allows us to understand that it all happens so that we can fully experience everything we incarnated to do. And being in gratitude acknowledges that we see the bigger picture.

Just a reminder that my e-book “Trust What You Get” is on sale for $19.99. You can find a link to it here. And I’m off this whole week so if you’d like a daytime session, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to work with you.

That’s all for this week. It goes without saying but heck, I’ll say it “I’m thankful for all the friends I’ve made this year, all the clients I’ve worked with and for being able to do the work of my heart.” I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family or even if you like to sit in the quiet and read a book and nibble turkey sandwiches – whatever you do, I wish you peace.

This is Lisa, who is thankful her voice held out for the podcast, from Practically Intuitive – have a wonderful week. Bye for now.