The Gratitude List and a Healing Synchronicity to Boot

(A therapeutic and diagnostic tool based in the spiritual practices of Western mysticism)

It started out like this. I was speaking with my friend who said to me that she had been feeling ill the past few days. In consequence of her suffering she had an "impulse" (intuition really) to take out a sheet of paper and list ⁄ write down as much as she could what she felt gratitude for in life. After completing this she noticed a smile on her face, disappearance of her symptoms, and a lifting of her mood. Two things occurred to me (by thinking by analogy) at that point: 1) Her physiology changed. As everything elevated – smile, mood elevation, symptom removal – so did her immune function and natural inner–healing elements come into play (something we all have); 2) I reflected on the last mitzvah ⁄ deed of the 613 that are written in the Bible, specifically the Torah. It says to write your own Torah scroll. That is, write your own book of life. It occurred to me that’s what she unwittingly did. She wrote a new biographical sketch (not completed yet) of her life. She wrote a NEW version. She gave herself new life, a new life.

The next day I was speaking to another friend who was going through emotional upheaval. She was feeling rattled and unnerved. She told me that she had an "impulse" to take a sheet of paper and write down what she was grateful for in her life which included a thanks to God. After doing so, she felt calm and centered, the anxiety disappearing. Again, another instance of Torah scroll writing indicating the healing possibility this method can bring.

While writing down to effect change has been stated by others over the years, of which I had become acquainted, no one ever tied this to the ancient spiritual perennial wisdom, nor had they been so specific, short and focused on one definitive element = gratitude. Here is a quick curative therapeutic method to apply instantly and for any circumstance besetting us.

A diagnostic idea came to me while putting the pieces together. If a person is sick – physically, emotionally, mentally – and is asked to write the Gratitude List and cannot do so, it is indicative that they will not recover, don?t expect to live, may want to die, or don’t see any future for themselves. Coaxing them to find something, anything, of gratitude to write may help them to live. Otherwise, they inherently know they don’t want to go on living. I think this is a possible invaluable diagnostic tool to use before, during and after therapeutic interventions of any sort to gauge a person’s progress and to show them the value of discovering the feeling of gratitude. Certainly, it has to be a helpful guide to the healthcare provider as well.