Giving Thanks - #SolutionsWatch

11/24/202263 Comments

As those in the reality-based community know, we live in dark times. But if we cannot acknowledge the good that is in our lives, then what are we fighting for? Join James for this week's edition of #SolutionsWatch as he explores the whys and hows of giving thanks and cultivating a spirit of gratitude.

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SHOW NOTES:
Gratitude is positively related to increased subjective well-being

Robert Emmons: Benefits of Gratitude

Thanks! How the new science of gratitude can make you happier by Robert Emmons

2008 study: "Gratitude predicted greater subjective sleep quality and sleep duration, and less sleep latency and daytime dysfunction."

2015 study: benefits of gratitude for heart failure patients
2016 study: relationship between gratitude intervention and reduced blood pressure

2017 study: relationship between gratitude and hemoglobin A1c

Is Gratitude Good for Your Health?

Stuff To Blow Your Mind podcast - From the Vault: Thankful: The Science of Gratitude

Ben Franklin Grand-Mason

Ben Franklin Hellfire Club

Ben Franklin skeletons in his basement

Thnx4.org

Gratitude Letter.

Research on gratitude by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Ben Stein Quote

Albert Schweitzer quote

Epicurus Quote

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  1. Steve Smith says:

    I have so much to be grateful for these days. Mostly I’m grateful for my renewed relationship with my Savior.
    I suppose that it is largely because of the craziness of current events and my health issues that I have been driven back into the arms of Jesus who paid the penalty for my sins and gave me the gift of eternal life in the presence of my Creator.
    I drifted away from Him because of the temptations of the flesh and the world for many years. I’m so thankful that He never let me go completely.

    James, I pray that you and all your intelligent and insightful followers are or will become recipients of the gift of salvation that is so freely offered to anyone who will accept it. And that it happens soon. I feel that time is growing short.

    May God richly bless you all my friends.

    • cu.h.j says:

      Thank you so much for you kind and loving thoughts that you share. I think things will be okay. I know things seem bad now, but I trust that the force of life is stronger than whatever darkness is attempting to encompass it.

      Take care Steve, and lots of well wishes and hope I send to you and your family and loved ones. I believe and trust that we’ll be okay and that the beauty and gift of life will continue and prevail. I love my life here on earth and have a good life and am grateful for it and I pray that I am able to continue and fulfill whatever purpose I came here for.

    • mkey says:

      All shell be well. And all shell be well. And all manner of things shall be well.

    • TracyPete says:

      Giving thanks for the chair leg or Lego that can trip us and cause us pain reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s prison letters and of his giving thanks from prison.

      A grade-school friend of mine once told me that I was doomed to hell until I received the Lord as she had. A pain followed as real as stubbing a toe and lasting much longer.

      Steve, peace to you, gladness for the blessings you’ve found in your relationship with Jesus, and kudos for the courage and conviction of your salvation call. I found much strength over the years in calling on His name.

      I sincerely and humbly suggest, though, that there is path other than a prescriptive Biblical call to accept our Creator in a certain way in order to receive a certain promise. What child is unknown and forsaken by God before accepting God as savior? Not one, in my view.

      Are Bible stories, the ultimate open source intelligence, meant to stub painful ideas against our consciousness to flesh out growth, to cause and resolve conflict, to injure and comfort, to provide assurance and ambiguity, to give thanks and curse the darkness? At this I am reminded of C. S. Lewis and his observation that it is we who must open the door.

      Good Tidings of Great Joy, Steve, in the coming Advent Season.

      Thank you so very much, James, for all you do. And, thanks to the community you’ve cultivated.

      A second to madhu’s comment, “…just listening to you is good for my soul”

  2. pkadams says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Thank you, James, for this message and God bless you and yours.

  3. madhu says:

    I love that gratitude in people whose hearts are literally failing, might actually undo that failure to some extent. Being a doctor I know the technical meaning of heart failure, but still the idea seems poetic to me.

    This episode really chimes with me. Thanks again James. It often feels like just listening to you is good for my soul.

  4. fbm says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, James and friends of Corbett! Wishing everyone a very blessed day and many more to come.

  5. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Chocolate covered Ice Cream on a stick

    Around the summer of 2005 while trying to earn some money in going back to college, I sold aerial photographs of different people’s houses out in the country. A plane had captured their ranch house or mobile home nested on some acreage, large or small. I would receive a batch of 16” X 20” aerial photographs for a certain rural region of Texas, and then head over to that region to travel the country roads visiting the home owners by often jumping the gate and walking up to the house. Many times I would sleep overnight in the car to save the buck, but I enjoyed the scenery and warm welcoming atmosphere of the potential customer who I ran into. I saw hundreds of people and places, and many now are buried in a misty fog of memory.

    One home owner imprinted on my memory. I won’t forget it. I knocked on a not so special ‘newer’ brick house sitting on an acre or two. A lady in her late 30’s or early 40’s answered the door. While I gave her my intro spiel, she was appreciating savoring her chocolate covered ice cream on a stick. She glowed. I mean that she positively glowed with joy as if life’s seriousness and any burdens were not present. It struck me. One would have to be blind not to notice. It was written on her face and her calm nature as she invited me in to sit near the coffee table to continue my spiel. My spiel ended and she asked, “How much is it?” With no hesitation, she serenely and smoothly wrote a check for $125 as if there were no cares in the world. I was somewhat surprised, because everything had happened so fast. With the ice cream stick sitting in her ashtray, we chatted while she wrapped up the check. I remarked on how joyful she seemed. She told me that the week before she had discovered that her cancer was gone.
    I’m going to keep that mental image of that lady with her chocolate covered ice cream on a stick. It contains a life perspective that I want to own.

  6. Duck says:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf9-oAX-hGw

    Count your many blessings name them one by one. Accapella, which is best. 🙂

  7. gpru says:

    The Lord is my rock. Psalm 18:2

  8. intento says:

    Dear James,
    Once again thank you for being you and thank me for being me too along with everything we experience in this realm. We are all Kings and Queens here but it seems that society has sewed us a net filled with the more vile powers in the universe…
    Nonetheless we are and we must give thanks everywhere to everything if we ever wish for a chance to return to happiness as a more unified community.
    Nice one as always JC?!
    😉

  9. scpat says:

    I enjoyed you riffing about mindfulness and thankfulness around the 23:00 mark. I agree, when you connect with something with intention, there is a much greater appreciation and respect for it.

  10. rob.h says:

    Happy Turkey day! thankful for a lot.. including you and your work, this community and the feeling that is it getting better everyday!

  11. Gavinm says:

    Excellent episode James, thanks very much for putting this together.

    I humbly offer the following in the interest of offering pathways to re-awaken our awe and recognition of the immense beauty of this world and all the gifts the Creator shares with us. I will now share some things I like to contemplate each morning as I seek to actively cultivate gratitude in my heart and mind.

    Each morning we are offered a precious opportunity to look at the world through new eyes, listen with more compassionate and appreciative ears and begin to turn over a new leaf. If we take the time to be present and perceive with the heart (as well as through our other organs of perception) as the first sunrays pour over the landscape entering our eyes this invokes a feeling of hope and gratitude for all that is and all the blessings we have been given in our life, propelling us forward and helping us to realize each new day is brimming with infinite possibilities for expressing our creativity, nurturing our fellow beings to help them achieve their highest potential, healing/regenerating wounds we may be involved with (physical, emotional or spiritual) and also offering endless potential for self-improvement, self-discovery and unfolding into our best and truest self.

    Most think of morning as a time of day, but it is also a physical place. More specifically, morning is a band of a certain thickness that is in perpetual motion moving across the face of the earth. There is a wave of all that the break of dawn entails constantly washing over and connecting countless beings (human and non human) in a shared experience of renewal, inspiration, illumination, rejuvenation and peace. Therefore each day (regardless of our outward appearance, social status, class, nationality or creed) we are unified in spirit through light, sound and peace.

    All beings with an open heart share in a moment of grace, being offered an invitation to choose a different path, a shared path that we can walk as part of a coherent collective that seeks to regenerate inwardly and outwardly. We are invited to treat others as we want to be treated and unfold into our highest potential. Through the rays of the breaking dawn we are connected to each other, to the living, loving, tending planet Earth and we are each offered a chance to choose again. Even when we are experiencing other times of the day or night there is a wave of peace, hope and renewal washing over countless beings elsewhere on the globe, immersing them in the sacred sunrays of the breaking dawn, uplifting countless billions in perpetuity.

    (continued in another comment below..)

    • Gavinm says:

      (..continued from comment above)

      The power of the break of dawn to elicit joy, invoke hope, gratitude and propel one forward to do great things is not only perceived by human beings. Many different types of beings on the Earth revel and jubilantly express their joy and gratitude each morning. This is very evident in birds for example, which sing a joyful and uplifting song like an ecosystem scaled orchestra of expressing their collective gratitude, hope and jubilance as they are gifted another day on this beautiful earth. This serendipitous symphony of the first sunrays can be heard in ecosystems all over the globe in an exquisite range of depth, diversity and tonality. The birds offer their thanks and share their unique gifts with the world.

      I believe the bird’s eloquent revelry of the rising sun is part of Mother Earth’s and Creator’s design for offering medicine for the heart and food for the soul. A tidal wave of bird song washing over the world immersing the planet in a sonic bath perpetually. Something to remind us there is joy, beauty, hope and endless potential to be found in each day, and so very much to be grateful for, if we just shift our perspective a little and look at our lives and the earth from a birds-eye view.

  12. Thanks James for a wonderful episode on this day of U.S. Thanksgiving!
    I am truly appreciative for all the work you do throughout the year
    in keeping us on our toes and cognizant of world-shaping events.

    I am also thankful to the great crowd of supporters you have amassed over the years who bring even more food for thought to the table.

  13. GENDUN LAMA says:

    The less we vax, the happier we will be.

  14. loggin says:

    Excellent on the thrill of living through apocalyptic times. However listening to your CBDC video intensified my recent revelation that the Great Reset is mostly hype. It fizzled out. That has been a hard thing to take on board.

    Joe Biden’s compulsory vaccination (to qualify for work) was unconstitutional. Vaccine passports in Scotland were withdrawn because ‘no one’ was using them. CBDC sounds very complicated and conflicted and not at all a detailed conspiracy that will have us all in digital chains before Christmas.

    Tesla full driving mode beta is available now. Good luck with that, Santa.

  15. loggin says:

    April 2022

    Vaccine passports to be ‘switched off’ in Scotland, confirms John Swinney
    The Deputy First Minister has said it “would no longer be appropriate” for the Covid status certification scheme to be used by businesses.

    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/vaccine-passports-switched-off-scotland-26747441

  16. candlelight says:

    Questions for Corbett?

    Hopefully?

    Thankfully?

    Gratefully?

    Question: At a minute and change into the podcast, you say “…let’s think about the practice of giving thanks, and “we’re” putting this in_in the edition of #SolutionsWatch because, yes, I think…”

    My question is, who is the “we” in your statement??? Just curious.

    Second: Are the terms “thankfulness” and “gratefulness” so perfectly synonymous? Because you slip between the two so seamlessly, like the Great Gretzky slipping between left, right and center defensemen. 🙂

    After another minute you rhetorically ask “…why is James so thankful for…” etc., etc., and then proceed to implore the definition – not of the term “thankfulness” – but, morphing, instantaneously, to the term “gratitude”. Adding, “What is gratitude, what is thankfulness, what is gratefulness?”, as if these words were one and the same.

    I’m just glad Thanksgiving is called Thanksgiving, and not, what? – Gratefulgiving?

    Happy Gratefulgiving…. Hmm, it’s not quite the same. Gratitude is something you have – “I am grateful”. Thanks is something you give – “I thank you”.

    It’s subtle as hell, I know. But, there is a difference. And one of the subtle differences, if you’ll notice, is how seamlessly the concept of gratitude melds with the concept of “debt”. The phrase “debt of gratitude” rolls right off the tongue. But, not so much with “thanks” – “debt of thanks”? Not really. But, “Oh, gee, thanks, I owe you one”. Maybe. By and large, “gratitude” is definitely the heavier term, sparking as it does, a stronger emotional trigger obliging the moral sense of debt and its repayment, as ole Ben F. realized so well and used to his Masonic advantage many moons ago.

    The bottom line is, I’ve never attended a Thanksgiving feeling a sense of dept to repay. I’m thankful for the holiday and the comradery and togetherness, certainly. Though, the only sense of gratitude I feel is if I’m not the one cooking. My only sense of dept in that instance is to bring the dessert.

    • candlelight says:

      This overbearing, preachy sense of gratitude, and gratefulness and thankfulness, and the need to remind oneself every day? Are people that far gone, that they don’t have a relative sense of where there lives are at? ‘A man cried because he had no shoes, until he met the man who had no feet’…. That’s all I need to remind myself. Yes, I am literally grateful to have feet.

      If you one want to feel grateful, just remind yourself you’re not living in Ukraine starring down a very long and cold, dark winter; or are one of the millions upon millions of people living in a state of squalor and starvation. What is that next to stubbing ones toe on a Lego block?

      And, yet, James, you are probably one of very few, who in that moment, was conscious and cognitive enough, to appreciate and give thanks to its nuisance.

    • pearl says:

      I believe the “we” is James & Broc; I don’t imagine there’s a single video posted here (excepting the very early years) which doesn’t feature his fine work.

      I thought at first you were just being a stinker but pointing out the subtle difference between the two words was an excellent lesson on subtlety. Each carries a very different vibe. Most interesting, Candlelight! Thank you!

    • Gavinm says:

      @candlelight

      What an excellent example of weaponized Doublespeak.

      Taken in it’s sum total, I would describe this set of comments as “linguistic well-poisoning”.

      Encouraging humans to recoil from embracing gratitude because it might make them feel indebted? That is insane and toxic thinking.

      The cold and calculated thinking that sees things in a mechanistic way (always thinking “how will it benefit me personally”) is what got us to where our dominant culture is now.

      The endless circle of gifts that makes this beautiful world function is made possible via our recognizing the gifts we are given, and feeling the calling within our heart to reciprocate those gifts. Attempting to silence that innate inner voice that calls us to return the gifts that are given to us (in so many ways and by so many beings) is a sure path to become a psychopathic oligarch seeking to commodify, quantify, own, dominate and control every aspect of nature.

      Instead of defining our innate calling to reciprocate the innumerable gifts we have been given in these lives as “debt”, I suggest you see this intrinsic aspect of your being for what it is.. the seed of integrity and honor (which if watered and nurtured) can bear the fruit of the recognition of your true and eternal Self and a direct awareness of the spark within that was gifted to you by the Creator of all things.

      • pearl says:

        Well-poisoning against whom?

        I may be mistaken, but I believe Candlelight has expressed elsewhere that he doesn’t believe in God. So, the object(s) of one’s gratitude is kinda everything, isn’t it? Doesn’t misplaced gratitude have the potential to lead one into a kind of servitude? Dominators, through gaslighting techniques, weaponize such things with great skill – institutionalized religion, first and foremost. Who needs love when condemnation via total depravity/universal guilt can accomplish so much more?

        • Gavinm says:

          Hey Pearl,

          My invented term “linguistic well poisoning” was an attempt to define an action that is intended to dissuade people from researching, contemplating and engaging in actions related to a specific word via preemptively distorting other people’s perception of said word via some kind of association fallacy (such as using ‘red herring’ tactics) or just attempting to invoke emotional responses in relation to a word via drawing a correlation to obscure negative implications of the word.

          As I am defining the term, ‘Linguistic Poisoned-well arguments’ are sometimes used with preemptive invocations of the association fallacy. In this pattern, an unfavorable attribute is ascribed to any future usage of the word, in an attempt to discourage debate, introspection, research and meaningful inner work.

          I do not think you are mistaken about “candlelight”‘s stated ignorance (as in incomprehension/unconsciousness) relating to the existence of the Creator of all things.

          Good question. I feel there is indeed a potential for gaslighting and other psychological warfare techniques to be used so that people are induced into a state of feeling indebted to institutions (or individuals) operating with nefarious intent, however, I do not feel it would be accurate to attribute that potential for psychological abuse to the word gratitude.

          “grat·i·tude
          /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/

          noun

          the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” (source Oxford dictionary)

          Since kindness is an integral part of the definition of gratitude, surely a situation where governments, oligarchs or manipulative self interested individuals are seeking to psychologically abuse people into feeling indebted (as to achieve their selfish/malicious goals and enforce a kind of servitude) does not involve kindness. Thus, since the above described situations are devoid of kindness, they are not related to gratitude either.

          (continued in another comment below..)

        • Gavinm says:

          (..continued from comment above)

          According to https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/gratitude “Gratitude.. comes from the Latin word gratus, which means “thankful, pleasing.” When you feel gratitude, you’re pleased by what someone did for you and also pleased by the results. Unlike indebtedness, you’re not anxious about having to pay it back.”

          Robert A. Emmons (Ph.D) describes gratitude by saying “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.” I agree with him.

          If one has attuned their critical thinking, discernment and intuitive capacities to be able to know what is real kindness, and what is veiled manipulation, one will be able to know the difference between something one should feel grateful for, and something that is intended to gaslight. If one neglects to develop the above mentioned innate capacities for discernment, and is sucked into manipulative schemes that weaponize the word gratitude (or similar words) in double speak agendas, that is due to the choices of the individual, and has nothing to do with the word gratitude, the concept of gratitude or its implications.

          As for your closing question, again, guilt is not related to gratitude, the feeling within that calls us to reciprocate kindness is not guilt, it is love. Guilt on the other hand arises from the root of fear.

          • pearl says:

            Oh! Okay, I’m glad I mentioned it and am now enlightened on the meaning of your creative term. Impressive and very interesting! But honestly, that seems a bit heavy-handed.

            This discussion stemming from James’s Thanksgiving message, is – I believe – much ado about nothing. Surely all of us have mistakenly used words synonymously when there are distinctions. Candlelight merely pointed out those differences (and then some!). But he can certainly speak for himself.

            Moving on…a few points:

            Manipulators fake kindness via favors, gifts, flattery, friendliness, emotional connection, etc. etc. And Daddy government does it too.

            I do not believe that innocent people born into emotionally manipulative families (or marry into one), or that sincere, kind people grifted by duplicitous actors and institutions are ultimately the ones to blame.

            “As for your closing question, again, guilt is not related to gratitude, the feeling within that calls us to reciprocate kindness is not guilt, it is love. Guilt on the other hand arises from the root of fear.”

            Actually, that was meant to be a rhetorical question, but yes, well stated. I know and you know that guilt ought not have anything to do with gratitude and yet, it happens; those most intelligent philosopher kings twist all manner of holy things and with great subtlety (ex. for starters, “Institutes of the Christian Religion” by John Calvin).

            • Gavinm says:

              Hi Pearl,

              Perhaps “candlelight’s” intent was innocent and he was merely attempting to delineate his perspective on how those individual words make him feel, but it certainly did not appear that way.

              As I explained above, regardless of what the word gratitude triggers in people contemplating it, the definition is clearly not related to “indebtedness”, thus if the supposition/statement that gratitude is intrinsically tied to indebtedness is not part of a “linguistic well-poisoning”/double speak intent, it is just fallacious.

              I do not believe that “innocent people born into emotionally manipulative families (or marry into one), or that sincere, kind people grifted by duplicitous actors” are the ones to “blame” either, but that is because “blame” is something with it’s roots in dualistic anthropomorphic dogmatic belief systems (and those are worldviews I do not subscribe to).

              “blame
              verb
              UK /bleɪm/ US /bleɪm/

              to say or think that someone or something did something wrong or is responsible for something bad happening” (source: The Britannica Dictionary).

              You mentioned “fake kindness” and I think that is an important point to emphasize, as since it is a fraudulent or fallacious simulacra of kindness, the feeling of debt such a situation may invoke in those being manipulated, again, has nothing to do with gratitude (no matter what may be going on in the minds of the people involved).

              (..continued in another comment)

            • Gavinm says:

              (..continued from comment above)

              Perhaps blame is not the appropriate term, since it’s use would necessitate a superficial judgment being applied to persons and situations based on human’s proclivity to jam everything and everyone into ‘black’ and ‘white’ categories. Despite the obviously upsetting nature of some of the situations, you described above what if in many cases the souls of individual beings (that chose to come here and be part of this human experience) also consciously chose pre-determined adverse conditions they would face in their lives on Earth? Not so they could judge the situations or actors involved as ‘good’ and ‘bad’.. but so they could gain understanding and provide opportunities for using these contrasting experiences and scars of the heart, as maps for the soul. Maps that can be shared with other beings seeking to enrich their eternal selves (and the collective we are an intrinsic part of)? What if we sometimes choose to involve ourselves in situations that break parts of our human selves, so that when we heal the resulting person and understanding embodies that which is more beautiful and full of potential than the original? (like when someone repairs a broken piece of pottery using Kintsugi techniques).

              Perhaps many of those types of experiences are advanced classes we enroll in as spiritual beings on a path as a perpetual student seeking to enrich ourselves and find ways to throw ‘rope ladders’ to our fellow beings in such situations, so that we can all gain understanding, evolve and unfold together?

              If that is so, than the term ‘blame’ hardly seems appropriate. As sovereign spiritual beings, we exercise our free will and can choose what perspective we embrace when faced with each experience in life. Whether we chose that experience as part of a “soul contract” before we came into these bodies or the experience is the result of other beings exercising their free will, there is always a choice in how we perceive the experience (and thus a choice in how it will impact us).

              Being someone that was born into a family where those dynamics were present and my wife having experienced an even more severe expression of those dynamics, I can say that for the human child experiencing said experiences (that have the potential to enrich one’s eternal self and bring about transformation of the human self) sometimes it takes years before one can gather the insight and awareness that enables one to shift their perspective when looking back on said experiences, to integrate them consciously (without a victim mentality) and fuse the broken pieces of the human heart back together with the golden light of unconditional love, recognition of the Creator’s spark in all beings and a broader understanding of the way in which adverse, challenging (and even horrific) experiences can serve as a catalyst for positive transformation.

              (continued in another comment..)

            • Gavinm says:

              (..continued from comment above)

              In this final comment, I will quote a life coach/writer I know, as I feel her experiences with an abusive father (and an abusive ex spouse) gives her a unique perspective into these matters that can provide some valuable insight here.

              “As long as you allow yourself to blame others for things that happen in your life, you will remain broken but the minute you realize you are not ever a victim you will once again be whole. When tough times happen do we get stuck in them as a victim, it happened to us? Do we carry them with us afterward as a measuring stick to which we can hold new experiences and new relationships in which we fear we could feel pain ( as though this is the way to avoid further tough moments and hurt)? Orrrr do we accept what we need from it understanding that it happened but that we have the choice to not let it define us and move on? So often people feel things are done to them. If we believe that, the message we are sending ourselves is that we are victims and helpless. This perspective freezes us in the quagmire we say we want to be free from. The easiest way to move forward is to acknowledge that your choices ARE your choices and that you are where you are in life because of the choices you made. Once we understand that, change is as simple as deciding to make different choices, to give yourself positive, loving messages that says you are not a victim but rather a beautiful expression of love and to follow those choices and messages up with positive actions that nurture self-love, self- worth and fosters a path that results in beneficial outcomes for you!

              Once you have felt the terror of fighting for your life at the hands of one who is trying to end it, you realize that fear itself is but an illusion that grabs hold of the imagination and creates a prison in which to keep you. The door to that prison can be unlocked at any time and you CAN be freed of fear. The key is to change what guides you from your mind in which fear can run free, to your heart in which love only abides. To further assist this process surrender the drive to control (for control is a byproduct of fear) and just be. Know that as long as you are breathing you can change the story of your life and create a life that flows with the rhythm of your heart and is aligned with your spirit. Whatever was can be changed…. the affects of that which befalls you can be altered and that which is seems painful cannot hurt you unless you give it that freedom. You DO have that choice, You are not a victim but rather a beautiful expression of love. Make the shift from the mind to the heart and allow your perspective to be guided by unconditionally pure love and in that second your life is evermore changed and you are free. Free of fear, free to be.”

              • pearl says:

                “what if in many cases the souls of individual beings (that chose to come here and be part of this human experience) also consciously chose pre-determined adverse conditions they would face in their lives on Earth?”

                This may come as a surprise to you, Gavin, but you actually share some of the darker concepts as those Calvinists I’m always bitching about, only your faith has a way more exciting, cosmic vibe.

                Yeah, I’ve heard that what if scenario before and I find it repugnant. Like what about justice? What about children/babies who get raped? As pre-existing souls, they supposedly chose that destiny for the spiritual insight and understanding they’d gain? Wickedness and Evil are just spiritual trappings of us pathetic earthlings, right? We really need to get over all that silly stuff. And the toddler who recently got dragged to his death by an alligator as parents watched in horror? Now there’s a cosmic situation just bursting with potential wisdom!

                If this is what you hold to, Gavin, then who are you to express any complaints whatsoever against anything, including the globalists’ lies and manipulations toward the Great Reset, the decades of corruption and murderous lies which got us here? Frankly, you have no right. So, yeah, I guess your only option is to just be grateful that you didn’t choose to be somebody’s punching bag (but, if we’re consistent in this cosmic stuff, compared to those babies, maybe that’s actually a serious character flaw which demands another life of enlightening, purifying violence?).

              • Gavinm says:

                @pearl

                I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and feelings candidly and will contemplate what you have said before responding in full.

                I was not aware of what a “Calvinist” was until just now, but I do feel learning about the dogmatic belief systems of Earth is helpful (so I can strategize to avoid any pitfalls the institutions behind them may have put in my intended path) so thank you.

                I am unfamiliar with this term you used “purifying violence”, but it sounds very creepy and cultish (or like something that a church would promote in some bloody crusade to convert people declared as “heathens”).

                The sense I get when I take a step back from my programming in this life and look at it without judgement is that “evil” is an idea invented by humans looking to ascribe all the negative feelings they feel when observing horrifying and malicious behavior in a person/situation, but just like darkness (which is not a substance, but rather is defined by the lack of a substance, that being light) “evil” is also not a substance. Rather that which we ascribe the word “evil” to, is that which is devoid of a substance, that substance being love (the essence of the Creator of all things) and aligned with the most unpleasant expressions of it’s opposite, fear.

                I don’t know about the little babies and toddlers living on and leaving the Earth in heartbreaking ways, that is a tough one, my human brain and heart feels outrage thinking of them, and would want to seek out the “bad guys” responsible to punish them and bring them to “justice”… but then again how well has that approach been working for humanity thus far? If their path to experience the painful existences and leaving the Earth is part of a pre-existing soul chosen path, the purpose would certainly be beyond my scope of understanding.. and perhaps if Earth is a school that currently involves souls going through such experiences, we can change it so that it does not have to always be? So that this school of Earth can offer less contrasted and challenging opportunities for spiritual beings to gain understanding?

                I never claimed to have all the answers, I was simply pondering possibilities.

                I will ponder your questions further and answer to the best of my ability when I can.

              • pearl says:

                “but I do feel learning about the dogmatic belief systems of Earth is helpful so I can strategize to avoid any pitfalls the institutions behind them may have put in my intended path”

                I’m not so sure your belief system is as blissfully unique as you’ve been led to believe. The good book says, nothing new under the sun. Also, rather than strategize to avoid philosophical pitfalls to win debates, how about seriously examining basic assumptions and follow the natural outcomes?

                Honestly, Gavin, this is tiresome. I’m really not interested in further dialogue. I’ve followed and participated in similar discussions over the years and they go nowhere. Personally, I think it’s fascinating to learn the beginnings of things, why people do what they do but changing hearts and minds? Personal belief systems are pretty much set in stone. Most of humanity lives by faith in something but lack conclusive supernatural experience to prove its authenticity, including me. You, on the other hand, have had such experiences and even further communion with other-worldly entities. I believe you – I just think they’re deceptive. You’re not going to change my mind and I’m not going to change yours. For most of us, it would take a major upheaval of an event to trigger any kind of personal re-evaluation. I think life itself is a pretty good school. I’ll be damned if I entrust my mind and soul to anyone or anything attempting to convince me that good and evil are just illusions.

                So, I’m done here. Peace.

            • candlelight says:

              Hey Pearl,

              Well, I was truly gratified (grateful? ha ha) that you appreciated my analysis and focus on the differences between the two sets of words in question. Though, little did I know you would wind up in such a lively discussion over it. But, I thank you for that, too. 🙂

              In your first post, I liked how you boiled down my argument so succinctly, saying “Each carries a very different vibe.” How true! And maybe that was all I was trying to express. But, you know, in a subsequent post to Gavinm, I think you really nailed it with something that I began thinking along the lines of, too. That the indebtedness and guilt (and you were quite right to include the concept of guilt) associated with “gratitude”, can be, as you allude, a slippery slope – i.e., manipulation, control, gaslighting, etc. Also, to explain why you were correct to make the association with guilt – which seems to be too difficult for some people to wrap their heads round – I suggest people examine the word “ingrate”, which simply means an ungrateful person. Yet, the term “ingrate” is a most derogatory term, and when it is hurled directly against someone, it is used, invariably, for the purpose of shaming the individual. Hence, the guilt. And, yes, plaudits to Gavnm – he’s correct to associate fear with guilt – people do fear to be shamed. The English language, by the way, has yet to come up with the term “inthank”. Now, that term would or could be located in the double-speak dictionary, for sure. But, “ingrate” is located in the English language dictionary.

              • candlelight says:

                Also, I don’t know what podcast Gavinm was listening or not listening to, but his various statements attempting to disassociate the state of gratitude with the feeling – or duty, even – of indebtedness, ridiculously flies in the face of the whole of James’ talk! Bizarre!

                James @ 4:41mins:

                “…but, at any rate, it (gratitude) is a recognition that there are things outside of ourselves to which we owe (pause) a debt of gratitude…”

                James basically argues for indebtedness throughout his podcast. Going as far, I might add, to include another element into the mix, “fighting” for that which you feel grateful for, or in other words, fighting for that to which you feel indebted.

                I don’t know, Pearl. A slippery slope? Right? I think there may be a point to be made here, too.

                Anyway, in small hope that I’m not continued to be painted in villainous terms, that I’m not thought of as some sort of unconscious, ignorant ingrate, or worse, I just want to relate a story that, in part, informs the way I look at these issues:

                Many years ago, I had a next store neighbor who was much older than me, old enough to be my grandfather, in fact; and there was this one time that he helped me with something I was working on. He had a little shop at home and took the time and effort to show me how to fix whatever it was that I was kind of stumped with. Of course, I thanked him, but I really was truly grateful of his help. He saved me a great deal of hassle, and taught me something all in one, and I really wanted to get him something, a gift of some sort to show my appreciation. So, I settled on getting him a bottle of liquor that I associated more with my parents generation. I, myself, had never even tasted it before, but it just seemed so old fashioned and I thought, who knows, maybe my neighbor loves this stuff (I didn’t want to ask him about his preferences fearing I’d ruin the surprise)….

              • candlelight says:

                continued:

                So, I wrapped the liquor up and gave it to him for helping me out, as I explained it…. Well, he accepted it, but he was clearly dismayed to be handed a gift. Even somewhat miffed. He went as far as to say something to the effect – can’t anyone do anything for anyone these days, without getting some favor in return-? Needless to say, I was crestfallen. Yet, I came to understand why he felt the way he felt. I realized that had I kept it as a simple thanks on my part, it would have been more than enough. I learned the hard way that he wasn’t particularly looking for any gratitude, or expression, thereof, least of all any sort of payment, or my feeling indebted in any way. His helping his young neighbor with his expertise and knowledge was its own reward! What had made it meaningful to him was that he had offered his time freely to me. He neither needed nor wanted anything in return. In some very real way, what I had done, very sadly, was to cheapen it…. I wished only that I had known….

                And so, presently, here we have Thanksgiving. In the spirit of grandfatherly giving, if we’re spiritual at all, we may think of earth as Mother Earth, and we gather together to have a feast representing and commemorating Her abundance. She, herself, does not want or need our gratitude. We don’t need to pay her back. After all, She can only give us what She can give us.

                We just need, as human beings, to start learning how to treat Her more kindly.

                And, that’s my take.

                And, I thank you, again, Pearl.

                PS: If the “we” in “we’re” is meaning James and Brock, then, that’s rather magnanimous.

              • pearl says:

                Candlelight, you night owl!

                That was a bitter-sweet lesson from your elderly neighbor; truly profound and thought-provoking.

                I’m so spent and sleepy, waay past my bedtime. Until next time…don’t be a stranger!

              • HomeRemedySupply says:

                I enjoyed reading this conversation.
                Thanks ya’ll. 😉

              • cu.h.j says:

                That’s an interesting anecdote Candlelight and I understand why your neighbor was a bit uncomfortable with your gift. It’s good he said something to you.

                I understand that feeling of wanting to do something for someone and not getting anything tangible in return. It’s not to hold it over someone, but it feels good to give and help someone. The act of giving can be the gift to oneself.

  17. Gavinm says:

    “While expressing gratitude seems innocent enough, it is a revolutionary idea. In a consumer society, gratitude is a radical proposition. Recognizing abundance rather than scarcity undermines an economy that thrives by creating unmet desires. Gratitude cultivates an ethic of fullness, but the economy needs emptiness.”

    ― Robin Wall Kimmerer (Braiding Sweetgrass)

    • nosoapradio says:

      Brilliant! Precisely articulates the ethos of an English class I had this morning with a group of three people.

      To my surprise, these business students seemed utterly perplexed at the idea of gratitude (that we were discussing under the pretext of Thanksgiving yesterday). The man in the group said that anything he has it’s because he earned it or obtained it through his own means. The women either didn’t understand the question or simply could not think of anything to feel grateful for. I guess when God is dead a mercantile mentality with a sense of entitlement sets in that makes it difficult to imagine what can make us feel thankful, lucky, gratitude, joy… And in France they pay such high taxes I guess they consider that “it’s normal” to have relative material comfort, so why feel happy about it? Dunno. But it kinda struck me.

      At the end the man was comparing energy prices in various European countries and ended up by saying “We’re lucky in France!”. So I proposed he might compare “feeling lucky” with “feeling gratitude”?

      • Gavinm says:

        🙂 Thanks so much for sharing that, I am glad the quote resonates with you.

        And thank you for your thoughtful comment back in the October thread to Steve Smith and me. It was heartwarming and insightful.

        Have you read any of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s books?

  18. Lsid says:

    excellent solution. there’s much power in blessing adversity, whether it’s a lego block hiding on the carpet or something more sinister. adversity has a role in sharpening and strenghtening us. and quite apart from anything like that, gratitude simply makes you happy. thank you, james, and thank you, community.

    • Gavinm says:

      @Lsid

      Beautifully said.

      There is both scientific logic and spiritual wisdom backing the benefits of consciously engaging in shifting our perspective to embrace gratitude. This is true for each time we choose to hold a thought, attitude and emotion in our conscious mind we are re-wiring our synaptic networks and re-attuning the receptor sites in our brain that receive the biochemicals responsible for our perceiving emotions. Thus, if we consciously choose to feel gratitude and appreciation (even while we are engaging in an adverse experience and/or a seemingly mundane task) we are actually building up our brain’s capacity for experiencing greater depths of appreciation when we are engaging in all other tasks and experiences in life.

      Inversely, if we choose to allow frustration, impatience, boredom, anger, resentment, self-interest or apathy to remain in the forefront of our thoughts while we engage in tasks we perceive as adverse, challenging and/or mundane we are training our brain to be specialized in experiencing frustration, impatience, boredom, resentment, self-interest, anger and/or apathy. Additionally, allowing those thoughts and emotions to color our perception of adverse/challenging and/or seemingly mundane tasks could perhaps even create a sort of endogenous bio-chemical addiction, where we end up unconsciously seeking out more stimulus to produce those emotions, and which in time could lead to a decreased ability to experience gratitude, joy and appreciation while engaging in activities we consider preferable to the mundane task.

      (continued in another comment..)

    • Gavinm says:

      (..continued from comment above)

      I came across one of the spiritual lenses of perceiving the scientifically confirmed truth I described above when reading some books about the practice of mindfulness.

      The Buddhists have a saying that embodies and cultivates this way of living that invites one to “Wash the dishes like they are bathing a baby Buddha”.

      In closing, I will share a quote from the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. He expands on the above adage, way of perceiving and engaging with each moment in life with gratitude by saying:

      “If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not “washing the dishes to wash the dishes.” What’s more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can’t wash the dishes, the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future—and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life..

      ..The profane is the sacred.

      I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands. I know that if I hurry in order to go and have dessert, the time will be unpleasant, not worth living. That would be a pity, for every second of life is a miracle. The dishes themselves and the fact that I am here washing them are miracles!

      Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred. In this light, no boundary exists between the sacred and the profane. It may take a bit longer to do the dishes, but we can live fully, happily, in every moment. Washing the dishes is at the same time a means and an end- that is, not only do we do the dishes in order to have clean dishes, we also do the dishes just to do the dishes and live fully each moment while washing them.

      If I am incapable of washing dishes joyfully, if I want to finish them quickly so I can go and have dessert and a cup of tea, I will be equally incapable of doing these things joyfully. With the cup in my hands, I will be thinking about what to do next, and the fragrance and the flavour of the tea, together with the pleasure of drinking it, will be lost. I will always be dragged into the future, never able to live in the present moment. The time of dishwashing is as important as the time of meditation.”

      [SNIP – Please keep comments to 500 words or less. Longer comments can be split into multiple posts. -JC]

  19. ld9 says:

    +1 for Gratitude: Masaru Emoto and his pictures of water crystals.

    • Gavinm says:

      I am so glad you brought that up.

      Think about the implications of his experiments (which have been repeated with amazing results) when you take into account the fact that our human bodies are mostly made out of water. Essentially, we are mainly comprised of a molecule that acts as a receptive antenna for thought and emotion forms (expressed via electromagnetic fields that are emitted from the hearts and brains of our fellow conscious beings that are encoded with specific information).

      Combine that with Dr. John Hagelin’s experiments with group meditation and one can begin to grasp how immensely powerful consciously choosing to be in a state of gratitude/appreciation truly is..

      For more info on Dr. John Hagelin’s work:

      https://www.worldpeacegroup.org/washington_crime_prevention_full_article.html

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVFa6Wtuxu8

  20. pkadams says:

    I’ve noticed a change in James this year and I am sure his gratitude practice has been part of that. This video makes me love him even more! It’s wonderful to hear of a father teaching his children to be thankful.

  21. source says:

    Thank you James
    You are a truly beautiful human being
    And i am truly thankful to have you in my life
    To give me an open window to the darkness in which to outshine falsity and open the space to Truth
    I give thanks to God for you

    Grace

  22. NewWhirlThisWeek says:

    I love the Epicurus quote “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

    It’s good in a time of such fast change and unsteadiness in the world to stop and appreciate our blessings every day, every morning (it’s indeed Rising in our house as mourning is only for the dead and we are now very much alive again)

    After enduring with misplaced loyalty more than 20 years in a cult, subjected to humiliation and threat day after day, so much so that all appreciation for even waking every morning to find I was still here was gone, gratitude did not easily come to mind or heart.
    Now, I live every moment in gratitude 🙂 I hoped of a time when I could be free, and although I escaped with only my clothes, I am free. I found true Love and Truth, and a whole forbidden world opened up to me, I found a thousand reasons to feel blessed to be here, when the plandemic was announced and it sank in what was happening, I cried uncontrollably, I knew everything was about to change, and my fleeting feeling of carefree wholesome peace was about to be shattered once again….little did I know then what an amazing time of learning REAL Truths, and understanding REAL paradigms that had been occulted from us for generation after generation would bring so much joy and love into our lives, every day would be exciting. I’m so grateful for every moment and always try and make sure I’m really present, not worrying about the future but being present in the now, I guess we call it the present because every moment is such a gift.

    Recently i wore some beautiful gold sandals to work on a hot summers day, I knew as I was putting them on, maybe this was a bad idea, they were quite slippy and I run around a lot at work…but I ignored my intuition and wore them anyway. A couple of hours later I was lying on a cold hard floor, my hair matted in blood, not a soul around. I’d slipped and cracked my head on the edge of a sharp step. I don’t know how I managed to get down to my co-workers but I made it down a flight of stairs and somehow got home. For 4 days I lay with my head still, tightly wrapped in the same bandage that had been applied in an emergency effort to stem the flow of blood at work. I laid there and thought how grateful I was i hadn’t left this experience yet, this was a needed reminder to ALWAYS listen to my intuition, my greater consciousness, the True self, some future day may arise when I remember lying there and i trust my intuition and it just may save my life…who knows, but I’m grateful it happened.

    [SNIP – Please keep comments to 500 words or less. Longer comments can be split into multiple posts. -JC]

  23. NewWhirlThisWeek says:

    I appreciate that was a rather long comment so may not be approved.
    Thank you anyway for a really positive Corbett-report James, am sure this will be much appreciated by all who listen to it. An exciting time to be alive for sure 🙂

  24. MNate says:

    The timing of this video is amazing, as of this week I’ve been reading Ecclesiastes which is a book of the Bible that seems depressing on the surface but on a deeper level is about being grateful and at peace with whatever life throws at you.

    Let me share an excerpt from it I read today:
    “All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied. For what advantage has the wise man over the fool? And what does the poor man have who knows how to conduct himself before the living? Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering appetite: this also is vanity and a striving after wind.” – Ecclesiastes 6:7-9

    Basically this verse is saying instead of following our appetite (our unending desires of wealth, relationships, success) we should use our eyes, seeing how much we take for granted and how good we have it. Anyways, I hope all is doing well for everyone and bless you all and this amazing community.

  25. Cody Jarrett says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody! watched another great pod: I learned so much amazing stuff.

    I am thankful for knowing I’m not alone asking these questions, seeking a better life, a more pure and honest existance.
    Thankful for the little money I have to give to support these people (CR, MM, TLAV).
    Thanksful for a lot of things and I think I will actually take up that ‘giving thanks’ thing. sounds like a fun and good thing to do.

  26. candle says:

    Dear James,
    I’ve been thinking about this question for a long time that: why have James not talked about WWII in details at all, I did not find a single post of yours which goes in detailed reasons, initiatives and consequences of WWII as well as important players, ideologies and intentions.
    I believe for many reasons it is absolutely essential to know why WWII was formed and forced; as it very well lights up the path to their NWO; much more than what the knowledge of WWI enlighten us (and btw, let me sincerely thank you for your informative documentary on WWI).
    I hope the reason is not that you might be labeled certain labels. I’m sure you know the price of saying the truth better than many and have already paid that many times.
    I am merely someone who’s trying to gather and assemble pieces of so called “truth” creating a better picture of what has happened to humanity within the past 150 years.

    I very much hope you answer me
    Sincerely
    Candle

  27. dorothyk says:

    For the first time in three years we entertained 21 people for U.S.Thanksgiving! “What shall I render to the Lord for all his bounty to me?”

  28. weilunion says:

    Am grateul for the fact that:

    “Most of the large employers that opted to mandate COVID vaccines for their employees, even though the Supreme Court ruled they didn’t have to, have something in common: BlackRock and The Vanguard Group have ownership stakes in them.

    BlackRock and Vanguard, two of the world’s “Big Three” asset managers, also are among the top three shareholders of COVID vaccine makers Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — which means the two investment giants stand to benefit from these companies’ soaring profits and the resulting rise in those companies’ stock prices.”

    https://philosophersforchange.org/2022/02/18/corporate-vaccine-mandates-and-vaccine-passports-brought-to-you-by-blackrock-and-vanguard/

    They have already carved the turkey.

  29. Frode says:

    Thank you, James. We (M. and myself) will be forever thankful for all the work you do! And, I am also thankful to the members of the Corbett Report, for the information being shared in the comment section, and for everyone that are supporting this very important work.

    A few years back, I remember there was much talk about a specific online course in happiness. I have no idea if the course is New Age, Woke or what-have-you-got, as I have not done it myself. Last year it was even featured in The New York Times (https://archive.ph/i5jIu), so be alert. However, it is free, and maybe there are some nifty tools to pick up:

    The Science of Well-Being
    In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.
    https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being

  30. Torus says:

    I’m so happy James presented us with this Solutions Watch episode. As he demonstrates, an attitude of gratitude can be truly transformational.

    I am compelled (with Gavinm) to invoke the words of Robin Wall Kimmermer from her touching work Braiding Sweetgrass. In the chapter, Allegiance to Gratitude, she says, “It’s such a simple thing, but we all know the power of gratitude to incite a cycle of reciprocity… We know that appreciation begets abundance.”
    Here she shares the daily ‘Thanksgiving Address’ as told by Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee indigenous people. Simply beautiful!
    Here is a link to the book, the chapter mentioned starts on digital page135. It is a wonderful compliment to this episode.

    https://www.pdfdrive.com/braiding-sweetgrass-indigenous-wisdom-scientific-knowledge-and-the-teachings-of-plants-e60737077.html

    I highly recommend this book as a gift for any Earth lover out there. If you have an affinity for nature, people, and plants (and excellent writing), you will love this book. But get the physical copy by publisher Milkweed Editions, it’s one of those covers that feels so good in your hands.

    As it turns out, I have the opportunity to hear Robins Wall Kimmermer speak tomorrow evening (11/30/22) in Colorado Springs. I’m very much looking forward to her presentation. So thankful for all those who share their inspiring thoughts through words.

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