Rainbow Gratitude. That’s a name for what you probably feel… in the presence of a rainbow. But what will you do with that gratitude? Maybe not so obvious.
So let me tell you a story from last night. A story of rainbow and gratitude.
Unpredictable Always, Rainbow Gratitude
When my latest rainbow arrived, I wasn’t looking for one. Why would I be?
Rainbows, like much experience that is spiritual, can come unexpectedly. And isn’t that part of the soul-stirring power?
My last session of Rosetree Energy Spirituality (RES) had finished. But it was still light out. So I dropped off a box of books for Amazon. (Oh, the glamour of being an indie publisher. Writing my books. Typesetting my books. Hand packing every wacky order request from Amazon. Playing “truck driver” in my little Subaru.)
Sunset was painting gorgeous pastels in the sky. Likewise my mood was lifting. So I thought it would be fun to buy supplies for making cocoa. Over I went, to the nearest Giant supermarket. Playing there was fun, like any time I’m not rushed. What a combo:
- Luscious food to buy.
- Getting to watch people, amazing creations each one!
- Spending money by on nice things for myself.
When I left with my two big bags o’ goodies. Out to the parking lot. Sunset colors were lovelier than ever.
Joyfully making the drive home, just a mile and a bit. Could this get any better? I turned onto a big street when…
Suddenly a Rainbow.
Equally Sudden Gratitude
It was a horseshoe type rainbow, going a full half circle. No doubt a pot of gold at each end, but I was perfectly content to let those be for somebody else.
Fulfilled already, I looked in wonderment. When I saw a second rainbow outside it.
This second one wasn’t complete. But even partial, and even celestially pale, it was so glorious.
Rainbow Gratitude Can Include Prayers
Immediately I started saying prayers to God. Just speaking the words out loud.
Quick! Quick! Rainbows can last mere seconds. Don’t dilly-dally when praying under a rainbow!
Amazingly I got out all my prayers. And still kept on driving safely.
(For those of us who limit Technique Time to 20 minutes per day, it’s worth noting: Saying a prayer out loud does not move your consciousness away from human vibrational frequencies. Doesn’t count as Technique Time.)
As for that bright, clear rainbow, it kept hovering right there in the sky.
Note: Blog-Buddies, you do know about the special spiritual power of praying when you’re in a place with a rainbow. Right?
I mean, really, where and when would be a better place for prayer?
Because every rainbow prompts spiritual awakening. At least for those who seek personal growth.
Rainbow Gratitude to Share
After parking in my driveway, I ran across the street to my neighbor D. She was out on the porch, talking on her mobile. It took some coaxing to persuade her to walk away from her covered porch.
In general, I’m not sure whether D. totally trusts me. On this occasion she didn’t walk willingly. Seemed to me, she was giving a mild glare. As in, “Why are you making up this story about some rainbow?”
“Turn around,” I said.
She did. Still a tad on the grumpy side.
“Now, see if you can find it.”
Probably expecting a teensy, faded, smudge of color in the sky, D. looked up. Already slightly disgusted at my interruption.
Of course she found it. This gigantic rainbow, still bright, was painted so that it framed her house!
And then, like any skeptic presented with a promise unbroken… D.’s detachment fell like a ton of bricks.
Then I scampered next door to tell E. She’s a closer friend than D. We’ve even done praise dancing once at her house. (E.’s an accomplished, professional teacher of praise dance. Whereas I’m just a fool for love.)
“Look at the rainbow,” I shrieked. Soon she was shrieking back at me. And then all three of us, D., E., and I, stood marvelling at the rainbow.
I ran inside my house to tell MITCH. As I expected, rainbows aren’t high on his list of cosmic events. The man lives pretty darned connected to the Divine already. Seems to me, MITCH is significantly cool, as human go.
So I ran back outside without him.
What Do You Do with Rainbow Gratitude?
By now, the rainbow had faded away. But D. and E. and I still partied in the street. Hugging each other. Talking, because for people like us (i.e., women), talking makes just about anything better.
Both women tried to take photos for FB. Except, for one reason or another, taking pictures didn’t work out.
One idea I shared with them, “I think it’s better to keep something like that in your heart.”
They lit up in agreement.
Any Spiritual Experience, What’s Your First Choice?
In the social media culture, it’s so tempting to FB it. To Instagram. Oooh, to blog.
But as a first choice?
When we go wide and shallow with our experiences, that’s fine for a restaurant meal.
Except when God sends you a great big amuse-bouche on a sky platter…
Or when any experience has spiritual meaning for you…
Isn’t it wise to open your heart and take that gift in? Take it in until you can’t take in any more, and your spontaneous gratitude starts shining out. Only afterwards, share.