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The Society of the Faith Master is our optional non-secular gratitude outreach. Gratitude is the Survival Lightkey for us all, empowerment for all, whether you have a religious belief or do not have any such beliefs. All are acceptable in the gratitude immersion world we are building, with those who are willing to live their lives with gratitude.

This society is for those who seek the religious dimension of faith and gratitude. We have a strong dogma or code of belief in the inherent goodness of our species and its future as spiritual beings. Our society is designed to be a high energy place, a happy place, based on building self-esteem, gratitude, praise and faith.

The purpose of our worship services and classes is to enhance the quality of life of our members and to help our members develop community, structure, meaning and a superordinate goal. That means helping our members develop faith, building their self-esteem, teaching them how to use the Gratitude Law of Attraction, and giving them the other teachings of the society such as communication skills, entrepreneurial skills and others.

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IGEI is an organization being built on the mantra - Always be Grateful. What is a mantra? It is a short phrase that defines an organization. We are building our business around the concept of gratitude. Our business mantra thus must reflect that. Our mantra is Always Be Grateful.

This book, Gratitude - The Heart's Opening to Joy, incorporates the true meaning of our business and its services and products for customers, staff, individuals and business owners.

The author, Dr. Carol Cross, has been through the wars. From her childhood in a segregated small town in the south where she was not allowed to use the public library, to stolen mail, spraying inside of her house with spattered paint, etc. ,to her present outreach to help businesses market through the powerful key of gratitude, she has gotten stronger. She will share with you what gratitude is and how it can be used in your life and your business to overcome obstacles.

This book will give you the strength, the will and the power to develop your business based on gratitude. In it you will discover how powerful gratitude is and how it can, not only build your business, but establish a framework for gaining market share in an ever more competitive world.

Book Review

What do you have to be grateful for after a lifetime of being persecuted and oppressed?

My name is Dee Brightman and I am A Cloud Talker and Healer. I am called Ms. Dee and I am a teacher and a mentor. I have taught adults ELL and literacy. I am a trainer. I have a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Ohio University.

This book, "Gratitude - The Heart's Opening To Joy," is written by Dr. Carol Cross. I’ve got to tell you, she has been through some stuff. People have attacked her, tried to kill her, and oppressed her for decades. So many bad things have been done to her, you wouldn’t have imagined it. But they really happened. As an example, circling 24 times over her house, a chopper sprayed pesticides only 30 feet above her house. And her 7 year old grandson was in the house. All she had done was try to create jobs for the poor. What a crime, right?

After 9-11 he had flashbacks and he is still affected from those attacks. For over 50 years they have done things to her. Baaad things. Stopped her business projects. Stole her goods. Put her out of Business. Prevented her from getting email as well as snail mail. Threatened her. It’s been a nightmare life.

So what do you think she has done in response to all this persecution?

First she started a non-profit, Links of Compassion, to help the people of Honduras after Hurricane Mitch. She asked the Presbyterian society for $500 to buy seeds. Instead they gave her seeds. It was a trap. The seeds did not germinate after the poor hungry people worked to plant them. This was done to discredit her.

She formed a second nonprofit called Soccer for Life to provide soccer gear for poor children in Honduras. The society and others stole most of the items from her shipping containers. But she kept on, using her own money, money from family and friends, and created a program that took soccer to thousands of poor kids in Honduras. Finally the program was so successful the soccer leaders of Honduras arranged for her to be deported. They said she was trying to take over soccer in the country.

No matter what good she tried to do someone would come out of the woodwork and attack her. She kept trying to work through churches like the Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Unity, no matter. Someone would stop her programs for self-esteem building.

She believes that building self-esteem in others is the key to personal and business success. It seems churches think people should be made to feel bad about themselves, like sinners, instead of children of God.

But she is still determined to get her message out. She vows to teach businesses the power of building self-esteem in their employees, customers and staff. She’s even developed something called the
Gratitude Business Model. It’s a Model that teaches businesses and organizations how to increase profits – what she calls the Profit Differential through gratitude and self-esteem building

I worked with her to do some of her projects. We tried working with organizations. Either they stole the project or the things we were giving as donations. She finally realized she was going to have to do it herself. So now she and I have our own business, teaching businesses to profit from gratitude and self-esteem building. This business is called the International Gratitude Empowerment Institute (IGEI). And I am working with her by creating a society focused on self-esteem building and gratitude for believers.

Her Mantra – Always be Grateful.

So after all this persecution and oppression what do you think she did? Can you imagine? She wrote this book called Gratitude – the Heart’s Opening to Joy. It’s all about how to be grateful no matter what.


The next page has some of the sections from the book. Each one of these sections tells us how to be grateful for the events of our lives. Would you believe she believes that every event has some benefit? Like Napoleon Hill. Wow, it had me going back to events in my life I thought were bad and rethinking them. What an eye-opener. This book is deep, my friend.

Here are just a few of her beliefs:

· I Am Grateful I Have Been Given the Power of Words to Serve As A Gratitude Healer

· I Am Grateful I Believe In Goodness Even When I Do Not See It In Others

· I Am Grateful I Believe In Honor Even When I Do Not Receive Honorable Treatment

· I Am Grateful I Am Free To Read And Say My Favorite Psalms From The Bible

· I Am Grateful I Can Pray the Prayer of Jabez From 1 Chronicles 4:9-10

· I am Grateful I Believe In Loyalty Even When Others Are Disloyal

· I am Grateful I Believe in Love Even When Others Do Not Love Me

· I am Grateful I Believe In God’s Love & Support Even When He Seems Not To Hear Me

· I am Grateful I Believe In God’s Love & Know He Has A Plan For My Good I Do Not Yet See

· I am Grateful I Believe In God’s Plan To Bring Me The Desires Of My Heart

· I am Grateful I Believe That Things Are Working Out For Me In Ways I Cannot Yet See

· I Am Grateful I Believe In Myself Even When Evil Attacks Me To Destroy My Dreams

· I Am Grateful I Believe In Giving Even When Others Do Not Give To Me

· I Am Grateful I Believe in Working Even When Others Steal What I Have Created.

Incredible you say? After all she has been through? You really need to check it out. I’ve never seen anything like it. She really is deep and has delved into her soul for her work now. She wants to get a million people to be grateful. Take a look at the cover heading the left column. It really reaches out to you just like the book.

I’m working with her to develop a company called the
International Gratitude Empowerment Institute (IGEI) where we hope to train people in building self-esteem personally and in businesses, too. You can order the book from IGEI. We are located in Florida.

In addition to the business programs of IGEI as a social enterprise corporation, we are opening a spiritual center called the
Society of the Faith Master, to teach the manifestation methods shown us by Faith Master Jesus the Christ.

Dr. Cross is really taking this gratitude thing as her life work now. So I thought this would be something that could help you. If she could come through all she has been through with a positive outlook on life, I think her insights could really help you. You can get the books directly through her website

She has developed a
spiritual healing program called the Spiritual Path of Gratitude Healing.

Resource Box

Understanding gratitude is a vital part of creating a Gratitude Immersion World. Here are some useful publications on gratitude healing. If you're thinking about creating a gratitude immersion culture in your family or business and would like booklets, seminars, workshops, books, a presentation, support, coaching or mentoring, the IGEI can help you every step of the way. Work with the Institute directly or follow the guidelines in these Special Reports from IGEI:

"How Gratitude Empowerment Can Change Your Life,” $15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36
"How To Create A Gratitude Filled Life,” US$15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36
"Showing Gratitude To Others,” $15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36
"Creating A Gratitude Immersion Culture In Your World,” $15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36
“Creating A Gratitude Immersion Culture In Your Business,” $15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36
“Building Customer Loyalty Through Gratitude,” $15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36
“Teaching Gratitude To Children,” $15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36.
Get The Gratitude Empowerment Kit, US$295, Discounted Price for IGEI members $236.
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Telephone/Telefono Organizacion - 001-305-788-5563
Email/Correo Electronico Grateful@solarentrep.com 
members support/Soporte al miembros - members@solarentrep.com 
General information - gratitude@solarentrep.com

IGEI is a Social Enterprise Corporation

Our Mantra - Always Be Grateful! Always!

The International Gratitude Empowerment Institute  (IGEI) is a social enterprise corporation that has social benefit purposes. The International Gratitude Empowerment Institute (IGEI) sells products and services for creating a gratitude immersion world. In addition to our profit motive, we are creating a gratitude immersion worldwide community based on the Way of Success through Gratitude.

The Way of Success through Gratitude includes these gratitude components:

  • Gratitude Healing Ways

  • Gratitude In Business

  • Gratitude & Spiritual Healing

  • Gratitude Communication Skills

  • Earth Gratitude

  • Society of the Faith Master

In addition to our profit motive, it is a social purpose corporation with these additional social benefits and goals:


1) Community: To create and provide an environment for low and middle income people to learn how to work together positively by teaching personal self-esteem building and how to build self-esteem in others, thus developing a community based on faith and gratitude resulting in a gratitude immersion culture.


2) Youth: To empower girls and women through special programs including sports and entertainment projects for self-esteem building and character development. To enable them to have a superordinate goal of giving to the world with no expectation of personal return such as tree planting projects to fight climate change. To use gratitude in sports to give strength to women and girls to heal from sexual abuse and domestic abuse.


3) Entrepreneurship: Develop social entrepreneurship projects through micro-financing of small and medium-sized enterprises including entrepreneurial training programs.


4) Technology: To teach skills to minorities, women and youth to become Mobile Entrepreneurs through technologies such as Skype, webinars and podcasts anywhere in the world. Today’s entrepreneur needs to master these skills even if they have a brick and mortar outlet for their business. We will teach them how they can use these new technologies to build their business.


5) Spiritual Development: Through our self-esteem building programs we will increase personal fulfillment, enable people to create peaceful loving relationships. When we build self-esteem, we build a person's spirit. Spiritual development is the key to bringing us all together to work and live together in a peaceful world. Spiritual development in our workforce makes people want to be productive, to be creative and to give their loyalty to each other and their employers. Without spiritual development it is difficult for people to lead productive, happy lives.


6):  Spiritual Therapy Programs: Many people understand how important it is to build the self-esteem of young people and working age people. But many people don't understand the needs of the Elderly, Disabled and Wheelchair Rider populations. Some see them as unimportant or nonproductive. But many people don't understand how they feel and the benefits we all can gain from them. The fact is, in the IGEI Gratitude Immersion World, we understand that these populations have a great deal to offer. The fact is they have much they can learn, much to feel, and much to share which can help us understand gratitude in many ways.


There are many stories of people who are not in wheelchairs but are bedridden, who make their families' lives happy by their cheerful, loving, giving, and self-esteem building personalities. Everyone has something to give. But the fact is, no one can give from an empty dish. No matter where you live there are others around you who need positive energy. How do we give them a way to build their own self-esteem so they can give to their world?


Through spiritual therapy you will learn how to use gratitude as a power to build your own self-esteem and reach out into the world to give to others. One way is by being in the outdoors, fishing and being close to nature where you rebuild your wholeness. By creating intergenerational volunteer programs you practice the gratitude skills you are learning. We share with them the spiritual therapy programs of IGEI.


Spiritual Therapy is a spiritual healing method that focuses on the rebuilding of inner wholeness. Techniques include gratitude practices, self-esteem building, meditation, affirmations, and reprogramming your subconscious mind. These techniques are based on repetitive actions and interactions, building new connections in your brain, to help yourself and others to grow, become more creative and develop spiritual health. Rebuilding your self-esteem is a vital part of spiritual therapy because high self-esteem is the basis of wholeness.


Spiritual therapy is best performed in nature because in nature you are able to reconnect with Mother Earth, become grounded and feel the energy around us. Our original way of life was immersed in the natural world. Once cities formed when agriculture developed, the clearings of civilization through the development of urbanization separated us from our connection with the earth. Spiritual therapy through fishing is designed to reestablish that connection.  Water Gratitude includes fishing as an important ecospiritual component of IGEI. Fishing teaches people to hope, to keep trying over and over again.


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International Gratitude Empowerment Institute, Inc

Carol Cross, PhD, President

Phone 305-788-5563 Email gratitude@solarentrep.com

Lorrayne Dee Brightman, M.A,  Vice President

Phone 954-298-9818 Email dee_b2039@outlook.com


Society of the Faith Master

Dr. Carol Cross, Visionary Messenger & Honored Leader

Lorrayne Dee Brightman,  Praise Leader &  Honored Leader


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