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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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How Gratitude Builds Self-Esteem

Gratitude has many benefits. One of the most important result of being grateful is how it can enhance your own personal life. How?

1.   You see how blessed you are and how much has been given to you.

2.   You can count the wonderful things you have and feel good.

3.   You can feel the wonderful joy of having the things you need.

4.   You know you are one of the blessed ones who lives today although over 150,000 people died yesterday

5.   You know you are valuable to the universe and have so much to thank it for.

How does gratitude build your self-esteem? Indeed what builds self-esteem the most? Isn’t it realizing that you have something of value in your life? Isn’t it realizing that somehow you have been blessed with people, opportunities and situations that make it possible for you to make choices. You see not everyone in the world has the choices you take for granted.

Stop right now and say - I am grateful I have been given so many choices. That means I am blessed. I am a person who matters to my world and to the whole world.


Are you a member of a minority group? Perhaps you have experienced racism and feel that means you have nothing of value. But if you are in a developed country like the USA you still have rights. You can go to school. You can choose the clothing you wear. You can buy a car. You can make friends. You have many freedoms people in other countries are dying trying to achieve. And those freedoms were purchased by the sacrifices of many people who faced beating, hanging and death to bring you the freedoms you take for granted.

Stop right now and say - I am grateful I have been given so many freedoms from the sacrifices of those who came before me. I will take these wonderful blessings into the world and make my own contribution to the future. I have so many blessings others do not.
I am grateful for what I have now and move into life to help others who are less fortunate. Instead of being bitter, I understand that I am blessed. I am a person who matters to my world and to the whole world.


Perhaps you do not have a luxury car. You see the Lexus, the BMW, and the Mercedes and feel lessened with your old car. Instead of saying I am lucky to have a car you become jealous and angry when you see the rich riding in their convertibles. There are places in the world where you would be walking miles each day just to work for pennies, when you could find work. There are places where you would be lucky to find a bicycle to ride.

Stop right now and say - I am grateful I have been given the opportunity to own a car. I know that many people in the past and even today cannot own a car. That means I am blessed. I am a person who can have a car. I bless the car I have and am grateful I can ride instead of walk.



There are places where women would not be allowed to go to school, where girls are burned, beaten and disfigured for daring to think they should be allowed to learn to read. Yet in this country, where reading is free and libraries abound, many do not take advantage of what others risk their lives to have.

Stop right now and say - I am grateful I can go to school or send my spouse, sister or child to school. I am grateful I live where my child can go to school. I am grateful that she can read freely, and no one will hurt her for seeking to learn. That means I am blessed. I am a person who matters to my world and to the whole world.


Look around at your world: see the blessings you have, the opportunities open to you, the technology you can control, and the wonder of things like cell phones, television, and computers. Think of the power you have to travel where you want to travel. You have so much. And the closer you look at those things the more gratitude you can express, because not everyone in the world enjoys what you can enjoy.

Stop right now and say - I am grateful I have been given so many opportunities. I am grateful for the technologies I take for granted. I am grateful for my freedom to travel. I am grateful for everything I have. That means I am blessed. I am a person who matters to my world and to the whole world.


 Women say they have less chance for achievement and promotions. They are seemingly unaware that women once risked their lives to gain the right to vote in the 1920s. There is a glass ceiling. Yet you are able to achieve some goals, and to reach for more achievement.

Stop right now and say - I am grateful that my world opens more and more each day. I am grateful to the wonderful women pioneers who opened the world to me. I have been given so many open doors. I bless what has happened to make our world more open and welcoming. That means I am blessed. I am a person who matters to my world and to the whole world.


What if your days were filled with walking barefoot for miles to find firewood bring it back on your back, make a fire by rubbing sticks together, then harvest food and grain or a grass that you planted, and cook the food. Oh yes, you had to walk more miles to get water. Sometimes the water is so far away you sleep on the ground overnight and then bring it back to cook.

Stop right now and say - I am grateful that I have running water, supermarkets, and access to a quality life. I have been blessed with a quality life and I will no longer take it for granted.


Your children don’t go to the best private schools? But there are places where there are no schools and many children can’t go because they can’t afford the school fees or the uniforms. Children in many countries only have six years of schooling because they have to pay for schooling after the 6th grade. Or maybe some children, as those in Syria, are working the fields to earn a little money to feed their families.

Stop right now and say - I am grateful for the schools my children have access to. I am glad schools are free here. I am grateful schools have many programs, crossing guards and trained teachers.
I am grateful my children have schools that give them many opportunities.


Every time you look at your life you see so many blessings. Blessings that you have been given because you have something within you the universe needs to have expressed. Blessings given to you so you can make a difference in a world where injustice rules. You have been blessed.

Stop right now and say - I am grateful that the universe has blessed me, for the blessings I receive right now and the blessings I will receive in the future. I will use those blessings to make a better world.


Being grateful enhances what you have. Praise multiplies things. The more you praise your pet the more he or she comes to you. Gratitude is a form of praise that can enhance the wonderful blessings you already have. And as you count your blessings you feel better about yourself and your life. You are helping your spirit, building your self-esteem, when you see that you have been given these blessings for a reason. Praise works to improve your life.

Stop right now and say - I am grateful and I choose to use my power of blessing to enhance my quality of life. I choose to reach out and make my world a better place. I am so grateful that the gifts that I have received help me see my value and enhance my self-esteem.



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Integrating Gratitude with Self Esteem Building is a vital part of creating a Gratitude Immersion World. Here are some useful publications on self-esteem building. If you're thinking about creating a positive, empowering environment 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 Self-esteem Energy is Gained and Lost,” US$15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36
"How to Build Personal Self-Esteem,” $15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36
"Building Self-esteem in Others,” $15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36
"Creating a Self-Esteem Building Culture In Your World,” $15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36
“Creating a Self-Esteem Building Culture In Your Business,” $15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36

“Building Customer Loyalty through Self-Esteem Building,” $15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36
“Building Self-Esteem in Children,” $15.45 Discounted Price for IGEI members $12.36.
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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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