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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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Many people know they should be grateful. Often we tell ourselves we will be grateful. Often we feel so tired that we can’t even write a thank you note. But the fact is the exercise of gratitude is just that, an exercise for your spirit.

Gratitude is something we need to be able to do automatically so our gratitude muscle becomes flexed and strong. It is easier to do something when you have practiced it many times.

Unfortunately most of us have flabby gratitude muscles from their being totally out of use. That is because they have not been exercised. They have not been trained. We have not undergone a program that would build those gratitude muscles and make them strong. Anything we do not exercise becomes flabby.

How do we exercise our gratitude muscles so they become strong and gratitude becomes a vital part of our attitude and actions? As we are grateful when we look around at the things we have, this immersion in gratitude fills us with joy.

We, being able to read this, to have internet access, to have an inquisitive mind, are those who have been given so much. When we walk into our kitchen and turn on the light, we can know that billions around the world cannot perform that single act as they have no electricity. When we turn on the faucet and hot and cold running water, clean water,  flows out in limitless quantities, know that billions cannot do that. When we go into our bathroom and turn on the shower with mixed hot and cold water to our preferred temperature, know that billions cannot do that.


When we walk outside our door and see paved streets instead of muddy potholed dirt roads, know that billions cannot do that. When we enter our cars and turn on the engine and start it up just by turning a key or pushing a button, know that billions cannot do that.

When we go into a hospital and trained nurses and doctors abound with all the medicines we need, know that billions live where either there is no medical care, no doctors and/or no medicines.

When we look on the wall and see the calendar that we purchased with the kind of photos we want to see, whether they be fish, cats, or scenery, we know that billions do not even have a calendar. Exercise your gratitude muscle and say, “I am grateful,” every time you realize how blessed you are with these and the many other things in your life.

When we go into a supermarket and see products from everywhere in the world, know that the mass of people around the world shop at corner stores, called pulperias in Latin America, with only a few goods of dubious quality.

When we open our laptop and log onto Wi-Fi we have access to all the knowledge of the ages. When we go to the public library, check out a book and read it, know that millions cannot read, have no access to a library nor would understand what is written there.


We have so much. We use all these wonderful things every day, reaching out our hands and thinking we have the right to them. We assume they should be there for us and we take it as our due.

But I have to tell you, to have these things, while others do not, means that they are all blessings to us, and that we have been chosen to receive them for whatever reason that matters to the universe.

Yesterday over 150,000 people died. Yet we rose this morning just as the day opened and went about our work. Why were we chosen to live and to enjoy these blessings? We do not know. But we do know this. They are blessings. They are valuable things and experiences we are having. We have been chosen. We have been gifted. And what is expected of us? There is a saying, “When much is given, much is expected in return.”

We have been given a bountiful life. We have been blessed. And yet our gratitude muscles are flabby and out of use. It seems the more we give our children the less grateful they are. Why? Because they have not been trained. A martial artist knows he or she must train. They train physically to move the body, spiritually to learn centering and respect for each other before, during and after classes. An athlete knows he or she must train both physically and mentally to meet the challenges.

The exercise of gratitude is an exercise for your spirit. It is something we must practice to be able to do it automatically, so our gratitude muscle becomes flexed and strong. It is easier to do something when you have practiced it many times.

Ungrateful people do not feel joy. To live with joy, we must be grateful. We cannot feel joy unless we are aware of what we have, who we are, what we have to give and how our own life impacts the lives of others. In other words, we must be grateful in order to be joyous. We must practice being grateful.

Without gratitude there is no joy because we just don't know we are blessed.

The more we tap into our blessings, the higher our self-esteem becomes. The more we realize we have been favored by the universe the more our awareness becomes that we matter.

People who have lots of things and are not grateful still do not feel joy or blessed. When we look at many celebrities with so much, constantly in and out of bad relationships, of drug rehab and alcoholism programs, it is because they have things but they have no joy. And they have no joy because their gratitude muscles are totally unused and flabby.

Because many of us were trained as children with negative language, that negative information is in our minds. We can replace the negative information and create the positive language of gratitude in the brain to bring more joy and success into our lives. How do we exercise our gratitude muscles?

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Learning why you should be grateful is a vital part of creating a Gratitude Immersion World. Here are some useful publications Training the Gratitude Muscle. 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.

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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: Elderly, Disabled and Wheelchair Riders are populations who are often seen as unimportant, nonproductive, and even useless. While most people understand how important it is build the self-esteem of young people and working age people, most people see these three populations as past their prime and on the shelf. Who cares how they feel? But the fact is, in the IGEI Gratitude Immersion world these populations have a great deal to offer. The fact is they have much to learn, must to feel and much to share.


 There are many story of people who not in wheelchairs but are bedridden who makes 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 they will learn how to use gratitude as a power to build their own self-esteem and reach out into the world to give to others. By being in the outdoors, fishing and being close to nature they will rebuild their wholeness. By creating intergenerational volunteer programs they practice the gratitude skills they 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, reprogramming your subconscious mind. These techniques are based on repetitive actions and interactions 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.


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