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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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Reason 1: Whatever your situation you have a lot to be grateful for including being alive today. By being grateful, you realize you are being blessed. These blessings filter into your subconscious mind and it brings more blessings to you.

Reason 2: You have the components available to you to experience life: air, water, plants, roads, lights, etc.

Reason 3: You have an important part to play through gratitude to build your own self-esteem. When being grateful for things, persons and events you wake up. You realize a different perspective so that you see what you have in a different light. You stop being a sleep-walker taking advantage of resources provided by someone else or something else and made by many others on their way to being purchased. Before you wake up, it’s as though somehow you should have those things. Thus, you desire more things. Instead, by being grateful, you realize you are being blessed.  When you feel blessed, your self-esteem grows. You feel important. You feel joy.

Reason 4: Be grateful because some force somehow has maneuvered you through a dangerous life in which many wicked people, dangerous situations and perilous conditions gave you the right to try incredibly dangerous things and survive.

Reason 5: Be grateful because you are still standing, or can still write, see, read, talk, and feel.

Reason 6: You have been given much which means you have a debt. When you have a debt, “Pay first because sooner or later, you will pay your entire debt,” says Emerson. And when you pay later, you pay it with interest. Gratitude is the first step of paying a debt.

Reason 7: Be grateful because you feel good when you are grateful because of the endorphins in your brain.

Reason 8: Be grateful for the joy of giving back to a universe that has given much to you.

Reason 9: Be grateful because in doing so you serve as a role model for those around you in how to deal with the seeming loss of a bad experience by demonstrating your gratitude in the face of all that.

Reason 10: Be grateful. Emerson says, “…do not let good stay in your hands; send it out lest it rust and decay.” Gratitude expressed moves the good on. This is a universe that needs to keep moving. When you are ungrateful, it stops the flow of good.

Reason 11: Be grateful because being grateful adds to the positive energy in the universe.

Reason 12: Be grateful if you belong to IGEI or the Society of the Faith Master because you belong to a Gratitude Immersion Culture. Thus you and everyone experience the gratitude practiced through the use of the FourFold Way.

Reason 13: The Bible exhorts you to be grateful, “Pray with thanksgiving.” When you express gratitude, you are being obedient.

Reason 14: By always being grateful you are a key component of lifting mankind to the spiritual level.

Reason 15: By always being grateful you, through the Gratitude Law of Attraction, bring more of the things you want into your life.

Reason 16: By always being grateful you build your own self-esteem and give yourself permission to be happy and joyful.

Reason 17: By always being grateful you make it possible for you to weather any storm that comes into your life because you know there is a reason for it even though you cannot see it.

Reason 18: So you, like Joseph, who was sold into slavery, had accepted it. He learned many things and was grateful for it, and thus he transformed it into his personal triumph over the vagaries of life. Joseph became second in command to the Pharaoh and saved many people’s lives including Joseph’s own family. And we, too, can transform our difficulties into personal triumphs, when we are grateful.

Reason 19: Always being grateful makes you happy no matter what happens. That is quite a transformation that we learn as we practice gratitude.

Reason 20: Always being grateful makes you walk serenely through everything even though there is death, destruction and pain all around you. Just like the assurance in the 23rd Psalm, “… though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

Reason 21: Always being grateful makes you walk confidently through life with the promise in the 91st Psalm, “He shall call upon me and I will answer. I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” You are fearless because there is nothing to fear.” There is always an essence behind each event, an essence which emerges into your consciousness when you are ready.

Reason 22: Always being grateful means you relax and put down your burden of trying to keep the universe afloat. You can learn to let go. You only have to do your part, not everyone else’s.


The International Gratitude Empowerment Institute (IGEI) offers YOU a wide variety of products that teach and support you in strengthening your grateful muscles. To practice building positive thoughts in your mind, use signs, posters, videos, audio tapes, wearable sayings and Self-Potentiation Inspirational (SPI) products to build your consciousness. Fill your environment with positive thoughts that then fill your subconscious mind and it attracts more positive experiences into your life. It takes practice and repetition.

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Building self-esteem 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:

"What Gratitude Healers Have,” $40
"How Gratitude Healers Feel About Themselves”, US$40
"Encouraging Gratitude Activities In Your Daily Life In Others,” $40  “Creating a Gratitude Healing Culture In Your World,” $40
“Creating a Gratitude Culture In Your Business,” $40
“Building Customer Loyalty through Gratitude Healing,” $40
“Gratitude Healing for Children,” $40.
Get the Gratitude Healing Building Kit, $255.

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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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Lorrayne Dee Brightman, M.A,  Vice President

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Lorrayne Dee Brightman,  Praise Leader &  Honored Leader

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