Excerpts taken from the book ‘The Magic’ by Rhonda Byrne.


American Indians perform rain dances, African tribes perform ceremonies for their food before they hunt for it, the very nature of prayer in every culture and religion is giving thanks before having received what is desired. 


Gratitude is something you must have before you can receive, not something that you simply do after something good has happened.

What Do You Most Want Right Now?

Sit down at a computer or with a pen and journal, and create a separate list of your top ten desires in the following way, as though you’ve received them: Thank you, thank you, thank you for high marks in my exam results, are having baby! For our dream home, amazing phone call with my dad, unexpected money I received, doubling of our sales figures this month! For my perfect partner!



“I hope this goes well.” Or, “I hope this turns out okay,” or, “I’m going to need a lot of luck.” All these thoughts are hoping for a good outcome to a situation.

The Magnificent Outcomes practice is being grateful before you do something you want to go well. You could be grateful for the magnificent outcome to the work meeting, job interview, or exam, the magnificent outcome to the sports game, phone call, catch-up with a friend, or seeing your mother-in-law.


You could be grateful for the magnificent outcome when an electrician, plumber, or any tradesperson is addressing a problem in your home.  




Carry your desire list with you today in your pocket. On at least two occasions in the day, take out your list, read through it, and feel as much gratitude for each one as you can, as though you’ve received it. 


When your desires appear before your very eyes, cross them off your list, and add more. And if you’re like me, each time you cross a desire off your list you will be in tears of joy, because what seemed impossible was made possible through the magical power of gratitude.