The Invisible Garment – 20 The Principle of Gratitude by Connie Kaplan

Understanding the Principle of Gratitude 20 As the laws of irony would have it, the person who opened my eyes to the secret power of Gratitude was probably the poorest (if poor is measured materially) person I ever met. I was in my mid-thirties. I had grown up in consumerism, and like most other boomers, …
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About Connie Kaplan

May I introduce myself to you? I want you to know the “ordinaries” of my life because I want you to know who is offering these teachings to you!

I was born Connie Cockrell on December 16, 1948 (at 10:45 AM in Lamesa, Texas for you astrologers.) My name is now Connie Kaplan. I am married to a wonderful man, Vic Kaplan, and we live in Los Angeles.

I hold an undergraduate degree in English, a Master of Arts in Radio, Television and Film Production, a second Master of Arts in psychology, and a Doctorate of Ministry.

Raised in Texas as a minister's daughter, spirituality has always been an important foundation for my life. I spent twenty-five years actively involved in traditional religion. In my mid-twenties, I began to explore other spiritual systems. However, as a career choice, I went into television production. I spent fifteen years working as a free lance script supervisor and then an associate director. In my early thirties, I had reached what every American woman might rightly call the American Dream. I was married to a wonderful man – a television executive producer. I had a healthy, beautiful daughter, a great house in a great neighborhood, and an enviable career that offered plenty of options for time off to be a mom.

In 1986 I was suddenly struck with a mysterious virus which rendered me almost helpless for about two years. During this time, unable to work and incapable of handling normal life circumstances, I experienced a profound spiritual transformation which altered not only my inner experience of life, but my outer expression of life. While I slept life away, I dreamed myself awake.

Since the early nineties, when I returned to the "normal" world, I have devoted my life to teaching others what I learned (and continue to learn) from this mystical awakening. I teach dreaming as a spiritual practice. I counsel with modern day mystics. I nurture the birth of that same awakening in everyone I encounter.