Dear Heart Friend
Does Worry Really Cost You Double Trouble? Remember the popular song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” released in the ’80s? It came out during a time when my husband, Pres, and I had been going through the worst financial disaster of our lives. We had come to accept non-stop worry as the only way to survive our situation. Trying to navigate through the shame, guilt and sense of failure that hung over our heads like a dark cloud was devastating to our self esteem. And believe me in that depressed state of mind we did our fair share of grieving the losses of our real estate business, rental properties, Mercedes Benz, etc. It seemed the harder we worked trying to salvage our business, the more the losses deepen. We would have also lost our minds had it not been that we were newly immersing ourselves in the Unity expansive transformational “New Thought/Ancient Wisdom teachings.
I found the teachings offered a positive perspective beyond the literal interpretations of the scriptures of which I was familiar, including the notion that the purpose of life is to be happy, joyful and fulfilled. Of course, integrating this new way of thinking in the middle of our chaos was easier said than done. Never-the-less, my desperate need for mental and emotional relief motivated me to commit to applying this new way of thinking.
So, I began the journey of refocusing my attention from the “problem” and what I didn’t have to appreciating what I did have, such as, life, health and family. To my amazement, I began experiencing deep inner peace. Noticing my feelings of despair and hopelessness gradually beginning to dissolve, I accepted the sense of relief as an indication that I was on my right path. It was a complete reversal and relief from my former distressful belief that somehow we must have been out of alignment with God’s will.
Is Joy And Growth Part Of Your Spiritual Journey? Happiness is an inner state and depends on what you are willing to do to realize it. While I am using the emotions of joy and happiness interchangeably, you will notice that others sometimes make sharp distinctions between them. For that reason, I love the way Shawn Anchor, author of “The Happiness Advantage” blends the two when he says, “HAPPINESS is the JOY we experience while working toward our potential .” Maslow’s highly recognized Hierarchy of Needs concept of self-actualization expresses realizing our potential as a process and writes, “...the importance of self-actualization is the process of growing and developing as a person in order to achieve individual potential.” And I add, our potential is our essence and our power. I also submit that consciously or unconsciously, we are all on our spiritual path of evolving into the realization of our unlimited potential and the display of our authentic self.
Is Your Path Spiritually Conscious? If you are consciously on your spiritual path, you know you live in two worlds, the world of spirit and the world of matter. While both are vibrational realities, one is visible and one is invisible. Because the visible worlds is detectable and interpreted through the senses, for most people, it is easier to focus on and become attached to what is tangible and observable.
On the other hand, the invisible world of peace, love and joy is detected through faith, and according to The Law of Attraction, it is interpreted though the vibrations of emotions. The application of this scripture speaks to the notion that we live in two worlds, “We have received not the spirit of the world . . . but the Spirit that is from God . . . And we speak of those things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit . . . interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual. 1 Cor. 2:12-13 —Jesus called this invisible world the Kingdom of God (KOG) and directed us to look within to find it.
Is Joy Portable? Can You Bring It With You? “Joy is not in things;” Richard Wagner observes, “it is in us.“ Do you believe the universe is friendly and conspires for your good? If you accept the KOG within as the realm of all good, encompassing the broad spectrum of both light and darkness, then both challenging conditions and joyful experiences are part of the spiritual journey. The Great Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh in the article, 5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness shares this delightful story about light and darkness:
“According to the creation story in the biblical book of Genesis, God said, “Let there be light.” I like to imagine that light replied saying, “God, I have to wait for my twin brother, darkness to be with me. I can’t be there without the darkness.” God asked, “Why do you need to wait? Darkness is there.” Light answered, ” In that case, then I am also already there.” I love how this story reinforces the premise that there is no separation from God at any point of the spectrum.
A powerful New Testament scripture which asserts that the Kingdom Of God is the source of happiness states it this way, “For the kingdom of God is not food and drink [outer things] but righteousness [maturity] and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans14:17 ). The KOG is continuously happening all around us, one moment at a time. We simply
need to pay attention. The word happiness comes from the word, happening. You change the what is happening in your life, by the way you choose to perceive and respond to it. Think about it, if we choose, we can love now, laugh now, learn now, and experience joy right here and now.
Two Worlds. Can You Bridge The Gap? What is your belief? Do you believe you are a vibrational being? Do you believe the universe is vibrational? Do you believe that whatever you see in the physical universe has been created in one way or the other by our thoughts or more accurately, by how we feel about what we think? Our emotional state has a direct impact on what we are vibrating. Our thoughts are nothing more than frequencies or vibrations that resonate with similar vibrations already existing.
Let’s say there’s a condition you want to change, it could be a relationship, financial, career, health or a world condition. Of course, God gave us our minds to use, so, it’s important to give some thought to natural things because we live in a natural world. But, when you look at the condition as it is, notice whether your focused attention to it gets in the way of the evolution of it.
Decide where you are going to focus your attention. Ask yourself is it more important to be right or be happy? In other words, the attitude or consciousness with which you vibrate will determine your altitude and as a result your happiness. Abraham-Hicks offers this insight on our vibrations “It is easy to get so involved in the results of the vibrations…that you disregard the vibrations that are responsible for those results.”
Do Intending Higher Emotional Vibrational Set Points Work? Do you believe your deeply held thoughts and feelings create your experience? Are your emotions indicators of your vibrational frequency? Can you at any given moment, discern whether or not you are vibrationally in alignment with what you want or in alignment with what you don’t want by simply recognizing where you are emotionally?
The emotional guidance scale offered by Abraham-Hicks gives us a way to easily comprehend whether we are hanging out in the ascending emotional energy field where we are attracting to ourself what it is we want or whether we are in a descending emotional energy field of resistance that attracts to us what we don’t want. See graphic below:
At any time, without exception, that you are focused on any negative emotion, you can begin to consciously reach for a feeling that is improved. You can use this as a way to guide your mental and emotional state into a state of higher vibration, into a state of greater peace, love, and joy. You can use your intention as St. Paul states in the New Testament, “Set your affections [emotions] on things above [invisible] and not on the earth [visible].” Colossians 3:2
Tips to Increasing Your Vibrational Frequency: An attitude of gratitude is key. Having a calm temperament, or an evenness of temper even under stress is essential to your ultimate personal growth and happiness. Among the many spiritual practices you may use, consistency of prayer, and meditation are vital. Be playful and spontaneous. Also, O M -Times Magazine adds, “Get out into nature, hug someone, dance, listen to music, breathe, sing, laugh, be around animals, exercise, eat healthy food, do yoga, help others, hot bathes, surround yourself with beautiful things.”
The journey to joy takes time. While you don’t want to live in a space of fearing to think or say anything negative, yet every moment when we are at peace with our lives, our loved ones, and our universe through our spiritual practices, we are experiencing the joy and happiness our Spirit seeks.
Remember, our potential is our power and our power is our essence, and it is within us, and not without! We have the power to create our joy and happiness with our thoughts and emotions. So if we are not feeling joy in our lives, it is up to us to ask, “How am I blocking my happiness and what can I do to get on the right path?”
Are you blocking your happiness and would like some support? Please feel free to contact me. If this post resonates with you, I invite you to like it and share it. Of course, I always love reading your comments.
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Alaska Cruise Update
Thanks to you again for your heartfelt generosity of a total of $1783. As I have previously reported my cruise on the Golden Princess is booked and paid for. I am not only looking forward to the Skagway Scenic Train Tour, but after digging deeper into the Princess web site, I found that the donation of $125 that was offered for the massage that I mentioned totally covered the cost of $119. And my daughter, Sharon is treating me to a pedicure.WooHoo! Can you imagine what I mean when I say I feel afire with joy and anticipation. I am truly grateful and in love with you. How many ways can I say thank you? I don’t know, but I’m going to learn some other ways, but for now, please accept my THANK YOU!!!
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