If I were to ask you all to write down 10 things right now that bring you joy, how many of you would be able to do it? Give it a try….I’ll wait. If you were able to get that list together, I’d like you to take a look at everything you wrote down and ask yourself if any of these items were taken away, would your joy also go with it? If so, then you weren’t tapping into true joy but instead were listing things that make you happy. So, what’s the difference?
When we talk about happiness, bliss and joy, most people would consider these that same thing but they’re not. Happiness is a quality of the personality while joy and bliss are qualities of the heart which also connects us to Spirit. Most of us strive to simply find happiness in our lives. We all desire more money, time, a better job, a hobby we love, maybe a trip or two, a nice car, etc. Everyone has their own definition of happiness. However, most of these “things” are external and will fulfill the desires of the personality for a while, but if we don’t manage to create these things or if we do and then they’re suddenly taken away, our happiness would go away as well, only to be replaced with feelings of disappointment, fear, anger, grief, unworthiness, etc.
Joy on the other hand is different since it will not come from any external thing but instead is an internal knowing, an embracing of what is instead of what we think should be and it is an energy and vibration that many believe to be unattainable. This of course depends on how you view the world, what your beliefs are, what wounds you are carrying that might prevent you from jumping into your heart space to see joy in all things. Joy is that feeling of excitement that you get when you hear something that resonates as a truth for you; it’s a knowing that there is a gift in every event, good and bad; it is having a positive attitude towards your life because you know that you are here for a purpose; it is the bubbling of ideas that come from your soul and the knowledge that you are capable of anything you dream about. Joy is any experience, thought, action or belief that supports love of yourself and love of all others. Once you experience true joy, you will never forget it and will always strive to have it as part of your life.
In this day and age, with the polarities of duality in full swing, it can be very easy to jump out of joy and go into judgment, to feel depressed and to see only the negative things happening all around us. Recently, I’ve noticed myself allowing external circumstances to influence my mood, to pull me into the drama of the world and see only imperfection around me. Two weeks ago though, I was privileged to witness the birth of my latest grandchild, a baby girl who’s arrival was greatly anticipated with great joy….yes real joy. Connecting with her little soul prior to birth and knowing that she was coming into our family for a huge purpose caused much excitement for us all. I didn’t realize that just with that connection, the joy was already there and was fully felt when she finally arrived. I am truly in joy when I’m in nature, feeling connected to all things, when I teach and now when I’m holding this new little baby in my arms. The heart connection and the gratitude makes it an easy energy for me to maintain.
It can be difficult to jump from feelings of fear, grief, depression, despair and feelings of powerlessness all the way up to feelings of joy, knowledge, empowerment, freedom, love and appreciation all in one go. As outlined in the book “The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent” by Esther and Jerry Hicks, they have created “The Emotional Guidance System” which is kind of like a ladder of emotions that can be climbed to finally bring you into true joy. I would highly recommend this book for anyone struggling with not being able to find happiness and joy in their lives. Gratitude and love is the quickest way to increase your vibration and mood and by setting your intent, you can become a deliberate creator of your own joy and bliss experiences. This is what we all strive for; it starts with the personality being happy, connecting with your heart to experience joy and then with Spirit to attain bliss….and it is possible for you in this lifetime.
Finding out what makes you happy and learning how to create that is a great place to start. We also have to become a co-operative component in our own life for creating that joy. If we are dead set on being grumpy, angry, withdrawn and just plain negative, then chances are, there is some healing that needs to be done for us before we can reach for something different. I try to begin each morning by watching cute animal videos, by reading inspiring and heart felt stories and setting my intent for a great day ahead. I feed my backyard squirrels and birds each morning as go around the yard and talk to all my flowers. This may seem weird to some, but it helps me to connect with all living things, get me into my heart and to feel the excitement of a brand new day with all its infinite possibilities. Find what makes you happy, what makes your heart sing, and do that….joy will quickly follow.
Until next time,
With much Love, Light and Blessings,
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