Happiness is a state of being, and comes from the inside of you. By the law of attraction you must become on the inside what you want on the outside. – Rhonda Byrne
The thought creation must come first! The feeling that would normally accompany the manifestation of that thought must appear alongside the thought. If we want strawberry ice-cream for dessert we must imagine having that ice-cream, complete with the feeling we would experience and the taste of the ice cream on our tongue, the more detail the better! Imagine the exact circumstances, the bowl, the color of the bowl, the ice-cream brand, the sweet cold aroma of fresh ice cream, the spoon used, the time of day, the exact setting etc… Because we’re fellow creators with the Creative Force the Universe is compelled to respond…
the real secret
The real secret isn’t about manifesting what we desire into our lives; even though the Law of Attraction does deliver, it’s about experiencing happiness. So the trick is to imagine the highest, which at one level is happiness. So imagine and feel the happiness and the rest shall follow.
Better still imagine happiness for the whole world! Imagine being an instrument of God that does her will on this planet. When we desire everyone’s happiness we seek the highest for everyone collectively. That then is the highest secret. Seeking God’s will for us as we become his instruments in our daily lives!
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM, and we are, happy!
Recommendation: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Is it possible that there is something we do not fully understand about ourselves, about our own life and its purpose, the understanding of which would shift our reality and alter our experience for the better, forever? – Neale Donald Walsch
Here’s the 3rd ‘Persistent’ question that Neale asks us to consider…
If we knew what we were here to do wouldn’t that charge our day with passion and enthusiasm? What could be more important than finding out how to best spend our time? On what should we focus our efforts? It is indeed possible to gain much understanding regarding these questions!
Daily Affirmation: Today I search for my purpose!
Recommendation: The Storm Before the Calm by Neale Donald Walsch
…that sorrow makes us all children again, destroys all differences of intellect. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Suffering is a reality wherever we look. In our collective and individual sorrow lies a gift. What is it? How will we discover it? What will we do with it?
A gift is present in all that we experience. We simply have to detach from self and look from a ‘higher’ perspective. Imagine a family that’s suffering because an elderly parent is close to death. If the gift is accepted, the children of that household will come together, be thankful for what they are and what they have. Thankful also for all that their parent made possible. The children bond closer together, united at a difficult time and overlook all differences. What a poetic moment this can become! The whole family is enriched from this experience, it’s a gift that may never stop giving…
Daily Affirmation: Today I accept the gift of sorrow!
Recommendation: Moments in Between by David Kundtz
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. – Fredrich Koenig
happy thanksgiving 2011!
It’s Thanksgiving time in the United States on Thursday November 24th. Such a great reminder for us all to be supremely grateful for all that’s lovely in our lives! We are thankful God for life as we’re living it, help us be of value to others…
gratitude leads to happiness!
It’s been proven that gratitude leads to happiness. In this one study Dr. Robert Emmons showed “that individuals that wrote down what they were grateful for on a weekly basis were 25% happier, more optimistic about the future, felt better about their lives, and exercised 1.5 hours more per week than those who didn’t record their gratitude.”
Another study at Hofstra found that “among teens, gratitude resulted in higher grades, more life satisfaction, better social integration and less envy and depression.”
Being grateful results in:
- Being healthier
- Better relationships with everyone around us
- More satisfaction at work
It’s a total Win-Win-Win situation every way we look at it!!
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM grateful!
Recommendation: Even Happier: A Gratitude Journal… by Tal Ben-Shahar
It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. – Alfred Adler
Most of the time we’re only interested in our own life. We ask ‘What can this person give me that I need?’, or ‘what’s in it for me in this situation?’. Because we’re either selfish or indifferent we miss out on Life’s great opportunities. An opportunity to deepen relationships, to truly understand others, to help when someone is desperate for help, or even to improve our own lives…
4th Dale Carnegie Principle: Be genuinely interested in other people.
Here’s a story written by President Roosevelt’s valet James Amos:
"My wife one time asked the President about a bobwhite. She had never seen one and he described it to her fully. Sometime later, the telephone at our cottage rang. (The Amos’ lived in a cottage on the Roosevelt estate.) My wife answered it and it was Mr. Roosevelt himself. He had called, he said, to tell her that there was a bobwhite outside her window and that if she would look out she might see it."
What a great example of showing genuine interest in another individual! And that’s the key, being genuinely and truly interested in the other individual no matter who they are or whether they can ever be useful to us. This principle is a key that’ll allow us to be welcome everywhere we go!
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM genuinely interested in others!
Recommendation: How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Trust creates peace. – ‘Yogi Tea’ Fortune
Something is definitely missing in our lives. What is it? We search for it incessantly and we don’t quite find it. We look for it in relationships, in cars and gadgets, at work and in our hobbies but that ‘something’ stays mostly elusive! What is it? What is it that’ll help us be at peace and fulfilled?
An ultimate answer will never be forthcoming! Why? Because life, God’s creation, is endless and eternal, just like God. We can continually progress as we move along; we’re never ‘there’ though. But there is something we can attain while on the journey. And that’s a certain peace. How can we start feeling this peace? Via trust and faith. We must trust, that as children of the ‘most high’ we are safe, all is well and that all will be well. Such peace is accentuated via stillness.
Daily Affirmation: Today I trust!
Recommendation: God Is Closer Than You Think by John Ortberg
Is it possible that there is something we do not fully understand about life, the understanding of which would change everything? – Neale Donald Walsch
Neale calls them the 3 persistent questions and the 4 fundamental questions of life! We started with persistent question #1 here: What Is It That? Persistent question #2 is presented above.
what don’t we understand?
It’s quite possible that we’re missing some basic understanding that keeps humanity from achieving goals that are important. There’s a lot that we don’t understand. As we look around we notice umpteen religions and even more philosophies about the purpose of life, the nature of God, and the like. There’s the Qur’an, the Torah, the Mishna, the Talmud, the Gita, Rig Veda, the Upanishads, the Tao, the Buddha Dharma, the Dhammapada, the Pali Canon, the Book of Mormon, the Urantia Papers and many more!
Which one is the Truth?
At one level we do know that all these are paths to the Great One. Nevertheless there are many gaps in our knowledge. How can we fill these gaps?
Daily Affirmation: Today I understand that I don’t know All…
Recommendation: The Storm Before the Calm by Neale Donald Walsch