“Being Joy”: Journey of Fulfillment 2.0 – Day 07

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Copyright Tam Black 2014
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Guiding Thought

My joy unifies! Accepting my own joy—acknowledging it, sharing it, and expressing it—heals myself and others. To be wholly joyful means to be wholly love…means to be wholly my Self.

 

Sharing

Joy is worth studying, in my opinion. It’s worth studying because it’s worth understanding, worth achieving. I think there is too little joy in the world, too few people who know how to attain it, even fewer who know what it is, and far too many who are lost before they are even able to consider it. I want to bring more joy to the world; to do that I need to be filled full with joy! Maybe if I become filled full enough, I’ll be able to show others how to be joy-fulfilled also.

This begins with understanding what joy is, thus the “studying”.

I think (and this is only my limited opinion), that most people only imagine what real joy is, including me. Real joy is beyond the mind, beyond the heart; it bubbles up and overflows (tears of joy?), and streams forth from the very center of being, all on its own. Real joy is a life and power that seems to be its own, seems to be out of our control, even often out of reach (If it were in our control or reach, do you think there would be the epidemic here, in the United States, of pharmaceutical addictions, rampant depression, alcohol abuse, illegal drug use?). When joy happens, it overwhelms us, radiates from us, and influences everything we think and feel and do.

But this is how I imagine it. I have felt what I would call real joy several times in my life. I have the memory, but I have not held onto the feeling; I know I’ve felt buoyantly blissful and unshakably loving and peaceful within it, but I do not currently feel it, nor do I know how to feel it again, or feel it consistently. But I know that the joy I imagine is possible. I know it because I have felt it, and I have read about it. There are people who KNOW this joy all the time. They have figured out how to attain it, maintain it, and have enough to give away.

Here is the first lesson for studying joy, so that we can learn together:

In Sanskrit, the type of joy I am referring to is known as Ananda. Perhaps you’ve heard of Paramahansa Yogananda, or Anandamayi Ma? Yogananda made the appropriate connection for us, with his words, “God is ever-new joy”. God is not just the Source of joy; and it is not that God feels joyful. God is Joy. Thus, when in this regard, we feel joy, we are experiencing God.

May we all Know God as Joy, the overflowing, eternal, all-existing, infinitely-conscious bliss.

Commemoration: Journey of Freedom – Day 26

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Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

Through our physical body, we bring Divine Light and Love to the physical universe. We heal unresolved issues through loving thoughts, words, and emotions, and become lighter and brighter. We bring light to all we have denied and we heal our past-present-future NOW. Every day we are lighter and lighter!

Sharing

Be thoughtful. Be kind. Help others. Do good.

Do whatever is before you with Love.

Find God in your heart. Share.

Be bold. Be courageous. Remain in your Infinite Self in the face of another’s smallness.

Surpass your expectations. Keep going; go as far as you can, then go even further.

Remember who you are, who you were born to be. You have a purpose. Find it. Cherish it. Be it!

Today is a day for praise and gratitude; open to the Love that is everywhere!

Behind your doubt there is reassurance; God is with you always. There is no need for doubt!

Unite with Love. That is Truth. Love is all that matters, every moment, every breath, every thought, and every interaction…Love.

Only Truth is True, nothing else is True. Live in Truth, let everything else pass away.

Let go of everything that is unlike Love. Simplify. Love is Simple… just let everything else go.

Life in this world is a thing of beauty and glory. You have a beautiful existence, not everyone is as lucky as you, use this life well; don’t grow complacent, don’t grow lazy; there is much work to do!

The world is here for your benefit. You are here to experience your highest possibility, choose it; choose it again and again!

Choosing your highest possibility means choosing Love, for that is all you are. Anything else is a denial of your Self and your Divine potential. Why deny yourself?

Every moment that you choose Love you have dissolved a thread that connects you to a future frustration. Your frustrations now are threads from your past. Love cuts the thread from the past and eliminates it from the future.

[July 25, 2015, in commemoration of Maha Avatar Babaji, who on this day appeared to Paramahansa Yogananda at his Garpar Road home in Kolkata, responding to his prayer for blessing and assurance for his mission in the West.

Babaji told Yogananda: “You are the one I have chosen to spread the message of Kriya Yoga in the West. Long ago I met your guru Shri Yukteswar at a Kumbha Mela; I told him then I would send you to him for training.”]