Finding Joy Within

True joy cannot be found outside of yourself. You may find some happiness there, in the people or things around you, but it will not be lasting. People will change, things will go away, and you will be left again with yourself. For real, true joy, you must go within. Get still and awaken the flame in your heart. There joy is. 

I used to put a lot of stock into how successful I could be. I thought if I made good grades and built a great resume, then I could be happy. I was always making plans for myself in a vain attempt to find happiness. Of course, I could not be happy that way. I still had healing to do. I learned to go within, where I could heal. That is where I found true joy. 

You are equipped to feel that joy because you were created in love. Follow the thread of your heart. It will lead you to that place of joy. You can be there. You were born to be there. Turn off your mind, get still, and you will find the path. Your heart connects you to God. Your heart will lead you to joy. 

Have a joyful day!

Bringing Who You Are into your Daily Life

After I had a beautiful experience of the Divine, the daily world seemed really awful. I didn’t like it. I wanted to leave it. I could not see all the beauty of God in the world around me. Over time, I’ve learned to see beyond appearances into the divine light within – most of the time. OK, a lot of the time. At least, definitely more than some of the time! I’ve also gotten better at connecting to love and God in my heart and bringing that into my world instead of letting the world overtake me. 

Learning to keep this experience of God in my life alive has been a long climb, and I still work on it every day. I still struggle with understanding how such beauty and love can exist and not always be found around us. I still struggle with understanding how people can harm one another after seeing all the love they truly are beneath it all. 

But I know that we are love. And I have come to believe that the best way of keeping that love lit up is to bring it into my own life each day. I can’t wait for the world to learn to love. I have to be that every day for myself and for those around me. Then I can keep that experience rippling out into the world. You are love, and I am love, and all we are is love. I wish you a chance to be love for yourself and for others today.

Creating Your Reality

“The Universe is just a big Xerox machine. It simply produces copies of your thoughts.” – Neale Donald Walsch

Thoughts are things. You create your reality by what you think about. That can be a lot of responsibility to handle, but it’s also very powerful and beautiful. You have the power to create your reality by what you notice, what you pay attention to, and what you think about. I don’t always understand the ins and outs of how it works, but I’ve seen it happen in my life again and again. 

It is important that you begin to pay attention to what you’re thinking about. I’ll often catch myself thinking something in fear or anxiety. That is a surefire way to create a situation in your life that is borne out of fear. You need to stop, notice what you’re thinking about, and actively change your thought. If you are used to believing bad things about yourself, as I’ve been conditioned to do, it’s also important to shift your self-concept. You must believe that you are good, and that good things can happen in your life. You must know that you deserve joy and happiness. Think those thoughts that you would dare to think if you knew you could not fail, if you knew you could have your wildest dreams. Think those thoughts.

It can be hard to just start thinking thoughts about a life you wish to step into. It helps me to say “thank you” for what I’m wishing to create in my life. For example, “thank you God for (insert dream/wish here).” It also helps to get aligned with God, your heart, and your higher self before actively working to create something. Then you are sure to build your dreams on a strong foundation.

Wishing you positive thoughts and beautiful realities. 

Walking Gently on the Earth

Take time today to step softly on the earth. The earth holds so much and is going through powerful changes. How can we honor her? This is not just about doing the right thing as it pertains to the environment. It means developing a completely new way of approaching nature. It means learning to respect nature. It means beginning to see the holiness within nature. It means living as part of an ecosystem and respecting the lives of all within it.

In my society, in the world in which I was raised, the earth was here to be exploited. I never noticed trees with awe or appreciated birds and animals as creatures of God. Yes, I enjoyed nature as a kid would, climbing trees and playing outside, and of course, we loved our pets. However, my experience with God and my time spent with my stepfather brought me into a completely new appreciation of nature. Nature is holy and is best seen through the eyes of the heart. 

After my experience with God, the natural world around me came alive. I began sensing the spiritual side of nature and could more easily connect with the trees and the animals. I had several powerful experiences of nature, including seeing a green aura around a tree before it fell over and died. It really took me by surprise! It took some time to understand, but I eventually came to realize that nature is as alive as you and me, and that it comes from God. 

I hope that wherever you live, you can have a chance in some way to connect with nature today, whether it is being in a forest, watering a plant, or appreciating the light of the sun. When I am still, I imagine a world in which all people respect nature. I imagine that our waterways are clean, our animals are cared for, and that everyone has access to healthy soil, water, and green places. We are part of the natural world, too. 

From Fear to Faith

Living in fear means being disconnected from your heart, your source, and your true self. Fear can manifest as anxiety, anger, depression, and insomnia, to name a few. It can make your mind race and make you wilt. Though it may seem difficult in the middle of a fearful moment to see the way out, you don’t have to stay there. There is a pathway out of fear, and I believe it goes through your heart. 

After my trauma and childhood, I lived in a constant state of fear. It became second nature for me to live this way. I had difficulty sleeping. I had anxiety. I always felt shut down. Though it manifested as a diagnosis of P.T.S.D., it felt much different than that. It felt like I had a fear blob sitting all around me. I couldn’t do anything. 

I tried to cure these symptoms for a long time by using tools that worked from the outside in, like analyzing my triggers, trying grounding techniques, and going to talk therapy. In the end, going right into my heart healed me, which I had felt calling out to me underneath all the fear. Trusting my heart, going within, and having help from tools like Reiki, mind-body movement (such as yoga), prayer, and of course, my experience of God and of love, all led me out of fear. I still have fear from time to time, but never as badly as I did before I started truly healing from the inside out. 

If you are feeling stuck in fear, I wish you the courage to hear what your heart is telling you. I believe you can find your way out. I believe that you were born to live in love and not in fear. You were born to feel happy, joyful, and free. God created you. God loves you. God wants you to be happy. Give yourself time, be patient with yourself, and trust your heart. 

Moving Towards Joy

What makes you feel joy? What sparks that feeling for you? What makes you smile? Whatever it is, do that more! Even if it is something small or if it seems insignificant. I believe feeling joy is one of the big reasons why we’re alive. Feeling joy, happiness, and contentment is a sure sign that you are aligned with your soul’s purpose. 

As a child, I knew what joy felt like. I fell into a joyful state relatively easily, if memory serves me correctly. There seemed to be so much light and peace, and things were safe. As an adult, it takes some practice. It’s easy to get caught up in my day to day life. Jobs, family, finances, stress all end up in the forefront of my mind and leave little room for joy. It can also seem selfish to feel joy in a world that can have so much suffering, but the goal is not to stop you from feeling joy. It’s to make it possible for more and more people to be in a place to feel happy.

It doesn’t have to be hard to find this simple happiness. Some things that easily bring me joy are nature, gardening, my family, spending time with friends, and writing, to name a few. What brings you joy? Think of at least five things that help you feel that happiness, and try to do at least one of them every day. 

The Next Step

In tragedy or in triumph, whether you’re building something beautiful or repairing something broken, often all we need to do is to take the next step. When I’ve been in very difficult situations and very lost, it was easy to see a big world in front of me, become overwhelmed, and just shut down. Conversely, when I’m working towards making something I care about, I can get ahead of myself, become anxious, and also shut down. 

The next step is right in front of you. Don’t make a situation more daunting than it needs to be. Just take the next step, whatever it may be. Hopefully, it will be easy for you to discern what the next step is, for whatever is occupying your mind and energies. If not, as always, get still and quiet, then listen to what arises from within. Once you know what that step is, call on your resources, support system, angels, and everything you may need to help you. Then go for it. 

Taking the next step in front of you is a way of keeping your mind on your present situation, rather than on an ambiguous and amorphous future. You don’t need to get overwhelmed. Stay right here, with your feet on the ground. Figure out what your next, reasonable, doable step is, and take it.