CHAPTER EIGHT –
MORE HEAVEN ON EARTH –
FINDING LOVE AND HAPPINESS
MOTION OF OUR HEARTS
Let us search and find our love
in the motion of our hearts -
the spirit of all divine –
built on perfect kindness
and gentle devotion
we send vibrations throughout
the world and all humankind.
Let us search and find our love
in the motion of our hearts –
knowing this is God’s voice –
God’s full communication –
perfect in its simplicity
and wondrous in its depth.
Let us search and find our love
in the motion of our hearts
and know the beat of this emotion
provides the rhythm of all life
the breath of the divine.
What's love got to do, got to do with it?
What's love but a second hand emotion?
What's love got to do, got to do with it?
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?
What’s Love Got To Do With It
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The ability to experience love – to give love and to receive love, in all its forms, is truly a gift. It is what separates humankind from all other life on the planet, and it is surely the truest marker of our connection with God. As expressed in the titles and content of our songs, our movies, and our books - love appears to be on our minds and in our hearts at all times. But a discussion of “Love” as it relates to enlightenment, requires that we first sift through the sands of the multitude of meanings for love, and honestly reflect on what is a related expression of “enlightened love.”
Webster’s New World College Dictionary offers a good starting point with their standard definitions: 1. a deep and tender feeling of affection for or attachment or devotion to a person or persons; 2. an expression of one’s love or affection; 3. a feeling of brotherhood or goodwill towards other people; 4. a strong liking or interest in something 5. a strong, usually passionate affection of one person for another; 6. sexual passion – sexual intercourse; 7. (my favorite), a tennis score of zero; 8. Theology – a) God’s tender regard and concern for all people, b) devotion to and desire for God. Webster takes a crack at an all-encompassing definition when discussing synonyms, offering the following, which is a useful global definition for love:
love implies intense fondness or deep devotion and may
apply to various relationships or objects – sexual love,
brotherly love, love of ones work, etc.
These definitions make me think of 70’s rock hit, “Whole Lotta Of Love” by Led Zepplin – a song from Ann’s favorite rock band of all time, so this tune still gets a lot of airplay in our house. Yes, these definitions do encompass a whole lotta love; frankly its just too much weight for one word to carry, which only adds to the confusion when using love as a clear indicator of enlightenment. I am somewhat sure the pursuit of enlightenment was not Led Zepplin’s intent when they wrote this song.
So let’s start sifting. I am sure some may consider sexual passion as an excellent addition to their vision of heaven on earth, but for our definitional purposes, let’s start with taking out the sexual stuff. This said, there are some mystics who have mixed their devotion for God with sexual passion. We will pass on this. Ok, the first tendency is to move to a theological definition, including devotion to God and God’s love for us. When discussing spiritual love and enlightenment, all eyes must focus on the life of Jesus, who added love as the major element of enlightenment, giving us the two main commandments centered on love - which I now consider hurdles we must surmount on our road towards accomplishing heaven on earth:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and first commandment
And a second is like it: “You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.”
To make sure seekers did not miss the importance of these two precepts, Jesus adds: “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets,” basically clarifying that if you do not adhere to these precepts, you have seriously missed the mark. As we will discuss shortly, this is a call to complete God love and devotion, along with loving our neighbors as ourselves – setting up the greatest challenge to enlightenment ever voiced by a spiritual leader. To read further about Jesus and enlightenment, I would strongly suggest reading Deepak Chopra’s The Third Jesus – The Christ We Cannot Ignore.
So, using the summary definition supplied by Webster, spiritual love based in enlightenment might be:
Returning God’s love, with deep unquestioned
devotion of a spiritual nature for God, along with
an intense fondness, and a feeling of brotherhood
or goodwill, towards all other people.
This is a good start, with a mix of God love, brotherly love, and loving kindness defined as goodwill. As we progress, we will need to answer some clarifying questions to define what love will be like in our heaven on earth: that is; when we are truly enlightened, will we: 1. love god, others, the universe more?, 2. be loved more by God, others, the universe?, 3. or just act with more love and kindness, or perhaps all three? Of course the goal of this section, and our discussion, is to answer these questions, and hopefully, dig even deeper into the concept of spiritually enlightened love.
GOD WEIGHS IN
In caring for others and serving heaven,
There is nothing like using restraint.
Restraint begins with giving up one’s ideas.
Opening Lines From Passage Fifty–Nine
Tao Te Ching – Lao Tsu
Now, it would be easy for me to continue on and discuss how love in essential to enlightenment and impacts heaven on earth, but I would fail to be fully transparent, missing the opportunity to share with you my experience over the past few weeks that underscores my interactive connection with an active God, fully involved, at least, in my life.
To be honest, when I started out writing this chapter, after having reviewed my meditation guidance, I felt the impact of love on enlightenment was unclear, and I went on to write this chapter on Heaven On Earth featuring only Joy, Peace, and Happiness; leaving out Love. Turns out that God did not fully agree, and as a result, I have learned, as the Lao Tsu's quote above conveys, a spiritual lesson on restraint and giving up my own idea’s; somewhat. But more then this, I finally understand the profound impact love has on our spiritual wakening, and why.
Some of you who follow my blog, will be able to refer to blog posts I have published over the past few years, including Affirmative Thoughts, Poems, and Meditation Guidance, showing that love has been a major theme of Finding God On The Train both within the book and the blog. You may go on to point out that my primary focus has been on the concept of “Loving Kindness,” often considered the centerpiece to enlightenment by the Jewish Kabbalists, the Buddhists, and let us not forget, Christianity, which as we just introduced, is built on Jesus’ focus on loving our neighbors. You might even point to my Daily Post On Enlightenment published on 5.21.2010, stating the following:
THE EYES OF LOVING KINDNESS
Today let us see the world through the eyes of loving kindness –
meeting each moment with the open arms of love –
thinking each thought about ourselves and others fully
centered in love – totally immersed in kindness and love.
Today let us face our challenges with love powered by kindness
and know each obstacle is only another test to see
if we truly understand the way of God – powered by the scared
energy of all encompassing love.
Today let us touch the image in the mirror – our perfect
countenance with a love and kindness, centered
on gratitude, for the gift of this physical form and the
amazing strength of our inner and outer fortitude,
always ready to grow and become more.
Today we are empowered by loving kindness and rejoice
in its magnificent strength.
Or you might point to the Affirmative Thought published as a Daily Post on Enlightenment 8.9.2010, titled Secret Power, where I comment that in my reading of the spiritual wisdom through the ages, I am truly amazed that “love is the centerpiece of most guidance for reaching enlightenment.” Two Thousand years ago, the Upanishads, written by the early Hindu mystics, spoke of the “Lord of Love” and featured love as the key ingredient for transcending this plane, saying
“drink deep of divine love and you will reach the unitive state.”
Today let us realize the amazing power of love,
to change the world or change the moment –
the secret ingredient of our humanness – the essence
of our Godliness – always within us to mold
and shape our lives for the better.
Today let us realize the amazing power of love
used by Jesus to heal the sick and the
afflicted – used by every mother to sooth
the hurting child.
Today let us bring the power of love out from within
our hearts and souls to mend our minds,
heal our spirits, and uplift the world.
Today let us use the amazing power of love –
God’s gift of godliness to us, to mend
and transcend our day, touching all we meet.
Today, let us use our secret power!
At this point, a reasonable man, or God, might have expected “Love”‘ to have been included in this chapter from the beginning. But this said, writing a book on enlightenment, based on what you think is guidance you have received from God on the subject, is not only challenging, but many would say, worthy of institutional treatment. Having accepted my mission, I originally approached this chapter with what I thought our lives would be like if were to truly obtain enlightenment, and as a result experienced Heaven On Earth. I thought we would live a life of Joy, Peace, and Happiness.
I would like to do a sort of blog reenactment, and present the actual blog posts that follow, since they convey best my questions and reactions in real time, allowing the guidance to unfold over a seven day period in March of 2011. As I express in the first Blog Post in this series below, titled Love Is The Gateway, God truly had other plans, and in one week I transcribed much of the meditation guidance on Finding Love used in the remainder of this section.
Ok, after all of this, God was right, love was missing. I have certainly learned a great deal about love and its connection to enlightenment. Hope you will also find it useful; and so we don’t get too serious, I would like to kick this section off with one of my favorite west coast rock songs from the 1980’s, made super famous as the song featured in the mega hit movie Back To The Future, yes, you guessed it, The Power Of Love. Seems like Huey Lewis And The News knew the secret about love all along, “you don’t need money, your don’t need fame, you don’t need a credit card to ride this train”…”and with a little help from above you feel the power of love.”
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"The Power Of Love"
Writers: Huey Lewis, John Victor Colla, Christopher John Hayes
The power of love is a curious thing
make a one man weep, make another man sing
Change a hawk to a little white dove
more than a feeling that's the power of love
Tougher than diamonds, rich like cream
Stronger and harder than a bad girl's dream
make a bad one good make a wrong one right
power of love that keeps you home at night
You don't need money, don't take fame
Don't need no credit card to ride this train
It's strong and it's sudden and it's cruel sometimes
but it might just save your life
That's the power of love
That's the power of love
First time you feel it, it might make you sad
Next time you feel it it might make you mad
But you'll be glad baby when you've found
that's the power makes the world go'round
[Chorus 2:Same As Chorus )]
They say that all in love is fair
yeah, but you don't care
But you know what to do
when it gets hold of you
and with a little help from above
you feel the power of love
you feel the power of love
Can you feel it?
It don't take money and it don't take fame
don't need no credit card to ride this train
Tougher than diamonds and stronger than steel
you won't feel nothin' till you feel
you feel the power, just the power of love
That's the power, that's the power of love
You feel the power of love
you feel the power of love
feel the power of love
LOVE IS THE GATEWAY - MEDITATION GUIDANCE
DAILY POST ON ENLIGHTENMENT - 3.4.11
As I mentioned, I am now focused on writing Chapter’s Seven and Eight of Finding God On The Train, titled Heaven On Earth – Joy, Peace, and Happiness, and yesterday I shared the guidance I received titled, Internal Peace. During my writing session, I incorporated this guidance and completed my first draft of the section on Finding Peace. I was pleased, but felt like something was missing from the whole chapter. Since I was not clear what was missing, I turned my sights to the last section, which is on Finding Happiness.
This morning I got up at 6:00 AM, did my reading and started meditating. I thought I would ask God what might be missing from my work on Chapter Seven and Eight, which focuses on attaining heaven on earth through enlightenment, thus finding joy, peace, and happiness. So I asked, and I would like to share the reply below. Needless to say my title has been revised to Heaven On Earth – Joy, Peace, Love, and Happiness.
LOVE IS THE GATEWAY
Love is the gateway to enlightenment – love is the only way
to God – love is the power of all connection – it is the seeing of
the divine in all life – all existence – love is the essence of God,
and without love enlightenment is only a bright light without
passion, without joy, without substance.
Love requires that the ego be left at the gate – personal desire
stripped away – the shedding of past and future, leaving only a
bursting emotion of caring, kindness, respect, and admiration –
a realization of oneness – seeing your face in every face, it is
the desire to worship the perfection of life – to understand the
Love of child, family, community, or world emanates from an
overwhelming desire to nurture, to protect, to develop, to
flourish, to breathe life into all you come in contact with – it is
truly understanding the nature of God and God’s love for all
creation. To love like God is to truly connect with God.
Love is ingrained and sewn into every cell of your being –
move towards the light and you will find yourself worthy of
love; humankind worthy; and in need of love; and eventually
see through the loving eyes of God – a force of love –
boundless – infinite –without limit, overflowing with love
The light you will see is the light of pure God love radiating
to all from all. See the love, feel the love, be the love.
NOE 3.4.2011 7:10 AM
Wow, “love is the gateway to enlightenment” - “without love enlightenment is only a bright light.” After I transcribed this guidance, I just sat in my library chair and kept reading it over and over, it was 7:15 AM and I still needed to write Ann’s morning note, fix her tea, and walk the dogs. But God was clearly letting me know I had missed the point and needed to adjust.
I was elated and also worried at the same time, because I did not have the material to fully make this case for love as a cornerstone of enlightenment. This would be the start of several communications with God on the subject, as I tried to fill in the gaps and complete the section. Here is the next blog post in the series published on Saturday, March 5th.
OPEN YOUR HEART - MEDITATION GUIDANCE
DAILY POST ON ENLIGHTENMENT - 3.5.11
As I outlined in my last post, I have added “love” to my definition of what we would unveil as we approach the attainment of spiritual enlightenment - actually creating our own heaven on earth. The title for Chapter Eight is now Heaven On Earth – Finding Love and Happiness, with the recent addition of a section on finding love.
You would think growing up in the "City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia, I would have some grasp on this subject of love. The reality is, of course, that life in any major city is often focused on survival, rather than loving your neighbor. To be honest with you, the direction to love or “be loving” has often felt like an over used remedy, a spiritual panacea of sorts – just love everyone and you will be saved.
To truly love your neighbor as yourself, is probably the most challenging direction ever given by Jesus, or any spiritual leader, who has ever walked this earth. Yet, as I type these words, I fully realize why love would be the gateway to enlightenment. To pass this litmus test, we would need to truly to see as God sees, with love, and therefore be enlightened. To accomplish this, we would need to see ourselves in our neighbor, to see our neighbor’s divinity, and through this renewed perception experience divine love.
Perhaps, those who point to love and practice something distinctly different, have thrown me off course at times. As you may have detected, focusing on love may be just what God wanted me to accomplish with this guidance. This made me start searching through my journals, to see what message God had actually communicated on the topic. I decided I would thoroughly understand each message and try to incorporate all of them into my life. I randomly opened one of my journals and stumbled upon this guidance from Sunday, November 22, 2009 titled, Open Your Heart. I will share my other love communications in future posts.
OPEN YOUR HEART
Open your heart to the love within your
soul that is fed by the love of the universe.
Is your love blocked by fears, worries,
challenges – look closer at who is talking
within you – who is leading you astray –
is the same old ego masked as spiritual
advisor or psychological counselor.
Open your heart and find the love you have
for all you encounter – your family –
your church – your community – your world.
Only love clears away anxiety and stress -
only love refreshes your spirit and lets you
celebrate your life and existence.
Open your heart and dance the dance of life –
fully alive in this moment - overcome by
the miracle that is this moment – clear away
your hopelessness – dance with joy
at the opportunity to experience life as you –
with God as your full partner and cocreator.
Open your heart and enable and allow
the joy of life to rush in and fill and expand
your capacity for love. Then and only then,
will you love as God loves.
NOE 11.22.2009 9:25 AM
Is enlightenment learning to love as God loves? Is this even possible given the strength of our egos and our culture of separation? Could we actually see ourselves in our neighbor, and by recognizing our neighbor’s divinity, be able to love our neighbors as ourselves? To do this we must first love ourselves. Would we be required to love someone who is unlovable in our opinion? As the week progressed the debate continued, as I searched for these and other answers. My next blog post, which was published on Tuesday, March 8th was based on the Meditation Guidance below I had received over the weekend.
REAL LOVE - MEDITATION GUIDANCE
DAILY POST ON ENLIGHTENMENT - 3.8.11
I would like to continue to share my communications focused on love, since most mornings this week, God has added a new message to help clarify the essential nature of love, in our lives and for the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. In the Meditation Guidance below titled Real Love, from this Sunday Morning's meditation - love is described as passion – a complete desire to bring someone or something to life, keep it living, and nurture its existence.
A key theme of all of God’s communications on love, is the direction to start with loving ourselves first. For some of us, who are living up to some ego or parental expectation, this may be the greatest challenge of all. Today, would you be willing to do something for the world to aid in spiritual enlightenment? Would you take yourself to your favorite natural setting, look up to the sky, stretch your arms out wide and up high in a sign of victory and joy, as full and outstretched as possible, and then slowly wrap them around the beautiful being who is you, giving yourself a well deserved loving hug.
Love is passion – the act of being totally connected with
someone, or something, in a complete desire to bring it
to life – keep it living, and nurture its existence.
Love is to cherish – hold it so dear you would offer
anything, do anything, to protect it and give it form.
Love is becoming one with the object of your desires –
breathing through it – with it – your breath and life in
sync with the essence of your attention. When your
loved one is impacted, you are impacted – when your
loved one is hurt, you are hurt.
You have experienced this love for a child, a parent,
or a loved one but true love – as God loves - requires
the love of all that exists – of existence itself –
overwhelmed with the very fabric of life – loving every
cell – every thread, every moment.
To love, you must give of yourself – be emotionally and
spiritually attached to all creation. Begin with loving
yourself – your unique nature, and grow out to loving
others close to you – and then into the community –
and your life.
Love takes risks, takes effort, and must be cultivated and
nourished. Love is at the heart of all life – connect with
your power to love – open the cage and set it free.
Learn to love as God loves.
NOE 3.6.11 8:30 AM
Although I was struggling, at this point, with the concept of loving all that exists in a world often controlled by the misguided egos of a few who create havoc for many, each morning, I would receive new guidance that continued to broaden my perspective of love, and test the constraints of my belief system – such as the guidance below to “Love those you admonish, those you hate, dislike, do not care for.”
RECIPROCAL LOVE - MEDITATION GUIDANCE
DAILY POST ON ENLIGHTENMENT - 3.9.11
As you know, I am writing two chapters focused on Heaven On Earth – Finding Joy, Peace, Love, and Happiness, and after some guidance from God, I have only recently added the section on finding love. I am attempting to define what enlightened love would look like - and in a few words, I would describe it as loving as God loves.
In my opinion, or spiritual orientation, this love needs to be unconditional and without judgment. As Jesus described, very much like the love of a parent for a child, and remarkably similar to the way children love their parents. As difficult as loving without judgment may be, when applying this to loving your enemies, we can see this aspect of enlightenment is also not easily attainable.
In all of this, I realize I have a great deal to learn about love, and this week God has tried to fill in some of my blind spots through my Meditation Guidance. In the guidance below, that I received yesterday morning, I am reminded of the reciprocity of love – where we are loved in proportion to the amount we love
It is not by chance the unloving are usually unloved, and of course vice versa. Let me know if you have any additional guidance you would like to share on finding love.
Love is reciprocal – you get what you give – you are loved
in proportion to the amount you love - let love flow out
of you and it will flow back to you multiplied.
Start with yourself – truly love the wonder of you –
fully and completely, let the sensation of love be in your
thoughts – treat yourself with love, care, and respect.
Move to those close to you – your family and friends -
intensifying and reflecting on your existing love for
them – love even the unlovable aspects without
reservation or limitation.
Move to your co-workers and those at work, showering
them with love and kindness. Let this love flow to those
you meet and encounter – living with compassion,
caring, and kindness.
Then love those who you admonish, those you dislike,
hate, and do not care for – push through the negative
feelings and connect with their souls.
Turn your love and attention on your life, your job,
and all you encounter and love the opportunity to
experience all of it – love being fully alive and
As you expand your capacity to love, notice how the
love generates and flows back to you – suddenly you
have arrived at the loving universe you always
dreamed of – you are experiencing heaven on earth.
NOE 3.8.2011 7:20 AM
At this point, I was feeling like God was actively writing this section of the book with me, guiding me, at times spoon feeding, and at other times pushing me well beyond where I was ready to go. I continued to ask God for guidance in my daily meditations, and continued to receive more clarification and insight into the relationship of love to enlightenment. I had tapped the well, and it was gushing spiritual oil.
LOVE LIKE GOD LOVES - MEDITATION GUIDANCE
DAILY POST ON ENLIGHTENMENT - 3.10.11
This week I have been focused on defining love and its relationship to enlightenment. I have been receiving daily meditation guidance leading deeper into the power of love. I have often felt like I was attending a crash course with God as the instructor. As I have questioned, I have received the answer, or I have received inspiration to reach for a certain book, which opens up to a discussion on love. Honestly, I have been somewhat obsessed with the topic, as I am sure you have noticed from these posts.
Up until yesterday, I have been taking my dictation from God like a good messenger and writing these posts while clarifying some key points, but for the most part, in general agreement with everything that has been conveyed, including: love is the key to enlightenment; to reach enlightenment we need to love as God loves; this love should be unconditional and non-judgmental enabling us to love both our neighbors and our enemies; and, taking this a step further, we should love those who are unlovable in our perspective, those we feel are not worthy of love
It was the direction to love those who I feel are unlovable that gave me pause and led me to question the validity of the argument. I kept asking how could God actually love someone who through ego destruction was creating pain and havoc for themselves, others, and the world. Why offer positive reinforcement, and love power, for someone who desperately needed to reform?
By yesterday afternoon, I was at an impasse on this issue after conjuring up every evil creature from history, and considering loving them. As I stewed, sitting in my library I focused on a book titled Your Forces, and How To Use Them by Christian Daa Larson, a New Thought pioneer, leader, teacher, and prolific writer whose books are still published today. This book had been originally published in 1923 by Larson, who at the time was the President of The International New Thought Alliance. Larson had also inspired Ernest Holmes who went on to found Religious Science, but is best known for writing the Optimist Creed, still used today by the Optimists Club.
I had scanned this book - which was the basis for Rhonda Bryne’s latest work tilted the Power - when I had purchased it from Amazon - but had not had the opportunity to read Larson’s book fully. Yesterday, I took it down off the shelf and just opened the book directly to page 129, of Chapter 13, titled, The Art Of Changing For The Better, and my eyes read these passages:
We may give our kindness and our sympathies to all, but we must not love anything in any one that is not ideal…but we can love the greater possibilities and the superior qualities that are inherent in the individual... the power of love is the greatest power in the world … we steadily grow into the likeness of that which we constantly love…the power of love must direct the greater part of its attention upon that which is rich and beautiful in mind and soul.
This was clear guidance, providing a perspective on how one might consciously love the unlovable, while avoiding attracting similar attributes into their own lives. And even if we are personally struggling with our own inner turmoil, or dis-ease, we can still love ourselves. For what we love is “the secret realms of soul life, where the forces of love are drawn instantly to the highest, truest, and most noble.”
Larson goes on to tell us that the “law of love… determines what we are to think, what we are to work for, where we are to go, and what we are to accomplish. Therefore, among all great essentials, the principal one is to know how to love… the secret is to love the great, the beautiful, and the ideal in everybody and everything; and to love with such a strong, passionate love that its ascending power becomes irresistible.”
I still had my questions, which were clarified by my meditation guidance this morning titled ,Love Like God Loves, where I was instructed that God loves the divine potential in all life, but does not address or acknowledge the work of the ego. Using this paradigm, it is not only possible, but also quite purposeful, to love the unlovable.
LOVE LIKE GOD LOVES
The secret of loving as God loves, is to understand the nature
of God love, and the essence of God. In the eyes or experience
of God, there is only perfect wholeness, wellness, potential,
oneness, the spirit of pure good.
God sees only this, even in those who have been overtaken
by the will of their ego’s, and are far less than their potential.
God does not acknowledge, or love, the handy work of the ego,
since to do so, would be to energize this negative creation,
and lead to further dis-ease.
Like God, you must love the divine potential existing in all
life, all existence, the element of growth - hope – the desire
for further perfect creation. Do not address, or acknowledge,
the work of the ego – the madness that often results, see
beyond the dis-ease, the conflict, the pain and connect with
the aspect of God – the divine potential of all living things.
Love like God and infuse with the power of love, that which
you wish to infuse, with the power of further creation –
water only the blossom, and not the weed – for the weed
cannot flourish, if the blossom is to grow.
Like God use your power of love, to encourage, to manifest
the full potential of everyone you meet – all you encounter –
touch their God potential and love it with all your heart –
all your strength, calling it forward into form – pulling it with
your love power into the light of pure existence. Love the
essence not the dissonance.
Love as God loves and you expand the creation – you are God
in action creating more love, more life, more perfection.Love
what is loveable – the essence of God in this world - and you
will not only see the light – you will be the light.
NOE 3.10.2011 8:40 AM
I would like to close our blog reenactment with the final blog post I published in this series on love and enlightenment, titled Reflecting The Light, which features an Affirmative Note I had written during this journey. Over this seven-day period I had learned why love was an essential ingredient of enlightenment - expanding my new knowledge on love and enlightenment.
REFLECTING THE LIGHT - AFFIRMATIVE THOUGHT
DAILY POST ON ENLIGHTENMENT - 3.11.11
Thank you for bearing with me, as I have taken this mental and spiritual voyage into the depths of the meaning of love, as it relates to enlightenment. As a result, I feel I could join Rhonda Byrne and write a book on love.
But in all of this, I think I now have a glimpse into why love is so important for humankind, for God, and for all existence. In order to love, we must move out of our selves, and without our egos, approach the world as one, as related, as our spiritual relatives, our co-conspirators in finding heaven on earth. Real love is not conceived out of obligation, but is created out of desire, necessity, requiring us to invest our power in what we hold dear and cherish.
The act of loving is often only noticed in the actual demonstration of love – the kindness shown, the compassion felt, the hand outstretched in the time of need. In the end, it is the love and kindness we display, our devotion to God and humankind, that will light the individual paths we each traverse down our own road towards enlightenment. As the Affirmative Note below conveys, let us reflect the light of God’s love into the world –caring, nurturing, and empowering.
REFLECTING THE LIGHT
Today approach the day with love – reflecting the light of God’s
love into the world – seeing the world through God’s eyes of love –
caring, nurturing, protecting and empowering all you meet and
encounter with the power of divine love.
Today approach the day with love – allow compassion to flow
through you and from you – be the hands and feet of God –
carry love with you and shower the world with it – shower
yourself with it until all is immersed in pure love.
Today approach the day with love and move with its energy,
its passion, its glory – triumphant through love!
Love is the litmus test for enlightenment, because it requires that we have evolved beyond our egos, and have laid a foundation of God love, and self love, and from this base grow to love not only our friends and family, but our neighbors, our co-workers, our boss, and those who we consider unlovable, even our enemies, until we love all existence, as God loves the world.
This "God love" is the love of potential or possibility, seeing the divinity and beauty - not the ego or the dis-ease - in all life. As we move towards real love, we harness the power of God consciousness through the reciprocal nature of love that we have discussed - our expanded capacity multiplies the love we receive - fueling our love power to create and sustain our heaven on earth, lighting the path for ourselves and all those we touch.
Let us today each grasp, in our own way, for this “higher love,” no more beautifully conveyed musically and lyrically than by Steve Winwood’s and Will Jenning’s award winning song, and a personal favorite of mine, Higher Love.
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HIGHER LOVE LYRIC EXCERPT
Think about it, there must be higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above,
Without it, life is wasted time
Look inside your heart, I'll look inside mine.
Things look so bad everywhere
In this whole world, what is fair?
We walk blind and we try to see
Falling behind in what could be.
Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love, oh
Bring me a higher love
Where's that higher love, I keep thinking of?
Worlds are turning and we're just hanging on
Facing our fear and standing out there alone.
A yearning, and it's real to me…
There must be someone who's feeling for me.
I could light the night up with my soul on fire,
I could make the sun shine from pure desire,
Let me feel that love come over me
Let me feel how strong it could be,
Bring me a higher love.
You may be saying - "sounds wonderful, but what do I need to do?” Each of us will approach this differently, but for starters we need to consider the following:
- Love yourself first – handle yourself with care, concern,
compassion, and respect - with love and kindness. If needed,
forgive yourself, pardon yourself for past sins, mistakes,
and mishaps. Do not allow anyone to use you, abuse you,
or lower your self-confidence.
- Develop a working relationship with God through prayer
and meditation. Let God work in your life and understand
the essence God’s real love for you and all existence.
Be grateful for all you have already received.
- Harness your ego and work to overcome your feeling
of separateness - search for similarities, commonality,
and connect with thedivinity within each person you
meet, seeing their potential and possibility.
- Try not to judge, condemn, or speak negatively about
others for not being or believing like you. Remember just
because you love lobster does not mean that everyone
must love lobster. Refuse to condone intolerance in any
form, whether it is based on religious preference race,
gender, or sexual orientation. Always be tolerant.
- Let Loving Kindness Rule Your Actions – live as an active
agent for God in the world by committing random and
purposeful acts of kindness - be an example of giving
and nourishing. Give more than you receive.
- Live With Passion – love what you do – do what you love -
approach all you do with love and passion, living with
enthusiasm and energy, allowing your creative powers
to be fueled by your love.
- Love Like God Loves – whether it is your best friend or
the guy at work who is a pain – see their potential and
possibility - and work to really love your neighbor.
Can you imagine living in a world where everyone worked hard to accomplish these bulleted elements of love above - sure sounds like a major step towards my vision of heaven on earth. Think what your life would be like for you and your family if you did. I think you get the point. Let’s move on to happiness, which does not seem to be all that difficult, if your life is full of joy, peace, and love.
Here's a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
But don't worry, be happy
Don't Worry, Be Happy lyrics
Listen To Don’t Worry Be Happy Above Or Download From iTunes
As I begin this section and reflect on the meaning of the word “happiness,” and my own personal experience with the pursuit of happiness, I am somewhat overwhelmed with the multi-faceted nature of this concept. To fully understand how happiness applies in creating our Heaven On Earth, we need to clearly differentiate between secular - or physical world happiness - and the spiritual happiness that is associated with enlightenment. Before we move to defining what happiness means, as it relates to enlightenment, and how it couples with joy, peace, and love to create Heaven On Earth - let’s discuss happiness in more universal terms.
Since happiness is a state of being happy – let’s start with the word “happy” – which to me sometimes just sounds a bit silly, especially when worked into phrases like “slap–happy” and “happy–go–lucky.” As you might expect, there are a number of definitions for happy, starting out with being lucky, moving onto a feeling of great pleasure, and finally arriving at being intoxicated.
happy adj. (from the old English hap meaning lucky) 1. favored
by circumstances; lucky; fortunate 2. having, showing , or
causing a feeling of great pleasure or contentment 3. suitable,
appropriate to the occasion 4. intoxicated or irresponsibly
quick to act. happiness – noun.
Would we have been better served to have just used the word “contentment”, or a phrase like “great pleasure,” or even better yet, how about the loftier or more formal sounding words like “ecstasy, bliss, or rapture,” which all have spiritual connotations and overtones.
ecstasy – implies extreme emotional exaltation, intense
delight that overpowers the senses and lifts one
into a trancelike state.
bliss - implies a state of great happiness and contentment,
often suggesting heavenly joy.
rapture – mental exaltation experienced when one’s entire
attention is captured by something that evokes
great joy or pleasure.
To be honest; ecstasy, bliss, and rapture may be closer to what we are talking about when we are discussing spiritual happiness, but for our every day purposes, these words are often just too intense, each carrying an element of “extreme” elation. Since ‘Happiness’ is the baseline for these words, I propose it is a more useful or appropriate term for our discussion here. Let’s face it, the word happiness won its place - at least in the United Sates - when the “pursuit of happiness” was established as a basic right by the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Second Continental Confgress on July 4, 1776. This simple political act, set in motion a great cultural expectation that I do not think was seriously considered feasible, or achievable, in the past.
My personal experience has not been much clearer. Growing up in family where moments of turmoil were mixed with moments of peace, love and happiness; albeit rare, I became very attuned to the emotion of the moment, basking in every positive experience possible. I also became a master at making other people in my family happy, to mitigate possible eruptions and discord, a behavior pattern that still surfaces today. I was sure others with a “normal family” were happy and, as could be expected, I often longed for their lives. As I grew up and met those who had been nurtured in what I thought were marvelous families, I realized that happiness was in the eye of the beholder. Few seemed to have had happy childhoods, and to my surprise, I often had more happy memories then they could muster.
As I grew older, acquired some degree of personal professional success, enabling me to live in wealthy communities and work with peers who had been given all of the advantages, I would like to be able to report that I have met a long list of happy people, but this has not really been the case. This is not to say, those I met along the way, were not in hot pursuit of happiness, just that few appeared to have succeeded. Frankly, compared with many of my peers, I was quite fortunate to be at least happy with my professional life. When the rest did not measure up, I rationalized that no one was really “totally” happy. In truth, the happiest people I have met turn out not to have been the wealthiest or most successful, just the most contented and accepting of their lives.
THE PURSUIT OF SECULAR HAPPINESS
A PSYCHOLOGY OF HAPPINESS/WELL-BEING?
As difficult as it is to determine a working definition of happiness, it appears to be even more elusive when trying to create a psychological approach to grasp or replicate it. Before we focus on spiritual happiness, I would like to take some time and review the enormous strides that have been taken by the psychological community addressing happiness, or often referred to as well–being, in the past twenty years.
In its rather brief two hundred year history, psychology has primarily focused on suffering, victims, mental illness, and trauma with fourteen of the major mental illnesses now treatable by psychotherapy or medication.
The skills of becoming happy turn out to be almost entirely
different from the skills of not being sad, not being anxious,
or not being angry. But at best psychology only told us how
to relieve misery.
The quote above is by Martin E. P Seligman, Ph.D. - Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University for Pennsylvania and the founder of Positive Psychology, the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive; focusing on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.
Like most other modern day researchers in psychology, Dr. Seligman’s early work on the phenomenon of learned helplessness in animals, was originally applied to understanding pessimism, when his future literary agent suggested that perhaps his work was really about optimism, not pessimism. With this suggestion, Seligman’s perspective broadened, going on to write his landmark book, Learned Optimism – How to Change Your Mind And Your Life, laying the foundation for his thinking regarding Positive Psychology, later expanded in his three major books to follow - The Optimistic Child in 1996, Authentic Happiness in 2002, and Flourish in 2011.
Let’s take a quick review of the foundation of Dr. Seligman’s work, including learned helplessness, optimism, and later positive psychology; since I believe there exists within, worthwhile insights that we might well apply to our understanding and pursuit of both secular and spiritual happiness. Based on the Seligman’s research, each of us, in a sense carries in our heart, a “no’, or a “yes” – the first step is to determine the word we each carry. Those with a “no” are impacted by what Seligman labeled, “Learned Helplessness” - a giving up reaction - a quitting response, surfacing from the belief that whatever we do, it will not matter. Based on an our “Explanatory Style” - the manner in which we habitually explain to ourselves why events happen to us – it can be determined if we lean towards a “yes” based optimistic explanatory style, which limits helplessness, or a “no” based pessimistic style, which spreads helplessness.
Dr. Seligman went on to theorize, the defining characteristic of pessimists, is that they believe bad events will last a long time; will undermine everything they do; and are their own fault. Optimists on the other hand, think about misfortune in the opposite way, they believe the defect is not their fault: circumstances, bad luck, or other people brought it about. Confronted by a bad situation, optimists perceive it as a challenge and try harder. But most importantly, Seligman also realized: pessimists can learn to be optimists.
What is crucial is what you think when you fail, using the power
of “non-negative thinking”- changing the destructive things you
say to yourself when you experience the setbacks that life deals
out is the central skill of optimism.
“Learned Optimism,” teaches us to change our explanatory style. The book, Learned Optimism, provides a comprehensive approach to developing what Seligman refers to as, a “flexible optimism,” which focuses on addressing how we address adversity and our beliefs, and uses a series of clearly documented techniques; such as disputing, distracting, distancing, and arguing with ourselves, to change our negative perspective. We will discuss these techniques, in-depth in the next chapter, when we focus on mind control and control of consciousness.
In the late 1990’s, Dr. Seligman was elected president of The American Psychological Association, and began to apply his work to create a theory of “happiness/well-being,” joining forces with another leading researcher, Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, incorporating his landmark research on FLOW: The Psychology Of Optimal Experience, to lay a research and theoretical base for the positive psychology movement (we will also cover Flow in-depth in the next chapter).
In his book, Authentic Happiness, published in 2002, Seligman theorized that happiness and well-being - defined as the desired outcomes of Positive Psychology - are, in turn, the result of positive emotions. These emotions; may be based in the past - exhibited by satisfaction, contentment, pride; the future - by optimism, hope, confidence, trust, and faith; and in the present - described in the following three categories of emotions; gratifications – activities we like doing; higher pleasures such as bliss, glee, and comfort; and bodily pleasures such as scrumptiousness, warmth, and orgasm.
Much of the happiness, or well-being, discussion focuses on “gratifications” which, the theory and research suggest, cannot be obtained, or permanently increased, without developing personal “strengths and virtues.” Three criteria for strengths are proposed and outlined as follows: valued in almost every culture; valued in their own right (just not a means to an end); and they are malleable. Those “strengths” that are deeply characteristic of us are “Signature Strengths,” with the highest success in living and the deepest satisfaction, resulting from building and using these signature strengths. “Virtues” were researched and studied across the millennia and across cultures, resulting in six core virtues: (1) wisdom and knowledge; (2) courage; (3) love and humanity; (4) justice; (5) temperance; and (6) spirituality and transcendence. These strengths and virtues serve us in good moments, and are especially tested, when ill fortune strikes.
The good life is using our signature strengths every day to produce authentic happiness and abundant gratification. According to Seligman, this is something we can learn to do in each of the main realms of our lives: work, love, and raising children. There are also levels of well-being or happiness - just as well-being needs to be anchored in strengths and virtues, these in turn need to be anchored in something larger. As the good life is something beyond the pleasant life; the meaningful life is beyond the good life. Worth noting, is that statements about the “meaningful life,” as applied to positive psychology, seem to converge on aspects of spiritual happiness and enlightenment we will discuss shortly.
In 2011, Dr. Seligman’s most recent book Flourish – A Visionary New Understanding Of Happiness And Well-Being, was published, reframing his authentic happiness theory - as a "Theory of Well-Being," with the measure of well-being, defined as "flourishing." Well-being has five measurable elements (PERMA) in Seligman’s latest work that count towards it: positive emotion (of which happiness and life satisfaction are aspects); engagement; relationships; meaning; and achievement. No one element defines well-being, but each contributes to it. The goal of Positive Psychology, as noted in Well-Being Theroy, is to increase the amount of flourishing in our lives and on the planet. To flourish, an individual must have all the core features of PERMA - and three of the six additional features; which include, self-esteem, optimism, resilience, vitality, self-determination, and positive relationships.
The book, Flourish, offers applied practices: such as; WWW (What Went Well) Exercises, where we are asked every night to write down three things that went well during the day, and why they went well. The Signature Strength Exercises encourage us to own our signature strengths, by finding new and more frequent ways to use them. A signature strength is further defined, in “Flourish,” to include the following hallmarks: ownership and authenticity; excitement displaying it; rapid learning curve; finding new ways to use it; desire to use it often; invigoration using it; personal projects revolve around it; feelings of joy, zest, and enthusiasm using it. We are encouraged to take the strengths survey on the positive psychology websites, listed below, and work to find new ways to utilize our designated strengths each week. I strongly recommend reading Flourish to expand on these and related topics, as well completing all the exercises used to increase personal Flourishing.
In the fourteen plus years since its initial inception, Positive Psychology has spawned a variety of applied positive psychology degree programs, along with large-scale educational and organizational change initiatives. The Positive Psychology Center site at the University of Pennsylvania is an excellent resource for understanding these programs: http://www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu.
Likewise, The Authentic Happiness site - Dr. Seligman’s homepage at the University of Pennsylvania, offers an astonishing variety of questionnaires and inventories, already utilized and validated by millions of participants, which will enable you to measure your level of Authentic Happiness and determine your signature strengths: http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu.
I have personally participated in most of the tests, inventories, and assessments on this site, finding them to be very useful, and for me at least, amazingly insightful. These links are also available on the right hand sidebar of the Finding God In The Train blog marked Positive Psychology Websites. All of Dr. Seligman’s books are available on the blog for purchase, listed under the Positive Psychology tab, in the Spiritual Bookstorealong with the first positive psychology textbook titled Applied Positive Psychology – Improving Everyday Life, Health, Schools, Work, and Society.
It is important to note that Seligman concludes the book Authentic Happiness with this sentiment - “I am not sophomoric enough to put forward a complete theory of meaning, but I do know that it consists in attachment to something larger, and the larger the entity to which you attach yourself, the more meaning in your life. Positive Psychology points the way toward a secular approach to noble purpose and transcendent meaning – and, even more astonishingly, towards a God who is not supernatural.”
The belief that we can rely on shortcuts to happiness, joy, rapture,
comfort, and ecstasy, rather than be entitled to these feelings by
the exercise of strengths and virtues, leads to legions of people
who in the middle of great wealth are starving spiritually.
Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., Founder of Positive Psychology
THE “HAPPY” SONG PHENOMENON
Although Dr. Seligman, quoted above, reminds us that there are no shortcuts to happiness: I would argue the point, citing an outbreak of happiness created by Pharrell Williams’ hit song and video, simply titled, “Happy.” The song has been extremely successful, peaking at number one in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and 19 other countries. It sold 5.6 million copies in the U.S. alone. The video has created a virtual phenomenon. Before, I fill in the details, let’s test my hypothesis, by watching the original video below, and honestly assessing if we feel a surge of happiness, and maybe, even a few tears of joy. (Click on the download below or in the black box below.)
Watch the Happy Video Link Above Or Download From iTunes
Ok, first, was the happiness contagious? Did the lyrics fully convey that this emotion we call happiness, does not just happen to you, it springs from you? Let’s look at the lyrics:
"Happy" By Pharrell Williams
It might seem crazy what I'm about to say
Sunshine she's here, you can take a break
I'm a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don't care baby by the way
Because I'm happy, clap along if you feel like
a room without a roof
Because I'm happy, clap along if you feel like
happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy, clap along if you know
what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy, clap along if you feel like
that's what you wanna do
Here come bad news talking this and
Well, give me all you got, and don't hold it
Well, I should probably warn you I'll be just
No offense to you, don't waste your time
(Happy) Bring me down
Can't nothing bring me down
My level's too high bring me down
Can't nothing bring me down
I said (let me tell you now) bring me down
Can't nothing bring me down
My level's too high
Bring me down
Can't nothing bring me down
Chorus Repeated x2
Bring me down... can't nothing...
Bring me down... my level's too high...
Bring me down... can't nothing...
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)
Chorus Repeated x2
It was Ann, who late one night in early 2014, suggested I watch this video - by Pharrell Williams, a singer, songwriter, and producer, originally from Virginia Beach - based on a song that was featured on the soundtrack of the 2013 movie Despicable Me 2, and republished in early 2014 as lead song of Williams’ second studio album, titled Girl. I said to Ann, that it was strange she should mention Pharrell Williams, since he was featured on two Grammy nominated songs I had been listening to, Get Lucky by Daft Punk, and Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. Although, I really hadn’t heard his Happy song, since our grandson had seen the movie with his other grandparents.
A little later that evening, as we were getting ready for bed, I could hear Ann repeatedly watching this Happy video, over and over, its catchy melody and lyrics repeating on her iPad. I asked, cautiously, why she kept listening to the same video - she looked up, smiling, and said, “you should see this, there are thousands of “Happy” videos, from all over the world, even our hometown has produced a very sophisticated video, with local notables dancing and singing to the soundtrack.”
It turns out, when the Happy song was originally rereleased as a single, in November of 2013 - in preparation for what I would assume was Williams’ early 2014 release of his studio CD, Girl – accompanied with the video above, along with a companion website - 24HourHappy.com - featuring the world’s first 24 hour music video; overflowing with a host of guest celebrities singing and dancing to this Happy song, as Pharrell Williams opened each song segment. The Happy videos became an instant sensation, spawning countless cover videos on YouTube, usually labeled Pharrell Williams – Happy – We Are Happy from (name of the city). Inspired by this global phenomenon, a French couple launched a website http://www.wearehappyfrom.com to gather all the Happy videos at one internet location. As of August 2014, more than 1,950 Happy music videos from 153 countries had been created. Want a thrill, go to the site and take a world Happy tour – it is amazing!
I want to continue our experiment, doing some low cost mood altering, as we proceed on with the remainder of this chapter and the book, by asking you to invest $1.99 in the on-line purchase of the Happy song from iTunes, or whatever site you use to download music via the internet; that is, if you are not already one of the millions who own the song. Next, I am going to suggest that you set the Happy song as the alarm sound on your phone, or related device, to wake you up in the morning, or whatever time of day you actually start. If you participate in this experiment, I believe you will find it hard to shake this songs meme like qualities, and you will spend the start of your day, everyday, focusing on being happy. Feel free to email me directly at FindingGodOnTheTrain@gmail.com with your reactions, and I will share all these responses on the blog.
I believe, this Happy song phenomenon, is a clear indication that a vast number of people on our planet are just tired of living in an unhappy world, wishing desperately for something positive and awe inspiring to lift them, their families, their communities, their countries, and all humankind in general, out of the mire of depression and hopelessness we seem to have created for ourselves. You may say this is only a band-aid, but I say, when you are bleeding, a band-aid is essential.
So, as I am putting on the finishing touches to this revised addition to Chapter Eight – More Heaven On Earth – Finding Love And Happiness, with the inclusion of the Happy song phenomenon section above: Ann, a Green Bay Packers fan and shareholder, receives an email from the Packers home office that Pharrell Williams will musically kickoff the opening Thursday night football game of the 2014 NFL season, between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers, in Seattle. I am sure the Happy song will be a featured on the set list, and I would not be surprised to see a - We Are Happy from the NFL music video to support this effort.
THE PURSUIT OF SPIRITUAL HAPPINESS
A leading pioneer in the study of the pursuit of happiness - linking both the secular and the spiritual realms - is Robert Holden, Ph.D. and author of the book Happiness Now!. Who, through his counseling and seminars conducted as part of The Happiness Project, has revealed some fascinating notions relating to our human approach to happiness. Holden asserts, many of us have “Happychondria,” a fear of being happy, while others feel they are unworthy of happiness. Holden suggests living unconditionally and practicing acceptance, and goes on to write:
It is, after all, impossible to be happy and play small,
to be happy and hide, to be happy and inauthentic.,..
the real reason happiness feels so good is that when
you are truly happy, you are being your Self - your
unconditional, original self.
As I reveal the messages I received from God regarding spiritual happiness, you may notice the similarities to Holden’s work that I will continue to quote throughout this section, and often to Seligman’s, we have just reviewed. I also highly recommend reading Happiness Now! which is also available through the Spiritual Book store on my blog.
After reading my related Meditation Guidance for this section, I have realized that secular happiness, may be fleeting, because it is only grounded in the physical world and not in the spiritual. We survey our lives, and they may be abundant and full, and even when we are happy with the result, there is still something missing. I believe what is missing is a connection with our divine selves and God.
Spiritual happiness, unlike joy, peace, and love, does not seem to exist internally, waiting for us to reach a place where we can experience the emotion of “happiness” coming from within – but is more of a summation of all these emotions combined - an end result of all of our spiritual and life activity. So happiness, in a spiritual sense, may be an appropriate synonym for enlightenment - what we feel when we are living a life of joy, peace, and love - experiencing our full Heaven On Earth.
Unlike my work on love, I started off by first asking God for guidance up front. This past Saturday morning, sitting in my library, I received the following guidance listed below, aptly titled Happiness, which, I believe provides a good starting point for this section. Happiness is defined not as an action, but as an assessment in the guidance, and is described as a “sense of delightful balance, a confirmation that we have spiritually arrived.”
Happiness is not an action, but an assessment of where you are
now – a description of the culmination of the positive forces in
your life, a sense of delightful balance – a confirmation you
have arrived: living authentically; spiritually connected;
actualized; and of one mind with the divine self - orchestrating
a cooperative ego and operational self. Happiness is being
aware of and living your perfect life now.
Happiness is being all, being one, fully loving, being joyful,
and at peace. It is nirvana, the perfect state of active
enlightenment – all is well with your soul and you are awash
with the elation of it all – a connected bliss founded in
authentic purposeful life – not founded in material wealth
but spiritual wealth – for you are prosperous, abundant
and over flowing with the gifts of life.
Happiness is the sum of the parts – the apex of our physical,
mental, and spiritual lives – no conflict, no doubt, no fear,
only positive movement with the flow of the universe – a
pure vibration of the awakening of the God within you at
one with its destiny – its mission – its power - the ecstasy
of being and accepting your own destiny.
NOE 3.26.11 8:45AM
Along with the references to bliss and ecstasy, it is important to note that in this opening guidance above, the key elements of spiritual happiness – “the perfect state of active enlightenment” - include some of the key themes we have discussed in this chapter: living authentically; being spiritually connected; self actualization; and living based on the divine self. Here exists happiness,where we are at the apex of our physical, mental, and spiritual lives.
Happiness challenges us to make peace with ourselves.
Happiness Now! Robert Holden, Ph.D.
The issue of authentic living has been a major theme of my meditation guidance since the beginning; pushing me to listen to my inner voice, and work with the divinity within me. Here is early guidance from a Wednesday morning commute on August 13, 2008, titled a Perfect Life.
As a creation of God you are able to obtain a Perfect Life.
The qualities of God exist within you, the potential for
God perfection is your essence and birthright.
Perfect life is authentic life. It is the life you are designed
to live, the life that will reveal your full potential. Perfect
life exists and is within your grasp, if you reveal the
true message – the guidance that leads you to this
Listen to your inner voice – your God soul and understand
where it is calling you. Where you are now may be close or
not, but do not despair. The movement toward authentic
perfect life is a force that will prepare the way, if you let it.
Listen and understand.
Frustration, anxiety, and despair are all indications that you
are on the wrong path or need adjustment. All you need to
do is stop resisting, take in the lesson and understand
what is lacking or not. Look towards your joy or excitement.
Envision the perfect life, role-play, dream, and let the
expression reveal it to you.
You are on the road to the authentic perfect life. Move in
this direction and prepare when needed. Be honest
and willing to risk what is needed – be willing to work
Work with the divinity within you to reveal your destiny.
NOE 8.13.2008 8:00 AM
When you are truly happy you are being yourself.
Happiness Now! Robert Holden, Ph.D.
One of the greatest hurdles to experiencing happiness is self–acceptance; that is, overcoming our ego based thoughts that we are not worthy of happiness, have not earned it, or we do not deserve it, because of some transgression committed in the past. Often we act like Wayne and Garth in the Wayne’s World movies, who when meeting a celebrity, or presented with an opportunity, fall to our knees in homage chanting “We Are Not Worthy.”
To withhold self-acceptance is to judge you’re not
worthy of happiness. You cannot, however, have low
self-acceptance and happiness.
Happiness Now! Robert Holden, Ph.D.
Let us turn to my guidance from God on this point, and understand that we need to accept who we are, and where we are, to obtain spiritual happiness and enlightenment, as outlined in a number of excerpts from my guidance below.
You must strive to accept who you are, where you are, and what
you are, in order to find peace and learn that the experiences
of your life do not determine your life. Life experiences are often
challenging, frustrating, and at times appear insurmountable, but
they are only momentary – temporary - and your fear focus makes
them appear incomprehensible and insurmountable, when really
they are merely a moment in time.
Acceptance and non-resistance are the keys to surviving and
growing as a spiritual being. Today accept and react without
emotion, knowing it is as it should be. You are as you should
be and life is on track.
Excerpt NOE 4.19.2010 7:50 AM
ACCEPT YOUR LIFE
Accept your life - what is occurring in your life - and go with the
stream of life. To accept is to cease resisting – fighting – working
against what is already set in motion to happen. To accept, you
need to mix surrender with belief – belief that resistance will
not accomplish your objectives.
Excerpt NOE 5.1.2008 7:45 AM
RELEASE, ACCEPT, RELAX, AND ENJOY
Accept what is your life now – all of it – every aspect – accept
and be thankful for what you are receiving. At times radical
acceptance is required – forcing acceptance even when you
are sure it is not what you want, or have had any intention of
Excerpt NOE 10.28.2009 7:50 AM
As you see from the three excerpts listed above, I have had a real problem with acceptance and non-resistance - so the message has been repeated in an effort to get me to frame a more positive approach. A key to being happy requires the control of the ego, which will enable us to accept who we are and where we are in life. Acceptance requires the control of the mind and the ego, both topics of next two chapters focused on mind control and the control of consciousness.
I am going to conclude our discussion on spiritual happiness, its impact on enlightenment, and the creation of Heaven on Earth, with a Meditation Guidance I received just a few days ago, after asking God if I was heading in the right direction with this section on happiness. The first sentence offers a poetic definition of spiritual happiness as a ”single harmonic existence when all aspects of your body, mind, and spirit play in harmony … a symphony of authentic purposeful life emitting full creation .. every intention energized with the power of rightness … joy, peace, and love fueled by a connection with God.” Could there be any state more desirable than this, I think not.
Single harmonic existence when all aspects of your body, mind,
and spirit play in harmony – synchronized – in perfect oneness,
all playing and striking pure wholeness - a symphony of authentic
purposeful life emitting full creation – the creative power of divine
existence. Every thought, every movement, every intention,
energized with the power of rightness – expressing the full
chord of all existence – the expression of purpose.
Happiness is joy, peace, and love fueled by a connection with
God, and the elimination of internal conflict – mind and spirit
move in unison towards the acceptance of their own divinity.
This is life in pure divine oneness. This is life singing with
the voice and breath of God in harmony with all creation.
NOE 3.27.2011 8.45 AM
Let us take a moment here to reflect on all that we have covered in regards to happiness, along with its relationship to joy, peace, love and enlightenment. First, I think most readers would agree, based on my guidance, that the pursuit of happiness is a God given expectation; and in the U.S.A. at least, our founding fathers considered it a basic right, along with life and liberty, worthy enough to ignite a revolution. Can you survive without it? Of course you can, but I would add, that living without happiness is like driving your car with the emergency brake engaged permanently, you will eventually stress your entire system and prematurely self-destruct. Does it take work to accomplish? Yes it does, but it is effort well spent.
Now let’s look at the ingredients needed to create some happiness in our lives. First joy, peace, and love - with all of the steps that have been listed in previous sections - must be well underway to being accomplished and mastered. Happiness is obtained when we have worked our way through the Heaven On Earth game levels and have mastered finding joy, peace and love in our lives, while being fully connected with God. Happiness is truly the perfect state of active enlightenment. We need to master the following at this level, as we work to overcome all doubt, fear, and resistance.
1. Harmonic existence – all aspects of our body, mind and spirit
live in harmony. Perfect oneness, health, and wholeness.
2. Spiritually connected with God and our divine self.
3. Complete Self-Actualization – fully self-accepting - convinced
of our ability to obtain, and our worthiness and right, to possess
4. Living an Authentic Purposeful Life in full cocreation -
every intention energized with the power of rightness.
ENLIGHTENMENT - HEAVEN ON EARTH
Are we capable of experiencing Enlightenment - Heaven On Earth, rather than creating hell on earth? Is this our divine purpose? Is this our next stage of evolution, where we stretch our consciousness, expanding our mental capacity by harnessing the full powers of our minds, until we each have the ability to cocreate our own existence, our own happiness flushed with joy, peace, and love – perhaps providing the same evolutionary moment as did the first fire – producing warmth and renewed life, unheard of previously, for all humankind? Is this awakening occurring right on cue, hardwired in our souls to make us wander from the caves of our ego restricted minds and create spiritual fire, this time? Has God, Source, the Universe, or whatever names we care to use to describe the master of this consciousness of life, hardwired us to move into this new life, and create this new earth?
I believe the answer is yes. Simply yes, and now is the time! I believe the message I have received, and I am conveying in Part Two of Finding God On The Train – The Message - echoes the voices in the wilderness of so many others who are also receiving this call to action - and provides a reference for making this spiritual and life transformation.
Our discussion on Heaven On Earth – Joy, Peace, Love, and Happiness describes the end result of this effort towards spiritual enlightenment, and outlines some basic guidance we each will need to master in reaching for our own awakening, and entry into the heaven that is waiting for us. Our individual efforts with this awakening, will communally impact the consciousness of all who live on this planet through a combined vibrational force of renewal. Will everyone reach the same level of consciousness? No, I believe we will each find the amount of enlightenment that we desire, and are comfortable with pursuing, but each person, who does move forward on the path, will positively change all lives for the better.
Ok, it is time to move on with the message, continuing our journey on the spiritual train to the next stop, Part Three – The Control Of Consciousness, which opens with a discussion of the message as it relates to mind control, outlining related approaches and supportive techniques. This will then be followedby the remaining chapters which further clarify the message, and hopefully, provide useful insights for utilizing the message on your personal journey, as well as enhancing your personal connection with God.
As I close this chapter with an Affirmative Thought titled Right Course, I can feel our spiritual train gaining speed, and want to thank you for continuing on this journey with me, wishing for you all the Joy, Peace, Love, and Happiness of Heaven On Earth!
Today know you are on the right course
and moving in the desired direction
to fulfill your destiny and manifest
your heaven on earth – a heaven full
of joy, peace, love and happiness –
Today know you are on the right course
and listen only to your heart –
the still small voice of divine direction
offering subtle guidance indicating
the way forward – suggesting possible
solutions – creating coincidences –
opening the doors previously
Today know you are on the right path –
go with confidence, clear intentions,
and enthusiasm to your paradise.
CLOSING NOTE ON ENLIGHTENMENT
As we have explored love and happiness in this section, we have been engaged in what I would describe as a search for the truth, as it relates to spiritual enlightenment. For me, especially in flushing out how love contributes to our heaven on earth, it has felt like deep sea diving, where I have had to submerge myself in divine consciousness in order to come to the surface with a pearl of wisdom now and then. This truth mining, as the Meditation Guidance below refers to it, is an essential personal practice needed for clarifying and utilizing our guidance.
Spiritually, we must all be miners of the truth that will truly set
us free. This truth is a current running through all conscious
life, revealing the clear purpose and divine meaning of this
Each day, let us don our helmet and begin to mine for both
the apparent and the not so obvious truths, waiting for our
discovery. Knowing each is a kernel of God’s essence –
a piece of the puzzle of existence that will enlighten us and
Spiritual truth, of course, begins with individual or personal
truth, for on the surface an untrue consciousness cannot
mine for the deeper gems existing within. Open yourself
up to revealing and accepting the truth of all things.
This truth is not critical or caustic, but civil and honest,
real truth is potent in its healing power, even if it at times,
it is uncomfortable and uneasy.
As you mine your individual and spiritual truth, be open to
the rethinking or reflection needed to bring you towards a
truthful equilibrium. Take each truth to God in prayer and
meditation, letting it grow like a seed in spring, until it is
lived fully in your life.
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As we discussed, affirmations are positive statements announcing to God – universal mind – and to your own subconscious mind how you view the world and what you expect to occur during the day or in your life. It is a powerful way to use the Law of Mind Action or Attraction to frame your reality and set positive expectations.
As I mentioned in the previous chapter, I enjoy writing affirmations so I can tailor them to my mood and life experience at the moment. As we have learned, love is an essential ingredient in our recipe for enlightenment, so lets start off with an affirmation that pushes us beyond our separateness and into a connectedness, centering our being in love for all we encounter.
Today I relinquish the illusion of separateness, exalting the
truth that I am one and the same with all I encounter, connected
through the consciousness of God, I am a relation to the world,
to all sentient life, and in this regard, I connect the love within me
with the love of others, family all, I feel this love surge from within
my soul like a tidal wave of grace, flowing from me, to me,
surrounding all I encounter with potent, powerful, lasting love.
I am a lover of the world.
Next, let us turn our sights on writing an affirmation for happiness. We have learned that this happiness must come from within, especially as we realize our authentic nature or calling, allowing well-being to be fostered in both our secular and spiritual realities. I believe the following affirmation expresses these sentiments.
The essence of happiness exists within my soul, I exalt
the reality that all facets of my life, both secular and
spiritual, come together for my betterment and greater good,
with my authentic life etched from my intentions and desires,
cocreated with spirit into something tangible, worthy, and
formidable – I find true and lasting happiness in every
enterprise and encounter.
Try your hand at writing your own affirmations, or feel free to take one of the love or happiness related Affirmative Thoughts on the blog and adapt it to your needs.
Love and happiness have been the subjects of numerous Affirmative Thoughts posted on the blog. The first Affirmative Thought below, reminds us that true love must start with our own self love, followed by the closing note on happiness, reminding us that we have the ability to ignite our happiness, setting any day ablaze.
LOVING YOURSELF TODAY
Focus on loving yourself today –
start with a kind word, move on to
recognizing all you have accomplished
lately, how about a special treat for
hanging in, going the extra mile,
always being supportive.
Focus on loving yourself today –
insist on a rest from the busy schedule,
perhaps a nap to recuperate or just
some alone time to recharge, offering
all with a smile, and a sincere look
of compassion and empathy.
Focus on loving yourself today
just like you love all the meaningful
others in your life, practicing patience,
tolerance, forgiveness, acceptance, and
kindness: reminding yourself often what
it is you actually love so much about you –
wiping away the tear of gratitude at the thought.
Love yourself today! AT 8.11.12
THIS DAY ABLAZE
Set this day ablaze with your enthusiasm
for living, with your zest for life – refusing
to compromise one moment of this precious
existence with less than complete and total
commitment to purposeful authentic action.
Set this day ablaze with your positive life
affirming perspective – knowing that a
“yes” attitude is based in divine strength,
overcoming doubt, fear, and worry –
instilling every cell instead with the
energy to reach its full potential and
for you to grasp your magnificence.
Set this day ablaze lighting up the world
with your joy, igniting a spark of wonder
and hope in all you encounter – being
and instilling a sense of attainable
happiness within each soul you touch.
Set this day ablaze!