Spirit Principle #1: No-thing can make you happy!
Joy is your birthright and the channel of your spirit. Like a radio, when you tune into this station, you experience your nature. If nothing were wrong in your life, you would be happy. If you didn’t judge what you should or shouldn’t be doing, if you didn’t judge what others are doing or what life presents to you, you would feel good. When you stop running to the future and holding on to the past, you’ll feel good. There is only ever joy in the present. Be here and joyful here.
We often think that when we get more things done and accomplish bigger feats, we’ll feel better about ourselves. The truth is when you do less, you feel joy more. I’m not saying that doing more is bad; I’m saying the compulsive need to do more is the wrong mindset to have. You don’t ever have to do “more,” you have to do “good.” It’s the spiritual quality of what you do that truly matters.
In Ecclesiastes, King Solomon said, “Everything is vanity,” meaning every “thing” is empty on its own. No thing, no title, nothing that you garner on this physical plane is going to give you the joy and fulfillment you are truly looking for. Only finding your true self will bring you joy. We have to collectively change our definition of success from accomplishment and achievement to alignment, being in a state of joy, and loving our life as we journey toward our goals and desires.
Spirit Principle #2: You don’t have to search for happiness.You just need to see the barriers to it and remove them.
After I tell people that nothing can make them happy, the response I usually get is “Well, then, what will make me happy? How do I get it?” The problem is the question. The question implies you have to go out and get happiness. But remember, joy isn’t something you find; it’s something you reveal because it’s something that you are. When you stop living in everything that you’re not, the result is joy.Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Interestingly, the pursuit of happiness is what holds us from our natural wellspring of joy. It doesn’t mean you can’t have pursuits, goals, and desires—no, not at all. But instead of pursuing happiness, pursue what you love from a place of happiness, which is your inner light.
When Michelangelo was asked how he made such a beautiful sculpture of a horse, he said, “I didn’t. I just cut away everything that wasn’t a horse.” Similarly, you can find your natural state by cutting away everything that isn’t you. You don’t need to find happiness. The search is over. All you have to do is go up to the wall that has been keeping it out and start taking it down. What is the wall? What is the barrier?
Spirit Principle #3: When we trade our faith for fear, we trade in our joy for pain.
What’s keeping us unhappy? What is blocking us off from our joy? We’re now going to come full circle. What blocks us off is fear. At a certain point in our life, we started fearing more than loving. That was an important part of our development because there is healthy fear as well. It’s important to know that when there is an armed robber, you should run and protect yourself. Fear is important to keep us from falling off the edge of a cliff or running through a red light. But the human mind has distorted the essence of fear and turned it into the background soundtrack of our lives without us even realizing it.
There is a fear of not living fully as your Self, about the need to be in control, fearing the outcomes of your life’s experiences. Fear, my friend, is what influences you to make decisions that deny the Truth of who you really are, leading you to experience the pain of not being the True you. We feel pain when we’re not being ourselves. We feel pain when we think we’re in control. We feel pain when we fall out of alignment with Truth.
There’s a proverb that says, “It’s better to be a living dog than a dead lion,” meaning it is better to be a living version of yourself (even if it’s a dog) than a dried-up dead version of someone or something that you’re not (even if it’s seemingly the king of the jungle). If it’s not really you, then it’s not real.
Spirit Principle #4: When you restore your faith in love, you will return to joy.
The root of all our fears is that we’ve fallen out of love with life. Life is a magical dance when you are in love. We fall out of love when we lose the conditions of Intention and Certainty and forget who we are and what life is all about. When we lose ourselves and our connection to the infinite source of light, love, and perfection, we feel fear, weak, and alone. This is spiritual unconsciousness.Remember that your Inner Being never leaves you. You are always being held. You don’t have to live in fear of what other people think, and you don’t need to have anything to feel worthy. The truth is you have to be true to yourself, true to your soul, and true to the source of all good. You are meant to be happy. You are meant to enjoy your life!