Happiness is our natural state of being. Yet we are not talking about happiness for any particular reason. Much rather are we referring to happiness as a continual sense of peace, joy, love, harmony, and inner fulfillment. The truth is not one thing needs to change in the external in order for us to experience this. The fastest way to enter into this natural state of well-being is to engage in the practice of radical gratitude. When we are thankful not merely for what we have labeled good or desirable, but instead when we make gratitude our way of life—appreciating the very gift of existence itself—we will have created a powerful shift in our perspective. Suddenly we realize that it is not necessary to base our happiness on what seems to be occurring at the surface level of our lives. Rather than relying on condition-based happiness, we have uncovered the source of true happiness which can only be found within. And as we make living from that place our priority, naturally the seeming outer reality cannot help but rearrange itself around our new internal state of being.
When we have the opportunity to observe little children, there comes a delight as we find a sweet sense of innocence, a joyous awareness that all things are possible. Don’t children, as they’re engaged in expressing that playful nature, radiate a powerful enthusiasm that seems to proclaim that all that is needed is imagination and ingenuity in order to create rich new worlds, filled with exciting new possibilities? When we first arrive here in this three-dimensional world of time and space, we are fully in tune with the larger purpose for our lives. On a subjective level we know exactly why we’ve come here, and we know that we are here to do something magnificent. We sense that within us is a Light that is so bright that no seeming darkness can combat it, and that this Light is seeking to express in and through us in a unique way. Today, enter into a child-like awareness that all things are possible with God-consciousness. Determine that you are here to become the embodiment of those sacred dreams in your heart. Live fully, withhold nothing, and watch as the Universe matches up that radiant vibration and nothing is withheld from you.
Written and encoded within your very DNA is greatness, perfection, wholeness, well-being and harmony. Within you is Infinite Genius waiting to be recognized, embodied, and expressed. Your potential is infinite. I do not need to know anything about your history, where you came from, or what your past experience has been in order to be certain of this. After all, your past only exists as a memory, just as the future only exists in the imagination. All that matters is right here and right now. So what will you do now? What will you choose now? Will you now choose to express and embody who and what you really are?
Ultimately what it comes down to is a choice between Love and the absence of Love, which is fear. So as you go about your day, ask yourself from time to time, “Right here and right now, am I choosing Love? Or am I choosing fear?” Be aware that this is where it takes some spiritual ingenuity, because fear comes in many disguises. Some of these disguises may seek to convince you that they are not rooted in fear at all. But do not fall for it. Some of fear’s more clever disguises include anger, frustration, doubt, worry, a sense of lack, a feeling of inferiority, or a sense of superiority. All of these are the product of a false sense of separation. And a sense of separation always leads to fear.
But regardless of what form it may take, be aware that fear is never real—separation is never real. Separation is the great error on which all other errors are based. Separation is the absence of proper seeing, just as fear is the absence of Love, and darkness is the absence of light. When you turn on the light, darkness disappears. And when you turn to the everlasting wellspring of Love that is within you seeking to be expressed, you will find that all fear, and all sense of separation, disappears. Love and fear cannot exist in the same space. One cancels out the other. This is why it has been written that perfect Love casts out fear. So today, resist getting caught in the narrow confines of fear-based miss-perceptions. See clearly. See with your Inner Eye. Realize that you are divinely supported, and that as you continuously turn to what is Real, what is Real will become the activity of your awareness.
Affirmation: “Today I see with my Inner Eye and I behold the eternal Presence of Love that is all around me, in me, and through me. Free from all error, free from reacting to error, I allow the Divine Light within to shine with such luminosity that all erroneous perceptions are dissolved in my experience—and only that which is is Real remains.”
We are always calling something forth. This is a constant. The reason is that we are creative beings, and we are creating with our every thought, word, and action. As we climb the ladder of awareness, we inevitably go from creating by default to becoming conscious co-creators with God. When we realize our true creative power, it serves us well to make calling forth the highest and best a priority. Today, withdraw from the reactionary nature of the surface mind, and enter into the awareness that you have the ability to consciously shape each and every moment of your life. Enter into every interaction, into each moment with the realization that you are an ambassador of the Divine, and that you are here to shine the light of love upon everything and everyone you encounter. See only the highest and best, and watch as the divine light within you transforms everything into a sacred song of love.
Sometimes you just want to give yourself permission to tune into that deep sense of joy and bliss that comes out of a realization of your at-one-ment with Spirit. You do not need anything in the physical to change to experience this right now. Just go within with the intent to feel all of the love, all of the peace, all of the joy, and all of the wisdom that is already there. Make it your practice to do this each day, and you will find that you are always compelled into divine right action. But rather than insisting that anything in the external changes, make joy your priority. And as joy is your priority, by Law, the outer will shift accordingly to mirror your joyous state of being back to you.
Suffering is generally caused by a lesser perception that we’ve been holding onto. If we could but catch glimpses of ourselves as we really are, we would easily release any and all suffering first from our individual lives, and ultimately from the planet. Challenges are part of the journey, but suffering is optional. See yourself as you really are. Realize you are a luminous being of light, filled with unlimited potential, made in the spiritual image and likeness of the ineffable presence we call God. Become aware that your work is primarily done within. As you do the inner work of cleansing your perception, your outer reality will rearrange itself accordingly. You find you are compelled into divine right action, you are open to insight and intuitive guidance, and your primary intent becomes to be in greater service of Love, Truth, and Beauty. In this manner you contribute to alleviating and finally eliminating the unnecessary suffering that has been common to the human experience.
Spirit loves you so much it has imparted the entirety of itself into you. In other words, within you are all of the divine qualities and creative capacities of the Infinite. This is the meaning of having been made in the spiritual image and likeness of God. Yet as a being of free will you always have the option to choose. You can choose to embody and express your true nature, which includes but is not limited to love, joy, geniosity, ingenuity, creativity, peace of mind, well-being and generosity. Or you can choose to block the flow of these divine qualities by holding on to lesser, fear-based perceptions. Today, make it your practice to meditate on the higher qualities that are within you seeking to be set free. Decide that you are going to consciously tune into them and invite them to express through you. As this becomes your priority, the windows of your perception are cleansed, and rather than waiting for a blessing to occur, you realize with sweet delight that you are the blessing!
As we like to be keenly aware of, the so-called outer is but a mere reflection of the inner. This means that for everything that appears to be happening in the external, there is a corresponding thought form, a corresponding belief or mental pattern that goes along with it. Being aware of this offers us tremendous freedom. We know we are not at the mercy of anything external, but that within us lies all of the power. So rather than placing your attention upon anything unwanted, contemplate instead what quality of consciousness you would need to embody in order to demonstrate your highest potential in whatever situation you may find yourself in. Whatever the quality—love, peace, trust, a sense of well-being—feel into it. Bask in it. Allow it to overtake you. And then, act on it! Small acts of faith will send a signal to your subconscious mind that you are serious. This is how you regain your power. You have remembered that life is always lived from the inside out, and that all change must first be created on the inside before it can show up in the external.