7 Ways to Deepen Your Happiness and Joy

 

cropped-rainbow-over-anini-beach.jpgThese inspirations are from Inside Out by Dadi Janki:

  1. Begin by looking at your heart to examine its emotional state. Ask your heart what type of feelings do I have stored in it for myself and for others?  What feelings within the heart do I have for the world?  Since “happiness is connected with the heart, and there is a deep connection between the heart, the brain, and vision…whatever is in the heart will also be in my brain, and will show through my eyes. When my heart is filled with happiness, this will be obvious in my vision”…for the “eyes share that happiness…” (p.91/Janki)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Message-de-Dadi-Janki
  2. For happiness to be within, “the heart must first become absolutely clean.  If there’s any kind of thorn stuck in it, some pain from the past, that should finish. Don’t let there be any type of fear or sorrow from anywhere…If I’ve given sorrow to anyone, let me ask for forgiveness in such a way that they are able to forget the sorrow they received from me.”( p.92 Janki)
  3. “What if that forgiveness is not forthcoming, what can I do then? I must check my own feelings.  Am I really feeling that I want forgiveness from that person? Am I feeling love for them? If I am feeling genuine in this, I should first ask God for forgiveness.  Then I can ask that person. The heart has to be so clean, so honest; otherwise, my asking for forgiveness is just another form of taking. There shouldn’t be ay kind of impatience. My feelings have to be filled with compassion, honest, and love…Then the other person will feel these qualities reaching them, as a gift, and they will accept that you are sincere in regretting what you had one and are wanting to make amends. Sometimes, I’m not able to experience those qualities of compassion, honest, and love within towards myself, and so certainly they won’t work for others”…(p.92-93/Dadi Janki                                                                                          power of words
  4. The next step and an amazing “secret is to check for and remove any trace of selfish feeling. Selfishness blocks my own highest nature, and my connection with God. It gives rise to sorrow, worry, or fear within; those negative feelings that destroy my strength and judgment and prevent me from interacting successfully with others. Then, no matter how hard I may try to project positive feelings, that projection will not work. I cannot give out what I don’t have inside.” (p.93/Dadi Janki)
  5.  This step is to realize that there is “no use worrying on behalf of other people.  As you let go of worry, you can be engaged in good works and be able to share good feelings; whereas when one worries, there will definitely be sorrow. Can I have worry and sorrow internally, and still be able to share happiness…?” (p.93/Dadi Janki)
  6.  “For generosity of heart to thrive there must be selflessness and honesty.  The funny thing is, selflessness is the best possible gift for the self! For if I’m selfless in my feelings and motivations, what is there to worry about? I have nothing to lose.
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  7. The last step is to remember God out of love and happiness…and you will find that you are connecting to an ocean of love and happiness. You’ll come to realize that this is your own true nature, too. If you continue to do this, no form of sorrow can come to you, because there’s an accumulation of the power of happiness inside.                                                                                                                                                 Understand that this internal happiness really is like an energy. When you practice remembering God, happiness accumulates and there is the power to keep God as your companion. Realize that sorrow weakens and happiness brings courage and faith in the self. Courage and faith in the self will give you the strength to carry on doing good work. If there’s something good to be done,  go for it. And God will enable it to happen…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This love connection is not a mysterious thing. If you are a mother, a parent, or a child of a parent, you know how a mother gives love to a child, and a child gives love to the mother. You know that relationship. There isn’t a question of how it happens.  In the same way, just imagine how much love God has for His children. God’s love is wondrous. No one else can have that much love for us. My job is to accept wholeheartedly that this Mother/Father is mine.                                                                                                                                                                                When I say with conviction: “You are my Mother and Father” this One enables me to move along in life. However, remembering God out of sorrow may be a comfort, but it doesn’t give strength or power. Also, if you are telling God: You are mine and I belong to You, but your heart is drawn to another human being, then God sees this as a lack of honesty. It is just as if a husband sees that although his wife is living with him, she has love for another man, his heart would be filled with so much sorrow. It’s not that God would feel sorrow, but there would be a difference in the love that would reach you  If you are true rather in your love towards Him, nobody can give the love that God gives. God cares so much.      Let in the Light~Golden                                                                                                                                    So, have that much love for God. Open your heart to the One, and make that One your Mother, Father, Friend, Beloved, your everything. When there is this experience, you will remain immensely happy and the soul will sing a joyous song!” (p96-97/Dadi Janki)  Featured Image -- 6281

 

 

 

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On Purpose

 

Lotus message if we master our thoughts, we master our lives

A blessing card I recently received was called Purpose.  It reminded me that…”As a master, I am motivated by the meaning of my life.  Persevering regardless of all obstacles, I never deviate.”

Perhaps as this applies to each one of us, our purpose must be identified first, in order to maintain such an unshakable level of motivation.  For after all, there are different levels of purpose, just as we exist on different levels of “life”.  In Hindi, there is a word for our everyday life which includes sustaining the self through one’s livelihood: the word is “lokik”.  There is another word that is used exclusively when referring to one’s spiritual life and its aims: that word is “alokik”.  Different folks have different lokik dreams, goals, and aims.  However, when it comes to the spirit, one constant of a soul whose aim is to be truly content and satisfied within is to know peace and happiness and prosperity that are of an eternal nature, not dependent upon the changing tides of the world, which is often “too much with us” (William Wordsworth).

Poets and saints often agree upon the eternal.

I relish this quote from Mary Shelley: “Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose-a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.”

I offer this short piece to you, the reader, as an opportunity to identify and hold fast to that which can tranquilize your mind and upon which you joyfully fix the heart of your soul.

Meditation or contemplation brings with it the subtle art of unlocking the original and eternal attributes of who you are as an eternal soul.  At the same time it can dissolve the impressions and imprints upon the soul that have caused  harmful and traumatic effects.  It can also clear your spiritual (alokik) vision for your Self.

Join me for meditation, free of charge, when you wish to clarify your purpose and meaning in life and when you wish to unlock the wonderful truths about your soul’s essential nature.

This is the aim of Raja Yoga Meditation which I practice and teach. Contact me and focus upon your life’s spiritual purpose.  808-639-9436.

With Divine Love and Respect,

Shivalaya

 

Tonight is Dedicated to…

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This piece was originally written about a group World Peace Meditation that was dedicated to our soul family around the globe.  It went something like this:

Tonight’s World Peace Meditation is Dedicated to…

To all those who seek the deepest peace and the greatest love in life,

To those who simply seek to know what is truth and what is illusion,

To those who know they are not being true to themselves and are moved to live with greater authenticity and integrity,

To those who are aware that this world is on the edge of a dramatic and profound shift and sense they have a significant role to play,

To those who know a Higher Power is now at work in the world and hear the subtle call of that Power to be present and available,

To those who simply wish to know exactly who they are and why on earth they are here.

It is also for all the souls and all the aspects of nature that are suffering, as well as for the souls who suffer because of witnessing the suffering.  For when one sees people, including children, suffering tremendous pain at the hands of others, our sense of injustice is triggered, often accompanied by what many would call “righteous anger”, and perhaps even hatred for the oppressor.

In the process, these negative feelings create more suffering for ourselves and those around us.  This becomes a habit, an inner pattern that is repeated, not only when we witness global strife, but also when someone at home, or at work, or in our place of worship, or on the street does something we consider unjust, the same button is pushed, and the same pattern of outrage, fear, resistance, anger, or hatred emerges.

What is wrong with this picture? What is missing here? What have we forgotten? What have we failed to see or understand?

A deep understanding of the laws of action and reaction (karma) assures us that whatever we give, will eventually return to us, and whatever happens to us is the result of our actions finding their way back to us.

When this understanding is integrating into our awareness as we watch apparent injustices in the world, it defuses our outrage, lessening the pain.  It’s not that we sit passively and allow people to inflict suffering upon ourselves or others, but it helps us to see that the greatest or highest contribution that we can make, to both the victim and the persecutor, is to help them remember who they are and help them rise above the anger and fear towards each other.  In this way, we help them to liberate themselves from a kind of energy exchange that has been going on for centuries.  However, before we can do this for others, we must do it for ourselves.

Credit goes to Mike George for bringing much of this to my attention in one of his many books on Meditation and Consciousness.  Thank you Brother Mike for your clarity!

How to Empower Your Self through Meditation & Be Free from Negativity

Self empowerment is the process of filling  your Self with a quality or power, which you feel you do not have yet or that is lacking in some way, inside you.  To fill the Self, try the following exercise. Suppose you feel that you lack contentment (satisfaction). To increase this quality inside you, sit comfortably in a pleasant room with your eyes open.

Withdraw (remove) energy mentally from everything external around you, including your body.  Turn your attention inward. You might think of how a tortoise withdraws into its shell to detach itself from the outside world. 

Create a point of consciousness. Focus on the center of your forehead. Think of this point as a bright star, a sparkling jewel, a flame, or a point of light. This will radiate positive energy, making you feel good about yourself.

Affirm (strengthen) this positive energy through positive thoughts and images about yourself such as * I am a contented soul, I shower everyone whom I meet with the quality of contentment, * I am a jewel of contentment, or * I am the child of the Supreme Soul, the Ocean of Contentment.

Focus your energy on contentment; let this become the object of your meditation. As you focus upon the idea of contentment, you give it space, you bring it into your life; allow your thoughts about contentment to shift into feeling contented.   You will experience this feeling by giving your conscious attention to it.  This is how your mind works.  For example when you concentrate on sad or angry thoughts, you will feel sad or angry.  Through this same action of concentrating on any state, you add fuel to whatever thoughts you entertain, than the feelings that manifest are yours. So consciously choose what you wish to create, what you wish to feel and be. 

During the entire day, visualize yourself performing each action under the canopy (shelter) of the Ocean of Contentment. This same meditation works for all the different virtues like: cheerfulness, courage, humility, tolerance, forgiveness, determination, etc. 

For the qualities that already exist inside of you,  use this exercise to strengthen them and bring them out into your actions, reactions, and interactions.

This is a way to experience empowerment through meditation.

 
 
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Under the Canopy of the Ocean of Contentment

Turning Within for Solutions

Hanalei Bay

This is a wonderful  “as above, so below” shot of the Hanalei Pier, the  mountains, and the ocean.  What is interesting to me is that the pier, the heart of Hanalei Bay, is not reflected in the water.  What is visible is only the physical structure; the reflection of the pier can not be seen for it has been swallowed up by the shadows of the mountains.

I find this very symbolic of the condition of much of the world today…whereby the physical structure and content of reality dominates our awareness  and the spiritual reflection or recognition of who we really are has been clouded over by the shadows of seemingly mountainous burdens and, at other times, by the distractions that have made us forget to turn within for solutions.

The part of us that is invisible, can shine like the Sun, when we pay attention to it. The light of the sun like our own light can illuminate the shadows. Knowing yourself from the inside takes effort and determination to turn away from the distracting ‘splendor’ of the physicality of everything around us, including our own bodies, in order to view the true splendor of our spiritual selves, the tiny point of light which resides in the center of the forehead. This can be experienced through meditation and is the foundation for Raja Yoga Meditation which the Brahma Kumaris teach worldwide.

A BLESSING from the Highest on High~who is also invisible, incognito, and yet ever so powerful when we turn our attention in that One’s Direction~

“May you be bodiless* and pass with honors with the stage of being detached…have the practice of remaining beyond your words and thoughts.  Let your soul become merged in the Ocean of Peace.  At the end only the bodiless* stage will be useful…and make you victorious.”

*Definition of BODILESS:  This is the state of awareness of your true identity as a point of light,  a sparkling star, sitting in the center of your forehead while in the body. It is actually a dual awareness of being in the body, and being separate from the body~This is the truth of our existence, since I, the soul, as a being of  light- am eternal, whereas the body made up of the elements of earth, water, air, ether, and fire)  is oh so temporary.

Remember you are an eternal soul!

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