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

 

 

 

8 Inspired Reasons to Turn Within

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  1. When I stop looking to the world outside for fulfillment, I can begin to draw upon the amazing inner resources of love, wisdom, and happiness that emerge when I attend to my inner world.
  2. When I realize the significance of this turning away from the outside to develop a taste for going within, I can truly understand and practice what it means to “consider myself to be a soul”.
  3. Since what I focus upon colors my consciousness,  I am inspired to conquer the many pulls of Maya upon my intellect, which means all the distractions that can come up  when I wish to contemplate the deeper, subtle levels of truth.
  4. To turn within I practice sitting quietly and withdrawing my thoughts from the outside world. This includes the pulls of the body, possessions, and people. Then I’m able to focus on my inner identity, the spiritual aspect of the self which is pure light, like a sparkling star.  This point of light, pure consciousness, is situated behind the eyes, and is I, the soul, the navigator of this brain and body.  In some spiritual traditions, this point of awareness is remembered as the third eye.
  5. Opening the third eye is like opening a window to another world. Even while situated here in the body, I am able to take my thoughts far beyond this physical universe, into a realm of peace and stillness. I understand this realm to be my original home, home of all souls, including the home of the Supreme Soul.  I think of that One as also being like a point or a star, dimensionless, but radiant with the power of truth, unlimited and eternal.

sparking soul6.  In Dadi Janki’s words, the 103 year old yogi who is the administrative head of the Brahma Kumaris, and who has been practicing Raja Yoga Meditation since she was 19 years old…”As my consciousness reaches this incorporeal awareness and stage, it then becomes possible to develop a relationship with God.  This takes me to a higher level of energy inside.

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7. Every time I remember God, the relationship between us deepens.  It’s such a  beautiful discovery, that I can visit the Supreme Soul whenever I want, internally…when I leave on one side all my worldly relationships and connections, I experience all God’s qualities and powers.

8.   I recharge, filling with this energy of truth that is also my own truth…When I return to my responsibilities in the physical world after recharging in this way, I find I can easily and naturally keep a positive frame of mind.”                              (pp.41-42/Janki)

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How to Know and Use Your Subtle Powers

exotic flowerThere are 2 subtle powers within every human soul which contain the secret to success in life.  On the basis of your understanding of these two powers, your  life will move forward.  These powers cannot be measured by material instruments for they are powers that exist within the invisible, spiritual dimension of the soul.

The 2 subtle powers essential to success are the mind and the intellect which is also understood as inner knowing or conscience.

Let’s take a  look at the present condition of both the mind and the intellect: as to what their respective functions are, how they differ, and how they can work closely together to create self-mastery, peace, and contentment.

Taking up the subject of mind first – you may already realize the present condition of the mind is problematic. We have all experienced when all you wish for is to unwind, relax, and to have a little ‘peace of mind’ how the mind is anything but cooperative.  Some practices even suggest “killing the mind”.

What will be suggested here is a far cry from killing the mind! Instead let’s approach the mind  to discover how it functions best, for then there is the opportunity for both cooperation and success.  What many do not realize is that the mind is a tool of the soul.  It is not separate from the soul, its job is to assist the soul’s expression as a generator of thoughts and ideas!

So, if the mind’s main function is to continuously generate thoughts….then is it doing its job in the best way it possibly can* Unfortunately not,  for in these days of information overload and TMI … (too much information), scientists have found that the mind is generating twice as many thoughts every day, then it used to.  To make matters worse, most of these thoughts are repetitive and not even in our field of awareness!  No wonder at the end of a day, we often feel exhausted mentally.

The mind is also where emotions, desires, and sensations pop up.

What is missing from this job description of the mind is that there seems to be no system for the numbers of thoughts created and worse yet, seemingly, no quality control either!

Several years ago, scientists reported that on average, the human mind was generating 30,000 thoughts a day. Today, however, that has increased to 70,000 thoughts a day.  This more than doubling effect is due to the fact that the speed of life is increasing and the amount of information to be process ed has also increased and continues to increase. In a relaxed mind there are approximately 25 thoughts per minute; when the mind is anxious this can increase to 50 to 60 thoughts per minute.  This speed of thoughts causes the mind and the body to weaken.

It is the weakness of the mind that creates problems… and conversely, the power possible in the mind that creates solutions.

So what is the mechanism to turn this problem around** By what means can we guide the mind to produce energy by consistently generating pure, positive, and powerful thoughts**. Truly, the impact of the enormous power of positive thought has not been fully understood, even though psychology alludes to the power of positive thinking.  Once you learn the secret to guiding the mind, embedded in the soul, you will see how even one pure, powerful thought can perform great wonders.  What is needed to guide the mind is a strong intellect, the second subtle power of the soul.   The intellect is the wise place in the soul – the part of us that knows. It is also the part that in our modern times, has taken a back seat to the mind, which has become so loud. It is time to turn our attention to strengthening the authority of the inner intellect which can serve the mind as the mother holding the hand of her child to keep them both safe.

The mind has become so loud due to trying to operate in a vacuum without holding the hand of the intellect.  No one is to blame. This is due to the law of entropy which states that over time a mechanism just gets worn down and stops functioning as it did when it was in its original state.

Once the knowledge is given, this malfunctioning between the mind and the intellect can be repaired. So let us understand this part of the soul called the intellect  and its importance to our success in meditation and in life.  The intellect is the part of you that has the wisdom to discern and to decide.  These two powers are not contained in the mind.  The mind generates thoughts but does not have the role to discern or to choose.  It is the role of the intellect to guide the mind to which thoughts to contemplate, which to act on, and which thoughts to let go of. The intellect is the mind’s quality control response.  The intellect is able to discriminate between the real truth and the apparent truth, between things of temporary value and those of eternal value, and between the superficial and the subtle. 

When you contemplate upon a true statement of thought with determined concentration, you create energy, awareness, and ultimately success.  You can even create a boundary of pure thoughts for others by thinking positive thoughts about them.  This works like a blessing. For if someone is a little weak, this boundary will become like a canopy of protection for that soul; it will become a means of safety or a fortress.  To create a powerful atmosphere through the spiritual vibrations of your thoughts is a very elevated form of service or karma yoga.power of words

When you think negatively, your mind is weakened and continues to lose power.  Even the body is affected and gets tired and even ill.  Most of us have experienced that if we become angry, the mind becomes extremely tired and the power of concentration is lost.  These are the pitfalls of a mind creating too many low quality thoughts distanced from its ‘mother’ the intellect.

Fast forward to today,  reflect upon the discriminating power and overall condition of the intellect of most souls. You will begin to understand how the intellect’s still, small voice has been ignored by the mind, for quite some time causing the  intellect  to withdraw, take a back seat, and leave the mind to its own devices.

Fact of life, most minds have been left without access to the wisdom and discernment power contained within the intellect.  Once this is recognized, you can begin remedying the situation.

A healthy, strong intellect is meant to guide, direct, and nourish the mind with elevated true thoughts. Since the wisdom of the intellect has been accumulated through experience and experimentation it adds great value to the mind, which lacks true discernment. Quite often, the wisdom of the intellect has come purely as a divine gift.   The wise intellect can heal the mind of obsessive compulsive thoughts, recurring negative thoughts, and untrue, unruly, and excessive thinking.  Therefore, it is very important to restore and strengthen the valuable connection between the mind and the intellect.

Meditation done with the awareness of the intellect’s ability to guide the mind is a way to heal this relationship between the mind and the intellect.

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Science, psychologists and doctors, for the most part, have not been able to differentiate between the mind and intellect.  As you become more spiritually aware of yourself as a soul living in the body, the brain can be seen as a physical mechanism, like a computer, which the mind and intellect operate.  As you energize and empower your mind and intellect, they will in turn strengthen and re-energize your brain.  This will increase your overall power of concentration and well-being.

Raja Yoga meditation is a powerful, effective, and ancient method  which helps to slow down thoughts from a whopping 50 a minute to a manageable 10 a minute.  What many people who attempt to use meditation for stress reduction don’t realize is that it is not necessary to try to stop thinking; however, it is important for the intellect to select and feed the mind elevating,  truthful, and eternal thoughts!

Through Raja Yoga Meditation, not only is the mind controlled, but the intellect is developed and elevated.  As the intellect is used to assess thoughts, your faculty to understand deepens and your intuition becomes unshakable. Truth is nectar to the soul, for the soul thrives on deep knowledge, understanding, and awareness. Falsehood often comes disguised as truth to test your level of progress.

As the soul awakens, it comes to realize that it is up to I, the soul, to direct and discipline the mind.  As the intellect realizes it is powerful, it becomes sensitive to truth and very selective as to what it fills itself with.

With the awakening of the intellect, its power and abilities are further activated by understanding this knowledge:

I am not the body, 

I am a  non-physical, eternal being of light,

I am the focus of powerful energy, within the body. 

I am sovereign over the physical senses and desires of the body,

I am able to choose only those thoughts that will lead me to experience permanent happiness and contentment, instead of resorting to fleeting fixes.

 Now I know that it is possible to allow only pure thoughts to pass into action. 

With time, awareness, and practice, I become able to reach a state in which my every thought is peaceful and deliberate, rather than tense and anxious.

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

With my intellect awake, and each thought being evaluated before mistakes occur, I am able to achieve actual changes in my life that were impossible before.

During deep Raja Yoga meditation, the mind is soothed, slowed down, and nourished with truth.  This increases the strength and accuracy of the mind.  As your thoughts slow down, and you contemplate upon inner  peace, you will come to the wonderful realization that your natural and original state is peaceful.

You don’t always have to sit for Raja Yoga Meditation.  You can also practice keeping your mind peaceful while moving around. You will come to know a natural state of peace in action.

 Experiment with this by feeding the mind peaceful thoughts while going through your day.

Start with your very first thoughts in the morning.  Feed wise, true thoughts from your intellect to your mind, such as I am a peaceful soul, I am a beloved child of God.  This can slow down the speed of your thinking.  Continue to emerge these wise and beautiful thoughts at least 5 times throughout the day.  The ‘storms of ordinary, negative, and debilitating thoughts’ in the mind will dissipate and eventually finish. Instead, you will feel overflowing love and stability begin to heal your body and mind, as well as your relationships.

 

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Here is an example of a stream of thoughts to focus your mind and intellect upon.  Bring your awareness to the center of your forehead, the seat of the soul within the body, an  remind yourself who you are:

I am a sparkling point of light, like a star…I am peaceful… Peace is my true nature…through me the vibrations of peace are spreading out…I radiate peace all around me…

I am a loving soul…I am filled with a lot of love…I am a pure being…a child of the universe,  a child of God…I am floating in an Ocean of Love…The Supreme Being who is the Bestower of Happiness is showering me with Divine Love…

That One is also the Ocean of Peace…I am the child of the Ocean of Peace, I am being filled with Peace …my life is a precious gift from God.. I am emerging happiness and bliss. I am in super-sensuous joy.  I am a child of God.  God is mine…I belong to God…and God belongs to me…

 

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Knowing that you are an unlimited soul makes all the difference in how you think, act, speak, and feel.  It becomes easy to be naturally happy and content every day.

This is a major paradigm shift…the shift that transforms life,  your life and the lives of others.  This is the paradigm shift that transforms our world.

Remember you are a soul whose natural state is one of peace.  You are a peaceful soul.

Easy Raja Yoga Meditation gets you back in touch with your inner state of peace and your inner power.

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Everything Happens for a Reason…

 

It’s  time to really understand how one moves ahead in this journey of the soul.

I’m braced by the awareness that everything that happens is a blessed arrangement of the cosmic drama to awaken, polish, and shine up the sparkle of who I truly am.

Welcomed insights keep seeping into my daily meditations about the many faceted jewels of truth and honesty.

Fresh from this morning’s inner journey into sacred silence with the One, as I entered ordinary reality, a scene emerged, an experience that occurred at the very beginning of the journey in India.  TO BE CONTiNUED story about Dadi Janki drishti silence and then taxi driver~fender bender~apple and truth~11954546_10205002260157817_3913566571633993621_n