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A R T I C L E S* &* S P E E C H E S

GROW THROUGH JOY

Greetings from Orin and DaBen
Call your soul to you right now. All you need to do is think of it, and invite it to join you. Some people imagine their soul as an enormous light, surrounding and penetrating their physical body like a sphere of light all around them. However you picture or sense your soul is fine. 

As you blend with your soul, let it sound a note of joy that reverberates throughout every cell of your body. Permit this new vibration of joy to stimulate and activate your DNA, the cellular code of your body. Allow it to open you to a new level of joy, your soul’s joy. You need not hear it, sense it, or feel it for your soul’s note of joy to be sounded and to have an effect.

Sound your soul's note of joy often.

Sense how beautiful and perfect you are as a soul; how full of joy and love. The world of the soul does not know sorrow or pain. It knows only love, joy, and bliss. You can bring your soul’s joy into your daily life. You can stop struggling. You can trust that the universe is perfect and that it is always working for you. Joy comes when you understand that everything that happens in your life is brought to you by your soul and Higher Self to assist you in growing stronger and in evolving. Joy comes when you decide to grow through joy and to bring joy into your life.

Your attitude determines how you experience the world. It is the way you react to life. An attitude that creates joy is one in which you interpret what happens to you through the filter of joy. Your attitude is expressed in the words you use when you talk to yourself. Perhaps you have just succeeded in achieving a goal you have wanted to accomplish. A joyful attitude says, "Congratulations, job well done."

If your joyful self speaks words of praise it helps you bring more of the same to yourself. Attitudes are magnetic and every moment you spend in joy magnetizes another moment of joy. Joyful, light emotions are always more powerful in their ability to create than negative emotions. Acknowledge the joy you already have in your life, and you will feel it even more often.

Joy is a feeling in the present moment,
not something you will have in the future.

What brings joy into your life? Do you know? Are you aware of that which makes you happy? Or are you so busy fulfilling your daily obligations that you put off to some future time those things that make you feel good? Joy is a feeling in the present moment, not something you will have in the future. Are you holding an image of what life will be like some day when you are happy, but not feeling that sense of well-being right now?

You may have many reasons why you cannot change your life right now and be happy. If you do not begin to create reasons why you can, change will always be a future thought, and you will not be on the path of joy. Take a moment to pause, go within, and decide if you want more joy in your life. Do you intend to have it?

To have more joy in your life, you may need to open to receive. Your soul has so many gifts for you. All you need to do is open to receive those gifts. You can begin to imagine joy, peace, and harmony as your birthright. Focus, clarity, and love are available for the asking. Request joy from your soul, and it will send it to you. Pause right now, ask your soul to send you joy, and let joy pour into your being.

Know that the universe
is always working for you.

You can know the joy and perfection of your being. Believe that the universe is perfect and is always working for you. Recognize that everything that is happening in your life is for your higher good, even if you cannot understand why.

Let go of being a victim, and know that everything that is happening is something you have drawn to yourself to help you become stronger, more whole, and closer to your soul. Stop blaming others or the universe. Instead, affirm that you are the creator of your life, and that you can create any life you want for yourself.

Every time you think of something that makes you feel sorry for yourself, or makes you hold a negative picture of yourself, stop! See what good you created from that experience. It may be that you learned so much that you never again brought that kind of experience into your life. It may be that because of that situation, you changed your path. It may have helped you develop new qualities and personality traits. You may have served and assisted others.

Find something good in every situation. Rather than focus on what is wrong in your life, focus on what is going well for you. Look at what you are learning from an event, how it is making you stronger, and the gifts it is bringing you. Take a situation you dislike and say, "In some way I don’t yet perceive, this situation will give me many wonderful opportunities to grow and bring me many blessings." As you say this, you create it as so.

Listen to the quiet, reassuring voice of your soul. It is that still, quiet voice of peace, that reassuring voice that tells you everything will be all right, and that the universe is working for you.

Your soul loves and accepts you,
it sees the beauty and perfection of your being.

Another way to know the joy of your soul is to love and accept yourself, recognizing the beauty and perfection of your being just as you are right now. You do not need to change to be lovable. Sense your soul’s love for you. There is nothing you could do that your soul would not love, for your soul knows only love. It loves you just as you are, with no exceptions!

Think of everyone as a crystal, unique and beautiful in his or her own way. There is no crystal that is not beautiful, that does not reflect light. In addition, imagine that you as a crystal are becoming more beautiful and perfect at every moment, with more light and all the colors of the rainbow pouring through you.

Forgive yourself for anything you have done in the past that you do not feel good about. No matter what your past was like, view everything that happened to you as something created by your soul to assist you in evolving. Change your negative memories into positive understanding. As you do, you release the pain and open to your path of joy.

Believe that the future holds joy and promise.

Let go of any fears or beliefs that the future will be worse than the present. There is a mass thoughtform that the future will be worse than the present, and that change is bad. It leads to a need to hang on to what you have, and brings pain rather than joy. Embrace the new, and believe that the future holds joy and promise.

Open up to the idea that you will be wiser, stronger, and more powerful tomorrow and that whatever you create will be even better than what you now have. Keep a picture in your mind that the future is positive and that it will be better than anything you have ever known.

You can have more joy by giving yourself freedom. Freedom is an inner feeling. It is the ability to choose what you want. It is the knowledge that you are the captain of the ship. Freedom is knowing that you own your own life, that you are the one in charge. Freedom is essential for joy, for anywhere you feel trapped you cannot experience joy.

You can learn to create joy in your life by feeling inner peace. Each time when you choose to feel good about yourself, even when someone is criticizing you, putting you down, or acting in a way that you used to respond to with pain, you are choosing joy. Each time you do you create freedom in your life. You are free from having to have other people act in certain ways for you to be happy.

Appreciate all that you have. Focus on what is working in your life and it will increase. You have so much to be grateful for. You have the ability to create anything you want; the only limits are those you create for yourself. Wake up in the morning and decide you will experience joy today. Your joyful presence assists others to complete their daily responsibilities with more joy and lifts everyone around you higher.

Laugh and play.
Put a smile in your heart. 

Last but not least, don’t take yourself so seriously. Laugh and play. It is not the end of the world if something does not go right. The quality of humor is perhaps one of the greatest doorways to joy and self-love. Laugh, smile at others, and put a smile in your heart.

Today affirm that the universe is perfect. Believe that the universe is working for you and that everything is happening for your good. Notice if you are struggling or efforting, and stop! Affirm that you want to grow through joy, and sound your soul’s note of joy. Believe that you can live a joyful, wonderful life, and start right now to do so. Decide what is next for you to do that would bring you joy. Then, do it!

Light Play: Knowing Joy-Recognizing the Good in Every Situation
To experience joy is to know that the universe is friendly, and that it is always working for and with you. Think of a current situation you do not like in your life, and recognize the good in it by doing the following:

1. Believe that you have created this situation to learn from, even if it seems that you have nothing to do with its creation.

2. Affirm that the universe is perfect, and that it is always working for you.

3. Sound your soul’s note of joy, and decide that you will grow with joy rather than through struggle or pain in this area.

4. Say to yourself, "This situation is offering me many blessings and opportunities to grow stronger and more whole within."

5. Think of at least one soul quality (patience, love, forgiveness, humility, compassion, and so on) that you are more able to express since you drew this situation to you.

6. Send your love and forgiveness to anyone involved.

7. Love and forgive yourself for having created this.

8. Make a picture that you will experience the peace, joy, and serenity of your soul in this area, no matter how the situation evolves or changes.

9. See yourself gaining these soul qualities and learning your lessons through joy in the future.


Light Play: Creating Joy-Focusing on the Positive
You can grow through joy by appreciating and focusing on all the good things you have in your life. Answer these:

1. I appreciate these wonderful qualities in myself:

2. List at least three things you appreciate about your life, that you can acknowledge that you have created.

3. Write down at least three things in your life that are going well, that you feel good about.

4. Acknowledge several good things about yourself—your body, emotions, mind— that you appreciate.

5. Think of a friend or loved one. Acknowledge several good qualities or aspects of this person that you like and appreciate. Mention these to this person the next time you see him or her.

6. Reflect on an important relationship. Think of or list at least two aspects of your relationship that are working well for you.

7.  Notice how good you feel as you appreciate and acknowledge all the good in your life. As you do, you are sounding your soul's note of joy, adding more joy to your life and to the world.


By: Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer, Orin and DaBen, LuminEssence. For more information and a free newsletter, visit www.orindaben.com .

Recommended Reading: Orin's book, Living With Joy.

 

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