I was once told I had never known joy in this life. At first I was offended. I thought joy and happy were pretty much the same thing. Just turned up, right? The definition of joy from my rather old dictionary: the emotion of keen or lively pleasure arising from present or expected good. Outward rejoicing, festive gaiety.
That last part- outward rejoicing, festive gaiety- hmmmmmm that gave me pause. I remember as a child having that orgasmic joy of curiosity, excitement, anticipation, exploration and just genuine joy in seeing someone or something that lit me up. I also remember being told to calm down, be quiet, quit acting like a fool. Somewhere I misidentified joy as an inappropriate behavior that only foolish people indulged in. Does that sound familiar to any of you?
It seems like this time of year we are repeatedly reminded to be grateful for what we have. Sometimes I get tired of hearing about it. What if it wasn’t a once-a-year event? What if it was a way of being in the world- like breathing. No significance, just an acknowledgement of you and everything around you passing through your mind like a gentle whisper.
How often through your life have you questioned or have other people denied the existence of ghosts? What do you know?
I grew up in a very old ranch house that had once been a stage stop and Indian Trading Post. This house was built in 1912 over the top of the original buildings. The original builders of our home sold it to my grandfather, who passed it onto my father.
What if there is a different possibility for overcoming depression and suicidal considerations? This is probably not going to be a discussion around Suicide that you have ever heard before. I get how depressing it is to have people go on and on about how wrong it is and all of the counseling possibilities there are. I personally never wanted to “air my dirty laundry”. I imagine I am not alone.
During these interesting times you can either align and agree with the fear, judgements, polarity, and conclusions OR you can choose not to participate. Yep, it is that simple. You can wallow in the trauma drama of the sewer of life. It does stink. You meet some slimey individuals. You don’t know who to believe or trust. I get it. Would you be interested in rising beyond the yuck that leaves you dreading? If so, keep reading. If you are happy with the addiction of polarity, trauma, drama and judgement, you can move on to something more to your liking.
Meeting someone new is always an adventure. It is human nature that you want them to like you. So, immediately you start judging yourself and judging them to figure out if you want to spend time with getting to know them. You also are trying to decide if they would want to get to know you. If you decide they are cool enough, the game to win them over begins.
Would you like your life to be different? Have you already begun the journey of transforming your life into something different? Are you feeling the growing pains of being different?
If you have ever thought, “It doesn’t have to be this way.” “People don’t have to act this way.” “I know someplace there is kindness, caring, and acceptance of the most different of people,” then you might be willing to embrace a future where all of that is possible.
Instead of Running Away...
How many times in your life have you backed down from something that made you uncomfortable? Did you regret it later? Did you wonder what might have happened if you had asked a question? Chosen differently?
“One of the most seductive things in the world is when someone sees you with no judgement.” Dr. Dain Heer
I recently listened to an interview with Dr. Dain Heer, Co-creator of Access® Consciousness. The quote above was from that interview. He went on to talk about how we keep looking for that from the outside world or hoping for it, but seldom receive it. Then he asked the question, “Yet we never look to how can I be that person for myself?”
Shaman, Healer, Access Consciousness Facilitator