Inside everyone is a great shout of joy waiting to be born.
Love yourself. Then forget it.
Then, love the world.”
If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.
- Carlos Santana
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.
- David Whyte
...the ultimate touchstone of friendship...is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them...
The stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own.
All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
What we need now are new stories to share with each other, new tales to live into the world, which is to say, stories to make real by living our own versions of them.
If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.
-Ranier Maria Rilke
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.
Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.
It's Time To Celebrate The Good In Ourselves, Each Other And The World
We have entered a special time, an opening to a new way. We are in the process of crossing a threshold from the old to the new. We can catch glimpses of this new way by considering our current predicaments. Some clues can be found in:
- the problems and challenges crying out for fresh thinking
- those places in culture and nature where life seems broken,
- the deep desire in people to be able to be themselves,
- the exhaustion that comes from having to give so much for so little in return
- a new sense of possibility created by fresh investments in real community and consciousness change.
The Magic of Joy is about this time of reclaiming, resetting, and renewing. It asks, " how can we be more ourselves and what new way could we create?" and provides a pathway from the fear-based world to a joy-based one.
Joy Is More Than A Feeling; It Is Your Intelligence
The world, for thousands of years, has been anchored in fear. We need a new anchor that supports the emerging collaborative, healthy, and grounded culture we desperately need. It is time to change from a world based on fear to a new world based on joy.
Most people think joy is just a feeling. It is much, much more. Joy is the natural intelligence of the universe. It is an approach to life and a practice that lets us shift from the fear-based scarcity world into a fresh, healthy, thriving one.
Joy is a different kind of bold. It lets us imagine new possibilities and tap into new sources of power to embrace our healing needs and the healing needs of a complex and hugely challenged world we call home. When we exchange ideas about scarcity for the freedom of being and having enough, we make space for ourselves, each other, and the needs of nature.
Embracing the idea of having and being enough means we can chill, go easier on ourselves, and others. We can leave something on the table for others. We, therefore, have space for what poet David Whyte rightly calls "the conversational nature of reality," a more ecological way of living. Embracing this new way opens the door for joy.
Joy is not just a feeling. Joy is an intelligence, an anchor, a practice, a skill, and a compass. Joy is a way to make friends with ourselves, each other, and nature. It is time to make the spirit of friendship that joy creates a living reality in our lives.
Joy invites a fresh, cherishing energy and gives us a way to love ourselves and our lives. Joy recognizes that we share the world with others and with nature. It sees that we are embedded in the world and also invites us to think of joy in an active way, as a skill or practice. When we do that we create all sorts of openings between ourselves, others, and fresh possibilities.
The Magic of Joy is a place for the questions we need to ask and that beg to be asked so we can rethink how we live in order to create something new. It is a pathway to a new way of being.
Opening To A New Way
For thousands of years, we have been conditioned to suffer. We still are. We are taught repeatedly that there is something wrong with us when that is not the case. We are taught to put up with, suck it up, and toughen up. You could say that too often, the definition of success in life creates suffering for us.
Human culture has been built on many different kinds of sacrifices for thousands of years. We have inherited the thinking of the past, and much of it is still being perpetuated today. We are also at an important juncture in human history where we must change the cultural template based on fear and sacrifice - for our well-being and to save the planet. This means we must create a new type of feminine-based approach to leadership.
I am all for self-discipline since it is an important and practical skill. However, if we are conditioned to use self-discipline to suffer and perpetuate our suffering, then we are not using it well. It is meant to promote war, we are only hurting ourselves. Suppose we were to transform self-discipline to serve well-being in our lives and the world.
Sometimes life can feel hopeless because we are valued according to our ability to support the fear-based world. The social noise in our lives amplifies the many fears we can have so that living in the spirit of joy can seem elusive. We are not wrong to think it might even be unattainable, but it is not.
It took me a long time to separate the cultural patterns from my understanding of myself. When I found patterns and frameworks that helped me understand better what was going on, I had a much easier time releasing the legacies of fear culture.
I am making what I have learned available to others so that they can release themselves from the cultural structures that make their lives painful. You deserve better. We all deserve better.
Once you discover the deeper reasons for what is happening, know why you are struggling to make changes that work for you, and discover through awareness and practices how to make the shifts you need, you will begin to feel a beautiful inner space that is the lovely energy of joy.
That’s the purpose of The Magic Of Joy Program, which is a journey out of fear culture, connecting mind, body, energy, and emotions so that you achieve the personal sovereignty that the fear-based world discourages and ultimately create and encourage a new world based on living in joy.
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