June 24, 2017
When new causes are set in motion, new effects follow. It is a decision that we make to be happy, for instance, that acts as Cause to our experience. We discover our natural capacity for happiness has been there all along. Perhaps we abandoned it because we fell into the thrall of appearances. We might have unconsciously thought “I cannot be happy if this exists in the world.” But a decision to be happy regardless of what the world is doing does not prevent us from being actively involved with making the world better. In fact, happy people are usually the ones who are most effective in seeing through the appearance to the solution.
Happiness that is not predicated on any outer event, is a powerful force. It is decidedly optimistic. It sees possibility. It appreciates the beauty that others miss. It is the very essence of creativity. For too long creativity has been associated with angst. This is not true. When the artist or the musician is suddenly aware of presence of the perfect lyric or combination of notes or the image revealing itself on the canvas, they are in a state of happiness. It is a feeling on being one with an invisible and loving power.
Perhaps this is why we can be alone and still happy. We do not need anything added to us. When people and events are added, they do not complete us, but give us an opportunity to bring our happy mind into the moment. There is no greater gift. Can we make the decision today to be happy, no matter what? Yes we can, and to do so is to open the inner door to our higher nature. Who is this happy soul, anyway? How can it always be present behind the sadness and the fear? Happiness is our secret self, awaiting the decision we make to let it out into this time, this place, right now. Nothing else has to happen first.