I’d like to propose a radical idea for you to consider.
Here it is.
You are here to experience JOY.
Sure, I know that sounds crazy. You could say to me, look around, don’t you see what’s happening these days? It’s a fractured world. There’s climate change, political upheaval, war and the resulting horrors, drastic economic shifts.
You could ask me; how do you expect me to be happy and feel joyful?
And then you could say to me…are you mad?
Part of me is likely to respond that I can’t find much joy in this life either. I have my own list of prohibitions to joy and a host of prerequisites before I will allow myself to honestly answer that I feel any ongoing sense of joy.
But another part of me refuses to give up on this idea. It asks me to look deeper within myself and reveal a greater truth than what appears on the surface.
Yes, I see the challenges. I feel the pressures to perform, to possess, to acquire, to say out loud that I am happy and fulfilled. I fully sense my limits, physically, emotionally, financially, and mentally. And they weigh a ton. I know they do.
I’ve come to recognize that so much of what I see in the world is driven by fear and it forces me to ask the question over and over again…why am I here?
There is a strong part of me that wants to know my answer, or is it answers?
Each time this happens, some sort of list appears, as if completing it will provide satisfaction, a sense of completeness or elemental clarity for me.
It hasn’t. It doesn’t.
Maybe the same thing happens to you. Maybe you also associate ‘what you do’ with ‘who you are’, so that the more you accomplish, the better you can feel about yourself. Maybe you too seek to answer the question of why you are here with specific goals you set and meet. And perhaps you are just as unsatisfied with this approach as I am.
Perhaps you are ready for a shift in perspective. And maybe it will take something radical to make this happen.
Well, here’s something you may want to consider. Since fear doesn’t work, how about trying love?
The love I’m talking about is expressed through a genuine sense of joy. I’m not speaking about happiness, which can be fleeting and easily overcome by the world. Instead, I’m speaking about a profound inner belief that we are each here to experience and express joy.
What does that mean?
My personal answer is that it will be different for each person because what brings joy to one is not the same as what brings joy to another.
Then how is joy found?
Here’s a shocker. I don’t believe joy can be ‘found’, because this implies it is OUTSIDE of us, hidden somewhere, waiting to be discovered.
What feels like the truth to me is that joy is INSIDE each of us and is revealed when we center on love. I see that fear is only a messenger and it guides by showing us what does not work, but it cannot tell us why we are here, because only love can do that.
So, what is the radical path I am suggesting?
It will take a little time, but it will be worth it. I promise.
It starts like so many other paths, with breathing in and out slowly, deeply, quietly, allowing your body to relax. It starts by closing your eyes and letting the world fade away, and then opening your heart and saying ‘yes’ to going deeper inside yourself (your self) and asking what brings out the joy in you? What makes you feel the most alive? I suggest the answer to these questions are also the answers to why you are here.
I’ll share some of my joys to get you started…I am here to help others find their own path. I am here to speak my truth (each of my books and these website posts are my attempts to share with you). I am here to connect deeply with family and friends, and to both give and receive love. I am here to get lost in the beauty of the natural world and I am here to live as an extension of the divine for as many days as I walk this earth.
If you give yourself some time, I believe you will reveal the truth about why you are here and how joy creates the spark for all things to happen in your life.