How Much Joy Can You Hold?

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As humans we have a harder time staying in joy than we do in pain and struggle. Joy is a very high, clear vibration in which life flows effortlessly and gracefully. Pain is a slow, low vibration that attracts disharmony and upsets into our life. When we are in pain and struggle, we are cut off from our natural connection to the heavens and the light of Christ energy. This energy source that sustains all life and from which all creation comes, is meant to flow to us freely, easily and abundantly. It is our God-given natural state to be in the high vibration of joy, yet for must humans it is not the familiar state. 

Let me explain what I mean by natural and familiar. “Natural” means what we have been created to experience effortlessly and spontaneously as our genuine selves. Heavenly Father created us to experience joy as our natural state. “Familiar” means what has become commonplace and habitual because of how frequently we have experienced it in our lives. Pain and struggle have become the familiar life experience for most people. It is unfamiliar to be happy and joyful all the time, intentionally creating more and more of what brings increased joy to others and ourselves. 

I believe that staying in a high vibration of joy and happiness, and creating a wonderful life is every person’s opportunity and one of the primary purposes of the time in which we live. To achieve and maintain this high vibratory state, we must become aware of the patterns we continually recreate that put us in pain and struggle. As well as becoming aware of these patterns, we need to understand why we create them. For most people there is a belief that they add some value to our lives. Some of the most common beliefs that my clients have identified include:

·       We believe our spiritual exaltation and advancement is directly connected to how much hardship we overcome in this life. 

·       We believe if life were easy and pain-free, we might get bored or have nothing to challenge us. 

·       We believe it keeps us humble. 

·       We believe that living in a constant state of joy and happiness is a façade and means we are not willing to deal with the realities of life. 

·       We are humans and humans like drama. 

I have also worked with many clients that honestly do not know what a life of joy and happiness is like. They have never experienced true happiness and unconditional love in their entire lives because of abusive parents, conditional support, and adult lives riddled with



dysfunction. They are stuck in a pattern of upset and disharmony and keep unconsciously recreating this pattern because it is all that they have known. They are not even sure what it would feel like to be loved just for themselves, and to have a life free of pain and struggle. Some are afraid to introduce this into their lives for fear that if they have it, they may lose it, and that would be too difficult. They believe it is easier living with the pain and managing it, rather than knowing true joy and happiness and then losing it. As my clients learn new life skills, and become aware of their creative powers, they realize they are unconsciously creating their current circumstances of hardship and struggle and they have the power to create a life of joy. They realize there is no risk, because they are the ones in charge of their life experiences and the results they are getting. 

Examine your own beliefs. If you were told you could have a life completely free of pain and hardship, would you believe it were possible? What do you believe the struggles and hardships of your life offer you? Do you believe you could create those same benefits and claim those same blessings in a constant state of joy and happiness and prosperity? If you lived in a constant state of joy and happiness and prosperity, could you stay in a place of compassion and humility? Do you need adversity to keep you humble and submissive to God? As long as pain and struggle has a hidden value to you, you will need it in your life. 

There will always be opposition in all things.  That does not mean there has to be struggle in all things. The contrast with which we all live is meant to be a medium to distinguish the opposites. Without dark, we could not know light. Without pain, we could not know joy. Without up, we could not know down. Without hate, we could not know love. Opposites exist so that we can have a choice. It is because of the contrast that we are able to know what we want, by experiencing what we do not want. It is through contrast that these choices are possible and the function of our agency is constantly employed. You will always have the opportunity to dip into the pool of contrast to create what you don’t want, so you can become more aware of what you do want.

I believe pain and struggle has been the primary medium for spiritual advancement for mankind. We have needed adversity and hardships to know our higher selves and awaken our godlike traits. I believe that in the new millenium we will be free to graduate to a different experience of spiritual advancement. I believe we can choose spiritual advancement through the avenues of intention and desire. I believe that through our intentions to become our higher selves and become like Christ, we can create this. I believe that through desire we can create lives of joy and happiness and prosperity and at the same time choose to be a reverent, loving, compassionate, obedient and humble people.

There will always be the contrast of pain and hardship available to us. The old belief has been, “I am learning and growing through adversity.” The new belief can be, “I am learning and growing through joy.” The question to ask yourself now is, "How much joy can you hold, and how long can you hold it?”



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