Move toward what makes you happy

“I have spent my life seeking higher guidance. My favorite joke used to be, “Why doesn’t God work in neon?”

I finally learned that God or the universe or whatever name you want to call the Divine Buzz does indeed work in neon. It’s call joy. Or as Joseph Campbell instructed, ‘Follow your bliss.’

If you want higher guidance, start moving towards what makes you happy. Kids know this. They automatically seek out things that bring joy.”

—Pam Grout

This is excerpted from a terrific blog post by one of my heroes.  Pam Grout is the author of E-Squared, a book I can’t recommend too highly, and its soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed.

I think that she’s ‘verbalizing’ something that all of us often feel; we want to know what to do next, and we feel as though it has to come from “out there” somewhere.  We’re looking for something to clear the fog for us; to show us the how to reach a higher plane.  But, spend a little time studying the ideas around spiritual enlightenment and you’ll quickly see that ALL of the teachers will tell you that your guidance comes from within.  Access to it comes by way of introspection, meditation and other methods of quieting the chatter of the conscious mind.

I’ve written before that I believe our ultimate goal as human beings is to achieve a state of waking bliss, where we don’t care about anything.  We just spend our days with a tremendous smile on our faces.  This is what I think Pam is referring to in the first sentence above.  No, I don’t believe it’s a goal that many can achieve.  The closest we have today (outside of those we label as being somehow mentally handicapped) are probably the Eastern mystics, who have no possessions, yet are eternally happy.  Ironically, many of us in the materialistic West, often seek these people out in an effort to achieve that same kind of perpetual happiness.

In reference to the quote above, here is the issue: we want to be shown how to be happy.  Instead, we need to take action toward that end (the means is irrelevant), and the Universe – higher guidance – will take the hint.  It will bring us more of the same.  This is how the Law of Attraction works.

If you’re not sure of the best route for you, don’t worry.  You’re not committing to any particular method.  In fact, you can’t.  It’s a guarantee that your path is going to meander, no matter how strongly you think you have it planned out.  So, just take a few baby steps toward things that make you smile.  There’s no requirement to fling yourself headlong into it, unless that approach is going to work for you (it wouldn’t, for me).

You’ll have to excuse me now.  It’s time to go for a stroll.

——Tim

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