Be happy…NOW

What will happen if you decide to be happy…NOW? According to what God tells us through the author, Neale Donald Walsh, in his book Communion with God, it is the decision to be happy that creates the experience of being happy. What does that really mean? From my own life experience, I understand exactly what this means.

We create our life with awareness, or without. When we decide to be happy and really commit ourselves consciously to being happy, we will create the experience of being happy. This sounds too simple to be true but not so easy to execute when the circumstances surrounding you feel like hell. This is where consciousness comes in to play. Our thoughts create our feelings, and our feelings create our experience.

Many family members, close friends, and I are facing huge challenges such as serious illness, death of a loved one, unemployment, horrible work conditions, financial ruin, and divorce. So how is happiness possible under these circumstances?  The answer is happiness develops when the decision to be happy is made in our consciousness. What we look for in life affects what we see. I understand, firsthand, how difficult this appears. Impossible you might think. But I also understand, from my own experience, just how making the decision to be happy really works.

Only you control your thoughts. During difficult times, greater effort must be put on feeding your mind positive thoughts. Focus on something that is good in your life, no matter how small, because what we focus on expands. Keep something in front of you to trigger a happy thought when you need one. Allow yourself to imagine something great that may happen, or how you will feel when this episode is past. Force yourself to think of things that make you feel good. Your feelings are in your control when you make conscious decisions. When you feel good, you are creating a better world.

I am not suggesting you ignore the issue at hand to be happy. If you are sick, you need to take measures to get well, but at the same time find a positive focus. Read or watch funny and uplifting stories. Be grateful for something good in your life and focus on the positive. If you are living or working in a bad situation, place a trigger in front of you:  a photo of a happy memory, a positive statement, or anything that will trigger a happy thought. Send love to whatever or whoever is causing a problem. Think thoughts that make you feel good. Imagine how you will feel when this experience passes.

Our inner world creates our outer world. The inner world is the cause and the outer world is the effect. Find a way to be at peace with whatever is happening around you. Happiness is not always laughter and bliss, but happiness does survive with acceptance and peace. In difficult times, to live in the moment consciously is our best defense but is often traded for worry over what the future may hold. Worry is a misuse of your imagination. Peace, happiness, and joy only live in the present moment. This I know for sure.

NOW, I urge you to give some thought to your own happiness. In my opinion, happiness is underrated. When happiness is the priority — that is, FEELING GOOD — everything in your life gets better to some degree, no matter what the circumstance. When you feel good. you will attract more things that match that feeling. My wish is health, wealth, and abundance for all; and my hope is that everyone may discover the miracles that happen when you are grateful for what you have at this moment and decide to be happy…NOW.

(Terri Lynn is an expert at choosing happiness and using the Divine navigation system which she shares in her first book Journey to my Soul.  Currently, Terri is Sales Manager at Otto’s BMW in West Chester, Pa. where she motivates and coaches the sales team. Her intention is to share with others the importance of putting happiness first. She shares her thoughts on her website – Terri Lynn’s Happy Talk.  Terri resides in Newtown Square, Pa.)

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  • mewabe

    Interesting advice.

    I have always thought that, as Alan Watts put it, consciousness was the root and the ground of the world. This is part of the Vedanta worldview. There is not denying that it is true…

    And as Jane Roberts wrote, we create our own reality. That is also true.

    Yet I am always questioning these thoughts. Particularly those that appear to be universally accepted truisms.

    The idea that we are in charge, so to speak, that we can create whatever we want, and that the world and our life circumstances are as a perfect mirror of our consciousness, that they are exclusively the outcome of our expectations and focus, defines us, in a way, as perfectly independent agents, in other words as separate, separate from others and from our social environment.

    It is worth thinking about…questioning…pondering.

    Are we independent agents?

    An experiment took place with cells: the exact same human cells were put in different solutions, that is to say different environments, and grew (multiplied) differently: some became bone cells, other muscle cells, etc etc..it was quite surprising to the person conducting the experiment, because it caused the complete reversal of what was preciously assumed about life.

    It may be useful to at least take a look at the possibility that life is not a linear (cause-effect) process…that the self and the environment are one process, not two. That neither is the cause of the other, but that they are simultaneous (in Chinese Taoist philosophy, it is called “mutual arising”, I mentioned it in another comment).

    When we think in terms of cause and effect, when we apply linear thinking, we get caught in such conceptual impasse as the following:
    When we ask who made the universe, those who believe will answer God. The next obvious, logical question then is: yes, okay, but who made God? And then whatever made God, who or what made that? And as a cat chasing its tail, we can go on forever, along the line of cause and effect.

    Because linear, cause and effect thinking does not take into consideration the non-linear, multidimensional, simultaneous nature of life: all is happening at once and as one process.

    It is difficult to accept such thought…but worth a try, for expansion, because this is how we understand actual oneness.

    Not just the oneness of “brotherly or sisterly love”, which is good, but the knowledge, again, that all is happening at once and as one process.

    This thought puts you smack-dab at the very center of creation…it restores your divine dimension and power.

  • Erin/IAm

    Another perfectly timed read…Thanks, Terri! 😀

    Happy is contagious, too! We are making wonder-filled histories of these moments…perhaps the ‘Happy Virus’ will emerge through this time…or a ‘Happy Storm’ (heehee!). We shall Seeeee…

    Blessed be.

  • mewabe

    Tying this latest article with the previous one about the One Community project, I sometimes wonder what people really want.

    Neale has asked why so many millions of people seem to all want the same thing and why they cannot get it (such as happiness etc).

    The question is, do people really want solutions to their problems? Do they REALLY want happiness?

    It’s a question worth asking, and reflecting upon.

    A project such as the One community should be generating immense interest…if the majority of people wanted solutions and happiness. There should be a stampede, towards this and many other solution-oriented projects. The funding should pour in…

    Do people really want to be happy? As when getting involved in a relationship, are people seeking happiness in this world or to work out their issues, to struggle with their personal karma, to work out their inner conflicts, all of which spells growth but NOT NECESSARILY HAPPINESS, at least not while such processes go on?

    Are there enough people in this world who are ready to heal their personal wounds and fears in order to concentrate on the bigger issues, on the issues of community, of making the world work for all of humanity, as is the aim of One community project and others?

    Are there enough people whose self doesn’t get in the way of their own happiness and of implementing a new way of life free of all or most prior limitations?

    Or is the primarily need of most people still to keep struggling, with everything, themselves, others and the world?

    Time will tell…