Most of us have a sense that living in a state of love and joy would be desirable.
When it comes down to it, do you really know what that would be like? Do you know how your life would be different?
Our culture has given us a distorted view of love, joy, and happiness.
Keep reading to find out what it is like to live in love and joy. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find.
How Hollywood confuses us
First of all, we need to remember that Hollywood’s job is to entertain us and make lots of money. To make emotions like love, joy, and happiness interesting Hollywood makes them dramatic and over the top.
In Power vs Force (2002), David Hawkins says, “What the world refers to as love is an intense emotional condition, combining physical attraction, possessiveness, control, addiction, eroticism, and novelty.” When we compare our lives to this Hollywood version of reality, we are left feeling that we are somehow missing out. Maybe we are not lovable or not good enough or not special.
Once you know what love is really like, you might discover that you are experiencing it more than you think.
What is it like to live in love and joy?
Let’s start with more quotes from David Hawkins. “Love isn’t intellectual and doesn’t proceed from the mind, Love emanates from the heart.” Living in love and joy puts our heart back in charge. Our mind follows our heart’s guidance. We start focusing on kindness and compassion rather than logic and reason. “Love focuses on the goodness of life.”
You are probably getting the idea that love is an inside job without a lot of drama.
When your vibration is love and joy, your interactions with other people change. You become more open to mercy and forgiveness through understanding and acceptance. A lack of judgement (acceptance) and the ability to forgive are key to knowing that you have reached the level of love and joy. You have a sense of calm acceptance of what is.
According to Jennifer McLean, love is a neutral still point with no conditions, no expectations, and no attachment to outcomes. This is a place of choice and freedom. It is a source of creativity, nourishment, and nurturing. (From a class with Jennifer)
When you are living in love and joy, here are some changes you might notice:
- People are attracted to your positive energy
- You are able to see all sides of a situation
- You feel a sense of oneness with others
- Other people feel uplifted when they are around you
- You experience excellence in your activities
The really good news!
Love and joy is your natural state. We are meant to be happy. All of us, even you.
Unfortunately, many of us have limiting beliefs and negative emotions that block our love and joy. These were learned in childhood or inherited from our family and culture. They do not reflect your true nature.
There is a path to more love and joy. Here are four steps you can take starting today:
- Practice forgiving yourself.
- Start (or keep) meditating. Even a few minutes a day can make a big difference.
- Notice when you are experiencing love and joy. Be grateful for these times and you will start having more of them.
- Learn the poetry of emotion process to release blocks to love and joy.
You are meant to be happy.
(Image: Maria Fernanda Aristizaba)