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Seriousness and Joy
Psychic vibrations from heaviest to lightest
and their effect on happiness
Lorenzo Monaco, Annunciazione, c. 1425,
Chiesa de Santa Trinita, Firenze, Italia
| LEAN IN |
Taking the Leap:Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
by Pema Chödrön,
|"The next time you lose heart and you can't bear to experience what you're feeling, you might recall this instruction: change the way you see it and lean in. |
Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves.
This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering - yours, mine, and that of all living beings."
"Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious."
is a super-heavy neutral energy (neither male nor female in valence)
is a super-light neutral energy.
Seriousness and Joy are two extreme poles on a psychic energy continuum.
Blast out of excess seriousness
Got too much Serious Energy in your space?
We all do it, we are taught to do it, we are oddly rewarded for doing it, because Serious Energy makes us grown-ups look Responsible.
Luckily it's blessedly easy to blow that serious energy right out of your space.
"It's not my problem!
Adults are defined by society as "the people who handle the problems ".
Get other people's problems out of your space.
"It's not my problem!
Say it again. Hee-hee. Feels pretty good.
Now watch the Joyousness start surging in to take the place of released Seriousness.
Catch it. Make fun of it. Blow it into psychic smithereens.
"It's not my problem!
Don't worry, any of the"good" problems that you are psychically attuned to solving with love and creativity will stick to you in spite of psychic blast-outs.
|The stuff we want to clean out is the drudgery, the punishment, the blaming, the fear-based reactions, terror, the survival energy, the negative"what-if" scenarios, the punishment energy, the criticism, the punishment energy...|
|No problems at All|| |
Move out some yuck, and watch the psychic thermometer start to move up the Serious-Joy continuum, way up toward the Joy pole.
"It's not my problem!
|"YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS." |
In September, 1897, an eight year old New York girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun asking,"Is there a Santa Claus?"
In reply Francis P. Church wrote an editorial which pleased so many readers that the Sun printed it every year during the Christmas season, from 1897 to 1949.
The letter and editorial, from Sept. 21, 1897 follow:
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says:"If you see it in The Sun, it's so."
Please tell me the truth: Is there a Santa Claus?
"Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no child-like faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove?
Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernatural beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives, and he lives forever! A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."
14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso ,
A Policy of Kindness : An Anthology of Writings By and About the Dalai Lama
"Many places have been totally changed through the use of police force and the power of guns -- the Soviet Union, China, Burma, the Philippines, many communist countries, countries in Africa and South America.
But eventually, you see, the power of guns and the power of the will of ordinary human beings will change places.
I am always telling people that our century is very important historically for the planet.
There is a big competition between world peace and world war, between the force of mind and the force of materialism, between democracy and totalitarianism.
And now within this century, the force of peace is gaining the upper hand.
Still, of course, the material force is very strong, but there is a kind of dissatisfaction about materialism and a realization or feeling that something is missing.
...entering the twenty-first century, I think the basic concerns are human values and the value of truth. These things have more value, more weight now."
|"And now my friends,
all that is true, all that is noble,
all that is just and pure,
all that is loveable and gracious,
whatever is excellent and admirable -
fill all your thoughts with these things."
~~ Epistle to the Philippians 4:8
updated:10 May 2019
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