Eckhart Tolle says, “Joy does not come from what you do, it flows into what you do and thus into this world from deep within you.”
Have you ever noticed that when you feel joy, you are totally free of fear? Joy is really love, for when we feel joyful, we feel loved or feel loving. It’s all one.
Years ago when I had chronic fatigue syndrome, I awoke one morning, and as I lay in bed still feeling weak, a soft cool breeze blew over me. This was New Orleans in the summer, so a cool breeze was no small thing. My cat lay purring next to me. Suddenly, I was flooded with joy. It welled up within me and I felt profoundly grateful for being alive. For a moment, I was totally free of all the daily fears that I would never recover, feel energetic again or be able to live a normal life. For a moment I was free of the daily depression I had experienced for three years.
In that moment, I realized the joy was always there within me and had nothing to do with what was happening in my life. I could draw on it at any time.
Fear Can Block Joy
When we believe joy resides outside us, we are always looking in the wrong place. But sometimes we do not realize that joy is within us because it is buried deep beneath layers of disappointment, anger, frustration, and other negative emotions that can be heavy to lift. All negative emotions are caused by fear, so in reality our fear is what blocks our ability to experience love and joy. Only when we release our fears and clear the mind can love and joy flow to the surface.
The Effect Of Fear On The Mind
We all experience fear sometimes, but what is important is that we learn not to let it control us. As long as we experience fear, it will block our mind’s ability to pull through information that will help us solve the problem that has created the fear. Fear will only pull through information that helps us cope with the fear.
How To Release Fear
When fear arises, we must direct our minds to release the fear, and if we are willing to let it go, a peaceful feeling will replace it. As I direct my mind to release the fear, I often take a deep breath and exhale in order to feel the release throughout my body as well as my mind. When the fear is released, the mind will be clear to pull information from our memory and the spiritual realm that will help us solve the problem that stimulated the fear. We will always be given the guidance we need when we need it. If a clear solution does not appear immediately, just know that it will come in time.
By using meditation, practicing gratitude and releasing our fears, we can become more spiritually conscious and awaken to a calmer, more joyful life, empowered from our centers. When we are the source of our own joy and feel good about ourselves, we become “the right one” and draw to us those people and experiences that will enlighten and enliven our lives. Learning to release our fears allows us to have access to the wisdom of the Universal Mind, Spirit. © 2011 Georganne Spruce
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