Om Om Om!
May these words serve the Highest Good. Amen.
For a long time, I’ve had the idea and vision of giving talks and even leading workshops and seminars, yet I rarely do much about it. I somehow postpone progress and delay and procrastinate ad infinitum!
Yet, when I think about giving talks or workshops, I almost always feel very good and excited about the idea. The feeling is such that it seems pretty obvious that it’s something good for me to do. Why else would it automatically stir such enjoyable feelings?
On the spiritual path, a few primary obstacles on desires for wealth, power of people, and sensual pleasures. In the case of leading workshops, it could possibly bring me all three of those temptations, so I’d need to be aware of that and be ready to pass or possibly experience them but in the light of non-attachment – that is, not projecting any happiness upon them, but letting them come and go freely as they will.
So then, to me, it makes sense to listen to that inner feeling and follow it.
Last night, I watched the movie, The Secret, and it is primarily about knowing what you want and thinking about it regularly in an uplifting, positive way. Generate all the good feelings about it, see its fulfillment, and make progress toward it daily. Inch by inch, anything is a cinch. The primary recommendation from the movie was to know what you want and think the thoughts and feel the feelings that lead you to overall feeling good about it. Feel good!
Be Good and Do Good are common values. Now let’s add to it – Feel Good!
The fun thing about prioritizing feeling good is that…feels good! And in the moment, if you’re feeling good, what else could you really want?
So there is a beauty in feeling good. Sure, in terms of The Secret, feeling good is a means to an end – the end being the fulfillment of your desire or goal. Yet, on the spiritual path, feeling good is the means and the end. Feeling good is a complete practice and goal in and of itself. Feeling good moment to moment to moment, today, tomorrow, and eternally, what more could one possibly want? If you keep up the feeling of feeling good, you’re set! From that energy of feeling good, whatever comes and whatever goes is fine with you. If you’re guaranteed to eternally feel good, wouldn’t you be wiling to give up everything else for it? Money, friends, health, service opportunities – all of that is useful in that it leads to our feeling of goodness. If it doesn’t, what’s the point? So money is a great servant if it is used to support peace of mind, peace of body, and generally – feeling good. If not, who needs it?
Know what you want, and feel good about it. Give thanks for having it, even if it seems like you don’t yet have it, give thanks anyway. Dwell in appreciation!
It is easy to complain and criticize, but do we ever feel good when we do that? Why do we choose thoughts that don’t lead to us feeling good? Are we trying to make ourselves feel bad? Are we so attached to our own righteous opinions and judgments that we’re willing to sacrifice feeling good for their expression? It doesn’t seem worth it to me.
Besides, when it comes down to it – what do we really want to give to others? If we could give them the feeling of goodness, wouldn’t we want to give that? And yet, how can we give anything to others if we don’t first have it ourselves? So to give good feelings, we have to have those good feelings. And that is an awesome gift! I would rather have someone give me good feelings than anything else. Good feelings actually serve us in the present moment, in Eternity, whereas things like money are relatively useless in the present moment, yet occasionally come in handy. Wouldn’t you rather have a present moment feeling good rather than a present moment feeling of $1,000 or even $10,000 in your hand? The good feeling actually pays. The money is an illusion. Feeling good is what we’re after in the long-run, it is what we work for, earn money for, and live for. All the things we do are really to feel good, to feel happy. And yet, the good feelings are present and accessible to us every moment. It is just a matter of tuning our awareness to the good feelings of gratefulness, appreciation, acceptance, opening our eyes to the beauty and goodness and perfection of Reality As It Is.
So then..what’s the point? Feel good! Feel good! Feel good!
Think whatever thoughts you need to think so that you feel good. Hold the feeling good images in mind and in heart, think about whatever uplifting people inspire you, read those books that you love, call those people you love to talk to, pray to God how you love most – feel good! That feeling good is a service to everyone and everything. Feeling good is a holy act. Feeling good is being connected to the Supreme, if only slightly. As the connection deepens, the feelings expand.
The great thing is…feeling good is available now!
And 100 years from now, feeling good will also be available!
If all you really want in life is to feel good, you can feel good for the rest of your life. And life will feel good! That good feeling will also guide you through life, and you will benefit all those you come into contact with, and all those in the entire creation, not by anything you do, but by virtue of what you have become. What you have become, that good feeling, will uplift us all. So thank you for that!
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!