Happiness – Your Birthright and Native Condition

 

Many have said that happiness is our most desired quality and state of being.  When we are happy, we feel pleasurable emotions and states of mind – carefree, warm, active, loving, devil-may-care, adventurous – or secure and confident – or more powerful than anyone who would try to harm us!  When we’re happy, we feel at home in our skin and our world, or we are busting out of them with ambition and anticipation for the future. We take joy in our own endeavors and also in helping others achieve something they want.

Thinking about this, and thinking about how many countries in the world repress individual initiative and compel or coerce behavior and actions, and dictate where you can live and where you can go, I realized that the freedom to seek and find happiness is a precious human right.

But I’m not the first to say this, not by a long shot! The farseeing authors of the United States’ founding documents enshrined this beautiful idea in the U.S. Declaration of Independence:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Even today it seems amazing and wonderful to realize that such a basic freedom-promoting idea was stated as one of the key purposes for the founding of a nation.

Bringing this back down to the personal level, this is not to say that it is anyone ELSE’s job to make us happy, but that each human being, no matter where he or she is born or lives, has the inborn right to be left alone to discover and realize his and her own happiness.  Even those living under a tyranny realize this innately, because it IS part of them at the deepest level.

So life is most enjoyable when we have the reward of pleasure, joy and happiness – and are not being FORCED to do something, or live a life, that we do not desire.

At times on our journey through life, sometimes for extended periods, our inner spark may flicker and seem to dim down, and we lose our belief and feeling we can do whatever we wish, conquer the world, and be happy.  While people are often told that being depressed is a mental or emotional illness, common sense and ability to think tell us that life circumstances are often changing, often unexpectedly or frequently, and we change.  An accident or loss can’t always be prevented.  It is rational to reject that circumstance and to fight back against it.  To find we can’t change it back can deflate one’s mood.  But it is very true that we all contain within us the inner resources and ability to come back up.  The ability to bring ourselves back up from bad things which happen lies within us – not within a bottle.

And there are very practical things we can do to help us recover.

The first step toward doing so is the decision to do it.  A firm decision.  You know, you can actually make a positive decision even when you are feeling down.  You may not feel like it, but you can! Decisions are powerful energizers.

Then put your attention and focus on doing the things in life that interest you – things that you like or love or consider worthwhile.  Each of us can be a positive and inspiring spirit in our own world, circle, family, group.  It takes getting back into action.  And that action itself – even if you are initially just going through the motions – will boost you up and help you rise above it.  You have to keep at it, to persist. Keep going through the motions, and it will work.

You contain within you all that makes you a unique, powerful and happy individual.  Sometimes you have to work hard to get it to resurface – but it is always there.

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Your life and fire deserve to burn bright in the world.  Shine on!

Is It True or False – Find Out for Yourself

The search for truth is obviously an enormous subject that has been debated endlessly down the ages by plenty of wise – and not-so-wise – people.  But the ability to distinguish or recognize truth is an essential ability that everyone can use on a daily basis. If you can’t work out the truth of something, how can you speak or act correctly about it?  How can you make important decisions without the truth about things and how can you make sure of the consequences?

So I’d like to talk about the subject of “truth” in a more down-to-earth way here and leave “cosmic truth” for another time.

Everybody today deals with information – tons of it, gigabytes of it.  The internet has made so much information available instantly to us.  But what IS this information that flows through onto your social media, comes in your email, that you see in blogs and on websites?

Raw information is like raw chicken

Raw information isn’t ready to use.  Raw information is the unfiltered and often unasked-for pieces that flood your incoming channels every day.  You should find out first if something is relevant to you, meaning if you need or want it, or even just love it.  That’s the first thing you should do.

And you should be ruthless with it.  It may seem obvious, but sometimes an inner imp or impulse can make you do things you really don’t want to.  If you look at some piece of news or information and instantly say “so what!” to yourself, don’t look at it anyway – just delete it!  If you get that nagging feeling that you “should” read it (because your mother or Great Uncle Jack would have said you should), delete it.  If you already KNOW it’s going to be b.s., delete it.  If you’re choosing it because you want to re-post it just to show people how educated or cool you are, when you really aren’t on that subject … delete it!  Come on, we don’t have to be THAT dependent on what people think, do we???  (Been there, done that myself!)

Also, if you have the urge to read it for a distorted reason – say because you think it’s going to be deliciously critical or rip somebody big-time, well, I’d say delete it.  You really shouldn’t waste your time on other people’s dirt or nasty leavings, because your time is worth more than that.  And you might want to start creating things yourself rather than just soaking up other people’s gunk.  Everybody is creative in some or many ways!

So delete irrelevant emails and feeds, and click away from irrelevant blogs and articles.  Unsubscribe freely from things that don’t excite you.  This is how you sort out what things you will actually want to read and also buy yourself the time to check out things that are really worthwhile – or start creating them yourself.

So how do you tell what is true or not?

Strip off your prejudices and let the nude YOU look well and hard at what’s in front of you

I’m speaking of the real YOU, the logical being of reason, the perceptive being of seeingness, the intuitive being of knowingness.  Use your native mind, free of automated thoughts or glitched thinking.

In other words, develop and use your common sense.  If something doesn’t strike you right about what somebody is saying or writing, then your intuition is almost certainly correct – reject it!  Don’t puzzle over it, because it probably doesn’t deserve it.

Take note of specific things that don’t seem right or are definitely not right.  If someone is including errors of fact or misleading statements that can’t be proven, these are points of untruth.  If there are careless mistakes, they still show that the person is not taking care to adhere to the truth.  If there are intentional falsehoods or omissions, facts that contradict each other, failure to state the date which gives a totally wrong impression of things – well, the writer obviously can’t be trusted for accuracy and truthfulness, and is probably trying to get readers to believe things that are really not true.

Truth does not need to be a covert operation

Speaking of someone who can’t be trusted – here is another heads-up in the truth department:  It is a symptom of the state of our current world that the news media (which is usually owned by groups, companies or people with some agenda to push), as well as other writers and groups on the internet, publish reams and streams of information that is slanted (biased) toward a particular point of view or against another, and intended to sway us through our emotions or through leaving out information or including other illogicalities rather than just presenting the truth and allowing us to use our reason and intelligence to come to our own conclusions.

Realize that if someone is using trickery to try to persuade you of something (meaning they are lying to you), they don’t have your best interests at heart, because they don’t TRUST you (to think for yourself)!  So you need to realize that before you are taken in by it.

Such slanting is done as a covert operation, cleverly disguised so that you won’t be aware that you are being manipulated.  It’s OK for someone to openly try to persuade us of something with reason, but when the writer tries to convince us by leaving out important facts, or adding other info that is untrue or partly untrue, we don’t have the full or correct “input” our minds need to make a sound decision.  Only if we have all the truth about something can we actually understand it and make the right decision.

A final point – adhere to your OWN sense of reality and truth

Author and educator L. Ron Hubbard wrote, in the “Code of Honor”:

“Never compromise with your own reality.”

(Reference below.)

This may seem to contradict the first part of this article, but it doesn’t, as you’ll see.  All of your perceptions, observations, beliefs, ideals and dreams and thoughts combine to form your reality.  Your reality is composed of those things you feel certain are true – what you believe to be true no matter what anybody thinks or says or writes, or even what supposed evidence is presented.  Each of us has what should be considered an inviolable, sacred right to observe for ourselves and make our own decisions about what is true for us.

If something is true for you, then it is true, period!  It forms part of your own reality and view of things.  Your beliefs and your sense of reality are not inconsequential things; they are important.  Of your own free will, you can make all the choices and new observations and conclusions you want.  This is how you learn new things.

But… if you are certain about something, don’t let someone push or force you off your certainty into uncertainty or confusion – not even if they are an expert or an important person.

Only YOU have the right to change your own mind.  You can learn new things which then change your view of things, or you can observe things more closely, which then may change your views.  But never let anyone manipulate or force you to change your mind or beliefs.  And that includes teachers and college professors, who are notorious for collecting groups of worshipful student followers (disciples) to bolster their own pitiful self-esteem.

Only YOU have the right to change your own mind!

 

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(Ref.) Scientology 08, The Book of Basics, p. 391

Are Animals Spiritual Beings?

Hello after an absence of some months!  I look forward to continuing to explore the world of spirit in a common-sense manner through this website.  I want to begin by reposting this article from a year ago.  Many people enjoyed it  – I hope new readers will find it now.

This article is addressed to those people who aren’t sure about the answer to this question. I am sure that many animal lovers will reply without hesitation that animals demonstrate spiritual characteristics, often to a greater degree than some humans. (!) But others aren’t so sure.

A brief manifesto here. My comments are not based on scientific evidence, but on common sense. Heaven help us humans when certain authorities insist that we cannot and should not rely on, or give credence to, the evidence of our senses, our own personal observations and our powers of deduction. How dull and meaningless life would be if we forfeited our own powers of intelligence, observation, and even knowingness – those qualities which are inborn and ours to use as we see fit.  I love science and the scientific method, but it is not the end-all of existence. It has its important uses, but should not supplant our innate abilities.

So, back to the question of animals. To tell the truth, I didn’t feel like I had the picture for many years. Not all animals demonstrate the level of intelligence of humans, and so it was hard for me to conceive of what kind of spirits animals and creatures might be.

However, there are people who do communicate with animals through the exchange of thoughts and images.  In fact, many around us do so naturally and without making a big deal out of it.  My husband has great affinity with birds and often can tune into what our pet cockatiel wants, or get him to behave differently by simply acknowledging the bird’s concern.  He does this verbally, and the bird obviously understands.  If there were no spiritual side to an animal, it wouldn’t be able to receive – and send – that communication. A dead piece of wood and a stone normally do not think or speak. They do not possess living energy. But an animal does, and it is that living energy which is the spiritual part of the animal. 

My friend, Khanada, told me of things she does with her dog that demonstrate the dog’s psychic ability to read her thoughts. She wrote to me:

      “You know if you have a pet there are ways to test this ability and get instant results. One of my dogs cannot help but come to me when I visualize an invisible collar and leash and I pull her toward me when she doesn’t want to come.

“When my other dog doesn’t want to come then I visualize petting and loving on her and she cannot help but come to me. Of course, once she gets to me I always reward her with that love before doing what I originally intended to do (such as clip her nails). Anyway, the power of the mind is awesome. I’ve found that animals are 100% attuned to this power and I believe it is how they communicate since they don’t use words.”

I do not believe that dogs could have such sensitivity to their humans’ thoughts if they themselves did not themselves have extra-sensory abilities – that is, have a spiritual nature. 

Native Americans had a profound belief in the spiritual nature of everything in the universe; their spirit guides were and are invariably an animal or bird or other creature.  In fact, they believe that every object and animal was created from and possesses spirit.

To the modern person, that may seem extreme. I do not believe it is extreme in the least. I agree that it is profound, particularly from the perspective that the entire universe may have been created by one – or more – great beings.  What is it that keeps matter together?  At its heart, and not in contradiction of the scientific laws which bind the universe, it could be the original commanding thought, “Let there be matter.”

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Many many years ago in the chaparral hills of Southern California I heard coyotes howling together at the moon in an eerie and haunting wail.  I wondered what impulse created the urge to make such a mournful, wistful sound.  The thought came to me that they were mourning their ancient loss of freedom… they were longing for the days when they flew free of earthly bonds, as powerful, free spirits.

Perhaps…