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The Way Forward

The Way Forward  The World The way forward is an internal journey; it requires you to look inside before looking outside. You cannot be much help in the world until you understand who you are and learn to respect yourself and others, as well as the planet you inhabit. The Challenge From one end of the earth to the other, there is a deep desire in human hearts for unity. But how can we make it happen? How is it possible to have unity in a world where it’s lacking even within families? Everyone has their own way of thinking, but when someone insists on having things done their way, diverse ideas are not tolerated very easily and unity starts to become an unattainable ideal. But it is not unattainable. When you accumulate truth, the power of that truth alone can destroy the number one enemy of unity: ego. When ego is out of the way, you can create an atmosphere of harmony; you have the ability to come together and accept another person’s different …

Putting It All Together

Putting It All Together When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.”  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.  —John Lennon Let’s take a short tour of what we know about how to feel great. We’ve learned some important principles and values that are essential to achieving real joy. 1. Know who you are. Know that you are a spiritual being, distinct from the body; that “soul” is something completely unique. Knowing yourself as a soul gives you a spiritual identity that needs to become the consciousness from which you operate in your everyday life. It needs to be practiced, not just lodged somewhere in your brain as an intellectual concept. 2. Find your balance and inner silence. There are so many wonderful benefits of knowing your spiritual identity. One of the greatest is this: you will be able to steady …

Optimism

Optimism Sweetness is a virtue that searches for the good in every person and situation. At its heart is the conviction that there is always something positive to be found. You simply need the patience to discover it.  –Eternal Blessings Optimism opens a door in difficult or hopeless situations. Optimism knows that there is always a way, no matter how many doors have been shut, and it believes that there is always a good alternative. No matter what the crisis, an optimistic outlook will tell you that the situation you are facing is a sign that you need to find a different way of thinking or a new way of doing things. Sometimes it’s easy to miss the signal because change can be uncomfortable, to say the least. No one really wants to do the work it takes to change unless it’s absolutely necessary, so they often ignore the warning signs until they become so obvious and clear that there is no other choice but to wake up. Now the choice is either to heed the warning …

Introduction

Introduction Is it possible to feel great in today’s world, where every day there seems to be some new crisis or disorder? Some new upheaval or unexpected negativity? Where violence is so rife? Should we even strive to feel great? Maybe it’s out of place or insensitive to the realities of other people’s lives? This little guide draws on years of spiritual study and practical experience. Included are rich descriptions of the sticking points we encounter in our journey through life, and also the keys to making progress as we recover our ability to feel really great—not as a temporary indulgence but as a lasting state of being. We learn, for example, about the gravity of negativity, when encumbered emotions such as resentment, wounded pride, and rejection hold us down and drain the goodwill and spontaneity from our lives. Enthusiasm, optimism, and contentment are among the keys that can free us from such chaos. We learn that these qualities spring from faith in the goodness of the Self and life. This faith returns to us …

Harmony

Maintain the balance of responding to situations with a cool head and to people with a warm heart. Harmony When you build a house, every brick counts. When you build character, every thought counts. You are what you think. Love, purity, peace, wisdom—the more you think of these qualities, the more you will become them. One of the first things you need to learn in order to truly feel great is the importance of putting your life in order and finding balance. If there is confusion inside, there will be confusion outside; learning how to align your inner world of thoughts, attitudes, and feelings with your outer world of actions, words, and relationships is the first step—you simply can’t feel great when everything in and around you is unsettled. Feelings and Emotions In order to bring your life into harmony, you have to find emotional stability, because when your emotions are unpredictable or irrational or you are feeling out of sorts, you can’t possibly settle into a life of joy and contentment. Emotions play a very …

Prologue

“Feeling great” sounds like a simple concept and one that is easily attainable. While it is, indeed, simple, it’s unfortunately quite elusive for most people—and no wonder. Our world is often fraught with confusion and tension. Our workplaces and even our homes—our supposed safe haven— can be magnets for chaos. And there are our personal lives to contend with—our physical, emotional, and spiritual health has more influence over our ability to feel great than anything we experience on the outside. With so much going on, in and around us, the quest to feel great for any length of time can feel pretty hopeless. But it isn’t hopeless. It’s actually quite possible—and easier than you think. The Desire to Be Happy Every man, woman, and child of every race and nationality, no matter where they live on this planet, wants to feel great. Not just now and then, or during a particular season of life—they want to feel great all the time. So, what’s getting in the way? First, let’s make sure we understand what “feeling …