Happiness Challenge Day 4

Old spiritual hang ups.

Committing to feel good all the time has quickly shown me obstacles I’ve been putting in the way of happiness.

I used to think we have to choose between worldly happiness and spiritual happiness.

Lots of spiritual teachings claim that the world keeps us stuck in illusion, ignorant of the truth. Worldly happiness is presented as a false promise, whereas true happiness is spiritual.

But the dichotomy is false. We don’t have to choose, because all happiness, fulfilment and abundance come from the same source.

Spiritual gifts and material blessings are the same, grounded in our desire and the inspiration that asks for them, and the source that provides them to us.

Is it good to receive wisdom but bad to receive wealth? Is the desire for freedom a true expression of our innermost being, but the desire for a beautiful home is not?

I thought that the desire for anything material or worldly was some kind of trap that would keep me stuck in Maya, stuck in delusion, stuck in a fallen world.

Even though God promises us abundance, even though the Old Testament is full of all kinds of worldly prosperity, even though God swears he wouldn’t hand us a stone when we ask for bread.

What does it mean to want something, but also worry that having it would be bad? It means we are resisting our own desire, and fighting our own happiness.

My determination to feel good all the time is like setting out to clean house. All kinds of crazy junk appears and I find myself thinking “what on earth was I hanging onto this for?”

It feels good to let these things go.

2 thoughts on “Happiness Challenge Day 4

  1. John17

    thou hast given me: because they are thine. 10And all my things are thine, and thine are mine: and I am glorified in them. 11And now I am not in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name whom thou hast given me: that they may be one, as we also are. 12While I was with them, I kept them in thy name. Those whom thou gavest me have I kept: and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition: that the scripture may be fulfilled.

    13And now I come to thee: and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy filled in themselves. 14I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them: because they are not of the world, as I also am not of the world. 15I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from evil. 16They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world. 17Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth. 18As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

  2. 1 John
    Testing the Spirits

    1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, if they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2Hereby ye know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses Jesus Christ come in flesh is of God; 3and every spirit which does not confess Jesus Christ come in flesh is not of God: and this is that [power] of the antichrist, [of] which ye have heard that it comes, and now it is already in the world. 4*Ye* are of God, children, and have overcome them, because greater is he that [is] in you than he that [is] in the world. 5*They* are of the world; for this reason they speak [as] of the world, and the world hears them. 6*We* are of God; he that knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

    Love Comes from God

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