Path of Joy

“The path of joy involves the ability to receive.  You can surround yourself with love, friends that care, and have a healthy and fit body, if you choose.  There is so much to be grateful for and appreciate.  One of the ways to receive more is to spend time appreciating what you have.  Acknowledge even the simplest things—the flowers you see or smell, the heartwarming smile of a child, the food you eat—and you will soon find the Universe sending you even more good things, for gratitude is magnetic.”  Sanaya Roman, Living with Joy

Why is it so important that we be grateful for what we already have?  After all, we may have felt ourselves lacking in many things that other people seem to acquire effortlessly.

The bottom line is that a grateful heart is a loving heart, and a loving heart is what we are here to cultivate.  We draw things to ourselves with the Love that we send out.  And if we don’t see the central place of love in our lives, then we are seeing amiss.

There is much that is secular in the law of attraction; one does not, after all, need to feel a particular attachment to a Deity to focus on that which we want, and then draw those things to ourselves.  But sooner or later we will get tripped up if we don’t recognize that our bodies flourish under love, and languish under fear.   If we draw primarily physical things in our desiring, we will find that we need to keep replacing one material desire with another; we will find ourselves insatiable.  And fear is at the bottom of that transaction.

If we elicit fear in others, this same fear will revert to ourselves.  And giving happiness to another reverts to ourselves as well.

We thrive in an atmosphere of happiness and joy, and gratitude is a one-way ticket toward both.  We can simply know that we don’t understand the Whole in which we are encapsulated.  We can simply know that a loving attitude makes us happier.

Our appreciation lubricates the wheels of existence, making that existence a matter that finds us, perhaps for the first time, truly living.

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5 thoughts on “Path of Joy

  1. When I read the words ‘Laws of Attraction,’ I almost gave up on this blog-I had an incredibly BAD experience after REIKI treatments, and I was surrounded by evil. I was delivered in a dramatic and gut wrenching manner. I am thrilled I pushed down my fear, as this was a fabulous and enlightening read.

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    1. Thank you for continuing to read. The “law of attraction” was popularized in recent years by Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret (DVD and book). She traced this idea through the centuries, and I have found much support for the idea in spiritual circles. The latter is what I seek to explicate in this blog.

      Love, Celia

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  2. You write beautifully, and I surprise myself my following this blog, as actually I think there is a lot of damaging stuff written about the so-called Law of Attraction. I feel I have some good understanding of the Law, but when people use it as an excuse to do nothing except ‘think rich’, and then wonder why they don’t get rich, and when people use it to denigrate others, saying ‘you deserve to be where you are’, regardless of the suffering involved, that is when I lose interest.

    I am not a religious person, but I am a spiritual one.

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    1. I was also turned off by some emphasis on material things with the law of attraction. My reading in spirituality and the law of attraction makes it very clear that we are not going to be content if all we focus upon is the material.

      Thank you for your follow, and thank you for writing in.

      Love, Celia

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