“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”
– Joseph Campbell, the legend.
Yesterday a funny thing happened while trying to understand why things aren’t working in my life. I implement all the teachings read all the books and intellectually understand what all the great spiritual teachers are saying. Then suddenly fear hits you square in the face. You feel its intensity,the emotion is real. Your body responds by tensing or sweating and from your own thoughts and imagination, it is now a reality. It is very negative to your well-being, yet we give it absolute power. In many ways fear has become the norm and joy is something we hope to feel. Joy is the feeling that skirts around what we think we are not worthy of having. Why else would so many people be trying to understand how to bring joy into our lives?
This is the fun part, the one thing we are all trying to obtain we all have and by placing our attention on joy as the norm, fear diminishes. Fear becomes the emotion skirting around the perimeters of our true selves and with time may even disappear only used for the sole purpose of protecting us from danger. Joy, Happiness and even the best feeling love are high vibrational energies and to keep these feelings in the front of your life is work. Once the work becomes a way of living it becomes your joy and the true oneness of you. Fear, doubt and unworthiness are heavy emotions and easily felt. These are feelings with little power and can with every day practice be but back up on the shelf for when they are needed.
So yesterday I finally realized that if I could feel with such intensity fear and all that came along with that feeling than why should I not be able to feel joy even more so. When fear comes acknowledge it, be aware of the feeling as you would be aware of a breeze on your skin. Ask yourself why are you experiencing this fear and then give thanks for the experience and release it from your imagination, your thoughts. Move your body into action and do something that is joyful to you. Living from the place inside you where there is joy also lives your imagination and your dream, your purpose. Joy, love, happiness will burn out the pain.