I was very excited to try this new healing technique on the issue of joy. No more than a week after releasing these reality streams I had a very beautiful experience that deepened my awareness on the nature of Joy.
It was a late summer afternoon and I was walking in Central Park with two friends. The weather was perfect. Sunny and warm but not too hot. We happened upon a bunch of people drumming on drums that created a cool catchy beat. People around us were dancing and the vibe was lively and positive. I then noticed the sunlight of dusk radiate its golden light through the tree branches basking its lovely warmth upon my face. In that instance I found myself reveling in how perfectly beautiful this moment was. My heart swelled with gratitude and I silently said a prayer thanking the Divine for creating this moment. I still hold that experience in my heart to this day for it taught me a very powerful soul lesson.
GRATITUDE AND JOY GO HAND IN HAND.
Some years later I continued higher certifications of VortexHealing® so I was excited to run the issue of Joy through the new healing protocol yet again. This time on deep core levels.
The healing revealed ways old trauma would cause an emotional and spiritual disconnect to access Joy on a Soul level. It was important to know I could not always understand what joy truly was since it was not properly taught and nurtured at a young age. Even now I must remind myself to align back to the foundation of joy I am trying to create. I still find myself getting lost in anxiety, stress, and doubt. Thankfully the second healing gave me the necessary tools and insights to return to Joy with more awareness. It revealed a spiritual discipline that reminded me to align back to my Heart and Soul with a continued practice of mindfulness, doing things I love, and most especially practicing gratitude.
On an intellectual level we may understand gratitude but if we stay on this level gratitude becomes detached and uninspired like a dry list of facts that can get lost within the stress and drama of our everyday lives.
As I walked down the street I chose in that moment to practice gratitude. I focused deeply in my heart to access this expression of Love. When my heart found the gratitude I said a prayer thanking the Universe for what I was grateful for. I felt the energy of my heart expand outwards all around me. It was a wet and cloudy day but from where I was walking everything felt brighter and lighter. A wonderful reminder that when you deeply practice gratitude with the courage to be vulnerable it's power begins to expand and bless your outer reality.
As I continued to integrate, the blessings of Joy in my outer reality began to manifest. I experienced several months of wonderful magical times with friends, traveling to different places and making new spiritual connections. Joy became a creative force which opened new doorways of fun, adventure, and growth. Most importantly Joy was never complete without sharing it with people you loved. Love and Joy go hand in hand and as you share Joy with others it continues to expand like an infectious ripple of Light.
The golden season of happiness soon ened and my life would make different turns where Joy took a back seat to pressing issues of responsibility and crisis. To lose joy is always bitter sweet and we often wonder if it’s possible to manifest this Joy again. My second healing on the issue of joy revealed this important insight -
PLACE NO EXPECTATIONS OR ATTACHMENTS ON JOY.
When a happy period ends it becomes very hard to let go. We make the mistake of trying to grasp, control, and hold on to a happy moment. Over time I held the insight of “no expectations” within my heart so when these happy moments ended I was able to let them go with more acceptance. Another unhealthy expression of attachment I faced was my varying addiction to pleasure. Pleasure could be an expression of Joy or it could be a coping mechanism to avoid emotional pain. It became important to put aside pleasure that distracted so I could deal with the pain I was trying to emotionally avoid. The irony is when I healed the pain of emotional avoidance certain expressions of pleasure no longer took my interest for they were not aligned with joy but aligned with the escape from pain.
The word happiness can be associated with the word Joy with not much distinction in definition between the two. Another important insight came to my awareness.
HAPPINESS IS THE BLOSSOMS. JOY IS THE ROOTS.
The nature of happiness is as transient as the changing of seasons – A time of warmth and blossoming followed by a time of endings, cold, and hibernation. As the leaves fall the tree holds it’s roots deep into the Earth. The deeper the roots the greater the blossom. This metaphor perfectly describes the nature of Joy. Happiness may end like the changing of a season but if we plant the seeds of Joy within our hearts, nurture them with love to ensure it’s growth we are then ready to embody this deeper expression Joy free of the expectations of transient Happiness. In a time of darkness we may not always be able to make happiness a priority but if we remain vigilant to protect what we joyously love we can then express our Joy with true freedom no matter what the circumstances. If we have faith in Joy from the deepest place in our Souls then we truly have the power to create Joy even in darkness.
To share Joy means we are not finding something outside ourself but seeing a beautiful mirror within that we share with other people. It’s a rare experience to be with someone who can remind you of the Joy we have within ourselves. Have no doubt this person is someone who did a lot of inner work to get to that place where joy may express itself naturally without resistence.
As of this moment I make no claims of expertise on the issue of joy despite my ability to articulate insight into words. Stress, worry, and doubt still play a part in my life. I am easily distracted into mundane anxieties and still lose myself with anger from the past. Yet from these healings an important space within my Being is made. A space where the Light of awareness gets my attention telling me to Remember. Remember that the whirlwind of everyday negativity is all but an illusion and to recenter my self back into the Light. In this moment the full expression of my Joy still waits but the more I align with my Light the more the blossoming of my Joy is assured.
I hope what I have written here may also plant the seeds of Joy within you as well.
®Ric Weinman - WWW.VORTEXHEALING.ORG
Illustration by Jim Warren