There is one great fundamental law, the Law of Being, the summing up of all laws in life. It is this: whatever comes to you, whatever happens to you, whatever surrounds you, will be in accordance with your consciousness, and nothing else; that whatever is in your consciousness must happen, no matter who tries to stop it; and whatever is not in your consciousness cannot happen.
So as we study this Law of Being, as we contemplate the full import of it, we more and more become masters of our own destiny.
Emmet Fox, The Ten Commandments
We are meant to be happy. We are meant to enjoy our lives. We are designed to contribute in meaningful ways to life and to the world around us. As expressions of nature, our natural state is to be full, free and alive and effortlessly to express creatively in all aspects of our life.
If we are not having this experience of life, it is because we are thinking in a way that is keeping us from it. If we were able in a moment to embrace fully this idea of a joyful life, then a joyful life would be our reality. To expect joy, to insist on joy, to believe in joy is to have joy. It really is that simple.
The Veda tells us this in its way–that consciousness is primary, that all things exist first in consciousness and then are out-pictured as our world. The New Thought movement led by Emmet Fox says this in its way–that what you hold in consciousness will be drawn to you in your world.
The same truth, expressed in two different ways, told by two different traditions, arrived at by two different paths, from within two disparate cultures and philosophies.
Why do we not embrace this truth? What is our resistance? Why do we continue to feel as victims of our circumstances, rather than as authors of our own individual lives? Because we have been taught to think in a different fashion.
We live in a culture of consumerism. Everything in our lives, from our earliest memories to the ads we saw last night on TV or the internet have taught us we need something outside ourselves in order to be complete, in order to be happy. No matter how much love or how much money or how much success, it never is enough. There is always more, better, newer, faster. We are told by the world, and then by our own mind, that in order to be okay, we must have more. We must get. We must, or we will die.
This way of thinking has been learned. As such, it can be un-learned.
As meditators we begin to find the source of fulfillment, of happiness, within; and often times we are able to feel it–spontaneous bouts of happiness for no apparent reason; but only by conscientiously changing the habitual way our mind works can we truly step into the life we are meant to have, and have the experience of 24 hour a day bliss.
This is so much simpler than we might imagine. Something as little as fifteen minutes a day of reading and studying something that speaks of life in this way will begin to effect a change in us. Fifteen minutes a day of putting something into our stream of consciousness that is other than what is normally there, and we may find ourselves expecting success rather than difficulty. Fifteen minutes a day, then let nature do the rest. And nature, given leave to accomplish what it wants to accomplish in us, will gives us a life of joy; for only in the experience of joy will we be capable of expressing nature fully.
Today I will spend fifteen minutes before or after my meditation studying the words of someone whose mind works in a way I would like my own mind to work.
Indian Boy, Walk of Hope, Uttar Pradesh, India
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