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 creative 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. 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 two disparate cultures and philosophies.
Why would we not embrace this truth? What is our resistance? Why do we continue to feel like victims of our circumstances?
Because of what we have been taught.
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 and happy. And yet no matter how much love or money or success we may find, it’s never 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.
If we have learned this, then we can un-learn it.
As meditators we begin to find the source of happiness within. Often times we are able to feel it – spontaneous bouts of happiness for no apparent reason; but to have happiness 24/7, we have to change our thinking.
This is so much simpler than we might imagine. As little as fifteen minutes a day reading and studying something like Emmet Fox will begin to make a change in us. Fifteen minutes a day putting something into our stream of consciousness other than what is normally there. Fifteen minutes a day, then let nature do the rest. And nature will always want to give us a life of joy; for only joy will we be able to express 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.