These thoughts are not revolutionary; many who’ve gone before have spoken or written these words. In my case however, knowing these truths and experiencing them have been two entirely different things until very recently. The true meaning of joy is becoming less a mystery to me with each passing day.
If this sounds profound, I believe it is. If this sounds haughty, know that I have no delusions of having “arrived” at a place of spiritual superiority – only an increasingly clearer understanding of the true nature of joy. It’s this I wish to share in a series of posts, beginning with this one.
What follows is a question I asked my spirit guide as well as the answer she provided.
What is the true nature of joy?
True joy is impassable, and unites all the bodies.
I’ve pondered her answer for several days. What does she mean by impassable?
I believe she means that joy is an attitude – a stance. True joy is a state of being unaffected by situation and circumstance. Unaffected! I used to wonder if remaining truly unaffected by the outside world was possible. Though I don’t yet have an answer to this, I no longer feel I need one. I do know that renewing my commitment to have joy at the start of every day has helped me live in that place recently. Because I’m committed to living with joy, I’ll renew that decision and bolster that stance as often as I need to – moment to moment, hour to hour, or day to day.
What does she mean by, “unites all the bodies?”
By “all the bodies” I believe she means the totality of self – all the parts that make up our being.
- Joy in the mental body: imagining what living with joy is like – not for others, but for me.
- Joy in the physical body: claiming the health and vibrance that is my birthright and yours, and making choices that support that health. Christianity got a few things right – “Your body is a temple” is one of them (1 Cor. 6:19-20). 🙂
- Joy in the spiritual body: believing in myself, trusting in the Universe, and having faith in the rest of humanity.
- Joy in the emotional body: Feeling joy! Looking at myself, others, and the events in my life through a filter of joy.
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