This post is a follow-up to Hope’s Wisdom Dialogues Episode Called “One Thing, One Purpose“, written by Gail Florence.
Ever remember your parents describing you as a bundle of joy?
When we were swaddled in a baby wrap looking like a bundle and sleeping soundly in the arms of our mom or dad, for sure, there was a moment, our parent whispered, “What a bundle of joy.” Whatever we did as babies – woke up in the middle of the night, cried for milk, relieved ourselves at different times, crawled here and there – we were only seen as bearers of happiness. We might even wish now, for whatever reason, to be just babies or children again because we yearn for their carefree and happy lives.
However, we don’t need to wish or yearn our childhood.
We can continue being a bundle of joy even at our age. Why? It is because we were created for joy so, it never left us. Unfortunately/fortunately, our different experiences and the things we learned, covered up the joy within us. Each experience (especially ones that hurt, upset, or scared us) and assumption of life was like mud thrown over the bundle until it was all concealed in filth. So, at some point in our lives, we believe there is no happiness for us anymore.
First, let’s go through why it is an unfortunate circumstance. It is okay we experience different situations. Life is colorful and we see all those colors because of everything that we go through. However, believing that what is left of us are only pain, insecurity, inadequacy, fear, sadness, and so on is the unfortunate event. When we believe in our thoughts which only make us feel guilt and self-doubt, we are burying our intrinsic joy more and more.
They are not reality…
Once our thoughts offer fear, anxiety, or sadness, they can look real because we firmly hold on to them. It is as if, we are laying out our future for negative re-occurrences because we are forwarding the same negative feelings. We forget or maybe deny that all thoughts are just perceptions. They are not reality. We deny we can still make a choice not to believe them. We can remove all the mud and bring out our being bundles of joy again.
Meanwhile, what makes our experiences and assumptions of life fortunate events? It is when we see them as opportunities for learning and recognizing truth. When we start to see what we have been believing as unreal, we are just making them up, clarity takes over our minds and happiness starts to sprout from within. We can return, then, to our being bundles of joy.
Reality is we are all one with one purpose…
Reality is we are all one with one purpose – to expand joy and love. We can say our thoughts, past and future, fear and doubt are nothing. Reality is, life is just flowing and all beings and circumstances are part of it. However, as humans with perceptions, we believe thoughts and concepts like money, sickness and death, are real. Removing all of those, what remains is an ocean of love and all are bearers of love. So, wherever we go, whatever we see, we extend love. It can also be, if we constantly hold on to our fears, wherever we go, whatever we see, we extend fear.
So, it is up to us how to perceive what thought or feeling arises within us. We don’t need to suppress or deny negative ones. We can recognize their presence, examine their root, let them play out until we see or feel the truth again. We can say, until we feel love, joy, and contentment again.
Once a fearful, sad or guilty thought spring up, we can tell ourselves, “I am making it up”. It can be difficult at first but constantly lessening its intensity, stillness remains. We will just feel calm.
If there is something to believe, it is we are bundles of joy for eternity. (Baby laughter all over)