You can take a “happiness vow.”
We started the Loving Relationships Training in Szczecin, Poland. A lot of little things went wrong and we were reacting somewhat. We did not feel so good for 10 minutes about all this. Then Markus and I shared our feelings with each other, and after that we had to get off it. The way we got off it was to share and let it go and remember that we had taken the happiness vow. In other words, we reminded ourselves that we had decided not to let the external affect our happiness. We were aware that if we got caught up in talking about what we didn’t like or want, we were going to bring in more struggle and difficulty—so we dropped it and got to work.
Markus laid down to breathe with everyone. I was feeling slightly sick, but I kept working and I am fine now. There are so many challenges that come up on the road. We have to let go faster and it is really a test every time. I am excited that there were 4 or 5 people who had never been rebirthed and they got initiated last night, and that is always wonderful to see how astonished they are with the process.
Things got rebooted, and in the end I was feeling pretty well. It got me thinking more about my happiness vow.
In the book The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, he talks about “The Path of Unconditional Happiness” in Chapter 15. He says this about it:
You have to give an unconditional answer. If you decide that you’re going to be happy from now on for the rest of your life, you will not only be happy, you will become enlightened. Unconditional happiness is the highest technique there is. You don’t have to learn Sanskrit or read any scriptures. You don’t have to renounce the world. You just have to really mean it when you say that you choose to be happy. And you have to mean it regardless of what happens. This is truly a spiritual path, and it is as direct and sure a path to Awakening as could possibly exist.
Singer, Michael A.. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself (p. 142). New Harbinger Publications. Kindle Edition.
Also, A Course in Miracles says, “God’s will for me is perfect happiness.” Lesson #101. What about that! Perfect happiness is defined as a state of happiness that never leaves; it never “reverts back” to unhappiness. It is not “this” versus “that.” It is unequivocal, leaving no doubt or ambiguity about happiness. But it is also totally free of all judgments and non-forgiveness. When I hold grievances, this blocks my unconditional happiness. I am responsible for my own happiness vow. It is not dependent on external conditions, but rather on my willingness to let go of all that blocks it. I have to forgive everyone completely, including myself, for perfect happiness to be in my awareness.
Furthermore, this perfect state of unconditional happiness is the Will of my Creator for me. But I have to decide for it.
The Decision for Happiness
We do not usually think that happiness is a decision. We like pleasant things to happen, then as a result we are happy about them. But it is the other way around. Our decision for happiness brings about the pleasant experiences. And—our decision for happiness helps us to overcome the unpleasant experiences. We decide not give our undesirable thoughts and results any lasting power over us. This is a practice.
We have to make a decision for happiness. It is the same thing as saying, “Heaven is the decision I must make.” Lesson #138 in ACIM:
You need to be reminded that you think a thousand choices are confronting you, when there is really only one to make. And even this but seems to be a choice. Do not confuse yourself with all the doubts that myriad decisions would induce. You make but one. And when that one is made, you will perceive it was no choice at all. For truth is true, and nothing else is true. There is no opposite to choose instead. There is no contradiction to the truth.
Can you make this “one choice?” This is a decision for unconditional happiness. There is no real alternative. This is a decision for Heaven on Earth. It is not dependent on what others decide. It is your decision alone. Can you make it?
You can make it during our LRT in the New Jersey/ New York area in August: INFO HERE