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As we continue the discussion of EJ Seal-Jackson’s book Living From Within: A Tribute to Love and Happiness, we will begin with the premise that life is easy but we make it hard. The reason for this significant error in judgement is because we were told by our tribe (those who surrounded us as children), that it is supposed to be that that way, i.e. if we go to school, work hard, get a good job then we will be happy, which now begs the question, how is that working out for us?
In-keeping with that idea today’s discussion is taken from Joel Goldsmith’s book Consciousness Unfolding, which means “defining ourselves from within ourselves”. As we step into this new practice of seeing ourselves through our own eyes, and listen more carefully to our inner voice; we will be graced with the simple, albeit exquisite, understanding that we are already happy. Plus, Julie is prepared to offer examples of real life experiences from her book Homeless to Happy in a Split Second, that further demonstrate why that is so.
As a part of the human experience virtually everyone, in one form or another, goes through the dark night of the soul. But Julie’s story, or perhaps more importantly her rebound, takes this idea to a whole new level. While for most of us it is the garden variety of pain and suffering, which is not to be minimized; her journey took her to a place that by most accounts would have to be one of the most traumatic of human experiences. In that regard she was able to take the insights discussed in Living from Within (long before it was ever thought of, not to mention published), and to literally go from homeless to happy in a split second, and for all practical purposes she has never looked back.
Finally we will look at ways to nurture the self-esteem our children, and will end with the understanding that being aware of what we are aware of is key.