I teach that nothing can make us happy or sad – it’s only our inner decision that determines how we feel. So how can seeing something make us happy?
Recently I read this line in A Course in Miracles:
“You will rejoice at what you see because you see it to rejoice.” T-25.IV.2:1
The problem is not that we seek experiences to make us happy. The problem is that we seek the wrong things believing that they will make us happy. By now most of us understand we are confused if we believe that money, a beautiful partner or the right job will make us happy. So what could we see that would make us happy and joyful?
What about seeing joy in others? Allowing our inner Guide to bring joy to others? Seeing that our choice of inner Guide has an effect on others and their joy makes joy real to us? It makes us happy to see joy inspired in others because of the joy flowing through us!
I used to think that meditating and connecting to inner peace is how I became joyful. It certainly does happen and I’m discovering that nothing brings more joy to me than seeing the effect of my inner presence on others.
Also, seeing joy in someone’s face even though I am not feeling joyful myself is a reminder that I must be choosing not to accept the joy that exist within me.
“If you inspire joy and others react to you with joy, even though you are not experiencing joy yourself …you have limited your receiving.” Text-9 VI. 1:4 & 2: 5
When I forget to accept joy within myself even though it is there waiting for me, others give me the gift of reminding me what is inside.
Nothing brings joy more alive to us, than seeing how we bring joy to others. It’s a helpful step to know that we’re not the bringers of joy but the joy is flowing through us. Then eventually we realise that joy is our Identity and we are never separate from who we really are.