Laughter Can Set Us Free

6c9f074d8c30aa1e02b4cc3acf9e41e5A long time ago you were a small child born with hopes and dreams.  You wanted to love and be loved, to laugh, to play, and to make a difference in the world.  The family that you were adopted or born into shared with you a structure and a way of understanding life, which was probably very different than what you understood as a pre-born spirit.  Your family had ways of thinking and being that were a response to what they had experienced in their lives.  They probably wished to save you from the suffering of the world- and so they taught you many things they believed to be useful.  Then, you became your own person.  Maybe you even believed you were not like everyone else in your family.  But the truth is no one really believes they fit in, belong, or are OK just like they are.

In the end no one fits in because there is no truth to the world of mind.  It’s all an illusion of thought.  Mind is full of notions and ideas; most of which make money for someone.  But making money is not a Truth…it is an experience of illusion.  The mind’s purpose is not to help you be who you truly are or to live as Divine Spirit.  Its purpose is to evaluate, categorize, judge, compare, and remember.

Earth-4039The Truth of Spirit Mind is: We are beloved children of Divine Spirit. This means we have a great light within us.  We have a great love within us.  The potential for sympathetic joy exists within us, and the energy of peace is also within us.  We cannot earn this.  We cannot create it.  It just exists.  It exists as our Tarai (spirit) mind- the mind that remembers who we truly are.  Coming to rely upon the Spirit Mind we will be able to know and remember why we came into this world.

The part of us that does not know purpose or believe this truth is ordinary thinking mind.  That mind is preoccupied with memories, judgments, rewards, anxiety, need, anger, fear, pain, grief, I want it- I don’t want it, depression and guilt.  In other words the ingredients of suffering.

The seeds (thoughts) we are sowing in our mind, into the ground of our spirit beingness, determine our experience of this world. 

No one can make us feel anything we do not decide to feel.  Over and over again individuals have demonstrated that they can hold to Divine Spirit truth even if their body is tortured and killed.  No one can make us commit an evil act…it is ourselves who choose to be evil or to be noble and virtuous.

When we find someone we are afraid of, or who has insulted us, and declare them to be the cause of our suffering we have created an enemy.  It is usual to feel that the enemy must be destroyed, left behind, or gotten rid of somehow. When we believe others are controlling our experiences we are outside of Spirit Truth.

As spirit’s people we, therefore, speak for right action not against the actions of others.

freedomHow can we avoid enemy consciousness?  It begins by understanding that we are in enemy consciousness within ourselves.  There is often a part of us that we hate.  This is the inner dialogue that tells us we are stupid or that there is must be something wrong with us.  This is our personal demon.  We all have one.  This demon was created by the words of people when we were small, or the words of people who were trying to educate us.

The demon is always a voice from our past.

The demon makes a lot of noise and we feel that we have to respond to that voice. So, we engage in an arguments with ourselves.  We may be constantly defending against this voice.  Arguing with the demon tends to make the self-hate and judgment more real, stronger, and less easily defended against.  It seems like we always lose.  It’s like a court battle with a corrupt attorney.  And this demon voice doesn’t always stay in our head, it might be voiced  by the people around us, those who feel it is their right to share negative opinions with us.

Most suffering is caused by the voices in our head.

When we have made a mistake of some kind we begin to be ashamed, then guilty, then angry.  When we are angry we blame someone.  If we blame others we become victimized.  When we blame ourselves we become depressed or hopeless.  Neither of these two options help us move from suffering into joy, peace, or love.

What if there was a tool?  The tool is Laughter….laughter can set us free!

Happy-ChildrenNow there are some songs that say love is the key- but actually that rarely works.  How many times have we managed be loving but still felt sad or upset inside?  It’s impossible to suffer and laugh at the same time.  However this will not work as long as we are determined to believe that everything we say, think, feel, and do is deadly serious.

We could begin to let go of taking life so seriously.   We could cultivate a sense of humor about ourselves and others.  We could begin to play at life instead of striving to conquer life.  We could discover beauty, grace, and the joy of seeing others happy.  We can find deep joy in service.

Liberation is possible if we truly understand that in life there will be suffering, and that mistakes are inevitable. Let us hope that we will be willing to make mistakes for the remainder of our lives.  If we cannot make mistakes we will have ceased to learn, grow, and expand into the more.  It helps to accept that we will never arrive at a place when everyone will love us, everyone will agree with us, approve of us, or even like us. Even we don’t give ourselves that consistent kind of attention.

Mistakes are inevitable, and suffering will happen- But laughter can set us free!

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Dreams

A long time ago you were a small child born with hopes and spirit dreams.  You wanted to love and be loved, to laugh, to play, and to make a difference in the world.  bigstock-Child-sitting-on-a-rooftop-and-12160391-300x209The family that you were adopted or born into shared their structure, their way of understanding life, which might have been very different from what you understood or wanted.  These people developed ways of thinking and being in response to the experiences of their lives.  Since they didn’t remember who they really were- the beloved children of Great Spirit- they could only teach you how to survive in a difficult world.  As you became your own individual you began to believe you were not like everyone else.  But the truth is there is no one who really believes they fit in, belong, and that they are ok just like they are.

In the end no one fits in because there is no truth to the teachings of the world or the beliefs of world mind.  It is all an illusion of thought.  World mind is full of lots of notions and ideas, most of which make money for someone.  But making money is not a Truth…it is an experience of illusion.  The world mind’s purpose is not to help you be who you are or to live as who you really are it is to gain possessions, position, and power.

beautiful-birds-child-dreams-hope-favim-com-173804Spirit Truth is- you are the beloved children of Great Spirit Mother, Father, and Weaver. This means you have a great light within you, you have a great love within you, the potential for great joy within you, and the energy of peace within you.  You cannot earn this.  You cannot create it.  It just exists.  It exists as your Tarai (spirit) mind- the mind that remembers who you truly are.  Coming to rely upon the Tarai mind you will be able to know Great Spirit’s will for you and your life.  You will be able to remember why you came into this world.

The seeds (thoughts) we are sowing in our mind, into the ground of our spirit beingness, determine our experience of this world. 

No one can make us feel anything we do not decide to feel.  Over and over again individuals have demonstrated that they can hold to Great Spirit’s truth even if their body is tortured and killed.  No one can make us commit an evil act…it is we who choose to be noble and virtuous or angry, revengeful, and full of pain.

enemies-friends-life-lover-quote-Favim.com-136462_largeWhen we find someone and declare them to be the enemy and feel they must be destroyed somehow in order for us to be safe we  are outside of Spirit Truth.  How can enemy consciousness be avoided?  It begins by understanding that we are in enemy consciousness with ourselves.  There is a part of us that we hate.  these are the voices that tell us that we are stupid or that there is something wrong with us.  This is our personal demon.  We all have one.   It was created by the words and actions of people when we were small, or the words of people who were trying to educate us and teach us how things really are.  Much of our lives these self-hate voices are prodding, poking, demanding, and scolding in one way or another.  When this happens many of us engage in arguments with ourselves.  We may be constantly defending against our self-hate voices.  But all the arguing, processing, and transformational exercises only tend to make the self-hate voice more real, stronger, and less easily defended against.  The harder we try the more likely we are to lose.   It’s like a court battle with a corrupt attorney.

Most of our suffering is caused by the voices in our head.

When the voices get control because we have made a mistake of some kind we begin by feeling guilty, then ashamed, then horrified, and once those three things happen we usually make one of two choices- anger or depression.  voices_in_my_head_by_onehundredpercentme-d5i02dnAnger is when we make our mistake the fault of someone else –he made me so angry.  Depression is when we blame ourselves- I should have known better.  Neither of these two options will help us move from suffering to joy, peace, or love.

What if there was an alternative?    It is Laughter….laughter will set you free!

Laughter is the key that will set us free. Some people say that love is the key to set us free from suffering- but actually that rarely works.  How many times have you been able to feel love and still suffer from jealousy, anger, and upset?  However it’s impossible to be angry, upset, or suffering and laugh at the same time.

What turns off anger, depression, and the horror of having made a mistake is LAUGHTER. HappinessHowever this will not work as long as we are determined to believe that everything we say, think, feel, and do is deadly serious.  Begin to let go of taking life too seriously.   This is only possible if we truly understand that in life there will always be suffering but it doesn’t mean there is something wrong with us.  Mistakes are inevitable but they don’t mean there is something wrong with us!  How long we suffer is a choice.  Cultivate laughter, cultivate the ability to let go and Play.  Play means that when we are finished we have nothing to show for it other than a good mood.

In love and honor do I hold myself,
and in this way shall I cherish all things of the earth,
for we are one and the same.

 The Angel of Wisdom is my guide
and I am directed in all my choices.
And from these decisions do I learn more of the ways
of Wisdom that I might harvest the fruits
of all my endeavors in the season of their ripeness.

 The whole of humanity is my family,
and I offer the fullness of my heart to all.

dc-224 Unto the ends of eternity shall I travel
and forever will I return to share with my people.

 May I choose all my actions deliberately,
and may they flow from the core of my highest truth,
that I might serve with all the fire and passion of my love.

 May I be a catalyst of healing and transformation
for those who would seek to mend their wounds
and grow beyond their boundaries.

I would be a beacon of light upon their way,
blazing forth a path of illumination
through the darkness that enshrouds them.

 May I be a shield for those who seek shelter
from the onslaughts of oppression,
and a sword for those who would
cut the ropes of their own bondage.

 May I laugh in the face of all things
that it might be an instrument of freedom and liberation,
breaking the shackles of fear
by the very power of its resonance.

 May the wings of my heart be strong
so as to carry the weight of the world in its flight to the sun.

 For I have come to prepare the way
so that others may follow,
until all rivers have reached the great sea
and all beings are free from suffering.