Authentic Happiness

What is Authentic Happiness

Authentic happiness is stated this way in the Dictionary:

1: Authentic: representing ones' true nature or beliefs; true to ones self or to the person identified.

2: Happiness: pleasure, joy, exhilaration, bliss, contentedness, delight, enjoyment, satisfaction.  

Happiness is an active or passive state of pleasure or pleasurable satisfaction.

I would like to think that with all my years of teaching, I have become more centered in my life. I do believe my spirituality has grown immensely since I started on this journey. Although is there ever a time when we stop, or is it an ongoing life's journey? 

Now the question becomes is this all you want for yourself? 

I know for me it is not enough. I know that when I am feeling centered and doing what God or the universe wants, which is to see perfection in everything and to Love those I come in contact with. Then and only then do I feel whole and at peace. For me this is authentic happiness. Why would I want to give this feeling up. But I am not there as often as I would like. I do fall short occasionally. I believe this is part of the human condition. I once heard someone say it this way, If it was not for the bad days how would you know the good days.  This is part of the human experience.

 Stuart Wilde was also a influence on my journey. I hope these quotes will help. Take the time to read his books.

Infinite Self : 33 Steps To Reclaiming Your Inner Power

Stuart Wilde

1. I am Infinite. I am one with the God Force.

2. My inner awareness begins with the God Force in me and expands outward.

3. I have the courage to go beyond my ordinary, limited perceptions.

4. I listen for and accept inner guidance from Spirit.

5. I accept negativity as a learning experience and transmute it

into an opportunity for growth.

6. What I know about the world I’ve learned from prevalent belief patterns. I now look beyond those patterns for my own infinite good.

7. I commit myself to building my highest wisdom and power beyond the weakness of the ego.

8. I am master of my own destiny.

9. I reclaim my power from the world and return it to the God Force. My personal power grows through this discipline.

10. My mind is centered.

11. What I believe I am, I am.

My word is law unto me.

13. I find freedom through acceptance and detachment.

14. I judge nothing. I quantify nothing.

15. By holding onto nothing, I actually have everything.

16. I have no need to defend my will or force my views.

17. I continuously purify myself of ego-based limitations.

18. I respect all living things -- including myself -- and I acknowledge their beauty and magnificence.

19. My power rises from within. I don’t need to push a situation, the appropriate outcome is drawn to me.

20. My most powerful action can be non-action (non-judgment, non-involvement), where I operate from a state of “clear being” rather than “hectic doing.”

21. I dedicate my life to the sacred way.

22. I have an abundance of inspiration and creative expression.

23. I maintain a fresh, energized attitude toward life. I observe nature and align myself to it.

24. I do not fear death, but rather accept it and get on with living.

25. My energy is my message. I don’t preach, I don’t seek followers.

26. I am physically disciplined. I provide my body’s requirements for optimal condition.

27. I am emotionally disciplined. I experience emotions, but I release them.

28. I am mentally disciplined. I don’t let negativity and “logic” dominate my life and direction. My higher self shines through.

29. I do not invest energy in things that don’t resonate for me. I live my truth and let the rest go.

30. I am spiritually disciplined. I acknowledge the source of my light and power regularly and often.

31. The energy of the quest uplifts me and carries me forward on my path.

32. A beneficent fusion of energies takes my beyond fear and difficulty into the realm of limitlessness.

33. I accept for myself the ever-evolving, ever-unfolding path of the Initiate -- which I travel with inner poise, power, and peace.

What about you?

Now the question becomes am I all that I can be? For most of us authentic happiness is something we need to keep cultivating. Our learning never stops, so why should our spiritual growth. 

After reading Promise Yourself, I feel like I have room for improvement. We can never settle, and say I have come far enough. I am still better than I used to be.

Read this poem and see how it touches you. Meditate on it and see how it fits into your life. See if maybe you need to change a part of your life to become more of the person you would like to be.  

Promise Yourself:


Christian D. Larson

"To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.  

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.  

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your  optimism come true.

Think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.  

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater  achievements of the future.  

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.  

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.  

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds.

To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long  as you are true to the best that is in you".

From Your Forces and How to Use Them by Christian D. Larson.  

Also known as 'The Optimist Creed" 

Christian D. Larson was born February 1,1874, died 1962. 

He was a wonderful spiritual teacher, who had a great influence on many people, including Ernest Holmes one of my Mentors. 


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