Being Happy

If I were to ask you if you were happy, you would probably say, “Yes, mostly.” After all, you are doing OK. You’ve built a life that accommodates your needs and doesn’t push you where you don’t want to go. You’ve made compromises to get to where you are, and challenging those compromises means upsetting the apple cart and you’re reluctant to do that. The word is – accommodation.

But there is a problem with accommodation. It doesn’t work. You don’t get do life on your terms because God doesn’t accept compromises. She insists on growth! You can ignore the daily messages – the discomfort, the conflicts for a while, but eventually life is going to force you to to deal with the stuff you have left on the table.

Walk the halls of your local hospital. Rooms filled with people who ignored their pain and put off doing their work until their inner toxicity caused the tissues of the body to fail. Many of them now face the ultimate challenge, “Change or die.”

How does change happen? The word is frustration. As Elizabeth Gilbert said, “I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting sick of their own bullshit.” When we become sufficiently frustrated, we are willing to scrap our accommodations and look for other ways of being. And remember, it is only when we are challenged that we grow!

But we don’t want the pain that change, even good change, brings. Carl Jung said, “There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. (But) One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

I don’t have all the answers, but I do know that putting your work off only makes the process more painful and more difficult than it needs to be. Shamanism isn’t the only way up the mountain, but it is a good way. (I have created a video program of shamanic healing that takes you through the steps you will need to come home. And now it is available in a more affordable plan!)

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