How to be Happy
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us…Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
Holy boldness is what empowers me to share my personal transformative poetry in real time – gives me the confidence to express the wisdom which has crystallized and flows through me – and it’s been supported by the Source, massively.
I only knew this once I did it – and it was my biggest fear for so long. How about that…”Do what scares you most” – its what’s in the books and what I’ve read for years, and actually believe in and preach – but I never really tasted it and knew it until I tried it. It’s like having a child, being in love – can’t describe it in words – Can’t limit it to words and rational expression. Need to know it through experiential wisdom (Daas) – and then you know it. And this knowing becomes your perception and shifts reality all around you. It is the Devine flow of energy that gives confidence – and as my soul brother Dror just texted me yesterday:
“Believe in yourself!!!” “Its not faith without it”…how true.
When we are not doing what we love, expressing and sharing our greatest gifts, it is no blessing to be granted the gift of joy. And we need to be bold in the process of doing what we love.
It’s impossible to grow closer to the Source except through boldness. As Rabbi Yeudah ben Teima said: “Be bold as a leopard”, and we can take from this that he was referring to the importance of holy boldness – that a person must be “bold as a leopard” in the face of all who stand up against him to prevent him from his process of serving and growing closer to the Source.
Rebbe Nachman brings down in L”M #22:9 “Now, holy boldness is achieved through joy, as in (Nehemiah 8:10), “For the delight in God is your boldness.” In other words, [it is achieved] through the concept of “na’aseh v’nishma (we will do and [then] we will hear)” (Exodus 24:7). This is the concept of joy. – Contrary to rational logic, where we would first seek to “hear” – to witness, experience, fully understand – there is a power in first “doing” – taking action, jumping in, stepping out of our limited rational based perception – and only then do we “hear”. This was the only prerequisite to the process which unfolded when the nation of Israel stood by the mountain of Sinai and accepted the Torah – and this was the process which took place standing at the water edge with the Egyptians riding full throttle toward us – with nowhere else to run. Only through jumping in and “doing” do we experience the “miracle” of nature shifting and the path opening up in front of us. Only by “doing” do we express to the Source that we are its creation, with limited understanding, making the required room in our lives for higher wisdom to penetrate and expand our perception. And only then does the rush of joy, victory and song flow through us.
Later in L”M #22:9, the Rebbe goes on to write that “we will do and we will hear” corresponds to [concepts] hidden and revealed. “We will do” is synonymous with the revealed– i.e., the precepts that each and every person can fulfill commensurate with his level. And, “We will hear” is synonymous with the hidden – that which is elevated and hidden from in, so that he is incapable of serving [God] with this.
The concept of “we will do and we will hear” applies to each one of us at every level of growth. We each have the aspect of “we will do”, that which is revealed to us – as well as the aspect of “we will hear” – which corresponds to that which is hidden from us.
And it is our mission to go from level to level so that we are always meriting higher and higher aspects of “we will hear and we will do”.
There is great joy in victory. And our most epic battle is against our adversary who defends against what’s best for our evolution and expansion – our alignment with the Source. His greatest strategy is to create fear – a wall of illusion defined and maintained by our self imposed false beliefs. He justifies it with convincing rationalizations – keeping us locked behind bars of megapixels. And, he is happiest when we settle because he gets to sip martinis on the shore, mending his wounds while we suffer. He wins when we settle under the disguise of modern balance where all seems ok. But if we are not climbing we are free falling – finding ourselves cut off from inspiration and meaning. The ramp to the alter had no stairs – our process of growth leaves no room to stop and rest – we are in a perpetual state of motion – one way or the other.
The greatest joy comes from aligning with the Source to such a degree that you mirror its actions – and the greatest form of imitating the Source is by expressing our creative self into the world – this mirrors the act of creation – it mirrors child birth – it mirrors artistic expression and the flow of wisdom from the sages.
We will not be truly in joy unless we are doing what gives us joy. When someone is in joy they become the main character in their lives – and the next path opens up for them, supporting their journey. We need to boldly slay our limiting identities to become a clear channel of the Source to the world – widening the bandwidth for the flow of blessing through us to the world. Let us do His will so that His will becomes our will. Joy to follow.