Have you ever watched the movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory? Did you love the idea of a special chocolate river flowing through a secret chocolate factory? Or did you love the idea of tasting wonderfully, beautiful creations beyond your wildest imagination? You may have loved the idea of exploring exciting new places and receiving lots of fabulous surprises. And you may also have loved the idea of living a magical life, full of happiness and fun.
How can you create that prosperity in your life?
Your Happiest Life
Your adult version of living your happiest life may be linked to the notion of needing to be financially wealthy and secure, and of being materially comfortable so you can lead your perfect life, doing what you want when you want, without the unwanted pressure of your always having to work to make ends meet.
If you spent time following that dream, you may have found that there were a number of on-off, stop-start moments—moments that felt perfectly right, followed by moments that felt awfully wrong. Those may have felt like the normal ups and downs of life. You may have thought that once you reached a certain point things would settle down—that you’d be content. But that isn’t true; something is missing.
Feel the “Bad”
When you begin practicing the feeling-your-feelings experiment you may notice how much of your life is spent avoiding feeling the present moment. You may want to feel something else, something better, to feel anything but what you are feeling in this moment. Why? Because when you are truly honest with yourself, in this moment you feel bad—the last thing you wanted. But that’s exactly what you need to feel.
When you stop resisting the moment and allow yourself to sit in the discomfort of your feelings, you may notice your heaviness starting to shift. Before you know it, your bad energy lifts. You may begin to feel light and free. And that right about “now,” things start to flow.
Dee: Being able to live in the moment, in gratitude and in humility, didn’t happen for me until I got sober. The first miracle was being able to stop drinking every day, which was a must. Whether I wanted to or not, I couldn’t go a day without drinking.
Once my mind started to see clearly I was taught many things about myself and my alcoholism. Through the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous I was given the opportunity to create a Power Greater Than Myself over which I could turn my life and my will.
Well, that seemed impossible being the intellectual self that I was. But what did I have to lose? So I chose the neon clown head that I could see from my room in rehab, the Circus Circus clown in downtown Reno. He was smiling and warm and colorful. Just the way I thought a Higher Power should be. From there my Higher Power has evolved beautifully and has given me a contentment and freedom beyond my wildest dreams. I live my life totally different today, in the moment, in acceptance, in trusting that everything is perfect at this very moment. There are no coincidences.
Be Open to Your True Self
The longer you continue your experiment, the more the Universe will point you back to the source of your resistance—to every unwanted feeling that you had avoided until now. At times, you may want to blame your pain and suffering on an unkind, unforgiving God, but the evidence will prove otherwise.
A loving and benevolent energy will guide you every step of the way, showing you how to unblock your flow. Feel the exact vibrational source of your resistance, knowing that if you are willing to feel, your energy will integrate and heal. With each new unfolding comes a sense of relief, a feeling of being open to receive, and, best of all, a fresh and genuine excitement to uncover more of your true Self.
Dee: I have spent years fine-tuning my Higher Power from the cherished Circus Circus clown to what it is today. My Higher Power today drives me around in a pink convertible Cadillac (kind of like we’re on a magic carpet) while I enjoy the ride learning and experiencing what I need to at that moment. You see, I no longer have to be in control, or at least think I am. I turn my will and my life over to a Power Greater Than Myself and trust that I am on the right path. I have found over time, trial and error, doubting and questioning, that this works. And when I feel agitated in my gut over people, places and things over which I have no control, my Higher Power tells me these feelings are not serving me. Embrace them, then let them go. I do and whisk them away into the clouds. So freeing.
When you can open yourself up to the truth of how you feel in any given moment, you open yourself to the power of presence, to the healing power of self-love. You start to experience a sense of spaciousness where there was no space before, an awareness that shows you that you are not your judgment, nor your resistance. You allow yourself to see that every moment is given to you effortlessly, every moment filled with everything you require to return you to your flow—a flow you recognize as your own, full of the joy and freedom of your purest potential.
Dee: I never yearned for contentment. I didn’t even know what it was or that I was lacking it. But I did yearn for happiness, serenity, good health and well-being. I realized that these all went hand-in-hand not being able to have one without the other. When I stopped yearning for them they came. I feel them. I feel light and worry-free. I am happy, serene, healthy and well. Without even trying. But more so I received this awesome gift that, again, I didn’t know I was lacking. I couldn’t put my finger on it for a long while but then it came to me. I am content.
Receive Your Gifts
Your resistance will start to give way to receiving; your mental grips will turn into gifts. Your familiar moments of on-off, stop-start frustration will become welcome signs to show you when and where you are limiting your willingness to receive and to expand. Learn to trust the magic in the amazing opportunities being dropped in your lap—all the synchronous meetings, exciting connections, fun invitations, and thousands of incredible moments bursting with creativity and beauty.
As your confidence in your experiment grows, so does your happiness—a deep and lasting contentment born from living in the moment. You can feel your truth—the flow of prosperity is already within you. Feeling your feelings sets it free.
Dee: Being the intellectual self before finding recovery and the freedom from alcohol was exhausting. Rationalizing any and every thing was a full-time job that got me nowhere. I was weighed down with the lack of my self-control and self-will. My energies and drive weren’t making me happy nor healthy nor free nor serene. I was living in a cycle of More…More…More and all I was getting was More…More…More of “You’re a loser” and “I hate you.”
A complete turnaround came for me when I experimented with living from my heart and not my head. Turn off my brain and feel what’s being said in my gut. Don’t react but nurture those feelings from within and go with them. They speak my truth.
I have found this new and freeing way of living has awarded me great gifts that I wasn’t even striving for because I didn’t know they even existed or my brain told me they weren’t in my reach…that I wasn’t worthy enough…or smart enough…or good enough.
My heart never tells me to dwell in the past nor worry about the future. If I stay in the moment in front of my nose, I know that everything is perfect at this very moment…and that includes me! If I remember to turn my life, my worries, my everything over to a Power Greater Than Myself to control the outcomes of my life, all will unfold perfectly.
Embody the Flow
When you can feel that your prosperity is effortlessly given to you in every moment, you start to embody the Truth that your natural state of being is one of well-being. You recognize and acknowledge that your most authentic operating system is one of relaxed ease and grace, of abundance and flow, and not the false, learned conditioning of resistance and struggle, of lack and limit you have grown used to.
The more you practice your feeling experiment, the more you learn to hold this truth. You learn to lessen the grips of your old patterns of resistance and open your hands to receive all of the goodness, all of the wonder life has to offer you. With experience comes confidence and faith in the knowing that you can be safely carried by the river of abundance that flows within you, and that in every moment, you are worthy of receiving the full magnificence of who you truly are.
Dee: Try it; you’ll like it. Fake it ’til you make it. Trial and error. It’s a journey. Odd at first and definitely a whole new way of living. But it works! All burdens are removed from your shoulders. The doubt starts to lift because you begin to experience that this surrender and change in mindset produces wonderful results and miracles.
You can live a magical life like Charlie did when he discovered the chocolate factory. You hold a golden ticket— the ability to tap into the power of your feelings, and your true well of being that feeds you with unconditional love and prosperity. You must choose this new adventure for yourself, for only you can be the hero of your story.
It’s up to you to discover the flavors of your happiness and your unique life purpose, and to learn to trust that you are always—and in all ways—supported by an intelligent field that knows and honors your heart’s deepest intentions to live your best life.
This feeling way of life is a magical ride. Find out for yourself if it’s your new way to fly!
Learn how to tap into the power of your feelings and manifest your deepest desires with loving support from like-minded women and wonderful speakers at our Chopra Women’s Retreat. Learn More. (https://chopra.com/live-events/womens-retreat/)
Dee: I live a Disney-type life…the happiest place on earth. From the Circus Circus neon clown to where I am at this very moment I shall never grow up. The adult-shit that I’ve experienced throughout my life has not served me. Being who I am and loving who I am has. Not having to prove anything to anyone else is the way to be. It’s all between me and my Higher Power.
I live very optimistically, very positively, even in the turmoils that surround us. There is always good to come from EVERYTHING…compassion, love, understanding, forgiveness, faith. If you chose to live this way, the ripple-effect will spread throughout the planet and great things will come. Feels good to live this way.
With warmest aloha, Dee Harris
For those interested in my Art with a Message of Optimism and Hope, please check out my website at www.DeesignsByHarris.com. Mahalo and have an awesome day!
About the Author
Louise Laffey, Guest Speaker
Once a young lawyer and an intuitive spiritual seeker, Louise Laffey, struggled to reconcile what she viewed as two separate lives. As a lawyer she enjoyed many of trappings of the modern world, but always felt like she was compromising herself and her values to meet someone else's agenda. She escaped to South America, where she embarked on the spiritual journey that led her to create the process of fully aligning prosperity with her purpose. For the past nine years, Louise has travelled the world, teaching more than 50,000 people from over 20 countries to identify and clear the unconscious blocks standing in the way of their prosperity, freeing them to consciously create more wealth and abundance in... Read more (/bios/louise-laffey)
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