I struggled for years with feelings of guilt around being joyful. Although I’ve always felt tremendous gratitude for the life I’ve lived – all the interesting experiences I’ve had and the love I received firstly as a young child, then growing up, and now as an adult – I’ve often been caught in the trap of wondering how I can feel happy when so many children, men, women and animals in the world are suffering, mistreated and in pain. In addition, there’s all the damage inflicted on the plant and mineral kingdoms, often at the hands of ruthless human beings. I’ve come to the conclusion that precisely because of this painful reality it’s part of my life purpose to be joyful – in the sense that it’s not only my right to be filled with joy but rather also my goal. It’s my task to smile, to bring positive energy to my exchanges, to be centred and believe in Love – the Love that is the essence of each human being. Smiling, laughing, enjoying each and every moment is a great gift I can share with the world. As well as the immediate benefits it brings within interpersonal exchanges, I believe it can also create an energetic echo that reverberates through the transpersonal field. Because this transpersonal plane is where our collective human consciousness meets, the echo of my positive attitude can have an energising impact on other people. In the same way, if I’m morose, this weighty vibration can set off an energetic echo that has the potential to reinforce similarly negative reverberations on the transpersonal plane, which in turn can contribute in a detrimental way to our collective mood. In short, compassion doesn’t equate to depression. If one truly wishes to be compassionate, it’s important to feel the lightness, joy and innocence of our inner child, and to share that in as many ways as possible with others.
Extract from “She Who Is Unto Herself”