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Radical Happiness Blog

Inspiration for Today

“Whatever you turn your attention toward becomes your experience, your reality. If you turn it toward something unreal, such as the ego’s fears, negative feelings, or its coulds and shoulds, the ego’s world will become your reality. Your fears, other feelings, and mistaken beliefs will seem real. But if you give your attention to what is actually real, here and now, and not to any unnecessary thoughts, you will gain access to every resource you need to cope with this moment—which is all you ever need.”

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Can Negative Emotions Be Helpful Guides in One's Life?

Someone wrote me recently and asked some very good questions about negative emotions, so I'm sharing my answer in this blogpost.
 
Question: I have some confusion about the role of negative emotions. On the one hand, it seems that negative emotions aren't good guides in life, and it is preferable to move through life from an inner wisdom, from what we could call Heart wisdom. On the other hand, so-called negative emotions seem to play an important part in my interacting with others.
 
The other day I was driving my car, and I got to a bend and suddenly felt a surge of fear, as I clearly was going a bit too fast. I listened to the fear and slowed down. I believe it was good to experience the negative emotion, as it contributed to warning me and helped with the survival of this body and character.
 
Another example is that I viewed a property to rent and left feeling uncomfortable after talking to the landlord, but I rented it anyway. Three months later, I discovered that the landlord had opened my mail, entered the property when I was absent, and was hostile. It became so distressing that I had to move. Once again, it would have been useful if I had listened to that negative emotion initially.
 
On another occasion, I didn't listen to anger when people took advantage of me. I saw anger as a negative emotion and not a good guide. Those people continued to take advantage of me. One day I allowed the anger to express itself, and I stated firmly and confidently to those people that their actions were unacceptable. Afterwards, their behaviors stopped. I expressed my needs, and the angry energy gave me strength. Of course, I had to direct the energy constructively. But the “negative emotion” was actually helpful to me.
 
I'm confused. How do I decide which negative emotion is actually helpful and which isn't? It seems to me that a negative emotion that serves me is more like a positive emotion.
 

Just Released: A Heroic Life Audiobook

HLaudiobookAHeroic Life: New Teachings from Jesus on the Human Journey. The hero’s journey—this human life—is a search for the greatest treasure of all: the gifts of your true nature. These gifts are your birthright, but they have been hidden from you, kept from you by the dragon: the ego. These gifts are the wisdom, love, peace, courage, strength, and joy that reside at your core. A Heroic Life shows you how to overcome the ego’s false beliefs and face the ego’s fears. It provides you with both a perspective and a map to help you successfully and happily navigate life’s challenges and live heroically. You will learn how to navigate changes, how to overcome difficulties, how to master your negative emotions, how to cultivate inner strength, how to be happy, and how to be true to yourself. 4.7 hours.

Purchase audiobook: on Amazon   on iTunes

Listen to an excerpt from A Heroic Life; narrated by Fred Kennedy (14 min.)

 

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Announcing a New Online Course with Gina Lake

Announcing The Radical Happiness 8-Week Online Course
 
The Radical Happiness Course with Gina Lake has been carefully designed to provide you with a foundation for awakening and to increase your happiness through spiritual practices, a structure for doing those practices, and support, encouragement, and feedback from Gina throughout. This 8-week online course uses a combination of written text, instructional videos and audios, guided meditations, inquiries, and exercises. The practices include four types of meditation, spiritual inquiry, breathing practices, a gratitude practice, love and forgiveness practices, prayer, and others.
 
By committing to spiritual practices over an 8-week period, including one hour of meditation and an additional hour of other practices and activities each day, you will be forming new lifestyle habits and making changes to your brain that will have lasting effects. As a result of these time-honored spiritual practices, you will learn to move out of the usual ego-driven state of consciousness into Presence and to live increasingly from that alive, awake state. This course provides something that spiritual books and teachings alone cannot.
 
You are encouraged to bring an attitude of joyful exploration to the activities. Although it's suggested you examine any resistance you may have to meditating for an hour or doing any of the other practices or exercises, struggling, straining, and “shoulding” are not allowed :-) Instead, you are encouraged to find ways to do the activities that fit for you and are enjoyable and work for you. This course offers many practices and activities you will find helpful, but no one is insisting you do them a certain way or even in a particular time frame if that’s not working for you. This is your course, for you to use in a way you see fit.

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Just Released: A Heroic LIfe

heroic lifeGina’s new book, A Heroic Life: New Teachings from Jesus on the Human Journey, is now available on Amazon. The hero’s journey—this human life—is a search for the greatest treasure of all: the gifts of your true nature. These gifts are your birthright, but they have been hidden from you, kept from you by the dragon: the ego. These gifts are the wisdom, love, peace, courage, strength, and joy that reside at your core. A Heroic Life shows you how to overcome the ego’s false beliefs and face the ego’s fears. It provides you with both a perspective and a map to help you successfully and happily navigate life’s challenges and live heroically. This book is another in a series of books dictated to Gina Lake by Jesus.
You will learn:
 
•    How to navigate changes,
•    How to overcome difficulties,
•    How to master your emotions,
•    How to cultivate inner strength,
•    How to be happy, and
•    How to be true to yourself.
 
 Purchase A Heroic Life on Amazon: Paperback   Kindle
Purchase audiobook: on Amazon   on iTunes
Excerpt: The Hero's Beliefs
 
Because the hero knows who he is on a deep level, he has gained access to the qualities of the divine self and lives in alignment with those qualities. Through many experiences with life, he tried on many beliefs until he found ones that told the truth about reality, ones that provided an accurate map and led to happiness.
 
Let’s take a look at some of the beliefs the hero came to believe along the way that helped him become the hero. An important one was just mentioned: You are given what you need to evolve. The hero discovered that, at every turn, no matter how challenging, he was given the inner and outer resources, assistance, opportunities, ideas, inspiration, wisdom, and motivation he needed to overcome any challenge and grow stronger as a result.
 
The hero came to recognize that every challenge was designed for his growth and had within it the potential for a successful outcome—and that it was up to him to make it successful. The hero understood that the measure of success was whether he became wiser, more compassionate, more skillful, and a better human being.
 
The belief that every experience is designed especially for you, for your growth, is a powerful reframing of the way the ego generally sees reality. And it is the truth. Seeing this about life allows you to make the most of every situation and to maintain a positive attitude throughout. With this perspective, there can be little suffering even under quite difficult circumstances.
 

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