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6 Practical Ways To Be Truly Happy

By Kevin Daum  | INC.com

How do they do it, these happy people? How do they let troubles bounce off them and make the best of every struggle? Do they choose to be this way? Many believe a constant state of happiness is in the category of mermaids and unicorns. But there are people in this world who, short of major unexpected trauma, have figured out how to be truly happy most of the time. These people have mastered a perspective worthy of imitation. Here are some common traits for you to emulate in your pursuit of happiness.

1. They clearly define happiness.

I have heard many people claim happiness comes from people or children or community or work, etc. Each one may be true for some and not true for others. Happiness is a personal objective only reached by knowing what it looks like for you. Happy people understand what makes them happy and are therefore able to make changes in their life to eliminate unhappiness. They don’t hope for happiness, they decide to make it happen. Try keeping a journal listing the things that make you happy and those that don’t. Then focus on making the happy list happen.

2. They find pleasure in the little things.

Many people are waiting for happiness to come from a major event like a promotion, wedding, or winning the lottery. Truly happy people find joy in simple things like accomplishing tasks, pleasant conversation, beautiful images, or nice weather. Those tiny bits of joy add up–like manufactured runs in baseball–to a winning disposition. Open your eyes and ears to seemingly inconsequential items and events around you. Be a curious observer and enjoy the wonder of small detail in this amazing world.

3. They believe in their own self-worth.

So much unhappiness comes from personal insecurity. Anxiety can be a good motivator for success, but too much will suck the joy out of accomplishment. Happy people choose to be confident so they can focus their time and energy on opportunity and relationships. Cultivate your self-confidence so you can enjoy the journey to success as much as the end result.

4. They take continuous action for self-improvement.

Happy people love to grow. They commit to constant learning and personal development. When they feel themselves becoming stagnant they actively pursue new opportunities to discover and challenge themselves. Set yourself a regimen for learning. Books, classes and clubs will not only make you smarter, but you’ll meet like-minded learners to add to your personal circle and help you be a better person.

5. They graciously impact others.

Those who are happy have a positive effect on the people around them. Some generate a happy atmosphere just by their presence. But many constantly make an effort to brighten the days of other people. These people inspire others by engaging them in entertaining activity and conversation, but never in an overbearing way. Be an instigator and a leader. Create opportunities for others to share in your love of life. Give selflessly of your time and joy so others can draw from your happiness and energy.

6. They live in a constant state of gratitude.

Happy people consciously recognize the many blessings they receive. They are truly appreciative of the people and opportunities that come their way and they demonstrate their gratitude generously and unabashedly. Make a habit of outwardly showing your thankfulness every day. It may feel awkward at first, but many people around you will recognize your love for life and may discover they also have much for which to be grateful.

Of course I recognize that being truly happy is not easy. People will spend a fortune on therapy, pharmaceuticals, and self-help to get to a happy state of mind. But all efforts are worthwhile even when the path is slow. It took me a fair amount of trauma and several decades of struggle to make changes necessary for a happy life. But I can’t imagine a single reason to revert to the alternative, so come join me on the happy side.

 

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Chasing Money For Happiness? Watch this video

Happiness is something that most of us are are in pursuit of. Love, beautiful relationships,  fun hobbies and the like are all followed in an attempt to allow happy chemicals to freely flow through us.

The problem is there has been a collective exploitation by advertisers and profiteers at the expense of society. We have been sold the illusion of happiness at a dollar value. This gives a false sense of temporary happiness which can easily be taken a moment’s notice.

The film from Steve Cutts illustrates this perfectly in a hard hitting, powerful animated movie using mazed rats as a metaphor for the capitalist society in the west.

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Our backwards society displayed in these powerful art illustrations

Great artists are always messengers of Truth. They may not speak through verbal language, or even the written word. But through their personal creativity, they are able to communicate deeper thoughts, and feelings, that conventional language often times cannot. And they do this in such a way that their chosen form of expression comes to be known invariably as Art.

With that said, here is a collection of some of the most brilliant modern day art around.

Enjoy!

“ART SHOULD COMFORT THE DISTURBED AND DISTURB THE COMFORTABLE.”

Preaching peace, when the ruling class profit from war, ultimately makes you a target/Artist credit: Banksy

The illusion of choice…/Artist unknown

“Feed me!”/Artist credit: John Holcroft

Athletes have turned into walking advertisements/Artist credit: Luis Quiles

Go to school, study hard, get a good…./Artist unknown

“Here fishy fishy…”/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

Drug abuse is directly linked to escaping pain, and is usually rooted in child hood trauma/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyńsk

It’s all about business/Artist credit: John Holcroft

Man has allowed the system to become his god/Artist credit: Unknown

Santa’s real elves…/Arstist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

The work of a church, mosque, or temple, should first be to take care of the hungry and forgotten, not indoctrinate them/Artist Credit: Luis Quiles

Most girls are attracted to the worst guys/Artist Credit: Luis Quiles

Stuck in your own bubble/Artist credit: John Holcroft

 

Biggest liars on the planet/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyńsk

‘Murica!!!!/Artist credit: Pokket Mowse

Our apathy has allowed homeless people to practically become invisible/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

Choose your own path in life or society will choose one for you/Artist credit: Luis Quiles

There is no water crisis, there is only a crisis of greed and apathy/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyńskii

Slavery comes in many forms…/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

Stop looking for temporary solutions and quick fixes to your problems. You only have so many opportunities to escape your circumstances in life/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

Who really rules the world?/ Artist unknown

The zombie apocalypse is already here…/Artist credit: Steve Cutts

Time waits for no one…/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

We were born to change this cruel world, but then we get brainwashed to serve it/Artist credit: Anthony Clarkson

There is nothing glorious or praiseworthy about war, except the day it ceases to exist/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

It’s all just a game to them, and the people are the one’s that always lose /Artist credit: Luis Quiles

 

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.” — Paul Farmer/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

“When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are ruled by criminals.”/Artist credit: Dran

A politicians promise will eventually end up in the gutter…/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński

If you don’t shape your own mind, the system will gladly do it for you/Artist credit: Steve Cutts

“We are born innocent. We are polluted by advice.” — Henry David Thoreau/Artist credit: Unknown

What an ignorant society thinks freedom is…/Artist credit: Steve Cutts

Fascist book and their crusade of censorship disguised as fighting fake news…/Artist credit: Luis Quiles

Perspective…/Artist credit: damnkidyk

Some more perspective…/Artist credit: Larry Torro

An endless cycle of shit… and we just keep eating it up/Artist credit: Steve Cutts

The domino effect…/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani

Rebellion is not what most people think it is; rebellion is when you turn off the TV and start educating yourself and thinking for yourself — Gavin Nascimento /Artist credit: luthyen1

 

If you know of other artists worth sharing, or if you know who the artists for the images listed as “unknown” are, please comment below.

 

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The Mysteries of Death

(This post was originally published on Occultforum by Haelos)

In this contribution, I will share with you the secrets of the Mystery of Death in plain English for all to understand. Do not let the simplicity of my ideas hide the inner secrets. You will be tempted to read this and glance past it without a second thought.

These secrets have come from many sources, including, and not limited to:
The Bardo Thodol (Tibetan Book of the Dead) the “Egyptian Book of the Dead”
several hundred people who have had Near-Death experiences and gone on to write about them Franz Bardon, an adept spiritual practitioner from WWII-era who proved his skill and wisdom to many, including his students Shamanic practitioners who have shared stories of their visits to the otherworlds

When a human body dies, it does not mean the end of their consciousness. As all magicians should know, the Human is composed of three key parts (with the names of these parts differing by tradition); The physical body; The mental, or astral body (your mind) and the Spirit, or soul (The “immortal” body, sometimes excluded).

All magicians should also know the influence of Life Force, Vital Energy, or Qi (Chi, Ki, Prana, etc.) and how it relates to the human body, as well as to life in general.

At the last breath taken in the physical realm, your mental body separates from your physical body and you fully enter into the mental plane. Your Qi follows a specific path out of your physical body,  causing all of your functions to cease. You still retain a link to your physical body until certain key spiritual organs decay.

There are two kinds of Death; Conscious, and Unconscious death. These have varying phenomena after this point.

If you are conscious during your death, you will likely see your body, your gathered loved ones, and anything else in the immediate vicinity. This is all real, and physical, but you are not of a solid form.

If you are unconscious, it is likely you will only see darkness. In reality, you will see the same things as those who are conscious, you just won’t be able to remember any of it, or act with any sense of reason.

After a short time* the dead will come to see a light. This is the light of The Source. It’s blindingly paralyzing, and many, many, many people are afraid of it and what lies beyond. It’s not so much fear of the light as fear of the unknown (or rather, fear of the known unknowing).

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(*Varying sources say different things. Most say this moment could be anywhere from articulo mortis (the moment of death), as long as the time it takes for Rigor Mortis to set in. Anywhere from an instant to 4 weeks or more.)

If the dying person steps into this light, they will immediately incarnate into their next life with the last thought they had in mind (thus shaping their life). You will be taken to a higher or lower plane, as needed, for you to incarnate in. If they are ready, they will transcend and attain Nirvana. In Nirvana, you can either dissolve your consciousness into the source, and “end” your soul incarnation, or you can choose to work with divine providence in shaping reality. Either way, a dissolution of the consciousness occurs, and the mental body is dissolved. Most people who die consciously take these steps into the light and pass on with no issues. Anyone instructed in the science and art of Dying is also quite capable of passing on with ease.

More often what happens, is the dead person is too afraid to go into the light, and instead turns to the side and witnesses what is there. They see other dead spirits, or even their loved ones, traversing the mental plane, and they find familiarity. They get stuck in what many call “Limbo”, which in reality, is simply the astral or mental plane. Excessive weeping and grief from loved ones can bring the recently deceased here as well.

When a dead human lands in the astral plane, the first thing that happens is they are visited by their ancestors, or people they would trust (sometimes this happens in the “intermediate state”, where they are still enveloped by the light of The Source.) They can also meet with spiritual entities or symbols that  they looked to for guidance during life. Generally, these people try to coax you into going with them, and offering you assurance in your path.

For most, this is all that’s needed, as they have some type of religious or spiritual belief that can coincide with such a thing happening.

Some, however, become terrified at seeing all of their dead loved ones, and flee. This usually sets them further back on the path of dissolution.

Over time, as the physical body decays, the link attached to it separates as well. Before, the deceased would likely hang around in a place they knew, or even around the site of their death.  After this link is fully dissolved, they are no longer what you could theoretically consider a human. Their mental body begins the process of dissolution and decay in the same way that the physical body does. It takes a very long time (in linear measurement), and every step is entirely painful for the person. The Bardo Thodol states that this is the time when many demons will come to terrorize you.

Eventually, the mental body will fully decay, and you’ll be left with a tired soul crying for release. Many of these souls return to the “bridge” of the light of The Source and attempt to go beyond it, yet no matter how hard they try or how much they Will, fear overpowers them. (In fact, at any point a person can try to come back to this “bridge” and cross it, but most get stuck there. I’m sure every now and again a deceased person is able to pass without help after previously being stuck.)

From what has been learned by gurus before me, when a person is stuck in the mental plane after death,they are faced with many entities that offer spiritual progression. For this reason, the after-death experience has been known to provide a boost to your spiritual enlightenment. It’s just a matter of whether you retain the knowledge and consciousness or not. As stated above, the first part of this process begins with the positive entities, such as loved ones and Gods, or angels, or whatever else was fancy to you in life. This lasts for about two weeks, according to the Bardo Thodol (if my memory serves correct). The next process, also stated above, will have the dead witnessing all manners of negative entities that will try and terrorize them, while simultaneously providing the biggest jump in spiritual growth possible in this incarnation (provided they can stand to their fear and realize that nothing can hurt them, as they’ve already passed “the final frontier”.)

Soul Recovery

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Something I did not know is that many shamanic practitioners are dedicated to rescuing those souls who get stuck in the otherworlds. They use their trance-states to travel to these realms (often called the Middle or Lower worlds by shamans. Simply two different parts of the astral in the zone near the earth, as taught in Hermetics.) Most of their job involves them simply listening to the last wishes of a spirit. Sometimes they need to attempt to coax the spirit beyond, sometimes they need to simply hold their hand, and nothing more.

Other times, religious dogma holds them back. For instance, I read the story of a soul-retrieval in which a man was being forced to pay a toll to board a boat crossing a river that would lead him to his final destination (The Source), yet he had no coins or money to give. The shaman, who was provided with a small shiny stone by her spirit guide, met with this man and simply offered him the stone to use as payment. He was overjoyed, was able to cross, and transcended. In this way, his own mental constructs were holding him back because of what he believed in life.
As any magician who’s been there knows, the astral plane appears entirely dependent on your perceptions of it. Everything you see is altered and shaped to fit what you can understand. This is not so in a soul recovery. In these instances, you see the astral plane from the perception of the person whom’s “plane” you’re inhabiting (I say this in quotes because it sort of is like a “Personal Heaven”, in that your reality in your area is based only on what you know to be true at some level.)

With this information, you can see why so many yogis in the past have done their best to share with us the secret of dying and how to overcome our inabilities to face Death. Having sat down with Him myself a few times, I can assure you there is nothing but peace, should that be your desire. The big problem is, humans are primal, and on some level, do not want peace, even after death.

It’s our jobs as magicians, mystics, and spiritual practitioners of all walks of life to dedicate time to understand Death, both in the physical and scientific processes, as well as the spiritual processes that take place after most can no longer see. Some may be called on in the future to offer guidance to a passed loved one. Others may simply need to prepare themselves for their own future. The most important thing to remember is that you need to die *consciously*. You need to “remember yourself” at every possible stage of the process, and you need assurance and confidence in yourself and your abilities. After death, you’ve already died, so what’s the worst that can happen? Seriously; The worst thing known to humans happens, and you’re okay? Personally, I wouldn’t take that as a sign that I’m dreaming, I’d take it as a sign that I’m Infinite.

Hopefully those who read this can see the truth behind the mystery and still retain a sense of wonder. Even with all this information, no one really knows what is beyond that light, other than reincarnation (should that be in your path.). Personally, I think that’s the big one to wonder about.

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