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How To Be Happy: The 10-Day Happiness Challenge

by Luminita D. Saviuc

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama

Since so many of us are looking for happiness, wanting to share it with those we love and care about, I came up with this idea of a 10 Day Happiness Challenge. I trust that by committing to these practices and by doing more of the things that bring meaning and joy into our lives, we will all start appreciating ourselves and our lives a lot more and as a result we will become happier.

So here it is, your 10 Day Happiness Challenge. Enjoy.

P.S. Just so you know, I will embark on this challenge as well. I will be doing what you are doing and experiencing what you are experiencing and together we will make this world a brighter and happier place. Let’s begin.

Day 1: Give a smile to every person you meet

I love walking on the streets with a big smile on my face, but you know what I love even more? To share my smiles with total strangers. The look on their faces once they accept “my gift” is priceless.

If you ask me, we are way too serious. Of course we all have “grown up problems” and we all have a lot of things on our minds, but that doesn’t mean we should stop enjoying life. Life is short, we might as well enjoy it as much as we can, and smiling will help us do just that.

On this day, your “job” is to wear a smile on your lips at all times and to share your smile with everyone you come in contact with. Trust me, you will be a lot happier if you do.

“Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world.” ~ Lawrence G. Lovasik

Day 2 – Return to ONEness

There are days when I have moments of intense clarity, moments when I can look at everyone around me and realize that we are all ONE, connected to one another. In those moments, I feel so much acceptance, love and compassion towards everything and everyone and I feel like hugging the entire planet :)

If you go on the Moon and from there you look down on planet Earth, I am sure that this concept of Oneness will make a lot more sense to you. Of course, there is no need to go on the Moon, you can experience it all here on this planet.

We are all in this together. This is our home, both mine and yours, and no matter how cheesy it may sound, we are all one big family, all connected, all ONE.

On this day, you will practice tolerance, love and acceptance towards everyone you come in contact with. By doing so, chances are that you will experience the ONEness, the connection between each and every one of us.

“We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Day 3: Practice forgiveness

Forgiveness is such a powerful thing, for it can heal our hearts, making room for love to enter, allowing us to go back to our real and authentic Self, giving us permission to re-connect with one another at a deeper level. We forgive not because we are weak, not because we are naive, not because we want to be hurt again, but because we are strong enough to understand that the more we hold on to grudges and resentments, the more we pollute our minds, our hearts and our lives.

On this day, see if you can practice forgiveness, not only towards those who might have harmed you but also towards yourself, for the things you might have done, consciously or unconsciously, to hurt or harm, not only yourself but those around you as well.

Let go of anger, bitterness, hate or resentment as much as you can. Allow love to govern your mind, your heart and your life and allow peace to come to surface once again.

“He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.” ~ Thomas Fuller

Day 4: Let go of pointless drama, toxic relationships, thoughts and behaviors

We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of stress, anxiety and unhappiness, and instead of detaching and letting them all go, we cling on to them. For some strange reason, we believe that our happiness will come from holding on to toxic thoughts, things, people, experiences when in fact it will only come from letting go of them.

“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.” ― Deborah Reber

On this day, you will work on letting go of all the pointless drama, toxic relationships, thoughts and behaviors that are present in your life. On this day you will learn to shift your focus from the bad on to the good.

Day 5:  A complaint free day

I used to complain A LOT about every little thing that was happening to me and all around me. I was so busy pointing out all the things that were going wrong in my life that I couldn’t see the many things that were going right. I was really good at pointing the maaaany things I didn’t like that I forgot about the things i did like.

“Complaining not only ruins everybody else’s day, it ruins the complainer’s day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get.” Dennis Prager

On this day, you will give up the need to complain about the many things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed, and instead, you will focus on the things that make you feel good, on the things that are right with the world. You will go 24 hours without complaining, because you deserve it! :)

Day 6: Embrace an attitude of gratitude and appreciation

I love the feeling I get every time I start to acknowledge the good that is already present in my life.  We get so busy with our problems and so preoccupied with the many things that are missing from our lives that we forget to express our gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful, people and things that we already present in our lives.

On this day, you will embrace an attitude of gratitude and appreciation and you will say an honest “thank you” for all the beautiful experiences, things and people that are making your life a lot more meaningful and joyful.

“Gratitude is the key to happiness. When gratitude is practiced regularly and from the heart, it leads to a richer, fuller and more complete life… It is impossible to bring more abundance into your life if you are feeling ungrateful about what you already have. Why? Because the thoughts and feelings you emit as you feel ungrateful are negative emotions and they will attract more of those feelings and events into your life.” ~ Vishen Lakhiani

Day 7: Practice Self love and acceptance

If you ask me, not too many people know how to be their own best friend. We  are pretty good at being our own worst enemy but not so good at being our own best friend. The most important relationship you will ever have is the one with your beautiful and magnificent self and that is why you need to learn how to love and accept yourself fully.

On this day, you will act in kind and loving ways towards yourself and you will treat yourself just as you will treat your own best friend. On this day, you will work on building the relationship you have with yourself and you will give yourself permission to be whoever you want to be without placing any harsh labels or judgements on yourself. On this day you will treat yourself with much love and acceptance.

“You surrender to a lot of things which are not worthy of you. I wish you would surrender to your radiance … your integrity … your beautiful human grace.” – Yogi Bhajan

Day 8: Practice random acts of kindness

What if, on this day, you practice giving without expecting anything in return. What if on this day you allow yourself to feel the wonderful joy that comes from doing a good for someone without expecting anything in return.

It can be anything… calling a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while, giving free hugs (I looove hugs), paying for the person behind you in a drive-thru or at a coffee shop, leaving money in a public place for someone to find, or maybe sending a card or flowers to a person that might be going through a hard time. It can be an expensive gift that you give, it can be money or maybe just a love note that you leave on someone’s desk. It doesn’t really matter how big or small your gift is as long as you give it from the heart.

Giving is receiving, it really is, and the more we give to others, the more that we will receive ourselves.

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lao Tzu

Day 9: Lighten your material load

I used to be so bad at giving away things I no longer needed. I remember when I came back from U.S., I was in shock when I saw that my sister gave away all my things to “the poor people”. Because she assumed that I no longer needed them, she gave them all away.

Even though I didn’t want to admit it at that time, the truth of the matter is that she was right. I really didn’t need those things anymore but I just couldn’t give them away. I was so attached to every single thing I had and I couldn’t understand how can people give away their things. It felt like such a weird concept to me. Not sure who was weirder, me or the concept :)

I thought I was the one owning the stuff when in fact the stuff was owning me. Well, things changed, I changed and I am happy to say that I now know how to let go of the things I no longer use and I do it with ease.

When you give away things you no longer use, or need, you make room in your life for better things to come your way. You take out the old and you allow the new to enter. Lightening your material load can be a real therapeutical experience.

On this day, make time to go through your house, your closets, your basement, etc. and take out all the clothes, shoes, bags, books, and any other stuff you no longer need or use. Give it all away and see how much better, lighter and happier you will feel.

“The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy.” ~ Mother Theresa

Day 10: Awareness Day

A few years ago I came to the realization that one day I will die (yes, it took me quite some time to realize that one day I will die). I saw in my mind’s eye this image… It was me on the death bed, looking back at my life with regrets, many regrets about the many things I didn’t had the courage to do.

That image really scared me! As a result, on the same day, I made a commitment to myself to start living life fully and to make the rest of my life the best of my life. To stop running away from my fears and from life and to start living. In those moments the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt made more sense to me than ever: “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”

On this day I want you to use your imagination, to see how your life would look like if you continue living your life the way you are living right now. When you will be on your death bed ready to leave this world, looking back at your life would you be happy with what you see, would you have any regrets?

I don’t want this exercise to scare you but rather to give you the push you need to start living life fully.To use one fear (fear of living with regrets) against another fear (fear of doing the things your heart desires) and in the end to get the push you need to start living life fully. If you don’t do the things you fear doing and if you don’t follow your heart, chances are that you will live a life full of regrets…

“Remembering that you are going to die one day is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. Follow your heart.” ~ Steve Jobs

You see, happiness is not so hard to achieve.

By giving yourself permission to practice these things for 10 days, not only will you become a lot happier, but you will also become more disciplined and focus on building other new positive habits in different areas of your life.  If you tell your mind you want to try something for 10 days, it will most likely be willing to co-operate. 10 days doesn’t feel like a very long time.

After you have completed your 10 days, your conscious mind will have the choice of stopping or carrying on with these healthy and positive practices… or at least that’s what it thinks. Your neural pathways have formed already and chances are that you will continue with the new healthy habits. You have seen the benefits along the way and your unconscious mind will want to continue if it has been beneficial. After the 10 days, you can pick some of your favorite things from this list and continue for 11 more days, to make it a total of 21 days… Your 21 day happiness challenge. Use your imagination and just have fun with it :)

With all my love,

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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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