Happiness Is A Choice...
We can cultivate happiness once we choose happiness. We have choices. We aren’t victims of willy-nilly chance or meaningless circumstances. Things happen, then we decide what we’re going to do about them. If we don’t learn from them, we suffer; or we learn, understand, and grow.
Shamanic psychology teaches that illness and well being are choices. Don Juan, the shaman in Carlos Castaneda’s novels taught, “Well being is a condition one has to groom, a condition one has to become acquainted with” (Journey to Ixtlan p. 221). So easily, we become acquainted with negativism and illness, the shaman instructs earlier in the story. Disorder is an easy path—so many people set the example.
Psychic chaos and disorder can infect the atmosphere of everyday living and the self. Grooming well being is a challenge. One person told me, “I never realized that my foul moods contaminate the atmosphere around me. People suffer. I suffer.”
When we open our minds to the potential for well being and happiness, we become more sensitized to moods and well being. What is on the inside inevitably makes its way out. People pick up on our state of mind. Awareness is the vital beginning of happiness.
Many have doomed themselves to psychic dis-ease. They don’t feel or see any way out of miserable living. Some don’t want a way out even if they see one. “I’m so used to my grouchy ways I couldn’t live any other way,” one old guy admitted. Thus, once our psychic eyes are opened, we come to understand that happiness is real and is a choice.
Pete arrived early for his 7:00 A.M. session. He told me he could hardly wait to get to session, a sense of hardy anticipation in the air. He had become enthusiastic in the course of his care as to what he might learn about himself in a given session. “It was one thing to get this far in therapy, to find happiness and find that it’s real. It’s another to take care of it and keep learning. There’s a tending to the soul that has to go on. I get that now, and I’m excited about it. It’s an ongoing adventure.”