How to Be Truly, Freely Happy
It is true that the spiritual journey is not for the faint of heart. It requires steadfastness, discipline, and courage. But the yellow latifa is what also makes it fun. It is the sunny expression of the heart. It comes out when the clouds of ignorance, not knowing, and self-judgement part. It is the spirit of adventure on the journey, of playfulness, happiness, and levity. It re-ignites our curiosity and our delight.
The biggest blocks to our joy are our “shoulds”: Ideas about what is and is not an appropriate emotion, what we should or shouldn’t know, what we think are the “correct” spiritual feelings to have. The yellow latifa helps us reconnect with our joy, work with our past misconceptions, and move beyond our judgements, so we can drop fully and enthusiastically into the naturally occurring phenomenon of happiness.
Once we move past the “shoulds” that limit our sense of what is possible, we can open up to our natural curiosity, the kind we are born with into this world but that became obscured by our conditioning. Implicit in this kind of openness is a playful curiosity that we can engage in with delight and pleasure.
This teaching will help us:
- Learn to hold our ideas about ourselves lightly, creating enough openness around them to determine what is true or not true about the assumptions we make about what we are
- Reconnect to the innate human quality of curiosity that has been squashed through various conditioning and beliefs
- Identify where we are defended and where we shut down our curiosity
- See that we can access our natural happiness even in times of great stress and strife
- Understand that the closer we get to reality, to authenticity, to the truth…the happier we feel
In preparation for the teachings, please enjoy this introduction from our presenting teacher Karen Johnson.