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Deepak Chopra wrote, “The inner journey is about finding your own fullness, something that no one else can find for you or take away from you.” A Course in Miracles tells us that it is a journey without distance, but that doesn’t seem to keep us from trying to find it somewhere outside of us.

It seems that this time of year brings out a restlessness within us that we interpret physically, and then take our body here and there trying to find peace for it somewhere. If we’ve been feeling restless, we might want to ask our self: “What am I seeking to find elsewhere, maybe not in another place but at another time, that I don’t believe I can find within myself right where I am, wherever I am, if I look with for it?”

Sometimes when we can’t find a way to get away—when our life seems too busy, too heavy, too confining, or just too crazy—it seems our body goes through the motions of whatever our day-to-day life seems to be, but there’s no one home in our mind. We’ve mentally escaped somewhere else, to a happier time in the past or an anticipated happier time in the future.

Even though we may know that something in our life is calling for change, so often we don’t want to take a look at what that might be because it might cause us to want something in our life we don’t believe we can have, such as greater health, more peace of mind, more money, more companionship, or more freedom. Abraham-Hicks tells us to “believe in what you want so much it has no choice but to materialize.” It’s never asking too much, and it’s never too late, for us to live a life of day-to-day happiness in a Universe that wants us to as happy as we want to be.

If we were willing to take the time each day to journey within and allow our spirit to rise to a place where we are happy in the moment, no matter what, we would be right where we need to be vibrationally to bring into our physical experience the happy life we want. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “It is not your job to make something happen. Universal Forces are in place for all of that. You’re not manifesting. You’re creating the environment that allows the manifestation.” No work, no effort, no struggle, no sacrifice, just a willingness to be happy on the inside creates an environment for happy people and events to come into our day-to-day life.

Nothing about our surroundings anywhere can permanently change us from the outside in. Rumi wrote, “Know then that the body is merely a garment, go seek the wearer, not the cloak.” We can take the cloak (our body) here and there with the intention of finding peace, but it is only as we journey within that we find a peace that requires no movement at all to be peace in us. The journey within is the only journey that will ever make a difference to us spiritually. It’s the only place we can find a fullness that belongs to us that nothing in the world can take away from us.

The journey within is like going on vacation, but unlike a vacation that benefits us only temporarily, every inner journey creates lasting change in the way we live our day-to-day life. It’s like going camping. We get away from “it all” and find a place that is still, calm and quiet, without having to pack bug spray or anything else for the journey. Physically we can go only so deep, but spiritually there are no limits to what we can discover about self and life, and live now.

In the Book of Luke we read, “Neither will they say, Behold, it is here! Or behold, it is there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” How amazing that right where we are, whereever we are, the kingdom of God is there within us, the Light of Spiritual Truth that is forever within to guide us. No matter how small our physical  body may be, we are one with the Infinity of God within us. Mooji said, “You have to see and meet God in this life. Don’t let this life go by and miss discovering the Supreme One. You’ll find him inside as your constant being.”

To live as if our options for Joy in this Earth life are limited to our physical surroundings is like looking in a mirror and believing we are limited to what we see in the mirror, our own reflection and whatever else the mirror is reflecting. When we focus solely upon the physical world as if it’s outside of us, and we can do nothing to change what we see, it’s like looking in a mirror and not liking our hair, or clothes, or something else that is reflected there, and believing there nothing we can do about it. But, we all know that a mirror is for the sole purpose of reflecting our image so we can see if there is anything we see that we want to change. We don’t expect the mirror to do it!

Wally Famous Amos wrote, “Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.” The world we see is a reflection of the thoughts we are thinking wherever we are. Life mirrors back to us what we believe about self and our relationship to life. We change what we don’t like by changing how we think, not by waiting for something or someone outside of us to make the change.

If we were to live our day-to-day life with the awareness that everything we experience as the life around us is changeable from within us, we’d stop arguing with the living mirror that is the physical world and look within our self for the inspiration and guidance to change how we see the life around us. It’s been said, “You cannot see your reflection in boiling water. Similarly you cannot see the truth in a state of anger” or in a state of stress, anxiety, worry, defensiveness, or restlessness. “It’s only when the waters are calm that clarity comes.”

There is no mirror big enough, and no physical world full enough, to reflect the infinite life that lives within us. Emerson wrote, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Are we going to let this life go by without finding the true spiritual being living within us as us right now—our constant Being, our Divine Self, the only One that is able to meet God in this life wherever we are? Are we going to settle for just being satisfied to find some place in this world where we can go from time-to-time that will remind us temporarily of how good it feels to feel good. Or are we willing to find that place within us, that happy place we can go to everyday and take with us everywhere?

Alan Watts wrote, “Man suffers uniquely because he takes seriously what the gods have created for fun.” Are we having fun yet, or are we waiting for another time or another place before we allow the fun to begin? We are created to feel good all the time. Spirituality isn’t a destination we find from time-time, it is our true nature that we can live all the time. We are so vast and unlimited within us that we’ll never reach the end of our spiritual journey. But we’re not created for an ending, we’re created for an endless adventure of Joyous extension and expansion.

In order for we, human, to interact with each other here on Earth in a healthy way, in a harmonious way, and in a loving way, it is essential for each of us to dissolve our sense of life as being outside of us and separate from the life within us. Rather than searching for an isolated peaceful place in this world we can go, if we’re willing to take a journey within that takes us away from the appearances of this world, we’ll find all we need for happiness here and now. Rumi wrote, “There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O traveler, if you are in search of that, don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek that.”