The Emotional Transformation To Joy
By Bart Sharp
A limiting perspective so many people choose is believing something outside of them will bring them joy. It is not joy people seek in emotional transformation with this perspective but happiness. Happiness is fulfilled from an outside stimulus or by doing something satisfying. In a way it is a superficial application of joy.
Everyone has heard the expression “Money cannot buy happiness.” Yet millions of people make money a primary goal for their fulfillment to emotional transformation. We are required to have money as it is an important form of energy. However people locked into a cause effect mentality of “If I do not have a certain amount of money I am not happy.” This level of finances is generally much higher’s amount than what is needed to secure basic needs. The amount of money required for happiness for an individual is defined through their judgments of what a good life is. Yet because it is not joy based the amount of money we have does not fully satisfy.
The richest country in the world can have the biggest beliefs and feelings of lack of wealth because they have defined money as the vehicle to create their fulfillment. They misidentified an important concept, the money is simply an outcome of living in a prosperous land and they still have the journey to find their own joy as part of their learning experience. Then money and happiness will have a different experience for them.
People choose various definitions of what is happiness through their relationships with, love, recreation, possessions, relaxation, sex, music, eating, art, experiences and much more. The limitation of these perspectives is people are misidentifying a source outside of them can make them feel complete. They are seeking happiness and generally come to a conclusion of temporary fulfillment as happiness is a momentary state of being. It is being supplanted by a substance, possession or activity.
Essentially we are seeking something longer-lasting, with a path to emotional transformation. A word that describes these concepts is joy. Joy comes from the internal, a place where we are full within. The creation of inner joy and can begin in the earliest years being confirmed by our parents. I use the word confirmed because as an infant we are already in body of joy and love. A child usually loses this because the parents do not realize, acknowledge or receive this great gift the infant has within them. The child is confirmed they have a strong base of self-love that empowers them to find a feeling of fulfillment or joy from the confirmation of love returned by the parents. At some point in an infant or child’s life they begin to lose touch with their inner light of love they came into the world with, it appears to be a natural process as most everyone loses this magic at a point in their life.
For most of us finding joy again as an adult is a process, to find a place with in that we can create fulfillment. Some would say it is a higher path. The creation of this inner fulfillment can be from an outside source but ultimately it has to fill us up inside. It becomes our source of feeling whole and good about us.