111 Days of Love – Day 4 – Today I Wake with Joy
Thank you for all the wonderful questions about the emergency protocol from yesterday’s post! You are helping me to write a better blog article. I will go back and add more information to the article in response to the questions.
Today Let’s Talk About How to Wake with Joy Even When Everything Seems to Be Going “Wrong”
Over my years as an empowerment coach and healer, I have collected hundreds of wonderful tools and techniques for making our lives happier and freer. During these 111 Days of Love, I intend to share a wide variety of these tools and techniques with you.
Never are these tools and techniques more vitally important than when we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death. After 40 days and nights of sheer terror walking with Harvey the Cat through the valley of the shadow of death … I knew it was time to go beyond mere triage to a happier and more empowered state of being.
Because, yes, this ordeal had worn me down. I arrived home from overseas expecting finally to get some rest and have a lovely summer. Instead, within a few hours of arriving in San Francisco, we were plunged into a 40 days and 40 nights continuous nightmare. In rapid succession, we dealt with straddle thrombus, vets telling us there was no hope, paralysis from the waist down, severe respiratory infection, severe congestive heart failure, two emergency hospital stays, extreme respiratory distress, panic attacks, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, extreme weight loss, Harvey the Cat scratching his eyes and face until they bled, significant financial setbacks … and the list goes on and on …
To say that I was extremely stressed out really does not capture how excruciating this ordeal was. It was easily the most horrific 40 days and 40 nights of my entire lifetime.
By the time we had hit 40 days and nights of non-stop intense traumas, I noticed feeling fearful of going to sleep at night and fearful of waking in the morning. I was in a constant state of hyper-vigilance and post-traumatic stress disorder.
I needed to do something powerful to break myself out of this fearful energy pattern. And that’s when I landed on this passage from A Course in Miracles. This is another simple and highly effective tool we can turn to in times of fear and desperation.
Today I Wake with Joy
This passage is from Lesson 284 in the Workbook of A Course in Miracles:
“Today I wake with joy, expecting but the happy things of God to come to me. I ask but them to come, and realize my invitation will be answered by the thoughts to which it has been sent by me. And I will ask for only joyous things the instant I accept my holiness. For what would be the use of pain to me, what purpose would my suffering fulfill, and how would grief and loss avail me if insanity departs from me today, and I accept my holiness instead?”
– A Course in Miracles, Lesson 284
I began repeating this “wake with joy” mantra every night before I went to bed, setting the intention for the next morning.
Today I wake with joy, expecting but the happy things of God to come to me. I ask but them to come, and realize my invitation will be answered by the thoughts to which it has been sent by me.
And then in the mornings, before I got out of bed, I reminded myself to say the “wake with joy” mantra again.
I noticed that this “wake with joy” mantra set the right intention for beginning to have a more peaceful and happier day. It was also helping me begin to have more restful sleep.
I noticed feeling joy in unlikely ways. I would be standing in the kitchen making Harvey the Cat’s food, or making a cappuccino, and I would suddenly feel joy for no specific reason. Or joy in being able to serve Harvey the Cat during his convalescence.
As I repeated this Wake with Joy mantra on a daily basis, I found more and more small things to feel joyful about. Harvey’s breathing improved. Harvey no longer needed the diuretic because his lungs stopped filling with fluid. Harvey using his scratching post, building some strength back in his legs. Harvey jumping up to the window sill to check out the birds in the mornings.
I noticed that I was feeling drawn to open heart-centered books that I studied years earlier, like Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication book. I got an empathy buddy again, and that brought more joy.
Ultimately, this led me to begin recording the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge, which we will be releasing soon.
The Wake with Joy mantra was only one of hundreds of tools and techniques that I gratefully drew upon during this crisis. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I used pretty much every principle that I teach in my 15-Week Miracle Coaching program, to save Harvey the Cat’s life.
I wanted to share this one on the blog though, because like the emergency protocol, it’s simple and easy, and anyone can use it starting immediately.
Today I wake with joy, expecting but the happy things of God to come to me. I ask but them to come, and realize my invitation will be answered by the thoughts to which it has been sent by me. And I will ask for only joyous things the instant I accept my holiness. For what would be the use of pain to me, what purpose would my suffering fulfill, and how would grief and loss avail me if insanity departs from me today, and I accept my holiness instead?
Let me know how it goes for you, using the Wake with Joy mantra.
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