How are you? I am well, and enjoying London life once again. Yes, I’m properly back 🙂 There are a few things going on here that I thought you might be interested in. Each Thursday evening there is an Amma satsang at Villa Devi (an Amma community) in Brockley – please ask me for details, or join the FB group; then there is Mother Meera coming in April:-
I will be there for the 10am session on the 3rd April, so let me know if you wish to join me. There is the inimitable (though many have tried) Tony Parsons, who gives a talk on the first Saturday of each month in Hampstead:-
And the wonderful Rupert Spira, who sometimes give talks on a Friday evening in the same place. Additionally he does Alternatives in Piccadilly. I recommend a Q&A with him – really transformative and nourishing I have found:-
On a different tack, I wanted to tell you what I have found out about happiness, according to research done by psychiatrists and psychologists (see the whole thing free on Netflix – ‘Happy’).
The findings showed that, contrary to popular belief, happiness is not created by circumstantial factors such as how much money you have, where you live etc: in fact these make up only 10%! The biggest single factor in the experience of happiness is actually genetics – a whopping 50%. It is interesting to note that, at baseline, one’s happiness spectrum (the up to the down) is largely influenced by our DNA. So if you’re feeling happy – no point in gloating, and if you’re feeling unhappy – you are not to blame and neither are your parents. Thankfully, we can work on genetics energetically using Vortex Healing, otherwise this could seem like something one had to resign oneself to 🙂 The other 40% is the most interesting part. Essentially this part, a whole 40%, is unaccounted for – it’s unknown. Make of that what you will 😉 What the scientists concluded about this part, also interesting I think, is that it is about our intentional activities – things we do to create happiness in our lives, such as being with friends, exercising, meditating, travelling etc. – and that variety is key to this part.
The aspect I found really warming about this research, was that it was discovered (again contrary to popular belief) that people who are focussed on intrinsic goals are happier than those focussed on extrinsic goals. Intrinsic goals were defined as personal development, close relationships of all kinds, and selfless service. Extrinsic goals were defined as status, image and wealth. It was found that the intrinsic types reported more happiness and less depression and anxiety than their extrinsic counterparts. It all completely goes against societal brainwashing. I was delighted to know that even scientists now believe that happiness is found within!
The research findings also made me think of Amma, whose entire organisation is centred around intrinsic goals, and who has always said that she doesn’t encourage us to do selfless service for her: it is because she sees how happy it makes us. And it really does. The happiest times in my life have been had serving her organisation. Even the focus on awakening has completely fallen away at times in these endeavours: all there was then was service in a seamless unbroken flow, without any sense at all of an ‘I’ or a ‘me’; without thought, without agenda and without distraction.
Wishing you deep happiness and even more than that, alignment with Divinity and the complete surrender to it.