Welcome to our third week in meditation together! In our remaining days, we will begin to radiate our inner happiness out to the world just as a fragrant rose or lilac bush shares its floral scent freely and effortlessly . . . or in the way an illuminated bulb radiates its light in all directions. In these first two weeks, our inner bliss has become awakened and self-luminous, and now we are ready to spread our light.
Today’s meditation is about letting this happiness radiate – letting our joy shine everywhere. It doesn’t take effort or analysis or strategy. Simply be who you are from your core self, and everything gets taken care of automatically. A flower doesn’t try to be beautiful and fragrant, it simply is what it is, and the rest follows in its natural course.
Our centering thought for today is:
My happiness shines everywhere.
Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:
“Ravaye Hum.” I am the light of radiance.
“Today we want to radiate bliss, doesn’t that sound so good? Radiating bliss? It’s a big promise, but I think we are ready for it. The last two weeks we’ve connected to our true nature, tapping into our natural joy, practice and living in a state of happiness that permeates all areas of our lives. Now, this week, we want to share the essence of happiness, our brilliant light within. What happens when we radiate it, when we turn that inner joy into outer energy? We become a natural force of good, of inspiration, of transformation. It’s the ripple effect. The very best of yourself, brings our the very best in others. Happiness is irresistible. And when you give it, it grows. It elevates. It expands. That’s the miracle of being connected to yourself and to everything around you. So put that smile on your face. Now, put it inside. And let’s begin.” ~ Oprah
Ravi means the radiance of the supreme spiritual light. It is the radiance of the spiritual sun. This mantra activates the radiance of our spiritual light, expressing our true nature as bliss.
When you start to meditate, it’s natural to want your good experiences to effect others. the question arises, “will my friends and family see how I’ve changed? Will they appreciate my path and gain some benefit from it themselves?” These are beautiful expectations, but they are often disappointed.
You may have changed inside, but the people around you are much less likely to notice the new you and to benefit from it. This week we will release this expectation. The secret is to radiate happiness in a way that cannot be missed, but other people will still have to play their part. They must be willing and open to accept change. Your part is to give them a reason to.
What does it mean to radiate happiness? Some steps are simple and practical. We can break them down into do’s and don’ts:
- Express your appreciation to others instead of keeping it to yourself.
- Put out the positive in a given situation and in the person you are talking to.
- Be open to the other person’s truth, accepting their view point with real interest.
- Wear a smile and share your laughter.
- Contribute to the joy of another.
- You are turning a state of inner happiness into outer. Expanding awareness keeps the door open.
- Don’t make other people feel wrong. As self judgement decreases so should judgement of others.
- Don’t draw attention to how much you have changed, this only arouses distrust.
- Don’t point out how unhappy another person is, even though you will become sensitive to this. Remember, everyone is doing the best they can at their level of awareness.
- With these, smooth the transition from inner happiness to happiness of your surroundings and the whole world.
Now, consider today’s centering thought: my happiness shines everywhere.
And let us prepare for meditation. Close your eyes, begin to breathe deeply and calmly. With each breath, find yourself becoming more and more relaxed. Gently introduce today’s mantra, “Ravaye Hum.” Repeat it silently to yourself. With each repetition, allow your body, mind, and spirit to open and receive just a little bit more.
My Thoughts & Experience
I love this meditation because it hits home to anyone on a spiritual path.
We so often try in our hopes for a better, more healthy, more whole, more aware, more conscious life that those closest to us will either keep pace, or catch up at some point; but the fact of the matter is, they may never get to where we are.
I don’t mean this in a superficial, howty-towty, new agey high tower way; I am just stating as Deepak has a fact or the nature of the beast of a spiritual journey. We will lose people on this journey. We always must lose certain people, in order to find ourselves. We can keep hope though. By doing the do’s and not doing the don’ts outlined above, we can radiate our bliss outward into the world, and create some serious ripples.
What is so beautiful about this process is that there will be people who will fill in the void that is ultimately created as we change, as our needs and wants change, as our vibration and awareness and consciousness changes.
We needn’t be afraid because there will never be a moment where we are truly alone, not even when there are no other human beings around, there will always be some Being in close proximity. That is the truth of loneliness. That is a truth of being on a spiritual path. This is a soul truth of progress, growth, and of bliss.
Shine on Beloveds.