Radical Happiness - Gina Lake

Gina LakeGina Lake is a spiritual teacher who is devoted to helping others wake up and live in the moment through her books, counseling, and intensives. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology and over twenty years experience supporting people in their spiritual growth. She is the author of eight books. For more info, visit her aptly titled site: Radical Happiness
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We Are All One PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 November 2011 00:25

I don’t usually talk or write a lot about Oneness, since so many already do this so brilliantly. But I have a few musings today to offer on this subject just because Oneness has especially been in my awareness recently. I’ve been noticing how beautifully everyone plays their role in this life we are all living out on planet earth. It amazes me how I’m provided with roads, food, the internet, someone to cut my hair and fix my computer, giant trucks to pick up my trash and keep up my city, dogs to keep me company and make me smile, a husband who loves me, information that comes to me from various places. Everything that happens is support for my life and supports other people’s lives too. Isn’t it a miracle that what you and I offer the world also seems to be enough to provide us with this support? We are all contributing and we are all receiving.

We are all moved to contribute, and we are moved by something very mysterious. How is it possible for this immensely complex existence we are part of to function and actually support us? Isn’t this such a miracle! What good fortune to be born into a world that provides for us. Some would argue that it doesn’t do this very well, but truly, isn’t it amazing that it does it to the extent that it does!

It seems that something behind life moves each of us to contribute as we do. We have enough people doing the things that need to be done to make it all work. How does that happen? We didn’t all decide to be doctors, for instance. That would be too many doctors! Some of us had to be patients, anyway. What is behind our choosing to do what we do? Life is a great mystery.

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How to Get Lost in the Moment PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 March 2011 05:07

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HOW TO GET LOST IN THE MOMENT:

- Let go of (dismiss or turn your attention away from) ideas about what you think should be happening or what you want to be happening. Those ideas belong to the egoic self, and they are irrelevant to life and take you away from the full experience of the moment—a full experience of real life. Instead, they take you into a mind-made world of ideas about life, about a life and a moment that doesn't exist and will never exist. They take you into a false reality, where you miss out on Reality.

- Forget time. Try not to orient around thoughts about time—what time it is, how much time you have for something, how much time something takes, or if you will you get something done in time. Some paying of attention to time is necessary, but many of our thoughts about time are arbitrary deadlines put forth by the egoic mind. "Hurry up and get it done" is the ego's attitude toward doing something, and that makes what we're doing feel like work. Make what you're doing feel like play by losing yourself in it. It won't take any longer, and you'll enjoy it.

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Who Needs to Manifest Something? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 14 November 2010 23:28

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When we are identified with the ego, we feel lacking, life feels lacking, and others feel lacking. The state of ego-identification is a state of never having enough, of discontentment, judgment, fear, doubt, and other negative emotions. When we are identified with the ego, the world revolves around "me," "my problems," and "my life." This state is a one of contraction and suffering.

The state of lack that is ego-identification is not only an uncomfortable state, but an unattractive one. When people are deeply identified with the ego, you can see the tension in their faces and bodies. You can hear the suffering in their voice and in what they talk about. Energetically, you can feel the negativity that accompanies this state. When you are around someone who is expressing and living out the ego's negativity, you feel either drained, bored, repulsed, or bad, since their energy is often contagious. Their negative inner state gets reflected outwardly and is felt energetically, and it doesn't attract support or opportunities from others. Naturally, those in such a state want to manifest or attract love, support, opportunities, and other things, but the state of lack and negativity that such people are experiencing actually repels these things. Neediness is not attractive.

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How to Get More Love in Your Life PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 August 2010 00:59

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The question, "How can I get more love in my life?" is itself part of the problem, because this question assumes that you don't have enough love right now and that you have to do something to get it. It also assumes that love is something you get from other people. If you believe these assumptions, you will get busy trying to do something to get love, and you will be doing those things from a sense of lack, which is not particularly attractive. When you believe you lack love, you create a sense of lack within yourself, and that sense of lack becomes somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophesy, as people sense that you want something from them.

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Love Is Gentle PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 July 2010 23:00

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I was listening to a song the other day, and some of the words were “Love is gentle, and love is kind.” The truth of that really touched me. We think of love as being a feeling—an emotion—but true love is more of a doing. Love touches, love gives, love is gentle, and it is kind. That’s how we know it. We know love by its fruits. Love acts: It listens, it caresses, it nourishes, it nurtures. It does whatever is needed of it. Love naturally responds to life as it presents itself.

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Little Things Matter PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 July 2010 00:05

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Some things matter too much to the ego, and this is a source of unhappiness, things like performing perfectly, looking a certain way, having certain things, and so on. The flip side of this is that many of the little things that actually turn out to matter, especially to true happiness, are overlooked and underrated by the ego. Most of the turning points in our life came about as a result of something that didn't seem to matter at the time: a phone call from a friend who happened to tell us about a spiritual teacher coming to town; an invitation to a party, where we met our true love; a summer job that got us started in our career direction; a friend inviting us on a trip, which changed us in some way; reading a book that put us on a particular path. Life-changing experiences come out of what seem to be small and insignificant occurrences.

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