In Beyond the Secret I speak about the difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is fleeting and comes from living according to the demands of the ego. Joy is lasting and comes from engaging the soul.
In the Abraham-Hicks teachings they also talk about living in a state of joy. Much of their teaching really consists of techniques that can help you elevate your feeling state into a more joyful place. In fact, this is one of the things I appreciate most about their teachings, even though I believe the teachings of Rational Emotive Therapy (which were developed in the 1950’s and I learned in the 1980’s) in many ways offer a more solid approach for working with your emotions effectively.
What I would like to do here, however, is clarify more my views on what joy is in light of what the Hicks have to say. To begin with the Hicks state we are here to learn how to allow Non-Physical Energy to create our world and flow through our intentions, decisions, and thoughts. This Non-Physical Energy is also considered to be the source of joy. This is the true “you.” This “you” creates reality and there is nothing that this “you” cannot be, do, or have.
So far, so good. This is a basic metaphysical teaching, one that many, many, many people have taught in various esoteric traditions in different religious systems for thousands of years. Only one problem that my book Beyond the Secret clearly points out. Who is the “you”? And, at what state of consciousness is this “you” operating from? Because truth be told, the more “soulful” it is, the more it embodies the soul values listed in my book, and the less consumption oriented “you” (as ego) become. This also fits with my research on what is spirituality (the post from my Ph.D. dissertation work is here on this blog).
Though I am positive the Hicks themselves embody primarily soul values, have learned to live mainly in a state of joy, and are dedicated towards service, their teachings at times muddle and confuse different states of consciousness, which is my main difficulty with their teachings and books. Yes, we are here to consciously connect with Source, as their books (and numerous metaphysical, spiritual, religious books) state. But, in my extensive experience to really understand what that process looks like the Hicks books offer only a rudimentary guide towards understanding how to really access that Source, become “soul-infused,” diminish the ego, and live in a state of joy. As a beginning step, the Abraham-Hicks books offer a very valuable service. But, for the seeker looking to go further there is much, much, more.