Inspirational Quotes about Happiness

I wondered how he could be so upbeat after such a day, especially since this man had a job that kept him on the road. He shared with the group that on the way to the post office, he went into a coffee shop to get out of the storm and cold for a while. While sitting in the coffee shop he looked around and saw that most of the people there seemed miserable with red noses, sniffling, coughing, bundled up in layers of clothes. He too was feeling quite miserable. He too was sniffling, tired and cold. Then he remembered that in the Course, it stated that you are in control of your perceptions. Right then and there, he decided to do something about his attitude.

In an instant, he decided that on the way to the post office, each and every snowflake that hit his face would bring him joy; that those snow flakes would no longer cause him grief, that they would no longer make him curse the weather, or in any way negatively affect his state of mind. So after finishing his coffee, off he went walking to the post office.

As the first snowflakes hit his face, interestingly enough he also experienced his first smirk of the day. And as the snowflakes increased in volume, so too did his smirk, which turned into a smile. Soon joy became an actual thought in his mind. He began to sing “snow flakes are falling on my head” as he walked by so many other souls who had chosen, in their own way, to see the day and their walk as a hassle, inconvenience and a hazard. At first, he sang the song in his mind, then just loud enough for himself to hear it. As the snowflakes increased, so too did his volume. There he was, singing joyfully as other pedestrians probably wondered what this poor schizophrenic person was doing out in this kind of weather. The snowflakes kept falling on his face and now that his rendition of the song was a number one single in the charts of his mind, he could sing it loud, proud and with joy.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 215

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How would you like to give up your limited ego-self and replace it with an infinite Godself? How would you like to give up nothing and get everything in return? Would you like to give up judgment and receive forgiveness, give up fear and receive love, give up separation and receive unity, give up confusion and chaos and receive peace of mind and joy? This is God’s offer to you but it is your choice through free will whether to accept it or not. God offered you this when you were created. It is your inheritance. It is your essence. It is your truth. There is only one thing that you need to do to obtain everything. Offer your brothers and sisters what you want to experience. For we are all one, and what you offer to them you gift yourself.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 6

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If there is anything in your life that is not bringing you joy or peace, ask yourself why it is that you continue to support that activity. Often you support it because you believe you deserve or need to experience it. You currently have in your life what you consciously or unconsciously want. But I offer you that if you have the power to bring to your life things that do not give you joy and peace, then know that you also have the power to bring to your life things that do offer you joy and peace. You have an active imagination, and you have created what you want and think you need to experience. So if you choose not to experience joy in the moment, then go ahead, play in the mud all you want. This much is true – you do have another choice. You can choose joy and peace in every part of your life. Currently, you may believe that this is not possible, and thus you are not experiencing it.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 22

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You can choose joy and peace in every part of your life. Currently, you may believe that this is not possible, and thus you are not experiencing it.

Friend, have you ever taken five minutes to think about and write on a piece of paper what it is that brings you joy and peace? Do you know? You do have a mission to accomplish in this life, and what you take joy in doing and what brings you peace are both reminders of what that mission is. If you did not have a purpose for being on Earth, then you would not be here. Remind yourself; write down what it is you love and receive joy doing, and there you will find a key to the purpose of your visit.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 22

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Make your peace of mind and joy the goal in every situation possible. This is achieved by reacting to your brothers and sisters with forgiveness, love, peace and understanding, regardless of the illusions they might be buying into at the time. When they try to pull you into their illusions, remember that you are awake. Don’t judge your brothers and sisters, for they may simply be asleep and dreaming. Would you judge your children for screaming in their sleep, or would you hold and comfort them? Would you scold your children for kicking you while asleep, or would you simply turn them around? Would you laugh at your children if they described the monsters in their dreams, or would you turn the light on and let them see for themselves that there are no such things? Do this, and every time you succeed in remaining awake, congratulate yourself, for you have chosen peace.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 22-23

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Peace of mind and joy are eternal, and what is eternal cannot be temporary. Temporary peace of mind and joy therefore do not exist. They are illusions created by the ego to keep us from understanding and experiencing real eternal peace of mind and joy.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 28-29

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My friend, I am here to remind you that peace of mind, love and joy are your inheritance. Peace of mind, love and joy are the main attributes of the Godself. We all have a Godself, because we are simply our Godselves and nothing else.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 30

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*A state of peace, harmony, joy and unconditional love allows you to recognize truth and reality. Practicing these states aligns your truth with your natural self.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 75

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You will have great difficulty achieving peace of mind and joy unless you respect how others choose to live their lives. That means respecting everyone’s choices: the drug dealer on the street, the Pope, a homeless person, the president of the United States.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 92

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My friend, you touch the world on a much deeper level than you currently perceive. Do not concern yourself with the number of people you believe you need to lead or serve at one time to make a difference. For knowingly or not, you change the world with every interaction you have with a fellow brother or sister. Lead by example, it is truly that simple. Offer love and you will find your world more loving. Serve the person in front of you and you will find the world a more caring and hopeful place. Smile and laugh with the person you interact with and you will experience a happier and more peaceful world. Do whatever brings you joy, and the same world that you once cried in, you will now smile and dance in.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 102-103

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I have mentioned before that the world you see outside yourself is simply a reflection of the world that you have shaped and supported within. As the ego has trained your mind to react in a judgmental and stressful manner, so too can you retrain your mind to act and react with peace and joy. There are four steps to retraining your mind in order to obtain and experience peace and joy in every situation. They are:

Thought – Align yourself with God and clarify the goal.

Action – Act with unconditional love.

Faith – Trust that the moment is perfect.

Gratitude – Give thanks, enjoy and rejoice.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 110

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In every circumstance, in every instant, you have been gifted with the free will to choose how you will react. You can choose to react with worry, conflict, chaos and confusion, or you can choose to react with trust, peace of mind, love and joy. Every instant, regardless of its manifestation, allows you the opportunity to begin anew, to experience life with peace of mind, love and joy. The knowledge that you have the power to react to any circumstance, any time, and in any way you desire, is the beginning of understanding the absolute power of free will.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 131

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*If you have faith in your Godself’s plan for your life, the effect will be one of trust, peace of mind and joy. When you are experiencing trust, peace of mind and joy, realize that you are having faith in your Godself’s plan for your life. When you are experiencing worry, fear, disappointment, stress and despair, understand that you are having faith in your ego-self’s plan for your life. Herein lies the one solution to the one problem.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 132-133

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Knowledge, peace of mind and joy are available in every situation. We can recognize this and obtain them through forgiveness or we can focus on judgment, their opposite, and obtain its result. The choice of which road we take and experience is ours.

If you have obtained peace of mind and joy in a situation, congratulations – no further instruction is necessary. If you have not obtained peace of mind and joy in a situation, then the following 10 steps may be helpful to you in changing directions:

  • Accept responsibility. Acknowledge to yourself that, at this moment in time, it is your perception that is resulting in your lack of peace.
  • Acknowledge that your lack of peace is not due to the external environment but to your internal reaction to it.
  • Acknowledge that thinking with the ego, and judging the situation, has brought about a lack of peace.
  • Do not condemn yourself or your ego for feeling the way you do.
  • Acknowledge to yourself that there is another way, a more peaceful way to perceive this situation.
  • Choose to see it as a learning experience, an opportunity to better understand how to choose peace.
  • Offer gratitude for the experience and your inner shift.
  • Forgive yourself and everyone else involved in the situation.
  • Send love to yourself, your ego and everyone else involved in the situation.
  • Be grateful for the opportunity that you have offered yourself to once again choose peace.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 154

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In order to experience peace of mind and joy in the present moment, trust and have faith that you are always in the right place at the right time.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 193

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Imagine, if only for a moment, how much more peace you could experience in your daily existence if you would only allow yourself to see all experiences, both positive and negative, as gifts, regardless of lessons learned. Imagine that instead of constantly analyzing and judging your experiences, you smile and are thankful for having them. My friend, listen carefully, for the beginning of knowledge lies in this simple shift in perception. Imagine a life where, instead of asking “why” or “why me,” you simply trust and say “thank you.” How much more peace and joy would this simple shift in perception bring to your life and to those around you? My dear friend, heaven is indeed available on Earth – now.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 241-242

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Your purpose in life – your life’s mission – will be something you love and take great joy in. Joy is a natural expression of one who is fulfilling his or her purpose. What offers you peace? What gives you joy? What do you love to do? All these are clues to the destiny that you’re trying to reach, your life’s mission. Believe in yourself and trust that the universe is in your corner. Reach within, listen to the whispers of your heart, and bring what is within you out into the world. This is how you will begin to manifest and live your wishes and dreams.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, Author of You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey from Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy,
p. 246

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