Daily Angel Oracle Card: Joy, from the Whispers Of Lord Ganesha, by Angela Hartfield, artwork by Ekaterina Golovanova
Joy: “Joy is the state of the heart and soul.”
“Joy happens when the heart and the soul unite. This union is to achieve expansion for a greater good related to your divine path. Joy can create in you a sense of contentment, acceptance, and serenity. Even when your life is in flux, you feel a deep knowing that whatever might happen will be for the highest good for all involved. When you have this knowledge in you, it brings spiritual determination. Even through difficult circumstances such as those that you may currently be undergoing, you will ultimately find your happiness.
Through this card, Ganesha acknowledges your stress and exhaustion as you work to adapt to new patterns of behaviour and release your old stories. You may not be happy right now, but you can experience joy in knowing that striving through a difficult situation is important. You are urged to realize that you came into this lifetime to undergo certain experiences and to learn very specific life lessons.
Be honest with yourself; allow yourself your feelings and emotions. Remember that if your heart is feeling wounded and its healing is taking place, you are likely grappling with deep feelings and sentiments that may have even been repressed in you for lifetimes. Share your thoughts, feelings, emotions and anxieties with those who can support you at this time. Joy will be the final outcome. Your energy and your inner light are shifting to reveal your life’s grand plan.
In this card, Ganesha holds garlands made of erukku flowers, which have the ability to eliminate negative energy from the body and mind of a person. In your mind’s eye, make an offering of garlands made of erukku flowers to Ganesha. In exchange, Ganesha blesses you with good health and freedom from ailments.”*
~By Angela Hartfield
Joy is manufactured on the inside; but it’s easy to forget that. Particularly when we are stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted by the demands of everyday life. We are bombarded with an unending barrage of suggestions of ‘stuff’ that is supposed to fill this void. A car, a house, a hot model, a vacation somewhere tropical, beer, chewing gum or a new mop all offer claims of fulfillment, happiness and joy. And we actually buy into it, in a superficial way. We think ‘if only…’ then, we would be happy. If only we had more money, a better body, a great career, a bigger house, a faster car, a more expensive watch, a sexy supermodel at our side… the list feels infinite. If only… then we would be happy. Then the stars would all come into alignment and life would have meaning. Finally. Ugh!
That is simply not true! If we rely on this insane way of thinking we will never, ever be happy! We will never feel fulfilled. We will remain in the rat-race, spinning and spinning away, trying to accumulate all those things that we feel will provide the happiness for us. Now that is true misery.
Happiness is about coming back to this moment, right here and now. Not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. It is about letting ourselves experience the bad with the good but remaining balanced, grounded and centered in the moment. It is about seeing what we do have and focusing all of our energy on having more of that. It is about being grateful for the experiences, the lessons, and the love in our lives. Releasing the old pain and embracing the new opportunities and leaving space for possibility.
Nothing really brings joy. You find it yourself. On the inside.