Winning the Battle of Self or “Movin’ On Up”

BLUE SPACE LIGHTHere’s a mind-blowing thought: We are born into this life with a predisposition towards happiness or unhappiness.

Call it a happiness quotient. It can also be described as a mindset, a unique calibration on the happiness scale embedded in the foundation of a human personality. This mindset is usually affected positively or negatively in early development by parenting, external circumstances, and life experiences.

Recently, I’ve discovered, or perhaps admitted to myself, that my internal atomic clock is set in an uncomfortable sector of the happiness scale. Let’s call it a bad neighborhood and be done with it. I don’t want to dwell on where I’m at or how I got there. Suffice it to say I won’t be spending precious time or disposable income on past-life regression therapy.The past, as a wise man said, is dead. I’m going to re-set my internal clock and, like George Jefferson, “move on up” to a better neighborhood on the happiness scale.

I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to achieve this minor miracle, but I have a reasonably good plan that I’ve been working on consciously and unconsciously for a while. This past weekend, the elements of the plan came together as if by magic, and not a moment too soon.

What I’ll be doing is sort of like breaking down a plaster statue and recasting it into a far more pleasing figure. I intend to transform my inner weather from dark and cloudy into radiant sunshine. It’s entirely possible with the right elements in place. Goodbye self-limiting thoughts and beliefs.  Hello person I always wanted to be.

I feel strongly that anything can be accomplished with a combination of will power, exposure to uplifting and self-empowering thoughts, and a loving source of spiritual energy.

This past weekend, I attended on full day seminar (led by Lee Ann Somers) designed to introduce participants to the Seven Healing Rays for the purpose of self-development. This will be a seven month program. I’m looking forward to every minute. Okay, I know that “the Seven Healing Rays” sounds like something straight out of “The New Age Nut Cracker Suite.” I ask that you bear with me for a few more paragraphs.

The Seven Rays represent seven unique aspects of divine energy. Each ray is a different color and embodies specific divine qualities. That’s all I want to say about the rays for now, mainly because I’ve just begun the course and don’t know much more, and additional information is beside the point. What I want to say is that the key component to the model for winning the battle of self is spiritual energy. The right energy at the right time facilitated by the right teacher unlocks human potential.  You can attract all of this “right stuff” by knowing what you want, asking for it, and keeping an open mind as to the package it arrives in.

I wrote in an earlier blog that I have grown tired of going in circles, chasing my tail. I believe this past weekend marks the beginning of an exciting journey that I want to share with you. Stay tuned.

PS—I’ve been listening to exceptional, empowering, guided meditations by Kelly Howell. You can listen to her stuff for free on YouTube.


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  1. #1 by Lee Ann Somers on September 26, 2013 - 5:23 am

    I love the inspiration and hopefulness that is dripping from your words!! It’s exciting…and I think, a true sign that a new happiness neighborhood is conspiring on your behalf to upgrade your inner and outer realities.
    I am so happy to hear that you’re happier and happier, and I am so excited to be on this journey with you!!
    Asking for what you want is the first step to achieving it. – Right up the Blue Ray’s alley!
    Namaste, Love. Lee Ann

    • #2 by David Gittlin on September 26, 2013 - 1:14 pm

      Hi Lee Ann:

      Thanks for your comments and most of all thanks for being a GREAT FACILITATOR. It’s a blessing and a joy to be on this journey with you.

  2. #3 by Rebecca on September 26, 2013 - 1:08 am

    Hi again David,

    I’m inclined to agree that we are born with a mindset towards happiness but I believe that’s because we are born with a desire to know God who is the ultimate source of our happiness. However, I understand not everyone share’s my beliefs. I think God delivers His truth through many sources and I encourage you in your journey and wish you nothing but the best. I love your analogies about the neighborhoods. May reference you in an upcoming blog and if I use your analogy I will certainly give you the credit. God bless. I truly enjoy reading your posts.

    • #4 by David Gittlin on September 26, 2013 - 1:47 am

      Thanks for your comments, Rebecca. I understand from reading your blog that your path is Christ and the New Testament. We all have to approach God in a way that attracts us and works for us. I’d say on your path your “energy” comes from the Holy Spirit and the uplifting thoughts come from the word of God as spoken by Jesus Christ. So it’s really the same thing, just a different format.

    • #5 by David Gittlin on September 26, 2013 - 2:00 am

      PS–I also agree with you that “God is the ultimate source of our happiness.” See my reply to my friend, “Happy Joe.”

  3. #6 by Happy Joe (@happyjoeshow) on September 26, 2013 - 12:20 am

    I think you’re dead right about people being born with a certain setting on the happiness clock, and I look forward to hearing about your journey into a new neighborhood. I’ve often wondered why I’m so much happier on some days than others – even though nothing is different. Keep us informed and good luck!

    • #7 by David Gittlin on September 26, 2013 - 1:54 am

      Hi Joe:

      Thanks for your comments. This week, I had a thought and a desire that used to freak me out every time I heard it or read it. I actually asked to be grounded in Spirit rather than the things I attach myself to in this world. I’m beginning to see It’s difficult to be happy every day unless we look to “Source” as the foundation for happiness.

  4. #8 by Terri-Lynne on September 26, 2013 - 12:00 am

    I look forward to following your journey, David, having been on one myself for the past year. My journey was not easy, but it was worth it.

    • #9 by David Gittlin on September 26, 2013 - 12:03 am

      I know that you’ve been transitioning from lawyer to (I think) full-time writer, and I wish you success and fulfillment on your journey.

  5. #10 by Michael on September 25, 2013 - 10:28 pm

    I feel we’re born into this world with a bias for happiness. A baby leaves that realm for a few moments for want of food, diaper change, and sleep but always returns to that beautiful state of being which I believe is our natural state and never leaves us. Our needs increase as we age as well as an ever growing flurry of wants, all distractions from our natural state of happiness which never leaves us. Buried, but alive and well, waiting for our conscious return.

    • #11 by David Gittlin on September 25, 2013 - 11:37 pm

      One of the reasons we are close friends is I enjoy your upbeat perspective on just about everything.

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