The Beauty of Nature –
A Christmas Message from the Master
“True joy is not the result of anything visible or tangible. It is joy without reason, given to us simply by our sense of existing as a soul and a spirit. So instead of waiting to possess something or someone in order to feel joy, do the opposite: rejoice in the simple fact that people and things exist – for the joy you receive from them will give you the sense that they belong to you. Whatever gives you joy belongs to you, while what belongs to you does not necessarily give you much joy. You truly possess everything that gives you joy, and far more so than if you owned it. What joy we experience at the beauty of nature, the sunrise, or the starry sky! And yet these do not belong to us. The most important therefore is not possession, but the ability to rejoice.
And if you want to taste eternal joy, then learn how to live in your soul and spirit, for they alone are able to project you into infinite space and into eternity. It may not seem possible to live in a state of constant joy. But in fact it is possible when we understand our structure as human beings, when we know that beyond our physical, astral and mental bodies we possess three higher bodies: the causal, buddhic and atmic bodies, which bring us into contact with the divine world. When we succeed in developing these, the hardships we may experience cannot alter or obscure what we are living in the world of light.”
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Izvor Book 242, The Wellsprings of Eternal Joy
Chapter 17 The Long Road to Joy