Finding Your Bliss
A wide range of thinkers — from Joseph Campbell to Abraham Maslow to Howard Thurman — all agree that one of the most important purposes we all serve is that of, quite simply, following that which makes us feel truly alive.
You can, to steal from Joseph Campbell, call this “following your bliss”.
Many of us understand this, if only on some level, and many of us would love to live a life that involves following our bliss. But, the problem is, it isn’t always easy to know what it is that makes you feel truly alive and, sometimes, it’s even harder to fully explore your bliss and to allow your bliss to expand your life and, as a result, yourself.
The essay you are about to read is all about finding your bliss and moving with your bliss. By following the processes outlined in this essay, you will be drawn to that which makes you feel truly alive. Engaging with what it is that makes you feel truly alive will expand your life and yourself, allowing for you to be as you are meant to be and as you truly are.
Your Bliss Is Limitless
You are not bound to one source of bliss. Rather, your bliss is limitless. You can experience the state of bliss from a limitless variety of activities, practices, concepts, themes, passions; and so on and so forth, infinitely and endlessly.
For myself, it is too easy to concentrate too greatly on one particular source of bliss — writing these essays, for example — while neglecting the infinite sources of bliss that are unknown to me and awaiting discovery, engagement, and acceptance.
A mindset that acknowledges bliss as being endlessly plentiful, while emanating from a limitless variety of sources, is exceptionally powerful. You are not seeing your bliss, or yourself, as a limited, finite thing, but as that which goes beyond all limitations.
You, too, go beyond all limitations and possess boundless reserves of untapped power, energy, potential. All of this untapped power, energy, and potential is easily accessible through various means. This brings us to the next section of the essay…
Finding Your Bliss
Finding your bliss is easy. You possess extraordinary power and, by harnessing this power, you can draw to you that which you truly desire. These desires may be material items, specific circumstances, or states of being that, just as an example, encompass feelings of bliss, joy, and novelty; among endless other possibilities.
Regardless of what it is that you desire, you possess the ability to bring it forth into your experience of the world. That is a fact, and it is a fact that you can, and should, play with and explore.
One way you can play with and explore this fact is by engaging with a practice that allows you to accept powerful sources of bliss — sources that may be invisible to you, at this moment — as being present within your experience of the world.
For you to do this, all you must do is set aside three-minutes — give or take — to concentrate on a particular moment of time, as if it is taking place right now, and express gratitude for the bliss that you have found and are experiencing.
Set aside three-minutes for this practice. You can engage with this practice while walking, sitting down, laying down, or even running. But, no matter what, make sure you can devote your attention to this practice, for at least three-minutes, without being distracted.
Once you have the time necessary for this practice, imagine that you are immersed in a blissful activity — or something to that effect — and feeling joyous, blissful, and excited.
You can do this by engaging with inner conversations that affirm this state — statements as simple as “I am so grateful and excited about what I am doing” work very well — affirming a sense of bliss, and even imagining yourself doing something that, while invisible to you within the imaginal scene, is exceptionally blissful.
Regardless of what method you choose to use, assume that you are feeling blissful right now, in this exact moment. No matter your method, allow yourself to feel the presence of bliss and a sense of immersion that comes from doing so.
Sustain this moment for three-minutes. Expand on the details within your imaginal scene; add to your inner conversation; continue affirming. Sustain the moment for three-minutes — or longer, for that matter — and then let it go.
You may not believe this to be the case, and you may not understand why this works so very well, but the moment you have just created will be reflected in your daily experience of the world.
You will be drawn to a source of bliss — or, rather, a source of bliss will be drawn to you — and your life, and self, will expand.
You do not need to do anything. All you must do is surrender to what comes forth. What comes forth will be tremendously blissful and, as a result, will allow you to feel, and be, truly alive.
Following Your Bliss
After your bliss is drawn to you, you must follow your bliss. Or, rather, you can follow your bliss. You can follow your bliss and doing so will be one of the greatest and most significant decisions of your life.
Most of those who choose to follow their bliss — and, many people follow their bliss, or have followed their bliss, at one point or another — find themselves, almost without effort, becoming more confident, far more creative, and intensely excited about what is possible and what they are choosing to create, explore, learn, understand, and experience.
You see, following your bliss is, essentially, surrendering to your bliss. Surrendering to what it is that makes you feel truly alive — and, remember, there is no limit to that which makes you feel truly alive — and allowing yourself to be lead towards greater and greater states of living and being is, as per one interpretation, why we are here.
In the end, your purpose in life is up to you. Everything that’s been written in this essay is my interpretation and, for you, it may not resonate or be useful.
Even if it does not resonate with you, though, I do encourage you to play with the simple — and, admittedly, rather vague — practice outlined in the “Finding Your Bliss” section. By doing so, I guarantee that you will be drawn towards the things that make you feel, if nothing else, joyous, excited, and happy. These are qualities that, I’m sure you would agree, are always welcome.
Thank you so much for reading this essay! I hope you enjoyed reading it, and I hope it resonated with you and inspired you to enjoy your life as much as you possibly can! As always, if you would like to reach me for any reason, you can do so at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.