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Real Happiness

Strategies for Healing Our Pain
& Awakening the Joy That Is Our Birthright

This book condenses the work of a lifetime
into 160 pages that will change your life!

ISBN # 978-1-879159-68-6   160 Pages     $12.95

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This book is not about the kind of happiness you see on billboards or television commercials. It has nothing to do with the overly romanticized or idealized type of happiness. It has to do with being present right now for the ups and downs of life in a loving and compassionate way. It is about being ourselves fully and being responsible for what we are creating in our lives.
     I like to call it Real Happiness because it is about being real as a human being and coming face to face with our fear and our pain. It is about being willing to heal our wounds so that we can reconnect with the joy that is our birthright.
Of course, being real isn’t easy. To be real we need to feel safe enough to cry our tears as well as to sing our songs of gratitude and praise. We need to be strong enough to stop blaming others and brave enough to learn our lessons.
     Real happiness means overcoming our negativity and beginning to count our blessings so we can experience the mysterious beauty of life. It means learning to surrender, to let go of the need to control, and to allow our lives to unfold in their own natural, organic way. It is about becoming fully, uniquely and exquisitely human!

Real Happiness empowers you to live the life of joy and purpose
that you were meant to live.

Many of our definitions of happiness are shaped by Madison Avenue. They define only the outer shell, or the mask that we show to the world. They describe how we look to others, not how we feel about ourselves.
     If we accept these definitions, we probably believe that a happy person is physically attractive, rich, influential, liked and respected by others, and powerful in the world. Those are the people we see on television and in the magazines. But if we look a little more deeply at the lives of these models of happiness, we see that they are not really any more happy than the rest of us. They have the same struggles
and frustrations that we do, and their lives also fall apart, just as ours do.
     Just because we have a good “happiness mask” does not mean that we are really happy. We are just good at pretending to be happy when we really aren’t. It takes courage to pull off our mask and show up as a real person, especially if we have a public image to protect. Yet even if we aren’t famous, we are still trying to save face. We still don’t want others to see the pain that lies behind our mask.
     Both Madison Avenue. and Wall Street give us a very superficial definition of happiness. They give us the veneer, not the heartwood. It is easily tarnished. Hollywood doesn’t do much better. Idols are not only made in a flash; they fall and crash just as quickly.
     Real Happiness is not based on how we appear to others or what others think about us. It really has very little to do with that. Real Happiness is not about the outer shell, image or mask, but about the inner core. It is not about how good we look to others, or about our ability to please them and get their approval. It is about how we feel about ourselves in our hearts.
     In other words, happiness is an internal state not an external condition. It is not about surface things like money, lifestyle, possessions, role or image. It is not about what we do or what we have, but about who we are and how we feel about ourselves.
     This is a radical definition. While many people continue to define happiness by how good they are at what we do or by how much money or material possessions they have, the truth is that they can have name, fame and riches and still be unhappy. Real Happiness does not come from the outside. It comes from within. It must be measured from the inside out, not from the outside in.

Real Happiness is a Journey

Another important characteristic of Real Happiness is that it is not a static state. It is not just a goal that we aspire to. It is a dynamic process. Most of us are in the process of becoming happy or, to be more precise, “happier” than we have been in the past. No matter how happy we are, more happiness is possible. That is because, at any given time, we are actualizing only a small percentage of our full potential.
     So how do we maximize our potential to be happy? How do we take the next steps on our journey to self-actualization?
     The same people who gave us the Madison Ave. version of happiness also gave us the most common prescription for happiness. That prescription was “make the best mask you can and put a big smiley face over your pain”. In other words, “deny your pain and pretend to be happy.” That prescription doesn’t work for most people. Or else they need other more serious prescriptions to reinforce it.
It’s not long before the mask begins to degrade and they return to the doctor for a back-up prescription of Prozac, tranquilizers or sleeping pills, or they might reach instead for a joint, a hit of cocaine or their second bottle of wine.
     Numbing ourselves out does not lead to Real Happiness. It just helps us try to cope with the fact that we are not really happy. It helps us feel better for an hour or two when it becomes clear that our mask is not working and the pain behind it is leaking through.
     To be really happy, we need to stop doing two things. Stop denying our pain and stop medicating it. And we need to begin to do two very different things: Feel our pain and heal and move through it.

Real Happiness Requires that We Heal Our Pain

     Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if
     * you believed in yourself and knew you had a gift to share.
     * you could move forward with your dreams instead of questioning them.
     * you could face life problems without fear.
     * you loved yourself no matter what happened.
     You would be well on your way to manifesting your full power and potential as a human being, would you not? So what stands in your way?
     There could be several things that stand in your way. For example: you could have childhood wounds and could be carrying a great deal of fear, guilt, anger or hurt inside. While you might have a handle on all that, there may be times when you lose control and what comes out it isn’t very pretty.
     Your wound-driven behavior may undermine your relationship with your children and loved ones. It might challenge you at work. Because of your shame around your wounds, you may show up with a mask or a False Self, either apologizing for yourself and seeking approval, or taking charge and dominating others. You might be under-confident or over-confident. You might be hard on yourself or hard on others. You may be a victim or a victimizer.
     Either way the bottom line: is that you might not like yourself very much. You could judge yourself mercilessly. Or you could judge others harshly, which is the flip side of the same coin.
     We don’t like to talk about our reactive behavior or the wounds and beliefs behind them, but they are the root of our deepest pain. If we don’t find that root and heal it, we cannot be happy. We will simply continue to recycle our pain and pass our wounds onto our children.

A Roadmap to a Joyful and Empowered Life

This work assumes that genuine happiness is possible for all of us. There is no defect or deficiency in us that prevents us from being happy. However, there are false beliefs that need to be challenged and hurts that need to be healed so that we can open our hearts fully to love and to life.
     I have spent the last 35 years of my life coming up with a Roadmap for the journey of healing and transformation and concrete tools that can help us learn to love ourselves without conditions. The Real Happiness Work is the result. I feel that it is powerful, authentic and effective. I hope that you will experience it for yourself and, if it speaks to your heart, learn to teach it and bring its message of hope and healing to others.
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Real Happiness - The Workbook

Creating Your Personal Roadmap to a Joyful and Empowered Life

ISBN 1-978-879159-71-6   14.95

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Genuine happiness is possible for all of us. There is no defect or deficiency in us that prevents us from being happy. However, there are false beliefs that need to be challenged and hurts that need to be healed so that we can open our hearts fully to love and to life

This book provides numerous experiential exercises that will help you understand and begin to heal your core wounds, core beliefs and reactive behavior patterns. It will also help you to identify your innate creative gifts so that you can experience joy and fulfillment in your work and be authentic in your relationships. This Workbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Real Happiness book. The experiential exercises presented here have been culled, honed, and distilled by Paul from over 30 years of experience leading heart-centered workshops and retreats. The Workbook offers you a powerful l tool that will help you to create your personal roadmap to healing and empowerment.   


 

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