As we rise to the highest levels of consciousness, we begin to experience Joy.

This isn’t the temporary joy of attaining new things, or acquiring new skills. Nor is it the hedonistic joy of pleasures such as alcohol or drugs.

It is the deep, truthful, authentic joy of being.

We begin to recognise that there is no separation between us and the universe. We’ve practised loving everything and everyone around us, and now we begin to realise that we were never actually separate.

The last vestiges of the ego dissolve and we are left with simply what is.

The pain, the suffering, the happiness, the elation, the confusion, the fear, the loneliness, the camaraderie… every bit of our experience is the manifestation of the universe of which we are an integral part.

And whatever we’re going through, we can revel in the fact that we’re going through it. Even the deepest suffering and pain are seasoned with the deep joy that we overcame billion-to-one odds to actually be here to experience those things.

We realise that we are full of flaws and dysfunction and that those things are perfectly ok. We realise that we have no idea who we are and again, that is perfectly ok.

We don’t find joy ‘out there’. We find it ‘in here’ once we begin to revel in what it really means to be alive.