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Feeling Great: Creating a Life of Optimism, Enthusiasm and Contentment

Feeling Great: Creating a Life of Optimism, Enthusiasm and Contentment

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Feeling Great: Creating a Life of Optimism, Enthusiasm and Contentment

158 pages
1 hour
Apr 14, 2015


Why do we lose our ability to feel great? And what is 'feeling great' anyway? Is it really possible to feel great in today's world where every day there is some new crisis or disorder? Some new upheaval or unexpected negativity? Where violence is rife? Is feeling great out of place or insensitive to the reality of many people's lives?

In this treasure of a book, Janki, Vegso and Johnson call on their decades of spiritual study and practical experience to answer these and other essential questions. You will learn what it really means to 'feel great' – and it might not be what you expect.

You will discover that feeling great is not about having a good time for a few hours, or having money to spend. It's about putting your life in order and remembering who you really are. It's about practicing the four keys revealed in this book—enthusiasm, optimism, contentment, and respect—then learning how to start acquiring and applying them. Janki and Vegso's rich descriptions of the sticking points we encounter on our journey through life demonstrate how we can recover our ability to truly feel great – not as a temporary indulgence, but as a lasting state of being.

Now is the time to start feeling great, and this uplifting book shows you how easy it can be.
Apr 14, 2015

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Feeling Great - Dadi Janki



Is it possible to feel great in today’s world, where every day there seems to be some new crisis or disorder? Some new upheaval or unexpected negativity? Where violence is so rife? Should we even strive to feel great? Maybe it’s out of place or insensitive to the realities of other people’s lives?

This little guide draws on years of spiritual study and practical experience. Included are rich descriptions of the sticking points we encounter in our journey through life, and also the keys to making progress as we recover our ability to feel really great—not as a temporary indulgence but as a lasting state of being.

We learn, for example, about the gravity of negativity, when encumbered emotions such as resentment, wounded pride, and rejection hold us down and drain the goodwill and spontaneity from our lives.

Enthusiasm, optimism, and contentment are among the keys that can free us from such chaos. We learn that these qualities spring from faith in the goodness of the Self and life. This faith returns to us when we start to understand the wonderful Tree of Humanity and the eternal seed through which it is renewed.

In essence, it is love that enables us to feel great. Love is in all of us, but in order to flourish, it needs to be tended with spirituality. When we demand love from the world around us, we destroy our own ability to receive it. We must nurture it within ourselves and live it overtly, because only then can we experience the joy of both giving and receiving it. When we truly experience and practice that kind of love, we have learned to live authentically, and there is no greater feeling than that.

Dadi Janki:

The Experience of Light

Ever since I was a little child, I had been looking for God, longing to have an experience. At the age of nineteen that desire was finally fulfilled.

It happened one day while I was out for a walk with my father. As we were walking, I saw Brahma Baba, the founder of this spiritual institution, the Brahma Kumaris.

As I watched him approach, I had what some would call a vision—an experience of light. It was a very special, beautiful moment that finally quenched my thirst to find Him. In that experience, I was filled with the sensation of being with God . . . of having truly found God.

In that instant, I felt completely separate from my body. I was aware that my physical father was responsible for creating my physical body, yet I knew that I really belonged to that Light—the Being of Light—God.

My heart was overwhelmed and it responded, You are my Father. I want to become like you. I was completely filled with His joy.

God has so many beautiful qualities: peace, joy, love, purity, strength, truth . . . I have always wanted to have the same attributes in my own life; however, despite my devotion to God for all those years, those qualities were difficult to cultivate, and instead I harbored a lot of fear, attachment, and worry.

Yet, as soon as I had that moment of recognition, as soon as I said, God, I belong to you, it was as if those godly qualities started to emerge within me and my negative tendencies began to leave—I simply no longer claimed ownership of them.

When I talk about seeing the Light of God, I do not mean seeing a flash of light. When the third eye of wisdom opens, it is also called light—the light of knowledge and the light of understanding. That light allowed me to remember—that is, to recognize—my own true Self and my own true Parent.

Experiencing the Light of God means having a sense of recognition—something inside you shifts. An understanding from deep within begins to surface . . . it is as if a hidden memory has been awakened and you are flooded with the recognition of who you really are and what God really is. In that moment of recognition, you no longer connect to the lower consciousness of yourself as a body, and with that disconnection, that release, you, too, become light.

Once I asked God, Did you find me, or was it that after all my searching I finally found you? The reply that came was, You weren’t searching for me all that much. It was I who was looking for you.

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The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University is a global community of people learning how to increase their ability to live with love. Find more information at, including a guide to the location of centers across the world.

Peter Vegso:

An Encounter with Peace

I was nine years old when I had a most remarkable encounter that years later I would find myself still trying to understand. But all those years of questioning eventually led me to realize that, if you are able to dissect an experience and label it, you inherently lose the magic. Some things are simply meant to be felt and contemplated because it is only in that sensory state that we discover true meaning, and we are able to touch a whole different facet of life.

It was at my grandparents’ farm in the beautiful eastern township of Québec that my experience took place.

It was a day like many other days in the glorious Canadian countryside. My fifteen-year-old brother, John, and I were riding with our neighbor in his horse-drawn wagon—my neighbor sat at the reins, I rode in the middle, and my brother sat beside me. In those days, our neighbor would take the wagon to buy feed for his cattle, and often my brother and I would ride along. On this day, we stocked up and headed back to the farm, heavily laden with 100-pound bags of feed.

As we were nearing home, I decided to jump off the wagon because we were close to our driveway. My brother noticed what I was about to do, and since we were still moving he shouted, No! As a typical nine-year-old boy, I simply ignored his warning and leaped off. As I did, he instinctively grabbed on to me to pull me back, but it was too late. Instead of getting pulled safely back into the wagon, or jumping without incident off to the side, his reach changed my trajectory and I fell straight down. I don’t remember the back wheels of the wagon rolling over me, but they did—right through the middle of my body.

But that was no little feed wagon . . . it was an old horse-drawn type with four very large wooden wheels with iron rims. The weight of the wagon alone rolling over me would have made it nearly impossible to survive, but adding hundreds of pounds of grain made it even more so.

When I opened my eyes, I seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, then I realized I was not on the ground but on a cloud, and looking into a bright calm ahead. I felt hopeful—great even—yet I distinctly sensed that I was no longer in my own body. From that place of peace and calm, I looked around. On my right I saw another cloud—it was gray with a throng of people lined up, yelling, and waving their arms, beckoning for me to come over. I didn’t know what to make of them, I didn’t recognize a single face, yet they kept shouting, calling me over. But I didn’t see a pathway there, nor did I feel compelled to go; they frightened me.

It was then that I noticed another cloud, just beyond the shouting crowd, that contained what appeared to be a park. Walking through the park was a well-dressed couple pushing a Victorian baby carriage—rather like the English prams that women of Knightsbridge use to this day. The couple was handsomely clothed—she in a long black dress with an elegant bonnet, he in a dark suit topped with a fashionable black chapeau. I never really saw their faces, but their images were perfectly clear.

Observing them strolling through the park, I was still somewhat aware of the gray cloud to my right with the people shouting. But, focusing on the couple in the park, I had a sense that everything was just as it belonged—that something important was taking place.

Just then, in the far distance, I heard someone yelling. I recognized my brother’s panicked voice shouting at me to get up, and I felt that I should go back . . .

I awoke to the sound of my brother calling to me and to the look of alarm in his eyes. I scrambled to my feet, dusted myself off, and looked at his frightened face. I’m good, I told him. Let’s play.

Even though, as an adult, I had heard about near-death and out-of-body experiences, it had been many years since I thought about that incident. But the memory never left me—I can still see the images

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