I feel great and things are great – I feel a lot of joy, which does not need a trigger from something outside of myself, but naturally resides within, and shows itself through laughter, joking, self-made-up dance moves and songs and having fun.
I am in a very loving and supportive relationship with my partner, deepening every day, and I live in a wonderful house in a quiet neighbourhood which is big enough so I can have my own practice at home. I feel great and things are great.
I have money to buy food that supports my body, I have clothes to wear, I am healthy and I feel vital. I don’t need coffee or sugar to get me through the day and I feel great that I can have a great time with people without drinking alcohol. I love spending time with myself and I can celebrate birthdays without the need to eat a cake.
I feel great and things are great – I don’t have kids of my own, but I feel a parent to many others, and we have great sleepovers in our house with the kids of close friends. I have a big loving and supportive group of people around me, a great bathtub to lie in, neighbours that will help me if needed and the tram stop which takes me into the city is just around the corner.
I love working, whether it is in a café/restaurant serving coffee or now starting up my own business. Things are great and I am learning everyday something new about life and myself; I love going to bed when my body feels tired (also on a Friday night) and I don’t need social events to fulfill my life. I love watching the series ‘Modern Family’ because it makes me laugh and I love the fact that I am not perfect.
I love people, young and old; I love to hang out with them and I love to ‘whatsapp’ my friends.
I go swimming every week and I love how sexy I look with my goggles and bath cap on. I can still get excited, hold back, feel anxious, get irritated or go into reaction about something, but that’s ok, I just nominate it and move on. So yes, life is great, I feel great and things are great. So what’s the issue, one could ask?
Well, the issue is, there isn’t any.
And that’s the issue.
It seems to me that when I feel great and when things are great in life, or even amazing, I have the tendency to look for something that is not going well, that needs change or adjusting, or that might be or become an issue in the near future. I make things and myself less amazing. In other words, my mind LOVES creating issues. It’s almost like I cannot accept that things are great and that life indeed is great and most of all, that I am feeling great. No, wait, that I AM GREAT. Ok, let’s not hold back here Mariette (and create an issue), that I AM AMAZING.
The only thing that really helps me in not creating issues, is being present and in my body. And this is an ongoing process. The more present and in my body I am, the more I can accept myself and others. The more present and in my body I am, the more I can be of true service to the world. And with presence, there are no issues… so I stop worrying about the small stuff and focus on the big… and when my mind kicks in and tries to ‘issue’ me around, I just go back to my fingertips which helps me to feel my tenderness, I go back to my feet which helps me to come back to my body and I observe my breath, gently in and out.
Quite simple, but then, why shouldn’t life be… simple… when I feel great and things are great.
Deeply inspired by the work of Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine and all the people around me.
by Mariette Reineke, Holland
336 thoughts on “When I feel Great and Things are Great…”
Your writing makes me smile from the inside out Mariette. I love how playfully you shared about this insidious pattern of looking for the issue when in fact there are no issues if we are fully present with ourselves. Such a gorgeous reflection to bring to the world by choosing the simplicity of our being instead of the always worried busy minds…
Mariette I totally agree how the “mind LOVES creating issues”, so avoiding the magnificence that’s always on offer. I’m pondering on an “issue” thats currently playing out and following reading this blog, it kind of feels, this condition sickness I’m experiencing is the default, as its got nothing else to go to. So in reality there really is no issue – simple!…
Mariette the simplicity of this blog makes me realise how our mind can create so many issues, when in reality there are none. Life has so much to offer, so many opportunities, so many teachings, and in everything whether we perceive it as ‘good’ or whether we perceive it as ’bad’, there is a learning for growth. Life is amazing and so are WE, make life and living about the body and not the mind.
I’d also add that connecting to my body helps to not create complication.
Leigh such a simple yet powerful statement. The body is the marker of truth and will continually communicate its truth back to you…
Just walking along feeling how amazing we are is such a joy to feel. How joy bubbliness up in my body and to know that everyone else has the same access as me and that one day we will all be allowing this innate joy to be expressed as we go about our day is the magic to life.
Being present in our body is key as Mariette shares, ‘The only thing that really helps me in not creating issues, is being present and in my body. And this is an ongoing process. The more present and in my body I am, the more I can accept myself and others. The more present and in my body I am, the more I can be of true service to the world.’
Lorraine how true, ‘the more present we are in our bodies, the more we can be of true service to the world’. The world will be a different place if we all had this way of living.
Life can actually be very simple when we allow it to be so. But often we have a part of us that seems to want to complicate things and I have found that it is about nipping this behaviour in the bud before it gets out of hand, and that part of us that wants to make things complicated is like a misbehaving child that just wants to have its way, and that is when the boundaries come in very handy – boundaries with self and keeping things simple.
We can be very good at creating issues when in fact there are none.
it seems so ludicrous doesn’t it to create an issue to not feel how amazing we are, yet it’s what happens. If it wasn’t happening we would all be expressing our amazingness together, and if we were that would be true brotherhood on Earth.
True, our mind loves creating issues. But even without us creating an issue of our own, the world is full of it. That does not have to affect how we feel as we go about our day, but if any one out there is not feeling as great, then there’s work to be done.
That is interesting.. We seem to look for succes, greatness.. But when we are feeling great, we seem to distract ourselves with God knows what ?! Something does not make sense here.. But hèh, we can do something about that. It starts with staying with feeling that which you are feeling: great, uncomfortable, mundane etc. because from here we can start to accept how we feel and discover that underneath the “problems”, there is so much more – expansion, greatness inside.
It’s key isn’t it Danna, staying with ourselves and being open and accepting to how we feel, and accepting and embracing our essence.
Accepting how awesome or great our life is is one of the first steps to not constantly trying to sabotage it.
Accepting and appreciating our amazing life, helps support this foundation.
I know people who actively create issues even when they don’t really have any, it seems they cannot accept how amazing and powerful they are.
Yes, it is also that maybe complication is preferred to simplicity.
Accepting where we are, truly accepting where we are is huge and I love what you’re offered us here that the key to that acceptance is being present in our bodies, otherwise we allow our minds to go off in tangents and trips and take us away from the truth of who and where we are.
Yes, it’s the problem of not having a problem. Problems are like cluttering up the space that is there to simply be filled with our own amazing selves.
Love what you have shared here Melinda and very relevant analogy to making a mess and creating clutter just so things don’t look so great as we are not comfortable with things looking so lovely.
Paying attention to something that is not well in our life may be us creating an issue or simply focusing in what we feel stands out and does not fit with an otherwise pretty much issue free life.
This is so gorgeous Mariette. I have been feeling tired upon waking for many weeks now and I have been on and off sick. I realised a big part of feeling tired is that when I go to bed I’m going through things that I haven’t done or think I should be doing more and go to sleep in that energy. Last night, again I could feel my mind ‘issuing’ me around and I was getting quite tense so tried something. I said to my self just surrender, it was that simple! My whole body relaxed and dropped and I couldn’t even think of what I was worrying about, it just wasn’t there. I fell asleep and it was the first morning in a while where I woke up with a smile on my face and ready to get into my day.
How wonderful to read Aimee, love it. Yes, we do get caught in that energy of going over the day and looking at what we did not do or what should have been better. Today I got this great inspiration and reminder again how important it is to confirm. Confirm and appreciate, so before going to sleep, why not focus on that and then go to sleep in that energy? It is so much more supporting and like you say, that is the energy you then wake up in/with.
How often do we bring all our focus to that which is not ‘great’ and in doing so ignore all that is? Quite a bit I would say if I go to my experiences. It is almost as if I don’t deserve the joy that comes with the fact all is going well. But the truth is I do and by coming to appreciate every little thing in my life, both big and small, great and even not so great, I am slowly letting go of the patterns of old; and that feels really great!
Funny how we are the ones that actually put the trip wire in place, precisely so we can fall over it. We know this landscape like the backs of our hands, and have been masters of the trip hazard for lifetimes. What would it be like to just keep feeling great?
When the floodgates open, through our respect to our divine connective-ness the great-nesses that we magnetically pull are life changing in the most amazing ways.
The problem with not having any problems and having a problem with being amazing all comes from my head…which is brilliant in a way because it’s another way to tell if I am disconnected from my body. Cool.
Yes it sounds ironic that all our life we pursue feeling better but that when we feel great we actually don’t know what to do with ourselves and need to learn to be with that all of the time, but it is how it is.
So true, our minds are very keen to come up with ‘Yes, but’ while our body knows and communicates a simple ‘Yes’ that is universal. An issue is like a name tag, and identifying an issue makes us think like we know ourselves with/through it, while we refuse to know ourselves in our true essence.
It’s like you say, the mind makes it into a ‘yes, BUT’, the body leaves out the ‘but’. It just is, true or not true.
A heart warming blog, and great to feel all the joy when life is great… as we humans can get weighed down with all kinds of toxic emotions… it is our emotions that bring complication. I have no issues either, only the ones my head creates, which means I have left my body.
You make it even more simple, love your comment. Leaving your body equals going into your head which equals creating issues. Great one liner for on the fridge!
It is great to share our joy, as we can become very serious.
I used to feel a bit dull when I had no issues, it’s like I looked for an issue to distract myself with, I now embrace my life without issues and can feel the beautiful simplicity and flow this offers me.
Haha I can relate to that, I also look for issues when there is actually no issue. It’s like my mind has this top 3 list of ‘No issues? How about his one?’. We are not taught that life can indeed be simple. It actually gets more simple, if we get ourselves out of the way.
It is funny but also so silly the things we can grab just so we aren’t feeling amazing or life is running smoothly. My go to is ‘well there is that…..’ or looking back at the past is a great little off the track distraction technique as well. We only know these techniques so well because we can’t help but feel and know we are so much more than what is most of the time being reflected in the world.
“We are not taught that life can indeed be simple. It actually gets more simple, if we get ourselves out of the way.” Thanks Mariette for your comment, what came to me to add to this was that it’s simple when we just allow ourselves to be all we are.
When we appreciate that we are imperfect it allows us the humbleness to learn from those imperfections – as you say Mariette ‘nominate what comes up and move on’.
The power of nomination is enormous. It stops me from going into a drama or make things bigger than they are. When a certain situation feels big it is me that has made it big. The moment I nominate and say how I feel, what my reaction is or what is going on for me and just be honest, then there is little room for my mind to wander off and turn something into a soap opera.
Don’t stop or let ourselves get dragged down. Like kids we just get back up and give it another go until we do learn… and don’t be hard on ourselves during the learning.
It really is an issue that we create issues when there need not be an issue, the mind loves to have something to work on when if we are connected to our essence, life itself will unfold what is needed for us and this is ok.
It is a game of the mind to solve something after its creator-the mind- created it.
It keeps you in the belief of achievment, although it is an illusion. Yes, you did move, because you resolved something, but regarding the bigger movement of your evolution you stayed on the same spot
Wow love your sharing and how you bring in the bigger picture, thank you.
Issues do not fly. We have to accept them as issues.
Great to read this again Mariette, its true that life for me is great until the cloud of “issues and problems” descends which can then prevent me from feeling and appreciating how amazing I am and my life is. It’s like listening to lies and believing them to be the truth. Back to the body and reconnect to my innermost heart and express love again!
Beautiful appreciation of the simplicity of knowing who we are and that we create our own issues to complicate and distract us from truth.
A wise friend of mine often says that the biggest issue is learning to deal with having no issues.
So true Nikki – it is amazing how we can bend over backwards to sabotage ourselves. How beautiful it is to understand, honour and celebrate ourselves and our true value.
I have thrown a (few) tantrum(s) in the past not wanting life to be so simple and amazing. Which sounds completely crazy, but if everyone is drowning in problems and sufferings, it does make me stand out the more I take responsibility for my own steps that walk me into our situations. Blaming everything outside ourselves is very mainstream and I am still learning to be ok with not fitting in.
I have for a long time also saying that my life is great. For me it was also a form of protection to not really look at my life where things were not so great. That honesty, I discovered, is needed to make my life not great, but real and divine.
So true Mariette. To not have issues is to rediscover who we are.
The awareness of how the body is like a compass for our own “true north” in life provides an important part of our daily way of being, which includes the body and its messages as central.
It is an absurd phenomenon although we tend to fight success much more than we do our issues. I can totally relate to resisting more when my life actually becomes even more amazing and having difficulty accepting the new simplicity and love on offer.
I have often wondered why so many of us struggle to accept that life can actually be great all the time, but instead start to prepare for something to go wrong. I can’t imagine that it is an expectation we carry as a young child when the world is full of delights so maybe somewhere along the track of growing up we have taken on the ideals and beliefs of those around us and are living our lives through their life experiences, not ours. So, let’s make the choice to return to the freedom of childhood; a much more simple and joyful way to be.
A very sweet article that delivers a meaningful message. As people we don’t seem to appreciate and hold steady in the greatness of what is around us. We may for a part but it’s quickly followed by a ‘what if’. We tend to be critiques of life and are always trying to be better or more or faster or stronger etc etc. What if there is a part of all this missing? What if that part makes the whole thing and without that part it will never be whole? What if that part was truly you, a living breathing whole of you that truly looks at everything and not just focuses on a part. There are many parts to this world and if you are only living in some of them or focused on a few then what comes back to you will reflect this. If we were all to live from the whole we truly are then the world would never be the same.
Thankyou Mariette, I enjoyed reading your focus on everything that is truly great, and it truly does sound wonderful! I catch myself at times too going into smallness or misery and then I have to remember my life is now actually amazing, and as you say to recognise and stop it when the “mind kicks in and tries to ‘issue’ me around”! Very cute and very true!
The practice of appreciation for the being we are within, and all that brings to our life builds a foundation of joy that is our daily accompaniment.
This is a testimony that shows that naturally there is an inner tension for more than just the comforts of a supportive human life. We are here to be and to bring so much more. And we are not here just for ourselves, but for us all. This tension should never be overlooked and never be overridden however uncomfortable it is to feel. In fact, thankfully it is there for without it there is no impulse to seek the truth of what life truly is about.
Great celebration of being great and great exposé of how our mind ‘kicks in’ to find an issue. Learning to live in our greatness is a great joy and as you share, Mariette, the great support to do this is being present with one’s body.
When we are aware of feeling Great, Joy-full, etc. and then we move in a way that supports our feelings we can then appreciate what we have, so that rather than drop we stay in appreciation so it fills any gap to our next moment of lets say Joy-Full-ness. Then that cycle repeats from Joy to appreciation to feeling Great to appreciation to feeling Harmonious to appreciation etc. etc. So we appreciate every aspect of our lives that brings Love and those times that are not so loving we still appreciate them for the lesson to be more Loving.
Great blog. It feels great to read your blog. I feel great after building myself consistently for some time. I totally focus with my energy and make sure my alignment is moving towards greatness – feel great -> look great.
Quite simply presence seems to be the answer, ‘The more present and in my body I am, the more I can be of true service to the world. And with presence, there are no issues…’ Being present with ourselves has everything to offer ourselves and humanity.
Life is about the quality I bring, and I can only be aware of that if I am present, being present in every moment is essential as you share, ‘The only thing that really helps me in not creating issues, is being present and in my body. And this is an ongoing process. The more present and in my body I am, the more I can accept myself and others.’
The world will present difficult challenges every day, and it is the foundation we have built in the relationship with ourselves that will determine how we approach those challenges.
Indeed, there are never issues, but challenges, that constantly ask us to expand. Not going for expansion = creating an issue that circulates around and around to then come back to the same spot, by us not having moved or expanded.
I know I have been used to the struggle, so can relate to feeling uneasy when things are going great. And yes, looking back I remember creating complication and issues when there was really no need. Slowly I am seeing that life does not have to be hard and that joy and simplicity are natural.
Thank you Debra for your honest and real comment, I have also found that what I am familiar with can feel safe even though it’s an uncomfortable aspect of life, such as struggle or holding back. It can also feel safe because we know we are left alone if we don’t shine.
Beautiful question Mariette, we really do not have an excuse to not be all the greatness we are.. But we seem to have an element inside us that seems to like and endure complication over this simplicity of our greatness. It is therefor our job to feel and connect with our whole being (Soul) and therefore let our behaviors, habits, attitudes all go – by connecting to the simplicity inside – key to our truth is all in there.
What a ‘great’ day to come back to this wonderful blog again. I obviously needed the loving reminder that “my mind LOVES creating issues”, issues that if I am not with myself, as in consciously present in my body, will begin to take me even further away from the amazing person I am and into complication. Coming back to me is ever only a choice away, so why wouldn’t I make that choice as life in complication is definitely not enjoyable in the least whereas a life lived in simplicity is full of joy.
My feeling of happiness used to be very conditional. I had to have things and people be in certain ways for me to feel good. It is very liberating to be able to feel great without any of that. Yet, there are times that I don’t feel great, and I have learnt that that simply means I am disconnected, and I have a very simple choice to reconnect back to my inner-most.
Fumiyo I can relate, happiness or it’s opposite unhappiness seem to relate to life meeting a picture, when all along we have our inner most heart waiting to be reconnected to which is full of joy – a joy that is unconditional, everlasting, and innately part of our essence.
I have found that complication leads to drama, and the more I have come to know myself from within, the simpler life has become, it is steady, drama free and feels great.
How often do we feel guilty for feeling good or try to sabotage feeling good because it is less familiar than having an issue? Thank you for making me smile through your blog and inspiring me to keep deepening my relationship with me and the way I live every day.
There is so much joy and simplicity in life to be felt when we embrace the true love we all are.
A very beautiful blog Mariette, thank you for sharing this.. this is very powerfull insight that you share by your living words. Hence. We are so used to feel not good about ourselves and often if we feel great we tempt to hide it just incase someone else sees it.. A very interesting discovery that only nature will reveal to us. But always in a dose that we can truly handle. Never too much, never less.
We seem to look for issues as you have exposed Mariette but life is so simple – stay connected to our hearts and all the rest will unfold as it is meant to.
When I connect to my inner-most and move in a way that is supportive to that essence I feel my days are building a greater me so therefore I feel great.
This is great Mariette, love the simplicity when we are aligned to the love that we are, no issues, no pictures just the flow of the beauty of life.
AMAZING! I love everything about this and I can relate so much. this need to have to have something wrong, to have an issue just so we don’t have to feel just how great we really are, and more importantly we get to avoid any jealousy that might be coming our way from others when we create issues for ourselves.
I agree Elodie, it’s a form of control, controlling the greatness within by focusing on an issue instead of letting our full selves out and learning to handle whatever comes our way – reactions, jealousy, etc. When we feel the magnitude of our essence we know an issue can never truly be who we are, maybe more like a tool we have used to keep ourselves hidden and small. When we meet a tiny baby we feel their purity of essence, no issue exists inside them, they are just pure being.
Our bodies and our hearts just LOVE simplicity… the mind however, does rather like things to be complicated… the more so the better, because then there is much less possibility of actually feeling what is going on.
Thank you CJames2012 I appreciate your comment. All that time spent trying to work out an issue is often a distraction away from what we are feeling and learning how to handle it. We are very sensitive and aware beings, and the mind can be like an escape valve from this aspect of our being.
From a young age we are encouraged to look outside of ourselves to seek fulfilment, for we have come to exist in a way where we believe that who we are is not enough. For when we truly embrace who we are within we realise that we already are it ALL, our greatness is magnificent. Through this connection to our essence, to our Soul we move in a way that reflects our presence in all we do, as such every moment offers the opportunity to evolve, deepen our connection to love, and be more of the greatness we are.
I love this blog – it portrays in such a fun and light-hearted way the self-imposed complications we create when life is humming along beautifully and we let even just a pinch of doubt to creep in.
If we appreciated more what we have we would not constantly look for more and would be able to see more clearly where true change and what is needed. Thank you Mariette for this letter of appreciation.