We greet the day on the sixth day of the week with the Angel of Joy!
If you’re anyone like me, I read this and wondered, “Joy? Seriously?” That’s because what I would say has been my biggest challenge in this life has been depression. From about age 7 or 8 on, I felt lonely and alone. I didn’t think others understood me. I was shy. My step-mother (God bless her – which I say seriously after realizing in my early 30s the blessing of her behavior) took it upon herself to let me know what a “bad” child I was, so I went into my teen years with a boat load of shame and low self-esteem.
While self-growth in a variety of ways led to later development of a sense of worthiness and purpose, there continue to be times where the joy of life escapes me. Reading this passage of the Angel of Joy led me to think about the role of joy in life. Since these Essene Gospels were opening me to nature, I considered what happens in the “non-human” world. I realized that I couldn’t imagine a bird waking up one morning and thinking, “You know, I don’t feel much like singing today. I’m just going to hang out in the nest and call it good for the day.” Or a squirrel opening an eye and deciding, “Lord, am I tired of gathering nuts and seeds! All I feel like doing is sleeping. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll feel more up to it.”
In fact, everywhere I looked in nature all I saw was the pride – and, I believe, joy – it has in being its very best. Flowers bloom fully, and I realized I felt a sense of joy as I bent over to enjoy their color and aroma. Could they possibly start poking up in Spring and decide, “No, not this year. I just don’t want to bloom!”
Jacquelyn Small, LCSW, who taught and mentored me in the years I participated in Eupsychia retreats and trainings, always encouraged us to, “Do your being. Can you imagine a cat not being a cat? It’s totally alive in its cat-ness!” Likewise all of nature delights in its being just what it was meant to be, and in the fullest of its expression.
Somehow we humans have the option to not be content in our being-ness – but if we look around, we don’t see that moroseness reflected anywhere around us (as long as all is in balance).
If you’re struggling with your sense of happiness today, I hope you will take heart from opening to the Angel of Joy.
“… The Angel of Joy,
She who descends upon earth
To give beauty to all men.
For the Lord is not worshipped with sadness,
Nor with cries of despair.
Leave off your moans and lamentations,
And sing unto the Lord a new song:
Sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
Let the heavens rejoice
And let the earth be glad…
….. I will sing unto the Lord
As long as I live:
I will sing praise to my God
While I have my being.”
Susan C. Moyer, MSW
Is a sound healer and transformational coach. She has 25+ years experience in using alternate states of consciousness to access deeper healing on all levels: physical, psychological, mental and spiritual.