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This "feeling good" thing lives -- when we have the great fortune of enjoying a little of it -- somewhere in the vicinity of the heart area and the throat. When we experience the activity of our brain, when we do some thinking, we can pinpoint it pretty accurately as happening inside of our head, the result of chemical reactions and sparks of energy jumping around in that mass of gray cells we carry around up there. Feeling, on the other hand, cannot be located quite like that, for the simple reason that matter is not involved. In fact, I can't think of anything else in the whole universe that is not a material manifestation of some kind. Be it ludicrously small or astonishing large or anything in between, absolutely nothing exists that doesn't consist of matter -- even energy. Only feeling exists free and out of reach of any and all kinds of matter. Oh, I forgot, and consciousness of course -- the living recipient of that feeling. And there we have it: the consciousness of feeling. Of all the magic that surrounds us and exists within us, the most amazing magic by far is the consciousness of feeling.

When you watch the birth of your first child, the mystery of the event, of a human being coming into this world, will blow you away and fill your heart to the brim with gratitude and love until there is so much feeling your eyes spill tears of joy. And while this is a moment of incredible beauty, there is an even more amazing splendor happening at the very same time, and that is your ability to experience it. This, the fact that somewhere inside of you exists something that is capable of feeling love and gratitude and joy is the truest miracle of all. And that, dear friend, is the real reason all this material magic exists. If the ability to experience joy and love did not exist, neither would anything else. No particles, no stars, no planets, no flowers, no smiling babies, no sunsets, no nothing.

Imagine that, in the beginning, there was this one power, this one source, and this power was perfect and omnipresent and so forth. Wonderful, truly wonderful, and yet, who is there to enjoy it? So this power takes a piece of itself and makes it manifest in a trillion ways, creating and producing infinite numbers of beauty and fantastic creations including human beings. And limited as we are, puny little human beings full of nonsense and faults and foolishness, we do have this one incredible gift: the ability to feel love and joy and gratitude. And to top it all off, we have the capability to become aware, to turn inside and feel that feeling. And even more than that, you, as a human being, can feel rivers of gratitude for the simple fact that you can feel! It is like an endlessly expanding pyramid of feeling the purest joy, the purest gratitude, the purest love. It is as if we human beings have a purpose most of us never acknowledged, a purpose that offers, when you think about it, the ultimate peace, the ultimate job security: we are the cups in which the cosmic java flows.

Corny? Sure, for many of us. A reality? Absolutely, for some of us. Is it worth devoting your life in true sincerity to hopefully, one day, come face to face with that gorgeous reality inside of you, your own immortality, the part of you that is that very same power that was in the beginning and will always be? I will tell you, it's more than worth your full attention and devotion. The reward outweighs the cost by about a trillion to one, to come to the realization that everything you need is right there inside of you, hiding in plain sight.