The Power of Joy

Think about the experience of happiness v joy.

A new car, fully paid for, makes us happy.  Spending time with dear ones makes us happy.  Chocolate cake (or our favorite dessert) makes us happy.  But eventually, the new car smell will wear off, our dear ones will have to go home, and we will have eaten all the cake.

In the book, Power, Freedom and Grace, Deepak Chopra says, “Joy is an internal state of consciousness that determines how we perceive and experience the world.  The internal source of joy–our connection to our Creator, our source, our inner self–is the cause, while happiness is the effect.”

When we live in this foundation of joy, we can not judge by appearances, knowing that whatever is going on, there is always something more.

Click on the link to listen to my talk, “The Power of Joy.”

About revjerryt

I offer spiritual counseling around healing issues related to relationships (with our Higher Power, ourselves and family), coming out (regardless of sexual orientation), and other concerns. I am a Religious Science / New Thought Minister living in the San Diego area, and senior minister of Joyful Living Spiritual Center, meeting at the Days Hotel (543 Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley/San Diego) in the East Wing Meeting Room on the second floor. Learn more at Other services include weddings, holy unions, baby blessings, baptisms, and memorial services. Learn more about me, and my book, at I am also the founder of the LGBTQ Spiritual Summit, bringing members of the gay and lesbian community together with leaders of various religious denominations and spiritual traditions, in order to start the conversation about healing. Learn more at
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2 Responses to The Power of Joy

  1. Linda Kenski says:

    Hey Jerry, just listened to your talk on The Power of Joy and so enjoyed every word!! Something I really need to work on. Linda

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