Have you ever achieved a long-held goal and still felt less than happy about itor
even felt a bit of emptiness inside? Many of us have experienced this, and it
has to do with the two different paradigms of success, one driven by the ego and
the other inspired by the soul. Only soul-inspired success brings deep and lasting
happiness, what I call being happy for no reason.
How do you access that soul-success?
There are two basic energies in the universe: expansion and contraction. Expansion
is the energy of the soul or the big Selfthe essence of who we are. When
we move with the energy of expansion, we experience greater joy, light, truth,
freedom and ease. Contraction is the energy of the ego, the limited personality
or small self. The ego believes there is much to be feared and resists what is.
While success driven by the ego may bear certain fruits, including money, fame
or status, its never deeply fulfilling and it comes with a price: we lose
a bit of our soul.
Ego-driven success is based on the myth of more: the more you have, the
happier youll be. This just isnt so. A reporter once asked Andrew
Carnegie, the great steel magnate, How much is enough? Carnegie thought
for a moment and replied, Just a little more.
On the other hand, success thats inspired by the soul may also bear those
outer fruits, such as money and status, but doesnt have the side effects
that are so prevalent in our achievement-driven culture: stress, burn-out, overwhelm
Soul-inspired success comes from inner passion. It is your soul seeking expression.
Its characterized by flow, synchronicity and openness. Success beyond belief
comes from living outside the realm of beliefsbeyond the mind and its limited
concepts of what should beand enjoying the gifts that each moment
Living in the expanding world of the soul is like living from the inside out,
from a place of inner knowing and trusting. Eckhart Tolle says he experienced
a big shift in his life when he no longer asked the question, What do I
want from life? but rather asked himself, What does life want from
In the past, success defined by our beliefs has dominated our collective experience.
We are now opening to a new invitation: to expand beyond ego driven-success, into
a fresh paradigm of inspiration from the soul that brings true success and fulfillment.
This is what we are on the planet for: to be happy for no reason.
MARCI SHIMOFF is an inspirational speaker, coauthor of
Chicken Soup for the Womans Soul and Chicken Soup
for the Mothers Soul and author of Happy for No Reason.