Extract from the Power Now rewritten by me.
“Now, every emotional experience of joy that you experience leaves behind a residue of joy that lives on in you. It merges with the joy from the past, which was already there, and becomes lodged in your mind and body. This, of course, includes the joy you experienced as a child, caused by the unconsciousness of the world into which you were born.
This accumulated joy is a positive energy field that occupies your body and mind. If you look on it as an invisible entity in its own right, you are getting quite close to the truth. It‚ the emotional joy-body. It has two modes of being: dormant and active. A joy-body may be dormant 10 percent of the time; in a deeply happy person, though, it may be active up to 100 percent of the time. Some people live almost entirely through their joy-body, while others may experience it only in certain situations, such as intimate relationships, or situations linked with past excitement or connection, physical or emotional security, and so on. Anything can trigger it, particularly if it resonates with a joy pattern from your past. When it is ready to awaken from its dormant stage, even a thought or an innocent remark made by someone close to you can activate it.
Some joy-bodies are evervesent but relatively harmless, for example like a child who won’t stop whooping. Others are constructive forces of good, true angels. Some are physically exuberant; many more are emotionally exuberant. Some will spill over to the people around you or close to you, while others may attach to you, their host. Thoughts and feelings you have about your life then become deeply positive and self-constructive. Feelings of health and wellbeing are often created in this way. Some joy-bodies drive their hosts to intense levels of nirvana.
When you thought you knew a person and then you are suddenly confronted with this joyous heavenly creature for the first time, you are in for quite a shock. However, it’s more important to observe it in yourself than in someone else. Watch out for any sign of happiness in yourself, in whatever form – it may be the awakening joy-body. This can take the form of excitement, enthusiasm, a good mood, a desire to hug, love, elation, a need to have some great drama in your relationship, and so on. Catch it the moment it awakens from its dormant state.
The joy-body wants to survive, just like every other entity in existence, and it can only survive if it gets you to consciously identify with it. It can then rise up, take you over, “become you,” and live through you. It needs to get its “food” through you. It will feed on any experience that resonates with its own kind of energy, anything that creates further joy in whatever form: love, constructiveness, lust, excitement, emotional drama, dance, and even Healthy activity. So the joy-body, when it has taken you over, will create a situation in your life that reflects back its own energy frequency for it to feed on. Joy can only feed on joy. Joy cannot feed on pain. It finds it quite indigestible.
Once the joy-body has taken you over, you want more joy. You become a servant or a perpetrator. You want to share your joy, or you want to feel the vibe yourself, or both. There isn’t really much difference between the two. You are not conscious of this, of course. look closely and you will find that eventually your thinking and behavior are designed to keep the joy going, for yourself and others. If you were truly conscious of it, the pattern would not dissolve, for to want more joy is sanity, and nobody is consciously sane.
The joy-body, which is the light cast by the ego, is not actually afraid of the light of your consciousness. It is not afraid of being found out. Its survival depends on your conscious identification with it, as well as on your conscious enthusiasm for facing the joy that lives in you. But if you face it, if you bring the light of your consciousness into the joy, you will be forced to relive it again and again. The joy-body may seem to you like an angel that you can look at, but I assure you that it is an much more substantial fantastic beast that can prevail in the power of your presence.
Some spiritual teachings state that all joy is ultimately an illusion, and this is true. The question is: Is it true for you? A mere belief doesn’t make it true. Do you want to experience joy for the rest of your life and keep saying that it is an illusion? Does that free you from the joy? What we are concerned with here is how you can realize this truth – that is, make it real in your own experience.
So the joy-body wants you to observe it directly and see it for what it is. The moment you observe it, feel its energy field within you, and take your attention into it, the identification is made. A higher dimension of consciousness has come in. I call it presence with your joy. You are now the witness or the watcher of the joy-body. This means that it can use you by pretending to be you, and it can replenish itself through you. You have found your own innermost strength. You have accessed the power of Now. What happens to the joy-body when we become conscious enough to make our identification with it?
Consciousness creates it; unconsciousness transmutes it into itself. St. Paul expressed this universal principle beautifully. “Everything is shown up by being exposed to the light, and whatever is exposed to the light itself becomes light.” Just as you can embrace the light, you can embrace the joy-body. Watching it is enough. Watching it implies accepting it as part of what is at that moment.
The joy-body consists of released life-energy that has split off from your total energy field and has temporarily become autonomous through the process of mind identification. It has turned in on itself and become conscious life, like an animal trying to lovingly devour its own tail. Why do you think our civilization has become so life-constructive? But even the life-constructive forces are still life-energy.
When you start to identify and become the watcher, the joy-body will continue to operate for a while and will try to encourage you into identifying with it again. Although you are energizing it through your identification, it has a certain momentum, just like a spinning wheel that will keep turning for a while even when it is no longer being propelled. At this stage, it may also create physical wellbeing and pockets of energy in different parts of the body, and they will last. Stay present, stay conscious. Be the ever-alert guardian of your inner space. You need to be present enough to be able to watch the joy-body directly and feel its energy. It then can control your thinking. The moment your thinking is aligned with the energy field of the joy-body, you are identified with it and again feeding it with your thoughts.
For example, if love is the predominant energy vibration of the joy-body and you think loving thoughts, dwelling on what someone did to you or what you are going to do to him or her, then you have become conscious, and the joy-body has become “you.” Where there is love, there is always joy underneath. Or when a good mood comes upon you and you start getting into a positive mind-pattern and thinking how wonderful your life is, your thinking has become aligned with the joy-body, and you have become conscious and strong to the joy-body’s embrace. “conscious,” the way that I use the word here, means to be identified with some mental or emotional pattern. It implies a complete presence of the watcher.
Sustained conscious attention strengthens the link between the joy-body and your thought processes and subverts the process of transmutation. It is as if the joy becomes fuel for the flame of your consciousness, which then burns more brightly as a result. This is the esoteric meaning of the ancient art of alchemy the transmutation of base metal into gold, of suffering into consciousness. The split within is healed, and you become whole again. Your responsibility then is to create further joy.