1 (a): the quality or state of being happy; especially: great happiness; (b) an instance of happiness
2: something that causes happiness
3: a pleasing manner or quality especially in art or language
4: an apt expression

Source: www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Joy


Felicity (n.): late 14th century, “happiness; that which is a source of happiness,” from Old French felicitehappiness,” from Latin felicitatemhappiness, fertility,” from felixhappy, fortunate, fruitful, fertile,” from Latin root fe-, equivalent of Proto-Indo-European dhe(i)-to suck, suckle, produce, yield” (related to: fecund). Meaning “skillful adroitness, admirable propriety” is from c. 1600. A relic of Rome’s origins as an agricultural community: that which brings happiness is that which produces crops.

Source: www.etymonline.com


“Seek not greater wealth, but simpler pleasure; not higher fortune, but deeper felicity.”

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, civil rights activist and preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India)

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“To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.”

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, English author, critic, biographer, essayist, poet, and lexicographer, regarded as one of the greatest literary figures of the 185h-century)

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“I love everything that makes up a milieu, the rolling of the carriages and the noise of the workmen in Paris, the cries of a thousand birds in the country, the movement of the ships on the waters. I love also absolute, profound silence, and, in short, I love everything that is around me, no matter where I am.”

George Sand (1804-1876, pseudonym of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dedevant, née Dupin, French Romantic writer known primarily for her passionate novels that protest social conventions)

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“For Pleasure, Delight, Peace and Felicity live in method and temperance.”

Margaret Lucas Cavendish (1623-1673, philosopher, poet, scientist, fiction-writer, and playwright who lived in the seventeenth century; her worked laid out an early and very compelling version of the naturalism that is found in current-day philosophy and science)

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“A man’s felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.”

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, 19th-century Scottish journalist, essayist, historian and satirical writer, known for works like “Sartor Resartus” and “The French Revolution”)

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“That perfect bliss and sole felicity, the sweet fruition of an earthly crown.”

Christopher Marlowe (1563-1593, great poet and dramatist – surpassed only by that of his exact contemporary, William Shakespeare; Marlowe led most of dramatic poets of sixteenth century, in his use of language and the blank-verse line.)

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“It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.”

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616, military leader and one of the great writers of the Spanish language, created one of the world’s greatest literary masterpieces, “Don Quixote”)

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“So if the ultimate felicity of man does not consist in external things which are called the goods of fortune, nor in the goods of the body, nor in the goods of the soul according to its sensitive part, nor as regards the intellective part according to the activity of the moral virtues, nor according to the intellectual virtues that are concerned with action, that is art and prudence – we are left with the conclusion that the ultimate felicity of man lies the contemplation of truth.”

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274, Saint and a Doctor of the Church; Italian Dominican friar and Roman Catholic priest, who was an influential philosopher theologian)

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“To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.”

— Samuel Johnson

Ahhhhh! Amen, brother Samuel Johnson!  How often did you illuminate great truth in our world!

True felicity and deep happiness do not always occur when we are free of problems.  Our best achievements come about when we are challenged by some adversity, which can offer opportunities to build our characters.  It’s when we get to open our treasure box and exercise our gifts.  We soon discover that sometimes the more difficult our missions, the grander our victories.

That’s why the most advance civilizations on this planet, our indigenous brothers and sisters initiate their young with life/death defying feats.  Wise elders of those tribes are asking their virgin young men and women to take quests, face death, dig deep and access their inner wisdom and spiritual guardianship.  These young people are being systematically broken down to their core to face their ego, so that they can build from a place of pure heart, honesty, and humility.

As contemporary people, our initiations are haphazard at best. Although some of us may opt out to be initiated through our religious contemplative or shamanic practices.  Mostly, though. we are initiated through different stages of adulthood, depending on if we are women or men.

Personally, my initiation commenced when I was pregnant with my first child. I became super-sensitive to the world, feeling every emotion possible, from pure elations to deep sorrow.  During the mid-point of my pregnancy, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker had struck Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, rupturing its hull and spilling nearly 11 millions gallons of crude oil.   I was literally sick with sorrow, wondering if I had made the right choice in bringing a child into the world.  But mostly, I felt deep empathy for all those creatures affected by the disaster.

I was initiated, not only though the death of my mother at a young age, but through the care of my children, my divorce, living in NYC during the 911 terrorist attacks, a catastrophic fall down a flight of stairs, and a life change move relocating from the northeast of the U.S. to the southern region.  It also helped that I chose to practice shamanism along with Christianity, which quickened a closer relationship with Universal Love and The Great Spirit.

Felicity occurs for all of us when we know that we are made of strong stuff and can overcome the greater challenges.  But, we must have the mindset to appreciate all that we go though and observe their purpose in our lives.

We must also fully understand that we are covered.  Love has our backs, and we never ever alone in our life journeys.

Strive on, fellow light workers, into possibilities of our greater unknown!

Much Love, Tonya



One thought on “Felicity

  1. Perfect today. Thank you.