The Sedona Method seems to be everywhere I look these days. Marci Shimoff, founding member of The Transformational Leadership Council, has followed up her massive best seller The Secret with a new book called “Happy For No Reason”. Apparently Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, followed these methods to overcome the depression that plagued her famous grandfather. As someone who’s lived with manic depression for more than 30 years now I’m left asking one question: should we be happy all the time?
I haven’t read either book, but I have read a few excerpts on the web, and I’ve ordered the free DVD and CD to learn a little bit more. For the most part the excerpts are full of inspirational tales of people letting go of their anger, depression and general sadness mixed with advice along the lines of “At your core you already have the happiness you are seeking and all you need to do is uncover this natural happiness by letting go of the unhappiness or limitation that appears to be covering or obstructing it.” Alas, no where was I able to find an answer to my question. After all, if we’re happy “for no reason”, then what will we be when there’s a reason to be happy? What will be our motivation to partake in uplifting activities? You simply can’t have flowers if you never have any rain.