Why Happiness Doesn't Exist!
By Wallace Huey, Director of Training at Trans4mind
I have a touch of depression. It's a consequence of living with schizophrenia. Now were I to focus on it I would undoubtably be unhappy. I also have, at the age of 61, a number of physical conditions and the same applies to them. Were I to focus on them I would undoubtably be unhappy.
So am I happy? No. Am I unhappy. No. So what is my over-riding emotion? Bliss. What is my over riding focus? Service to humanity.
Bliss is different from happiness, because it has no opposite.
If I love football and am a Manchester United supporter and I am at the match and they win, I am happy. If I am there next week and they lose I am unhappy. Why? Because I have identified myself with the result. Consequently I have allowed that result to determine my emotional state.
With bliss it's totally different. Bliss exists continually and independently of what is taking place in your life. Bliss is timeless, eternal and not attached to a result. And when people say they would love to be happy, what they really mean is - I would love to be in an eternal state of bliss. Because intuitively they know this is possible.
So if bliss is such a wonderful state, how come so few people even know about it? And even more importantly how can you achieve it?
So few know about bliss because its attainment in life is extraordinarily rare. And it is rare because it cannot be achieved, it can only be revealed. And in western societies, whose values seem to cover almost the entire planet, we are conditioned into attaining through achievement.
To reveal your inner blissful state it's vital to realize that this state is already active within you. But it is overlain with a host of lesser states, we call positive and negative emotional reactions.
As I mentioned earlier, your team wins the match and you are happy. Your team loses and you are unhappy. You get the promotion and you are delighted. You are rejected for promotion and you are deflated. Your wife praises you for cleaning the kitchen and you are glowing with pride. Your wife scolds you for forgetting to clean the kitchen and you are full of shame.
For most of us this is what we call life. And we are addicted to our highs and lows.
I remember when I first broke through into unshakable inner peace I could not believe it. Life was SO SIMPLE and I was so emotionally stable.
I lost interest in "being happy" whatever that meant, because I was completely content here and now. There was nowhere to get to, no one to convince and nothing to do. Yet everything got done in service to humanity, and got done a lot better than ever before.
If this sounds like paradise to you, that's because it is. This is what it means to bring "Heaven down to Earth." This is what happens when we have both a spiritual and a material capability. We can become a businessperson who is both mystical and practical. This means you can REALLY ENJOY starting a business, borrowing money, setting goals, overcoming intractable problems, while sleeping at night and working to fulfill your dreams, because none of it AFFECTS YOUR EQUANIMITY.
You are not in a temporary state of happiness.
You have discovered happiness does not exit.
You have exchanged your desire for happiness for bliss!
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