The Myth of Happiness
Good Morning C-Town Natives & Friends, bet most of you have seen that picture about “happiness” before; when a guy came to Buddha and screamed asking for happiness, then Buddha did exactly what’s shown in the picture below. But nope that’s not what I’m here to tell you about, it’s more about the “Myth of Happiness”!
See, many would define a successful life as a happy one, and we go about trying to get that in many ways. Some try to get happiness through material things and accomplishments, while others try to get it through spiritual means. The problem with this is that happiness is not something you have to achieve but something you have to notice. If you are trying to achieve it, then you are overlooking it.
The ego tries to get happiness from doing or having or being someone, while the spiritual ego tries to get happiness from transcending all of that. Spiritual freedom, or enlightenment, can be just another thing to be achieved.
Wanting happiness and freedom from the suffering of the ego is a worthy desire. The problem is that wanting it implies that you don’t already have it. You believe you aren’t free when you already are. This is very difficult for the ego to grasp. It doesn’t notice the happiness that is already present in this moment because this happiness doesn’t look like the ego imagines or wants it to look.
When true happiness shows up, the ego is bored with it—it’s too plain, too ordinary, and it doesn’t leave you feeling special or above the fray. It doesn’t take away your problems, which is the ego’s idea of happiness. The ego wants no more difficulties: no more sickness, no more need for money, no more work, no more bad feelings—only unending pleasure and bliss. That is its idea of a successful life; however, the happiness the ego dreams of will never be attained by you or anyone else. The ego denies the reality of this dimension, where challenges are necessary to evolution and blissful states and pleasures come and go.
The happiness that underlies all of life is happiness that comes from just existing. Happiness is actually a quality of your true nature, and your true nature loves challenges because it loves the growth that comes from challenges.
It embraces all of life, not only the pleasurable and fun moments, but the more difficult ones. Then, who is life difficult for? The only thing that experiences life as difficult is the ego—the idea you have of yourself and all of the ideas this self has about life. These ideas are the only thing in the way of true happiness. Ideas—just thoughts—keep you from experiencing life and experiencing the happiness that your true nature is experiencing as it is alive through you.
~ A spoken word is a moment. A written word is Eternal ~