Happiness is not dependent on anything outside of ourselves. The Source of Happiness is Within. We need not go looking for Happiness – it is with us always.
To access this ever-present Happiness, the key is – awareness. As Bob Proctor says, “All you will ever need for fulfillment in life is awareness.” Similarly, all you will ever need for happiness in life is awareness.
What is awareness? You can think of awareness as the prevailing context of life which you experience. Awareness is similar to our attitude. For happiness, focus awareness on the Presence of Happiness. Act as if Happiness is already present, and soon it will reveal that it has, in fact, always been present. It is not anywhere outside, but it is entirely within and accessible every moment.
Another way to access this ever-present Happiness is to shift one’s attitude. The attitude represents the context which we think we live in. Do we play the role of victim regularly? Or do we own responsibility for everything we do, or even for everything others do too? The level of responsibility we accept in our lives reflects the level of empowerment we feel, which reflects our attitude. Everything reflects! The more we accept responsibility for everything about our lives, the more we own the Reality that awareness of Happiness and the experience of Happiness is a choice we can make moment-to-moment-to-moment.
To cultivate an attitude of Happiness, focus on the positive. The mind is a double-edged sword. It can be used to invent atom bombs or cure disease. It is up to us how we put it to use. The mind is a tool for us to use – so let us rise to the level of responsibility where we train the mind to be used only for good. To train the mind to live in an awareness of Happiness, look for the good in everyone and everything. Look for the Beauty. Honor the Sacredness. We need not focus on people’s negative qualities. We can choose to focus on all the things we admire in others – and if we keep on looking – we will certainly find things to admire in everyone and everything. We begin to appreciate everything around us, and feelings of appreciation uplift us to higher realizations of Happiness. We can look at a trash can as trash or we can see it as a Divine Sculpture. It is up to us. We have that freedom. Train the mind and all the senses to be aware of that Divine Essence in All, and Happiness is guaranteed.
If Happiness is always available and present, why don’t we continuously experience? Desires, opinions, judgments – in a word – ego. The Buddha said the source of all suffering is desires, and desires arise from our opinions and pseudo-knowledge about things. Really, it is all just ignorance. We desire things that aren’t really good for us, but we think they are. The big leap of faith and liberation comes when we say, “Not my will but Thy Will Be Done.” We trust in God. We see that the ego/mind is constantly playing a game of sense gratification and selfish gain, and we accept that there is something far greater than these fleeting phenomena. When we say, “Thy Will Be Done,” we are surrendering our intellectual arrogance and vanity, and in turn we realize our freedom. One of the greatest reliefs is to fully accept and embrace, “I know nothing!” Try it out.
When we look at things thinking we know something, we judge them and set them up as good or bad. Ultimately, we suffer. The ego loves to have a sense of being right, but the Higher Self can accept all things are equally created and Divine by Nature.
So, the key to Happiness?
Accept it! It is already present. Just be aware of it. Enjoy its Presence!
Look for it everywhere in everything. It is always Present. Goodness abounds – Beauty abounds!
Trust in God.
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!