Finding the starting line

We are born. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ We feel naturally happy. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ We then decide to take on the same belief that everyone around us has. The illusory belief that we are only our bodies, emotions and thoughts. The illusory belief that we are all separate. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ We then don’t feel as happy. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Mmmm...⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ This belief hides our natural happiness from ourselves, but we don’t realise that because we are so young. It’s like a cloud covering the sun that we deliberately put there ourselves, out of choice, and we forget what the sun’s warmth felt like. We live under grey cold rainy skies. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ We then believe that this lack of natural happiness is what life should feel like. It becomes normal in its mediocracy. We forget our state of natural happiness. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ We then spend our whole life searching for happiness. When we find it, it is feels good but is fleeting. But most of the time we don’t feel that good. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ We also feel tired because it takes a lot of effort to maintain such a powerful life-destroying illusory belief. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ And of course in the search for happiness, we draw certain feel-good experiences towards us. These all reinforce our illusory belief that we are separate through the way we have ‘experiences’. Experiences are things that happen to us as separate and discrete beings, so it seems, and this reinforces our illusory belief that we are only our body, emotions and thoughts. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ It’s a self-reinforcing structure. We create an illusory belief. We don’t like the result but are too young to know any different. We then mistakenly act to bury our natural happiness. And then we die, and in our last breath most likely realise what’s been going on. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Basically we have screwed ourselves over. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ So what to do? ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Start by seeing if your life-long search for happiness is actually working. I suggest to you that it isn’t. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ If you confirm that there is a possibility that it’s not then you have found the starting line. You can move from there to reclaim the joy, freedom and bliss that is available to you now and always.

- JM -