Saturday, December 7, 2013
THE SECRET TO CREATING HAPPINESS
Now This Is Happiness
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There have been countless books written about finding happiness. Everyone seeks happiness whether or not they realize it. Happiness is a natural state of being and in that sense, anything less is not normal for humans, animals or even plants. A houseplant placed in the shade when the sun shines in a close by window, is not a happy plant.
The good news is that recent research has determined that after one achieves a certain state of well being and self sufficiency, of being assured of a comfortable state and not having to worry about normal health, relationship or financial issues, that adding more of the same is not only redundant but does not improve a feeling of well being or happiness one iota. In other words, enough is enough and more doesn't improve life's enjoyment or pleasures. That holds true in all aspects of earthly life.
Animals have a distinct advantage in that regard since they are not bound up in intellectual matters, as are humans, so they are quite able to experience their whole life in what would be considered a natural state of grace. Animals do not anticipate the future, nor do they remember and worry about the past in the way humans do, so you can understand why they have such an advantage in a more immediate, intensive and expansive present experience without the complications of the ego identification. Animals and plants have no ego to deal with.
Humans on the other hand have a much more complicated life to encounter beginning at birth, sometimes the complications being of a negative nature. These negative complications can include such things as financial problems, health issues, relationship difficulties, and other psychological difficulties that animals simply do not have to deal with. But humans do.
Life is easy if you know how to do it.
Barring any "carryover negative challenges" that you bring into this life from previous life experiences, lives that you have lived in other times and other places, you pretty much open your eyes for the first time after birth as a really small human being, vulnerable and totally dependent on your parents for your very survival, devoid of previous knowledge and experience.
Chances are that you have lived before and your present life in this physical world is affected in nuanced ways by a variety of past experience from past-reincarnated lives, probable selves, soul-mate selves and traits and abilities or lack thereof inherited from your present parents.
You also bring (unconsciously) into this life all of the knowledge and information that you have learned over centuries of association with your Soul/Entity. This knowledge is not consciously available to you for a variety of reasons but it can appear intuitively through hunches, inspiration, impulses, and imagination and also in your dream adventures. Unconsciously, you frequently rub elbows with your probable selves as other characters appearing in your dream dramas.
Mentally, nothing is ever lost and the very first tidbit of knowledge that you learned in whatever past life in whatever era is retained as what could be considered as "instinct", embedded in your genes in this lifetime, known, but not consciously available for practical purposes. The physical brain does not contain this knowledge, the conscious mind does.
You have a history of varying life experiences behind you even before you are born into your present physical body. I want to now dismiss these instances that I mentioned describing people who are born, with what I call negative reincarnational baggage, bringing along unsolved challenges from past lives into this life with the purpose of resolving them in this present life.
These problems can be solved, dealt with and dismissed, except in the case of permanent illness, disfigurement, lack of a limb and so forth that you were born with. Any illness that you are born with, you purposely created and accepted as a condition of this life challenge and will usually be with you during this entire life, but remember, you created the challenge to learn how to overcome such difficulties.
Assuming that you were born with a healthy body, you were pretty much home free at least for a short time after birth. The human body is a gestalt consciousness, made up of millions of small consciousnesses of the atoms, molecules and cells that compose the larger physical components of your corporeal self, and the corporeal self has built in defenses against illness and disease.
These small cellular consciousnesses make up what is called the gestalt "body consciousness". The body consciousness takes care of the functioning of the unconscious bodily activities such as breathing, heartbeat and perception. If you had to think yourself to breathe, you would quickly learn of the importance of the body consciousness. If you had to think your heart to beat, you would be in dire straits indeed.
Your cells know what is going on with every other cell in your body at any particular time and they make adjustments to right any out-of-balances that may occur. This corrective ability is commonly referred to the body immune system. Your body consciousness, in cooperation with your self-directive conscious personality, work together smoothly to create a satisfying life experience.
Cellular co-operation keeps the body healthy to the extent that you do not mentally sabotage the process. The problem is that almost immediately after birth as an infant you begin to learn and accept beliefs of others and each subjective belief affects the infant in various ways physically.
I mention these things only to point out that your body, from the lowliest cell to the brain's highest order of intellectual acuity, barring any reincarnational baggage, is born perfectly healthy and able to care for itself. It is in a natural state of bodily equilibrium. You cannot have a full, happy life experience if you are sick.
Wellness is one of the prime conditions of happiness and it is a birthright of all consciousness including plants and animals. This may sound stupid, but humans, animals and plants can sense a state of happiness too, although in different emotional appreciation.
Assuming you were given a healthy body at birth and assuming that you learned nothing and accepted no detrimental beliefs during your lifetime, you would be healthy until your death. Your physical body and personality is a mental creation, projected from an inner subjective reality into the three dimensional physical system (Earth Reality) for a given length of time under certain pre-understood and pre-agreed upon conditions.
You are what you think you are, no more or no less, so it behooves you to think well of yourself. I am saying that you existed before your birth and you will continue to exist after your death. Consciousness is not dependent on a physical body as a condition of existence. Consciousness is eternal, physical bodies are not. You shed physical bodies as a snake sheds a it's skin, and as a snake grows new skin, you grow new bodies.
Before your birth, you made pertinent decisions that resulted in the body that you were born with; you chose it, it's strengths and it's frailties for reasons of your own design for purposes known only to your inner self and you and you must deal with it.
I am saying that your corporeal physical self, the YOU that you call by your adopted name was not born into sickness or unhappiness through some quirk of fate, or some arbitrary and fickle god, but is an accurate reflection of a mental process bringing matter into a perfect reflection of your inner directive.
You are then, what you created yourself to be. Through mental processes you created the pattern that physical matter takes that resulted in the physical form that you see in the mirror every day. You are your own creator. If you don't like what you have created, you can make adjustments and changes by changing how you think about yourself. There is no other way.
You cannot blame what you are or your life circumstances on anyone else but yourself. Neither God nor fate brought about your present state of being. You are the culprit, and the good news is that since you bear full responsibility for your state of being, you can also change it. Conscious energy is in a constant state of change, and your job is to steer the changes in a more beneficial direction for your satisfaction and fulfillment.
The energy behind thought, belief, desire and expectation propels itself into matter, atoms coalescing into concrete physical form directed by consciousness. Consciousness creates and manipulates matter. Depending on the intensity of those qualities, physical matter can disappear quickly as in the incredibly short life of a fruit fly or stick around for a very long time, as evidenced by the life of some of the larger turtles, sometimes living into several hundred years.
I regret that I must spend so much time setting the scene for explanations that you expect, but if I did not do so, these difficult concepts would be impossible for you to make any sense of. I think I have gone as far as I need to with the background, so that I can now begin the subject at hand, happiness.
From even before you were born, you were learning from your parents. The fetus perceives from the womb, can see and hear through the mothers stomach lining and begins even then to adapt to its parents lifestyle. It learns in a rudimentary way what the parents already know. Of course, this learning process continues after birth and is a necessity for the survival of the child well into its formative years.
The knowledge that the child receives from its parents was never meant to be permanent and the beliefs that the child adopted from the parents were meant to be examined and changed when necessary. The parent's beliefs were needed for survival during the child's early years, but they were not to be eternal.
This will come as a shock to some reading this article, but parents beliefs are not always correct or beneficial and certainly not a valid template to structure a life around. Frankly, some children have rather ignorant parents, intellectually stunted where it comes to life's ideal living conditions.
What I am inferring here is that your beliefs, even those inherited from your parents can be detrimental when it comes to using them as a template around which to construct a happy life. Your life is a reflection of your inner beliefs about yourself and if your inner beliefs about reality are distorted or reflect negative ideas and concepts, your life experience will also be distorted and unhappiness will result.
I am trying here to stress the importance of "what you believe" in the creation of a fulfilled and happy personal life. The distorted beliefs that you harbor may not seem relative in any way to the lacks that you are experiencing in your life, so it may be difficult to link them with any particular problem in your corporeal life.
Imagine if you will, at birth a clear, straight, unencumbered path lies ahead, unobstructed by false or distorted beliefs. Imagine negative beliefs as rocks, obstructions or potholes, roadblocks in the path of life. At birth that pathway is clear and there are few negative beliefs except for the few minor ones accepted from you parents. At some time as you grow into adolescence, you are meant to examine the beliefs, especially if you are experiencing difficulties in your life.
Your life is structured around beliefs about existence that you accept from others, such as teachers, clergy, scientists, philosophers, politicians and medical professionals.
It may seem scandalous, but some of the most detrimental beliefs come from religious dogma having to do with sin, damnation, hell, Satan and Jerry Falwell's favorite, "the Lake of Fire". The concept of "original sin" or "being left behind" can be paralyzing to people indoctrinated in those beliefs, instilling a feeling of inadequacy or not measuring up.
On television, you are pelted with advertisements from drug companies extolling the benefits of their miracle drugs designed to keep you healthy, sometimes from illnesses that you didn't even know existed. Public information advertisements tell women to inspect their breasts or get your colostomy regularly, and line up for your flu shots along with other almost mandatory immunizations. Flu shots do not protect you from the flu; the belief in flu shots protects you from the flu.
I mention these as examples how beliefs are foisted upon you and are accepted through a process of mental osmosis without you ever knowing why, unconsciously accepting the advice of others without regard to its validity. You pick up many of your most detrimental beliefs without ever knowing you are doing so.
Each new belief can be like another albatross hanging about your neck, dragging you down. Most of these beliefs that you unconditionally accept can begin to comprise your happiness with distorted, unhealthy beliefs that obstruct the free flow of natural universal energy causing blockages and difficulties in the creation of natural healthy physical reality.
Remember, subjective thought, beliefs, desires and expectations will materialize themselves into the physical world that you experience every day. Exterior reality coalesces from an interior subjective state; subjective becomes objective, physical reality is the result.
You literally think yourself into existence and you think yourself into either happiness or misery. It's your call; the right to a happy life is your heritage in your world unless you abdicate your responsibility. If you are lazy about examining your beliefs, you can be in for big trouble. As you think you shall become.
It's not so much like you have to learn to do something; it's more like what you have to learn not to do. You simply have to learn how to open the doors to let you natural state of being flow unobstructed, without burdening it with out-of-synch beliefs. In other words, you must keep the channels clear and unobstructed.
Clear the mental pathways and reduce impediments by jettisoning dysfunctional, defective or distorted beliefs and the road to happiness will be clear for new beneficial beliefs to flow and true happiness will replace old impediments.
In other words, you were given a clear path at the beginning of your life, but you began to clutter it with dysfunctional mental baggage from a variety of sources and look what happened. Get rid of the junk, then get out of the way and your life will begin to improve almost immediately.
Don't automatically accept what you are told by others, don't trust everything you hear, trust your inner intuitional knowledge and you won't go astray. If your life is screwed up, rest assured, your beliefs are screwed up. Beliefs always come first, reality follows.
It's that simple.