Let’s look at happiness from another perspective, that of the spirit. The spirit has been named many aliases. Some will call it God. Some will name it the Universe. My preferred term is The All There Is. I break that down in the word “Tathis.”
Whatever moniker is given it, Tathis is the spirit underlying the entire existence of everything. We can speak of it in these kinds of terms because it appears to be conscious. Indeed, it appears to be Consciousness itself.
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It is when you find yourself in this Consciousness, find yourself present in the Consciousness, that you are happy. This is not happiness as is often defined as worldly substances and events. This is not the joy of achievement or the triumph of having reached your goal. These are worthy steps along the path of your life, to be sure. I do not minimize them in any way.
But they are not the happiness of which I speak today. They are important but temporary and will pass away. Their time comes and their time ceases to be. The happiness of which I speak is timeless and never dies. So long as the Universe exists, the Spirit exists, this happiness will persist and thrive.
The basis of this happiness is total acceptance. The Spirit accepts you as you are right this minute. There are no conditions on that acceptance. There are no hoops to jump through now or ever. What you are, who you are in this moment is accepted. Period.
This is the eternal basis for your happiness. You cannot earn it. You need not earn it. It is a given. The Spirit that pervades and holds in consciousness the Universe all around you and in you, accepts you.
Beyond accepting you, Tathis also promotes you. The Universe advocates for you. Like someone putting in a good word for you as you go to apply for a new job. Or a friend recommending a friend. So does the Spirit seek the best it can for you. It actually sets events, things and people in your path that you come across them and use them to your benefit.
So, being present in the Spirit is happiness. How does one become present in the Spirit?
There is no other way than to develop and maintain a relationship with the Consciousness that holds the Universe. Do not let this thought daunt you, however. Developing this kind of relationship is very simple. It does take discipline and time, but that is all. You can grow this relationship without spending any money nor making any vows.
You do not need to sacrifice anything. You do not put yourself in frightening or dangerous situations. You do not adhere to a particular guru to the exclusion of all others. In other words, you do not become an intellectual slave of anyone.
Through some form of meditation or mindfulness or awareness you place yourself in the presence of the Spirit. I am deliberately being ambiguous here. You choose what form of adherence you will use to place yourself in the Presence. That form may change or evolve over time, as well.
As you get closer and closer to the Spirit, find yourself dwelling more and more fully in its Presence, your happiness will blossom and remain vigorous. Remember happiness here is defined as perfect acceptance of you by the Spirit. The acceptance is a given. All you need do is find it for yourself. Get to it.