In human history we have never been richer, had more, created more or inspired greater technological advances. And yet, we have never been so unhappy.
The World Happiness Report (2) shows people in developed continents such as Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand are less happy than they were in 2005. This is despite increased economic benefit. The Happy Planet index 2014 (3) shows that countries such as Indonesia are happier than any 'developed' nation.
It is all too obvious from these studies that wealth and riches do not bring happiness or fulfillment. There needs to be a change in how we perceive life and what we want from it. If following our current path of ongoing economic development in a bid to achieve personal and national happiness is not working, then what would work? What path can we follow? And how do we find it?
Throughout human history, there have been teachers of consciousness who have led many to a higher level of happiness than most of us will ever experience, because most of what we seek is transitory. It does not last.
Success in business is temporary and disappears when we die. A triumph on the sporting field lasts just a moment, the focus turning quickly to the next game or the next season. A relationship can be wonderful one moment and disastrous the next. Children grow and leave their childhood home. A beautiful sunset fades. A blooming flower dies.
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To find a higher level of consciousness requires you to step away from what you think you know and allow yourself to experience what is not available in the normal world of consciousness.
Yet, when you truly open your eyes, you will find the majority of the world is asleep, their consciousness running on auto-pilot.
Some people rise, have a shower, eat breakfast, dress and fall out the door, into the car, or onto the bus and go through the day with no thought of what they are doing or why. They are unaware and asleep. This is the sad reality.
If you wish to seek true happiness there is only one part of the universe that is constant. That is the spirit inside you.
This may seem strange to some but if you are ready, the idea of rediscovering your spirit will ring true for you. You will know you want to awaken. If you do not, you are still under the influence of the one thing that creates the unhappiness that you experience around you everyday.
You do not know this thing that influences you because it casts a mirror that makes it appear as if it is the external world that is at fault.
If only that job would be less busy, if your son or daughter would obey you, if that beloved person would return your love, if only problems would stop, if only money would start to flow… then you would be happy.
It appears certain to you that the root of your unhappiness is caused by factors outside of yourself. This is the delusion.
The true cause of your unhappiness and your suffering is within the part of you that makes the choices that puts you in these situations to begin with. This part of you does not want you to awaken or know the joy that every moment of life can bring.
Learning to discover, understand, and know this part of you is the first step to awaken.
So, to begin with, you must find and recognise your ego.
Your journey demands that you know your ego, so you can recognise it and become free of it. Many of us do not even know it exists and have never really experienced freedom from it.
Likewise attempting to describe your true spirit to the unconscious is like describing a beautiful desert island with sparkling turquoise waters and plentiful fish to a nomadic desert dweller. It may sound wonderful but they have no concept of what it is really like.
Living without the ego is pure joy. No matter what happens, your life can be one that holds no stress or fear or anxiety.
This is not controlled by will, it simply does not arise.