All you want is happiness. Deep down, you long to reach a state of mind that’s completely unburdened by conflict and suffering. The desire to find this inner harmony is universal. It is the motivation behind everyone’s actions. This common drive and ultimate goal is what makes you equal to everybody else. It is also what makes you absolutely innocent.
Happiness results from the perception of harmony. This harmony you seek comes in two flavors: harmony with yourself and harmony with the world. Harmony with yourself is the belief that you are good, worthy, and lovable. Harmony with the world is your need to feel safe and connected. It is also your soul’s natural yearning to exist in a meaningful and fair universe.
Most of us had a pristine taste of this sense of existential harmony as small children. Before we became burdened with a sad, acquired worldview, we had no issues with ourselves or with others. We didn’t judge or label ourselves, so we embraced ourselves and others unconditionally. Unaware of our mortality and of the perilous circumstances of life in a body, we enjoyed a profound sense of safety. Amazed by the wonders of our new world, every day was filled with discovery and meaning.
Sooner or later, for everyone, the paradise of early childhood is eaten away by the parasite of the erroneous and negative concepts and beliefs that infiltrate our minds. We try to recapture a sense of harmony in the midst of this temporary and chaotic dream. Every day, we go out there trying to prove ourselves worthy of our own self-embrace. We seek countless signs of approval from others and from society, just so we can earn back our own love. We also struggle and ultimately fail to find safety, fairness, connection, and meaning within the collectively shared illusion of a temporary and arbitrary existence.
Our general failure to find true, lasting happiness comes from looking for it in all the wrong places. Happiness based on what’s temporary and arbitrary is forever elusive, while happiness based on eternal truth is forever. The harmony we struggle every day to recreate actually has never left us. What we naturally perceived as small children is still there; it always has been, and always will be.
Our deeper reality is we are eternal, innocent, and flawless spiritual beings. We are forever lovable, forever connected, forever safe. We exist in a universe filled with fairness and meaning deeper than we can currently conceive. We are equal to each other in what’s real and permanent, while we differ from each other only in temporary and ultimately meaningless ways. The path to happiness is not an external path of validation, but an internal journey of realization. All you need to do is awaken to the magnificent truths of our existence and the harmony and happiness you so deeply long for will forever be yours.