So was just watching Pursuit of Happiness the other day, you know the one with Will Smith that’s considered one of the greatest inspirational movies ever?
Spoiler Alert: Long story short, Will Smith and his child are stranded out on the streets with very little to no money and are beggars. Finally, at towards the end of the movie Will Smith finds his dreams job and shows that he was able to conquer the struggle be able to provide for his child.
Excellent movie and I recommend seeing it if you have not yet currently seen it.
However, I have to say that the moral of the movie is not quite right, and in fact many of us, looked at happiness in the same way that it is portrayed in this movie.
But let’s first take a look at how people view happiness. Most people would say that just as success is defined in infinitely many ways, well so is happiness. In fact, a lot would you leave you to believe that your happiness is defined by your success and prosperity in life.
Nobody may tell you directly that money, fame, fortune equals happiness but their energy has a very subtle and often times no so subtle but mainly if your face that fame & fortune equals your happiness.
Well I’m here for you start taking a different look at what happiness is.
The first thing that you must know, and allow this to sink into your blood stream. There is no such thing as acquiring happiness. To acquire happiness means that you first don’t have it available to you in this moment.
The pursuit of happiness has a very basic fundamental error in the message, and that is there is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness. The moment that you try to find happiness is the moment that I can guarantee you that you what you will find is unhappiness.
“But but, happiness is right around the corner for me, I can feel it.” Is what many will say. Well I love to say it, because it’s for your own good, that your happiness is NOT right around the corner.
“Well how could I ever find happiness if there is no pursuit to it?”
This is the basic fundamental foundation of what I write about. And that is the present moment. “Live in the present” has become so cliché, that it has become numb to our brains.
Living in the present is not some philosophical way of living, or deep way of thinking, in fact it is the complete opposite of philosophy or thinking period.
Living in the present means your mind has let go of its attachments to thinking.
What you are is this present moment, and within experiencing presence, is joy and happiness.
The reason that you are this moment is because you cannot directly experience the past and the future and therefor anything you cannot directly experience is simply and yet absolutely an illusion.
Anything you try to pursue means that you don’t believe that you have it already in this moment, and that somewhere in the future lies “My” happiness, my bliss, my freedom.
So the moment that you set out in pursuit of happiness means that you have allowed the illusion of future to separate what you already are in this moment which peace, love and happiness.
The mind will not understand this, joy and happiness can only be felt within your entire being. And feelings from a higher consciousness standpoint go far beyond the level of the mind.
Everyone wonders why nobody is happy on this planet, and it’s because we think that we can find happiness in many things such as…
People give you all the love in the world, but they can’t give you happiness. So when you search for your happiness in someone just know that you will ultimately fall to the doom of unhappiness
Materials can give you pleasure, they can satisfy the hole of unsatisfactory in you, but just for a moment. This doesn’t just go for ‘small’ things in your mind. It goes for the largest mansion, the biggest boat, the nicest car all this, if I had it I would have a lot of fun with it, but I would know that these materials cannot give me everlasting, unbreakable happiness.
3. Thoughts & Beliefs
As said before, being the present moment has nothing to do with a deep philosophy, a belief system or a viewpoint. Beliefs will never be able to set you free. They can at best point you back to what you really are which is this moment, and that is back to your true liberation.
4. Past & Future
We love taking pictures, we love past memories, we love to dream and DREAM BIG, but none of these can set you free and by free that means when happiness has been revealed to you in this moment and it has now merged with your soul.
Both are illusions and you could never find absolute reality, absolute bliss in something that does not nor will ever exist.
So from now on, let NOT a single moment pass in an instant of unhappiness and ask yourself why. At this point going forward there is only one answer for your unhappiness and that is simply that your looking to people, to materials, to your mind and to time to make you happy which is impossible.
There’s one more illusion that I would like you to break. And that is that you equate moments of pleasure, moments of satisfaction as true happiness?
“A man asked Gautama Buddha, “I want happiness.”
Buddha said, “First remove “I,” that’s Ego, then remove “want,” that’s Desire.
See now you are left with only “Happiness.” – Gautama Buddha
Remember in “Reality Is a Dream” anything that comes and goes is a dream and a dream is an illusion. Real happiness, true happiness does not come and does not go. It is revealed through awareness in this moment and this moment is eternal. So remember that happiness is eternal, it only your lack of awareness that is keeping you from feeling eternal freedom from the illusions of happiness.
About The Author
Matthew Scott Donnelly was born and raised in Indiana. At the age of 24 he decided that he had not manifest a life that he was happy with, and decided to dedicate his heart and soul to Personal Growth and Development material. Roughly about one year later at the age of 25 he went from basic personal growth teachings to the a deeper realm into spirituality. Matthew is now 27 and his main focus is to continue on the path of awakening, and utilize his Facebook marketing skills to spread Spiritual and Consciousness related material to the rest of the world. You can follow Matthew and his work down below.