Are you here now? And are you happy now? And if not, why not? What is actually preventing you from being happy right now, right this very moment?
If you are honest with yourself, you will probably say it’s because you don’t have what you want. You will probably say that the only thing that is preventing you from being happy right now is wanting something you don’t have. This could be better health, a partner who’s more understanding, more money in the bank, or a nicer house or apartment, or a million other things. But whatever it is, it’s something you don’t have at this very moment in time. And this is what’s making you unhappy right now. Isn’t this true? Isn’t it true that you’re unhappy right now because you feel there is something you are lacking? What else could possibly make you unhappy at this very moment? It can only be the thought of what you don’t have. Because what else is there? You are sitting here right now, reading these words. And that’s about it. What’s wrong with that? The only thing that can be wrong with this moment is your own dissatisfaction with what is. It has to be this because there is absolutely nothing else is going on. And this brings us to the crux of the matter which is all our experiences—every single experience we are having—is just a thought in our minds.
There is reality—in other words what is—and then there are our thoughts about what is going on—and this is our experience. That’s all that is going on. You, for example, are sitting here, reading this. Nothing else is happening. And you’re either liking what’s going on or you’re not liking it. And that’s always the case and this is always true for all of us. We live and things happen and then we think some experiences are good and other experiences are bad or at least less good. We live and things happen and then we think the experiences, events and people live up to our expectations or they don’t. And whatever we think, well that’s what we get to live, that’s our experience. It’s as simple as that. There is nothing else going on.
It’s all just thoughts in our minds.
Always. All the time.
Just look at your own experience. Either you are thinking you like something or you are thinking you dislike it. And that’s about it. The situations in themselves, the specific events, circumstances and people are just what they are. In and of themselves, they have no inherent value. We can like them or we don’t but they’re still just what they are. Our preferences don’t really have much to do with it at all. Life is unfolding before us, for us, and everything we see, hear, touch, taste are just the happenings of being alive. It’s our preferences that make us happy or sad.
The truth of the matter is there is reality—and then there is our thinking. And these are two different things.
Now I know this is very radical stuff but it’s true nevertheless. And this brings us to the startling conclusion that you and I can lead happy lives regardless of our circumstances, regardless of what we have or don’t have. Because when we drop our interpretation of events, we find ourselves living here and now in this present moment. And that’s about it. With no stories, no comparisons, no expectations, life just is and we are just here. And what could possibly be wrong with that? And so we find, to our great and eternal delight, that at this very moment, when we drop our stories and beliefs and stand quietly in the now, we really are quite happy! We find that right this very moment everything is ok. And that strangely enough, happiness is what we are. Happiness is our nature, our natural state.
So now you may understand why I am so passionate about waking up to this mechanism and why all my books are about the nature of consciousness and the mechanics of how our minds work. Because it is here we will find the key to our own happiness, the key which will set us free—regardless of our circumstances. So I humbly suggest if it’s peace and happiness we want, that we all contemplate the power of the mind and our thoughts every single day of our lives.
If we can see and understand the mechanics of consciousness and the way the mind works and how this shapes our lives, we will find the key we’ve been looking for. We will find peace and liberation. And it’s not a mystery. Understanding the way the mind works is a matter of impersonal law. It’s something everyone can observe. And this means it’s something you can observe and test for yourself. So if you want to be free, please check it out. See my books “Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life” and “The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind” for more information about all of this.
Right now I am giving away a free e-book called “The Mental Laws – Understanding the Way the Mind Works” for a quick introduction to this mechanism. To get your free e-book, go to my Web site. www.beamteam.com
May your day be blessed…!
About Barbara Berger
American-born Barbara Berger is the best-selling author of “The Road to Power – Fast Food for the Soul” (published in 30 languages), “Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life” (published in 21 languages) and “The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind”. Barbara's latest book, "Find and Follow Your Inner Compass – Instant Guidance in an Age of Information Overload" was released in the US and UK in late 2017. All her books can be ordered on Amazon.com. Barbara also works as coach, helping people around the globe come into alignment with their own true power. For more about Barbara see her Web site: www.beamteam.com
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