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The Pursuit of Happiness
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As I sat at my desk today it occurred to me that I needed to find a center in my life that I don't know that I've ever had. I'm the guy who is constantly searching... I'm the guy who is grasping at that aspect that is just out of reach. I'm the seeker. I'm the seeker who desires understanding. I'm the one who holds truth to some haughty paragon of virtue and who insists on the unfailing pursuit of that knowledge. Who insists on my own peculiarly unfailing and persistently flailing pursuit of happiness.
I have driven myself to madness (genuinely) in my desire to understand what is right. I have done this as my own very genuine testament to love for our divine Source. This love has cost me dearly... and it seems that this would be an oddity. Why would the ultimate source of love and goodness be such a cause of consternation within my own lifetime?
There must be something amiss. If God/dess is true and real (of which I am assured), and my intentions are earnest and true (which they are), then there is something that is wrong with this picture.
I skipped pondering this time and listened...
It came to me... slipped from the mouth of Deity.... "The 'pursuit' of happiness".
I was stunned.
I listened again... "The 'PURSUIT' of happiness". ...oh wow.
Don't you just love how the Gods can give little "Cliffs Notes" sometimes that are so far above our heads that we feel appropriately small? Condescension is when an equal speaks to you as though you are a lesser soul, enlightenment is when an equal blows away every doubt that you have ever had regarding the truth of a matter. This is what Divinity did for me today. My pursuit is my bane.
Happiness occurs when you stop pursuing. Now, I know that every Buddhist in the house is rolling their eyes right now. I know that the middle path and non-attachment is ancient data. Old as time in memorial. But I riddle you this:
How much of your current path is centered on a pursuit? How much is centered on a quest for knowledge? How much is based in filling up your brain with miscellaneous facts? This "has not way".
So… this is what has been my point of note today… to stop thinking… to stop worrying… to stop going over what “should have been”… more over, to stop being so concerned about what “needs to be”. Have you ever consulted your runes, tarot, mirror, crystal…. whatever… to the point of frustration? In light of this understanding that is most certainly a bad thing.
I have long marveled at how some of the most seemingly careless creatures seem to be able to get to exactly where they want to be in life with virtually no effort. It genuinely swoons at the thought of being so carefree.
Cats are magickal, no doubt. But we all know that most don’t spend a lot of time obsessing on what their next move might be. Same for dogs, birds, hamsters…. you name it. I have known some people that I could say the same of… and I would have to clearly state that I feel that I have much to learn… and nothing yet to learn… from them.
Maybe the secret is NOT to “learn”, but to adapt…. To clarify, maybe the secret is not to fill up my brain with factoids, but to become an agent of wisdom. Maybe I should become like the ancient tree that has spindled up through the briars and is now a very unique and beautiful work of living art. Maybe I should let go and let Source take me where I should be… effortlessly.
…Which sorta takes me back to the whole “Karmic Mechanics” schematic.
If my higher, and divine, self is in that eternal knowledge base that has infinite understanding and wisdom… then my carnal self needs to learn to surrender to my higher will. If I want to “learn” something, perhaps I need to learn that I already know the important stuff.
I already know who “Mama” and “Papa” are. I already am the “Christ-self” in need of acceptance. I already know the Divine harmonies that sing the universe into being. I have heard them in a distant dream of long ago. I hear them in a present dream that stands before me. I feel the universal fingertips that tickle my hand as I reach into the oblivion, and I know that those fingertips are my own.
This knowledge seems to take me to where I need to be. Where I know that my realities are created by me, and thusly, they are subject to my Divine will. If I spindle through the briars, it is because I am self destined to do so. If I lose my house and car, it is because it is what is best. If I learn to let go, then I surrender to my higher self.
Somewhere in the ether, I know what will bring me satisfaction. Somewhere in my universal body, I understand what is Nirvana. Somewhere in my reality, I know that all is fiction and I am the writer.
And in the end I gain what I have sought after… happiness.
So what do we do with this? What are we to do with the ultimate truth that we are actually in our own drivers’ seats? Well, first… we learn new labels for things. New definitions for what we like to think of as permanent. Nothing is permanent, nothing in our “reality” is real… we should know this.
Sucky car? FREEDOM TO EXPLORE.
No money? TIME TO PONDER.
Lousy job? OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE.
Dead end? NEW BEGINNING.
We have to write our own ending. Moreover, we have to BE WILLING to write our own ending. The question is not, “who wouldn’t write their own story given the chance”.. The question is, “how many are actually writing their own stories and am I one of them”.
“Do as ye will” is not merely a declaration regarding freedom of spirit; it is a law. If your WILL is a product of what you DO then what you DO will invariably dominate your WILL.
Consequentially, the world in which you engross yourself and that, to some extent, controls your actions (what you do) may thereby dominate your will and hinder your spirit. Simplified, that which you are allowing into your immediate environment that is not truly of your inner most heart… most certainly is the very thing that hinders your ability to manifest your heart’s true desires.
We must be willing to say YES to ourselves. When you reach into the abyss and the fingertips that you touch are not your own… there’s a problem. Our animal friends don’t ask permission to do as they will… we have “nothing” to learn from them… and that’s quite something.
And “nothing” can be quite a bit to get one’s head around.
Follow your Bliss, wherever it may lead. Listen to your heart, whatever it may say. Accept no substitutes for love and give nothing that is not of your Divine Center. Remember that the flesh is temporary but that what you do with the flesh may either hinder or liberate… it is your choice. Tenderness is not for the faint of heart. You are a temple. Chalice and blade manifest in one. You are love manifest. You are love waiting to be.
The pursuit of happiness ends when you choose to arrive at your destination.
Be the dream that you have mused. Have the courage to be yourself.
Love and blessings,
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