We all want happiness in our lives. Learn to live our lives grounded in joy and happiness if we follow some practical steps.
Happiness and Joy Our Original State
It’s common for someone to ask, “how’s it going.” And the common response is, “I’m doing fine.” So, we assume people are happy. But, if you get below the surface, you’ll find many people aren’t fine. They say they are fine because that’s what the culture expects.
Most people are struggling with something. And they experience a glimpse of happiness now and then, but they do not ground their lives in joy and happiness. So, how did we lose this state? When did we lose it, and how do we get it back?
Most people agree we originate from a state of happiness and joy. We come into this world happy to be conscious. Our consciousness comes from the transcendent. The transcendent is a place of silence, joy, and happiness. So, it’s not crazy to desire this as a foundation for our lives. Happiness is our original state of being.
The problem lies with the commercial nature of our culture. The cultural narrative teaches us to strive. It’s the only way can find happiness and joy. And the culture is there to sell us all the things it says will give us happiness, but this joy is temporary.
So, we are always looking for the next thing. This is good for those who have things to sell us. This is how we lost happiness as a state of being. It all started with the idea that we must look outside ourselves to find happiness. As a result, many lose touch with their natural state of happiness in adolescence, but it’s not lost forever. We can get it back.
Western religion is the major source of the programming for the cultural narrative. We came into the world innocent; we had no beliefs. Organized religion programs our minds and pollutes our souls with negative bias and prejudice. It justifies everything from war and genocide to genital mutilation. This separates us from ourselves and others creating artificial boundaries.
Many Eastern philosophies tell us that attachment is the root of unhappiness. That is why we cannot find happiness in things. Yet, there is a way to be happy for no reason. There is a way to find the contentment of our state of innocence.
Regaining Our Original State of Being
The way to regain this state is not through religion. It is not through the belief in mythology. The answer is closer and more personal. We need to look inside, not outside.
We all have amazing spiritual gifts that we carry in our DNA. The correct spiritual practice will unlock them. Everyone’s path back to this point is different because we all start in a different place.
There are some tools that can help us find our way back to the original state of being. Using these processes can help you forge a path back to your natural state. This is where we return to our natural state of happiness and joy.
We call these processes or tools “spiritual technologies.” These tools make up the domain of spiritual exploration.
Spiritual technologies are what we call methods for exploring human consciousness. These methods come to us from cultures worldwide, and they comprise a diverse body of practical mental tools. You can use these tools to develop your potential, open spiritual gifts, expand awareness, and reach higher states of consciousness.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science.
The techniques we use are repeatable processes, and several produce positive, measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. These changes prove these techniques produce states of consciousness that differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. All you need to do is follow the process. It’s like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone has their own path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
The accumulation of things does not result in long-lasting happiness. Returning to our natural state of being is where we find happiness and joy. You can learn to live in your original state of being. We just need to activate our spiritual gifts, and we can do this through the use of spiritual technologies.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia