T-2.III.5. “The children of God are entitled to the perfect comfort that comes from perfect trust. 2 Until they achieve this, they waste themselves and their true creative powers on useless attempts to make themselves more comfortable by inappropriate means.”
Commentary: This second comment I bet we can all relate to. How many times, have you tried to find happiness in something as simple as a meal, to something as complex as a relationship? I know I have. Often, in the journey, I’d “hunker down” and keep my eyes focused to the job at hand and continue to tell myself that, ”in the end, the means will be justified.”
However, the means are never justified because justification is an attack on your peace. The means, ”your path”, is what it’s all about. It’s about how you do what you do, not what you do. If you are not happy now, something has gone wrong. Happiness is the goal and that can be obtained now.
I use to be troubled by the word “happy.” When I first heard this concept, my mind thought “What do you mean, be happy? Life is hard. Death and taxes are certain and by-golly, it’s not always fun. But then I heard a comment from Eckhart Tolle, author of Power of Now. He stated that the goal is a form of happiness that has no opposite. This was helpful to me. A form of happiness that has no opposite. That no matter what happens, there is a part of me at peace.
After many years chasing the “happy high’s” and followed on by the “dismal low’s”, I’ve come to realize that things “out there” won’t make me happy. This is one of the great stories from the Buddha. Siddhartha was a man born in riches, and when he let it all go, he found enlightenment.
Now, I’m not suggesting we let all our happy trinkets and things we like in the west go. I’m still trying to have some of it, without completely following the Buddha’s path. The key is for me, to not hold on too tightly. Realize, for everything you own and have, is but temporary and not your source of happiness. Another warning, everything you have an own requires some energy to maintain (Topic for another time).
Lesson 70 in the workbook lesson, is a great reminder of this concept and a practice towards escaping useless attempts.
- “Nothing outside yourself can save you”
- “Nothing outside you can bring you peace”
- “Nothing outside you can hurt you”
- “Nothing outside you can disturb you”
It’s all from within. You are in charge of your own happiness. I believe we can do it even on our death bed. That’s right… Be happy even then. Perhaps a better word might be content, at rest, certain, or at peace. In either way, consider these thoughts today. If you truly believed you were in charge of your day, your path, and your means, ”how would you choose to be today?” I know I want certainty and peace…. A happiness with no opposite.