This morning I realized that our happiness, joy, contentment, etc. can only come from within. I “knew” this before, but it just hit me that what is outside cannot be a source of joy. We can enjoy what is outside us: our bodies, nature, hobbies, relationships (tricky here); but these can never bring us any amount of lasting happiness whatsoever.
The opposite is also true; what is without cannot take true happiness away from us. Our joy is in being unified with our source. This is peace and this is love. Peace or equanimity are only possible when we look within. Oddly, the peace within must be sought out and discovered to provide the foundation for happiness.
We feel love and compassion, but we also do love. We exist in relationship in order to create. Extending love is our way of creating. As humans, if we do not extend love we will not be happy. Extending love is our existence.
This gets a little tricky because we receive by giving. The opposite is also true: we give by receiving. When we become one with our source, we switch from being “getters” to becoming “receivers”. We might have any range of temporary emotions when we get something for ourselves. But when we receive, we do so with gratitude and humility. Getting is attempting to find happiness outside ourselves. Receiving is what happens when we realize happiness can only be found within.
We often look to relationships with others to bring us happiness. This is using others for what we can get for ourselves. However, when we are one with our source, we experience giving and receiving in relationships. They might seem one-sided, as though we are doing all the giving, but we receive by doing so. When love is extended to us from others we receive also; and this receiving is also giving. When this takes place, we are joining with others and experiencing the unity that we have always had.
We are consciousness. We are the physical manifestation of the source of all that is. In this world, we are able to experience the phenomenon of separation in order to experience the attributes of our source. We might call this source the universe, our original self, God, Allah, the creator, etc. What we call her/him/it does not really matter.
The creative force is everythingness. It is everything, without separation. It is a unified spiritual whole. The unified nature of this creative force is without experience. Experience is impossible because it is subject without object. It is one and there is nothing else. That’s where we come in.
We: humans, flora, fauna, etc., are the possibility for the creative force to be experienced. It seems as though we are separate from one another, but this is really an illusion. We are simply the Creative Force experiencing consciousness. This is the whole of our reason for existence. We feel like we are separate because it looks like we are. We have bodies. My body is different and separate from your body. In truth, our bodies or forms are simply devices that make it possible to experience the grandeur of the creative force that is our true self.
These bodies make it possible to see and experience our source’s creative ability. We are also able to create in a similar way. The way we create is by extending ourselves in love to one another. This is the reason for our existence. It has nothing to do with getting, but everything to do with giving and receiving. This is why “getting” has never gotten us anything.
We have gone a long way from experiencing the peace and love that we really are. But really, it’s not that far. We can return to our creative self with a simple decision to remember Who we really are. We have been tricked by what appears to be outside us. But what is without is just a reflection of our thoughts. We have gone off-course by believing that what is apparently outside of us is reality. We suffer because we do not create as we were intended to. We have also gone astray believing we are “separate from God”. This is an impossible notion because, in truth, we are the creative force and the creation both at the same time.
When we remember that we are peace and love, then what is without is a gift to be enjoyed in its time, and nothing else. When we know that we are the consciousness of God, we revel in our greatness and see illusion for what it really is.