The Shortcut To Happiness

If you're looking for a genuine shortcut to happiness for yourself, then you've come to the right place.

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It is silly to struggle to be happy, or to follow complicated programmes, when anyone can take a shortcut to happiness and notice immediate changes in how one feels.

The truths in old sayings

I've often thought about some well-known sayings and wondered how each one first originated.

And I've noticed that some of the oldest sayings - when you really think about them deeply - are actually packed with profound wisdom. Take these sayings, for example:

Love makes the world go round.

Think about that one for a moment ... in very literal terms ... not just with a love-song mindset, or in the context of someone who is in love.

And, how about this one...

The kindom of heaven is within you.

Heaven: A condition or place of great happiness, delight, or pleasure.

And another...

Follow your bliss.

(Bliss can be a state of profound spiritual satisfaction, happiness or joy.

and the popular cliche...

Happiness comes from within.

How about this quote:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

~ T S Eliot

How does this all relate to a shortcut to happiness ?

Well, all of this is pointing to what some say is the secret of happiness - that happiness is nearer than many people think. It suggests that the "pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase". (C P Snow, English scientist and novelist)

If all those sayings above are to be taken literally, then all we need to do is find the key to happiness that will unlock the storehouse of happiness within.

Can we in fact deliberately access our inner happiness?

Fortunately both human experience and scientific studies on certain meditation techniques have shown that this is possible.

It has been realised that the source of thoughts is a field of stillness, energy, creativity and bliss. And it has been shown that, even though this field of happiness naturally flows through us of its own accord - provided we don't stand in its way - we can also deliberately and consciously access it through the mind, the instrument of thinking.

How to take the shortcut to happiness

All that is necessary is to stop enlivening our thoughts (which are simply meaningful mental activity) and instead allow the mind to settle down to lesser and lesser activity. Then, of its own accord the mind continues to settle down towards the least activity, and then to transcend mental activity altogether and experience what some call Being, or pure consciousness.

Those who have experienced this 'place' - which is sometimes referred to as 'the eternal Now' - have also experienced that its nature is bliss, or serene happiness. In Eastern traditions it is referred to as sat-chit-ananda, 'absolute bliss consciousness'.

Experience the source of thought every day

So this, then, is the shortcut to happiness. When we allow our mind to move towards stillness, we unlock blockages to the free flow of inner happiness, energy, creativity and general wellbeing.

This is one of the main reasons why so many people these days have chosen to incorporate some form of meditation into their daily routine. They want their mind to experience the inner quietness during meditation, and then enjoy the resultant flow of more happiness in their daily lives.

Meditation is thus the means people use to take the shortcut to happiness.

Be sure to use an effective method
Some types of meditation, however, are more superficial than others because they require the mind to stay at the 'surface level' of thoughts, thinking, contemplating, concentrating, and so on.

So if you're looking for a meditation technique that will unlock your inner happiness, then make sure you select an effective one.

The process needs to be one that actually allows the mind to move towards the still field of happiness within; a method that has the potential to transcend thought itself and actually reach that field of pure consciousness, where you are simply conscious, but not conscious of anything.

When you reach this state, there is no subject who is conscious and an object of which the subject is conscious. The subject (you) is conscious; and the consciousness stays with the subject. There is only the one. And that is pure consciousness.

When you are in that state, you are in a state of bliss consciousness.

You'll find some meditation techniques mentioned on this website that I can vouch for through personal experience.

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