Experiencing unconditional happiness occasionally is not difficult. Maintaining the state seems tough but gets easier with practice.
At first it's easy to be distracted from the idea and fall into old thought patterns.
As with meditation, you can just practice patiently redirecting your thoughts however many times it takes.
After a while you will be unconditionally joyful more often, then it eventually becomes your habitual state.
People are compelled by ego-mind to set all sorts of preconditions and want to get all kinds of stuff because they think having that stuff will lead to blissful contentment.
Some folks think a special relationship with that special someone will be the key their happily-ever-after.
The weird thing about this kind of goal setting in my experience is, achieving these kinds of goals didn't make me blissfully content at all.
In the past not being satisfied with the outcomes after all the effort getting there was very traumatic and gave me reasons to be depressed.
Now I find that sort of thing to be interesting and amusing.
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People frequently ask "How are you?" to which I say "I am as happy as I could possibly be right now." They usually laugh incredulously.
The thing is, if you are unconditionally joyous, you are as joyful as you could possibly be at any given moment. Setting preconditions keeps us in a state of habitual dissatisfaction with the present moment.
Ego-mind , with all its judging, criticizing, measuring, comparing, and analyzing keeps us from being unconditionally happy.
All the preconditions come from ego-mind. God-Self needs nothing and is experiencing eternal bliss. Eternal bliss is always there in our consciousness, it's just a simple matter of recognition.
Simple and not easy apparently.
God wants you to be ecstatic.
So be ecstatic.
Some Tibetan Buddhists are among the most spiritually aware people on this planet. They have control over their bodily functions, such as body temperature, heart rate, etc. to an extant that seems impossible to westerners. This has been scientifically tested to a degree that is in itself beyond belief. Probes in uncomfortable places, etc.
They begin a very disciplined meditation practice early in life and maintain their practice faithfully. One major thing that is important to them is practicing being unconditionally cheerful.
The Dalai Lama has written a number of books which are pretty good reading. He mentions that it is best for us to be joyul in the moment without preconditions. Seems like a pretty good idea, doesn't it?
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Most believers need to believe their beliefs are the best or in some systems, the only beliefs which are "real."
None of the stuff we believe in is "real" in the ultimate sense.
The nondual entity called God and Its extensions are the only reality.
Everything we see and believe in is a representation, including defined representations of God..
All individual and collective representations of God and religious constructs are products of individual and collective belief.
Belief is a fundamental force.
Defining and sharing your beliefs here will broaden and deepen your beliefs and the beliefs of the people who read your submissions.
There is a growing percentage of the world's population that claims to be spiritual and not religious. This site is targeted particularly toward this particular group of believers.
In the U.S.A. about 20% of the population claims to have no religion. These folks are referred to as the "nones" which from my point of view is misleading.
Everyone has beliefs and values which determine their experiences. We should make an effort to channel the beliefs of the "nones" with a positive and unifying belief system that is all-inclusive.
Pantheism is not a new concept and the time has come to fully embrace it in all its ramifications.