I know hundreds of cases in which it is found that happiness is an inner state of soul, not material ... what you think?
asked 07 Apr '10, 23:57
I think there are people who are successful in their outward circumstances, but still miserably unhappy inside. We can probably all think of many examples of that: some actors, some lottery winners, some heirs and so forth. And conversely, there are people inwardly content, but very lacking in material comfort. Either way, this is what they choose, consciously or not!
answered 08 Apr '10, 01:49
I think what you are referring to is abundance, so let's look at the definition of abundance for a second shall we.
Abundance - the ability to do what you need to do when you need to do it. Period.
What is wrong with a lot of people they associate abundance with having a lot of material wealth. For example, as I write in my book which you can download for free from here http://www.warriorinyou.com/products.htm, there was this Chinese guy few years ago, when the big market crash happened.
This guy lost 3 billion dollars in one day and committed suicide the same night. You might say: "Well, it's understandable, that's a lot of money." Well, you should know that it was only half of what he had and he still had 3 billion dollars left.
So why did he commit suicide? He had more money to feed the starving kids of the world for a year, but still felt that's not enough; felt a sense of lack. So why is that?
In my opinion we have been raised to believe, through repetitive patterns of behaviors, that accumulating more and more material things can be the measure of our success. We don't have fangs and claws to be natural predators, but instead we're gatherers. So we gather as much during our lifetimes to a point that we might feel that nothing can surprise us, but it just can't happen! It can't happen because life is ALL about surprises; it's always changing and if you're trying to plan your whole life based on the circumstances that you do have right now in your life you're doomed.
On the other hand if you know that you are abundant in all areas of your life, meaning you can do what you need to do when you need to do it, and that the Universe has always supported you, because even if you feel the lack of abundance the Universe supports you in the feeling of lack. It will tell you "Oh, ok, you want to feel disconnected to the Source of love and gratitude, be my guest"
All That Is loves us so much that it will even allow us to believe that we are not loved, that's how unconditionally loving it is.
So another question arises "Should we focus on material wealth as a measure of our success?" Of course not. It is that kind of thinking that makes so many people chase their own tales more often than not. They think just because they are running they are getting somewhere.
The truth is, if you set out to look for a treasure, you better be sure you have a good map first. If you don't, you will get tired as hell and not find anything.
So the question remains "What do you want to believe for yourself?"
Do you want to believe that you are supported ALL the time by the Infinite unconditional love that we are all made of, and even when you don't see things manifesting the way YOU think they should, that it is all a part of a divine plan working itself out perfectly?
Or do you want to have a belief, which I believe is in the heart of every wrong-doing inflicted by people on their fellow men, which is "Their is not enough to go around".
If you believe that there is not enough money, not enough jobs, not enough love, not enough joy, not enough passion, you will never get it. You won't get it because you will be trying so desperately to acquire it that you will miss out on what is obvious right now - that you already have it.
Look around you and see how beautiful the world around you is and how beautiful you yourself are. You are perfect and you always have been, just see it and believe it.
answered 08 Apr '10, 05:10
I think that when people reach a point where they have 'everything' they figure out that they have somehow lost themselves in the process. This doesn't have to be the case but often times it is. I think alot of times people strive for everything but don't realize they can choose to be happy with the process. I also think that many people want their outer world to look good but don't realize that if they just wanted happiness their outer world would look good.
answered 08 Apr '10, 01:02
If they haven't found that inner tranquility and knowing then anything they manifest on an outer level will never bring any sense of fulfillment. Their outer world may appear great but will mean nothing if their inner world is not content. As Brian pointed out if we work on the inner world first, the outer will naturally follow.
answered 08 Apr '10, 01:11
Of Course- because those things are material items. True happiness comes from connection to source/feeling connection to self/others/purpose, happy relationships (you can have troubled family relationships) and independence and choice in your life work. None of those things necessarily rely upon home/family/security. Security is also an illusion. You could be homeless and having the best time ever- that could be total freedom for the right person. So it depends on mindset, appreciation and perspective.
answered 11 Oct '12, 11:20