Questions from a reader of my book and blog: “Where can we find happiness? Is it hidden beneath the layers of drama prompted by the ego and even narcissistic tendencies? What is the smoke screen that holds you back from realizing genuine happiness?”
Response: Thanks so much for submitting your questions.
Humbly and respectfully, I believe genuine happiness is found in a deep and abiding spirit of true responsibility in making the world a better place, inclusive of gratitude, and working toward insuring one’s sense of inner peace. It is most fundamentally realized in working toward doing the right thing for the right selfless sake – and learning to not only abbreviate our fear of healthful change, but to genuinely embrace it.
It is much about true honesty, promoting of true freedom, and yes, true happiness – but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. It is a realization that we are all so much more in the same common boat than we often think and act…consistent with supporting others in their genuinely healthful goals.
In working diligently as such, it more and more becomes a living loving awareness that there are magical sparkling spine-tingling/shivering things going on inside of us and all around us ALL of the time…a deep and abiding spirit of true appreciation of the moment, more and more each moment. If we ignore these moment to moment miracles (every moment being a genuine miracle in and of itself), then it sets up a dark curtain which becomes more and more difficult to look through. It may be coined as a ‘wall of lies,’ which can get thicker and thicker.
Ideally, we must learn to be more and more healthful conduits between Heaven and Earth…QUITE congruent with learning the meaning of true health through true responsibility. One’s life can become more and more and more a living loving art form, vs. getting permanently stuck on stagnant plateaus which can be like a living death – a living purgatory. If there is a Heaven, if there is a ‘key to the universe,’ and yes, True Happiness, they are rooted in True Honesty – learning to look deeply within ourselves and all around into our external environments, without fear or self-loathing…once again, needing less and less to hide behind.
Genuine happiness is a living lightness of being. Please ask yourself…when is the last time you had truly sweet and innocent, loving, sparkling spine-tingling real fun? As a child? Ever? What true joy it is – selfless…light…shared. It is back to The Garden. Oh boy! – Dr. Glen Hepker
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