Originally Posted by AngelPsychic444
This is a very insightful post! Can you explain this part a bit further on gaining clarity:
"Think about anytime that you had clarity in your life...didn't it feel good? Maybe you were talking to an attractive lady that really made you melt. You forgot all about your troubles. Right there is the truth about happiness. When your mind is at rest, life is good. The hottie isn't the happiness, but is a trigger for your mind to rest, but the simple mind doesn't see this and logically thinks she is the secret, so off you go trying to possess her."
How could someone achieve this level of clarity or feeling good without the "attractive lady" standing in front of you?
(I think I just answered my own question after having re-read this a few times, but I would still like to know your answer)
People become addicted to anything that can trigger the mind to relax (or numbed). Hotties, alcohol, drugs, sex, hopes, dreams, ideas of salvation, etc..., are artificial ways we try to get what we don't know how to "live".
The mind remembers the "happy" moment and logically "determines" that whatever we did is happiness. But if the mind even knew what happiness really is, it wouldn't have to pursue it, we would simply "be" it. And that's the nuance. Happiness is in "be-ing", not in "do-ing". Doing something can trigger the mind to rest (or be numbed) and the result of a quiet mind is happiness (really I should be saying joy).
We have an energy for life making us automatically life positive. We have a creative push inside us and we ourselves were created (conception, birth, life then death). Most of the physical life we have is automatic...who really does much about their bodies....with all the life functions happening behind the scenes, it's apparent most of it happens on its own. Life is life positive including human beigns.
The mind only thinks about what it doesn't know. It creates ideas to try. But unaware of this fact about the mind, and because culture is mental, we think that what we think is truth then try to make those thoughts fact and they aren't.
So when the guy thinks the hottie is his happiness, he tries to possess her and guess what? She hates being smothered or maybe she doesn't like the guy that way. Of course, he wants sex because a hottie that relaxes his mind plus sex that relaxes mind is a huge synergy, a huge drug. The mind has the IDEA that this is THE ultimate happiness and is greedy to get it. The mind is greed, it's function is to greedily help us solve our problems. It's tenacious.
But unaware, that greed is a poison to love, to human dignity, etc... So the guy starts to stalk the hottie. This is sexual harrassment.
To see that the mind creates ideas to test and not to impose is a way out of the mind running and ruining your life. It restores the mind to being a servant and not the master.
To realize that joy in life is way beyond the scope of the mind, that the mind is a witness to the world through the five senses and which of the five senses is the joy detector? It ain't there! The mind is asked to do a job it can't handle and it's greedy taking us on the wrong path time and time again.
Once all the happy ideas have been tried and still the person is unhappy, then all that is left is to kill oneself or to stop trusting one's logic and reach out for help. This is the ego collapse. The ego is really the mind thinking that it knows when all it really does is think about what it doesn't know. When you know longer trust your thinking, then you become open minded to suggestions from other sources.
Too often those other sources are simply a new belief system to replace your old collapsed belief systems. Initially, there's an infatuation that is drug like and joy is restored! Infatuation is a drug!! Then reality bursts that bubble, unhappiness happens again, and back into a pit of depression as that belief system collapse.
It is nearly non-existent in culture and religion to actually be exposed to real perspective that leads to real clarity that never goes away. That's what we need but where to find it. For me, reading Osho has been my "salvation", not as a drug but finally I got the perspective I needed to transform from confusion to clarity.
The turning point for me was to see the process of the mind and to no longer empower it beyond it's intended purpose. Now my mind is my servant and my heart is my master. And for the first time in my life I could see the beauty of it, I could love myself, and all my judgment of others dropped, replaced with compassion. I see that confusion is such a parasite on our energy and being so much in the greedy mind is our self-absorption.
With clarity, that energy is self-absorbed but now free to share. That sharing is love.