Happiness or 'Success' as Expression of 'Creative Intelligence': Function of
Higher Consciousness or 'Wealth Consciousness'
Theme: Completeness or 'wholeness' of mind... total freedom from distortion of perception arising from fear and conflict is 'creative intelligence' . The energy of creative intelligence... 'pure consciousness' as 'knowledge of pure potentiality' ... also 'quantum field'... becomes manifest as creation for service to humanity and human evolution... thought and action are motivated by harmony and love. Merging with the present is freedom... depends on willingness to see reality for what it is, assuming responsibility for one's reality and seeing problematic situations as opportunities for transformation ... all this for effective adaptation to social change i.e. 'adaptability'. Human adaptability is a function of sense of well-being which comes from harmony with the environment based on harmony with oneself... 'self-knowledge'... i.e. ‘high-level wellness’ or 'happiness'.
The intrinsic conscience functions as the guardian of personal integrity as it matures in a process of psychological growth or 'spiritual growth'. Spiritual growth involves development of the conscience as conscious awareness... moral consciousness i.e. ‘moral development’. The result of moral development is the awareness or consciousness of the human morals - the 'moral faculty' -spiritual values - justice, beauty, truth, love and so on, the same values which are prescribed by the organized religions... natural 'moral knowledge'.... which provide meaning to human existence and the so-called dichotomies of the 'human condition' i.e. 'happiness'.
Developed conscience leads to happiness as sense of oneness with the world... Happiness is the greatest human achievement because it is the answer to the problem of human existence... 'human condition'... the human organism ceaselessly strives to produce and to create because productiveness as the productive realisation of one's human potentialities... is the source of strength, freedom and happiness ...the more productively one lives, the stronger is one's conscience and in turn, the more it furthers one's productiveness... the less productively one lives, the weaker becomes one's conscience .. The key to unlocking the secret to happiness is to recognize that true happiness is not locked up in a hidden vault. Happiness is at the heart of our very nature. Everything we need, we already have as pure potential within our mind. The problem is that our awareness permits the experience of thought and emotion, which are like clouds that obscure the clear sky. Happiness lies in the recognition of the sky. Meditation techniques give us the ability to notice the clouds while seeing the sky. "The meaning of meditation", he teaches "is to recognize our own pure inner nature and allow our own possibility, quality, and well being to manifest. It's not like you try to change and then become a better person. It looks like you have changed your life, but it is just recognition
the question 'what is the meaning of life?' rephrased as 'what is the meaning of my life?
human spirituality as higher consciousness...
human creativity depends on freedom...
Harmonious living as source of happiness...
holistic health methods...
so-called 'pursuit of happiness'...
buddhism and happiness as 'enlightenment'...
What is the meaning of life... purpose of life?: This apparently complex issue is really an issue of the non-reflective mind. The question by itself is meaningless. The answer depends on one’s attitude to death and dying. With the knowledge that we all will die some day, each person is responsible for providing meaning for their own life. This is the dilemma of the ‘human condition’. The aim of life is happiness in the true sense of the word and this is tied up with an understanding of the meaning of life. Life’s meaning as the meaning of one’s life depends on happiness... So what is ‘happiness’? Happiness is an art which depends on interrelationship and interdependence, never on isolation. The happiness which one seeks for oneself depends significantly on one's relationship with others. From this point of view, one becomes less egocentric… less obstinate. In our daily lives one becomes sensitive to one's connections with others… in the air we breathe, the food we eat and so on.
Happiness depends on living with the responsibility of freedom… To be happy one must be completely free from all conditioning influences… this means being critically aware of all phenomena in one’s environment… being constantly curious of one’s connections to other people as individuals as well as how they represent impacting social forces. It means seeing the whole picture… having a holistic perspective... seeing the forest as well as the trees! For total freedom one must live in that state of consciousness which is beyond the ‘ego level’, that is the eternal present of the ‘transpersonal level’... the so-called ‘higher consciousness state’... in which so-called ‘free will’ is based on moral rationality or 'rational conscience'. On the transpersonal level one is able to adapt to social circumstances much more effectively because one’s own happiness involves the concern for the happiness of others. In a truly civilized society each person honours the other.
For the human being the purpose of life is to be happy… How do we make a happy life for ourselves? What brings about the greatest degree of happiness? The transcendance of fear based ego-consciousness…‘self-transcendence’. In the transpersonal or 'spiritual’ realm the sense of caring for the happiness and welfare of others is the powerful force of compassion... love which implies a sense of responsibility. Compassion is the source of inner strength. Life on the transpersonal level of human consciousness results in inner tranquility... serenity inner peace. Compassion for others helps remove fears and insecurities thus giving one the strength to cope with one’s own obstacles. Compassion is the source of success in life… ultimately depends on the realistic attitude based on the realisation that all human beings share the same suffering. With this attitude one perceives obstacles as challenging opportunities for self-improvement. The need for love as compassion is the manifestation of the profound interdependence between all human beings and the foundation of our humanity…. a law of nature. Humility... profound respect for others... in dealing with human problems results in behaviour which is effective and forceful. Happiness is required for effective adaptation to changing social conditions i.e.'adaptability'.
If one insists on remaining on the so-called ‘lower consciousness state’or ‘ego level’ one is basically not happy because at that level one is unaware of the meaningfulness of human relationship and therefore of the meaning of life. It is this basic unhappiness which motivates the egocentric person to make continued efforts to escape life’s meaninglessness often at the expense of the freedom and happiness of others.
The human organism is a social organism... depends for adaptability on developed conscience as the guide for life... provides for flexibility... as bending with the storm.
Spirituality of the human personality or 'human nature' as higher consciousness or pure consciousness i.e. 'conscience' of the 'Self' required for 'adaptability'. Development of conscience leading to the ‘self-mastery’ on which success depends is a function of natural growth in the context of freedom for rational decision-making thereby initiating creative action necessary for effective adaptation to social change... 'adaptability'. Human adaptability is a function of awareness free from the conditioning influences of past experience and depends on functioning at the transcendental level of human consciousness... level of human spirituality... described in terms of interdependent natural laws or spiritual truths ... difficult to put into words... These function in preserving the integrity of the organism while adapting to social change. Human integrity depends onknowledge of one's self beyond and above ego-consciousness... the ‘higher self’, ‘true Self’ or 'Self'. Self is equivalent to spiritual essence... essential or intrinsic nature of the human personality i.e 'human nature'. Human nature is characterised by creative intelligence, a function of personality integration. Creative intelligence is the source of creativity and abundance.... the field of infinite possibilities of choices and outcomes... creative potential... pure potentiality and pure knowledge. Access to pure consciousness... domain of spirit is through non-judgemental attitudes of good will and practice of meditation which lead to silence of the mind.
Developed conscience as human spirituality can be described in terms of its various interdependent facets or 'spiritual laws'. Spiritual laws are natural laws which to preserve the personal integrity of the human organism as a social organism. Personal integrity (and therefore success) is a function of awareness which is free from the conditioning influences of past experience and depends on functioning at the transcendental realm of human consciousness. At this level, attitudes are all important... including courage to resist the judgements of ignorant others. One is successful if one lives life on one's own terms. Deepak chopra calls this 'wealth consciousness'.
Human creativity depends on freedom as 'inner freedom' which involves conscious choice-making. One must be aware... be conscious of the choices one makes every moment.... ‘karma’... thus removing them from the unconscious and brings them to consciousness.... making it possible to observe the choices one makes while making them. If each karmic episode involves conscious choice it can be analysed and evaluated in terms of its implications for the future. The best way to prepare for any moment in the future is to be fully conscious in the present.The future is created in the present. One's intent for the future or 'intention' the power behind desire...without attachment to the outcome.... with detachment... leads to life-centered present moment awareness or 'attention' required for appropriate and effective action... most effective context for attention. Create the future through detached intention but always in the context of present-moment awareness or 'attention'. The future is created in the present. Past, present and future are properties of attention in consciousness. Past is recollection or memory; future is anticipation; present is awareness. Only present is real and eternal. With life-centered present moment awareness, imaginary obstacles disintegrate.The remaining obstacles can be transmuted into opportunities through one-pointed intention. One commits oneself to a goal with intense passion.... this is the power of detached awareness and one-pointed intention operating simultaneously. The quality of intention on the object of attention will orchestrate an infinity of space-time events to bring about the outcome intended. Intention lays the groundwork for the effortless, spontaneous, frictionless flow of pure potentiality from the unmanifest to the expression of the manifest. Create good karma with actions of giving and receiving with the right intention... state of equilibrium is maintained... giving and receiving are aspects of the flow of universal energy ...the intention behind the giving and receiving is the most important thing... if the intention is to create happiness then the giving or receiving generates affluence as happiness. When choices are motivated by harmony, joy and love then very little effort is required to bring about successful results. This depends on one’s perception of reality as it is so that one can see the inherent opportunities and respond creatively.
Happiness as 'success' depends on the ability to create a desire that is ‘intention’ combined with detachment... The ‘affluence’ of true success is the abundant flow of goodness which leads to the continued expansion of ‘happiness’ - that state of being described as carefree, joyous and loving. Success as happiness can be characterised in terms of the ability to live in harmony with one’s own nature, with other human beings and with ‘nature’ as the environment … the ability to progressively realise one’s own worthy goals… the ability to fulfill one’s desires with effortless ease... the ability to involve oneself in meaningful human relationship as a reflection of one's relationship with oneself... to engage in creative freedom…to function with emotional and psychological maturity… to have peace of mind… to engage in spiritual growth which is a function of the unfolding of complete humanness or ‘divinity’ involved in the process of transcending the ego consciousness or ‘self’ i.e. ‘self-transcendance’… to experience life as a miracle and so appreciate its beauty... to enjoy health as well-being, energy, enthusiasm for life i.e. ‘wellness’. Success in this sense is a function of spiritual freedom and therefore of consciousness or developed ‘conscience’.
Ecstasy and exultation of your own spirit is true success or 'happiness'.
Success depends on the ability to become involved to create a desire that is ‘intention’... without attachment to the outcome...with ‘detached involvement’ ...or ‘detachment’. Detachment is a function of the belief in the power of the Self... freedom to create the symbols of wealth or ‘wealth consciousness’. Wealth consciousness depends on actualisation of one's unique talent, unique way of expressing that talent and unique needs related to that talent. Expressing unique talents takes you into timeless awareness or 'bliss'. If the needs are matched with the creative expression of the talent and if that is combined with service to humanity then this is the person's purpose in life or ‘dharma’(Sanskrit) In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty... there are no rigid or forced solutions... Forcing solutions creates new problems... attention on the uncertainty (comes from detachment) enhances alertnessand awareness of opportunities inherent in the problems. Solutions emerge from the problem when one is free to see opportunity. Preparedness and opportunity coming together is 'good luck'... the recipe for success... uncertainty is the ground of pure creativity and freedom from the prison of past conditioning. Conditioned responses are unconscious responses and are therefore not free choices. .
Attachment to the symbolic manifestation of intention and desire i.e. ‘poverty consciousness’ is a function of the belief that one cannot have what one desires... a belief based on fear and insecurity which comes from ignorance of one's true nature....
'Harmonious living as source of happiness Harmonious human relatedness is the source of 'happiness'. Happiness does not depend on a 'high standard of living' and 'wealth'. Material wealth which is in excess of the amount sufficient for one's needs is not a source of happiness. Happiness is the productive realisation of human potential.The true source of happiness is productiveness and creativity which derives from harmonious living. Productiveness and creativity are the source of the strength and freedom from which happiness is derived. The person who has prudence and foresight and who is able to reject immediate gratification for the sake of permanent and tranquil satisfaction is happy. Happiness is the greatest human achievement because it means that one has resolved the dilemma of the 'human condition'. Happiness is the response of the total personality to a productive orientation toward oneself and the world. It is preserving the integrity of the self and being one with the world. Happiness is peace of mind and absence of fear or 'serenity'. Happiness as serenity has a biological function which is connected with the evolution of the human organism as a social organism. Whereas pain results from actions which are injurious to the organism pleasure and happiness result from actions which are conducive to the welfare of the organism.
Happiness is a function of harmony with one's environment or 'external harmony' based on harmony with oneself or 'internal harmony' ... 'self-knowledge'... see 'spiritual emergence'...whole person health... holistic health or 'wellness' ...high level wellness... health from the transpersonal perspective... Biochemical function of 'happiness': the opiates of the body called 'endorphins', influence the immune system.
Happiness depends on the natural striving to take charge of one's own life and health... 'self-mastery'. Interference with personal freedom and independence deprives the individual of the capacity to recognize their own emotions or 'feeling states'. The result is inability to integrate life experiences... psychological failure... or 'psychological impotence'.
Health as 'wellness' is a function of harmony and balance between external and internal environments. Harmony with the internal environment ...harmony with the self or 'internal harmony' involves consciousness - the conscious awareness of one's vitality and energy, of feeling alive throughout one's being, a physical state which induces the mental state of deep appreciation for the environment. Harmony with external environment - 'external harmony' - involves sensitivity to the environment. External harmony depends on internal harmony. Both internal and external harmony are based on the integrated functioning of mind, body and spirit which work synergistically to create a sense of wholeness.
High level wellness is a function of personal philosophy which engages the responsibility for self-awareness or 'self-knowledge'. Self- knowledge is knowledge of the nature of the human personality i.e. 'human nature'. Human nature is a function of human motives for behaviour or 'human needs'. The human needs include the physiological needs - nutrition, exercise and stress management; the basic psychological needs for security and belongingness; the spiritual needs for spiritual growth and 'self-transcendance' i.e. 'metaneeds'.
‘Happiness is a function of higher consciousness... abundance consciousness or 'wealth consciousness'
The road to well-being or 'wellness' is transcendance of the ego... 'ego-transcendance' or 'self-transcendance'...
"It follows, then, that the transpersonal perspective on the quest for psychological well-being is very different from the traditional Western view. Changes in behaviour, thought, affect, and personality are seen not only as goals in themselves but also as means to facilitate awareness of transcendant dimensions of being." (Walsh l2l)
"At the highest levels of well-being-in the transcendent realms where we experience ourselves as pure awareness transcendant to space, form, and time - very different possibilites for describing health become apparent. This realm is clearly transcendent to any existing concept of health. Like the other subjective dichotomies, the distinction between health and illness collapses in the deepest levels of being." (Walsh)
Methods of healing on the transcendental level of human consciousness are called 'holistic health methods'... 'mind-body medecine The individual's ability to recognize and accept responsibility for his/her own feeling states is a necessary condition for the attainment of high level wellness... required for human ability to adapt to changing social conditions... 'adaptability'. Enhanced awareness of one's own feeling states is a precondition for holistic health. The underlying principle of wholistic health care is the respect for human potential. Wholistic health care is based on the fact that each person is a unique personality with a unique life history. In their unique way, each person is motivated by the instinctive striving for physical and mental wellbeing and happiness or 'high level wellness'. Wellness health implies the committment to the individual's goals for self-actualization and wholeness. The attainment of high level wellness depends on the individual's own efforts to maximize their human potential. In order to attain one's goals, one must have a sense of purpose and a means of self-expression. Purposeful living implies personal satisfaction gained from successful achievement. Independent activities integrate life experiences into a unified whole... they are 'integrating experiences'. The self-responsible individual seeks those opportunities which provide for the expression of his uniqueness and dignity and provide for human needs. The wholistic approach to health care emphasizes the positive approach to meeting human needs...
Happiness as learning in the 'flow state' or 'flow learning'... The term 'flow learning' was coined by pioneer research in the field of happiness, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced Chick-SENT-mehi) head of the Department of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Chicago and author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experiences.
Building Self Confidence through Control of Consciousness or ‘Flow’... The experience of flow is the optimal state of inner experience as ‘living in the present’. In flow activity one’s psychic energy seems to flow effortlessly as a result of disciplined concentration and total absorpton without distraction from fear, anxiety, worry or boredom and one’s awareness of information coincides with feelings and thoughts which are focused on intrinsic goals or ‘intentions’. This so-called ‘ordered consciousness’ is the source of motivation for action (resolution) intrinsic to the self. The intrinsic motivation creates inner strength, harmony and serenity which transforms life and gives it purpose or ‘meaning’. The person who can find flow from life is able to transform problems into enjoyable challenges… learning opportunities… enjoy even desparate situations… essential for survival and quality of life. Alleviate stress and gain strength from stress by transforming the situation into a new flow activity that can be controlled and become a source of enjoyment. Material conditions are secondary… they affect us indirectly by way of experience… material advantages improve life only if the person has attitudes of autotelic personality… goals originate within the self which maintains harmony by seeing problems not as potential threats but as enjoyable challenges. Requires humility. As the order of consciousness is increased the self emerges on a higher level of complexity and this constitutes ‘growth’. Growth is a function of two psychological processes: one is movement towards separation from others and makes for uniqueness or ‘differentiation’; the other is movement beyond the self and makes for further connectedness or ‘integration’. Flow directly benefits the quality of life because it involves the sense of exercising control in the difficult situations of everyday challenges… Flow gives value to life … Subjective experience … enjoying life, harmony of mind… is life itself. Flow is the source of joy or ‘happiness. Happiness depends on how one interprets experience… depends on freedom to determine the content of one’s life… freedom to achieve mastery of one’s life through integration of the self and building up of self-confidence … freedom to control one’s inner consciousness… inner experience of subjective reality… freedom to create order of consciousness in terms of goals and intentions. In order to adapt effectively to the challenges of life’s problems… to gain personal control over the quality of experience… one needs to focus on realistic goals and develop skills which match the opportunities for action and add up to to a sense of participation or ‘mastery’. One needs to learn how to build enjoyment into what happens day by day. Routine activities of everyday life can be transformed into meaningful (purposeful) and enjoyable experiences which are intrinsically rewarding because there is immediate feedback…. the self approves of itself and this positive feedback progressively frees up the person so they feel stronger and more self-confident than before… promotes the integration of the self or ‘wholeness’. Following a flow experience the organization of the self is more complex than it was before… Gratitude is empowering… Sense of stagnation from not trusting one’s own potential.Conversation leads to expression of ideas we didn’t know we had. The word 'affluence' meaning 'to flow in abundance'... derives from Latin 'affluere' 'to flow to' ... Communion with nature enhances sensitivity to the interconnectedness with other beings... and provides a sense of unity with all of life.
"Flow experiences arise naturally from intrinsic motivation by virtue of the fact that we have a human mind which processes information... Learning is time invested in yourself, in the growth and development of your own unique experience."
"It is necessary to master one's actions or intentions or creations in the world... what one does or what one makes. It is necessary to have control over what one accomplishes in the world... so that the outcome is more or less similar to the intention... it doesn't have to be perfect but it is necessary to make sure that the desired result is more or less comparable to one's intention. . to make sure that the outcome is more or less reliable;This is not so easy It is necessary to learn the skills and the techniques which one needs in order to accomplish what one has set out to accomplish. It is necessary to cultivate relationships with other people so that one can find teachers who are willing to teach something without killing afterwards. It's a kind of good will that is extremely rare in the world. It's very difficult to find a good teacher. So to master the skills that one needs it is necessary to find a good teacher. Last it is necessary to be able to appreciate and share what one has accomplished along one's path without any vanity or egoism, because otherwise one cannot arrive at the garden. To arrive at the garden it is necessary to give up one's vanity and egotism about what one has accomplished and to thank first the teacher and all the other people who contributed. Like at the Oscars it is necessary to give up one's own satisfaction... or to be satisfied about oneself and eat pastries in secret in a little corner... and then to be able to share with others the joy of the accomplishment and the results… to be able to find one’s secret garden." (Sonya)
Philosophy of Buddhism and happiness as enlightenment: So-called ‘Buddhist practice’is primarily concerned with the ‘training of the mind’. The individual must live on the transpersonal level of consciousness, beyond the ego and existensial levels, in order to confront and reconcile life with its apparent inevitabilities of loss and death. According to the First Noble Truth of Buddhism, all life is imbued with suffering... this is the 'human condition'. There are three truths which lead the way out of the dilemma of the human condition... first, 'the cause of all suffering is attachment', second, 'the relief of suffering comes from the cessation of attachment', and third 'the cessation of attachment comes from following the eightfold path, a prescription for ethical living and mental training aimed at attaining full enlightenment.
American context of the so-called ‘constitutional right’ to life, liberty and the 'pursuit of happiness'. In the book Seven Spiritual Laws of Success Deepak Chopra write about spiritual truths which are difficult to put into words. Using what has been called 'guru English' he speaks to the American audience in the context of their constitutional right to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'. In the culture of capitalism, happiness is interpreted largely in terms of the egocentric motivation for material wealth as an outcome. Chopra argues... "When you seek money or power for the sake of the ego, you spend energy chasing the illusion of happiness instead of enjoying happiness in the moment." People who make money for its own sake are not successful (and so not 'happy') in the true sense of the word. True success or 'happiness' is based on the knowlege and practice of spiritual law or 'natural law'. Success is a process or journey, not an outcome or destination. The creation of material wealth is an aspect of true success only when it is motivated by care and love, joy and happiness.
Happiness does not depend on a 'high standard of living' and 'wealth'. Material wealth which is in excess of the amount sufficient for one's needs is not a source of happiness. The essence of all material wealth is life energy.
Awakening to the transpersonal dimensions of existence, life itself is held in a different perspective...an aspect of healthy psychological and intellectual growth...