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Living From The Source August 5, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.

2015-03-04 14-26-47_0029When we reflect on our lives, and what we want, the goal behind most other goals is simply happiness.

We want to be happy.

But, we have a tendency to look for happiness in all the wrong places.

We look for happiness outside of ourselves, instead of looking within.

We look for acceptance and approval from others, rather than accepting and approving of ourselves.

We get caught up in daily dramas and lose touch with the present.

In Power, Freedom, and Grace: Living from the Source of Lasting Happiness, Deepak Chopra  explores issues of power, freedom, grace, and how we can achieve lasting happiness in our lives:

Happiness is the goal of all goals, and it’s a state of consciousness that already exists within you.  Happiness for a reason is a form of misery because the reason can be taken away from you at any time. To be happy for no reason is the happiness you want to experience.

In a pivotal chapter, What is the key to lasting happiness?, Chopra explains the distinction between Ego and Spirit:

Behind the curtain of your intellect and emotions is your self-image or ego. The ego is not your real self; it is the image of yourself that you have slowly built over time. It is the mask behind which you hide, but it is not the real you. And because it is not the real you, but a fraud, it lives in fear. It wants approval. It needs to control.

The ego is the prison you have built around your-self, and now it holds you captive within its walls. 

And how do you break free from captivity? You break free by choosing to identify with your inner self, the real you.

You know you are free when you feel happy and at ease instead of fearful and anxious. You know you are free when you are independent of the good and bad opinions of others, when you have relinquished the need to seek approval, when you believe that you are good enough as you are.

You know you are free when you surrender to the moment, to the what is, and trust that the universe is on your side. You know you are free when you let go of resentments and grievances and choose to forgive.

We obtain power by connecting to our source, the spirit within, the silent observer:

The first sign that you are living from the source is a lack of worry. You don’t worry about anything. You feel lighthearted, happy. You don’t get offended by the comments of others, you don’t feel obsessive about having your own way, and you don’t experience resistance to what is.

You experience effortless ease, spontaneity, and no resistance to whatever is happening around you.

The second sign that you are living from the source is the experience of synchronicity and meaningful coincidence. If we are in synch with the universe, then we experience synchronicity. The more connected we are, the more we experience coincident or simultaneous events.

As you elevate your attention from the world of the humdrum and trivial to the world of the magical and miraculous, your life becomes magical and miraculous.

He concludes the chapter on happiness with these Key Points:

The key to lasting happiness is to identify with the unchanging essence of your inner self, your source.  Then you no longer look for happiness because you know you already have it.

This happiness is true bliss, and it follows you wherever you go.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Zen & The Art of Happiness * The Inner Path to Peace


1. Tilly Bud - August 5, 2011

I don’t know, Nancy: somedays it seems like an awful lot of work has to go into being happy.

Can’t I just stay miserable instead?


Another good post, btw 😉

nrhatch - August 5, 2011

Bwahaha! Yes, you may ~ I expect that you’ll have plenty of company. 😛

But it really isn’t hard work once we see the Ego as it is and we see ourselves as we are. As soon as we step into the role of silent observer for the first time, we wake up.

Once we are awake and aware, it is easy to see how Ego and its petty concerns has created unnecessary suffering for us. And we see the path to freedom has been right in front of us all along.

Just start . . . and the way will appear. _/!\_

2. Cindy - August 5, 2011

What Tilly said … and then I have a Merlot 🙂

nrhatch - August 5, 2011

Namaste. _/!\_

3. andalibmarks - August 5, 2011

You see what I mean??!!
Your posts are SO inspirational and I really have missed them. I’m trying to live my life to the fullest – and be happy… Very, very happy!!!

nrhatch - August 5, 2011

When we identify with the unchanging essence of our inner self, we stop looking for happiness “out there” and allow it to surface from “in here.”

Aah . . . that’s better! _/!\_

4. Naomi - August 5, 2011

Love Deepak Chopra; thanks for this Nancy! Right, now to head off and “be happy for no reason”…Cheers to that!

nrhatch - August 5, 2011

I could listen to him for hours ~ his accent, his wisdom, his happiness for no reason! 😀

When we get out of the way, our happiness surfaces of its own accord. Aah . . . bliss! _/!\_

5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - August 5, 2011

Ha, Tilly’s comment made me chuckle. But I like being happy, I swear!

nrhatch - August 5, 2011

Her comment made me laugh too. Ironic, eh? 😀

6. Christine Grote - August 5, 2011

I’d love to see your bookshelf. Where do you get all this fabulous stuff? And how long did it take you to get it?

nrhatch - August 5, 2011

My bookcase is filled with books on happiness and mindfulness.

I started my quest for better ways of viewing the world a few years before I stopped practicing law.

Some of the books that helped the most:

All thirteen have been “reviewed” on SLTW . . . with summaries of the tips and techniques gleaned from their pages.

7. souldipper - August 5, 2011

Ego puts up the greatest fight when it thinks it is going to be diminished or killed. I like the “old wisdoms” that teach befriending the ego. I delude myself with the hope that I MAY have a chance at managing it! 😀

nrhatch - August 5, 2011

The Ego has a role to play, but it also has an over-rated sense of its own importance. 😉

8. SidevieW - August 5, 2011

what happens to you in your life does not make you happy, it’s how you react to it that is happiness

nrhatch - August 5, 2011

That’s very true, Sidey.

Numerous studies have shown that people who win the lottery (or suffer overwhelming tragedy) have a brief spike (or dip) in reported happiness which quickly returns to the pre-event level.

Like our weight, happiness tends to have a set point in each of us. To change the set point and find greater and more lasting happiness, we cannot focus on “external acquisition” . . . we must change HOW we choose to view the world.

9. Joanne - August 5, 2011

To be happy for no reason at all… I always thought it might have made me look delusional, but it has always worked for me… So, thanks for this happy reminder, Nancy… My happy “delusions” are starting to materialize 😉

nrhatch - August 5, 2011

If I relax into the moment and smile, happiness surfaces of its own accord . . . no matter what is happening around me.

The “trick” is to BE HERE NOW because we cannot relax into the moment if we are a million miles away. 😉

Here’s to being happy for no reason at all.

10. SuziCate - August 5, 2011

I’ll have some Merlot with Cindy and if I have enough I’ll think I’m happy!!!!!
Great post! I know I’m out of sorts when peace is gone, worry takes over…and the synchronicuty part is so right! Working on getting back where I enjoy being, in the flow.

nrhatch - August 5, 2011

When we are floating on peaceful rivers, little effort is required to maintain our mindful equilibrium.

But life is full of challenging moments ~ whitewater rapids that bounce us around. Sometimes in the midst of those challenges we forget who and where we are.

To reclaim our inner peace, we must remind ourselves to BE HERE NOW. 😀

Here’s to being in the flow of the NOW.

11. kateshrewsday - August 5, 2011

Love Deepak Chopra. What you say makes perfect sense.

nrhatch - August 5, 2011

He is an amazing physician and a wise man!

I remember when I first started reading and listening to him . . . what he said made little sense to me. It sounded like New Age Hocus Pocus.

And, then, the lightbulb went off (or on). 😉

Aah . . . I see!

12. adeeyoyo - August 6, 2011

Wonderful post, Nancy! I so enjoyed it and also the comments. 😆

nrhatch - August 6, 2011

Yay! Nothing like reading something that resonates and makes us say, “Yes. That’s true.” 😀

13. eof737 - August 9, 2011

And then even when we have down days/sad days/bad days which we do have as humans, we can accept that that too will pass… Happiness is a choice. 🙂
I enjoyed reading this one.

nrhatch - August 9, 2011

I find that I can turn “down days” around pretty quickly if I stop worrying about the future or fretting about the past.

Reclaiming my present moment awareness usually improves my mood immediately. If it doesn’t . . . I add chocolate. 😀

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