Happiness as a result of being natural
Being natural, to a great extent is not as easy to define as it may seem. Naturalness is to be found in the nature of all realities, whether manifest or not.
It took on a living form in the web of providence, in which we clearly see the good hands of a loving Creator of all things.
The laws of being are those specific laws of naturalness which stipulates the conditions, rationale and limits of existence for all that is contained in absolute reality.
Much has been written and said about happiness – many agree that it is a state of being. But of this being, consensus seems to be lacking. Bring two people together and ask them to pinpoint that exact state of being at which we could say someone is profoundly happy, and you see variations of perceptions as to what constitutes happiness. This article will attempt to address the subject from a space of clarity, and subjective inferences avoided as much as possible.
The laws of being
There are as many laws of being as any investigator of inner life would want to grapple with, but three of these laws immediately stand out in the way they embrace all else contained in others:
1. The law of love
The law of love is the primary law guiding the entire cosmos, and as creatures of love, we cannot get around the necessity of being love in our own experience and in the experiences of others. What is the larger implication of this?
First, that love is not something passive, it is being through prompt engagement in joyful activity. Any mediocre can sit in an armchair and talk about love endlessly with high sounding words, but only those really alive inwardly put love into practice by taking deliberate actions to care for themselves and others.
Sermons on love, however beautiful, cannot replace practical love. We need to get up and act in the overall interest of those we claim to love. A being cannot be loving and be lacking in happiness at the same time, because the practice of love brings happiness automatically to him.
2. The law of balance
The law of balance is consequent upon the law of love. We are to give unceasingly as we sow good thoughts, words and deeds, but we have a duty to also take. Taking ensures continuity in the necessary circulation of all the currents of love throughout the cosmic order.
By taking we do not mean mere blind grabbing of what comes our way, not minding whether we really need them or not, it means to take what we do need for immediate survival, and nothing more, for all things change forms and grabbing is actually a lack of faith in a universe of abundance.
In its advanced finer state, taking implies standing on duty to receive and transmit higher vibrations of love from higher to lower lying realms.
We cannot avoid taking without bringing harm upon ourselves anymore than we can avoid breathing in, in order not to be seen as greedy.
We can relate this to happiness by always ensuring there is a balance in the flow of inputs into our lives, and outputs we give out. Our physical, emotional, financial and spiritual health all depend on this balance.
3. The law of responsibility
This law is an inalienable attribute of the gift of freewill. Being spiritual at our deepest core, we are powerfully attracting magnets. But we could attract everything in sight in a wild medley of desires, and ultimately plunge ourselves into confusion and disease were it not for the free will to choose only those vibrations as suit our actual preferences in line with our nature. So the free will acts as a check, that we may not blindly bring upon ourselves what is harmful through choosing wrongly.
The responsibility is ours to choose to experience only what is noble and uplifting by thinking only pure thoughts, speaking only the right words and doing only the right things. We are free to make this decision of choice only at the beginning of each event, but having chosen, we are irrevocably bound to the consequences of our decisions, and must accept responsibility, no matter whether the outcome is pleasant or sorrowful.
There is a school of thought that wants to pick a quarrel about this law of responsibility by claiming there are no right or wrong actions, but only actions, only experiences, which ultimately must lead to the good of the individual. I do not wish to contest their position, after all, a great deal of consciousness is immersed in a relativity duel between objectivity and subjectivity.
I only want to draw their attention to the fact that not all experiences ultimately lead to the good of the individual, only those experiences are beneficial from which their lessons were extracted and put to use.
If we observe the natural laws, we are free and happy. If we work against these laws, we suffer pain and anguish, and at its extreme, we may lose all the consciousness already acquired in the course of our wanderings through this part of this cosmos. And we return via the dark tunnel, to the Source whence we came, as a fruit of creation which didn’t accomplish its purpose.