Friday, July 2, 2010

You Say You Want Happiness.....but

Built into the very structure of the egoic self is a need to oppose, resist, and exclude to maintain the sense of separateness on which its continued survival depends. So there is "me" against the "other," "us" against "them."

The ego needs to be in conflict with something or someone. That explains why you are looking for peace and joy and love but cannot tolerate them for very long. You say you want happiness but are addicted to your unhappiness.

Your unhappiness ultimately arises not from the circumstances of your life but from the conditioning of your mind.

                 - Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle


Kordo said...

This is it! It is something to ponder if one wants happiness: we are addicted to negativity (unhappiness). And the only way out is to renounce the addiction, is to renounce the separation.
Thank you for this thought, Diane!

Colleen Loehr said...

Great Eckhart quote- thanks for posting it. We need to be honest about the ego patterns in us that love misery and trouble, and create them. Luckily the light of presence, when brought to all the ego-craziness in us, is more powerful than the ego-patterns.