Awaken to Your True Nature
Spiritual teachings emphasize being in the moment, or the Now, because our true nature can only be experienced when we are present to what is actually happening in the here and now rather than lost in the virtual reality of our thoughts. When we move our attention away from the ongoing commentary in our mind onto anything else, we land in the present moment, and the experience of being present is the experience of our true nature, or Essence. This experience is one of love, peace, compassion, acceptance, joy, contentment, and wisdom. These are signs that you are identified with your true nature. When you feel the opposite—discontentment, unhappiness, and confusion—you know you are identified with the ego. The ego manifests as thoughts about ourselves, evaluations, judgments, desires, shoulds, fears, and worries. It is experienced as the voice in our head, the mental commentary that we think of as our own thoughts. But these thoughts are actually just our conditioning—our programming—which creates and upholds the false self and obscures our true nature.
You have arrived here because you are ready to wake up from the suffering caused by this programming and start living as the real you, as Essence. Radical Happiness website is meant to help you discover and trust who you really are so that you can live as that instead of unconsciously and automatically responding to your conditioning and the ego’s fears and constant dissatisfaction. The ego creates a sense of lack and an appetite for more, which can never be satisfied, so we suffer. When we learn to be present in the moment, we discover that life provides us with the wisdom, inspiration, motivation, love, and inner and outer resources that we need to survive and be happy and that we have never needed what the ego tells us we need to be happy. We discover that, indeed, happiness—radical happiness—has always been here in this simple moment.
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