Definitions of Terms
Radical happiness is the happiness that exists at our core and doesn’t come and go with circumstances. The opportunity to realize this happiness exists in every moment—for anyone—when we are simply present in the moment. It is the happiness that comes from awakening to the truth of who we really are and living in the world as a unique expression of that.
The false self is the idea of who we are (not who we really are), which is created by thoughts about ourselves: "I am fat, tall, a father, a hard worker, a musician, not good enough." These thoughts create a sense of being somebody separate and distinct from others.
The egoic mind, also called the thought-stream, is the aspect of the mind that reflects and is driven by the ego. It is the voice in our head that chats with us and chatters on. It is the ongoing mental commentary that we think of as our thoughts. The egoic mind is different from the functional or practical aspect of the mind (our intellect), which we use to read, learn, calculate, analyze, and so forth. The functional mind doesn't speak to us but is a tool we use when engaged in tasks that require us to think.
Conditioning is comprised of beliefs, opinions, judgments, “shoulds,” and any number of other ideas that belong to our psychological makeup, most of which we acquired from other people, particularly from those who raised us, from our culture, and from what we have experienced and concluded about life. This conditioning affects what we like and don't like and how we see and react to the world, and we often respond unconsciously to it without realizing we have a choice. Our conditioning belongs to the false self. Some of our conditioning is helpful and some isn’t. The thoughts in our egoic mind reflect our conditioning.
Essence is who we really are, the divine Self that is living this life through us. It is our essential goodness. We are actually spiritual beings playing at being human beings.