When someone suggests life is bliss and that it unfolds in an ocean of love (as I do), it may be a little hard to accept or even fathom. Our fullest experiences of happiness are often fleeting. Often we have trouble even remembering them.
What most of us routinely experience as happiness is the emotional variety. The emotions are our way of experiencing the energy qualities of life. But as they express in the field of action and change, they inherently come and go. Energy is also a flow between and thus has polar values; positive and negative, yin and yang, etc. This is why we experience emotions as polar – happy and sad, fear and love, and so forth.
The sages tell us that the issue is getting caught by our experiences and forgetting who we are underneath the noise. We get absorbed in the senses and emotions and thoughts that arise and are thus buffeted by the winds of change. We experience them as “mine” or me.
But underneath all the drama of action is the field in which it plays out, the ocean of pure existence. This is the field of the play of consciousness, the experiencer, that which you truly are.
When we step back into pure awareness, we discover the silent peace that we are, beneath the waves on the surface. In time, we shift from experiencing that to being it (as we already are); we become the peace.
From that peace, we discover that the surface or edge of expression is a lively field of happiness. Each time we step into or out of silence, we might notice a wave of bliss. Once established in being or Self, the happiness comes to be with us all the time, even in deep sleep. Even during the most difficult experiences of life.
All of us know, at some deep level, that it’s there. Although it may not have made a memory impression, all of us have had some glimpses.
Most remarkable, this is just the foundation of full enlightenment. Eternal peace and happiness are just the beginning of the remarkable unfolding of what it means to be fully human.
A fine thing indeed.