What is real happiness? It is being at one with your soul. So, then whatís a soul? Its everything that the ego is not. The ego tries to build you up. It makes you feel special and protected. But whatís really happening? You wind up being incredible insecure.
ďIím stuck on myself, on my way of doing things. I donít love the way I am, but Iím addicted to it, and I donít know how to stop.Ē
Your soul and your ego are as invisibly mixed as white wine and water. Thatís why people are so confused. They wander through life searching for the soul when itís right there. They all believe their soul will go to Heaven after they die, but the soul is everywhere already.
In other words, the soul is a mystery. It canít be lost or found. It is neither here nor there. It belongs to you and yet it belongs to God. Without a process, no one would ever get to the bottom of it.
Youíre searching for a label. Donít. The process canít be named. Itís invisible and yet all-powerful. It alters everything you say and do, yet nothing you say and do is part of it.
You canít own the process. You canít cling to it, any more than you could hold on to the smell of the ocean. The process happens entirely in the present. Itís here one second and gone the next.
You keep going back to your old self. Thatís the worst addiction. As long as you crave the old self, you can never fully contact the unknown. Everyone is addicted to their old self.
You canít have real roses, so you buy plastic ones. You canít think sweet thoughts, so you gobble down sugar. You canít figure out how to be happy, so you make other people laugh. Thereís nothing wrong with what you do, but thatís not real happiness.
Adapted from Why Is God Laughing? The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).