What prevents Real Happiness? Our purpose in this meeting is to investigate the nature of this impediment. We are not investigating the Reality, Truth or Happiness, but the nature of this hindrance. The great impediment - perhaps the greatest hindrance of all - is the unexamined belief over the truth about oneself. You do not know who you are, but you have lots of ideas about it.
Being willing to live the Truth means being willing to abandon all beliefs, which means abandoning that personal identity (this sense of personality supports those beliefs and vice versa). Your great impediment is linked exactly to this!
The thoughts you have about yourself sustains the thoughts you have about life. Basically, this is how it happens. In fact, whoever you think you are is what sustains your world. These unconscious beliefs manifest this model and sustain it on the body and mind - this is the basis of the false identity.
How do you feel right now? What sensations appear in your body? What kinds of thoughts appear now in your mind? How are your beliefs appearing now? Everything that you are feeling, right now, is inside that model programmed by those beliefs. If you feel sorrow, this is being configured by a present thought model. If you feel joy, another model of thought is present there. If you are feeling some things in the body, some sensations, all they accompany a certain model of thought, a model of belief.
You are so identified with the thoughts that you do not even know what they trigger in this mechanism, in that body-mind. Your set of beliefs supports this model of an identity present within the body. This is completely false, but that is not how this mind-body feels, because you are mistaking yourself for this "apparatus" with this belief condition.
You see yourself in the body and with a mind within that body. This is a representation pattern you do about yourself. The Sages call this the "dream state" or "unconsciousness state" This is not Real! From the standpoint of Reality, the present Truth, you are literally sleeping! Do you realize how important this is?
Obviously this is not easily accepted as real. What is easily accepted is this existence model, not what we are proposing here. Our invitation is for you to discover the structure, the basis, that sustains this suffering, so that you can understand this impediment. Then you become more and more aware of the Reality about yourself.
You can go beyond the belief, beyond that identity present in the body and, thus, this whole structure in this mechanism undergoes a change. Of course this does not always sound easy, because your beliefs are deeply held, anchored in that feeling, in that thought, emotion, feeling. You have been addicted to it for a long time.
I have been talking about it a lot, I have used new words and ideas to talk about What is beyond them. So, get rid of your ideas, your beliefs, your models, your conditionings. You may have read a lot of books, heard lots of speeches, watched lots of videos, but that did not work and will not work. Now, you are believing in other things, but this is still an intellectual act, it is still inside the mind and you have not yet gone beyond it. You have very specific beliefs and I am here to tell you that these beliefs are your impediment.
There are some beliefs that are basic and simple, which are no impediment to Realization. For example: you believe that the Earth is round, that the chemical formula of water is H2O and that the Law of Gravity is a fact. You are not a chemist, not a scientist, so you believe in what they say. But these beliefs are still intellectual.
So you have thousands upon thousands of beliefs that are no impediment to your Realization, to your Happiness, to the realization of the Truth about yourself. However, there are other beliefs, which we are dealing with in Satsang, that need to fall, to disappear: the belief about who you are, about a separate existence, a separate identity present at this moment - "Me, the world and God". there is no "me", there is no "world" and God is not what ones imagine.
So, this is not about not having beliefs, because some beliefs are harmless. When you drink a glass of water, you do not need to know the water formula, or have the scientific proof of this formula, you can keep on believing that the chemical formula of water is H2O. But, from the standpoint of Consciousness, the Real Nature of Being, this belief about who you are carries the greatest of all impediments and you must abandon it completely.
Most of the people live in these beliefs, which sustain other beliefs. The true Happiness, true Freedom, is something far greater than any belief; it is something beyond any idea, any description.
This Realization requires an openness, which is the vulnerability of living without those beliefs. For a flower to blossom, it must open itself up; for you to become free, you must be open to the Truth about yourself, which is the end of the illusion of the belief of this false self. Then, like a flower, when you open up yourself, you bloom.
* Originally published in Portuguese on May 17, 2018 ** Transcribed from a speech at an online meeting in the evening of February 16, 2018 - Online meetings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10pm. Download the Paltalk App and join