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Is This It? - A Question Inviting You to the Source of Happiness

This question often arises during a time of turbulence or uncertainty, a time when the way things have been happening doesn’t seem like the way things can keep happening. What a gift! Tell me what resonates for you?

I was working with a client last week and he said “I’ve always worked on the basis that if home’s OK, then work’s OK. And home doesn’t feel OK just now.”

He said he felt like he was going through what might be called empty-nest syndrome — something I, and maybe you too, imagined was only something women experienced. Fundamentally he’s been feeling lost, confused, wondering what he’s doing, what he’s doing it for, and feeling confronted by the fact he might only have ten years before retirement…and of course, then the mind extrapolates to death.

All of this has bubbled up over a long summer break when there’s been lots of time and not much to fill it, and he could see that the return to work looked like a welcome relief to fill his head again to quiet all these other thoughts down. AND, something inside him also knew to talk to me about it. Something knew that there was something off with just getting back on the hamster wheel and numbing out from the discomfort in the same old way that he’s always done.

Is this it?

“Is this it?” he’s been asking himself. A very common phrase for people who reach the point when the normal paradigm they’ve been living within starts to break down and cracks in the veneer start to show.

I shared how there seem to be two routes we can take at this point:

  1. We can go back into the normal way and try harder, keep going, keep numbing (sometimes requiring increasingly strong numbing efforts to hide what’s trying to burst through).
  2. We can get curious about what is actually going on? We can listen to the knowing inside us that says ‘what you’ve been doing isn’t it’ and we can get into a conversation that returns us to what ‘it’ is.

The search for happiness

My client actually pointed to the confusion that’s kept ‘it’ hidden in the very first sentence — the false belief that as long as home’s OK then work will be OK.

If we believe this then of course the moment home’s not OK it looks like work isn’t OK. And this leads to a lot of vigilance to try and keep home being OK, and a lot of turbulence if it’s not.

All of it underpinned by the fundamental false belief that ‘my happiness relies on what’s happening out there’.

I’ll just say that again: it’s a false belief that your happiness relies on what’s happening out there.

When we believe that, we spend our lives in a constant search for happiness. Trying to line ourselves and the world up just perfectly so that happiness becomes the by-product.

Turn Around

But no. You’ve been looking in the wrong place (almost*) all your life. That’s why ‘is this it?’ arises — because the dream you’ve been sold hasn’t come to fruition. All the work and effort and doing the right thing hasn’t led to the happiness you expected at the end of that rainbow.

Instead now, you get to turn around and realise that happiness was never to be found in the world. It’s always been here, you. And, paradoxically, the more you see that, the more the world becomes the happiness that you’ve been looking for.

*Almost — because this isn’t new information for you. You knew this when you were born. You knew this when you were one. Some people, my client included, still knew this when they were 6, 7…even 8. And then learning gets collected that points us away from it, that hides it, and obscures our recognition of that which we essentially are.

It seems to be the inevitable journey we all go on (and very usefully for the experiences we collect along the way). And then there comes this point — ‘is this it?’ — when the cracks open and we get to start to unlearn our way back to the happiness we know ourselves to be.

The quiet, peaceful, contented happiness that is the essence of all and which — when remembered — returns us to our Self and what we’ve been looking for all our lives.

How do I do this?

Did that question pop up? The mind always wants a ‘how’. It always wants to ‘do’ something to fix this problem life I’m in now. Which is fine, it’s useful to start us on this exploration back to the recognition of our Self.

So two things, you can start by getting curious and noticing:

  1. Has any thing or any person, job or possession ever made you consistently happy all the time? If not, then where does happiness come from? It certainly doesn’t seem to reliably come from those things.
  2. But what if it’s not those things making me happy? The mind envisions a nihilistic life with no happiness so instead, right now, take a quiet moment. In the absence of all thoughts and beliefs — just put them all down to the side for a moment — what remains?

With love, Helen

Helen Ameryhttp://wildfigsolutions.co.uk/
Reconnecting you to innate brilliance for a more fulfilling life. Disillusionment happens when, things that we took to be true, start to look less so. People, belief systems, ways of working, societal norms. As these cracks, in reality, start to show we often look around to see what else is available to make sense of this, and these moments provide the opportunity for great change and the ability to step into a whole new and fresh experience of life. I work with disillusioned people who’ve worked hard all their lives to climb the career ladder, increase their income, who got the family and the house and the car and…then they look around and realise something’s still missing. They don’t feel more fulfilled. They don’t feel successful. They don’t feel secure. Sometimes these things have even become worse. My career has developed through commercial HR into psychology-based coaching, and now my work goes beyond psychology to the fundamental truths behind our human experience. This is the final shift in perspective that frees us from the imagined limitations we’ve gathered through life and reconnects us to our innate brilliance. It’s the direct path that other development can meander us to. From here we find fulfilment, security and a feeling of success – and we find we’re able to enjoy everything we already had, and new things, in an entirely fresh way. My business is called Wild Fig Solutions because the Wild Fig has the deepest roots in the world and I always cared about getting to the heart of what was going on. Now this work is really that as it reconnects us to our heart at the deepest level and naturally rebalances us so that we use the brilliance of our head in the way it works best. I work with clients online, in one-to-one and group coaching programmes, to help them reconnect to their innate brilliance. See my book here: Let’s Get Honest About: Work

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