Hooked on a Feeling

In many self-help and spiritual circles, including this community, the advice, “Look for and find a good feeling” is common. And for obvious reasons. What person doesn’t covet a so-called "good" or "beautiful" feeling? One of relief, satisfaction, or comfort. And while the objective search for a good feeling is logical, when it comes to getting to the root or nature of experience, when it comes to an exploration of who you are, when it comes to the eradication of belief, when it comes to long-term peace, please consider that a good feeling is not the place to look.

Here's why:

Feelings have an objective quality to them. Like all objects, they are known. They are transient. They are insecure. They come and they go. Thus, a good feeling provides no lasting guidance. In fact, looking for and finding a good feeling—absent of an experiential understanding of true nature—is at the heart of addiction. It provides glimpses of respite, only to be veiled by insecurity once more.

On the other hand, the realization that who you are does not share the limits or destiny of the body, the realization that you are Consciousness itself, is neutral. It arrives with no bells, no whistles, no fanfare. Actually, since Consciousness is found in the absence of a separate self, ego, or body, it’s also found in the absence of feeling. With no sense of self, there are no feelings at all.

Remember: Feelings are an impermanent thrill ride. Consciousness, however, remains lovingly indifferent, steadily at peace, and eternally present.

Seek and get hooked on a good feeling—still seem like a good idea?

How about: Explore who you are. Find what does not come and go; what has never left your side.

Get hooked on that.