Teaching: NTI Daily Lesson: The Watcher
Host: Larry Seyer
Copyright: © NTI
Today we look at a phrase that came to me last night before going to bed:
"One cannot be happy playing to win the game of life on this planet. The only way to be happy is to not play the game at all. Instead, simply watch and observe with no attachment to the outcome. Then and only then will you be happy."
Beneath the emotions of love, hate, happiness, sorry, ecstasy, pain, and a plethora of other descriptions of experiences that we sometimes have in this physical life, lives a silent, peaceful, and never changing watcher.
This watcher lives outside of time. It lives outside of our experiences and lives in a constant state of observing.
The peaceful watcher can be accessed during what appears to be chaos and turmoil experiences while in this ever changing illusion known as the physical.
The physical is constantly changing - in fact, the only thing that is constant about the physical is change. There is nothing in this physical that will be the same later - nothing.
Everything dies, everything decays, everything won is lost again. As Dov Fishman writes - All winners will eventually become losers.
But the Watcher is a constant through the game and does not pick sides. Only the ego picks sides. And this is where pain and misery come from - the attachment of a particular outcome tied to our happiness.
When we say to ourselves - I will be happy when XYZ happen, what we are saying is that we are not happy now but we will be happy later when the physical becomes a certain way.
This is a thought system that is sure to cause unhappiness - because the physical is NEVER constant and WILL change. Thus if we tie our happiness to the shift and change, we will NOT be happy.
However, we CAN choose happiness regardless of the current state of the ever changing physical.
And THAT is the key to everlasting freedom from pain and misery, and thus delivery into peace.
So armed with this information we can now re-interpret the phrase that came to me last night:
"One cannot be happy playing to win the game of life on this planet. The game of life can only be won for a little while - and therefore you will only be happy for a little while. The only way to be permanently happy is to not play the game with any seriousness at all. Instead, simply watch and observe the game with no attachment to any outcome. Then and only then will you be happy."
Music today is from "Wanderer Awakening"
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