October 16, 2017 Obara Meji 23Comment

Whenever I pray for myself or for others I always include peace, love, unity, prosperity, happiness. Yesterday I sat on my bed and stared through my window. It was daytime, noonish to be exact, and as usual the estate is quiet and peaceful. I began to think as I stared out my window, about life and what makes us happy.

The “us”, here means humans, I often think of us here on this planet. In my mind I began to answer the questions I was posing to myself. The most obvious answer was money. To many people having access to money was happiness. Some people in my head (the interview I was having there), said they just wanted to be comfortable, others said they wanted to live like a rock star, that would make them happy. Others wanted to be able to afford whatever they wanted and never worry again about money, to be able to splurge on whatever they desired. Then I began to visualize examples of people, two to be specific, in certain positions in life. I saw them clearly in my head.

The first person I saw was a man who lived in an open land. He was surrounded by nothing except nature, beautiful greenery, tall trees and green grass, some straw coloured, having been beaten by the sun. He was short about, 5ft 5 or 6″. He looked Asian, he had a shabby looking straw hat on his head. His pants were worn, and of khaki colour and was a little below his knees, and his shirt was the same colour, also worn and open, exposing his hairless chest which showed his rib cages. However he did not look starved or Mal-nourished. He had some lines on his face, which, although he had a boyish look, one could tell that he was perhaps in his fifties or older. He was agile in his movements and he walked across the common, as the heat of the day bore down on him unyieldingly. Not far off from him was a shack made out of bamboos which were brown, and a thatched roof the same colour.

A river was near by, so as he drew closer, the sun seemed to ease up its temper for a bit and if you listened carefully, although you could not clearly see the river, you could hear its waters rolling along serenely. Some birds flew over head breaking the silence for a moment, he heard them and so did I. We both looked up, he was unaware of my presence of course, but I was so very curious of him. I liked the serenity, the peace that I felt within his environment and what came from him. I could even feel his heart beating as he contemplated his next move. Upon seeing the birds, he stopped and took something from his back pocket. It was a sling shot, he bent and picked up a stone and skillfully fired it off in the air, a house bird fell (a pigeon). He wanted to aim again, but the other birds, warned by what just happened, scattered in bids to save their lives. He smiled as he picked up his kill, and pranced towards his shack.  I smiled too as I pranced along also.

We got to the bamboo shack, his house. It was square with hardly anything in it. There was some tree trunks as seats perhaps, some calabashes he seemed to use as plates, what looked like palm fronds on the floor used for as bed, some tools. Some wood carvings of images and in a corner were coconuts, a bunch of bananas and some fruits I did not recognize. He went inside for a knife, and picked up an old helmet he used as pot. He then went outside behind the shack and made a fire from wood and stones and set out to heat water so he could remove the feather from the bird he just killed.

A loud noise of a car horn brought me back to this reality, and I could see a small grey car going up the top of my road about to turn the corner. I tried all my best to go back to where the man was in my head, but I wasn’t allowed. That blank stare through my window, which was my key to this adventure was lost. It was as if I had a spiritual experience, an out of body one perhaps, what am I saying? Not “as if”……..I had a spiritual experience. I was allowed to enter this mans world as a non-physical and I glimpsed a bit of his happiness, his content.

The purity of his life was spectacular to me. In his world, he did not know poverty, he just knew survival, and so he had nothing to compete his happiness with. He was alive and so he lived as he could, content with what he had. And I, who was apart of the modern world, was momentarily captivated by his world, his life, his happiness, his peace.

In his world, he had all he needed to be him, nothing to stress him, or make him sad. He just lived. He was one with nature and nature embraced him and provided for him.

The second person was a fleeting thought, not an experience, but of the rich man, with all the he had, still pursuing more, but was stressed, probably not happy and in poor health. This is not to say all wealthy people are unhappy and in poor health, but with wealth, comes stress (unless you are spiritually grounded) and problems, even if it comes in the form of enemies, those are plenty and they come for free and are always uninvited.

That night, I laid on my bed watching Chopped on the cooking Chanel. During commercial, I reflected on my experience with the man in my head. I was reminded that the man came to me after I was thinking of peoples reaction to wealth, I had forgotten that. The visual with the man was so compelling, I had become lost to how I had gotten there. Chopped resumed, but I could not watch, and so I sighed, turned my back to the T.V and began to think again of rich people and their lives, and their obsession to have more. The Uncle Fester looking judge on chopped (the bald headed mean one) began to tell one of the contestants that there was a bone in his fish, his voice disturbed me, so I muted the channel. I am sure it is nice to be rich, but compared to the man I saw in my head, he had the best life, at least to me. At least to what I observed. So what exactly is wealth, happiness? It is a state of being. This is exactly what it is, a state of being! It is where our mind is, how our mind works.

How we see ourselves and our happiness or what ought to make us happy, is already prewritten by  the society we are apart of. This is when dealing with the material world. If you have the opportunity to become awake or even aware of your destiny, knowing that we all came in with a prewritten contract that we ought to fulfill, then we would be content with our lives as we walk through, knowing that all has its reasons. Money, wealth, riches, and all things in this life are all illusions, they really do not exist. However this post cannot convince you of this and I have enough wisdom, to not even try. So do a blank stare at this last sentence and continue to read on after a while.

How many of you know that you are wealthy, extremely so, yet you bank account Is negative?

How many of you realize that your reality of happiness depends on your outlook on life and what you accept?

How many of you realize that sadness is created by you, all is created by you?

How many of you, like myself, long for nothing?

Nothing entices you, well for me, I have one thing that entices me, and that is a book, but then I can write my own story and I am content.

How many of you need companionship to complete you, because society says this is the norm?

How many of you are willing to read the script from your destiny book and throw away what society tells you to do?

I hate and love question and answer post, so many of you get intimidated by it, it bothers me.

I want you all to scrub away the passion you have for everyone else expectations and look to you.

How many of you think this is possible?

I am extremely wealthy, but money does not define wealth to me.

My wealth is who I am, and the fact that I know why I am here, it is my knowledge.

What is yours?

Do not scoff at this post and think to yourself saying “who in life doan want to be rich”. This post is to allow you to inspect what really is wealth and does true happiness comes from it. We are journeying through a chaotic world, we ought to understand life on a deeper level. Society has shaped our thoughts and expectations, when was the last time you thought for your self?

I do not expect you to change your perception overnight, but think of the man in my head, the one I just wrote about. Imagine him if you can, see him and his world. Just close your eyes and try to see him as I did, and when you see him. Try to feel his energy, and the energy surrounding him. Do this when you are alone and calm, and if you are able to do this, try to examine your feeling and see if you agree with me, that he is wealthy, and he has embraced  his own kind of happiness. He is free.

Know that nothing in this world is elusive, all is at hand if you are willing to create it and see it for what it is. Our lives are simulations we have created from somewhere else, again, treat this sentence with a blank stare. One day, you will understand and when you do, teach!

 

Bí ọmọdé bá lóun gbọ́n ju àgbà lọ, ò dájú kò lè gọ̀ tó àgbà. /
A youngster who claims to be wiser than an elderly person, cannot claim to be more stupid…..Yoruba Proverb
[Be humble; respect the alternate view.]

Gbogbo ọ̀rọ̀ ló lésì, ṣùgbọ́n kì í ṣe gbogbo ọ̀rọ̀ làá fèsì sí. /
There’s a response to every statement, but not all statements merit a response……..Yoruba Proverb
[Stay focused; ignore distractions.]

 

All religion are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…. Obara Meji!

There no disappointments in life, only lessons learned!….Obara Meji

 

 

 

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lila
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beautiful post.. Thank you! and this one, ( Gbogbo ọ̀rọ̀ ló lésì, ṣùgbọ́n kì í ṣe gbogbo ọ̀rọ̀ làá fèsì sí. /
There’s a response to every statement, but not all statements merit a response……..Yoruba Proverb
[Stay focused; ignore distractions.] , I’ll keep it! Thank you sooo much again!!

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Ooooooo I knew I was always rich. Every time people say to me “yuh a rich gyal” mi jump up an say “Oh! You better know” and smile to myself and then people laugh after me and say I have no sense. I smile with them and softly make my heart speak saying “dem nuh undastan[spoiler title=” “]” and shake my head.

Mi luv dis yah post teach 🙂 we going to shower them with it.

You good though teach? Bless up yuhself mi active members, bloggers, peekaboos etc

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Hello Obara, thank you for this post. I had to sit and marinate on these questions.

How many of you know that you are wealthy, extremely so, yet you bank account Is negative?
– My enemy sometimes struggle with worry over financial prosperity. But when I think of all the knowledge and life experience I have gained and the people who love me, I feel very wealthy and blessed. Also having knowledge of manifestation helps.

How many of you realize that your reality of happiness depends on your outlook on life and what you accept?
– I learned this a long time ago but it can be difficult to live it moment to moment.

How many of you realize that sadness is created by you, all is created by you?
– Again, I realize that sadness is mostly caused by mental thoughts but it can be hard to remember. Gaining control of the mind might be the most difficult task of all.

How many of you, like myself, long for nothing?
-I still long for some things, though probably not as much as most people.

How many of you need companionship to complete you, because society says this is the norm?
– I need companionship because this is a true desire of my heart, not because of society.

How many of you are willing to read the script from your destiny book and throw away what society tells you to do?
– I am willing to do this because I realize if I am not following my destiny, life is very difficult and won’t work anyway. I do believe that there are certain people whose destiny is so strong that they CANNOT do anything else matter how hard they try.

How many of you think this is possible?
-I know this is possible and ideal.

My wealth is who I am, and the fact that I know why I am here, it is my knowledge.

What is yours?
– My wealth is the fact that I am always seeking spiritual growth and knowledge. My spirit is relentless that way, and because of that I know I will make it no matter how long it takes.

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Greetings Obara n the ES family.

Firstly, let me take this time to say, ” very good topic my learned teacher.

While growing up as a child I recalled how at peace things n people used to be. I remember that my grand parents used to cook on an open fire in a out door kitchen n ate whatever was produced by their own hands or that of nearby neighbors. Meals usually were fruits n vegetables/ ground provisions n meats. Most people back then in the country owned farms.

A home sweet home lamp was the sole source of light by night. The moon shine for us meant a social gathering outdoors, where grandma entertained us with anancy, big boy n duppy stories. We the children would take turns to lie down on the ground n have the others pack stones around us. When that was completed we would get up to stare at our images that the stones formed. We sometimes played dandy shandy n ring games, among others.

There were no crimes, except for crop theft here n there now n again.

People were more happy, humble, patient, kind, mannerly n respected each other.

Money was good to have but it wasn’t a great necessity to my family.

The church was a holy place. The pastor were like the all seeing eye in the community…we could do no wrong for fear the pastor would somehow find out. (Naughtiness was like a lie, a quarrel among children without a parent ever finding out etc). Pastors, nurses n the police were respected by all.

Sickness was the only thing people died from.

The radio announcements u could live with. There were about 2 stations RJR n JBC. It spoke of natural disasters, a radio 15 minutes story or somethings worth listening to. Never about people getting murdered on a daily.

Life was simple n uncomplicated…hence the cause for no stress. No bills to give us grey hairs. No toxic foods! No gruesome crimes. No cable tv’s or social networks!
People knew wealth n lived it in it’s most natural/purest form.

Readers, wealth in it’s natural form is when we tap into our higher selves ( the spiritual). We live by basic needs n is fulfilled when compared to nothing material. The lowly self (the physical) is where/when we lack, cause we take up on ourselves that which limits us to our full potential as spirit be-ings…Earthly Possessions!!

All Is Illusion…

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Thank you so much for your wonderful insight.

For me, happiness and prosperity is the freedom of being my true self, knowing who I am and just being me without having fear. Also showing gratitude to God, the universe, nature, everyone and everything for giving me the opportunity to experience LIFE. Not the life of existing as a human being following the dictates and doctrines of society, but living the life that is filled with the true knowledge of who we really are, as powerful spirit beings, created with love to show love and just to be in a state of being, by using our minds as our most powerful tool.

Your post has really got me thinking a lot.
I love this quote “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is”.

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Wealth for me is joy and peace within myself and for myself; a wealth of health, love, and contentment. I’m learning not to worry about money, and to have faith and trust. It’s okay to want to be rich or have money but everything has a balance, don’t lose yourself, and not try to keep up with whatever illusionary standards society has placed on us. Money can only provide fleeting happiness. I’ve seen and learned this time and time again. My motto: I’m simple, humble, and thankful.

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Hi Obara and ES
How many of you realize that your reality of happiness depends on your outlook on life and what you accept? I realize that being happy is up to me. Not he she or the old lady but only ME. Simple things make me happy like reading, cooking, movie binging. Sitting outside on a nice day listening to all the hustling of life, nature watching.
What you say?! We rich! Real rich! Lol most Love Money nuh true Only a few realize that it doesnt make you happy or sad. Joy comes from within that special place inside of you. I want to be content with a little or alot.
Boy ! I would like to read my destiny book. Would I be able to dance to my own drum..I think so at least hope so.Could I live like the man in the fd probably…..

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Profound teaching. Bless you!

Money, wealth, riches, and all things in this life are all illusions, they really do not exist.

All is energy…sometimes, I meditate on this and it scares me, I guess this is based on the duality of my existence.

How many of you know that you are wealthy, extremely so, yet your bank account Is negative?

A mi fi tell yuh! I’ve asked my guides about this…there are lessons that I needed to learn before I would be able to access all that is stored for me. I’ve had the mind of abundance for quite a while, I’ve been feeling like a trust fund child. However, there were lessons that I needed to learn – to be happy and feel satisfied with simply knowing who I am and the purpose of my existence. Wealth is found in awareness…

How many of you realize that your reality of happiness depends on your outlook on life and what you accept?

Perception is important. The way we see life determines a lot. I don’t like it when people say that there are others who are worse off…that is foolishness. One’s existence ought not to be based in relation to another. I now understand that my journey is just that, my journey and a me haffi decide how it guh an how mi feel bout it.

How many of you realize that sadness is created by you, all is created by you?

Expressions of sadness aguh come enuh…we ah still flesh an blood but we haffi maintain a consciousness weh as soon as it chip in we know seh a we run wi owna show an we nuhfi prolong di ting an gwan like wi nuh undastan wiself

How many of you, like myself, long for nothing?

Well…mi have a longingness yes but anuh fi tings – mi long fi freedom and peace of mind – somethings disturb mi, an mi get absorbed in fixing dem – sometimes fi feel like mi at war wid society

How many of you need companionship to complete you, because society says this is the norm?

At this point mi suh happy seh mi nuh stuck wid nuhboddi cause mi wudda maybe haffi runweh ya now. For me, companionship cya complete nuhboddi. yuh haffi whole all by yuhself. Companionship is an avenue for me to release knowledge, to share thoughts, to share my emotions….so when I do desire companionship its because I have produced so much and I want to release it.

How many of you are willing to read the script from your destiny book and throw away what society tells you to do?

Ah jus di destiny book mi been a pree, the glimpses that I’ve gotten that is…society is built on some dutti principles an philosophies.

I want you all to scrub away the passion you have for everyone else expectations and look to you. How many of you think this is possible?

It nuh easy but it sure is possible.

Society has shaped our thoughts and expectations, when was the last time you thought for your self?

All day, every day because that brings peace and contentment. I question everything.

My wealth is who I am, and the fact that I know why I am here, it is my knowledge.What is yours?

My wealth is the acceptance of my journey and my consciousness; my wealth is the expression of my creativity and insight. My wealth is my spiritual reality…thats the basis of everything.

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I truly believe that man is rich he doesn’t have to struggle or feel unhappy like we do in this world becuz of how society say we must live. I was just reflecting on happiness before the email came in on my phone. It doesn’t matter how much car houses and money one has there is going to be a sense of unhappiness carving for more or to keep it. Ppl see rich ppl thing they are happy but the truth is they aren’t or most of them aren’t. So Ms. Obara I totally agree with u and I understand where u coming from some ppl won’t until they experience it to really agree. U never miss with ur topics.

Again about that man that u had in ur vision I always think ppl that live like dat live the best version of themselves. I’m always fascinated by those shows that depict them how peaceful and contented they were. Thanks a lot a really needed this

Lincoln
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Some of my friends and I always reason about the same and just like you have concluded the same that happiness is not material wealth . In fact some of the happiest person we all know are people who are satisfied with their life and usually have a higher level of spirituality.

Today we turn on the TV/internet and see people with ZERO common sense making millions and we think that is happiness. Most often they are depressed, taking drugs, family in turmoil and the list go on BUT we are fed the notion that HAPPINESS = SOCIAL /MATERIAL WEALTH so that’s what we are brainwashed to focus on.

I always pray foremost for health and protection because those are the 2 most important things to me. I see people with unspeakable amount of wealth that are sick and no specialists can help them! so I always ask for health because material wealth can’t keep you from dreaded health issues!

Things that are forever can’t be bought just FACT. I have never seen a funeral where a man riches are entombed with him therefore in my mind (YES I want to have money) its an illusion. The richness of one’s soul is what we should strive for! betterment of our society, caring for our elders, children, needy and those who can’t help themselves. Anyone who strive for these in my opinion is WEALTHY because his deeds with be entombed with him when we goes to the other realm.

Blessed Love

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