Who or what is this 'guardian of the threshold'?
BeiYin: I think C.G. Jung used this image, but I don't remember in which of his books. It describes a condition in which the individual is not able to do a conscious decision to get out of one's behavior and is stuck in one's conditioning caused by the unconscious background structure.
Do you think happiness is the best "goal" to have?
BeiYin: Doesn't any goal comes out of a desire? And probably is connected with a concept or an image? Isn't this what humans so perfectly use to manipulate others? To make money or to gain power? The businessmen promise you 'happiness' when you buy their products and they know exactly which buttons to push. The same with religions and all kind of spiritual, political and other clubs.
Frankly: The goal for 'happiness' is like a carrot. It might be that you never reach it, but it keeps the donkey moving and then during your many moves maybe you are becoming more aware of your surrounding and yourself and you might come to the 'understanding' (which is not very much bound to the mind.) Until one finds out that it wasn't really what was wanted and then one goes for another goal - and so on.
If you are 'happy' then you don't need the goal 'happiness'. So it is clear that it is a state of being which is the end result of an ongoing process, an 'inner growing process'. You are trying to create a 'symptom' by striving for completion of outside conditions without having completed or cleared up your inside conditions. This is so false like what the medical system does by eliminating symptoms, believing that then there is health. But this is so common that there is hardly anyone questioning this behavior and limited view. Indeed it is very primitive and shows the under developed state of humanity. This is causing a lot of suffering all around as people mostly looking for their own 'happiness' without the awareness that true happiness is not possible on the expense of others or just with material things.
Question: I don't think I understand. I should stop chasing goals? I should stop turning around myself.? I should stop looking to the outside for confirmation.? I should stop messing with my environment.? I should be peaceful?
BeiYin: Never ever I had said or written that you should do or not do something and for sure not, that you should be peaceful. You are in a game with yourself. You don't understand and you misunderstand, because the 'guardian of the threshold' sits in your mind. I wrote in my last post: 'If you are 'happy' then you don't need the goal 'happiness'. So it is clear that it is a state of being which is the end result of an ongoing process, an 'inner growing process'. So with this it is exactly the same as with 'being peaceful'. If you want to be peaceful, then first you need to create the conditions, but not on the outside but within yourself!"
It doesn't look like that you have read my post carefully. When I wrote: "...maybe you are becoming more aware of your surrounding and yourself and you might come to the 'understanding' (which is not very much bound to the mind.)" So isn't this clear by now that 'understanding' has to do with 'awareness' and not just with your precious thinking?
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