Happiness is a spirit.
It is raw, untamed, and unconditional -- meaning that it manifests without any preconditions or under no circumstances. It simply emerges, from the same creative space that all things emerge, whole and without any external reason. It just is.
Often we think that happiness is the result of other things, things that we do or certain ways of being. And so we try to live by replicating those actions or patterns in order to then be happy. But at its core, happiness is an experience that exists on its own independent of anything else. You don't have to be a certain way or do certain things in order to be happy. All that you need is to express this spirit, to experience happiness.
It is endless joy, an ocean of bliss...
Matt Toussaint has immersed himself in shamanic practice and exploration for the past 10 years. He currently resides in Peru where he serves as an apprentice shaman and facilitator at a plant medicine retreat center. Read more.