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The Quest for Happiness Begins Here and Now

The Quest for Happiness only ever begins, and can only ever begin in the present moment.  NOW is the only time you ever have and will ever have.

When the future arrives it will be NOW.  When you think about the past it is NOW when you think about it.  The quest is always happening now.

To help you in the quest for happiness I am writing The Happiness Experience – A Path to Living Your True Heart’s Desire.  All the following words are important in this invitation:-

  • Experience.
  • Path.
  • Living.
  • True.
  • Heart’s Desire.

The Happiness Experience is created out of the following passionate and poetic intention as expressed by the mystic Hafiz:-

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being – Hafiz of Shiraz

It is the ardent wish of this writer that you know, beyond simple intellectual knowledge, the experience that will light up your life.

This wish did not appear overnight. It has been a journey that began in early childhood.  This wish continues to be fulfilled each and every day.

Short Video Overview of The Quest for Happiness Begins Here and Now

In the short two minute video below you are introduced to how the quest for happiness has unfolded within my own life.  I share with you what drives this personal experience that I refer to as The Happiness Experience.

If you wish to read further the article is divided as follows:-

  • Introducing A Personal Quest for Happiness.
  • The 3 Stages of The Personal Quest for Happiness.
  • Begin to Be Astonished at the Light Inside YOU.
  • Happiness – Why You Don’t Get it – Do You?
  • Resources for Supporting the Quest for Happiness

Introducing A Personal Journey of Happiness

Let me begin by sharing with you part of my personal journey that is The Happiness Experience for me. I do this for the reason that it outlines ways in which the journey to finding happiness unfolds, not only in my own personal life, but in most people’s lives.

I was born in the year 1950. I was one of twin boys born in a small village two miles outside the city of Armagh in my home land of Northern Ireland. We twins were born three months premature and not expected to live. Dr Bell, who was our family doctor and also my mother’s friend, advised her, “Edna don’t get too fond of them.”

I was one of a family of seven including my mother and father. There was my eldest brother John. Then there was my elder sister Mary. There were the twins, myself and my brother Jeff, and then there was the youngest sister Gillian.

Each of these children would journey in life in different ways. Each would take with them the central lessons learnt in childhood and manifest them in different ways in the world. The key lesson that I took from living within this family dynamic was the wish of my mother. This was her wish that was stated in the phrase, “We only want you to be happy.”

There are probably very few parents living in the world,or who have ever lived in the world, who have ever wanted anything other than their children’s happiness. However, it would only be later that I would learn that, at least in my own perception, the keyword in that phrase was not the word ‘happy’ but the word ‘only.’

Thus was seeded inside myself the key question that I then followed throughout my life. This was to quest for the answer to the question, “How to only be happy?” Or in the words that end so many fairy tales to discover what it means when it is said, “And they lived happily ever after.” Thus I followed a quest that would be both a curse and an ultimate blessing.

3 Stages of A Personal Quest for Happiness

This journey into The Happiness Experience became an unspoken vision quest that later became a very clear Call to Adventure. This Call to Adventure was, and is epitomized in the poem that I deeply identify with as a synopsis of my life’s journey.

That Sweet Moon Language

Admit something:

Everyone you see, you say to them,

“Love me.”

Of course you do not do this out loud;


Someone would call the cops.


Still though, think about this,

This great pull in us

To connect.


Why not become the one

Who lives with a full moon in each eye

That is always saying,

With that sweet moon


What every other eye in this world

Is dying to


The Gift

Poems by Hafiz

The Great Sufi Master

Translations by Daniel Ladinsky

So here it was  and here it is. The journey of my life in three stages.

  1. The first stage is the stage of feeling unloved and unhappy.
  2. Then there is that stage which is the  invitation.  
  3. The present and continuing stage is that of action that is becoming the experience of living as Love in action.

Begin to Be Astonished at the Light Inside YOU

These three stages are not absolutely linear. They go in cycles. The Happiness Experience involves learning how to move within these cycles. These cycles I referred to as your YES. The word yes stands for:-

Y = Your.

E = Energy

S = System

The Happiness Experience is my personal attempt to speak into the world that sweet moon language that every other eye in the world is longing to hear.

The full moon is a beautiful metaphor for learning the ‘how to’ of happiness. It lights up the darkness.

It guides your way and keeps you safe. It invites the dynamic of the feminine in that it is receptive and allowing.

It takes its power to be a light unto others from something beyond itself. All these are important indicators in learning the ‘how to’ that is The Happiness Experience.

You are here to be a light unto the world.

The Buddha’s final words were, “Be a light unto yourself.” The master Jesus said, “Greater things than this you shall do,” and he was one of the greatest lights to shine in this world of time and space.

This light is not the light of the sun but the radiance of the creative force of Love uniquely expressing through you as it is intended to be expressed through you.

You Don’t Get it – Do You?

You don’t get it.

The Happiness Experience is essentially who you are. You learn to allow that unique creative expression of Love’s Purpose to speak through you.

Sometimes it will even speak through you in words. Essentially it speaks through you in the flow of creativity, kindness, expansion and the feeling that you are blessed and can bless.  

Your happiness and gladness is found and felt in expressing the fullness of who you are the highest good of all.

The Happiness Experience is a sharing of the journey into the fullness of who you are and who you are here to know, to be and to Love.

Happiness is Expanded through the Act of Giving

Why not give by either sharing this post and spread the invitation to The Happiness Experience for all.

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Quest for Happiness Resources

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Introducing The Happiness Experience 30 Day 5 Minute program for learning how to find happiness in your life.

Are you willing to invest 5 minutes each day in learning how to allow the magnificence you are created to become to be realized through you?


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What is happiness? People have agonized over this question for centuries, but only recently has science begun to weigh in on the debate. Before I get into what the science has concluded, let me start by giving some answers to a somewhat easier question: what isn’t happiness?

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About the Author:

Tony Cuckson is an Author, Storyteller and Public Speaker.Through Storytelling, Inspirational Poetry, Heart Songs and Spiritual Practices he invites you to awaken to the unique way in which Love's Message is to be uniquely expressed through you.He is author of Awakening the Heart - 21 Ways to Follow Loves MessageHe narrates a collection of W. B. Yeats poetry entitled The Yeats Experience - Listening from the Deep Heart's Core

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