“The pursuit of happiness is ill-advised.” Me, circa 1989.
Happiness is not a state. If it was, it couldn’t be pursued.
A realistic alternative to a permanent state of happiness is self-acceptance. But since in the West we believe we have to be happy to accept ourselves, we are effectively damned to self-rejection and unhappiness.
Self rejection and unhappiness only end when you accept the part of you that rejects.
The part of you that rejects wants to reject the part that accepts.
To accept the part of you that rejects means you will allow yourself to reject the part of you that accepts.
When you are betrayed, let go of the betrayal. While you are letting go of the betrayal, let go of the part of you that feels betrayed.
To do this, you must betray the part of you that feel betrayed and that needs to be defended.
To let go of the part that is betrayed, you must become the betrayer.
Let go of the need to betray and the need to be betrayed.
This is the movement beyond therapy. The movement beyond. It can happen any time, because it does not take place in space. It is a non-spatial movement.
[Thanks to Persephany for putting a coin in the Monkey]