In the depths of our true Self we are peace, freedom, well-being, and contentment. On the surface of our lives there is drama because of our preferences, attachments, and not seeing things as they truly are. Your true Self is undisturbed and undisturbable. But this Self is masked by all the drama we are creating on the surface of our lives as we seek to attain happiness in ways that can never produce it.
The world is characterized by change and impermanence, and can never be the source of lasting peace and happiness. We suffer a million times over because of this. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result. But we do this every day – we form attachments and cling to impermanent things to give us peace and happiness. The bad news is that there is nothing that can “make you happy.” The good news is that there is nothing that can make you unhappy.
You can be fully connected and engaged in life and the world without being “attached.” Consider the possibility that this is what Jesus was describing when he spoke of being IN this world but not OF this world. Being “in this world” is to be fully connected and participating in life as it unfolds moment by moment, responding as situations require. As Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
The “not of this world” part is a recognition of who You are at the deepest level, and seeing beyond what appears on the surface of things. The “not of this world” part recognizes that the underlying, unchanging, and fundamental essence of who we are is the image, likeness and being of God, and that this essence is the underlying and fundamental nature of all things. The “not of this world” part is recognizing that there is no separation – from God, one another, love, peace, wholeness, well-being, and freedom. That instead, this is who we are and is never threatened, disturbed, diminished or compromised.