Once I’m happy, then I’ll be grateful is backwards thinking.
Dean Radin discusses his recent double-blind study of serving tea “treated” with good intentions. Radin:
The bottom line is that if you believe/expect that you are consuming a specially treated substance, that belief alone will strongly influence your mood. But if the substance is also intentionally “treated,” then it will influence you even more. And vice versa — if you don’t believe, you’re less likely to see any effect.
This is not a story about the evils of sweets— in this story sweets is an innocent pawn…
Robert Ader is a psychologist who stumbled upon an amazing discovery in the 1970s while studying taste aversion along with Nicholas Cohen. They wanted to see if by making rats nauseous every time they were fed something sweet they would develop an aversion to sweets.
Look at the agreement of all these spiritual traditions across cultures, continents and ages:
The kingdom of heaven is within you (Christianity).
By understanding the Self all this universe is known (Upanishads).
Atman (individual consciousness) and Brahman (universal consciousness) are One (Vedanta).
God dwells within you as you (Yoga).
Look within, you are the Buddha (Buddhism).
Heaven, earth and human are of one body (Neoconfucianism).
Those who know themselves know their God (Islam).
—Roger Walsh, The Transpersonal Movement: A History and State of the Art (p. 136)