This is another 101 topic I have written about before and thought I would briefly revisit.
We can be addicted to bliss, especially during a certain phase of the spiritual path.
Here is what often happens:
We get a taste of bliss.
We want it again.
We try different strategies to get it again.
We try strategies to get it to stay.
And eventually, we discover that we seek a transitory state and an experience, and that’s ultimately futile.
As far as I can tell, this bliss-seeking compulsion has a few different functions.
It’s a carrot on the path. It keeps us going so our seeking and practices become more established and more of a stable habit. Especially as it tends to happen early on the intentional path.
It can bring a certain healing. It can make us feel loved. It can help us trust life more.
It’s a lesson in the difference between states and what we are. It helps us differentiate the two.
It’s an invitation to explore what in us drives the compulsion and find healing for it.
As experiences come and go, we will eventually notice that what we are is what experiences happen within and as. And that that’s what it really is about, at least as we mature a bit. Seeking and losing and refinding and relosing bliss is a strong invitation to notice this.
And what drives this compulsion to find bliss, or really any compulsion? It’s often a sense of lack, a sense of not being good enough, and wanting to escape uncomfortable identifications and feelings.
So there is nothing wrong in seeking bliss. It’s natural. It’s quite common. It has several functions. And it leads us to a slightly more mature phase of the path.
Note: What strategies do we use to seek and maintain bliss? Most often, it’s a combination of meditation practices, prayer, and yogic or energetic practices. And for some, it’s psychoactive drugs.