If spiritual teachers have emphasized enlightenment to the exclusion of other important needs across the entire mandala of stations of life, a lot of other people have misunderstood happiness for a simple reason that I will spell out for you.
Happiness is not, at its deepest core, a mere emotional state of well-being or contentment. It is a profound condition at the root of Humanization in which the peak condition of Wholeness is halved.
Wholeness, not happiness, is the goal most likely to realize fullness and completeness and nonduality. It includes the Yin and the Yang, the light and the dark, heaven and hell, the good and the bad and the ugly. In Lingua-U, it is spelled like this in its first six demarcations: 𝍉𝌅.
Happiness is the station following Wholeness. It is spelled like this to six degrees: 𝍊⚌. Do you see what happened there? After Wholeness, the fourth mark shifted from Yin (Openness to Subjective Experience) to Yung (Integrating Subjective and Objective Experience). And the fifth and sixth energy mark reject the fullness of Yung for the aggressive partiality of Yang.
After Wholeness, the collective self (the third mark is Yin, which refers to the Collective Quadrants) goes in search of Habits and Happiness and Having. It rejects the unwieldiness of Wholeness, the sadness and anger of the Whole, and the embrace of nothing of Wholeness. It wants to have, and by having it becomes happier and happier. But it is hiding the fact that it was once Whole and now it is only Half. It knows what it Had and must be content with what it Has. It dons a new Hat.
This is the story of Happiness according to Lingua-U, but it is not the whole story. It’s all part of the most Human and Humanizing story of the entire Lexicon. Wholeness is not so Human; it is Heavenly and Hellish, and it is what the 𝍊 is transcending-and-including. Having tasted Wholeness including the bitter tastes of Horror and the devil’s Horns, the Human prefers Happiness and Having instead.
The Human begins, for the first time in the Lexicon, to ask a lot of questions. Who? is the biggest, followed by How? It is very Human to question, and these are the first and most primal questions for the person who has encountered Wholeness and moved along to something else.
The core virtues of the Human being are Hospitality 𝍊𝌄 and Humility 𝍊𝌅. The Human knows they weren’t cut out for Wholeness, but somehow they believe they may have found something just as good at the end of the day. The virtue of Humility in particular is the Yung to the Yin of Wholeness and the Yang of the Hierophant’s (or the Addict’s) pursuit of Highness.
Happiness is not many things that have been said about it over thousands of years. It is not the essence of human nature or the goal for human striving or the foundation of ethics. As an organizing principle for collective striving, you could do worse than Happiness, but too often one person is made happy only at the expense of another. Certainly Happiness is not the promise of enlightenment or the sign of a truly spiritual person. At its noblest, Happiness is best seen as the fruit of Wholeness.
Do not strive to be Happy. Strive to be Whole, and so you must fully engage the Collective Quadrants. And then when you no longer are that, you will be more integrated inside. Out of that moreness, a Yung rising within the subjective and objective views of the Collective Quadrants, you find yourself content and possessing well-being.
Don’t forget. If you are Happy, you are only Half. You have lost your Wholeness, and it is appropriate to search for your Humility.