You are already enlightened. You just don't know it yet.
You can't say I haven't tried as hard as humanly possible to find happiness through external means. My God have I. This little dude has run the gamut from silver spoon fed charlatan of Pacific Heights, to scarf wearing ,pavement pounding, overly earnest New York theatre actor-guy, to alcohol/drug connoisseur turned recovery junkie, to tech sales superstar. None of it ever seemed to get me to the place inside I knew existed. My happiness. My freedom. My purpose. Until I caught a glimpse while waiting for a flight home in an airport waiting room in Chennai, India in 2013.
We aren't put on this earth to exist as human doings, we are put on this earth to thrive as human BEINGS.
Want freedom? Want peace? Want happiness? How about abundance? You want that? Good. Then surrender to the WHAT IS. Be the dispassionate, objective Watcher of your thoughts and feelings and observe as everything you've ever wanted unfolds effortlessly at the feet of your divine reality.
“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.”
- MARCUS AURELIUS