Everyone wants happiness that endures. So why are so few people able to achieve it? Having spent over two decades researching the answer to this question, Drs. Lickerman and ElDifrawi argue in this eminently practical and groundbreaking new book--presented as a series of Platonic dialogues recounting real-life patient experiences--that enduring happiness eludes us because we're profoundly confused about what happiness is.
According to Lickerman and ElDifrawi, we all have nine basic
beliefs about how to achieve lasting happiness, and all of them are
wrong. Unfortunately, these nine erroneous beliefs about how to
achieve lasting happiness--what Lickerman and ElDifrawi term the
core delusions--are so deeply embedded in our thinking that we
can't escape them. In fact, they're so foundational they give rise
to nine basic life-conditions, or worlds, through which we all
continuously cycle. From lowest to highest, they are: Hell, Hunger,
Animality, Anger, Tranquility, Rapture, Learning, Realization, and
Compassion. Yet because these worlds are created by delusions, the
happiness they produce is fragile and temporary.
But there exists another type of happiness. A happiness that
can't be destroyed by anything. A happiness that's absolute. Though
few have ever experienced this kind of happiness--the transcendent
happiness found in the tenth world, the world of
Enlightenment--it's a happiness, Lickerman and ElDifrawi argue,
that can be experienced by us all. Founded neither in mysticism nor
the supernatural, the world of Enlightenment is discussed for the
first time as a psychological state created by a belief in a core
truth, a core truth that if we fully embrace will at last enable us
to achieve the kind of happiness we all want. A happiness that
endures no matter what.