Hyo Jin Moon December 24, 2006 7:00 am Belvedere
Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim's speech Sunday 24 December 2006. My ability to convey what was actually said is limited. These, at most, convey some sense of what Hyo Jin nim said and are not a verbatim record. Hyo Jin nim's website is: http://www.canaanstation.com/ To see two of the projects that Hyo Jin nim is working on log on to: http://definingmoment.tv/ and http://definingmoment.eu/ Joe Kinney
Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC. All welcome Hyo Jin nim and offer a bow.
(Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage. He places a small notebook on the podium.)
This is the holiday season. Is it supposed to be a happy occasion?
The topic is happiness.
When do we feel happy?
Help me out here. (Asking for responses from the audience)
(When our desire is fulfilled, when we are with people we love, when our kids are with us)
That's true, all those things.
Happiness begins with life itself, right?
When you see children just feeling life as they start to walk and run and see the open field and they want to run. They have a clear blue sky and it makes them happy like a little colt.
All those things, just life, in life itself you can start to find out what basic happiness is all about; then comes the phases of growth, and finding the meaning of life. Understanding the meaning of life becomes more important than the actual physical give and take. That is very necessary for us, however the meaning of life and that understanding, finding the meaning of life becomes more relevant as we inspire. Because life itself is about growth. It's perpetual growth. It's constant growth.
We have to learn, we will learn whether we like it or not, one way or another about the greater meaning of God and the will of God, the love of God. Because understanding the essence of God's love is a life-long journey, and I don't think that it ends there. That's what we're taught that we will forever eternally have a relationship with God and in the Divine relationship there is something called True love that we offer each other, because the meaning of love to me is offering.
When we truly offer our selves, our greatest, of course the meaning of love, the definition of love, will constantly expand because it should. You're growing; you have to expand.
Of course after finding the meaning of life you come to the point where it has some way or another that it has to be manifest; it has to be substantiated. So the fulfillment of life will give us happiness.
So the stages of growth formation, growth, and completion/perfection as we understand the process as we go through it and as we deliver the expectation, therefore complete the course. That's when you understand what greater happiness means.
When you're young just learning something new or something exciting it might give you that kind of feeling, stimulation, but it becomes more when you complete something when you find fulfillment. So the fulfillment of life will also give you that happiness that you seek.
Of course the final phase will be the legacy phase of your life. You will die. We will die. I believe that the greater problem is that the period of growth where you're trying to seek out understanding, new understanding, greater understanding, about the meaning of life. Sometime it can be confusing.
You can say that true happiness comes from having the ability of being able to see happiness in the eyes of others. It sounds nice, but I'm not talking about a bank robber's happiness. He'd say "I scored big and I'm very happy" I'm not talking about that kind of happiness. There are certain boundaries there. Understand that boundary; it takes time because we have to find the meaning in the end.
Obviously to a bank robber money is meaningful. That's why he robs banks! I guess he is unable to make it properly. So happiness itself can be defined in many different ways. You can say that in the process of growth we try to understand happiness based on individual, idiosyncratic ways first. What ever your preferences are you can say that we define happiness based on our idiosyncrasies or preferences. When we get something that we prefer over the other and we have it or possess it, it gives us happiness.
The process of growth becomes difficult because you have to evaluate all those things; you have to make proper analysis for judgment ultimately in the end because you'll be judged, and prior to that, you have to make that analysis. What is truly happy for me? What will bring me true happiness?
That is the period in which you struggle. Sometimes the happiness that we seek perhaps might infringe upon somebody else's existence. In the late '80s and early '90s my little brothers were becoming company heads and Father was putting them in charge of businesses and stuff and there were a lot of c