The Sacred Quest

A Pagan Perspective on the Pursuit of Happiness

by Shanddaramon

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I started to write this book at a point in my life where I was not particularly happy and I wanted to understand why. I had all the basic comforts of existence but I was not able to find joy in the everyday activities of my life. I knew there was something missing but I did not know what it was. So, I began a study into the nature of happiness. One of the many things I discovered is that there are different viewpoints and philosophies on the roots and causes of happiness. Every religion has its particular perspective as do many philosophers, psychologists and, of course, the writers of those many volumes on the subject. I know that these ideas work for some and I am glad for them. I would never want to deny any truth to those who believe in it but I have found that they do not work for me. I am a practicing Pagan. This means that I do not follow the mainstream religious viewpoint of my culture. I need to understand happiness in the context of my own theological perspective. That is why I began my own study of happiness and my personal quest was born. What I discovered is that the pursuit of happiness is an honorable and worthwhile quest that each of us needs to take on for ourselves. This quest is no less grand and important than the quests of the knights of old but it is a quest that each of us needs to begin.

A book by itself does not provide happiness because I believe that happiness comes from hard work and from a deep spirituality within. A book can, however, provide what you need to begin the work of seeking happiness. The aim of this book is to provide a framework for finding happiness within the context of a Pagan theological perspective by identifying the changes you may need to make in your life to achieve your goal.

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