Here's a widely known metaphor.
Suppose you are in a dark alley and accidentally drop your keys. You immediately begin searching for your keys, albeit two blocks away where a bright lamppost illuminates the street. The keys are clearly never going to be found this way, for you are searching in a false dimension - a possibility that does not exist. It is so utterly false, that we can conclusively say that no amount of effort, focus or diligence in combing the area under the lamppost will hasten the recovery of your keys. Once you realize your mistake, you might feel a bit sheepish for a moment, save face by pretending to admire the cracks in the sidewalk and then head out to purchase a flashlight with which to search the dark alley.
Here's a dimension that we have all come to believe in but actually does not exist. The idea, that emotions and experiences are driven or created by circumstances or the past - is a false dimension! A causal connection between environment and feeling doesn't exist, and never has. A causal connection between brain chemistry and feeling doesn't exist and never has. A causal connection between genetics and feeling doesn't exist and never has. A causal connection between a past trauma and a feeling right now doesn't exist and never has.
But as long as someone honestly believes the premise that there exists a dimension where circumstances have some sort of creative power to create their experience - well, logically, they will expend a great deal of energy in modifying their environment in order to achieve a desired feeling. Worse yet, when it occurs to someone that their so called “required scenario for happiness" is unattainable, many people resign themselves to a life of mediocrity, or dare I say, give up on life altogether.
Each time anyone is reawakened to the single creative source of all of life, the generative power behind all temporary feeling in any present moment, they are relieved. Relieved from pursuing the so called "required scenario for happiness", relieved from all the ruminating and planning involved in that false endeavor, and relieved from needing to resign to a lifetime of misery - relieved from wasting valuable effort searching for your keys under the lamppost just because that’s the only area visible to you.
For in truth, finding your keys or discovering happiness are temporarily bestowed via Thought. Any feeling can show up, anytime, anywhere, for anyone regardless of any kind of past or present circumstance. The Power of Thought has that kind of freedom! And we have the permission to serve the universe from any state-of-mind, to securely feel the entire spectrum of human emotion without fear of being defined by its fleeting, momentary presence.
It may be tempting to overlook the creative Power of Thought, to find the cause of our feeling in the visible, graspable world. But in doing so, we innocently step into a dimension that while well-lit, doesn't actually exist.