Imagine you’re walking through the woods, feeling absolutely wonderful about yourself and life. Out of nowhere come several men to rob you. You have nothing in your pockets to give them. You only have your happiness and eager anticipation of a great life to offer. That’s of no value to them; they’ve never experienced it and see no value in it.
The robbers take you to a dark cave, where they dwell. They are coming up with a plot to ransom you. They believe that they’ve kidnapped you and you are their captive.
In your state of joyful mind, captivity is an illusion. You are free now, and will ever be. By your own consciousness, you are set free. You get up and walk out of the cave without them even noticing. They’re too busy, huddled in the darkest corner, coming up with a ransom letter.
Through right action the happy minded man can set himself free, no matter what his plight may be.