Welcome back to our daily post. I hope everyone had a great weekend. The weather in this part of the world was fantastic this weekend. On Saturday I helped a friend setup a couple of computers. This allowed me to travel the back roads through some absolutely beautiful farmland that is just coming into a bountiful harvest season.
Are you ready to learn about a sensible approach to our possessions? Let’s go!
False Self Attaches to Possessions
In an earlier post we looked at the idea that false self creates attachments to possessions. Later we looked at how true self lets go of attachments to everything. That post specifically looked at attachments to people, but all attachments are painful and true self avoids all attachments.
So, false self can be recognized when we notice an attachment to possessions or physical objects in general. True self is happy all by itself and needs no attachments to possessions. This begs the question “What is the best attitude towards possessions?”
What is the best way to view possessions?
In order to properly answer that question we need to look at the reason that we exist. We have heard this several times on this site, but it always bears repeating:
The reason that we exist is to learn and grow and to share that learning and growth with each other.
That is all there is to life. Our Creator gives us existence so that we can learn and then share that learning with each other. As we learn and grow we use objects that our brothers and sisters have created while they were doing their own learning and growth.
Let’s take a closer look at how we bring objects into our lives. How do we acquire stuff? Let’s start with money. We usually acquire money by trading our time and skills to someone. They have a job that needs to be done and we have the time and skills to perform that job. Some of us actually get money when we sell a product that we produce. Some of us own a company that sells products and we get money from that company. Some of us have invested money in items that give us money back for the money we have invested.
One way or another, the usual first step to acquiring possessions is to use money. Now that we have some money what do we buy? That is an interesting question. To answer that we need to look at why we buy things.
We will address attachments to jobs and money at a later time. For now please recognize that we create many attachments to both jobs and money. Money should be viewed strictly as any other possession. Attachments to jobs are part of our attachments to our identity. We will discuss this later this week.
Why do we buy things?
Many of us spend a lot of our money to buy things because we are driven by our attachments. We all know people who are driven to purchase things because of attachments. This can be anything they buy from a house, to clothing, to a car. They buy something in order to make themselves happy yet they remain unhappy. Haven’t all of us done the same thing?
Yes – we need housing, clothing, and transportation. Attachments cause us to buy the wrong house or pay the wrong price. Attachments cause us to buy thirty pairs of shoes when we may only need eight or ten pair. Attachments cause us to but the expensive sports car when the standard mass produced two door coupe is all we really need and can afford.
Hopefully we are getting a feel for the difference between buying something that we need and buying something that we want. We need shoes. We want thirty pairs, so we buy them. We need a car. We want the expensive sports car, so we buy it.
Possessions are tools
The best way to look at possessions and material stuff is to see them as tools. We need a car. We ask ourselves how we plan to use that car. If we are in construction and need to transport materials we will need a pickup truck. If we have a family then we may need a van or a sedan. The best way to buy something is to look at how we will use that object and then we buy the best tool for the anticipated use.
And – we do not create attachments. When we create an attachment to a possession or any other material thing we cease viewing it as a tool and start to see it as part of our self. It is actually a part of false self because we know that true self needs no attachments.
Once we create the attachment then anything that happens to the possession happens to false self. We come out of a store and find that someone scratched our car. We take it personally as if someone had scratched us. We get upset and have to tell everyone we meet during the rest of the day how much we were wronged because someone scratched our car.
If we had no attachment to the car, we would calmly realize that this is only a minor scratch and would not let it ruin our day. After all, shouldn’t we have more important things to be doing than complaining to everyone we meet about a scratch in our car?
Let go of possessions
As we heard earlier, money is simply another possession. Therefore we need to view it as another tool that we use for our learning and growth. Because money as at the root of so much of our thinking we tend to create many attachments to it. The more we can let go of those attachments the more clearly we will be able to see the proper role of money in our life.
A much happier way to deal with possessions and material things is to view them as tools. We pick them up when we need them and we put them down when we are finished. They have nothing to do with our true self. Possessions and material objects are things that true self uses as it learns and grows.
That’s all for today. Tomorrow we will take a closer look at how true self views possessions and material objects.
Until tomorrow –
Es kava turen hai
We work towards an identical goal.
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