Our Illusions Regarding Ownership
When you say a new car or a piece of property is “mine,“ the mind translates that ownership to mean I, and that which you believe to be owned, are one and the same? This how the mind sees self identity.
Are you also aware that your belief in owning things has nothing to do with who you really are? Even papers proving ownership are an illusion. The truth is that you, nor I, really own anything, ever. Things are temporary and are only available for our use for as long as we need them.
There are many people who won’t realize this until the end of their life. When facing death, they realize that nothing they owned had anything to do with who they really are and they realize the belief of ownership is completely false. At this moment, they realize that what they had actually desired in their life, was a more complete sense of self and that their true self had always been there all along. Their mind had hidden this knowledge with its identification through things and they had identified with their mind.
When one type of identification is removed, the mind’s ego will simply find something else to identify with. So the ancient practice of renouncing possessions does not necessarily work. The the mind perceives having as being equal to being. Therefore, ego thrives through comparing what you have, or don’t have, with others.
The ego part of the mind judges self worth with how others view your worth. Unless you are able to see through this mirage, you will be caught in the cycle of wanting for the rest of your life without hope of finding your worth or fulfilling your sense of self. Ego doesn’t care what it identifies with. It only cares that it has some form of identity.
Ownership is only an illusion that ego creates. Things in your life are available for your use, for as long as you need them. But nonetheless, they are temporary.
“I am the awareness that is aware that there is attachment.” That’s the beginning of the transformations of consciousness.-Eckart Tolle, A New Earth