Posted by: Lea | January 21, 2009

Misunderstanding Ownership

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



  1. Absolutely true Lea!

    Everything we possess here on earth are just temporary. Sometimes we struggle just to own something, but little do we know that all the hard work that’s been dedicated to earthly possession will just go in vain.

    JeD Chan

  2. Hi Lea,

    Just stumbled this, dugg! mixxed and reddit. Keep it up!

    God Bless!

  3. Lea.

    Great reminder of something I think we all know in our hearts but lose sight of from time to time. While I can’t (or don’t want to for that matter) remove the need to live in the material world it is so easy to get identified with stuff. I’d like to think of myself as a custodian of things rather than an owner … my job is to take care of the world rather than possess it.



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