The more I learn about this world in which we live, the more I realize most of us are slaves to the capitalistic society we have been told to desire. I am reminded of the Ten Commandments given to Moses. “Thou shalt not covet” takes over most of the rules given to us, but most of us have forgotten that. That’s what makes us slaves.
Let’s start at the end. We shouldn’t want to have what others have — your neighbor’s wife or your neighbor’s property. Stealing, adultery and killing fall into that category, for when someone steals or kills it is many times in order to gain something for his/herself. And adultery, well … that comes without saying. The “graven images” people have as idols are mainly imagined human shortcuts to the divine image of God or the Supernatural, so it, too, is our desire to own something others have.
What’s my point, you may ask.
We are victims to our own desires to get, keep, and own. I know people with generous pocketbooks who complain about not having enough. These past few months, I have learned the truth. I lost my desire to own or to get. I lost my desire to watch TV, where many people clearly desire what others have. I am learning to release my fears and my shackles, but I still feel the tug many times.
Most times I feel as free as I can feel, although I am still chained to the cage of humanity. Especially when I see how the holiday season affects people and their need to have and to own. Think about it. You purchase something you really want on credit, then you have to pay off that purchase by working hard for another person who owns you until you no longer need to make money.
Recently, I re-watched Cloud Atlas, where a character referenced the movie Soylent Green where Charlton Heston makes the admission that “Soylent Green is made out of people …. next thing they’ll be breeding us like cattle for food.”
Now, I’m not trying to spread fear about some government conspiracy. I’m trying to spread my belief that our sci-fi writers have feared that one day our weaknesses will be our downfall. If we become complacent with our desire for things, we will always be slaves to our own weaknesses.
Make a pact with yourself to release your fears and weaknesses. Accept them and embrace your strengths, the strengths that need nothing belonging to others. The strengths of love and fortitude and divinity.
Remember, we are divine light beings living a physical, human experience. Once we accept our own divinity, we will be closer to shaking off our human shackles in order to step into the New Jerusalem spoken of in the bible.
Much love to you, my friends. May this holiday season wake up the divine in you,
The Dragonfly’s Student