True religious practice is an evolution over a ‘usually’ 5 to 8 year period. Religion is the carrier of this truth that there is a need to evolve psychologically, to not live by my own ideas of like and dislike, just because everyone else does.
Consciousness emerges in layers from the kernel of pure awareness. As you work back through them with meditation, you pull awareness from the senses, then conceptual thought and so on.
If you combine this with fasting from the world, as the dualism and like/dislike experiences of society, sports, politics and media leave your mindspace, insights take place but only once any will is transcended to want or gain anything from the insight. It only works when you relax the idea that you must be good at it to achieve anything. Knowledge is a curse to the seeker once the method is known.
Initially, the insights lead you to why we are the way we are. Your mind will decide how long you need to understand this. Keep practicing. There is more. Another place inside.
You and I, no doubt, will be used to receiving praise, in various forms, for our achievements and success. That is what we are conditioned for.
Long ago, the Ancient Egyptians believed you had to buy your way into heaven. If the heart was pure, it would weigh the same as a feather. But if it was heavy and soiled by one’s own actions towards others, you could buy your way in. The flaw in this can be seen in the fact the pyramids were plundered before the dead royals could hire the removals guys to pick up their golden gear.
On the contrary, others have since said you can only take with you what will fit through the eye of a needle. I like this view. It implies something detaches and goes through like consciousness.
As such, greed can be manipulated by creating a feeling of inferiority in the population by introducing role-models. A royal family, draped in gold, achieving many good things in public view, or stream of celebrities, dressed up for reward ceremonies will do nicely. Look at what you could have and look like if you just put your back into it!
When minds are conditioned to receive shallow rewards, the reward-based center of the brain becomes overly-emphasized as a response method by allowing other features to slip into a background called the unconscious. The dog-eat-dog society is rooted in this feature.
Give something close to you to charity. Make sure you don’t tell anyone about it, no matter how much you are tempted.
If you are brought up with the machine, everything you produce is of, for and by the machine, not you. You become an extension of the machine. The machine being the established system of thought.
The personality has integrated interfaces. If I follow the paradigm, I have a wife/partner/sex-life, house, 2 cars, good job, 2.2 kids, money, holidays and so on. As a result, similar aspirations arise within the personality. A better version of all of the above is usually the next step. This need is perpetual. Growth is perpetual and if not, a person slips back in self-esteem. If enough ‘standard’ things are changed, this can be fatal.
We are in fact an open book.
How can we live in such an inverted way.
You don’t own possessions. The need to have them owns you!
There is a point when we are VERY young, we are shown what Jesus was shown. “All this stuff”. And we were asked “Do you want it?”
Stupidly we say “Yeah, I want it all. Give me more. More!” But by that time, you had NO choice. The collective mind and fear of losing out were already indoctrinated.