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Everything that you own will belong to someone else…

The are three types of matter within the universe.

Matter that is dormant, like the rocks beneath your feet or matter that is spiritual and untestable by science, like the bodies that make up your greater spirit.

Matter that is deeply infused with spirit that we refer to as living things.

Only one of the three types of matter can be directly observed and examined and yet from this we assume that we have all of the answers that all that can be seen and observed is only made of this type of dormant matter.

Assumptions

We assume that life somehow or other rose up out of it, that consciousness arises from and is dependent upon the brain and that the spirit itself is merely wishful thinking.

Spirituality on the other hand tells us that we descend into matter, animating it as we do so, that living things are a result of a union between spiritual and material substances.

It’s easy to find comfort in the solid types of matter that we find around us but it’s best not to get too attached.  One day it will belong to someone else…

The Myth of Ownership

Everything that you ‘own’ has already belonged to someone else even if it’s just the guy who owns the shop you bought it from.  One day it will belong to someone else even if that’s the fellow who runs the local rubbish dump.

You might burn it, destroy it’s properties completely, liberating its atoms as you do so, the result being that those atoms will of course go off and form something else that eventually will belong to someone or something else.  Even if it’s just within the body of a tree or flower.  You might return it to the earth and bury it.  Yet all that gets buried tends to eventually get dug up again.  Museums are full of this type of matter.

You might work hard and mortgage your house, yet you cant live there forever.

One day after you’ve gone, somebody else will live there…  After you’ve gone…

A House Full of Strangers

It’s a strange thought, isn’t it?  Somebody unknown living in your house in fifty or so years time.  Compare that with the realisation that every nice car will one day be in the scrap yard.  Every clunker and banger that you drive past on the road was once someone else’s darling, brand new, shiny and just out of that showroom.   A source of pride and joy.

Every new coat will soon be rags.

Every fence decays and falls away.  Every road get’s cracked and broken.

The universe has decay built into it.  All things pass away including the most mighty palaces and the greatest of cities.  Decay is just another word for change.

This fundamentally means that if it’s not permanent, then it’s not actually real. The mountains and the earth are not actually real.   Neither is your wrist watch or your mobile phone.  It’s just a pattern of molecules that will one day decay and in doing so will change into something else.

Your body, the ‘you’ that you look at in the mirror, is not actually real.  You will change everyday and keep on changing until ‘you’ die and the real you.  The deep down you that’s inside.  The eternal pattern that makes up your soul is revealed as part of the slow process of adjustment to the afterlife.

None of the things that you own are actually real.  Not like the soul, the unseen you that goes on for eternity.

The Freedom to Enjoy

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying what you have.  That’s the whole point.  Seize the moment and enjoy the things you ‘own’.  Live in the present moment, absorb yourself with your material things because you will in a sense outlive them as eventually their atoms will flow away from them and become part of something else.

The dichotomy in this of course is that your material body is likely to be outlived by those things whereas your soul will outlive all material things.

Yet we know from our previous encounters that material and physical are simply two different sides of the same coin.  It’s all matter.  Just has different degrees of spirit infused within them.  The nature of spirit is to cause change.  The greater the spirit the faster the change.   The greatest spirit of all changes the universe with the blink of an eye.  That’s God.

That is all.

Rain Cloud.

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