The Illusion of the Material World
It was the Greek philosophers Leucippus and Democritus who introduced the idea of atoms to the world. When we add to that the various concepts on substance philosophized by Plato and Aristotle we get the starting points for the future study of matter in science. Over the millennia, the belief that the substance of the universe is matter became the standard by which we navigated our world. In fact, we formed a strong mental bond, or attachment, to the form world, otherwise known as material things. From that mental attachment, we have endeavored to accumulate as many material possessions as possible.
The mind training we all received has taught us that something outside of us answers our need to be accepted, important, happy and loved. That something is material possessions – a job title, a membership to a certain club or 5000 “friends” on social media sites. In theory, the more we have, the more we are and the more we have, the happier we are. We even created sayings like Keeping up with the Joneses to encourage competition in the accumulation of material items. But, such competition has led to sleeping on the sidewalk for the next must-have gadget and to parents killing parents over toys at Wal-Mart during the holiday season.
We collect these material items because we think they are an extension of us or a part of what makes us who we are. This is why the competition for material possessions becomes so fierce. This state of mind also breeds greed and insanity. I once saw two women fighting over pillow cases that had been marked down from twenty dollars to seven dollars. Both women spotted the pillow cases and the reduction individually. Then their eyes met. I saw casual shopping faces morph into competition, kill the enemy faces. Each one grabbed the package and began yelling, “I saw it first”. We are so identified with our material possessions that we can’t bear to let someone else have something we think we need. Giving up that item would give someone else more than us and we can’t afford that in our current, deficit driven state of mind.
Although we are not born with a sense of being deficient, we are quickly taught to believe in it. From this incorrect training, we spend the rest of our life trying to correct the lack within by filling our lives with matter, or material things outside of us, but it never really works. We never believe we are good enough no matter how much stuff we have. The problem is the deficit is an illusion and so accumulating material possessions to overcome it is not only insane, but only brings emptiness, as do all illusions. We have also used this collecting of material possessions as an illusory form of social validation; as if others will think we are amazing because of what we have. But, this is impossible. The things you own do not make you who you are.
There is a saying in America, “Whoever has the most toys wins” which supports our attachment to the material world and our continual collection of it. But, what if there is something else? What if the material stuff is actually immaterial?
The Matter Does Not Matter, So What Does?
Science has progressed to the point where it discovered that matter is not the substance of the universe, as has been thought and taught for eons. It seems there is something much greater than matter available to us. That something is energy – more specifically, energetic frequencies and even more specifically, consciousness. This revelation is the amazing work of the Quantum Energy field of study that looks at the smallest particles in the universe .¨ the stuff that makes up the stuff. And when the quantum field scientists look at matter, all they find is consciousness.
So why is this important? If energy and consciousness are what existence is made of, then what truly matters is behavior, not material items, like getting the largest big screen TV on the block or leasing a car that we have to skip meals over in order to afford. What we have been taught about ourselves (that we are deficient in some way) and the way to overcome that (the accumulation of material items) are both illusions .¨ they are simply not true. Knowing this gives us the opportunity to realign our mind and our focus with our behavior .¨ that which really matters.
Behavior is connected to thought and thought is connected to belief. Ultimately, it’s our beliefs about us that really matter. And because everything has an energetic frequency, the frequency of those beliefs and thoughts drive the energetic frequency of our behaviors. Low frequencies are denser. When we feel stuck or sluggish, unwell and unhappy, we are operating in low frequencies. By contrast, high frequencies are freeing, easy, healthy, happy and loving. If our beliefs and thoughts are high frequency, like kindness, gratefulness, compassion and peace, then our behavior will also be high frequency.
Shifting low frequency behaviors to high frequencies isn’t about changing negative thoughts to positive ones or pretending you are happy when you aren’t, though both of those do change brain chemistry in a helpful way over time (fake it .≤til you make it has scientific backing). This is about seeing the truth regarding our training and challenging that training to see if it is real. When you see that it is an illusion, then you can give up all of the illusions that go with it, including the game of acquiring material possessions to feel better about yourself.
Where do we go from here? Focus on your behavior. Ask yourself, “What energetic frequency am I experiencing right now as I get angry?” Or ask yourself, “What energetic frequency am I experiencing as I act with compassion toward myself or another?” Become aware of how these frequencies feel to you and affect your body. How do they affect what you eat or how you sleep? You will begin to notice patterns. Keeping a journal can be especially helpful for this.
By focusing on behavior instead of the accumulation of material possessions, we gain a truer understanding of our life, our health and what brings us true, everlasting happiness, peace and love. We will also be more connected to the living world. The living world is that which is happening now. Many call this the present moment. This is the place where we can feel true joy. Learning the truth about what really matters in the world means we can correct the original error that was taught to us and we can stop chasing things and start living life.