If you can, you get so busy trying to earn enough money to buy the things you are brainwashed to believe you need that you feel anxious and stressed. You rarely stop to notice that the happiness you do find lasts for only a short time—because you can’t ever experience enough of something when it isn’t what you really need.
Trying to live this way, whether or not you are successful at getting enough money to acquire “stuff,” creates a sense of scarcity. But if, like Helena, you’ve spent years in this pattern, changing can feel very threatening.
You Try to Fill the Void
If you have not sorted out your priorities and don’t know what your life mission is, it is easy to get sidetracked and allow this outside energy to define you and what you believe you should have.
You try to solve the problem in ways that don’t work and often make the problem worse. You keep trying to get enough of something to make you happy, but it does not help, because is not what you really need. (Knowing your life mission guides you to choose what you need to fulfil it.)
One common way to try to fill the void is to collect tangible things. Some people collect tools they never use. Others collect books they intend to read, but don’t. Some collect kitchen gadgets, and some collect shoes.
Laurie: Among the many things that I have collected over the years are coin proof sets.
Every year when the new coins became available, I would automatically order three new sets—one for me and one for each of my children. I would then put them into a drawer and forget about them until it was time to order the next sets.
Listening to a recording that challenged the purpose of collections finally brought me to my senses.
What are you collecting and buying automatically that you don’t use or enjoy? It may be useful to notice what outside energy influenced you to start your collection and whether using the Logosynthesis sentences would help you let them go.
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