The End of Consumerism . As the ego self became more entrenched in the lower densities, its consciousness turned to identification with material form. Materiality became the dominant religion of the times. Believing that you are a body/mind/personality causes you to perceive the world as outside yourself, disconnected and uncaring. Consumerism is a form of economics that depends on souls’ addiction to improving or modifying the physical body (and mind) in order to overcome the deep sense of inadequacy.
In order to build an enlightened world, it is necessary to have an infrastructure that supports souls in going within to explore the nature of the self and then to encourage them to express that inner beauty and harmony among each other. Below, we have outlined a few aspects of this new social structure, alongside a review of what needs to be released in order to allow the new structures to take root. You have no doubt noticed by now that we are creating a blend of illustrating what is out of balance with offering of possible solutions. This is because it is important to focus on all aspects of what is taking place, without downplaying the negative or obsessing on it. The problem and solution are both contained in human consciousness and that is the primary purpose of going back and forth between problems and solutions. Let us now take a look at the present state of your social systems and offer some solutions.
The End of Consumerism
Your present society arises from a profoundly deep and intense inner perception of lack and scarcity. while some of this is founded in previous generations where it may have been necessary to work from sunup until sundown in the fields just to harvest enough food to keep the family alive, a lot of this goes back much farther in time. In fact, the belief in lack/scarcity goes back to the fall, Original Cause, the decision of souls to enter into the lower worlds and thereby forget their Divine nature.
As the ego self became more entrenched in the lower densities, its consciousness turned to identification with material form. Materiality became the dominant religion of the times. Believing that you are a body/mind/personality causes you to perceive the world as outside yourself, disconnected and uncaring.
Your Newtonian physics augments this perception by painting the Universe as a place of randomness, chance and impersonal design. If you believe your Creator does not care about you, or that you are insignificant in the scheme of things, then naturally you will do everything within your power to overcome that deep feeling of Inadequacy. The first place you start is with the physical body.
It appears to be flawed, weak and easily assaulted by a variety of outer occurrences, from cold and hot, to attacks from other bodies. While it certainly makes sense to clothe the body properly in extreme environments and provide for its nutritional needs, the deep sense of inadequacy arising in the ego self takes the concept of body enhancement far beyond healthy proportions. There is nothing wrong with adorning the body and enhancing Its natural beauty.
The problem arises when your self-worth gets tied into these enhancements.
Consumerism is a form of economics that depends on souls’ addiction to improving or modifying the physical body (and mind) in order to overcome the deep sense of inadequacy.
There is always a need for more and more and more. Not Just more, but better and better (and then faster and faster -more, better, faster in endless circle that´s creates stress). Products are continually improved. While this might be beneficial to a certain degree, companies go far beyond merely improving their products.
A device that is fully functional and serves its purpose is periodically discarded in favor of something that fits the latest trends, or is now in style (according to some arbitrary decision made in a board room somewhere). Clothing and jewelry that may serve a useful function are suddenly outdated and a new line of fashions are now in style (according to some arbitrary decision by a fashion designer somewhere, along with a whole lot of slick, glossy advertisements in trade publications, magazines, and other media). The basic message underneath consumerism is quite simple:
You are inadequate and your life will get better if you buy the right brand of this or that, or more of these, or less of those. if you are advised to buy less of something, you can be sure that this is to create a temporary state of lack so that something else can be bought to fill the empty hole. The only empty hole, in reality, is the one you create in your own consciousness by believing you are lacking or limited in some way.
As you let go of the belief that the one with the most toys wins, and recognize your inner prosperity, fullness and completeness, you will no longer have any desire to spend endless hours shopping in malls, or browsing through online catalogs, hoping for something that will give you sex appeal or take away wrinkles. Let us repeat this, ad nauseum: You are already beautiful, whole and complete. No clothing, jewelry, perfume, makeup, hair color, breast enhancement, or tummy tuck is going to change who you are at a fundamental level. If you want to enhance your body, fine, but do not make it into a religion. Go within and shine your Light on the little self that believes it is not good enough.
Talk to that part of you that might think popping a pill is going to make you better, or buying an expensive new piece of workout equipment will make you more competitive in the dating game, or belonging to the right gym will make you feel like you are in style. You are not here on Earth to impress others or get them to like you. Once you unravel the approval-seeking aspect of ego and start to honor your own natural rhythms, you withdraw yourself from the merry-go-round of consumerism. The latest pop culture icon no longer holds any meaning for you.
You stop spending money you do not have on things you do not need. You remove yourself from the debt merry-go-round as well, helping the old system return to the dust where it belongs, a memoir of a time when the ego ruled the roost and foxes (corporate advertisers) guarded the henhouse (the welfare of the people). Specific Things You Can Do to Reduce Consumerism The most important thing you can do is take stock of what you truly need versus your ego desires. we do not recommend simply “railroading” over your ego, or attempting to force it into submission. Feeling deprived will only create further conflict within the self.
Nevertheless, start by seeing how efficient you can be in your overall lifestyle. Begin with simple things like turning off light switches, installing power strips that save energy, driving a little slower and accelerating gently, reusing plastic bottles (keeping them cool to avoid chemical leaching, or better yet, using and reusing glass bottles) and reclaiming waste water. Buy as many things as you can that are gently used (pre-owned), especially clothing. Use paper made from recycled fiber. Buy energy efficient appliances. Use perishable products that are made from recycled materials.
Turn off the television set. Shop online. Go to fanners markets or grow your own produce. Cook your own food or support restaurants that buy local produce. Use debit cards instead of credit cards for most purchases, or pay off your credit cards each month. Learn to “design on a dime” when remodeling your home. Grow plants that are appropriate to your climate. Avoid lawns that require constant maintenance and mowing. Boycott any golf courses that do not use recycled water. Use composting toilets if you are in a rural area. In our section on intentional communities, we will cover a few common sense principles for installing wind, hydro and solar power.
Most of all, spend your time wisely. Invest in your own spiritual growth. Attend workshops on personal development. Listen to beautiful, uplifting music. Meditate. Walk in nature. Do not simply fill up your time with endless activity because you are bored or want to avoid unpleasant feelings. Let go of workaholic behaviors and take some down time. Downsize both your lifestyle and your mind. Teach your children the difference between wants and needs. The only true needs human beings have, besides food, water, clothing and shelter, would be a loving environment with supportive people. Do your best to provide that to the people in your lives. Encourage them to think for themselves and to take responsibility for their emotions. Have regular get-togethers with live music, drumming, singing, dancing and potluck. Living and eating naturally will greatly reduce the chances of contracting chronic or serious illness, which will in turn help you avoid the pitfalls described in our next section — medical care.
The Medical System
Even your most die-hard traditionalists and business as usual advocates admit that the medical system in most highly developed countries has broken down. In fact, things are going to get a lot worse in that regard. Whether you live in a private, for-profit medical system, or one that is subsidized by government, the problems are essentially the same. The following account is especially true of medical care that exists in the private, for-profit segment of the medical profession, but many of the points are equally valid in a government-subsidized environment. Let us start with medications. Most drugs are designed to treat symptoms, rather than causes.
This is because it is often extremely difficult to understand and reverse the root cause of an illness, particularly if it is chronic, genetic, or not well understood by the medical community. Very few allopathic practitioners and drug companies understand the holistic element and the fact that you have multiple levels of being that must come into alignment and integration in order for true healing to take place. Your drug companies exist for the purpose of enriching the pocketbooks of their owners and investors. For the most part, they do not have your best interests or your health in mind. They make money when you get sick, not when you stay well.
A healthy population will not buy drugs to make themselves feel better, or to give themselves the illusion of being better. You cannot open a magazine that accepts advertising without seeing several ads for the latest pills, potions and medical devices. We have noted that the area of the advertisement listing the side effects for each medication is often larger than the part devoted to extolling the virtues of the drug being pushed. On television commercials, more time is spent going over the side effects than describing the benefits of the drug, even though the lawyers are speaking so quickly that most consumers cannot grasp every word.
In essence, they are attempting to cover their backside in the likely event that their drug causes serious problems for some who take it. In fact, we also note that more people die from negative side effects, drug complications (adverse reactions with other medications), incorrect dosage (errors in administering drugs), etc., than from many of the diseases, syndromes, maladies and aberrations that the drugs are supposed to cure, prevent, reduce or suppress. We are not saying there is no need for pharmaceutical drugs, but we are saying that probably 90% of them are unnecessary and even dangerous to your physical well-being.