Consumerism is the virus:
Right now, at this very moment. Quiet your mind, connect to the present moment, and ask yourself; What do you need in this moment to fulfil yourself? Did you think ahead? When we are present in the moment, we require nothing. We have everything we need. We have a body to experience the moment, oxygen in our lungs, love around us and inside us. Food in our stomach? So why do we need more?
The main reason is that along the way, we lost our connection to nature and the presence that surrounds us. The reason why? We didn’t know any different. When we are young, our minds are led by society and become programmed to live a certain way to be accepted. Seeing past the illusion of life helps us become our true selves. The system has misled the world into believing that we need to consume to fulfil us because it will make us happier or because everyone else has it “the trend” or “the norm”. Instead, it created a void inside us, a false identity. This false identity led us away from our true nature. Instead of creating an advanced world, we ended up with divisions, negativity, and a false illusion of what life should be. When we over consume and take what we don’t need, not only does this create an imbalance in the world, it also creates an imbalance in ourselves. We have been programmed by marketing, sales, and ads every day to consume more. Why? Because the system is reliant on us and expects us to reciprocate. When we feed that consumption, we teach our minds and bodies that when we are feeling down, we should feed it with, food, drugs, work, money, soulmates, sex, stimulants, technology, drink, amazon packages, medications, knowledge, and many more Why? Because it lifts us in that moment and provides us with a temporary elevated sense of worth, purpose, or satisfaction and because this is what we’ve been programmed to do. We live in a society of avoidance and greed. We do it guilt free because ignorance is bliss and everyone else does it right? This desire to consume creates a separation from others, ourselves and nature. We end up destroying acres of lands and oceans with consumption. We end up competing for more, sacrificing for more, risking more and losing more of ourselves and our true identity to the hunger, and in the end, the void inside us and the system that feeds the voids will never be satisfied. In the end, nature pays the cost, and that cost will swing back around. We have been given too much choice and access to natures resources without calculating the consequences. There are millions of species across this planet. One species should not take the priority over the rest. We all have an equal purpose on this planet to supply the planet with all that it needs and the planet will supply us with all our needs. Why is our effort going into supplying the system with all that it needs? It doesn’t supply anything for us. The planet does.
The greatest antidote is becoming aware of our own consumption, self-medicating habits, awareness of the methods the system uses to increase spending, awareness of the ads and marketing misleading our subconscious, awareness of the impact of the imbalance on the planet, especially when we take into account the billions of humans consuming. Awareness of what we actually need to make it through the day opposed to taking what we want. Awareness of the methods we use to justify the need to “medicate the negativity”.
More is having less in life. It’s waking up from a false system. We don’t fill the void, we heal it by removing the need to feed it. We simplify our life choices and priorities to what is actually important. Sometimes we can’t avoid money. However, we learn not to depend on it. When we realise our true nature and the nature of the planet, money becomes worthless. Depending on our situation, we may require it to provide for our families and to pay the bills. However, the problem of consumption comes into play when we are providing ourselves and our families with the latest technology, fashion, cars, entertainment, instead of stretching and recycling what we already have. Looking at sustainable ways to provide your needs will help bring out your creativity and true resourcefulness. If your excuse is that you don’t have the time or energy? Then the system is taking more from you than you know. How much more will you give?
To understand how much you consume, question yourself: How much do we really take in life? How much do we take from others? How much do we take from nature? How much do we buy? Is what we buy sustainable? How much do we give back to others and the planet? How much does the system take from us and nature? How much does the system give back to us and nature? How much does the system take for itself? When was the last time I fed a hungry person? Would I want help if was in need?
We change the planet by becoming the change. We can’t expect to wait for the system to teach us to change. Whilst the system earns money, there will never be change because the ‘economy’ is the greatest delusion fabricated. It’s time we moved away from selfish into selflessness. There is an invisible energy that connects all life, so you are never truly alone. When we change, a shift begins in that energy. Everyday, more people are stepping away from this outdated system of greed and are becoming the change. Why? Because we actually see what is going on in the world. We feel the change and we are no longer part of the illusion and divide. We are part of the solution and we choose healing. Healing of ourselves, others and the planet. We evolve together and prioritise what is most important: the planet and ALL life on it.