You may have thought that life is about accumulating when, all the while, life is about letting go. Give way to life. Give away all you hold to you. Wean yourself away from your possessions. You are not your possessions. You are so much more. Have joy from what passes through your hands. Holding is not pleasure, for it is yourself you hold prisoner.
Let go of the idea of ownership. It is a mistake. All is owned by all, therefore, nothing is possessed.
Owning separates. Not owning joins. You have free will when you don't own. When you own, the dependence upon the physical takes away your free will. You may think you live alone or for yourself alone, but you have adopted a couch, a chair, a kitchen, a pool. You have adopted a way of life that may be holding you back.
Take good care of what is in your care. Polish the furniture and bless it, but own it? No, for then it owns you.
Is it not said that you lay your treasures up in Heaven? Beloveds, it's clear you can't take that oil painting with you.
What you cannot take with you, you don't have to have now. You don't have to have it later. You don't have to have it at all. You can walk through a museum, leave all the paintings there, and own them all. Life takes place in your mind, beloveds. You own your thoughts and feelings.
It isn't that you aren't to have any belongings. It is your dependency on them that you are not to have. They are not to mean so much to you. They are not to hamper you. They are not to keep you in place.
Owning things tends to keep you in place. Possessions hamper you. They tether you like an elephant. Be untethered.
You have sometimes asked that you be free as a bird. Birds carry nothing with them, oh, perhaps a worm or twig or two. They build a nest, and then they leave it without a backward glance. The birds do not think: "Oh, my beautiful nest. My eggs were hatched here. How can I leave?" The birds were meant to build their nest, and they were meant to leave it.
Now is meant to mean now, not the past, not the future. Now is now.
What do you want to be remembered by? Your oriental rug? The color of your living-room wall? The designer shoes you bought? You know better, beloveds. You know better.
Stay away from attachment in the first place. If you must feel attached to something, then be attached to Me. I will never lead you astray. I will lead you to green pastures. I will lead you away from what you believe you own, and then you will own the Universe.
The more you own, the more you own. The more you collect, the more you collect.
The more you let go of possessions, the more you let go of grudges. Did you not know that holding on is holding on?
As you hold on to physical possessions, so do you hold on to grudges. There is a parallel. With everything you give away, you gain yourself.
And then you will even give away your self, the huddled self, the little self, and then you will gain the Greatness that you were meant to be and already are. You will really know all that you are as soon as all the debris that you thought was treasure no longer owns you.
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