“Remember that the ego thrives on consumption. The false belief is that the more you have, the more you will acquire and ultimately the more freedom you will experience. You can buy freedom, says your ego, and you are free to spend money you don’t even have yet. Ego insists that all you have to do is want it and that your “specialness” entitles you. You don’t even have to earn it, only want it.
Any freedom experienced in this way is counterfeit and generally involves credit cards. You are not liberated – you are actually in a form of bondage to creditors. Owing usurious interest rates, mortgaging your future and your happiness, infecting your life with worry and fear – these definitely do not bring authentic freedom in any form. Objects cannot bring you freedom. This is an ego-designed trap to keep you chasing and consuming, always feeding this false idea. Your ego insists that you will find “it” as long as you continue working toward increased financial success. But what is IT?”
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “Your Sacred Self”
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