In early childhood, you already had everything. You felt good, you were happy, friendship was easy, love was everywhere, and there was nothing to be afraid of. Then you were forced by authority to sacrifice all this so that you can work toward getting it back at some distant point in the future. Think about that.
Institutions have conditioned us into believing that the world can give us what we want, when all it does is convince us to sacrifice it. We are taught that we aren’t smart unless we get good grades, that we are not worthy of love unless we first become something or achieve something, that we are not beautiful unless we buy something. There are no guarantees. Do what you are told. Work toward it.
Here is the basic thought system we are taught: authority is there to help and to make sure you are taken care of. One day you will get a good job and will have a happy, comfortable life. When you are young, you even might imagine that work is more fun than school. You believe that, if you follow the rules, one day you will be free, feel safe, and that life will be meaningful and fun.
To achieve this, we are supposed to do just one thing: sacrifice everything. It will come. Just work harder. Just a bit longer. You’ll be there soon. At some point, when we realize that there is no reward for all this sacrifice, we either fall into self-loathing or we fully understand the lie that has been perpetrated on us, which is this:
Everything you are supposed to sacrifice to get what you deeply want—that’s exactly what takes you away from it.
Everything you deeply want comes from within—not from the world. You know this is true because you already had everything when you were a very small child—before you sacrificed anything. Let us undo the conditioning now and remember what we are. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.