If this is all just a simulation, what reason is there to live?
If we choose to rely on the outward, external influences to fulfil us, to fill that hole in our heart, mind, or spirit, we keep ourselves limited (and thus dependent) upon that which we cannot control — save our biased perception of it, but that’s another topic. However, when we step into the realization and embody the knowing that we are ultimately the source of both the creative impulse, and concurrently our fulfilment of said impulse (regardless of what the world shows us) we move in the direction of complete acceptance; we engender the true nature of surrender.
You can read all the books you want, go to seminars, workshops, retreats, show up weekly at temples and houses of worship, and never know who you really are. You probably aren’t even really there when you do these things. Thus, your past remains your present.
The way we look at sacrifice is backward. I’m referring to the kind of sacrifice we think we’re making when we accept the rules and…
When you finally come to grips with the idea that much of Western (or modern, capitalist/consumerist) society exists within a low-level mental cloud of illusory belief systems, you will realize that there is a lot that you need to unlearn, in an effort to reframe your world as you know it.