Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:
The Need to Acquire
The second reason why you may have lost yourself is that most of us are driven to acquire. We want material possessions.
There is nothing wrong with acquisition. Certainly we need to acquire a source of income to purchase necessities like clothing, food, and housing – what you might call the fundamentals of earthly life. So quite naturally, you formed a personality that could handle this need.
This personality is who you think you need to be in order to earn your way. Unfortunately, the formation of this personality did not necessarily and easily proceed from your inner truth. In most cases the formation of this personality proceeded from other people’s opinions of you, other people’s pressures and expectations, and many other social and psychological forces quite unrelated to your inner truth. But you quickly learned you had to acquire in order to live. You had to do what you had to do, you thought.
But life is not what you have to do. Life, as I’m teaching you now, is what you create. If you haven’t created what you truly are, what you truly want, then now, right here in this now moment, is your chance to do so. This means you will re identify yourself. Instead of continuing along the path of your wrong identification with a limited and unreal personality, you will identify yourself as the manifestation of your unlimited and real Silent Master consciousness.