You cannot keep it. It just cannot be done. Unless you take possession of anything in your consciousness, you are going to lose it. If you can hold it in your hand, or in any aspect of you that is transient, that which you hold is also transient. And… the loss of such items, loss with the accrued interest, may be very painful.
But why, you may well ask?
There are a number of reasons. First we must remember that whatever we can hold in our hands, like silver or gold, or a piece of paper with a title, which makes our ego swell, is essentially empty space. This, as you know, is not a religious statement but scientific. See my previous blogs or read Delusions—Pragmatic Realism.
So, if whatever we can perceive with our senses is virtually non-existent, it is only in our consciousness that we can give it sustained reality. A person can die, and we still love them. The buildings I designed may be lying in ruin, but the designs still ‘live’ in my mind, my imagination. Ideas and even feeling have a much longer shelf-life than anything tangible. Mozart, Mendelssohn, Verdi are long dead, but their true possessions live on. They will forever belong to them. They are an intrinsic part of their consciousness; of the essence of their being. Some people call it spirit—but consciousness will suffice. Not consciousness as we know it, not the consciousness generated by our biological construct, but the immortal consciousness which is indestructible, together with all the wealth we acquired and stored within in. Like Mozart, or any other individualized consciousness that is bringing out that which is immortal from the infinite potential… for others to share in.
Their priceless gifts of love.