Nothing internally will ever change unless one’s self centered perspective changes. And this only occurs when the mind quiets enough and stops always thinking about satisfying itself.
There is nothing new in identifying the self centered perspective, it is what Jesus and the Buddha described many many years ago. Those exact words may not have been used, but their meaning was quite clear, at least to a mind that is settled enough to see it. Did not Jesus say one can live by two commandments, love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself. Neither one of these can be adhered to if one is living from a self centered perspective. It can be justified that one is, but it is impossible to adhere to either of these from that perspective. If the self centered perspective is in place then love cannot be.
The Buddha taught the same message, but in a different way. There weren’t commandments, but there was self investigation as to why one suffers and in the end underneath the Bodhi tree, it was the eradication of self that propelled him the next dimension of true inner peace. Most of the teachings that I have studied may have said it differently also, but they all pointed to the same place, and that was if one lives their life from a self centered perspective there will be much suffering in that life. This is truth, not my truth, not Jesus’s truth, not the Buddha’s truth, not any persons truth, it is the truth from the Universe.
The bottom line is you can follow any kind of made up nonsense you choose to, but it will be strictly from one’s self centered perspective and it will cause suffering whether one is aware of it or not. When there is the understanding that there’s nothing more to follow, the Universe will take over and one will see truth. And the truth being, if it’s made up in the head, its from a self centered perspective. But if it emanates from the heart it’s truth; truth that only the Universe can provide.