What is desire?

 

I have written about desire here for a few days now. What is desire?

When I explore in immediacy, I find that my thoughts or images trigger desire. And it may then seem that the object itself triggered desire. It didn’t, and it is sometimes good to notice.

When I bring attention to the experience of desire, I find that the essence of desire is simply desire, the experience of desire. It may be triggered by my imagination, and it is given an object by my imagination.

As pure and simple desire, it is an experience. Energy. Flow. Life. Aliveness.

When I bring attention to it as it is, leaving images and anything else aside, there is simply the experience of aliveness.

There is also the recognition of it as awakeness itself, the play of awakeness.

And most honestly, it is a mystery.

Here are some additional takes on desire:

Desire in its simple and pure form brings fullness, juiciness, and enjoyment to life. It is also a guide for me in my life, and is meant to be acted on. And this is often more satisfying and tends to work better when there is some clarity around it.

In an everyday and evolutionary sense, I see that it keeps us alive as a species and individuals. We have desire for food, water, sex, shelter, companionship and much more, and all of it – at least as long as it stays relatively simple and uncomplicated – helps us surivive. I can find many examples of this in my own life.

As I have written earlier, it can be helpful to (a) find the more basic desire and (b) recognize that there are many ways to fulfill this desire in the world. I have a desire for connection, and this is a desire for connection with myself, others, life, love, truth, trust, God and so on. Most honestly, it is a desire for connection with myself and God, and the other ones come along for the ride. (NVC.)

I can explore my beliefs around desire itself and my objects of desire, to find more clarity around my desires. (The Work.) This includes beliefs that stop me from pursuing and finding enjoyment in desires.

I can explore the voice of desire, take its role and speak as it to hear what it has to say. What function does it have? How does it help me? How can I relate to it in a more fun, satisfying and functional way? (Voice Dialog.)

I can  unfold the process within or behind the desire. What happens when I explore it through images, voice, movement and so on? Where does it lead me? (Process Work.)

I can work with projections in the most intimate way, through visualizing the object of desire (a person, an experience, a situation etc.), awakening my full and juicy experience of the object. Then, I visualize myself as the person, or as the experience or what it may be. I take time to experiene and feel the object of desire right here, as who and what I am. I soak in the experience of the object here now, as what I am. If I wish to pursue the object of desire, it may be good to wait with this one….!

And I can ask myself a simple question: Is it true it is not already here? (Adyashanti.) When I find it here, and take time to feel and soak in it, there is a sense of coming home. The edge (aka neediness) is taken off the experience of desire. I am still free to pursue it in life, but now from a different place. Less from neediness and trying to fill a hole in me, and more from a sense of fullness and satisfaction.

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My thoughts or images trigger desire. And it then seems, unless I notice this, that the object itself triggered desire. It didn’t, and it is sometimes good to notice.

When I bring attention to the experience of desire, I find that the essence of desire is simply desire, the experience of desire. Then, it is given an object through my imagination. It is associated with, and appears attached to, my images of an object.

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The essence of desire is desire. The experience of desire. Then, it is given an object through my imagination, it is attached to my images of an object.

As desire, it is an experience. Energy. Flow. Life. Aliveness.

When I bring attention to it as it is, leaving images and anything else aside, or as an energy, there is simply the experience of aliveness.

There is also the recognition of it as awakeness itself, the play of awakeness.

And most honestly, it is a mystery.

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