Once again we return to Danielle LaPorte’s great book White Hot Truth for today subject, that often misunderstood emotion called desire: Here’s the Link.
The chapter on desire is subtitled a broader view for creating reality and begins with the following poem:
and my scars will have grown into
(circles of Dignity, pyramids of Will, vortices of Love)
I hide what I have to let go of in furrows
behind a tail gate
and I whisper wishes
into every victory seed
I plant –
every one hears this prayer
Breathe life into
my every desire.
To give some context to desire let’s have a look at how different parts of society view it:
The Catholics: If you want it, you have to go through God to get it.
The Buddhists: Your problem is that you want it.
The Zen Buddhists: What’s to want?
The Hindus: You wanted that in your last life.
The Capitalists: You got to want it more than anyone else.
The New Agers: Just keep telling the Universe how much you want it.
I have followed Danielle’s Core Desired Feeling for over four years now, freed from my to do list perfection after one or two. So how do we as a society relate to this often verboten subject that is desire:
1. Some people say Donald Trump is Ayn Rand’s love child. He obviously forget this piece of advice.
2. I love this statement Tom Krause wrote about teaching, Welcome to teaching!!! You are now part of a profession solely dedicated to helping students of all ages learn. It is a profession where the more you give of yourself, the more you get in return. Most famous people are eventually forgotten. Teachers live on in the hearts and minds of their students for a lifetime: The Rose.
3. “Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” “There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else.
4. 3 percent of people write their goals down. In a study they earned on average 10 times more than the other 97 percent. Do you write down your passions, your desired feelings: Change.
5. Are you lost?
6. And the surest way for them to be uncontrolled is to deny they exist and not deal with them: Scary Monsters.
7. Whoever wrote this must have been following me around for a long time.
8. I think the last word is praised: Praise You.
9. But what if your fantasies become your reality: Yummy!!!
10. A force to be reckoned with, desire can take you to some strange places:
11. A photographer by trade, Jason uses his images and wealth to combat the negative effects ethnic identity has on the human race.
12. Blind from the age of 7 to 15 after falling down the stairs, Eric Hoffer is famous for this insight – A movement is pioneered by men of words, materialized by fanatics and consolidated by men of actions: Opportunity.
13. A prolific quoter, T. P. Chia has a site with over 800 quotes on it. Many of them pointing to it is up to us to fulfill our desires and turn them into achievements.
14. A synonym for desire, curiosity is defined as a strong desire to know or learn something – “filled with curiosity, she peered through the window. Other ways of saying it are inquisitieness, interest, and spirit of enquiry: Curiosity killed the Cat.
15. How many times has this happened in your life, never knew there was such a sexy word for it.
Danielle comments that in her experience, desire works best when you have intersecting reasons for wanting what you want. Yu want it for yourself, and you want it for others. You want it for pleasure, and to be of service. You want it because having it gives you joy, and you can send that joy ( or money, or resources, or healing ) out in other directions. I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment.
The songs this time begin with a classic Bette Midler tune, then the pop diva Taylor Swift. We then return to the 80’s with Bowie followed by Fatboy Slim. Then a Bollywood tune from the Havoc Brothers, some Sia ending with an Australian icon Little River Band.
Namaste until next time , my dear friends.