Constructive Desire

Desire is a double-edged sword, it is mental energy that often seems to arise all by itself. It also seems like we only have little control over it. This is the case when desire develops through unconscious thought patterns. We expose ourselves to experiences and objects while we have certain desirable emotions and thoughts. When we have positive thoughts about something, we increase the pleasurable emotions associated with our desired object or activity. When observing any experience in pure consciousness, there is nothing inherently better or worse in any experience. But from our personal perspectives, we create, unconsciously, positive and negative scenarios around the immediate experience. This is based on what the experience means for us personally. As such, desire is based on the very positive end of interpretation and is therefore not at all a given. 
 
Whether the world is perceived as abundant depends on the interpretation


By consciously choosing to remain in awareness throughout our lives and the experiences we encounter, we can indeed also decide what to desire and what not. Before you started reading this article, you probably had some kind of definition of richness. A rich life, filled with the people, objects and experiences you desire. Ask yourself now, how were these desires created? Have you consciously chosen them, or did they have their origin in a somewhat fuzzy past and you do not actually know why you desire what you desire?
 
These questions are meaningful because they reveal your initial motivations behind your desires. And those will decide whether you will be successful in achieving your dreams or not. Only desires which you fully own and know their roots will eventually give you the emotional strength and energy to persevere through the difficult times. 
 
Desire is emotional energy which you can use. If you have identified that your definition of a rich life is indeed based on a consciously chosen and understood desire, you can deliberately use its energy to your advantage. Positive desire creates energy out of unconditional love. When you approach your rich journey from a place of neediness, you will not be able to access this energy. It is not a creative energy, it is a limiting energy. When you desire something from the place of lack, your mind is focused on what you do not have. Attention creates attraction. What you focus on, you will attract and the scarcity mindset attracts the state in which you lack whatever it is you desire. This may sound very airy-fairy, but you can actually validate this by simply observing your own internal mental processes. 
 
You want to be in the abundance mindset to access the positive energy of desire. You approach your rich journey from the standpoint that you and the current moment has all the capacity to actualize your desired states. All the space is already here, there are no restrictions except for the ones we create. But we have to make those processes conscious in order to understand and see through their illusory nature. 
 
The abundance mindset focuses on what is desired and creating attraction between your current state and the desired one. In order to use this concept for our personal journeys, we have to understand how these mindsets are created. You do not just switch from one to other, just by knowing about it. Just like you do not eat perfectly healthy and exercise when you have just read about their benefits once. You are propelled to do, what you habitually did in your past. To change this needs consistent effort applied over an extended period of time. Depending on the scope of the change, this can be a difficult process to stick to. You can think about your own past and try to get an idea of where you are on the spectrum of scarcity to an abundance mindset. But what is more important is to create a clear vision of where you want to go.

In the next post, we are going to explore how we can move to the abundance mindset. Subscribe to new posts so you do not miss it. I promise I won't send you any ads. 

Show Me The Line Between Internal And External

The close observation of your experience will reveal the insight that there is no real difference between the inside and the outside. What is the inside supposed to be like, compared to external experience? Internal as well as external experiences have certain qualities. They differ from each other in certain aspects. For example, one significant feature of the internal experiences is their privateness. This may be enough to define the difference between the external and the internal experience. We share with others what is on the outside and we experience only for ourselves what is on the inside.

Internal external reflection.


Can you recognize though how this is just a belief? The first assumption we have to make for this is that other people have their own internal experience, just as we do. We have no direct evidence for that. We can never know it, therefore we can drop any ideas around that for now as it does not reveal any true insight. The external world is shared with others and cannot be changed as easily as our internal experience. That is a true statement, but how is that different from any other difference we can observe? For example, the differences between a cat and a car are very significant. Everything we experience has distinct features that make the objects what they are. But these differences are not fundamentally telling us anything about the nature of things.
 
Is it not true that everything is made up of very personal experiences. Objects have colours we can see, textures we can feel, sounds we can hear, scents we can smell, flavours we can taste. Do internal experiences have these same qualities? Yes, just less concrete. Thoughts are unspoken words, and memories and visions are internal experiences that are less real than their external counterparts. So they differ from each other, just like the cat and the car. But fundamentally, they are the same. They are subjective experiences arising without anything else behind them. Only have we learned to unconsciously project onto the external world that there is something more real behind. That the subjective experience of sight, sound, smell and taste point to something more real than what it is in and of itself. Something physical like molecules, atoms, matter, time and space. Those theories are running all the time in the background and shape how we see the world and interact with it.
 
But once you have deeply realized that there is no fundamental difference between the inside and the outside you are free to interact with the world as one wonderful existence arising from nowhere in particular. And it will open you up to see the divine beauty in everything. Because everything is equally alive. "Dead matter" is of the same stuff as "living beings". Everything will be infused with the same aliveness. No matter if it is biologically alive or dead physical matter, it is all expression of the same divine being. And you recognize yourself as no different from that, not separate from it, but as the result of this interplay of experiences. What you perceive as yourself is not some separate entity, facing the world. Through the way in which reality behaves it has only created this beautiful experience of autonomy and individuality. But it is fundamentally illusory nonetheless. Just like a cat seems to differ from a car, the first-person perspective seems to be opposite to the world, but the cat is of the same substance as the car and the subjective perspective is one process with the world.

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