Yeehaw! On to part 4 of Ariel’s talk with Abraham.
Over the past few days we’ve looked at our various definitions of Reality and Truth, noticing that the words mean different things to different people… and different channeled Source energies for that matter.
Let’s look at another word and bring clarity to its various definitions.
Today’s word of the day: DESIRE
In some traditions it is taught that the source of all suffering lies in both desire and ignorance. The ignorance stems from not knowing who we are and not perceiving the world as it actually is. By desire, people refer to craving pleasure, material goods, and immortality, all of which are wants that can never be satisfied. As a result, desiring them can only bring suffering and so desire is, in a sense, considered a ‘bad’ thing.
As fellow spiritual blogger Tom Stine points out, it’s not truly the desire that’s the issue, but rather the attachment to and identification with desire by the separate self. This attachment is sometimes called ‘clinging.’ It is the clinging that is what needs to be let go of, not the literal dropping of desires altogether to become some sort of celibate monk. Desires that arise are like anything else that arises within the field of awareness. They’re inherently neutral. Just an object of awareness.
Abraham has suggested that many spiritual people suggest letting go of desires because in their experience, desires do lead to suffering only because they haven’t found the way to actually manifest their desires. Abraham is saying not to let go of desires, but to learn how to deal with them appropriately.
Abraham explained, “People associate desire with that edgy feeling of wanting something they don’t believe they can get and they call that desire. We call that resistance. We call that wanting something and blocking it at the same time. That’s resisted desire. That’s what desire that’s not going to manifest any time soon feels like.”
Abraham then continued, “When you have a fresh desire, when you want something and you don’t doubt it, that frisky feeling, that feeling of exhilaration, that’s what you came for. That’s what your quest is. That’s the feeling you want.”
It’s not the actual getting there that we’re after. It’s the moving toward there that we wish to experience. It’s the exhilaration of that movement itself.
As the saying goes, life is about the journey, not the destination.
In this context, the fact that the ego can never be satisfied is not a problem. It’s not seen as a sort of bottomless pit that we are ceaselessly trying to fill. The experience of Creation happening through us is what we came to earth to experience. It’s not getting there. It’s going there.
Everything that we want whether it’s a material object, or a pile of money, or a relationship, or an experience, or a circumstance, or an event, or to know yourself, or to awaken, or the desire to no longer desire… everything you want, you want it because at the root of that desire is your belief that in having it you will feel better. In tuning in to who you really are, your desires are a way to, when used correctly, tune in to who you really are.
As Abraham shared with us, “it’s the enthusiasm for life that is life, not the creating of the thing. The world doesn’t really need another painting, but it sure is fun to paint one, and it’s sure fun to find one, and it’s sure fun to find where to hang it, and it’s sure fun to enjoy it.”
Not one of us, when entering into this physical reality, came forth because anything needed to be done. It’s not like any of us begrudgingly and unwillingly said, “Allllllright, I’ll help. I’ll help.”
“Every one of us wanted to go and we wanted to go because we knew that this platform called physical reality that was totally new because this leading edge time/space reality is a place that would inspire a new idea. We knew that at first we wouldn’t be a match to this idea so we’d have the opportunity to “mold the clay” of energy into alignment. We’d get to feel when we’re not in alignment and we’d get to feel when we were. We’ll get the feeling of relief and the feeling of exhilaration by applying the “mind tools.”
In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is the practice of creating sand mandalas which are these very elaborate and intricate paintings made of sand. Monks may spend weeks carefully creating them before ritualistically destroying them. The detailed sand paintings are designed to represent the temporal nature of reality. They symbolize that everything that will be created will eventually be destroyed and thus we should never expect anything to always be around for it will always wind up leaving us one way or another. It’s meant to teach us the importance of non-attachment.
Both the Buddhist tradition and the teachings of Abraham emphasize not getting attached to anything in this world. Feel free to enjoy and appreciate physical reality for what it is, but don’t depend on it in any way for your happiness and sense of well-being.
Spiritual teacher David Hawkins summed this whole thing perfectly with his definition of prayer. It is holding in mind what you desire, without adding desire to it.
It is awareness focused upon something specific, without the needy lusting craving sensations added on top of awareness. This non-attached desire is what it’s all about.