This greatly misunderstood force (desire) may be defined as the natural longing to possess, obtain, and enjoy any seeming good. Sadly, it became synonymous with degeneracy, abominations, greed, morbid lust, and excessive appetite. These days, it represents an abused term, which the public mind identifies with its abnormal and degenerate phase, meanwhile ignoring the true nature and purpose.
Most people use the word “desire” in the sense of an unworthy craving, instead of in the true sense of aspiration (worthy craving).
I find no sense in endeavouring to escape the fact that desire is the natural “impulse” towards a particular action. Without it, the will doesn’t spring into action. It could be described as a car without wheels or an engine. Nothing good (nor bad) has ever been accomplished without desire.
Some religions teach us to kill off the desire, which would actually lead us to total annihilation, ’cause the desire is the backbone of our existence (mating).
The type of desires we should kill out are degenerate ones! We need to nurture that force, for our world would be empty without it, therefore, the key is mastering control over it, instead of letting it control us!
“Every deed that we do, good or bad, is prompted by desire.” William W. Atkinson
One man is kind because he desires to be kind, while another man is cruel from precisely the same kind of motive. The faces of that force vary, from the desire to sympathize over the desire to be respected, loved, to desire to be felt sorry for!
A man cannot be desireless and act in any way. Everything, from insect to man, from man to nature, from nature to God, acts and does things by reason of the power and force of desire. Everything that exists, and everything that has ever been or will be done has been, is, or will be prompted by desire in some shape and form.
The Man, The Machine
Many people think of man as a mere machine, a subject to the power of any desire that might rule his mind, but this is far from being true, for man acts not upon every desire but upon the strongest desire, yet, there are men whose nature demands mastery over themselves. Those men act upon righteousness.
Man need not be a slave or product of his desires if he will assert his mastery. He may control, regulate, govern, and guide his desires in any directions that he pleases.
By knowledge of psychological laws, he may neutralize unfavourable desires, grow and develop new desires in places of old, weaker ones, all by the power of his wisdom and will, aided by the light of reason and judgement. Those soulful, spiritual men become master of their minds and bodies, thus, future.
Therefore, we may separate men on those that are being ruled over by their desires, and those that rule over their desires.
“No man is free who is not master of himself.” Epictetus
That is modern-day Egypt, self-imposed slavery. Many people are being ruled over by their weaknesses, degenerate desires, fears, and unproductive habits.
I may be wrong, but it seems like the way out of that labyrinth is by becoming disciplined, and imposing self-mastery, one step at a time.
Here are two great quotes by Sir Dan Pena:
- “Become more DISCIPLINED. The pain of DISCIPLINE hurts less than the pain of regret.”
- “The fulfilment of your dream is directly proportional to your DESIRE to succeed, and how much you’re willing to sacrifice. If you are not prepared to die, then you are not prepared to live.”
You need to know what is your true desire, otherwise whatever you attain will be acceptable. If you want “nothing”, you will get satisfied with “anything”!
True Desire VS. False Desire
I believe the righteous desire is spiritual, while degenerate is mental. Spirit is seeking expression and ascension, while the mind is craving for pleasures, easy escape and basic survival.
Someone might assume it is justifiable to pursue theft, adultery, telling the boss to go to hell and quit a job, or other disastrous desires. It is why I want to point out the differences between those two kinds of desire.
From now moment on, every time you need to make a decision, ask yourself these three questions:
- whether or not your decision is going to NEGATIVELY affect other people?
- can you walk away from this freely and easily?
- are you going to feel a sense of shame and guilt?
A true desire is followed by a sense of peace, and self-respect. It is something that brings you the highest joy, makes you feel peaceful after taking the action, and is something you can walk away, and return to in eagerness.
A false desire is followed by guilt, shame, and lower self-esteem.
A true desire brings peace and improves self-esteem, while false desires bring negative feelings and diminish self-esteem. Differentiating true from false desires is as easy as differentiating days from nights.
It is okay to “want”., but always seek the source of your “wants” (desires). If your particular desire is coming from your heart, or spiritual core of your being, then you have the God-given right to pursue it, chase it will all your being, and attain it, regardless of what the people and “saints” say and think about it! In fact, that is the only way for your spirit to express itself! Spirits are expressing themselves only through actions we take!
It is easy to endure the pain if you are passionate about what you are doing, however, if you are pursuing a desire that is not pure nor divine, a desire that is not coming from your heart, you will feel miserable while doing it which will eventually force you to quit and give up.
“Divine desire is an effort of an unexpressed possibility within, seeking expression outside through action in the physical world.” Bob Proctor
No man can succeed without a burning, definite desire for success. Once your desire transforms itself into an obsession, soon you will find it “being” a physical fact.