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The Spirituality of Desire

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The Spirituality of Desire

We all have desires. If we are on a spiritual path, what attitude should we take towards them?

Many spiritual traditions interpret desire as counter productive, something that must be conquered in order to experience realization.

Other schools of thought, such as positive thinking, consider the fulfillment of desire to be the goal of our spiritual work.

I propose an alternative approach. Embrace desire, so you can see through it.

When we deny a desire, it gets bigger. We all know what we will immediately start thinking about if we are told not to think of an elephant. Yet it is also true that if we want to experience inner fulfillment, we must learn to transcend the fickle whims of the mind, which fluctuate constantly in an unending cycle of highs and lows, achievements and disappointments, success and failure.

Spiritual realization is the greatest desire of the heart. Just as an adult is no longer interested in the toys a toddler would find fascinating, a taste of what I call “love-consciousness” makes other desires pale in comparison. It is not by denying desire that liberation is found, but by discovering your truest, purest desire: then the obsession and need surrounding external satisfactions naturally lose their power.

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Isha Judd

Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness.


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4:00PM PDT on Sep 23, 2010

It is interesting. It goes against some of my beliefs from looking at the world we live in it seems to me that most need more structure, behavioral restraint but maybe if they believed they could go after what they really want instead of what ever destructive escapist behavior they would be happier? I will have to process this more. Thank you for the thoughts.

7:17PM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

Emotional restraint has indeed been a lesson for me. That's what my (deffinitely well-meaning) parents taught me to do and I ended up hating myself, lost self-confidence and felt guilty, undeserving of anything good. Only when I realized that my true nature and all its aspects are 'good = i.e. just the way they should be', I blossomed spiritually: managed to open myself to other people and suspend my judgments.

2:43PM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

I don't think this is a feminine point of view at all, but one that transcends the old, entrenched intellectualized views of what masculine and feminine are supposed to be.
In a world where so much suffering, desecration and death is brought forth by our attempts to tame the unconscious, Isha's vision is alive and I hope that one day it will spread like widefire, burning our collective hearts and minds into love-consciousness.

8:29AM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

This is certainly the Feminine point of view. As a MAN, I must say:
"The Lesson Is Emotional Restraint."

2:52AM PDT on Aug 26, 2010


10:39PM PDT on Aug 25, 2010

Thanks for the article.

6:44PM PDT on Aug 25, 2010

Embrace life, embrace living and seize your divine moment! Live abundantly. Thanks

5:14PM PDT on Aug 25, 2010

Good article, thanks.

3:14PM PDT on Aug 25, 2010

Excellent way of dealing with our desires, great way to accept all of ourselves, thanks!

2:27PM PDT on Aug 25, 2010

I liked Silvia's comment too---loving like a lighthouse !! Very cool article and cool comments. Thanks

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