Which Desire Leads?

Donít pretend to be better–or other–than you are. Donít fall into the trap of having one face for the world and another for God. Who you really are is exactly who you should be.

Desire has become a huge problem for modern people. Two forces pull us in opposite directions. One liberates us from old values. The other wants to preserve those values. The resulting polarization can be seen in every sphere of life, especially the social and political realms.

Churchgoers feel righteous, responsible, and obedient to Godís will. They view anyone unlike themselves as devoid of values, and therefore unworthy of Godís love. By denying God to all those who have strayed from the path of righteousness, the devout are unwittingly taking on themselves a role that belongs only to God.

This schism can also be seen in our inner conflicts. At bottom, the pull of old values is restrictive. Its God is judgmental, and his demands are not to be flouted. In other words, spirit exists to rebuke the flesh and keep its appetites under control. The force of liberation, on the other hand, evokes a God of tolerance who loves his creation and ask only for love in return.

To heal this schism, we need to realize that God makes no demands and sets no particular limits of any kind, on thought, word, or deed.

At the beginning of the path, it doesnít matter whether you are devout or atheist. What both sides have in common is constraint.

How does God want us to grow, in what direction, according to what guidelines? None. You get to grow the way you want to, by following your own desires. You are already growing the right seeds. The things that deeply interest you play the role of God; you feel an irresistible attraction to them.

 

Adapted from Why Is God Laughing? The Path to Joy and Spiritual Optimism, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

113 comments

Joe R.
Joe R.3 years ago

Thanks Deepak! (Say Hi to Oprah for me.)

rene davis
irene davis3 years ago

Thanks

Malgorzata Zmuda
Malgorzata Zmuda3 years ago

Bóg kocha wszystkich, niezależnie od tego, czy nam się wydaje, że są warci Jego miłości, czy nie. To człowiek jest skłonny do potępiania. Bóg kocha wszystkich bezwarunkowo i wszystkich chce do siebie przyciągnąć.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Excellent article.

r l
Ruth L.3 years ago

This is beautiful, thanks for sharing ~

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Miranda Parkinson

Just great! Love the daily dose of Dr Chopra!

Thomas P.
Thomas P.3 years ago

Thanks. For those (plenty of them here) that criticize others who believe in God, you are sounding no less exclusionary, condescending, insulting, and ignorant as those who throw God and the Bible at people who would disagree with them in order to further their agenda. Why can't we agree to disagree about God's existence? Promise not to try to make me feel like stupid for believing or not believing in God, and I'll promise to do the same. If you read the article, it basically says that we have no limits and can be who we want to be. I don't know why that is so contentious. It seems to me to be a message of inner strength and peace.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing