Desires don’t just pop out of the blue. They form unconsciously within us and surface only when they become something definable, such as, “I want an icecream.” Before that, desires are either not felt, or at most, felt as general restlessness. We’ve all experienced that sense of wanting something but not quite knowing what it is. Well, it is a desire that has not yet ripened.
The way our desires evolve both defines and designs the entire history of humanity. As humankind’s desires developed, they urged people to study their environment so they could fulfill their wishes. Unlike minerals, plants, and animals, people constantly evolve. For every generation, and for each person, desires grow stronger and stronger.
Here are some general ideas, about desire from a kabbalah’s point of view:
– Two realms exist simultaneously: the 1% Realm where we spend most of our time, which cannot ever satisfy our true desires, and the 99% Realm , which provides endless joy and happiness.
– Everything is connected. Because of this, nothing “suddenly” happens. There is always a cause. Chaos stems from ignorance of the interdependent nature of all things.
– Symptoms or effects should be addressed, but in order to make lasting change, you must go to the root, or the cause.
– Everyone wants happiness; no one wants suffering. Be careful not to mistake another’s search for happiness as a threat to your own.
– Our ego is the “curtain” that separates the 2 realms from one another. Only by removing the curtain can we access the Light.
– Endlessness is the home of the Light.
– External desires are not bad, but they will not deliver the Light, no matter how many we receive.
– Appreciation is an important tool in revealing the Light.
– When you have done that, write next to each desire how you think you might feel if you attained it. How might your life change?
– Now consider what stands between you and attaining your desires. Why don’t you have these things now? As always, there is no right or wrong here. You are simply trying to gain some insight into what you desire from life.
– Without knowing your true desires, you don’t stand much of a change of attaining them! So be honest. Keep your notebook in a private place, and know that no one is going to read this but you!
What do you want? What do you wish for? Is there a difference between them? What are the intentions behind your desire? These are some question you should be able to respond to, before starting to put a list of your desires!