June 14, 2017

bible study imageSubject: Desire

Desire is multifaceted. Many layered. We can have good desires or bad desires.

Because many of us don’t know what good or bad desires are, economists, scientists, religionists, and psychologists have analyzed and theorized desire.

From the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy website at https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/desire/ we read, “To desire is to be in a particular state of mind. It is a state of mind familiar to everyone who has ever wanted to drink water or desired to know what has happened to an old friend, but its familiarity does not make it easy to give a theory of desire…

“Understanding desires requires at least two things: first, to have a theory of desire itself, and second, to have some familiarity with the varieties of desires that there are. Once acquired, an understanding of desire can illuminate a number of controversies surrounding desire.”

Six theories of desire were given: action-based, pleasure-based, good-based, attention-based, learning-based, and holistic.

Thing is: this informative study was kind of laborious because desire was scrutinized.

A Bible verse came to my mind.

Please read from you Bible, Ecclesiastes 1:8

Basically, human knowledge can be overwhelming, undesirable. We can however understand a desire that comes from something greater than human knowledge or biology.

This desire that comes from something greater, let’s call it divine Mind, is free and gives us the freedom to break away from confusion or negative desires.

Even the desire to hurt oneself can be troubling. A thread was found at Anxiety Community website that shows caring responses regarding hurting oneself.

https://www.anxietycommunity.com/index.php?threads/the-desire-to-hurt-yourself.826/

“Azelma posted: I know it’s wrong and no one should ever do it for any reason, but I just get this feeling that I must punish myself. It somehow makes me feel better, transforming the mental pain into a physical form that’s easier to concentrate on. Or something, I don’t know. I was just wondering if there are any others like me and how you guys deal with it.

“Alex posted: Self-harming is a very delicate topic and very hard to explain to people who have never experienced it. It can happen not just to ‘punish’ yourself, but also to take away that inner pain that is invisible and you don’t know how else to deal with. Often it’s subconscious too and I recall talking to my brother once and I was ‘hurting’ myself and he told me to stop, but I didn’t even know I was doing it at the time as it had become a habit. When it occurs out of habit, you don’t always notice the action or pain.

“Happy Kid posted: One therapist helped me make a safety plan, and that helps with the difficult times. It’s good to have something like that in place, including people you can call or text.”

The advice given to Azelma was helpful, however sometimes we humans need greater examples of freedom. This is where God can help. Or the examples of prophets or Christ Jesus.

Please read in you Bible I John 2.

Now, desire is also associated with economics and business.

T.J. Cook, Executive Director at ABQid in New Mexico, spoke on TEDx, about how to go from desire to discipline, with innovation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_pHGbL5138

Cook mentioned the importance of creating space for innovation, rather than trying to dictate it. He spoke of creating a culture of innovation in the workplace, and gave three steps that can be taken:

  1. Drawing board day, where new ideas are brought up, but not related to client’s projects.
  2. Lab day, where those ideas are implemented into prototypes.
  3. Show and Tell day, demonstrating new prototypes.

Desires become un-suppressed through innovation. Desires from God come with satisfaction.

From 21st Century Science and Health, 6th edition

Our desires and aspirations ache to be fulfilled and we only feel rewarded when we stop limiting infinite Mind to finite resources. Infinite Mind can’t lose its character as inexhaustible Love, eternal Life, omnipotent Truth.

It is easier to desire Truth than it is to stop our dead end thinking and habits. Human beings may seek the understanding of divine Science, but they will not be able to profit from Christian Science without applying the spiritual facts in their daily life. This endeavor consists of forsaking error of every kind and possessing no other consciousness but good.

When we feel the loss of human peace, the desire for spiritual joy gets stronger. This desire for heavenly good comes even before we discover what belongs to wisdom and Love. The loss of earthly hopes and pleasures brightens the spiritual path. Pain in the body informs us that pleasure in the body is mortal, compelling us to discover spiritual joy.

Unspoken thoughts are not unknown to divine Mind. Prayer is desire. No loss can come from trusting God to form and exalt our desires before they are put into words and action.

The prayer that reforms and heals is an absolute faith that all things good are made possible by God. This type of prayer includes spiritual understanding and unselfish love. Speaking from experience, God has given us the tools of humility, meditation, awareness, and action, to attain improved spirituality and health.

What is the intent of prayer? Do we meditate to improve ourselves or improve humanity and the world? Do we enlighten God? Do we pray so other people can hear us? Is prayer beneficial? Yes, our hunger for righteousness[1] is blessed by our heavenly Parent. The desire for spirituality does not return to us void.

God’s work is done. Prayer doesn’t motivate God to do what has already been done. The Infinite can do nothing less than give all goodness since God is absolute good, wisdom, and Love—the all-knowing Mind. God’s manifestation doesn’t appear simply on the ground of lip-service; however, modest fervent affirmations of God’s presence can kick-start prayer.

Prayer can be dangerous if it tempts us to voice desires that aren’t real or to assume we are more spiritual than we really are. We become involuntary hypocrites when we use prayer to console ourselves without making genuine efforts to break out of illusory mindsets.

Meditation can’t change God’s law, but it can bring us into sync with immortal being. Prayer is not the mere habit of trying to persuade the divine Mind, as we would try to persuade a human being. Methods of prayer that perpetually try to humanize God are sad mistakes—errors that impede spiritual growth. As a first step, we can ask God to deliver us, but by taking more steps, and by demonstrating spiritual goodness, we can reach the living Truth.

God is Love. Can we ask the Infinite to be more? Love is intelligence, Mind. So, what could we possibly tell the all-knowing infinite Mind?

The effective prayer is a fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, humility, love, and good deeds. To keep the commandments of our teacher Christ Jesus and follow his example, is our proper debt and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude. Jesus said: “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”[2]

Love’s discipline is nourishing. As Love corrects us we advance toward justice, peace, and purity, which are the milestones of Science.

Spiritual and omnipotent Mind lifts humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to humankind.

 

 

[1] Matt. 5:6; Luke 6:21

[2] John 14:15

[3] Eph. 4:22

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