As I´ve been making my way through the Unbroken Path, I´ve been incorporating the stages of consciousness and how I think they weave into the way that the other paradigms develop. With the stage that David Hawkins calls Desire, I see two direct correlations in both Buddhism and Christianity that I´ll cover in the next two posts. However, because the majority of our economic energy is motivated by this thing called Desire, I figured it deserved a deeper look.
The Desire that Hawkins refers to falls between the stages of Fear and Anger. It´s a higher consciousness than the fear, grief, apathy, guilt, and shame below it in that it at least offers some motivation beyond the sedentary life of depression offered through those particular stages. However, the direction that it takes the person it toward more carnal addictions than positive goals. When we´re talking about Desire here, it is more of that insatiable want, the overwhelming lust that draws us up out of the doldrums of consciousness beneath it, but nowhere near the place we truly want to be. This is the reason the Buddha says it is the cause of all suffering.
Unfortunately, Desire is a very popular stage of consciousness in the Western world. The very wealthy have an insatiable desire for more money, and utilize an imbalanced economic system to get it. This results in an even larger number of people that are thrust into this realm of desire because they now have needs that cannot be filled due to the sickness of hoarding by the wealthy. So everyone is in the state of Desire, and no one is getting what they really want.
I heard once from Rev. Toni Lamotta that the word ¨desire¨ was derived from the Latin ¨de sire¨ or ¨of the father.¨ Basically, part of her message was that we get many of our desires because God gives them to us. While this way of looking at the word helped me come to grips with many desires that helped draw me toward the path intended for me so that I may accomplish my journey of discover, considering the state of the world, and the desire which abounds in our patriarchal society, I´ve been looking at it another way.
As our society as progressed that way that it has over the last seven thousand years or so, as we have grown more accustomed to utilizing a monetary system to account for our physical resources and start developing this debt-based system of economics, masculine-based religious systems have become the norm. Just by watching boys on the playground, one can tell that males have a natural proclivity toward aggression, much of which comes from this need to control, Desire, if you will. I think that because we have for so long viewed got as a boy, we have on some uberconscious level, recognized in this universal creative energy more masculine traits than the feminine traits of comfort and acceptance that also reside there.
I´ve written before about our need as a society, yet first as individuals, to give more credence to the feminine aspect of God. This is not to say that the Celestial Source of All Being has a penis or a vagina, or that It is hermaphroditic. It is only to say that were we to embrace the entirety of who we are, recognizing the fullness of our being, we would be less likely to be so reliant upon the destructive nature of our desires, but find an unsurpassable level of content in the knowledge that we are complete just as we are.
Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at The Unbroken Path and is currently involved in starting the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.