Exploring our Desires

On the surface, it may appear that desires contradict each other, but this is the true nature of desire. Just as sub-atomic particles are created from emptiness as matter-antimatter pairs, desires are created from emptiness with as wanting-rejecting pairs. In order to return the desires back to emptiness, we must bring them together again.

In the following exercise, we will perform this reuniting with the 5 major desires of Humanity through the process of Reverse-Creation. Before we start, we should set a target, X. This can be a person, thing, organization, event or concept.

 

The desire of Expansion-Contraction is about the dilemma of opening oneself up to the world for growth and closing oneself off for protection. Ask the following questions one by one, and use the other techniques on this website to explore the thoughts, emotions and desires that arise.

  • Did X try to harm you?
  • Did you try to harm X?
  • Did X try to protect you?
  • Did you try to protect X?
  • Can you allow X to simply be X?

The desire of Acceptance-Rejection is about the dilemma of being accepted or rejected by others. As Life requires us to take sides, so choosing to be accepted by one party will mean being rejected by another party. Ask the following questions one by one, and use the other techniques on this website to explore the thoughts, feelings and desires that arise.

  • Did X try to reject you?
  • Did you try to reject X?
  • Did X try to idolize you?
  • Did you try to idolize X?
  • Can you allow X to simply be X?

The desire of Control-Surrender is about the dilemma of controlling or be controlled by others. Human society does not work on a simple hierarchy system; even autocratic rulers do not exert unlimited power and have to accommodate some of their subjects. Ask the following questions one by one, and use the other techniques on this website to explore the thoughts, feelings and desires that arise.

  • Did X try to control you?
  • Did you try to control X?
  • Did X try to surrender to you?
  • Did you try to surrender to X?
  • Can you allow X to simply be X?

The desire of Meaning-Hollowness is about the dilemma of seeing one’s own Life events as intentionally arranged or as accidental coincidences. Ask the following questions one by one, and use the other techniques on this website to explore the thoughts, feelings and desires that arise.

  • Did X try to give you purpose?
  • Did you try to give X purpose?
  • Did X try to deny your purpose?
  • Did you try to deny X’s purpose?
  • Can you allow X to simply be X?

The desire of Unity-Separation is about the dilemma of merging with Creation or standing apart as an individual within Creation. Ask the following questions one by one, and use the other techniques on this website to explore the thoughts, feelings and desires that arise.

  • Did X try to absorb you?
  • Did you try to absorb X?
  • Did X try to eject you?
  • Did you try to eject X?
  • Can you allow X to simply be X?