Insight vs Desire

The difference between insight and desire is so subtle, but fulfillment depends upon us learning the difference.

Desire arises from a sense of lack. Lack arises when we forget our innate wholeness. Lack surfaces when we are out of touch with inherent perfection. Desire happens when we see life through a lens of the past with an eye towards an imagined future, successfully obscuring an experience of presence.

Insight arises from a place of fulfillment. Fulfillment arises when we recognize our inextricability from the world around us. Fulfillment is experienced when we are in touch with inherent perfection. Insight happens when we are rooted in an experience of presence, while holding loosely the interpretation of both our past experiences and our ideas for experiences we might like in the future.

Desire can be a powerful motivator. I’m not saying it is wrong to desire or take steps towards attaining that which we desire. In my experience, though, successfully honing the skill of attaining desires does not lead to fulfillment.

Insight becomes possible upon dropping the conditioned habit of chasing desire. We are no longer reaching from our past towards a future: we are rooting deeply in this moment. From this platform, we can notice the patterns at work within and around us, which leads to an insight into the inevitable outcome of those patterns.

Here’s the thing, though: the accuracy of our insight depends on how well we have cleared the lens through which we interpret those patterns. Aligning with the fullest possible expression of ourselves in this lifetime is merely a point of eliminating misconception.

Fulfillment is not a matter of what we do in the world: it is entirely a matter of how we do what we do in the world. This is great news, because “how” we do what we do is entirely within our control!

I encourage you today to become aware of one minor activity that holds a sense of constriction for you. Shift how you do that activity. Open to it. Learn from it. Expand into it. It is your master, and you, its disciple. Rather than begrudge the activity, come at it with open curiosity. Allow that activity to cleanse you of the misconception contained within your interpretation of that activity.

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