Desire

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Desire: to wish or long for. “When you wish upon a star”. De-sire comes from the latin de+side (star) – desiderate.

A couple of blogs i have read lately have got me thinking on the subject of Desire.

Our desire(s) could be said to be at the very heart of our being. We can do something to ‘Our Heart’s desire’, our heart aches with desire. Many of the verses in Proverbs and Psalms speak of the vital connection between the heart and our desire as a link to God. “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps 37:4; “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” Prov 13:12

Throughout the ages philosphers from Plato to Immanuel Kant have considered desire as an important motivating force in human life. Even Buddhism which considers it necessary to eliminate sensual desire  (that causes all suffering)  in order to find Nirvana concedes that a novice is to work on motivational forces through skilful application of desire.

Our greatest desire determines our main priority in life; our priorities strongly determine our choices; our choices lead to the actions we take and our actions we take determine the kind of life we live. How we behave and who we become.

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So what is your greatest single desire?

Is it a desire of self ( one that gives you personally the greatest degree of personal or sensual pleasure) – or a desire to follow the Will of God or of something greater than (external to) just yourself? ( Humanity?, Ecology? Nationality?)

If your greatest desire is to something other than self (but including, as a small part, the self) do you only act in harmony with that desire? Or do you sometimes slip into ‘selfish’ mode and consider your needs over those of others and the greater good?

Could this be behind the ‘conscience’ that sometimes causes us to have a niggling feeling of guilt when we do a thing, or not do a thing?

Maybe in order to reduce the instances of that ‘niggle’ we might consider the idea more carefully?

Any thoughts?

Monday Meekness – a Reminder to be Humble.

It’s Monday!Monday

For those who may be unsure Monday is named after the Moon (MoonDay), naturally it follows Sunday, Biblically the First Day of the week (The day after the Sabbath Day, day of rest from labour) which is named after the source of light to Earth, the Sun. (Light being created By God on the First Day according to the Book of  Genesis)

Although these are the words used in English today, they simply carry on a much longer tradition. The ancient Latin (and current Italian) Words for Sunday and Monday are  dies Solus and dies Lunae (Soledi and Lunedi) Sol and Luna being the Sun and Moon respectively. That this is so is not that remarkable considering the English language is largely based upon that of the Roman conquerors of Britain in the beginning of the first millennium  and of other countries such as France and Germany (and related to Scandinavian Germanic languages also) all of whom have similar sun and moon day names for the first two days of the week.

That this is a long and deeply held belief however is verified by the fact that both Korea and Japan similarly honour the Moon god in that day name as do many Indian languages and Ancient Sanskrit!

So what then, does all this have to do with Meekness and Humility?

The Greek goddess of the Moon was Selene. I hold a tendency to relate Selene with the very similar sounding word Serene, which means calm, tranquil, clear or bright. I also associate those meanings with the Moon. As a source of Light on Earth (albeit of a reflected nature and not as the original source) the Moon is second in nature to the Sun. Whereas the Sun is the most powerful source of natural light, which it possesses due to massively violent nuclear explosions ( the antithesis of calm and quiet, tranquility) the Moon receives this light and in silence and without any effort other than being it’s own Serene self, calmly reflects the light to us down here on Earth. The Moon has no light of it’s own, but by reason of simply being, it is the second brightest object in the sky.

I see this as a very suitable analogy for my relationship with God. I have no ‘light’ that is originated in me, but if i simply ‘be’ (and truly believe) i may reflect the Light that comes from the source of all Light (enlightenment) on Earth. I am to be like the Moon to God’s Sun (Son). Calm, tranquil and serene, being Humbled into second in importance in the Heavens, reflecting purely the Light to all. A light that is commonly surrounded in great darkness and yet lets us see when, at other times, the Sun may not be directly visible to us.

How to Demonise by saying only part of the truth

How to Demonise by saying only part of the truth

Many people have heard the misinterpreted phrase from the Bible – that ‘Money is the Root of all evil’.

The correct translation is from 1 Timothy 6:10 ‘10For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.‘ it is the Love of Money, not the money itself, that is the source of the evil.

Many have heard this but how many know the two verses either side of the above quote?

Context gives a better view of the truth of a matter.
Context gives a better view of the truth of a matter.

Tim 6:9. ‘But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.’

6:11. ‘But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.’*

meekness n. – 1. the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness; 2. a disposition to be patient and long suffering; 3. the now obsolete meaning of gentleness. (see preceding line*)

So, putting all of the above together: Monday, the day that is dedicated to the Moon by many of the world’s peoples throughout time, is the one day in six i have chosen to pursue Meekness in me, Meekness being one of six things a man of God is asked to follow as a way to flee the evils and griefs resulting from the desire of Man to be rich, or seeking purely material wealth at the expense of our spiritual wealth.

By meditating on how i may be humble, calm, reflective, submissive to a greater power, serene i have hope to become a GentleMan, one who is yet able to shine with bright reflected light as a true servant of that which gives light unto us all.

Bless you all.

How to Live Like a Good Roman.

Most of us can appreciate good advice when we hear it. The problem with it though is largely the difficulty we all experience when trying to put that good advice into practice in our daily life.

Even the experts can benefit from good advice

Even the experts can benefit from good advice

Whether it is how to improve a golf swing, how to cook a tastier curry, how and why we should stop smoking or give up a drug we enjoy, or how to live a happier, more fulfilling and satisfying life, taking up the advice in such a way as to produce a consistent and lasting result for our personal long-term benefit is without doubt not an easy thing to achieve.

It requires us to alter long-held habits and replace them with a better ones. Our mind and bodies feel discomfort when we are required to change and we sub-consciously resist such change, even if we consciously believe in the benefit we stand to gain.

Awareness of this helps us to overcome the ‘Change Momentum’ (resistance), as does regular conscious effort in the practice of the new habits and, perhaps most importantly to any change, we need to Believe, have faith, that the change is possible, or preferably, is inevitable for us. We need to believe it will happen or even has happened and we just need to ‘catch up’) in order for it to happen, if we don’t believe we will eventually give up and thus fulfill our own doubt.

Bearing those things in mind (Awareness, Practice and Belief) i would like to offer the words of Saul of Tarsus, also known as St Paul as he wrote to the believers of Christ in Rome (Romans Ch 12 specifically).

I am constantly amazed at the various and voluminous wisdom for mankind’s benefit that the Bible contains and has stated for thousands of years, but i can think of few chapters of the Bible that offer a better, more concise method for us to be aware of, practice and believe in so as to live a good and rewarding life.

Anyone can read for themselves St Paul’s words in Romans Ch 12 – it only has 21 verses and can be read in a minute. But that one minute could be the best investment of your time you could ever possibly make.

Here is a translation into point form of the things Paul says:

1. Make your body a living and holy sacrifice to please God. Let this be your form of spiritual service. Give up, surrender, your material body to God and live instead from your spirit body that gives freely your worship of God in voluntary service. Let this be that which guides your material body and not your own ego, your ego must surrender to your spirit, not the other way around.

2. As your ego is created out of and through the things of the material world, renew your mind and transform your thought from this material creation into a spiritual creation, the Spirit coming essentially from God, and prove to yourself that which is good, acceptable to all and is Perfect.

3. God has given to every one of us some degree of strength of Faith and of some particular kind(s). We are not to let this be a source of boastful pride or think we are better than any other, by reason of our particular gift(s) of Faith, but are to think of it/them/us in a sound and fair judgement of ourselves.  (not too great or too little).

4. As our own body has many parts that serve different functions to the benefit of the whole, so too should we recognise that each of us is a different part of the whole Human race and not consider that any one of us is more important to the entirety than any other. We are to seek out our own gifted talent(s) and learn to make the best of them to the benefit, not only of our self but of our species and the planet.

5. The gifts of the spirit are of many varieties, we may have one or many and they lead us in spirit to manifest a variety of works on Earth:(According to 1 Cor 12:8-10,28)Preaching of the Gospel (Apostleship in Faith) Prophecy, Teaching (Wisdom and Knowledge), Healing, Helping(others), Working of Miracles, Discerning of spirits, Speaking in Diverse Tongues (many languages) and the Interpretation of them, Encouragement of those of the faith, Leadership – setting, through example, the way of Christ, and Givers of Mercy.

6. Be Love, but without any hypocrisy, do so without any precondition but give love  totally and freely to all.

7. Reject that which is evil and cling instead to the Good, learn how to distinguish the two in your life, heart, mind and spirit.

8. Develop Charity to all, brotherly love in all honour. Devote your self to this aim in determined spirit, never lagging or ceasing as a service to God.  Do so in the joy of Hope everlasting, through all trial and disaster in continuous prayer and meditation. Practice hospitality to all, welcoming any and rejecting none.

9. When faced with those who would do evil unto you, bless them, return to them Good for evil and wherever possible be at peace with all mankind. Be of like mind one to another, do not consider yourself above anyone but associate with both the poor and the sinner and do not value your own self more than any other, but do only that which the spirit tells you is the right thing to do to all. Rejoice with those who rejoice ( unless it is in the practice of an evil), and grieve with those who also grieve.

10. Never take your own revenge, but leave such unto God as was written:” Vengeance is mine, I will repay” said the Lord. Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.

For those who have lived long in a more earthly, material mind practicing and believing in those things will not necessarily come easily to you, but if you truly seek to have a contented life come the end, the sooner you begin the transformation into living from spirit and following the above template as your regular practice the greater will be your level of contentment.

Peace to all.

Where’s Your Fault Focus?

Came across a little gem in a post i follow today…

It’s easier to focus on the faults of another than to look inside self.

S.P.I.R.I.T. Ministries.

 

All too often we do the easy thing when we know we should do the harder thing.

Many Thanks, Michael.