“How things can seep into you
without your knowing it…
Is that, then, what death is?
Is what we call personality just an impress of somebodys thought? Whose thought? Gods?”
– The Hollow, Agatha Christie
The term “desire” stems from the old French word “désir”. Around the mid 14th century, it referred to something that is longed for. In the west, its definition developed only in description from that point onward…We now define desire as an emotion directed toward the attainment or possession of an object. This applies to a person, goal as well as inanimate object. Remember, thoughts are things too.
What we want often reveals more about us than we realise. The reason behind why we are drawn to a specific thing runs deep into the recesses of our unconscious mind. Although many prominent psychologists have established a link to personality development during childhood, this can be rather misleading in a transpersonal context.
Our attachments and aversions speak chapters that most preferred would remain closed. Despite their attempts to keep them from the world, however, there is a force eager to push for a confrontation through the means of expression…to make suppressed content known and encourage us to deal with it…most importantly, to expand the minds by doing so.
Where does it start? Survival
In this life, sensation seeking begins long before birth. Pregnant women develop cravings, they previously never experienced before. Not merely for food, but music, art, literature and so much more. We enter this incarnation as a symbiotic organism, capable of influencing how mothers perceive through the six senses.
An important puzzle in the study of self-development is why we want what we do and how to obtain it. There are millions of individuals, who have made a comfortable living out of books, videos and so on by preying on one particular human weakness: our innate desire for security, power and sex.
The statement that ‘the average person’ will long for normal things…normal being determined by societal standards…is a myth. From birth, what we need is decided by our biological imperatives [i.e. food, water, air, clothing and shelter]. Without these things, we are sure to fall ill or die. When we have an excess of the basics or hoard them. This is indicative of the inability to cope with uncertainty and aim to control the outcome due to psychological conditioning. Often, such conditioning is a result of past trauma, when we could not meet our most basic needs.
Where does it lead to? Society
We can , our society attempts to persuade us, these things are the only to is only partially true.