The desire of consciousness and desires of the mind


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It has been said in some spiritual traditions that desire is the root of all our pain. There is partial truth in this statement. However, such a statement does not do justice to the important of desire and the true nature of desire. Desire is the root of our pain only if we attach ourselves to our desires when the time comes to let go.

From within the creativity perspective, desire is the raw material of creation. The role of consciousness in the creative process is to be the cause. Desire is what allows consciousness to fulfill that role. Only when consciousness becomes dissatisfied with what is and desires something other than what is does creation happen. If consciousness is content, there is no desire and consciousness does not move to create something different. As described in the Creation Story for the Creativity Perspective, it was the desire of the consciousness within, or behind, Creation for a playmate which gave rise to Creation. To create we must hold our desire with the passion a drowning man has for air. Yet we must be free to let go of that desire and surrender to the flow of energy which results from the intention we had set.

To talk about the desires of consciousness and the desires of the mind we must realized that talking about consciousness is to really talk about awareness. To talk about the mind is to talk about the past. We either are conscious - awaken and aware - or not conscious - unaware and asleep. If we can become consciously aware quickly we can say our consciousness is asleep. If it takes a substantially different environment to awaken our awareness we would say it was dormant and could not awaken until conditions were correct for it to awaken.

Relative to the desires of consciousness, a desire of consciousness is more related to what we wish to become aware and/or would simply like to have an experience for the sake of the experience. When we are simply aware of what is and desire to experience what is as it is, we live in the moment or what some would call in the "Now." To become a detached witness and simply witness what is surrendering to the energy as it flow is to manifest the desire of consciousness. That is, to be fully experiencing the experience as it unfolds without mind inserting itself.

The desires of mind are slightly different. Mind is a property of consciousness and our mind arises as a result of what our awareness has experienced. So, in this regard, desires of the mind are desires of consciousness but they are slightly different Mind only knows what we have experienced. A desire of mind in addition to becoming aware of something or having a particular experience overlays all the judgments, biases, past memories and the like. In effect, the desire of the mind hold us to the past and continually looks to recreate the past simply because all it knows is the past. A desire of the mind is not being present to what is but an attempt to re-experience what it liked in the past or move away from what it disliked. It is our attachments to what we desire through the mind that cause our pain. It is not the desires but the attachments we make.

Relative to the possible desires of consciousness, there is the desire of consciousness as pure consciousness, the desires of our transcendental mind, the desires of our current mind and the desires of our enculturated mind. The desire of pure consciousness is to simply experience what is as it is. It is this desire which gave rise to Creation. In particular, its desire is to know itself and share itself as reflected in the Creation Story for the Creativity Perspective. The desire of our transcendental mind are reflected in the intention for our life and why we are in Physical Creation to have the physical experience as a human being. There are things our transcendental mind desires to experience and these desires act as an  to our life. After all, these desires did create our human life and are our reason for being here. The desires of our transcendental mind are synonymous with the desires of our creative spirit.

Then there are the desires that we have as a result of the programming and enculturation in life reflected of our enculturated mind. Many things we do in life not because we have freely chosen to do them. Rather we are simply following the programming given to us early in life. The desires of our current mind are simply what we desire based on how we have defined ourselves based on the experiences we have had. We may deny the  undercurrents in our life and we can reject the programming giving to us early in life. Or, we can fully embrace how we were taught to live totally denying the truth of our being. Our current mind is whatever we chose it to be. It is encouraged that each develop a current mind and a perspective that holds our creativity sacred.

The difference between what these different aspects of mind want can, and often do, create a tension within one’s being. This tension can become so sever that it may result in some level of pain. Here lies the gift of pain. There is something the pain is trying to communicate about the experiences we are having. Unless we explore the origins of our pain at the deepest inner levels we will not understand why we are creating the experiences we have. If we try and numb the pain or suppress the pain we will most probably end up in some type and kind of addictive pattern or behavior. Most of us end up with a thinking addiction so as to not feel this tension. We prefer not to feel how out of alignment the desires of our current mind are from the desires of our creative spirit.

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Role of consciousness in the creative process
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