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Random quote: "we're talking about having a new fixation. not a fixation on yourself... on your visions and imaginations.... but a fixation of God........ by looking for God in everything you see and desiring to see what God is meaning right there in the flower or your brothers eyes..... and facilitate that movement by disengaging in criticism and guilt." ~ Raj
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Maggie
Posted 2003-02-28 5:55 PM (#3699 - in reply to #3658)
Subject: Want vs. Desire


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This is what I get about it...

If I say I want something, on the back end, it identifies that I lack it. Such a statement defines, makes an evaluation, to me of the lack of whatever it is in my reality. In a way it's like a complaint... "I don't have X." Seth-wise, it's not the best way to get whatever it is. It's like a "NO" to what I say I want, and a "Yes" to the belief that I lack it.

But desire is a "YES." It's more like a strong will. It doesn't reflect an analysis of any present state. It's more like a will that's very ready to move in a direction and the last thing it's concerned with is a present lack. The present lack is actually irrelevant.

I think we usually don't have something we "want" because we don't desire it. It means we aren't moving toward it without questions, maybe because we're cycling around in the observation we don't have it.

Seth says that if you don't have something you want, don't waste time thinking about how you don't have it. Put your mind on the experience of having it.

So desire and want, which are pretty much synonyms in conventional language, have different meanings in Seth's lexicon of actual meaning.

Does this make sense to you?

Love, Maggie
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