Desire (a working definition): The foundational current of energy in the body from which all acts of will and creation initiate.
Why is it necessary to struggle to understand desire, to know its workings, to attempt to re-ignite it?
Let’s begin by taking a moment to imagine what life would be like without Desire. And I’m not talking only about sexual desire. The sexuo-creative-life-force-Chi-prana-hunger-yearning is what I’m naming. It’s the flow of energy that moves through the body, inspiring action and growth. Without the flow of desire moving through the body like a river current, the internal space stagnates, becomes rigid and cement-like, and movement and growth are both impaired.
Who do you know who has tried for years to stifle and repress their Desire? And how did that work out for them? Not so great, yah? Most likely, they are bitter or brittle, inflexible and stony. And as much as they try to control it, the hunger leaks around the edges. Repressed desire takes an enormous amount of energy to contain.
The essence of desire depends upon its movement and flow, and so we are a conduit, not a container. We can learn to hold desire as a river moving through its banks. Our bodies are the banks and edges. Desire is the flowing water that erodes and changes us. Indeed, when set free desire has its way with us. Daming the flow does no one any good. Let the waters run free again.