Desire and the Divine Connection

Arising from the depths of your being, desires are an expression of action.  Desire itself is the internal energy that brings forth waves of creation. Its purpose is to express the simplicity, the innocence, the beauty, and the creativity of your unique individuality. Just as you are an expression of the Divine, your desires are an expression of You.  However, in the chaos of our busy modern lives, pangs of all sorts of desires light up our minds like a nonstop lightning storm, and it becomes difficult to decide what to focus attention toward. The goal, then, is to realign the quality of your perception with that of the Creator. Your wants may be self serving in any fleeting moment, but choose to let your desires serve a higher purpose.

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Everything is the effect of desire - the work you do, where you live, and the people you interact with are direct results of previous desires.  You have the power of choice and it is the one power that can never be taken from you. You decide if something comes into your life, how you respond to it, and if you give your energy to it or not.  Remember this principle: “You are what you think.” This universal truth is one that many of us have direct experience with and can attest to its significance as we have chosen to think differently through the years.

Some teachings encourage having endless desires, others instruct us to restrict desires.  We believe in a healthy balance between the two. The Vedanta Treatise provides a simple equation: desires entertained - desires fulfilled = level of happiness

Having desires unfulfilled creates agitation in the mind, body, and intellect, depleting the level of happiness.  When there is a block in desires or when they are left unfulfilled, this is an opportunity to heal the subconscious thought that is preventing your creative expression. After some reflection you may discover the blockage is rooted in fear, sense of lack, shame, comparison, or some other sense of limitation. Such observations are made in moments of self-reflection.

You are a being of Divine essence. Imagine that the vastness of the ocean is the Divine and you are a breaking wave in its movements. Your individuality can be witnessed and so too the connection to the ocean and the Divine.  Like desires aroused from the depths of the ocean to create the unique wave, allow true desire to rise from the depths within you and extend the expression from the Light within.

Namast, 

Francisco & Chris

Moments of Gratitude

People often ask us for suggested ways to release anxiety or how to shift focus away from fears and insecurities.  Today we live in a world full of comparisons, where lack is emphasized and fulfillment may feel like an unreachable destination. Our advice for those in such a state of mind is to cultivate a practice of gratitude. It takes only a moment to shift perception from what is wrong in your life to all the goodness that is right. In doing so, a shift occurs in your subconscious mind. Instead of finding evidence to prove your misery, the mind finds evidence to support your growth and expansion.

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The subconscious mind follows a simple law - as you think, so you become.  In the midst of confusion, when your thoughts are upon what is not working in your life, what you “need” or “should be” is your saboteur.  If left unchecked, this destructive voice creates havoc in your life by bringing similar occurrences to manifest.  However, a deliberate shift to gratitude has a causal outcome on your subconscious mind. In every moment of your life there is something to be grateful for - it is up to you to perceive it.  Try using the spiritual principle - as you think, so you become - to your advantage. Cultivating moments of gratitude creates more experiences of goodness, and then more welcomed opportunities to be grateful for.   

We suggest starting a practice of gratitude, first thing in the morning when the mind is clear and the body is at ease.  Spend a mere couple of minutes and list things you are grateful for. You may write it down, decide to just say aloud, or simply focus on them as thoughts:

  • I am thankful for this morning and for the bed that provided me with a restful sleep

  • I am thankful for the food I have to eat and the nourishment it provides my body

  • I am thankful for the work/job/career for it provides me with resources and abundance

  • I am thankful for my spouse/partner/lover/friends/family for they are reminders to continuously express love, that I am loved, and for the community they provide me.

  • I am thankful for…[continue to list until you feel complete].

It is suggested to practice gratitude in the morning as to set the mind for the day ahead.  However, this practice can be done throughout the day or at night before bed to clear the mind and rest the body. Give this practice a try and observe the effects in your life.  Share your experiences with others. (Share with us as well, we welcome the feedback!) You are a child of the Divine and have the ability to consciously create your unique experiences.  How you love and honor yourself is reflected in the world around you. Release any lingering anxieties or insecurities, and revel in the beauty in every angle of your reflection.

Love and Light,

Francisco and Chris