In a Wilderness Mysticism, desire, passion and longing are not necessarily associated with the acquisitive ego. At root, they are not a problem and are definitely not to be eliminated by any sort of spiritual teaching or practice. Rather, desire, passion and longing become transformed into their own fulfillment when we realize that they are ALWAYS mutual. It turns out that our desire is itself a participation in the Beloved's desire for us! Evidence for this insight comes from the fact that whenever we desire something, we can feel our awareness - which is the core of who we really are - GRIPPED and GRASPED by that desire. In other words, desire does not belong primarily to us, but actually has its source in a BELOVED who desires us just as strongly as we desire Him and Her! When we realize this great insight, we learn to relax into our desires, understanding that the Beloved actually considers us HOT STUFF!
Photos: Red Mountain Open Space, Larimer County, CO, October 19, 2015
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.