Have you ever wondered where our desires come from and how they take shape in our minds? To understand it, we must first look at what we desire in the first place.
Most of our desires originate from the need to survive. We crave food, sex, and sleep, all in an effort to continue existing. But this is done out of instinct; what about desires for tasty eats, lustful sex, and extravagant living situations? Why is it that we crave anything beyond our most basic needs?
The reason is simple. The spirit is longing for a return to ultimate freedom - to its original state of being.
Alchemist, if you encased yourself in a tiny box with nowhere to move, how badly do you think you'd want to get out? That is how your spirit feels while incarnate in a physical body.
And of course, due to our instincts, we don't choose freedom from physicality in the most obvious ways. We instead search for it through experiences that simulate our true boundless nature.
Anything that stimulates us excessively is a symptom of the spirit trying to break free. So whenever a wall appears, a wagging finger telling us no, you can't do that, we crave passing it.
It is why so many people in our society lead such hedonistic lifestyles. When one disconnects from spiritual realities, they begin to feel claustrophobic in their own bodies.
This take on our desires is not to make a judgment about people's individual life choices. It is just an observation that can liberate one's mind out of the depths of endless craving and raise its vibration to one of pure being.
After all, what we genuinely desire is within us at all times. By not identifying with the tiny self we inhabit, we can see ourselves for the boundless blobs of energy we are.
If you ever felt controlled by your desires, try asking yourself these questions: Who am I? Who is wanting? Asking yourself this can break the illusion of your limited self and help awaken the spirit's identification with the infinite, possibly ridding you of your craving.