Craving is a very different energy than desire.
It is my experience that desire is our soul’s natural yearning for fulfillment and joy.
As humans we all desire to have our basic needs met—food, shelter, clothing, and a sense of belonging and of meaning.
But is this a craving? Or a desire? It probably depends on the attitudes we hold in mind.
As an experiment will you try this? Imagine yourself craving something right now. If you are willing, just pause and get into the state of craving—whatever it might be.
Maybe it’s something you feel you desperately need. Or something you wanted and never received when you were young. Perhaps you want an answer to something. Or to get your “to-do” list accomplished.
Let yourself get into craving for whatever it is just for this moment.
Now become aware of your body. What is your body doing? Is there tension, a tightness in the belly? A heaviness? Do you feel pulsations of energy in your limbs? That’s how my body feels when I crave for something.
Are you breathing easily and fully? Or holding your breath just a little?
Also note your mental condition. Is there worry? A feeling of dread or excitement? Maybe it won’t happen. Is there impatience?
All these states describe suffering: dissatisfaction with what is.
Now switch gears. Imagine yourself desiring something. Not craving—simply thinking how lovely it would be to have or experience something (and name something specific that you would enjoy having or being.)
Perhaps you imagine yourself walking gracefully through a present experience that is facing you. You simply see yourself moving forward in grace. Not craving it, just desiring it. Perhaps a thought of “Wouldn’t it be nice if this were to happen?”
Perhaps it will arrive; perhaps not. But you have a feeling that you are OK no matter what. It is simply something that would be nice if it happened.
And now check out how your body is feeling. Is there tension? Or is there more of a sensation of a flowing ease?
Perhaps you can feel how different these two experiences are.
The first has suffering and tension in it. The second more of a feeling of ease and joy.
It may help to differentiate craving from desire. Perhaps we can understand more clearly that desire is natural, but craving is something that has a quality of fear in it, of worry.
Some define the word desire to be “of the Father.” Another word for Father is God, or Source.
I understand God as the Source of all that is. I experience Source as universal energy that brings forth what needs to happen at just the right time. And not just to me, but to everyone! As there is no separate, stand alone “me.”
The Source is One.
I feel at ease as I allow myself to “fall into” Source, into the very nature of Oneness. I can best describe this as the fullness, the abundance, the beauty that includes everyone and everything and leaves nothing out. This is our very safety. Here is where we always belong. This is our True Home.
Another name for Source—or God—is Divine Choreography.
I desire to know and feel myself connected to and living in this field of energy that feels so divine. This is heaven here on earth.
To me this is Universal Love, a Field of Beingness, in which we all live.
Love desires for us what is highest and best; that which brings the most joy and goodness for you, me and everyone. This living, flowing energy is weaving everything together in harmony and peace.
My desire is to remember that we all live in this Field. For there is nowhere else to be. Anything other than this is illusion, or delusion.
As I stay open to new possibilities and do my daily spiritual practices, I more easily remember this Truth.
My greatest desire is to allow my heart to align with Spirit by doing my best to open to whatever happens and push nothing away (aversion).
Whatever experience comes my way each day I do my best to work with, to note if I am craving some particular outcome, feeling impatient or wanting to avoid a situation.
My desire is to welcome life as it comes and trust the universal energy to bring me (and everyone else) just what is best for each soul.
I am here for spiritual growth. Since it’s already here there is no need to crave it. Just pay attention to that which is greater than what I see and hear in the physical realm.
This is found most easily in the silent places, the gap between the breaths.
And this is the peace that passes all understanding. It is the great mystery of the universe that always holds us in its heart.
For God desires us, holds and cherishes us more than we could ever desire God.
God wants to express, and we are those hands, bodies and minds through which God works.
This is divine harmony.