Set the World on Fire


There are many books written on self-love, probably more than are written on selfishness, though we could likely debate that.

I’m not here to debate that. I am here to enjoin us toward the love of self that enables us to better love each other. I’m here to ask us all: are we not part of God Herself? Are we not an integral part of creation and the unfolding of the patterns of life? Really. Why are we here? We are here to find and follow our destiny. We are here to listen to desire. Even if the call is faint, let us pray. Every time we show up to another friendship, we are seeking to follow the path of desire. Every time we go to another workshop, ritual, art gallery, concert, forest, or beach, we are seeking desire. To seek desire, is to follow desire. What connects us? What draws us forward? What brings us back to relationship, again and again? Desire.

Desire is the fire beneath us, that keeps us moving forward. Desire is the fire at sex and heart, that illuminates our lives. Desire is the sparking of the mind, that spurs our thoughts toward creation. Desire flames in the cauldron of our belly, giving us the will to carry on. The people I love most in life are guided by desire. They listen to their God Souls and this tugging force of destiny and fire. They light up themselves and the world around them, in ways that might seem simple, basic, but are driven by deep choice. And some of my friends? They set the world on fire.

What is your way? Are you still dousing the fires of desire with self-loathing or indecision? Are you sinking in and training, in order to live a life that feels bold? Are you listening to the great silences, and coming forth renewed? Are you speaking to the wind, and to the rain? Desire draws all things together, and draws still others, on their way. Each peptide in our body forms itself to do its work. What is your work?

These things that help us know, and will, and dare, these things that rise from stillness… all of these, too, are part of the flowing of desire. Let yourself feel it. Let yourself taste it. Let yourself live.

The journey is ever moving onward. The process is never someday but always now.

7 Responses to “Set the World on Fire”

  1. Stephanie H-Brown

    Desire-what a subject…yes we must constantly seek our desires even as we get older. So many people age without listening to the desires they still have in their hearts. We are seeking out new music as a fullfillment as a desire my husband & I have-attending a indie rock concert for a band we saw on a special on cable. I never thought I would be interested in such a concert but it is such a wonderful combination of classical and rock music that we have to attend. I want to feel the music in my head, my heart,my soul. More than that we must listen to the desires in our hearts for our relationships in life wether it be friends, family or our partners. Never give up on desire for if you do a part of you will die and that is sad.. passion is a help to fuel our future lifes and hopefully make us happier and live longer.

  2. Harlequin

    This is a fantastic post…if we are to live authentic lives we do indeed need to discover and act according to our deepest desire.

    However, what I find important to remember is how to fuel that desire in a healthy way so that we don’t burn ourselves out from the inside.

  3. Diana Rajchel

    Desire is an amazing force. I do think the challenge lies in overcoming what we’re “supposed” to want in favor of where our heart truly lies.

  4. Ariana Dawnhawk

    Timely – I was talking with some Thelemites yesterday about Will as a flow and a process. I can feel that sometimes, the pull that I follow. And my manifestation work is also moving towards desire.

  5. HiC

    Within 24 hours of reading this post, I came across this quote from the Buddhist perspective regarding desire. Coincidence ? I think not. 😉

    « The actual way of bringing desire onto the path is for you to look into the identity of it and let be within the natural state. Its identity then vividly dawns as naked non-conceptual wakefulness in which bliss and emptiness are nondual.

    Additionally while you train like this, bring desire onto the path by means of loving-kindness [metta], compassion [karuna], and bodhichitta. First generate the enlightened attitude; next be free of mental constructs; and lastly, seal by dedication. By generating bodhichitta, your emotion becomes the path of enlightenment. By letting be in a state free of constructs, realization arises. And by sealing with dedication, the virtue is perfected.
    Train undistractedly in this way with each thought state, from the moment it arises until it has been brought onto the path… »

    ~ from Advice From the Lotus-Born by Padmasambhava

  6. HiC

    Just thought I’d pass along one more quote that I came across which made me think about your post here :

    « I know the time will come when the desire to desire will be stronger than the desire to dissect. In a month, in a year, what difference does it make? Whether it happens to me or to someone else, I know it will happen. I know that hands and mouths arouse penises or clitorises. Must they necessarily belong to the same gender as ours, under the pretence that all policing enforces their belonging to the other.

    The Ruling classes are the ones who have split and mutilated desire. The bourgeoisie invented the notion of homosexuality and made it into a ghetto. We must not forget this. There are two sexes on earth, but this only to hide the fact that there are three, four, ten, thousands, once you throw that old hag of the idea of nature overboard. There are two sexes on earth but only one sexual desire. »

    ~ Guy Hocquenghem, “The Screwball Asses”


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