What do you want?
Dr. Christos Christos
Babies are enlightened. But they can't tell anyone about it. So we don't have a value on their enlightenment. We do have other ways where we recognize the powers of babies. We call babies acute and adorable. We melt our hard faces to playfully get a baby's attention. We love them unconditionally. We will smile when they smile on us. We will feel deep springs of love from them as we hold them, and even think of them. We will even change our habits and reconcile old family differences just to be in their lives.
Now substitute Buddha, or guru, or saint, or holy man, for baby, in the above scenarios. In simplest terms, babies are the same as these.
The good news is that we were all babies. The bad news is that we can't remember being babies.
When adults feel their innate perfection like babies do naturally, we have magical moments called peak experiences. When we can sustain these magical moments as a way of life we call this self-actualization’.
Our innate perfection is in that latent part of us that we don't use. It acts in the background of our bodies and minds, helping us and healing us, and it's usually dimmed by the demands of the world. We can rekindle this innate perfection and bring it to the foreground of our lives.
To have a sensational life, you have to open your senses, and you may be surprised by what you find when you do.
Having a more sensational life is not always easy. In fact, the promise of an easier life has seduced most people away from their dreams. As you open yourself to a sensational life, you will change. As you change, friends and family will probably do anything to bring you back into an easier life. Living a sensational life, going for your dream, being really happy, these things are just for kids.
What do you want?
Answer the question. Right now what do you want? Blurt it out like a kid would. Say 'ice cream', or 'a bike', or something more grown up, like 'a kicking sound system', or 'a BMW'. Don't judge it, just say it. What do you want? Write you answer down on a piece of paper, and begin a list of what you want.
Looking at what you want’ is one way to get deeper into the real you. The real you, the essence of you is not made of money or new cars. Still, part of the real you may actually desire these things. Looking at what you really desire can reveal your essence.
Your essence is that energetic part of you, that part that is spirit and soul, that part that had to come into this body to have these experiences. Looking at what you want’ and what you got’ is a great way to see if your everyday self and your essence are making beautiful music together, or if they are out of tune and hard to listen to at all.
Ask your self, What do I want? What do I dream about, but won't say because people will laugh? What is it that when I'm doing it, I love life and everybody? When have I been really alive?
A lot of people when ask themselves what do I want’ draw blanks. They honestly don't know. And if they do know, the answer is typically in the form of a concept like world peace’ or happiness. In this work we are going to begin with baby steps because as we can see, babies are practically enlightened. World peace’ and happiness’ are the destinations of many little baby steps, and each step in each direction is measured as what you want.
Now, ask yourself this: can you trust your desire? For most of recorded history, most of humankind has been barely surviving. Most of our learned human behaviors are based on an ongoing crisis. If this were still the case, what you wanted would be immaterial. What you and your family needed (food, shelter, clothing, shoes) would be all that mattered. So the moral philosophies that most of us grew up with typically biased us against what we wanted, and redirected us to stay focused on what we needed.
Ours is a time of plenty, radically unlike any other. Needs are guaranteed for the vast majority of people. Our poor lead lives that one hundred years ago would be considered luxurious. In our time of plenty what do you want? - is also a completely different question than it was one hundred years ago. What do you want? may be the most important question possible in this time when the answer to What do you need? - is basically nothing.
Our true selves rise to the surface now with whole voices uncut by hunger or war, and still we loose our true selves in the new din of plenty and comfort. I have seen most people loose themselves, and only a few find themselves.
In the past when people were going hungry everywhere, money could be considered the root of all evil, because hoarding money meant that others were being made more poor. There were severe limits to things like money and almost everything else. Today the desire for money actually creates more money. Just look how new businesses and technologies are growing our collective and individual wealth. People's desire for money created computer technology and the Internet. What people want is driving our time, and this drive will only accelerate.
What do you want? Are you getting it? Well, you better get to work on what's really important. Your soul is the only thing I'm interested in talking about.