East of Hedone: Tranformation through Authentic Desire

Don't you see?  . . . The American Standard translation orders men to triumph over sin. And you call sin ignorance. The King James translation makes a promise in 'Thou shalt' meaning that men will surely triumph over sin. But the Hebrew word, the word timshel - 'Though mayest' that gives man a choice. It might be the most important word. That says the way is open.

~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden

This Steinbeck quote conveys to the reader that, at any time, one can change their ways regardless of their personal past or the past indiscretions of their family. It is possible to take the reigns of life and start anew. However, it is not something that must be done. It is a choice. You have free-will to sin. But, to triumph over sin is to triumph over ignorance. You, in effect, elevate yourself.

This idea of making a free-will choice to no longer sin has me wondering about two things:

  1. Is such dramatic core energetic transformation really possible?
  2. What is difference between the pursuit of desires vs hedonism?

When the want to change comes from within it represents a change in the heart energy. This kind of change resembles transformation. Change motivated by moral obligation, or fear, may not necessarily represent true core change. This kind of change could potentially be fleeting and difficult to keep up.

I see transformation as a monumental change. Significant enough change where you can look back at your past and see the old you as you would another person. You can see all the weakness and faults without any discomfort because your current vibration no longer resonates with who you were and thereby creates a comfortable distance.

(And yes it happens.)

From an energetic standpoint, a belief is a repetitive thought that produces an ongoing vibration. The Universe is always responding to your vibrations. So, it is a good idea to consider whether certain ongoing beliefs are hindering you or serving you. The extent of the benefit, or detriment, can be determined by how you feel when you are thinking about your belief. Simply put, bad = hindrance and good = serving.

To diminish the bad, and enhance the good, you can start by looking at what beliefs you have about yourself that feel good. Start with generalities and then use that as a basis to lead to more specific positive beliefs. By doing this, you feed the positive beliefs with your focus while you starve the negative beliefs with a lack of attention. Energy follows your attention.

(If you are being distracted by negative beliefs write them down and then cross them out. Then, throw the paper into the garbage. Write down your positive beliefs on a separate paper.)

The focus on these positive beliefs also makes it easier to nudge yourself to accept new and related empowering beliefs about yourself. With continued practice, this can have a snowball effect. When you feel it, start to employ the "as if" principle. Start acting as a person who has held your new and improved beliefs for a long time. To the Law of Attraction, you are what your predominate vibration is. Continue to reach for better feeling thoughts that enhance your feelings about yourself.

A couple of great processes to get you started on this is the "Focus Wheel" and the "Stream Analogy" by Abraham-Hicks.

A couple of good questions are:

"What do you need to embrace?" And, "what do you need to let go of?"

And again, focus on what you want. Think about it in very positive way - as though it is already completely embraced.

With new and improved beliefs increasing in strength and the old debilitating ones dying off, you become a new person. A person who is more inviting to experiencing good things.

Speaking of segways -- I mean speaking of experiencing good things: What is the difference between someone who pursues their desires and a hedonist?

If to be a better practitioner of the Law of Attraction you need to get happy, then why not take drugs like ecstasy? Maybe a line of cocaine is just what you need to get more sales? Or, maybe an affair will give you that boost you need to make it through the next few months?

Or, maybe these examples provide a means to feel good but in a way that is fleeting, therefore, not possible to build any real traction with, or continuous momentum.

If you are on MDMA, what exactly are your desires? MDMA can produce happiness by supplying chemicals to your brain that feel good. There was no direction of focus or deliberate choice of thoughts that brought you there. And often your biggest inspiration can be little more than rubbing the couch. Then you are off the drug and it sucks. Your brain chemicals are messed up. You feel down in the dumps and hugging the coach is not as fulfilling as it was when your pupils were cartoonish large. If the source of your happiness in not heart centred. And, if it is not heart-centered, it's a facade. The sense of well-being that alignment with source energy provides is real.

Authentic ecstasy is not experienced through drugs. True and lasting sense of well being is brought on by quieting your ego and allowing source to come through the stillness. When thoughts come up guide draw some new ones that feel good. The better the feeling the thought provides the more source energy you are allowing to come through.

hot chickWhen relying on drugs, you have not learned anything beyond the fact you need more drugs to keep feeling good. You have not grown in any way as a human being. It is not authentic joy. Lasting joy comes from within, not a pill or shallow pursuits. Drugs peak emotions, to an extraordinary level, and then you drop down to below your normal baseline feelings when you are off. It is a cycle with no traction to get ahead. You are on a treadmill and not really getting anywhere. Most synthetic drugs are also bad for your brain and your health. They provide distractions that could lead to destruction.

I do realize there are some of you who use certain types of drugs for mind expansion, but for the sake of brevity, and due to the lack of a desire to extend what is already a tangent, I will not address that.

So, lets unpack what is the difference between hedonism and attracting your true desires.

When you are in touch with your authentic self you are interfacing with the aggregate consciousness and acting as one of its integral parts. Your true desires, while they may involve pleasurable sensations, still serve the greater good in some way. Hedonism gives no such consideration. True desires are a reflection of who you are and if you are not in touch with that, you may be pursuing things for the approval of others, or, things only for the simple pleasure they provide. True desires lack fleetingness or the immediacy of  instant gratifications. They are not pleasant distractions, rather, they are the point. They have to do with life purpose. The pursuit of status, or, the pursuit of fleeting desires, will never lead to lasting fulfillment. Sure, have some fun, but, psychologists will tell you that intrinsic motivations are far more fulfilling and satisfying than extrinsic ones. The satisfaction lingers longer when authentic desires are realized.

ice climbingOne of the reasons you are on earth is to develop consciousness - yours and mass consciousness. The easiest path to expansion is to follow your true passions because your authentic desires are your true destiny. Once you accomplish a goal you will naturally want more because you naturally want to expand. Let your last accomplishment be your new starting point. If you are a great big guy who works in construction, but you also like to make clay pots in your spare time, then be sure to do that. It does not matter what your friends might think. You are not going to regret doing what you enjoy, but you may regret not doing it out of fear of what others may think.

Hedone, by the way, is the Greek Goddess of sensual pleasure. Being the daughter of Cupid and the granddaughter of Venus, it is easy to understand how she became such a Goddess. Hedone is also an English translation for the Greek word "pleasure" and is the root for hedonism. Hedone represents the quest for sensual pleasure. Hedonism is the pursuit of pleasure and what collateral damage that may occur as a result of said pursuit, has no bearing.

Whereas, with authentic heart based desires, consideration of others matter but not from an insecure need for approval. Often, authentic pursuits involve service to others in some fashion. Or it may be a solo pursuit requiring contemplation and isolation. But it will not require you to gain at the expense of others. Authentic satisfaction stays with you longer.

index4To sum up my thoughts on this, the attainment of true desires is pleasurable and fulfilling. And, I believe that a fully integrated being naturally has desires that, in some way, serve the greater good (even if it is not always readily apparent how). Jimmy Hendricks served us all with his guitar play but when he started did he know he would be a famous entertainer? He could have played it safe and become a mailman, but his pursuit of his authentic desire served him and millions of others. 

So, I do not think attracting one's desires is hedonistic if one is in touch with their true self. I also do not think excessive drugs, sex, and other potentially destructive excesses are authentic choices. I think they are pleasurable distractions from obstacles. But relying on self-distractions to feel better impede true expansion. Many heart-felt desires do have a pleasurable quality on a sensory level but fall a little left of a pursuit purely for pleasuring the senses. Or in other words, they fall a little left, or East of Hedone. (Yes I just did that).


index5Hedone, the Greek Goddess associated with the pursuit of sensual pleasure.



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