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Desire, but never want. Wanting communicates to you and to the Universe that you do not have something (first mistake) and that you are in a state of not having it but wishing you did (second mistake). The problem is compounded by the fact that wanting is a perpetual state. In itself, it has no finality. Think about it.

You can never get what you want. Never. It only looks like people get what they want, but they never really do. What actually happens is that very gradually they shift from the state of wanting to other states, and then they get what they had wanted initially.

But as long as they are in a state of wanting, they cannot get that which they want.

Here is how the illusion of a person getting what they want works:

Remember the last time you wanted to eat and you got what you wanted (you ate something). Ok, you wanted something to eat. This is a wanting state. But watch what happened next. You started to go get something to eat. You actually shifted from a wanting to a getting state, which has finality. You then shift to the present tense of having, finally, and you appear to have had what you wanted. See, you never did get what you wanted when you were in a wanting state. You had to shift states.

This unconscious shifting from a state of wanting to another state is easily done all the time by people – but only for small things. But what if it was something so big, something you had never done before? Would you still get it if you wanted it? Unlike food, it would be harder for you to unconsciously shift from the wanting state, because you have not gone through it before.

If you found yourself wanting twenty dollars, it would be easy for you to unconsciously shift from the state of wanting to getting, because you have done it before over and over again. But what if you wanted a million dollars and you have never had more than twenty thousand dollars in your life before? Would you be able to shift unconsciously from wanting to getting a million dollars? Most likely not. The solution is this: never want! In other words, never believe you do not have.

You can never get what you want. Wanting something very bad is worse. In your thoughts, words, states, and feelings, replace want with desire or wish. Unlike wanting, desire does not necessarily have to mean you do not have something. It is a very subtle difference and some people may say they are the same thing, but there is a world of difference. Some thesauruses may even say want is interchangeable with desire, but that is simply for some linguistic purposes.

Remember, your thoughts are carried out with precision and perfection by the universe.

It is the way the system is designed. Wanting is carried out with precision, and wanting represents a perpetual state of not having.

Desire is not a perpetual state of not having; in fact, it does not necessarily have to mean you do not have what you desire.

It is sad and funny to think that billions of people are kept away from what they want by such a simple little difference. It all lies in the precise execution of the universe. Start to desire, not want.

Precisely, it is not just the word ‘want’ that should be avoided. It is the state. It helps nothing to avoid the word ‘want’ but be in a state of ‘want’ – that is useless. Language is a symbol used to represent things such as state. The word want is a symbol that represents the state of wanting. It is therefore the state that you should avoid first. The symbol, the word itself, is also to be avoided so as not to invoke the state.

Desire, but never want.

Here are a few dictionary definitions of the word ‘want’: To be without; lack. To be destitute or needy. A defect of character; a fault. To be absent; to be deficient or lacking; to fail; not to be sufficient; to fall or come short; to lack. This is what you communicate to the universe to bring to you when you want something. The universe brings you just that – absence and deficiency.

None of these negative definitions is included for the word ‘desire’. Now here are some dictionary definitions of the word ‘desire’: To express a wish for; request. The natural longing that is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of any good, and impels to action or effort its continuance or possession; an eager wish to obtain or enjoy.

See, you can have something but not be experiencing it because it is not right there with you. So you desire to experience it by bringing it to where you are. You know you have it, you just wish to experience it. This is good. But when you believe you don’t have it, then that is wanting, and you can never have that which you want, simply because you are certain that you do not have it!

A Happy Pocketful Of Money

asked 27 Dec '11, 15:57

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edited 03 Feb '13, 06:09

A very inspired bit of writing.... I like it. ^_^y

(27 Dec '11, 22:08) Snow

Thanks Satori for sharing such nice lines with us.I enjoyed it very much.

(28 Dec '11, 05:02) Zee

defintiion of desire is also - regret the loss of- an earnest longing but still not as negative as want. I will try this in the alpha state.

(08 Jan '12, 04:47) Alan Crabbe
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I posted a question about the definition of want and how it seemed to me that the signal being sent was -I lack, I lack I dont have etc. I will have a think about how desire is different than want. Thanks you may have answered my question. I took the route of focusing on what I did have.


answered 07 Jan '12, 14:34

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I like what you said. It makes since. Tom

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answered 30 Dec '11, 03:30

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Hello Satori, desire is sending a wish out to the universe and wishes can come true ... want in this sense means need, and need implies lack ... lack attracts more lack.

So yes your words certainly make good sense, thanks.

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answered 27 Dec '11, 18:29

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