Desire- Etymology

I have stumbled upon an interesting mental enterprise exploring the feeling or emotional meanings of words through looking at their roots. For example, the latin root of apocalypse means to uncover or reveal. This has a much different feeling than the sensation of end of days that the connotation has evolved into. Images of the last remnants of the human species scavenging for food and fighting for survival flash across the projector in my mind. Though, through looking at the initial intention of the word the cataclysmic imagery is extinguished and replaced with a sense of natural fluidity. There is almost a sense of excitement and anticipation for this uncovering, like revealing the present beneath the wrapping.


Words are one method of communication, a way to translate knowing from one person or moment to the next using symbols and sounds. If we can concentrate that communication and give that essence of its meaning a place in our bodies we can expand the very translation and receiving of said communication. In doing so we essentially make space for words themselves to evolve and for the very energetic intercommunication to change alongside. We make space for what’s to come. We tune the sending and receiving of communication to our instincts. We begin training our insight to connect understanding and knowing through all different parts of the body and the whole of who we are energetically.


In looking at the deeper meaning of words and harkening back to their intent the word desire has caught my attention. There is an essence to the word, a feeling meaning that separates it from its synonyms. Specifically within the realm of law of attraction works the word is preferred and chosen specifically. Any Abraham Hicks fans will recognize the repetitive use and preference of the word desire.


Why is desire so favored? Not want. Not need. Why desire above any other? It struck me, in that deep feeling way, that the essence of a desire simply feels good. What is a desire above anything else but a welcomed invitation to something you want?


Wants, in contrast, can represent desires but also cravings. They have an essence of things that pull you apart, in the way that you can want something that is bad for you. You can want to binge and fight the craving at the same time. There is a feeling of a push pull or a split energy that is created in the very want itself. Therefore, wanting can contain guilt very easily. Desires have an essence of purity of pleasure. Desires are a sole focus on the pleasure to be had.


A desire feels good when it is decisive and has a focused trajectory. There is no wobble or split energy in regards to what it is you want. The directed focus maintains a clarity of knowing that you can have the desire that has sprung up within you, therefore it feels light and enjoyable. The act of desiring from this place of knowing the attainability shortens the very attaining of it.


Looking deeper still, the latin root for desire translates from sidus as heavenly body. In order to truly feel a desire you must first know that sense of lightness of being. There is a space within yourself that opens up to welcoming the fruition of said desire.


For example, it is not going on a walk because your doctor urged you to exercise more. You don’t align with a need to go on a walk, you happily choose to. You feel excited, drawn and attracted to this walk amongst the trees. The fresh air is enticing. The time spent beneath the sky beckons. There is a strong sense of well-being that attracts you to this desire.


To know this subtle shift in emotion is inspiring because the only way to feel it is to first have a predicated knowledge deep within your being that life not only is meant to be enjoyed, but cares and conspires for you. Your desire comes from knowing that life is meant to be lived in a joyous way. Things, reality, friends, non-physical essences, like the reflected rainbow of sunlight through panes of glass and the seemingly invisible minuscule bugs traversing the cosmos, somehow all connect perfectly. When you know that oneness and you know its intention is joyous and heartfelt your desires glow from within you. There is a lightness of being like the ease of a child skipping along a misty shore absolutely oblivious to anything else. When you know this feeling within your desires are empowered beyond recognition. They are anew and suddenly the desire itself becomes enjoyable. The buzz of excitement becomes desirable itself looping you back into the infinite wrapping and unwrapping of presence.


The practice then becomes that childlike unyielding focus, which I for one am still experimenting with. It is my ardent desire to master my ability to focus as that is where imagination becomes reality and reality is simply something you’re not too bothered about. Such focused desire has elevated you to the feeling of a heavenly body.



History and Etymology for desire Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French desirer, from Latin desiderare, from de- + sider-, sidus heavenly body

(Source: Merriam-Webster)



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