Father, let Thy desires be my desires. Let my desires, God, be Thy desires, in spirit and in truth. 262-60
[Based on Edgar Cayce readings 262-64 through 262-72]
Desire originates in the will. It is of the earth and of the spirit. It is activated, in the realms in which it is directed, by that which is the motivating force, through the will and the mental abilities and faculties of the individual. (See 262-64.)
[Desire] is the basis of evolution, and of life, and of truth. It also takes hold on hell and paves the way for many [who] find themselves oft therein. In spirit, in body, in mind. 262-60
Desire is the power which drives our physical, our spiritual self, while will is the directing force. The positions in which we find ourselves are drawn to us through our desires. Whatever we are physically, mentally, or spiritually has been built through desire.
It is written in the Scriptures, "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Biologically, we make ourselves as animals on the physical plane with three primary urges-self-preservation, propagation of the species, and hunger. These three are forces in us and animals that are instincts. If by the force of will we use them for self-aggrandizement, they then become material desires, and are the basis of carnal influences. In so doing we belittle our spiritual or soul body.
The basis of physical desire is adding to, contributing to, or gathering together, in forces, that which makes for the abilities of each of us to revel in those urges that are of the animal nature. If we are governed by these, there is no recourse for us other than through spirit. Our soul was created as a companion with the Creator, able to become aware of itself, yet with influences that require the spiritualizing of the creative power of will. This develops god-likeness in the soul or activity. (See 262-63.)
... spirit moves in the direction in which it is motivated by will and desire. 262-64
Physical desires which are not spiritualized hinder the development of the consciousness of oneness with God.
"I asked in prayer for three things. All of them were physical desires. One was for the protection of the name of the family, one for comfort, one for some work to do. The prayer was answered, but it did not bring either peace or harmony, only discord, trouble and greater responsibility. In whatever place we find ourselves, if we have the Christ spirit, we will have peace."
Desire is that impulse which makes for activity of the mental body, whether the impulse is produced from the environ that affects the physical organism, or that which arouses the spiritual or soul body to an activity.
Our physical desires that remain carnal in purpose may become powers for evil when strengthened by a mind that is evil in its intent. The mind in humankind, with its ability to make comparisons, to reason, to have reactions through the senses, can be raised to such forces of activity that it creates for us the environs about us, and changes even our hereditary influences.
Our mental desires that are to laud ourselves, to appraise ourselves, above our fellow humans, make it possible for carnal desires to become stumbling blocks in our experiences. It is one of the immutable laws that whatever the mind of a soul dwells upon, that it becomes; for mind is the builder. If our mind is in attunement with the law of force that brought the soul into being, it becomes spiritualized in its activity; if our mind dwells upon or is directed toward carnal influences, then it becomes destructive.
Let Thy will, O God, be my desire! Let the desire of my heart, my body, my mind, be Thy will, О Father, in the experiences that I may have in the earth! 262-63
When we make our lives and activities in accord with the laws that are manifested in spiritual attributes, we find that we grow in grace, in knowledge, and in understanding of His ways. Let us pray, "Lord, use us; let that which Thou seest is best be done in and through us at this time." Let that mind be in us that was in Him, who asked nothing for Himself, but went about doing good.
Our purpose and our will stimulate desires that grow and take hold upon the mind as do habits upon our bodies. Let us again remind ourselves that our mind is the builder, regardless of whether it has its inception from spiritual forces or from carnal forces. If we would grow, we must keep our mind in constructive channels. We know that the source of all that builds is He who has declared that He is the way, the truth and the light. The earth was brought into being by Him. We are His by creation, His by possession, His through those promises given to the children of mortals. What is our desire? What will we do with this man called Christ?