Old time spiritual teachers and Masters always asked their students and disciples to empty their bodies of desire and become free. What they meant was to remove ‘yearning’ from their system.
When a desire remains unfulfilled in your system for some time, it becomes a yearning, continues to remain unfulfilled, and then becomes a bondage. And what does any person really want? To be free and happy.
Both past and current day Spiritual teachers also teach that true desires come up and get fulfilled by themselves when there are no fears present. Practices are prescribed which get people to meditate, do yoga, lead a disciplined life, pursue knowledge, and basically master the mind. Slowly but surely, a true spiritual teacher works with a student to get the student’s mind stabilized in light and happiness.
Abraham (of Esther and Jerry Hicks) also says the same thing. He (they) define desire as a ‘joyful anticipation’ of what’s to come (a pure desire). Abraham says that the state of yearning is not pure desire.
It is only when you feel joyful anticipation, that it is a pure desire, and such a pure desire has no choice but to get fulfilled.
Why is positive or joyful anticipation so important? Because anticipation is the energy of “Oh look, it’s coming in any moment now”. Think of a child waiting for his birthday/Christmas gift. What does it feel like to be that child? There is hardly any stress involved because the child has dropped several LOUD hints in the weeks preceding his birthday/Christmas, and KNOWS with certainty that his parents are definitely going to fulfill his wish.
And this is the place that a person needs to get to- the place of Joyful Anticipation with respect to each desire. Until then it is only a yearning, continuing to remain unfulfilled.
And who wants a body full of unfulfilled yearning? Nobody! It creates sadness and depression.
The mind energy constantly veers between darkness and light, despair and hope, lack and abundance, and it is the personal responsibility of each person to bring his/her mind energy together into the state of light filled abundance.
To achieve this, it is important to release fears (and there are several ways to do this) and to get your life to work for you and continue to provide you with joy. For example, if you have problems with your family, then get your entire family into alignment with you by getting into alignment with what you want. You are the center of your universe and you deserve to have your life filled with love.
I have found that before I start working with people, they would have tried applying the knowledge of the Law of Attraction to themselves, but found it difficult to get to that place where they could see it actually working positively for them. Fear, and painful emotional loss energy with respect to each topic ruled. And it is only when actual work is put into stabilizing their minds in light energy, that results are seen.
The only real job that any person has is to get to a happy feeling place about life and its various components. Because when people feel good about their life, then that means that they are in the space of knowing that things are really working well for them. And they can then fine tune that great feeling to each specific topic, thereby causing manifestation to happen.
Develop Joyful Anticipation for each subject matter of your life. Infact develop Joyful Anticipation for Life itself!
Lots of Joy!