The Nature of Attachments
- by Philip St. Romain; all rights reserved
Desire--the attraction of the will toward any particular person, place, or thing.
- it is natural and inevitable for a created being with needs to have desires.
- our deepest, most fundamental desires are to live, to understand, and to be happy; these
- desires can ultimately be fulfilled only in God.
Disordered Desires--the inappropriate attraction of the will toward any particular person, place, or thing.
- the fulfillment of such a desire hurts oneself or others; --the pursuit of such a desire violates moral values;
- the cultivation of such a desire undermines the experience of God as the fulfillment of our deepest desire.
- To have what you do not want (but what you cannot be rid of without violating your moral values).
- To want what you do not have (in such a manner as to undermine your experience of what you need most . . . i.e. union with God).
Attachments--disordered desires which have become more or less habitual preoccupations of the mind and will.
Examples: approval of others, winning, controlling other people and circumstances, greed for money or sexual experience, getting high on something, perfect work, losing weight, etc.
Effects on consciousness:
- Intellect is preoccupied with ways to get what you want and avoid what you don't want; other people seen as a help or a hindrance to obtaining attachment.; judgementalism.
- Will is focused on getting what I want . . . selfishness
- Emotional climate is disturbed. Anxiety about not getting what I want; angry toward threats to my fulfillment.
- Attention is focused on past and future. NOW is missed.
- Experience of God: One who can help me get what I want.
Addictions--attachments which have become compulsive preoccupations. The mind and will are no longer capable of completely resisting indulgence.
Spiritual Significance of Attachments/Addictions: They are our primary obstacle to experiencing peace., happiness.. union with God.
How to Know if You Have Attachments
- Do you experience anxiety over situations beyond your control?
- Is your mind "noisy," preoccupied over concerns about which you derive little pleasure in considering?
- Is it difficult for you to enoy the NOW without disturbing memories from the past or anxious concerns about the future intruding?
- Is there something you tell yourself you need in order to be OK?
--If you answer yet to any of these questions, you have an attachment of some kind.
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