1: to long or hope for:
2 (a): to express a wish for: request; (b) archaic: to express a wish to: ask
obsolete: invite
archaic: to feel the loss of




Desire (v.): early 13th century, from Old French desirrer (12th century) “wish, desire, long for,” from Latin desiderare “long for, wish for; demand, expect,” original sense perhaps “await what the stars will bring,” from the phrase de sidere “from the stars,” from sidus “heavenly body, star, constellation” (consider).



“The power of unfulfilled desires is the root of all man's slavery” 

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 – 1952, born Mukunda Lal Ghosh, Bengali Indian yogi and guru who introduced millions of westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his book, "Autobiography of a Yogi”)

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“Ultimately, it is the desire, not the desired, that we love.” 

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900, German philosopher and cultural critic who published intensively in the 1870s and 1880s, famous for uncompromising criticisms of traditional European morality and religion)

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“I spin worlds where we could be together. I dream you. For me, imagination and desire are very close.” 

Jeanette Winterson (b. 1959, an award-winning English writer, who became famous with her first book, "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit," a semi-autobiographical novel about a sensitive teenage girl rebelling against conventional values; some of her other novels have explored gender polarities and sexual identity)

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“To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.” 

Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1926, one of the most important Spanish poets and dramatists of the twentieth century; in 1929, he moved to Harlem NYC where he loved African-American spirituals, which reminded him of Spanish "deep songs")

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“There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.” 

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish comic dramatist, literary critic, social propagandist, recipient of The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925)

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“I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.” 

Virginia Woolf (born Adeline Virginia Stephen,1882—1941, English writer whose novels, through their nonlinear approaches to narrative, exerted a major influence on the genre)

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“Desiring another person is perhaps the most risky endeavor of all.  As soon as you want somebody—really want him—it is as though you have taken a surgical needle and sutured your happiness to the skin of that person, so that any separation will now cause a lacerating injury.” 

Elizabeth Gilbert (b. 1969, American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist, and memoirist, best known for her 2006 memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love")

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“Never, never underestimate the power of desire.  If you want to live badly enough, you can live.  The great question, at least for me, was: How do I decide I want to live?” 

Marya Hornbach (b. 1974, award-winning journalist and bestselling author; best known for writing "Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia" and "The Center of Winter")

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“I spin worlds where we could be together. I dream you.  For me, imagination and desire are very close.”

Jeanette Winterson


According to Malidoma Patrice Somé’s book, Of Water and The Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman, his tribe the Dagara, believed that if humanity could imagine or dream something then that desire could be manifested into existence.

Because of this belief, the Dagara tribe would often watch and study Star Trek episodes.  This advanced-conscious West African tribe believed in the future and in the possibility of humanity’s extensive space travel and global, galactic and universal harmony.

The Dagara, through their deep spiritual attunement, understood desire, imagination, and vision were the cosmic light paths that lead to fulfillment and life purpose.

As contemporary people, we must understand that as our desires enlarge we must draw flexible blueprints of our possibilities.  Desire is about the journey of loving for the sake of love and the odyssey of creating for the joy of Creation.

However, it’s not always and only about us manifesting our dreams.  It’s about tasting and savoring the desires themselves and discovering our abilities to imagine the impossible.   It’s also about being in awe of how The Greater Universe works to conspire on our behalf.

Stay thirsty and hungry for Life’s adventures, sojourners!

Faithfully yours, Tonya






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