DESIRE IS DEPENDENT ON FOCUSING
There is a misleading misconception in religious and spiritual circles, that the senses lead to sensuality and worldly desire. This idea has influenced our entire common and cultural understanding, and it is incorrect.
The senses can only lead to wanting and worldly desire when they are focusing.
Focusing does not automatically lead to wanting or worldly desire. If we notice a bus or a wall, we don't automatically want them. But when we are focusing and it causes pleasure (or even promises some future pleasure) – depending on the degree of pleasure – then we start to want.
And once we want something we will periodically and repetitiously remember it – we will refocus on it – thinking about it again in our minds, wanting it again in our actions.
If getting something is also pleasurable then it confirms the process, and – except for the times when we have just got it – we want more or something similar.
Wanting and pleasure always result in repetitions, either an idea will repeat in our memory or an actual repetition in practical life.
Wanting and sensory/worldly desire are always intrinsically connected with focusing. They're caused in part by focusing, and they always result in focusing.
But focusing isn't the only thing our senses can do.Animals have a way of using their senses without focusing. It is a receptive awareness to everything which is happening in their immediate environment at this present moment. I call it panoramic sensing.
In order for animals to use the panorama senses with any intensity, it is essential for them to temporarily stop focusing on what they are thinking, wanting, and doing.
Panoramic sensing is the easiest and most natural way to neutralise doing, thinking, and getting, and – even short periods among beginners, even if they have no faith in the method – temporarily interrupts all sensory desire and wanting.
Panoramic sensing is always and only, here and now, and it doesn't lead anywhere to anything else. The only thing panoramic sensing leads to, if it is pleasurable, is more panoramic sensing .
Vulnerable animals use their panorama senses to stay safe, and to want nothing more than just that.
Predatory animals have a way of combining their focused and panoramic vision. They use the awareness of change and movement to hunt for specific prey. Under the influence of focusing, we witness again the connection with wanting and desire.
The senses or thoughts can only lead to worldly desire when they are focusing.
Panoramic sensing, if it's pleasurable, can only lead to more panoramic sensing.