THE FIRE INSIDE
Series: Recovering Desire
In the sci-fi thriller movie The Giver, emotion is seen to be the cause of all terrible things in this world. Therefore, an injection is given to every person, every morning, to numb all emotion. The screen color is black and white and gray as if signifying how dull everything is when emotion is deleted from the human experience. Everyone just goes through life without feeling… until one young man gets curious. Jonas wonders what it is like to feel and why everyone is trying to stop him from doing so. One thing leads to the next in his adventure and he winds up finding the Giver. The Giver is a person who holds all the memories and emotion of the human race. It is his job to keep this treasure hidden, but alive in case this wisdom is needed. When the young man finally meets The Giver, it is for the purpose of learning the job. The Giver had become an old man and will probably die soon. Jonas is understandably hesitant to be invited into this world of feeling and beauty, but his curiosity wins over.
On the first day of training Jonas sits across from the old man. The old man asks him to hold out his hands, palms up. The old man ceremoniously places his hands on top of the boy’s. With a great intake of breath and a flash of blinding color Jonas is whisked from scene to scene of overwhelming beauty and human emotion. A baby being born, lovers kissing in a sunset, excruciating imagery of war and moments of betrayal and many others in-between. It all happens in incredibly quick sequence and the boy is in complete shock. Over time, The Giver teaches Jonas what it is to be human again… what it is to DESIRE.
I believe many of us live similarly to Jonas. Maybe we don’t inject ourselves with an anti-emotion drug everyday, but many of us have attempted to kill desire in one way or another. Deep emotion holds both pain and beauty, but in an attempt to protect ourselves we try to avoid pain by shutting down the emotion that brings it. Avoidance, of course, only makes the pain go underground in us and the collateral damage is our capacity for beauty and joy. You can’t just shut off painful emotion; if you shut it off, you shut it all off.
So, what if we, like Jonas, were reminded once again what it is like to be human. What if we allowed ourselves to be open to both deep pain and deep beauty? What if we understood DESIRE to be the pathway to our mental, emotional and spiritual health?
This is what this new series will be about: finding the fulness and freedom of life through recovering and training desire.
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