The desire for a different consciousness

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Ronald K. Siegel is an American psychiatrist, research professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He argues that man has four uncontrollable urges that govern his/her conduct: hunger for food, thirst, sexual drive, and desire for a different consciousness.

Our desire for a different consciousness manifests in two main things:

(1) Doing drugs which provides a temporal change in consciousness.

(2) Spiritual pursuit which is promised to provide an everlasting change of consciousness.

By the way, Siegel states that these four urges are not exclusive to man.

Are we, as spiritual seekers, just junkies of consciousness transformation disguised in a noble spiritual cause? I think that if we inspect ourselves and are honest with ourselves, we will find that there is some truth in this, to some extent.

dan77's picture

Transcend this also

Yes, this very strong urge for a change in consciousness can and should be felt consciously by the seeker.

He needs to transcend this desire also but to be careful that this will not damage his spiritual zeal.

dan77 | Sat, 02/14/2015 - 15:35