From Members’ Diary: Mars Retrograde, Intent and Desire

Dear Friend and Reader:

I had worked for months on the 2010 charts and much longer for some leading into 2011 and 2012, but the my 2010 reports started to unfold first while I was writing about Mars retrograde in Leo (Dec. 21, 2009-March 10, 2010). That was the bit that started making words and ideas easily, because it seemed connected to a motor: that would be Mars and Leo, two fiery energies we need to employ if we want to get things done.

While I was working out Leo Confidential, I discovered that Mars is asking a question: What do you want? Midway through Leo, I burrowed into the Abraham-Hicks material, which basically says that wanting is what drives the human universe. Not the American economy, not capitalism, but all events; and that things go better, not worse, when we want consciously.

Here in the states, we think we have a problem with wanting. I would say we have a problem with not knowing what we want; and with not knowing what is valuable to us, which is the basis of authentic desire.

Metaphysical ideas are rarely proven, but they are demonstrated through use. Abraham’s message seems to be that without wanting, nothing happens except a lot of mishaps; then we figure out what we want and convince ourselves that it’s possible; and then we usually get there. In the end, contact is made through desire; success comes from wanting it enough to do something about it. Without the actual wanting, the alignment of desire, all the action in the world will not do anything.

To work with this idea, one must move through and sort out a few taboos. The Buddhists have cursed wanting as the root of all suffering. The Christians have cursed wanting as the root of all sex. The purists within capitalism have cursed wanting as the thing that is filling the ocean with plastic. But is it really? If we wanted to use glass, we would.

Intent seems a purer concept; more politically correct. I might want to eat her pussy, but do I intend to? Stated that way, it would take about ten times longer to get there. Intend seems like a papered-over wayВ to say want, dodgy as such. Think of it this way: someone says to you, “I want you.” How do you feel? Or they say, “I intend to have you.” You have more power when confronted by someone who simply wants.

For about a year (at the suggestion of a colleague) I’ve been applying the concept of intent to my artwork. When I did, I frequently kept coming up with a non-compute. Actually, I also kept coming up with the legal definition of intent, leftover from my journalistic specialty, fraud. Intent seems simple, but from a legal standpoint it means that someone knew or should have known, or should have suspected, that their action or lack of action might have a given outcome. “It doesn’t mean desire,” said Paul Merrell, the lawyer who explained the concept to me.

If you’re a school administrator and you put 1,300 students into a dormitory knowing that it’s contaminated with dioxin, you may not desire that they get cancer, but you certainly know, should know or should suspect that they might get cancer: and therefore you are acting with intent. Especially if you hide the fact of the contamination from them. Meanwhile, your job description promises everyone that you’re acting to keep them safe. Intent is too complicated for a kid or a dog to understand; impossible for an administrator. No wonder they pave roads to hell with the stuff.

But wanting, stated in the clear ideas of Abraham, was a more useful idea. If I ask myself, I know what I want. And Mars retrograde in Leo seemed to be asking a question: What do you want?

I counsel people and I counsel myself and I have friends and we all sometimes struggle with stuff: and as I surveyed this prairie, I began to notice that some people know what they want and some do not. Sometimes I know what I want and sometimes I don’t. When I know what I want, I have something to work for, or strive for, and my life is better. I have an aim, and I can put my intentions behind that (in the conventional use of the concept: a purpose). But the wanting comes first and the intent piece comes second. Without that inner engine, there is no drive; and the driver has no way to get there; there is nowhere to get. Many people you see really, really struggling have had some damage done to their ability to want. Usually that damage involves guilt.

Another day, I’ll relate that to Pluto in Capricorn: which is here to help us burn through the psychological and emotional guilt complex that is killing us with its toxicity and preventing us from determining what we want: which is what Mars retrograde is helping us determine. That is a crucial question right now. Do we want a better society? Do we want better lives? How do we define that, and have we questioned those wants/desires a few times?

While I was poking around the Abraham material in support of Leo Confidential, I signed up for their daily mailings and the other day this came in. It helped clear things up.

As you begin to state what you do want, rather than clamoring about what you don’t want, you come into your own power. When you come into your own power, you feel better. And when you feel better — those who love you also feel better.

— Abraham

Eric Francis

2 Responses to “From Members’ Diary: Mars Retrograde, Intent and Desire”

  1. teleskiqueen says:

    Thanks for the excellent explanation of why want is an important concept. I may finally understand it. Congrats on Cosmic Confidential – awesome work. love and peace, jsr

  2. Eric Francis says:

    HI there,
    I guess I have to be a member to post a comment, and I am not. But thought Eric would be especially interested in this comment and it may help some of his readers.
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    В Re: Wanting vs Intention- Bridging Taoism/Buddhism with the Abraham-Hicks work.
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    As one attracted to both BuddhismВ  and Taoism, yet in love with Abraham Hicks this discussionВ has been a quandry! But I think I finally came up with something.
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    On the internet English to Chinese there are a several words related to desire. Here are a few:
    1. yu-desire, lust, long
    2. shyr- appetite (as in food)
    3.yuan-wish, to be willing, desire, will, what one’s heart desires
    4.wang-to hope, to expect, full moon

    Seems like there are many differences in nuance, such as what one desires, whether it includes receptivity, intent, and expectation, and finally whether it includes longing- a deep sense of lack.В 

    Abraham-Hicks interpretation as I understandВ is that longing is not desire. Desire plus expectation creates the wanted manifestation, but that longing manifests increased lack.
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    MyВ Chi GongВ teachers tell me that craving [i. e. lust and greed] is unfulfilled desire and causes liver chi stagnation. Hence more craving.В The Taoist philosophy and cure for thisВ is to learn to be content, i.e. gratitude.
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    I think the bridgeВ to thisВ is that gratitude cannot be forced, but it can be cultivated. In my understanding,В  Abraham-HicksВ says that happiness comesВ naturally after being nourished with the intention of focusing on what is good in the present. The reason I like the work is that not only is there an explanation but also a corresponding technique. Taoism also encourages cultivation.
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    BTW, in Taoism unlike in some forms of Christianity, the desire for standard things like good health, spiritual growth, happy family [which includes a decent income and a sex life] are not longing but healthy desires. Obsession over any of these things, however, precludes the health part and moves into the craving category.
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    Chris
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