|Cecilia Weber, creater of this image, is one of several artists using the human body to create beautiful art of flowers. |
See others human-body art pieces on this post.
|Human Bodies "formed" into beautiful flowers.|
Greed is defined as having intense and selfish desire for something, especially weatlh, power or food.
But both come from a place of consciousness, where there is a lack of connection with the soul/spirit within.
Once there is a void, there will be longing for something...anything... outside ourselves.
The key to overcoming lust and greed is to rise above our basic instincts and develop a consciousness that sees we're operating strictly from our animal nature, which is instinctual.
| Recognize this rose, as a rose? Or are you focused only on the naked bodies forming the rose?|
"A rose by any other name is still a rose," line from Romeo and Juliet
SEE WITH RIGHT EYES!
Yes. Cecilia Weber sees the human body in its totality and as a beautiful object, so she creates beautiful art from the perspective of her inner eyes. But most people who are lusting after someone do not see the human body from those of the eyes of an artist. Most reduce a person to a human frame with parts and lust after those individual parts: breasts, legs, thighs, and buttocks. If we were to just casually glance through Twitter or other social media feeds, we see the extent some are going to today to sculpt various parts of their body, not for functionality, but to create desire and appeal. Those who are born with certain attributes are displaying them without cover...with no modesty...for the world to see. If being vulgar is our new way of showcasing beauty, then we should consider that even our basic instincts are failing us: we've gone over the edge.
By viewing our bodies in this way, we essentially are reducing our senses to those of animals. They, too, operate from their basic instincts: animals use all their senses to attract and capture the objects of their desires, even if it means preying and hunting them down only to kill and eat them. As humans, we are given more than our five senses.
SELF DISCIPLINE = POWER
We are given the power of self-discipline and self control. These can be used to help us separate even more from the lower species in the animal kingdom.
Yes. I admit: I've been shameless.The good part for you, my readers, is that you also get to read what "Allen says" in this and the next six blog posts of the year. (See the "Coming Up" section on the right side.)One of my favorite spiritual master teachers is James Allen, author of "As a Man Thinketh." I was blessed recently by discoverng that an entire volume of his works, "Mind is the Master," has been compiled. Yes. I have been exercising my own form of gluttony, foraging through the 866 pages with the behavior of a beast.
Here's what Allen says about Self-Discipline:
|Click here to read about 'The Wolf Man."(Wolf Researcher Werner Freund)|
"Before a man accomplish anything of an enduring nature in the world, he must first of all acquire some measure of success in the management of his own mind."
|Recognize the bodies for what they form: a beautiful flower.|
We may gain the whole world and lose our Soul by not recognizing a strong and unhealthy attraction to someone else for what it is in truth. It is such an unhealthy emotion that right thinking is not involved, when lust takes over. See this piece about a doctor and patient. ((Doctor Began Affair With Patient After Seeing Her Undress.) Others, get into similar trouble when they lose perspective on money and things and people. Whatever the object of desire, it's still lust! Congressman's Rise Ends With a Thud
"Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. For she hath cast down many wounded, yea, many strong men have been slain by her."
-Proverb 7: 25-27
|Another beautiful piece from Cecilia Weber: Human Body creating art.|
- We must get beyond our animal desires and reach for higher goals.
- We must begin to view the body as God's vessel, as an entire "entity" here for a purpose, and strive to see beyond the outward appearance.
- We must remember that self-discipline applies to several areas of our lives: emotion, attitude and behavior.
Here are meditation, I found in "Metaphysical Meditations," by Paramahansa Yoganada that should work help you to "rise above" if used with sincerity:
- "Teach me, O spirit, to distinguish between the soul's lasting happiness and the temporary pleasures of the senses."
- "Teach me not to engross myself in the passing sense pleasures. Teach me to discipline my senses that they may always make me really hapy. Teach me to substitute for flesh temptation the greater allurement of soul happiness."