“And whosoever of them ate of the honey-sweet fruit of the lotus, had no longer any wish to bring back word or to return, but there they were fain to abide among the Lotus-eaters, feeding on the lotus, and forgetful of their homeward way.” – Homer, The Odyssey.
We are meant to enjoy pleasure. The surest way to continue to enjoy the sweetness of life is to not lose sight of the source (true home, the connection between One and the Oneness). As soon as we inadvertently funnel our devotional energy into something finite but forget the source — and yet see this new thing as the source, we are in the Land of Lotus Eaters.
Anytime we have narrowed our attentions and desires on one thing, one person, etc., as though it were the ultimate, we are confining the infinite source of love to something or someone who is a facet of the divine – and not our compass. To make the compass turn toward this source of enchantment is how we are wandering the Lotus fields. It is all a dream, a stupor. Maybe we’re enchanted with how marvelous it is anyway. We think returning to reality would kill the dream.
We really are here to know the source AND to love how it manifests. And from here, we interact with life with strong roots. We aren’t standing in quicksand.
If we are to find the wellspring of love that permeates all things, that is within us, everything and everyone, we reach a state of spiritual ecstasy. The world itself becomes like the Lotus fields reincarnate, transformed. It is no longer a field of delusion and addiction, but a realm of complete clarity that one can be grounded in. One can be home here. It is both a spiritual and an embodied place of being.
There is a difference between being controlled by desire, and being a friend of desire.
If you have the ability to be delighted in something that is not good for you, you have the ability to be ecstatic with what is good for you. It is the same energy. You’re just raising the frequency.