PLEASURE SEEKING DELUSION
A Delusion is a denial of Truth
A delusion is a false belief held with absolute conviction despite superior evidence. For example, "smoking is good for me - I enjoy it". Pleasure seeking delusions focus on denial or simply not realizing that some of our behaviours are "selfish empty pleasure seeking" and PLEASURE SEEKING DELUSIONS ARE ALWAYS SELFISH and WE CANNOT GET HAPPINESS FROM SELFISH BEHAVIOURS - EVER!
We set up a behaviour, eg; smoking, that we believe will give us something that is simply NOT THERE. When we started the behaviour there might have been some pleasure, but the pleasure soon disappears (is not stimulated in such a way again), and we are left with "empty pleasure seeking." We need to realize that the pleasure we are seeking is not within the behaviour that we are indulging in. With smoking, for example, one day we realize that it is a pointless, futile, selfish, and unhealthy behaviour that never produces the pleasure we are seeking.
Humility and honesty leads to success
Can you discover and admit to your selfish pleasure seeking delusions? This is what we have to do if we want to become holistically healthy and Enlightened (by the process of holistic purification). It takes honesty and humility to find them, admit them, and get rid of them, but first we have to realize that some of our behaviours are unhealthy, bad, and vicious (full of vice)
Spirituality and Attachment to pleasure seeking
Attachment to pleasure is one of the most serious obstacles to spiritual growth. Aspirants can lose themselves in pleasure and abandon their quest for Self-Realization (Enlightenment). Real joy is experienced when wisely loving, wisely giving and sharing, but sensual pleasure is fleeting, lasting but a moment. Spiritual joy is experienced on making permanent spiritual discoveries like;
- The subtle energy body
- The seven chakra system
- And ultimately Self-Realization (Enlightenment).
We can ask ourselves, "Why be attached to pleasure when permanent spiritual joy can be achieved by simple Self-Realization?"
COMMON PLEASURE SEEKING DELUSIONS
- Substance and drug abuse where the pleasure has gone and is replaced by addiction
- Addiction to sex
- Eating disorders
THE BRAIN'S PLEASURE CENTERS
WIKIPEDIA..."the weight of the evidence suggests that the pleasure center of the human brain is not a single center but rather a distributed system of brain regions of which important nodes include subcortical regions (such as the nucleus accumbens and ventral pallidum) and cortical regions (orbitofrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex).
The nucleus accumbens, part of the limbic system, plays a role in sexual arousal and the "high" derived from certain recreational drugs. These responses are heavily modulated by dopaminergic projections from the limbic system.
The limbic system is also tightly connected to the prefrontal cortex. Some scientists contend that this connection is related to the pleasure obtained from solving problems. In a now-obsolete practice to cure severe emotional disorders, this connection was sometimes surgically severed, a procedure of psychosurgery, called a prefrontal lobotomy (this is actually a misnomer). Patients who underwent this procedure often became passive and lacked all motivation."
PLEASURE SEEKING DELUSIONS TRY TO CHEAT THE BRAINS REWARD SYSTEM
Most of our pleasure seeking delusions are connected with stimulating the pleasure centers in the brain. As the above quote from Wikipedia states, "this connection (to the pleasure centers) is related to the pleasure obtained from solving problems.", yet with our SELFISH DELUSIONS we are seeking to BYPASS THE PROBLEM SOLVING ACTIVITY (ie; helping) and try to cheat the nervous system into "coughing up the reward without doing the helping."
With the scientific evidence stated above, we can realize that we will experience healthy pleasure (the proper reward from the nervous system) if we simple HELP LIFE.
We can help ourselves and others in life-affirming and healthy ways and will FEEL GOOD NATURALLY. That is the reason for the reward - helping life in healthy ways.
When faced with these selfish pleasure seeking delusions a student asked a teacher;
"What can I do to master these delusions?".
The teacher replied;
"UNDERSTAND BRAHMACHARYA: Control the tongue that wants to taste, the sense of touch that wants to touch and be touched, and the sex organs. Control these three, don't deny their healthy experiences, but don't allow them to become selfish (lustful, greedy, gluttonous, envious), and IN HEALTHY WAYS HELP YOURSELF AND OTHERS (a heart chakra activity). Soon you will forget those lesser selfish empty delusions. That is true Brahmacharya - renunciation of selfish desires."
HELPING YOURSELF BECOME HEALTHY AND PEACEFUL
I mentioned helping yourself. What to do? Make yourself holistically healthy, peaceful, and Self-Realized. Practice contentment. Swap your bad habits (attitudes, actions, beliefs, behaviours) for good ones. Then you can bring health, happiness, wisdom, and peace into Life. THE HELM STUDY GUIDE will support you in your journey. Good luck.
BE GOOD, DO GOOD
We can now understand the wise truth that the Enlightened tell us when they say; "BE GOOD, DO GOOD. Then you will be happy."
Who is the happiest person?
The one who brings happiness to others!
THE BUDDHA ON PLEASURE
- Don't get selfishly attached to anything, for trying to hold on to it will bring pain. When you have neither likes nor dislikes, you will be free.
- Selfish attachment brings suffering, attachment brings fear (of the loss of the things we are attached to). Be detached, and you will be free from suffering and fear.
- Selfish bonds cause grief; selfish bonds bring fear. Be unselfish, and you will be free from grief and fear.
- Craving brings pain; craving brings fear. Don't yield to cravings, and you will be free from pain and fear.
- HELM Study Guide
- Sense Control/Management
- Brahmacharya: Renouncing Selfish Lust
- Spiritual Ignorance leads to desire, aversion, and attachment to pleasure.
- Selfish Possessive Attachment
- Purification and The Seven Centers
- Introducing the seven center system
- Integration of The Seven Centers
- Personality and The Seven Centers
- Psychology Index
- Stages of Human Development
- Transcendental Considerations