Question: Suppose a person sits and watches himself: “I want some water, then I want something else, and I don’t know what else I want.” Will a simple experiment help him understand that the essence of his desire is to enjoy?
Answer: A person will see that each time new desires emerge in him. He doesn’t know where they come from; first he wants one thing and suddenly another and then something else.
On the other hand, he can program himself, which means to focus himself on certain desires and to remember something that brought him pleasure. In this case such a great desire for that pleasure develops in him that he begins to yearn for it again: “What do I want? Oh, I forgot, there is some ice cream in the fridge,” and he takes out the ice cream or he may remember that he wanted to go somewhere interesting or meet someone interesting, or read some interesting book or see a movie that he prepared to see and so on.
This means that we evoke ourselves when we don’t feel pleasure. We don’t feel the pleasure when we fill ourselves. I am full, which seemingly means that everything is fine, but my life is tasteless. Even when we seemingly have everything, we lack that addition of excitement. We invent new sources of pleasure and incentives, but in fact it is the same ego.
From KabTV’s “Talks with Michael Laitman,” 11/03/12