The Druids knew that the difference between following your best desires and being a slave to your passions is about more than the particular desire or specific passion in question.
For many desires it’s obvious – you realize it’s a dangerous passion or harmful desire because part of you is unsure about it, you are divided about it to some degree. Most passions and desires are somewhere between pure good and pure evil, and often your divided conscience must wrenchingly choose between acting on a desire or not, pursuing a passion or not. This lack of clarity about your intentions is baked right into desire and passion.
The Druids knew that patiently listening for the voice of your inner guide, and learning to understand yourself by experiencing all desires within yourself, that is how one becomes wise, that is following your true desire. This is much different than being a slave to the passions.
Think about it another way. Forget about the desirer for a second, forget about the person chasing one passion, then another passion, then some other one all the way over here. Don’t think about the seat of desire, but rather the object of desire:
When you are a slave to the passions, the object is always very clear and concrete. You are confronted with the object of desire, and then you seek after it, whether outwardly or inwardly or wherever. But the person who finds a way to follow their true desires usually doesn’t have such concrete objects of their desire.
The most important thing in terms of true desire is the intention of the desirer, not the object of desire. And so you train yourself by focusing only on the intention of the desirer, which is a divided yourself. By focusing attentively and neutrally, you mend. You mend mind, and you rebuild sentiment. That’s how you clear away the rubble from the bombardment of the passions in youth, you learn to discipline your intentionality.
The Druids knew that the difference between following your true desire and being a slave to the passions is about the intention. If one’s intention is to see every person they encounter as an absolutely unique soul created by the most high itself, well then the passion to want to fuck is still there, but what you see when you see another’s body is not the object of your desire, but the container of a subjectivity and a soulydness whose dignity and value is not in anything having to do with the desirer who perceives them, but only according to their intentions, choices, and conscious acts before absolute unity, which knows all because it reflects all.
And behold! When you quit thinking about whether or not you want to fuck somebody or if they’d fuck you, well then it magically happens that other people aren’t thinking about fucking you either, or whether or not you might fuck them. Presumably they, too, see you and your shape and personal intentions as the signification of an eternal soul, infinities pouring through their chests and reflecting the heart each one of them.
The Druids knew that either following your desires or being a slave to the passions is about more than what a person’s mouth says – the heart speaks much louder. Though it doesn’t speak in words, but in intention. To follow the true desire is to listen for the intention, no matter how long it takes to hear.
To be a slave, well – that’s basically the same as it’s been the last 4000 years. Let me tell you, I have been a slave many times. I am a slave yet today. No longer a slave to the passions, but a slave to God. It might make people a bit uncomfortable to hear about my slavery to God. “Maybe it’s a noble intention,” the uncomfortable person might think, “but to go around calling yourself a slave to God is just not needed, maybe just find a new expression.”
But the Druids knew that slavery is universal, it is the master that makes one what one is. You’re either a slave to God, or a slave to money, or a slave to an institution, or a slave to your vices.
A slave serves – there is nothing wrong with that. Surely the real question must be: who or what do you serve? Do you serve that which allows you to unify your psyche, or that which you feel compelled or forced into doing?