Already Exists Within Us

Do You Wish Force or Form? Our desire is for Force (happiness, love, health, wisdom, wealth) these are just some of the names we use to inform us and try to describe it.

Adriana Vernalha
4 min readNov 7, 2020
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But we ended up confusing this energy with the form (house, car, body, food, clothing, object, money).

The force if independent of the existence of the form, it vibrated much higher while the form vibrates below. The form limits and distorts the force, the desire only for the appearance generates idolatry, emptiness and suffering because the person clings to the form thinking that is the force it gives and when the form goes, his/her strength goes along.

The desire for form is insubstantial, unconscious and superficial, as long as we crave only form we will continue to empty our desires, becoming more vulnerable and attached, needing more ways to maintain something that does not exist.

Many structures try to match the force but do not represent it in its entirety, because the liveliness is infinite and the shape in which it dwells is finite. The energy is unlimited and (co) exists within us, anything that has embodiment, is limited, representing only a fraction of the corresponding force, which can represent different degrees of the existing force.

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In the dialogue (about Love/Eros) of the work “The Symposium”, Plato argues that who or what a person desire determines his/her destiny from having a happy life.

Phaedrus says that in the presence of something that brings the person strength, the object ends up contributing and inspiring the person to rise, bringing out the best in them.

Pausanias complements Phaedru’s speech, says that wisdom correlates to the excellence of the human being and that being in the presence of “the object” that makes him feel strength also stimulates and encourages the development of strength characteristics in the person.

Eryximachus agrees with Phaedrus and Pausanias and adds, it is in the person's benefit to sustain the relationship with what attracts strength because, in doing so, he also cultivates his excellence of Being. That harmony is essential to have quality and then compares with a Doctor (being himself one) that his primary function is to harmonise the elements that are opposing for the proper functioning of the body.

Aristophanes says that we are needy creatures, that our efforts are for fulfilment and happiness and that what we want is something that makes us feel complete.

Following the thought of Aristophanes, we will continue to feel incomplete as long as we think that what makes us feel whole is in what we want, outside of us.

Agathon states that the Force, the Love, is self-control, is more potent than the desire and must then overcome the desire because the desire is weaker than the force that is applied to him, who is courageous who does not let himself be captured by the shape of desire.

True, I have read somewhere that you overcome a desire with a bigger one, a worthier one.

Now Socrates mentions that if the person already has these characteristics, which are behind the desire, there would be no reason for that person to have this need, because in itself, he already has this attribute and that in reality what the person wants is possess the object of desire, there is no wish if there is no lack of the Force.

It is possible that we desire what we already are and have, but that this desire is for the future continuation of this Force that is already evident in our lives in the present (Idea of Diotima when arguing with Socrates in an attempt to explain Love). The aim of our desires cannot be limited to what is similar to us. Bad examples also, such as cigarettes, the feeling we are looking for is good, but would the means to obtain it also be? Knowing the damage that this choice (deliberate or not) can cause in the life of this or another person, the world of cause and world of effects.

We generally desire form and confuse it with strength. It is natural and healthy that we want something, knowing that it usually also serves as a means to reach and build up strength. Optimistically it does not become the end, that form is not the cause of the triumph of power that happiness is not only the car or the house, it is in the conquest it but not the car/house itself, when enjoying these goods, we connect with the strength that is within us, and not outside since we are the bearers of this energy, the object of desire only reveals what already exists within us.

What Is, it never ceases to be, so it is real.

What is not lasting has never been; therefore, it is illusory.



Adriana Vernalha

A Human Exploring Her Creative Nature. Sometimes in Portuguese Sometimes in English @adrianavernalha