In Freudian terms, an instinct is said to be an inborn condition which imparts direction to the psychological process. There are two primal instincts: life or Eros, the constructive or generative principle or the life instinct; and Thanatos, the destructive principle or death instinct. The final aim of an instinct is the removal of bodily needs. Instincts are said to be conservative, as their goal is to return to a state of sovereignty. An instinct seeks to bring a regression to a time of sovereignty or an earlier state of response. To return to an inanimate form of pure love requires completion that supports eternal peace.
Instinct is a term used to describe a set of behaviors and patterns connected to the innate need for survival. Instinctual behaviors are both unlearned and triggered by the environment. Animal behaviors are purely instinctual, since they have no ego and are without karma. Humans have to deal with ego and karma, which can influence destructive behavior and negative patterns.
For humans, motivation plays a role with instincts. For example, why do I spend my time writing a weekly channeled message instead of building a nest? (tee hee) The need to write has no bearing on my survival, so it must be that I am seeking information that will lead me to a return to my sovereignty. Let’s get a whisper on instinct:
The Earth is the place of learning for humans. The soul is motivated to sojourn through the solar system to find its place of human incarnation. Influenced by their environment with a need to draw forth experiences, humans are motivated to search for a return to their purest state of love. From the arms of the divine, they fall to the Earth in a fire of passion that leads them to their greatest challenge, and survival soon becomes the main focus of life on Earth.
Confined to a three-dimensional environment, the individual soon forgets why they came to Earth. The instinct to survive and the need to return to love create the behaviors and patterns that become the architecture for this incarnation. Humans have been gifted with free will. They can shift patterns, behavior, and motivation by using their instinct to survive, combined with the ability to increase awareness and consciousness.
The growth of conscious awareness helps the soul bring remembrance of personal sovereignty to the feelings of the heart. With a knowing that supports understanding of the reason for existence, each person has the chance to transcend their life purpose. The challenging environment of a harsh world can lead to rapid growth at a soul level, but each person must use their free will to choose their path. Motivation and passion illuminate every possible opportunity to pursue love in all forms.
The challenges experienced during incarnation are building blocks of the soul, as each person uses instinct to build a structure around character, values, and core vibrations. The highest vibration equals lightness of spirit and increased awareness around the connection to the energy of love where personal sovereignty is the true home for the soul. Returning to love is the magnetic component that drives instinct, while intuition is sensing that love is there, waiting for each person to choose their path of enlightenment.
Bring joy, ease suffering and create beauty, then dance like you mean it!
“Yoga says instinct is a trace of an old experience that has been repeated many times and the impressions have sunk down to the bottom of the mental lake. Although they go down, they aren’t completely erased. Don’t think you ever forget anything. All experiences are stored in the chittam; and, when the proper atmosphere is created, they come to the surface again. When we do something several times it forms a habit. Continue with that habit for a long time, and it becomes your character. Continue with that character and eventually, perhaps in another life, it comes up as instinct.” Swami Satchidanada