View Chapters

Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: d. Integration of Desire, Meaning, and Belief

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44188


A division into the three levels of desire, meaning and belief offers a helpful practical analysis of integration, though these levels are highly interdependent. Integration of desire occurs when the energies previously directed towards incompatible goals are united. The bodily context of mindfulness enables this temporarily. Integration of meaning is the unification of a previously fragmented associative response to symbols, developing understanding in both of the interdependent ‘cognitive’ and ‘emotive’ senses. This enables the integration of belief, in which previously opposed beliefs become mutually acceptable, and thus the absolutization that divided them is overcome in the long term.

Chapter Contributors

  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'