The Will, and the Way


I wish I had more will power…

How many have had this thought? I know I have heard it a lot, and especially this past few weeks. So this has been my meditations for consideration over the past weeks.

The will is thought of and mentioned as a force within oneself that allows one to overcome another force. In addressing a vice for example, whether it is eating, smoking, exercise and so forth, it is thought that if you have enough ‘willpower’ you can conquer said vice.  But this is a misguided understanding of what the ‘Will’ truly is.

In the words of the spiritual teacher, Don Juan the Yaqi Sorcerer:

“Will is something very special; it happens mysteriously, there is really no way to tell how one uses it, except that the results of using the will are astounding. Perhaps the first thing that one should do is to know that one can develop the will. A warrior knows that and proceeds to wait for it…A warrior knows he is in waiting, and knows what he is waiting for, he knows he is waiting for the will…”

“Will is something very clear and powerful which can direct our acts. Will is something a man uses, for instance, to win a battle which he should by all calculations loose… Will has to do with astonishing feats that defy our common sense”

Will is rarely thought of in this way given how it is generally presented in common society. Another broad example could be referred to as Faith, which can move mountains. Or even spirit, where amazing feats of survival have been reported, “The spirit to win” or “The spirit (or will) to survive”. But by and large, speaking from a spiritual perspective, the Will is a force within our being that can be focused on, drawn upon, and utilized to overcome or enact great feats of personal power.

What I think most people confuse Will with is a feat of mind (or lack thereof).  To have the discipline to overcome a vice, stay on track with a set goal, or simply complete a task is a matter of overcoming the “lazy mind”. Discipline (to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control) in mind, is for the most part, a practice of training and determination of focus in achieving a task or a goal. The mind by its nature is weak, willful and lazy. It will want what it wants without truly wishing to succumb to the duty necessary for its wants.

But the Will is a force within spirit (or part of the whole being of spirit) that can be called upon to perform miraculous acts or feats. Will is a force that is whole and complete; it cannot be added to or taken away from. Whether you care to refer to it as Will, Faith, or spirit, it is a force of creation that is a part of the whole of which is our source. It is the source that is all things, that connects us all, that created all things, eternal and infinite. We are but a piece of this whole, but a part of All at the same time.

Be still…

And wait…

Wait as the warrior waits and knows. Knows that Will can create miracles when called upon and focused. The Will that is in us and a part of us all, we simply need to awaken to the truth of that power within and without.


By Matthew

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