My will, our will, the will of God, free will, thy will be done, universal will, strong willed, weak willed, lack of will, last will and testament, willpower. No matter how many ways we’ve found to use the term “Will,” the concept behind it is one of the most powerful ideas in the human experience.
For millennia, man has sought to impose one person’s will over another or the larger corporate will of the state over that of the individual for the good of all, and has largely succeeded. Kings and tyrants, overlords and management have exercised their will over individual will since the beginning of civilization and today is no exception. But when it comes to achieving your personal destiny, exercising your will over the will of other individuals for the purpose of “getting ahead” by taking advantage of others or keeping others down, is contrary to the will of the universe is unnecessary.
The only thing you need to achieve your personal destiny is to exercise your will over your own thoughts and your own actions. To exercise your will over another in order to manipulate them for your benefit is to move into a competitive plane of operation, and in any competition, there is always a winner and a loser. I’m not suggesting that this is not an effective way to gain what you want, as it has been the dominant way in which riches and positions have been gained for thousands of years. But it is also the reason these riches and possessions change hands so often. Anytime you are in competition for any resource, there will always be someone out there trying to take it from you.
Take a moment and examine the life of anyone you can think of who has gained their success in the competitive realm. Can you think of any of them who are truly happy: who does not spend most of their time shoring up their gains or fending off attacks from competitor’s and in constant fear of losing everything they have worked so long and hard to get. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about kingdoms, personal assets, market share or employment positions, competitive gains are fleeting and are always derived by a test of wills. Every advertisement, corporate meeting, governmental action, or act of aggression is a result of wills in competition with each other. The world man has created was designed to work in the competitive realm.
Now think about your deepest desire and imagine what it would like to achieved your destiny through the creative realm without ever having to take advantage of another person or persuade another person to do something against their personal will. There would never be a threat of anyone wanting to take it from you, or a competitor trying to steal your market share. This is the promise that the law of attraction holds to all who understand how to use the will in the way it was intended to be used from the beginning of creation. If there is any truth to the creation stories of most civilizations throughout history, free will was granted to mankind from the beginning, i.e., we were created with free will. Free will simply means the ability to choose your own path. I believe we are each created with a specific destiny to achieve, and that destiny becomes part our collective understanding of man, but we also have the ability to choose whether or not we wish to pursue that destiny. We may choose to just amble along through life aimlessly, allowing other’s wills to determine our fate.
Exercise of our own will is the only true choice we each have in all of our experience in this corporal existence. Anytime you are able to exercise your will over another person, it’s because they have chosen to submit their will to yours, but make no mistake, it is always their choice to make. But this is a double edged sword, because when someone submits their will to yours, by accepting their acquiescence, you then become responsible for their life’s story and fate.
Most people go through life believing they have no choices over their own fate: that other people are always in control of where they work and live and who they can associate with and so on and so on. But nothing can be further from the truth. Every day of your life is a choice. But as Shakespeare said, “Aye, there’s the rub.” There are also consequences for our choices. The truth is however, most people are afraid to make their own choices and find it easier to simply submit to other peoples wills and play the part of the victim. They spend their lives in fear of the possible consequences of the choices before them, so almost always opt for the least fearful mental projection of consequences. But fear comes from our imagination. It is past experience, ours or someone else’s, projected as a worst case scenario of a future outcome. But the fact is, we cannot predict future outcomes, we can only imagine them, therefore we let our fear of what might be keep us from exercising our own free will and submit our will to someone else who is offering us a less frightening projected outcome.
Case in point… have always dreamed of being a writer, an artist, owning your own business, doing mission work in third world country, etc., but opted to take a more secure job; one that you really don’t like, but it guaranteed that you would at least be able to pay the rent. At some point in your life, you had a choice laid out before you: follow your dream or submit to the fear of less desirable possibilities.
Let’s take a closer look at these two choices for what they really were. Say your dream was to go and work in third world country helping people in poverty to climb out of that situation. You studied business and finance in college with this desire in mind. It had been your dream since you were a child, all the way through high school and now college. But as graduation approached, everyone kept asking you, “What are you going to do when you graduate.” The student loans have been piling up for four years now and your parents wanted to know how you were planning to pay for them because they now feared that they would end up having to pay them.
This begins to dominate your daily thought process more and more the closer you get to graduation. Then a few months from graduation, the career fairs begin. Corporate recruiters come to campus by the droves looking for this year’s crop of fresh new faces and begin making all kinds of amazing claims about how caring and employee centric their company is. They tell you about the wonderful projects you could be involved in, and of course they do charity work as well and have lots of opportunities for their employees to give back to the community. Lies…all lies, and in your heart you feel the deception, but the fear of not being able to pay your loans and rent is building to a fever pitch so you start submitting applications and resumes, and lo and behold, several companies contact you. Your parents are ecstatic and begin pressuring you to take one of the offers. This pressure is of course based on their fear, but they disguise it with tales of how wonderful all these opportunities are. You know you won’t be happy working 9-5 at a desk in front of computer all day, but still, the fear of not being able to pay the loans and rent and car payment, etc, and disappointing your parents is more daunting than the fear of not living your dream.
Now for a dose of reality; there were other options. Many aid organizations will help pay for student loans if you commit to work for them for a few years, aid or mission workers do get paid something, and don’t usually have to worry much about their own room and board while on assignment abroad. There are thousands of people who have made the tough choice to forgo the easy money, and they survive just fine. No one ever achieved their deepest desire, without paying some tough dues in the early years, but ask anyone who has struggled to succeed at anything and finally made it and they will tell you every struggle they went through was well worth it, and all those worst fears they had as well never materialized. Somehow they always managed to have a roof over their head and a meal to eat, transportation to get where they needed to be and clothes to wear.
The human will is a powerful thing, perhaps the most powerful thing in all of existence. But so many people chose to simply submit their will to the will of others and never realize their greatest desires and life’s destiny. Having a will means having the choice to exercise it or not. But it is only truly rewarding if it is exercised over our own thoughts and our own actions. Make the choice to use your will today. It’s never too late to begin you personal journey to destiny.
Until Next time, God Bless.