What is Will?


Does carrying out your will entail being a juggernaut and busting through wall after wall?  Is it being an irresistible force that nothing can stop?  Or can it possibly be that there is a simple easy way of getting things done? Psychologist Moshe Feldenkrais points out in his book, The Potent Self that what’s important is how we hinder ourselves. He calls this parasitic action. He says, “I am convinced that achievement is the result of what is done well and that there is no need for misery to be able to do so. Casting away the contradicting motivations brings out the full vigor of one’s ability to do.”

Picture of Moshe Feldenkrais Moshe Feldenkrais

He cites the examples of the pro golfer whose swing is perfect as opposed to the amateur who crimps up at the last-minute into the slice; the graceful dunk of a basketball player, and even the journeyman sawing the pipe where in contrary the beginner is so full of poor actions he defeats himself. The pro has gotten rid of all unneeded actions. So real will is doing easily and naturally.

And also Maurice Nicoll says in his Commentaries on the Work of Gurdjieff and Ouspsenky, that “Ordinarily we think of Will as something negative because we conceive it only as being exerted against something. We say often, for example that we will resist this or that will not do that.”

picture of Maurice Nicholl Maurice Nicoll

Further, he says about real will that “It is something that finds right solutions.”

What do you think? How do you use your will?

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