“All you need is will, if you just want to” say all kinds of old phrases about the will, and thus we are taught the importance of the will and the necessity to want all kinds of everything.
But the will is not important, or necessary; it restricts and prevents prosperity and peace and is in fact evil.
The will is never what is, but always what is to be, based on what was. And it can never be other than illusion, because what once was and perhaps will be, does not exist.
Reality is always what is, in the here and now. The will is therefore flight from reality.
Some say that we can never be free because we want both a roof over our head and clear sky and the two will not match. This is in itself quite right, to want a roof over your head and the sky do not match and what does not match is conflict.
But it is no the roof over our heads, clear sky and the discrepancy between them that stands in the way of our freedom. We focus on the consequences and look thereby bypass the cause, or will, which is in fact the force that prevents us from facing the reality, ourselves, which in turn inhibits our freedom and thus we are trapped in the world of illusions.
When we want something, we flee reality, and flight from reality can never be freedom. Freedom is always what is.
He who is free sees what is. He does not need a roof over his head or sky. He wants nothing.
To want something is dispute, whether the will is directed to one or two, wanting a roof over one’s head, or both wanting shelter and clear sky, or maybe something else. And a dispute within us is war, though in small extent, that will automatically be directed into our surroundings.
We have given the will exaggerated importance; we see strong will as something positive as we see no will as something negative.
“Use your will, you can if you just want, if you do not want it enough, you do not get it” are well-known phrases.
We seem to see will as something inevitable, a living force outside and independent of us that we cannot survive without. We believe that if there was not will then we would be idle and totally disabled out in some corner. It is of course the greatest misconception.
If we really and sincerely believed, that the will could solve our problems could we then say ‘will is all you need’ to a mother who is dying, leaving her children behind, and a child who is struggling with a serious illness or all the women and children who have been sold into sexual slavery? No we could not. Not just because it would not be fair, but also because it would not be true. It is not enough to want, or desire something for it to happen. The will does not solve our problems.
We do not need will to be and do anything. It is not the will that controls the rotation of the earth. It just rotates. And the same goes for what relates to us. Children do not need will to grow. They just grow. We do not need will to be hungry. We just become hungry. If the will ruled the world no one would die, because we all want to live, but still we die. We do not want wars and famine but still we have wars and hunger worldwide. If the will was all that was needed then all disasters would disappear.
We can in fact not perform out of will. We only think we do.
In some cases, will is only pointless word. We say one thing and mean something else. Perhaps we confuse the will with something else and milder, like choosing, longing and etc. But more often than not we dare not speak our minds.
In other cases, we seem to see it to do, without the desire or will, as something negative. So we hide our actions behind desires, intentions, obligations and will.
Yet we must know that an act, which is solely due to desire, obligations or will, is an act without love. Love can never be desire, duty or will. Love stands alone, without all.
It goes without saying, if we care for our children or engaged in our work, whatever it is, because of obligation then love is far away.
When we lay down the obligations, desires and will then there is love.
But are we doomed to be dependent on will from one to another, on the eternal flight from reality?
It is quite clear that what we want is totally irrelevant. It does not matter whether we want a roof over our heads, clear sky, or both, and indeed anything else.
It to want to change from one to another does not change anything. That we want to lose weight, quit smoking or get rid of some habit, change from one to another, does not erase the habit. To get rid of what the will is directed to is no solution. It is the will itself that is the problem.
The will or it to want maintains status quo. It directs the attention to the habit and gives it a greater strength and thereby longer life.
It is in fact not until we lay down the will that we can do something. The will itself must disappear.
The will has no independent existence, apart from and independent of ourselves. It is just an idea, created by ourselves and an idea can do nothing. To be able to do something then the idea has to disappear. The will is in fact an obstacle to all progress.
The will is, by nature, evil. And then I mean evil as harm or disaster.
It, as all other illusions, is the creative force that sustains starvation, wars and other human grief. It creates only troubles that we had better be without, and we therefore should rid ourselves of.
What prevents us from freeing ourselves from the power of the will? When the will is gone what is left? Nothing.
The will is a delusion and when the delusion is gone then we see the reality. And reality is in fact nothing and we cannot accept it.
We find it difficult to understand and accept the no thing or nothing. To experience all as nothing, that everything is created from nothing and to be nothing, is as difficult to understand as endless.
We say, the world is endless, and at the same time we try to make an image of what endless looks like. But it goes without saying that there cannot be an image of endless. Image is an end and if we create an end what then is beyond that? If we create an answer to that, what is beyond that etc.?
The same applies for nothing. We cannot think us nothing because to think is something. And that is exactly what we do. We cannot accept the reality of nothing, ourselves as nothing, so we think of something, no matter what.
We cannot know that we are nothing. We
can only be it. Because to know is something.
Anyone who is nothing needs nothing. Neither assets, knowledge, nor will. He just is what he is. He cannot give it a name, which is to know, until afterwards and then it is only a memory, something that was.
While it is not enough for us to be, without all, then we are controlled by delusions we have given various names and then we are in constant conflict with ourselves and our surroundings.
The will is flight from what is, reality. We are reality. We are therefore fleeing ourselves and a man on the run is not free.
If we desire freedom we must dare to let go, whether we call it will, or something else. We must dare to be in the moment, the only reality, which is nothing.
Then we want nothing. Then we are nothing. Then we are.