Dynamic Will

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God sent man on earth empowered with certain physical, mental, and spiritual forces that he can wield, and, by their wise use, produce intended definite results. The force that runs machinery is electricity.  And this complex human machine that God has given us, a movable structure of bones covered with tender flesh and consisting of trillions of cells, is run by intelligent life force called prana, travelling like electricity through the wired of the nerves.

During childhood, the body is more responsive to the mind; it can more easily more easily make the body do its bidding. But later on, as the child develops various habits, the body and mind do not work in the same harmony as before. Although, the material form is only a dream in the consciousness of God, so long as one has to use the physical body, it should be under the control of one’s mind.

Troubles will always strike at the body, for this is a law of life; in spite of difficulties, one should keep such mental neutrality that the mind is not affected by outer conditions.

St. Francis of Assisi suffered terribly, yet he was mentally unaffected. Shortly before his death he was going blind. The doctor advised him a treatment that required cauterization of the saint’s face, from the eyebrows back to his ears, with a white hot iron bar. There were no anesthetics then. The disciples present could not bear the sight, but St. Francis told the physician to proceed with the treatment. He welcomed the fire with sweet words and never showed that he felt even the slightest connection between the mind and body. Within your perishable body is an inviolable, immortal soul.

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The body is merely a cluster of sensations. It is not easy to cut off sensations, but one can do so by remaining constantly in the consciousness that one is a soul. When the mind is almost wholly dominated by the body and its demands, as is the case with most people, it is best to begin gradually, in little things, to dissociate the mind from the body.  One difference between an ordinary man and superman is that the ordinary man cries and gives in to suffering if he is hurt. In the divine consciousness you realize that one, as soul, has no hands, eyes, ears, or feet, nor any need of these physical adjuncts; yet one can use and move these bodily instruments. It is possible to hear, see, smell, taste, and touch with mind power alone. In clairaudience, for example, one hears through the power within. Such a state of consciousness is a real experience unless one meditates.

What, then, are the principal powers that govern body and mind? Wisdom and will. Wisdom is the soul’s intuitive, direct knowledge of truth. During warfare, range finders are used to determine where to fire shells; once the range is found, the guns are effectively fired. Wisdom id one’s range finder and one’s will gives the firing power to accomplish one’s ends according to the dictates of one’s wisdom. If one has wisdom but not sufficient will to follow through as wisdom dictates, it is harmful for one’s well-being; if one has a strong will but no wisdom, there is every chance of “misfiring” and destroying oneself.

One’s intelligence is not guided by true wisdom if it fails to show one the right thing that one should do. And, if it doesn’t encourage the strength of will necessary to carry out the behests of one’s soul, then that power of intelligence is not fulfilling its true purpose.  Most people are like automatons. They have breakfast, go to work, have lunch, go back to work, come home to dinner, watch TV, and go to bed; then the body machine is shut off for the night. Those who live in this way are using only mechanical will, performing most of their actions as a matter of habit, accomplishing their duties always in a certain way. They make little or no effort to exercise their will consciously. True, they are using will power all the time in performing these habitual actions, but it is purely mechanical; it is not dynamic will.

Choose a good, wholesome, constructive goal and then determine that you are going to achieve it. No matter how many times you fail, keep on trying. No matter what happens, if you have unalterably resolved, you are using dynamic will, and you will succeed. That dynamic will is what makes one man rich and another man strong and another man a saint.

It is not Jesus and a few others who alone know God. If you make the right kind of effort, you will find God. What is the value of using dynamic will today to be a great doctor, or a successful businessman, when tomorrow you may die? This is why Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 6:33). Use your will to know God first; then He will direct your path in life.

When you make up your mind to do good things, you will accomplish them if you use dynamic will power to follow through. No matter what the circumstances are, if you go on trying, God will create the means by which your will shall find its proper reward. If you continuously use your will power, no matter what reserves come, it will produce success and health and power to help people, and above all, it will produce communion with God.

This is the power you must develop- the will power that will run the ocean dry if necessary in order to accomplish what is good. That greatest will should be used to meditate. The Lord wants us to discover our divine will and use it to find Him. Develop this God seeking dynamic will. It is not profound words that will give you emancipation, but your own efforts through meditation.