Will Power is the Instrument of Change

Rita Saraswat's picture

Average: 5 (3 votes)

If you have molded clay into a vase and fired it, and now you want to make that object into a tray, you cannot do so. But you can pulverize the vase and add that powder to fresh clay, and then form it into a tray. Likewise , when a bad habit is fixed in your mind and you want to change it, you will have to use your strong will to pulverize that habit and absorb it into fresh, pliable good actions that can be remolded to desired image.

Strong will means strong conviction. The minute you say to yourself, "I am not bound by this habit," and mean it, the habit will be gone.

Don't try to change in yourself what is good. But those things you do against your will, and that make you unhappy after you have done them, are what you want to get rid of.

How ? Affirm with conviction, before going to bed and on arising in the morning, "I can change. I have to change. I will change!" Hold to that thought throughout the day, and carry it with you into the subconscious land of sleep and the super conscious realm of meditation.

Suppose your problem is that you frequently get angry and afterwords feel very sorry for having lost your temper. Every night and morning make up your mind to avoid anger, and then watch yourself carefully. The first day may be difficult, but the second day may be a little easier. The third will be easier still. After a few days you will see that victory is possible. In a year, if you keep up your effort, you will be another person !!

lilian's picture

Middle way

Excessive will power and effort can also cultivate inner conflict and resistance and thus strengthen the mind.

On the other hand, those who confuse between absolute and relative views of reality and say that there is no such thing as will power and doer also make a mistake.

The best way is the middle way: see http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/effort-enthusiasm and http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/pushing-boat-sea

lilian | Sat, 10/10/2009 - 08:50
madan_gautam's picture

Will power

I think will power has two aspects.
One will power is of individual in ignorance & arrogance.
This will power is from unconscious( not in medical terms) mind & has no power.
Second one is will power of THAT through a individual from super conscious mind.
This second will power is real and powerful.

madan_gautam | Sat, 10/10/2009 - 11:30
mbnarayana's picture

Nothing is impossible. By

Nothing is impossible. By Sadhana we can controle chitha vruthi.The great saint pathanjali told YOGAHA CHITTA VRUTHI NIRODHAH

mbnarayana | Mon, 10/12/2009 - 04:15