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For the Week of July 2 - 8: Will to God
Zelenov Lurii, Journey Among the Stars
Not my will, but thy will be done.
- Luke 22:42
 
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

- Matthew 6:10
 
What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived –

the things God has prepared for those who love God.
- 1 Corinthians 2:9
 
More than halfway through our year's journey on the Way, we may be asking ourselves: What does consciousness have to do with Love? What does the Work have to do with the Gospels? How do I love God with all my heart, all my mind and all my strength? and How do I love my neighbor as myself?
 
The answers to these questions are contained in the Work idea of Real Will. Also known in the Work as Real I and Master, it is one of the divine potentialities given to human beings, and though it exists in us, we are seemingly cut off from it.  Contact can occur by grace, revelation and/or by Work as we say yes to the great adventure of seeking contact with it, through dedication, single-mindedness and surrender.
 
What is Will?
 
In contrast to what we have acquired in life – a multitude of conflicting wills with different desires and varying levels of consciousness – Real Will is recognized by its Beauty and Truth.
 
This Will is not effortful, narrow, limited, worried or anxious. It is not denial, negation, opposition, stopping, forcing, rushing, dividing. It has nothing to do with a set jaw, a stern resolve, resignation, privation, scrupulosity, rigidity, harshness or handling ourselves and others roughly. Nor is it having our own way, being efficient, being first, being right.
 
Real Will is delight. It is quiet and without violence. It is infinitely flexible, discerning and receptive. It is energetically above life, yet it enters into the strivings and events of life as a harmonizing influence. It is abundantly creative, uniting apparently separate things, arranging them in a new combination – in right order and meaning – and its expressions are fresh, unexpected and surprising. It finds right solutions on its own graceful timetable. It is synthesis, rather than analysis. It is non-dual. Will does not do things; it is that which decides what to do before thought, sensation or action. It is the affirming force behind things – that which moves us. It is the transforming cause from the vertical future. Though it is unfathomable, unpredictable, unknowable and seems altogether out of range, it is as close to us as breathing. It is flow. It has to do with the certainty that a solution is possible; it is faith. Real Will cannot be rushed; its mother is patience. Real Will bathes our senses with new meaning, washing away the familiar to reveal the miraculous. It is a new emotion, a new insight. It is love.
 
Change the direction we're looking for happiness
 
If we wish for a new will, if we wish to be guided by the wisdom of Higher Centers, we must first realize that putting our ourselves and our own agendas first has led us to recurrence and isolation. Thus, we turn around. Though we are in life and fully engaged with life, we awaken from the imagination that our purpose, meaning and destiny will come from life. With this new direction, a new neutralizing force is possible. 
  • We realize we are not what we've been – or even what we are. We are what we want, so we make aims. We are what we wish, so we wish.
     
  • Through the three-fold process of non-critical self-observation, non-identification and Self-remembering, we practice neutrality toward likes and dislikes, pleasures and pains, associations, and programs for happiness. 
     
  • We ask for help to release and forgive deeply-rooted, intransigent wounds.
     
  • We relax our resistant stance toward life into an affirming moving-toward disposition, "liking" what we have disliked. We will what we have to do.
     
  • We become aware of all psychic activity that causes us to lose force. We practice conservation of energy by non-identifying. We give care to where we spend precious attention.
     
  • We sacrifice our grievances, blaming, accounts, self-justifying, negative emotions, victimhood, the pleasure of illusions, pictures of ourselves, and imagination that we are right, virtuous, superior and pure in motivation. We give up the satisfactions of identifying and thinking we know.
     
  • We practice inner sincerity, neutrally observing – in real time or in retrospect – our mechanical reactions to life events, the news and others.
     
  • Self-remembering is a moment of will. It lifts us up to another set of influences. 
     
  • Though we cannot avoid suffering, we suffer consciously.
     
  • We begin to feel deeply that we do not know.
     
  • We practice external considering, realizing the existence of other people apart from what we want from them. We see their difficulties, from the realization of our own.
     
  • We cherish and are grateful for the path we've been given. We practice perseverance and patience.

I Am. I Wish. I can Work.
 
"When 'wish' and 'can' are harmonized, then only 'I am.' …  I is the union of 'I can' and 'I wish.'"
– J. G. Bennett, A Spiritual Psychology
 
Bennett describes the True Self – I Am – as the union of the two aspects of will: affirmative (or masculine) will, that continuously aims and directs us and receptive (or feminine) will, the will to be helped that allows and accepts. This is what Dr. David Hawkins calls "Yang by intent, but Yin by fulfillment as a process." This explains the curious pairs of words that often describe the manifestations of will: engaged openness, active patience, alert receptivity, directed attention, intentional listening, voluntary submission, willing surrender.
 
Will to God
 
When asked the practical question of how to love God with all our hearts, minds and strength, Bernadette Roberts replied that we can think of love of God as will to God.
 
"[The] Christian sets his eyes on a single point – God – and lets everything else assume its peripheral place.  There is no concentration on self or what is going on in our ticker-tape heads; we do not even concentrate on getting rid of things in ourselves.  Somehow the single focus on God takes care of all that, dumping out what does not fit or is incompatible, and this works, not only in times of prayer or sitting but in the whole of our daily affairs. (Essence of Christian Mysticism, DVD set)
 
In other words by Dr. David Hawkins:
 
"The spiritual practice of seeking enlightenment via nonduality is the consequence of intention and commitment. Its actual practice is not so much a matter of 'doing' but a way of 'being' or aligning with the subjective awareness of life. … Attention is aligned with the field/context rather than the customary focus on content and details. Intuition is valuable and investigative rather than being dismissed as illogical. Also, spiritual work is more like noticing and becoming aware rather than 'doingness' per se.
 
"Attitudes that may just seem merely 'nice' to ordinary mind become very powerful tools when aligned with spiritual intention and commitment. For instance, to strictly live by the dictum of 'goodwill to all life' is transformative when energized by the Spiritual Will. The decisions to 'be kind to all of life' or to respect the sacredness of all that exists are powerful attitudes in the willingness to forgive and seeking to understand rather than to judge. …
 
"Supplication and prayer to Divinity are facilitated by a profound and deep surrender to humility. …
 
"Surrender and humility are not the same thing as passivity because, paradoxically, both surrender and humility are positive acts of the Spiritual Will and are thereby in positive agreement to 'allow' rather than to 'get.' …
 
"The Spiritual Will is not like the ego's understanding of will as 'will power,' which means emotional force with clenched teeth of exertion and increased emotionality. The ego-driven will takes energy and is taxing. It could actually be understood as a form of aggression. In contrast, invoking the Spiritual Will is like opening floodgates and then standing back. The ego/will contextualizes events in terms of cause and effect in which the personal self-will claims credit or blame because it sees itself as a causal agent. …
 
"The Spiritual Will, invited by complete surrender, is thus capable of performing the seeming 'miraculous,' whereas the personal will, paradoxically often automatically trigger resistances, as anyone knows who has tried personal 'will power' to overcome even minor habits.
 
"Surrender of the personal will to the Will (Wisdom) of God (or Providence, Higher Power) signifies relinquishment of control. One can expect the ego to resist doing so, and it invents excuses, counterarguments, and multiple fears in order to maintain illusory control. The ego's positions are reinforced by pride as well as desire for specific results. Thus, to the ego, to step back and invite the intervention of Divinity seems like a loss, whereas, to the Spirit, it is definitely a win."
- David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., Discovery of the Presence of God: Devotional Nonduality
 
It may seem a long, winding pilgrimage from the public house to the upright commission of our true purpose; along the way, we shed most things we once believed were important. Yet as the Driver in us awakens to the marvelous possibilities awaiting us to hear and serve the Master, we are guided and held by the Work, Centering Prayer, Scripture, the Eucharist and the community of the faithful. We are helped by Real Will.
 
I will
to will
Thy Will.

Homework 
  1. Practice neutrality toward likes and dislikes, pleasures and pains, associations, and programs for happiness. Practice affirmative and receptive will, the yang and yin aspects of will. (ex. directed attention, intentional listening)
  2. Ask for help to release and forgive deeply-rooted, intransigent wounds.
  3. Practice will to God through single-minded intention and devotion.
All are encouraged and welcome to attend tonight's class for a review of these teachings and how they are landing in you: 7pm Central Time via Zoom only. 
  1. Click on this link and Zoom should open automatically on your laptop or tablet: https://zoom.us/j/9961019778, or
  2. Open Zoom, click on Join Meeting and enter this meeting ID: 996-101-9778
The glossary of terms may be found here.  The class content archive is organized by class and class date.  And an archive of previous emails may be found here
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