The Struggle vs. the Will

Struggle is mostly internal. The external challenge is but the physical representation of the inward struggle. At some point in the struggle, if it is chosen, the will may appear in its natural state of freedom. Such is the heart of the real self, which is indestructible. The will flies upward, above all pettiness, uncertainty, fear, and internal conflict. This ascension is experienced as increasing power with each moment that passes. In this moment of ascension it is clear what one is trying to do, and all which is needed in order to do this presents itself by sheer virtue of the will. When one holds to his will the world often bends itself to him, bringing that which is needed. Much of the time the trick to life is uncompromisingly keeping alive the will: to let nothing inject doubt into the mind, to refuse to shrink from the task, and to make no excuse. A will that is held to shall succeed against all odds. The will which is free from all compromise is known as the free will: the greatest focus is possible only by the free will, and therefore the free will is the strongest. The free will animates the body, making it dynamic. The dynamic body is flexible, fast, and strong all simultaneously. It is like water, which is impenetrable.

The heart of struggle is indecision. In struggle it is unclear what one is trying to do. What may be uncertain is the motive behind the act (Am I doing the right thing?) or the possible outcome thereof (What am I doing this for? Can I handle what will happen?), but always this comes down to unclarity in what is being done. The soul, whose heart is the free will, can always provide the answer or a path to it. Still, even when the answer is known the mind may decide to create struggle, and struggle shall be overcome only by the free will.

Large tasks require a scaffolding of maturity around the will in order to be overcome. A baby may have the will to stand up again when it falls, but it is too immature to take on anything else. To some day fend for itself, protect others, and at last rule a nation (if it is destined to do so), it will have to mature as a person. Maturity is the development of the mind and the body. The soul is already complete upon birth: a person must learn to use his body, intellect, and psyche, and to coordinate this whole earthly self with his soul. To complete a task he must gain the requisite knowledge, acquire the needed skill, and prepare his body accordingly. More important than any of these, however, is wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to listen to one's own soul above all else and to remain free and focused in the will. The iron will is capable of completing any task the soul calls upon it to do: this includes the learning of any knowledge and undergoing any training required.

The making of a decision in line with the soul is known as intuition. To act in line with the soul's intention until the task is complete and refuse compromise along the way is known as discipline.

Without the soul there are no ideals: only the worthless seems worthwhile. Here the free will gets consumed by lustful instinct-- in other words, pride, fear, needing to prove a point, emotion, greed, and egoism. Without the will ideals seem too difficult to attain, and the soul remains trapped in its inward world as a mere dream.

When a task presented by the soul seems unclear and too far off from the present to carry out, it may be that one is yet too immature. Here, then, the will and soul must be applied to the maturing tasks. As one undergoes the process of maturation, the larger tasks and ideals of his soul will come into clearer sight. Each task delivers the maturity needed for other tasks: likewise, maturation does not occur in a vaccuum, but is instead integrated into the path. Tasks ultimately are both paths to and demonstrations of ideals. Ideals represent both the nature and the message of the soul. One's life is complete once his whole person has done all it can to realize his soul's highest ideals. He thus leaves a foundation for a successor to step off from and soar ever higher. Perhaps his successor is his own self, made anew.

The individual who is in charge of the purest soul, the freest will, the healthiest body, the most brilliant mind, and the greatest ability to coordinate all of these together shall consequently have also the clearest intuition and the strongest discipline. He will therefore be equipped with the highest ideals and assigned the largest tasks available to mankind. Upon their completion he shall lift up the world by an iron fist, and he will be the greatest individual who has ever lived (so far).