To Will and To Dare. To will is to know. To think is to act, but to will is to have the potential to think and act. Will is intention, but we often don’t understand exactly what it is to intend anything at all. To dare is to confront the universal will in your awareness, and to act despite the immensity of it. To dare is to take a stance characterized by an internal locus of control. Reality can only tell you so much, then you actually have to take the step of “knowing”. How long can you wait and see? What kind of life is that?
“Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.” Dale Carnegie (American lecturer, author, 1888-1955)
“The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to. As an artist, I feel that we must try many things – but above all we must dare to fail. You must be willing to risk everything to really express it all.” John Cassavetes (American Actor and Screenwriter, 1929-1989)
I am doing a topic suggestion. To Will and To Dare. Anyone hear that motto before? Not sure I have, but it sounds like one of those Latin phrases on crests. Sounds like it, because it is one. But I’m not going into linguistics today. I will do the subject in two parts, first will then daring. What is will? Determination? Desire? Intent. Desire to act? All good answers. Thank you. To will is to know. To think is to act, but to will is to have the potential to think and act. Many people like to take a zealously… Seek More
I will summarize “will”. Will is knowing, and there is only one domain of knowing and that is “self”. “Know thyself” comes to mind, another Latin phrase. This was seen as the greatest spiritual endeavour and the highest metaphysical knowledge. Hard to have will without it. Impossible, as having will is just being aware of the presence of awareness and its function as an agent of reality. It is “THE” agent of reality. The only one we can access, unless you believe in a more experientially vacuous guidance that I often hear about. That is a mystery to me. Shall… Seek More
We are talking about an old motto that still holds a lot of meaning, “To Will and To Dare.” This may be misworded, but the concepts are there. Will. Lots of thought goes into will, even talk about it, but it’s just assumed that other people know what will is. I have seen a lot of things be called will, from stubborn resistance to zealous commitment, but do these suffice to define will? I would offer today that they do not, because will has qualities that we attribute to hope, in that it springs eternal. Even in the inversion commonly… Seek More
Desire is different from will? Desire is different from will, yes. Desire is conditional. Will is transcendent. We have a will to survive. A knowing that we are meant to survive. If it were just a desire, the desire to survive could be satisfied and then we would be content to die. Ah yes, this often pushes forward in a person who desires suicide, but then they can’t go through with it. Will intervenes? Yes, and will often transcends what people consider to be “proper intellect”. The most die-hard rationalist has to resort to “I just do” more often than a… Seek More
The second part of the motto “To Will and To Dare” is to dare. Daring. What is it to dare? And can you have daring without will? To dare is to confront the universal will in your awareness, and to act despite the immensity of it. To confront the universal will, and to confront the personal will, is one in the same act, because all potential is present in all individual parts of this very whole holographic universe. People avoid self knowledge because when confronted with the immensity of it, it becomes entirely inconvenient to choose sides in the drama… Seek More