One of the most confusing, yet potentially empowering elements of the human psyche is the will – the part of us that, at a superficial glance, seems to control our lives.
For those of us who’ve entered onto the spiritual path following an encounter with ‘Other’ a few pertinent questions regarding the role of will may need answered. These are:
How does the Divine Will interface with human will?
What psycho-spiritual role does our will play within the complexity of our internal wiring?
In this chapter I want to explore some possible answers to these two questions through the medium of parable.
Once upon a time there lived a dynamic entrepreneur named Grace Sophia; a charismatic inventor who had come up with some of the most mind-boggling creations ever seen in her world.
People said that they couldn’t remember a time when Grace wasn’t doing her thing; she appeared ageless having been at the top of her game for as long as the businesses world existed.
Grace’s pride and joy was her flagship company ‘Self Incorporated’ which when launched into the world of Cosmic marketing, had quickly risen to the coveted number one position in its field. The opposition was flabbergasted!
With multi-directional creativity bursting from her fingertips Grace quickly handed over the oversight of her pride and joy enterprise to her newly appointed talented CEO Ruach. He appeared to be a chip off the old block in the eyes of many of Grace’s competitors; an exciting and spirited pioneer with a love for the product and the workforce.
Employed by ‘Self’ as its day-to-day, hands-on manager was Will, an altogether different kettle of fish from both Grace and her delegated protegé Ruach. Decisive and with great organizational skill Will complemented the flamboyant visionary gifts of his new appointed CEO. Corporate commentators interested in the fortunes of Self Inc., wisely observed that the boardroom pairing seemed like a match made in heaven.
Self’s workforce was the hidden jewel of the company; a well motivated group of skilled artisans who thoroughly enjoyed working for the Sophia brand, rolling her exemplary products off the production line.
At first all went well for this most innovative of companies, mainly as a result of the high levels of industrial harmony that permeated all aspects of its complex operations.
Sadly however it was not to last.
One Monday morning Will received a call from Ruach’s wife informing him that her husband had been taken ill overnight and rushed to the intensive care unit of the local hospital. A severe heart attack had been diagnosed. Ruach’s doctors had recommended that he take a break from ‘Self’ for the forseeable future. Grace had already authorised Will’s promotion as acting CEO of her flagship company.
News of Ruach’s departure, hit the workforce badly. Within a few weeks, questioning and dissension began to break out within the Self shop floor. A disconcerting rivalry began to spread, virus like, among the previously harmonious team.
Will himself, having previously been a decisive manager when yoked with the inspirational Ruach, began to have trouble making simple decisions. On most days Will, now uncharacteristically insecure in his new CEO position, called in the most vocal members of the shop floor for their advice. Unfortunately such consultations became the battlefield for warring hotheads, with Will being dragged to and fro across the fractious terrain in the struggle of the workers’ soul. Will was now a shadow of his former self ; a puppet pulled by the all too obvious strings of his workers’ fragmented desire; an executive being slowly executed by the rumblings of those in his care.
Unsurprisingly it wasn’t long before such a topsy-turvy situation brought the once proud company to its knees, as output fell and Self began to tumble-down the market share rankings.
Unfortunately, the once decisive Will had surrendered his position as Grace’s representative to the strong personalities among the now out of control rivalrous employees.
Word of Self Incorporated’s rapid demise quickly got back to Grace.
She shed a tear before purposely picking up her cell phone.
It was time to exercise her Will.
To be continued …………