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TAKING THE WILL FOR THE DEED

There are times when one may be desirous and even anxious to do something, be it in the form of assistance or contribution for the benefit of another, or the accomplishment of a self-directed goal but circumstances or practical considerations may prevent one from actually doing so.

     More often than not, however, 'the will for the deed' ends up as a convenient axiom handily tossed about by those who, while proclaiming some strongly held intention or resolution, simultaneously claim inability or plead the lack of means to see it through to fruition. It is thus prone to glib application by those a tad too quick in seeking credit for the mere harbouring of intent, no matter how genuine or how fleetingly held and fully expect, as if by right, a moral return from the universe for the positive or benevolent thought itself. It reflects the tendency by many to readily use the primacy of intention as a self-soothing salve to gloss over or cover up the absence of concrete results, whether this be from a lack of genuine effort, wherewithal or ‘stick-to-itiveness’, or other equally relevant determinants. It is in fact an attempt to seek comfort in the justification of choosing the easy way out.

      These mental attitudes are the product of one’s self-centred societal conditioning. Of course this is an obvious projection of the misplaced value system which in turn informs a flawed belief system wherein everything is treated as a means to an end. A lopsided value judgement is readily meted out so long as one wears the hat of doer or benefactor, however, upon finding themselves at the receiving end of the equation, very few would actually pass the role reversal test of unbegrudgingly extending the courtesy of this same privilege to others, especially when it comes to expecting others to deliver for them. Then, there is an overbearing tendency to expect others to be perfect and to fully abide by their commitments, in “getting the job done” under any circumstances. This is coupled with a “brook no excuses” approach, which far from giving credit therefor, roundly discounts and negates any and all effort made, no matter how genuine, that does not yield the desired result. Such myopic double standards are especially preposterous when exercised by the would-be recipient who feels thwarted in their expectation of receiving some ‘unpaid-for’ benevolence, regardless of whether their own failure to do their part may have had anything to do with the lack of desirable outcome or results. This again, is evidence of the same sense of entitlement surfacing unchecked, indeed powered by the entrenched one-sided, self-serving value system.

      Insofar as one increasingly habitually gives in to the temptation of constantly choosing and justifying the easy out and believing one’s own justifications, to the extent of integrating these notions, attitudes and dual standards into one’s core belief system and value judgement module, one’s vibration gets mired ever deeper in denser frequencies thereby creating barriers to spiritual growth.

     Thus, when it comes to spiritual progression, the will cannot stand in for the deed being some distance apart therefrom. Walking the path of progression involves taking the necessary steps to raise one’s vibration to higher frequency domains that facilitate the evolution. On this internal journey of introspection, while having the sincere intent may well get one off to a good start on the trail, only genuine effort and the ongoing discipline to do whatever it takes, will advance one along the journey. The soul-searching calls for brutal honesty with oneself in order to both undertake a self-evaluation as to the intensity and degree to which self-centred behaviours and self-serving attitudes come to define one’s personality construct, as well as to determine just how far one is willing to go to shed them, along with any accompanying layers of complacency and lethargy. This may then provide a foundation for anchoring the resolve to realign one’s energies in order to make a transformational vibrational shift. In establishing personal milestones to be achieved throughout the process of shifting, the obvious rule of thumb to remember would be to not settle for the will instead of the deed.