Human beings are in a constant state of creative process: creating and recreating our Selves, our futures, our lives and the very world we live in. Every conscious thought, action and emotion we invest moves us towards the future we are constantly bringing into being.
When we are consciously creating from a place of joy and love we experience the power of the universe moving through us.
The impulse to create is so strong within all life that it must find expression, and as humans we have the choice to create intentionally or to create passively. Wild Will is choice in action. Every choice we make is an act of will. The more conscious we are of this the more we can experience just how much energy our will can channel in our lives.
The witches ‘rede’ — “Do what you will and harm not” — is a basic statement of choice in action, and our most powerful choices are based on the deep knowledge of Self as a divine expression of the universal life force.
If we are in fact enacting our true will we cannot do harm, for our true divine Self is not influenced by dogma or affected by projections from others, nor is it repressed by outside influences. It is free, like the Tarot’s archetypal Fool, to move through life moment to moment with all the universal energy fully available. We can therefore choose to cooperate with the creative forces of the universe consciously and intentionally, to let go of our need to control the outcome and to have absolute faith that what will be, will be.
Statements like “I have no will power” or “ I just don’t have enough energy” are an indication that the will may be diverted, thus creating feelings of powerlessness, lethargy, and lack of confidence or motivation. This can result in a kind of creative depression, which stems from an unconscious misuse of creative energy.
Creative energy or power, when squashed, denied, or suppressed will tend to become diverted and express itself in another area of our lives. The counterbalance to active creation is destruction; they are in fact manifestations of the same force or impulse. Destruction is a very powerful creative impulse, and can be used to good advantage if it is intentional and appropriate.
Sadly, when this dynamic is misunderstood, misused, or suppressed further, it can become perverted and express itself either as passive aggression, or as an attempt to exert power over others, or over aspects of the Self through acts of violence.
We have absolutely all the energy we require; it is limitless and always available. We may only be able to channel so much of it at once, depending on our inner blocks and our beliefs about our power (or lack thereof), but energy is energy and its nature is to move and create.
Imagine water running through a funnel — the smaller the tube, the less water can run through, no matter how much is poured in at the top. When we clamp down on our power to create we can get sluggish or stuck, until there is a breakthrough, when the blocked energy breaks down the barrier to its expression, often in a rush of force.
We are constantly moving energy creatively, but to what purpose? Often we are using up enormous amounts of energy to create pain, illness, or blocks to self-expression, usually unconsciously. It can take a huge amount of unconscious will power to remain in an unhealthy situation, manifest “stuck-ness” or maintain the familiar stories that appear to prevent us from living a joyful life.
It’s not that we are weak willed; on the contrary, we have more power than we can imagine. It’s just that we are sometimes directing our wills towards the perpetuation of certain patterns and illusions that seem to manifest as powerlessness.
The Wild Will knows what is in our best interest. It is instinctive and informed by the true divine Self, which by it’s very nature cannot lead us astray. It’s when cultural, societal, parental, hierarchical or institutional strictures influence our will too heavily that we can suffer, and this can feel like a kind of spiritual pollution.
This is not to say that we should not accept guidance from these outside influences. But we must assert our inner authority, consciously deciding for ourselves what we will accept and believe in. We must choose where we put our creative energy.
Without conscious choice we may find ourselves operating from duty and obligation, rather than freedom of expression, and we may censor ourselves and hold back our voice. We may feel a need to be constantly striving to achieve an outcome that is based on external expectations.
Let us claim the power of the Wild Will, and choose to intentionally create a world without fear. Let us consciously bring into being a reality that supports everyone’s right to self-expression and creative freedom.
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