Our True Will is dynamic because it is in constant motion. What we truly want to do is not what we will always truly want, eternally. Of course, we are not like leaves in the wind; no, we have a hard core! Still, as we walk through different stages in our personal development, we see our True Will adapting.
As environments and greater seasons change, what we truly want and value adapts. Everything is in flux, our hardest core included. Personal development is not self-improvement, but an evolutionary process. Accordingly, our True Will is an adaptive trait that is dynamic in the sense that it varies over the course of our personal evolution, for it is necessarily in harmony with the flow of life.
The True Will cannot be fully expressed by a simple statement like “I (truly) want X,” whereby X is an adaptive variable. Rather, the True Will is a complex trajectory across multiple dimensions, including valued virtues of the true self, prioritized long-term goals, spontaneous authenticity, and a larger life purpose.
For example, in a high-pressure environment, stoicism is an adaptive philosophy. Depending on how our current skills and goals relate to the environment, our True Will may assimilate the virtues of, say, toughness, rationality, tranquility, and self-mastery. Then, what we truly want to do will be a function of our skills, goals, and greater purpose together with those very virtues as well as with grounded impulses of genuine self-expression.
In a softer, more peaceful environment and when our personal evolution proceeds in another direction, that function will automatically adapt and our True Will will move. Our skills, goals, and purpose may change while virtues like love, openness, fun, and joyfulness may become more adaptive and attractive. But none of this will vehemently turn our True Will around!
As I said, we are not like leaves in the wind. “I want this, no that, no this, no that” is a failure to be true. We are not chameleons who readily shift colors upon shifting environments. Our True Will is dynamic, but not spineless. It changes neither with a sweeping storm nor with a stormy stroke of fate, and yet it moves. It changes in accord with the entirety of Nature.
We shall consider this whenever we must stay true to ourselves. Our true self, our core, may be hard like a stone, but even a stone is but a part of Nature—dynamic, changing, and in constant motion. And this bespeaks how we can discover our true self and recognize our True Will: by being in physical motion. Now go outside for a walk!
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