The End of Spirit and Will

The Rise of Intent and Power

Making Way for the New

The end of Spirit and Will? How could this be? For a long time I have suspected that the terms “Spirit” and “Will” would eventually need to fall away, so as to make room for something less romantic, but far more accurately descriptive. In the meantime, however, these same two terms would tend to linger on and suffice—until it was time to fully graduate from the relative Kindergarten of yesterday into a more advanced and probably more accurate understanding of consciousness. People have been worshiping the Spirit (the organizing and inspiring mental intent), generally referred to as the Spirit mentality or just the mentality, for a very long time, all the while generally condemning the Will aspect and its feelings and the attendant flow of relatively dense (magnetic) energy set into motion by the Spirit mentality. It is the embedded phalanx of spiteful judgments against the Will aspect that have substantially perverted its otherwise unperturbed flow and effect, thereby bringing about much of the outer reality trouble that has pestered and plagued the process of living right from its originating expansion. This body of old stuff infecting the mentality has become so deeply entrenched and transmogrified over the eons that it and its unintended consequences are no longer easily recognizable for what this mess of stuff really is.

To my good fortune a welcome transition away from the old, normal, festering mix of mental rot is taking place—and not a moment too soon—albeit my transformation is only in its infancy. Nevertheless, the old ideas and convenience underlying the use of words like Spirit and Will is expected to continue on for an indefinite period of time. Eventually, though, these two words will finally begin to fade away and for a time be interchangeable with whatever new terms eventually evolve. But it may be that nothing will ever take the place of these two words, because they may be nothing more than an expression of two parts of some temporarily polarized whole, and, if so, once any perceived polarization (or separation) is resolved there would be no further necessity to define Spirit or Will, or maybe anything else. Still, in the meantime, the use of the terms Spirit and Will have been invaluable, because they unavoidably promoted and helped to bring attention, study and understanding to the two apparent polarities of consciousness that these two terms have for so long represented.

 Now, however, by gradually beginning the process of releasing and jettisoning these two old and timeworn descriptive models, both of which carry a tremendous about of old baggage, it opens wide the door to new opportunities without having to juggle and worry over all of the old and lingering notions that still clutter up the recesses of the mind. This old baggage comes in the form of many layers of judgments and the resulting attitudes, beliefs, mistaken ideas and conjured up notions, along with assorted moral and religious considerations, most of which are add-ons to the original use of the Spirit and Will terminology, but that do not help to accurately understand what either term represents. Once this old and heavy obfuscating baggage is finally averted, some of it emanating from ancient times, a fresh new view and understanding of the cosmos and ourselves can come more easily into view and hopefully evolve without some of the old, conflicting and stifling concepts that have kept us stuck in pain and death for untold eons. Moreover, at its best the new offers the chance of greater understanding and freedom, while at its worst we will be no further along or evolved than at present. But, as such, there is everything to gain and little or nothing to lose, except perhaps for a little study time, which in and of itself might prove to be an exciting adventure.

In this newly emerging context Spirit is still seen as fast moving and electric in nature, while now being equated more to something akin to pure Intent, it essentially inspiring or creating a pressure (or voltage) that then induces a creative flow of that Intent, thereby giving rise to form and function. There is no related formational god or other external deity or belief that need be included or considered, there being just a self-inspired original intent. Furthermore, while this advanced concept may invalidate and eventually eradicate certain nostalgic and cherished ideas about Creation, it does not alter the general and practical tools that evolved out of this awareness work. Things such as the judgmental rigidification of energy and the principle of fragmentation of original intent, for instance, still hold perfectly workable and essentially true. And, if anything, dropping the old Spirit and Will monikers in favor of a new, unadulterated paradigm makes this work much easier to grasp and put to practical use.

The new equivalent of the Will polarity is substantially a dense feeling and consequently slower moving aspect when compared to pure mental Intent, which is observable more as a primal force (or intent) than it is any kind of moving or physical carrier current such as in the case of the Will. It also has a feeling of soft and shapeless darkness, where the Intent aspect fosters a feeling of quick and nimble lightness. As a result, the two aspects could be faithfully described as (1) insubstantial or vaporous versus tangible density or physicality, (2) wispy versus heavy, (3) light versus dark, or (4) any other set of terms that differentiate between a lack of or a sense of tangible density. This “dark” carrier force can then be perceived as the inspired carrier component, set into motion by the pressure generated by Intent, which propels the (magnetic) carrier current, which can ultimately bring about manifest physical substance corresponding exactly to the motivating Intent.

So, what terms might be appropriate to replace the now commonly used terms Spirit and Will? No matter what I might choose, it is probable that any arbitrarily applied new terms, especially during the early stages of any evolutionary change in concept, will naturally transform, and possibly do so in ways not yet conceivable, but perhaps more accurately descriptive. In the meantime, two interim terms that seem to make sense for the moment are these:

My good friend Rich Irwin recommended, accompanied with a wry smile, two very different terms, and no doubt other people will have their own ideas about this, too. Rich’s suggestions are (and, yes, there is definitely room for humor in this awareness work, although I do not normally write about the goofiness that regularly goes on):

Although the idea of dropping the Spirit and Will terminology may be new, it is a reasonable outgrowth at this point in my awareness journey, albeit there is no push to make such a change happen. What remains to be seen is if the new terms and what they cause to be brought forth prove to have any useful validity and experimental repeatability. If so, they have the potential of reducing to zero and effectively eliminating the old baggage carried along with the long used terms Spirit and Will, such as eliminating any unfounded romantic notions about god, angels, good and evil and everything else the judged concepts of morality have insisted be attached to the experience of life. However, and it almost goes without mentioning, that anyone who is and/or who wants to remain unaware must refrain from any understanding or from welcoming any such change in the status quo. As such, this transcendence of the old thinking ways will probably be rejected on a wholesale basis. But, then, long is the way and narrow is the path that leadeth unto life, and few there shall be that find it.

Terry Hathaway
April 24, 2008