Yes, how often we have heard these expressions. How often have we pondered just what is the will of God. How earnestly have we tried to express His will in all we think and do.
And, it is vital to remember and believe in "Thy will, not mine, be done".
Of late, I have been wondering if God really has a "will" at all.
Heresy? No, this emerging knowledge is not a negation of following His will. It is more a reflection upon the nature of will itself.
My dictionary says (in part):
will 1 ( w¹l) n. 1. a. The mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course of action; volition. b. The act of exercising the will. 3. A desire, purpose, or determination, especially of one in authority: It is the sovereign's will that the prisoner be spared. 4. Deliberate intention or wish: Let it be known that I took this course of action against my will. 5. Free discretion; inclination or pleasure: wandered about, guided only by will.
v. tr. 1. To decide on; choose. 2. To yearn for; desire: " She makes you will your own destruction " George Bernard Shaw . 3. To decree, dictate, or order. 4. To resolve with a forceful will; determine. 5. To induce or try to induce by sheer force of will: We willed the sun to come out.
v. intr. 1. To exercise the will. 2. To make a choice; choose.
I rankle at the concept of a bearded ancient one (more bearded and more ancient by far than myself, though) erect on his throne with quill in hand noting sins and dispensing favors in his great book. If this is what God is really like, I suppose I shall just have to accept Him as He is, but truly I pray that God is what He really is rather than some kind of super-king in a court full of functionaries and toadies.
I am coming to know that God has a WAY rather than a will. His way is nature rather than thought. Perhaps He doesnt even think. Maybe He just IS.
I once read a book called the Kybalion, which contains the seven Hermetic principles of the universe. Principle One is Mentalism, that everything is Spirit, which is unknowable and indefinable, but which may be thought of as an universal, infinite, living mind. In other words, God is all, and all in One. The second principle is Correspondence, "As above, so below; as below, so above." There is a correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. We are enabled to understand the unknown from true understanding of the known.
I look for the moment upon the human body. It is composed, according to Edgar Cayce, of 70 trillion cells. Each of these contains all the instructions for all of the cells, and the average life of a cell (as offered by my neighbor surgeon) is 35 days. This means that more than a million cells of my body are dying each second, and they are being replaced by newly generated cells. What is the nature of the "will" that causes all of this marvelous carnage and birth? Is each cell tried in the court of utility, and found wanting, condemned to be removed by the macrophages? Or, is the body simply carrying out its nature without the need for thinking about it. Isnt it marvelous that my body does all this work without my "management" so I can contemplate the marvels of the universe and choose between broccoli and cauliflower for supper.
Now, in which model of correspondence does one escalate to God? Is He a higher form of the functioning of the awesome nature of the human body, or is he just an improved form of this circus I call a mind?
Oh yes, I have "will", but I dont even know what is going on in my own body. Nobody asked me to choose the cells to be replaced. Nobody even told me it was happening. I can see it now, the tired cells appear before me on bended knee pleading for another week of life and hard work. Maybe I will grant the wishes of those that say the nicest things to me? Is this the model of the will of God? Who would want such a god?
I think the consciousness of God is totally beyond any conception I might have. I would be an arrogant fool to think that God "thinks" in the sense that humans think. God does not "will", God IS. And, from whence did God get His Isness? Who cares? That is His nature. Besides, is it my business to examine the origins or authenticity of God? "I am that I am", He said.
And, what fallacy to try to change God. If I pray for God to change His ways, to abrogate His laws, to match my earnest desires, I am wasting my breath. The message is never received.
Rather than spending my energy upon psyching God out or shaping Him up, I am better advised to attune myself to His nature. First I seek harmony (being in the same key), then resonance, the empowerment of my thoughts and actions with His nature. Yes, I am finding serenity singing in the celestial chorus.