WHAT IS WILL?
When faced by two juggernauts and one is a big problem and one is a smaller problem, which one do you attack? Or how do you even defend yourself? A juggernaut is an unstoppable force. Must you become an unmovable object? What does that have to do with gaming, anyway?
Does carrying out your will mean busting through wall after wall?
Is the solution being a stone wall so that you never cooperate with anyone?–so that you get your way but at the cost of your humanity, your joy of living. Can it possibly be that there is a simple easy way of getting things done?
Psychologist Moshe Feldenkrais points out
in his book, The Potent Self that what’s important is knowing how we hinder ourselves. He calls this parasitic action. He says,
I am convinced that achievement is the result of what is done well and that there is no need for misery to be able to do so. Casting away the contradicting motivations brings out the full vigor of one’s ability to do.
He sites the examples:
The pro golfer whose swing is perfect as opposed to the amateur who crimps up at the last minute into the slice; the graceful dunk of a basketball player, and even the journeyman sawing the pipe, where, in contrary to the beginner who s so full of poor actions he defeats himself. The pro has gotten rid of all unneeded actions. So real will is doing easily and naturally.
Maurice Nicoll says in his Commentaries on the Work of Gurdjieff and Ouspsenky-free pdf– that ‘
Ordinarily we think of Will as something negative because we conceive it only as being exerted against something. We say often, for example that we will resist this or that will not do that.”
How does getting rid of parasitic action relate
to thinking of will as a positive, not resistant force. How does that relate to games? Well, . . . which juggernaut are you going to fight, the bigger problem or the smaller problem?
In a fight, one should attack the bigger problem, because after you defeat the bigger one, the littler may get scared and run. But juggernauts don’t get scared. They just keep coming . . . and coming. So what do you do?
Maybe these problems are just parasitic actions that you’ve learned to repeat again and again in your life. Maybe the way to win is non-resistance. Life is just a game. Really it doesn’t have to be so serious. Roll the dice again. Take a chance? What have you got to lose?