I’ve often received questions similar to this one:
“Do I still have Inner Power if I’m addicted to something?”
This something may be eating, drinking, sex, drugs, etc.
Indeed the main problem – regarding the Will and inner power – is not that you are consuming/doing any of these things.
The problem only happens if you can’t stop them.
Which means that they rule over you. On in other words, the needs of your body – your lower self – is ruling over your higher self.
In this situation, your Will is subjected to the body and mind, and not the other way around.
There’s no inner power here.
Inner Power means that your higher self rules over your lower self. Your Will rules over your mind, body and energy.
Whatever you set your mind, you do it.
You want your Will to be like a military General. It doesn’t matter what your soldiers were doing in their play time, but when the General gets into the barracks they all stand at attention, saluting him with full respect.
Your soldiers could be playing cards, having fun, drinking, smoking, listening to music… but when the General enters, everything stops and they obey him.
Everything is put aside and the General orders have full priority and focus.
With inner power is the same thing. Have as much as fun as you’d like. Drink, eat, have sex, sleep, do whatever you want.
Satisfy whatever needs for as long as you want.
But the moment you set your Will to something, you can stop everything else without a hassle. No complaining, no urges, nothing. You simply focus on what you want to be focused.
This means for example that, if you are a smoker, you can easily drop your smoking for as long as you want. Or forever, if you want.
Or that if you find a lot of pleasure in food, you can instantly fast for a week if you want. Or you can go by just eating bread and drinking water for a week.
The Will is your General and the body and mind are your soldiers.
That’s why you may see a lot of mystics or initiates binging on this earthly pleasures. Nothing wrong with that, but they aren’t addicted to them. The Will can regain control as soon as it likes – or at least in the true initiates.
So inner power doesn’t have to be a pleasurableness life. You can still do/consume whatever you want for as long as you want, just make sure that your Will can be control whenever you want.
The problem is the addiction, not the actual act of doing something.
That’s what we work in the 10 Steps to Inner Power!
Here’s an interesting quote from William Walker Atkinson:
“Everyone has two natures. One wants us to advance and the other wants to pull us back.
The one that we cultivate and concentrate on decides what we are at the end.
Both natures are trying to gain control. The will alone decides the issue.
A man by one supreme effort of the will may change his whole career and almost accomplish miracles. You may be that man. You can be if you Will to be, for Will can find a way or make one.
I could easily fill a book, of cases where men plodding along in a matter-of-fact way, were all at once aroused and as if awakening from a slumber they developed the possibilities within them and from that time on were different persons.
You alone can decide when the turning point will come.
It is a matter of choice whether we allow our diviner self to control us or whether we will be controlled by the brute within us.
No man has to do anything he does not want to do. He is therefore the director of his life if he wills to be. What we are to do, is the result of our training. We are like putty, and can be completely controlled by our will power.
Habit is a matter of acquirement. You hear people say: “He comes by this or that naturally, a chip off the old block,” meaning that he is only doing what his parents did.
This is quite often the case, but there is no reason for it, for a person can break a habit just the moment he masters the “I will.”
A man may have been a “good-for-nothing” all his life up to this very minute, but from this time on he begins to amount to something.
Even old men have suddenly changed and accomplished wonders. “I lost my opportunity,” says one. That may be true, but by sheer force of will, we can find a way to bring us another opportunity.
There is no truth in the saying that opportunity knocks at our door but once in a lifetime.
The fact is, opportunity never seeks us; we must seek it.
What usually turns out to be one man’s opportunity, was another man’s loss. In this day one man’s brain is matched against another’s. It is often the quickness of brain action that determines the result.
One man thinks “I will do it,” but while he procrastinates the other goes ahead and does the work. They both have the same opportunity. The one will complain of his lost chance. But it should teach him a lesson, and it will, if he is seeking the path that leads to success.”
For me, one of the most important sentences I always keep in mind is this one:
“Everyone has two natures. One wants us to advance and the other wants to pull us back. The one that we cultivate and concentrate on decides what we are at the end.”
If you remember nothing else from this email and citation, remember this part.
It’s YOU who decide what to give attention to, what to do (or not to do). It’s your Will that decides, nothing else.
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Concentration has a simple guideline: you can easily concentrate on anything you are intensely interested in.
And when you can concentrate on something, then time flies much easily and you end up doing that task a lot better, achieving better results in what you do.
There’s often no problem in getting a teenager concentrated in a video game. Or even a social media feed. After all, those are designed to entertain and to capture your attention through various psychological mechanisms.
It’s much harder to get the attention of a teenager in school. The interest is very much reduced on most cases.
And although it’s useful to know this guideline, in practical terms, you may wonder how does it change anything.
After all, it’s not like you can fake interest in something.
Either you are interested in something or you aren’t. Either you want to do it or you can’t.
Only that it’s not so simple.
Creating interest is possible… but it depends on your Will and inner power.
When you see something as an obligation, something you MUST do, then generating genuine interest is almost impossible. You are doing it because you have to, not because you want to.
Doing something out of an obligation, it’s never a pleasure, so no interest is generated.
But the thing is… this happens very often to those who are victims of their circumstances. People who seem to live in a life they don’t want to live.
Put it plainly, we are never obligated to do anything. Fortunately, in our western world slavery doesn’t happen anymore – at least openly.
You can always quit your job, or choose to do something else.
(Granted that you won’t have such a freedom of choice as a teenager or child – and that’s good thing -, but I’m assuming you are an adult!)
If you are constantly doing something out of an obligation, then you aren’t really accepting your choices. You are a victim. Not someone who owns his own life.
If you keep repeating sentences like: “My boss forced me to do X”, “My mother is making me do Y”, “My friends are really pushy”, “I have to do this”… you know you are victim and are not moving through the world with inner power and Will.
Don’t get me wrong. We all have to do things we would prefer not to do at any given moment. But at the end of the day it’s all YOUR decision. Not anyone else. And if you are constantly doing things that feel like an obligations, then it’s also YOUR decision.
You are deciding to stay in the job you hate and keep doing out of obligation. Your reasons are your own, but you are deciding to do so. And this is what you need to keep in mind.
If you decide to stay – for whatever reason – and do the tasks you are obligated to do, you better change your mind and mental state into accepting it as something you WANT to do. As something that’s your decision – not anyone else’s.
And this way, you regain your power, and increase your tasks interest. Of course it also forces you to look inside and understand if this is really what you WANT to do, it also forces you to connect with your Will and Inner Power.
So it’s not an easy trick or exercise you can use when you are bored.
And that’s why concentration and inner power are very much related and intertwined. You can’t have one without the other. It will be very hard to concentrate deeply on something that you are doing out of sheer obligation with zero interest.
To use FULL and POWERFUL concentration you need this inner power. You need to ACT according to your Will and what you truly want.
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