Finding work, initiating a new relationship, asking for a loan, and introducing ourselves to someone who can help us, are all examples of the will at work.(1) The will is an affirmation of our self employed in many everyday activities and in each of these activities a different aspect of will may be utilised.Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis, describes these aspects of will as: strong will, skillful will, good will and transpersonal will.
These harsh taskmasters gave rise to feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and failure, and brought me to my knees – to no will. A comprehensive account of Roberto Assagioli s psychosynthesis, a type of therapy that addresses both spiritual development and psychological healing and growth.Conceived by Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, psychosynthesis is one of the first Western psychologies that addresses both spiritual development and psychological healing and growth by recognizing and supporting the particular life journey of the person the individual s own unique path of Self-realization.Perhaps this is what Assagioli alludes to when he cautions: ‘…learning to choose the right goals is an essential aspect of training the will’.(2) Strong, skillful and good will all concern personal self.Transpersonal will is different because it’s an expression of the higher or transpersonal self.Using strong will, the car might be pushed from one point to the other.However, using skillful will, the ignition key may be located and the car driven.Experiences of transpersonal will are widely reported in the psychotherapy community.Carl Jung, Maurice Bucke and William James all refer to religious experiences involving a ‘call’ from God or a ‘pull’ from some Higher Power.2 A central theme in the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-step programme is this connection with a Higher Power: ‘We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.’(5) The various aspects of will have different qualities and characteristics that can be placed along a spectrum between two polarities: love and will.In both cases, to achieve the desired outcome, a directive energy, with the qualities of humanity, strength and skill, guides the process, using effective, healthy communication.Some directors rule through fear and achieve their end using a dictatorial approach, imposing their strong will through force and manipulation.