OT yet do you grasp the full mystery of will. It can make of you anything
you choose, within the limit of your unit energy, for everything is either
active or potential in the unit of force which is man.
The difference between a painter and a musician, or between a poet and a
novelist, is not a difference of qualities in the entity itself; for each unit
contains everything except quantity, and thus has the possibilities of
development along any line chosen by its will. The choice may have been made
ages ago. It takes a long time, often many lives, to evolve an art or a faculty
for one particular kind of work in preference to all others. Concentration is
the secret of power, here as elsewhere.
As to the use of will-power in your present
everyday problems, there are two ways of using the will. One may concentrate
upon a definite plan, and bring it into effect or not according to the amount of
force at one’s disposal; or one may will that the best and highest and wisest
plan possible shall be demonstrated by the subconscious forces in the self and
in other selves. The latter is a commanding of all environment for a special
purpose, instead of commanding, or attempting to command, a fragment of it.
In this communion between the outer and the inner worlds, you in the outer
world are apt to think that we in ours know everything. You expect us to
prophesy like fortune-tellers, and to keep you informed of what is passing on
the other side of the globe. Sometimes we can; generally we cannot.
After a while I may be able to enter your mind as a Master does, and to
know all the antecedent thoughts and plans in it; but now I cannot always do so.
For instance, one night I looked everywhere for—and could not find him.
Perhaps it is necessary for you to think strongly of us, to make the way
I am learning all the time. The Teacher is very active in helping me.
When I am absolutely certain of my hold upon your hand, I shall have much
to say about the life out here.