[Mandala by Clare Goodwin]

The Will Project

Will to will!
The will must be:
developed, grounded, re-oriented
and used!
-- Roberto Assagioli

The resources of the human will are immense and the purpose of this project is to help in actualizing them.

A very important and urgent application of the use of the will is that concerning the great issue of peace and war.

The effective means to change one's inner attitude, both individual and collective, is the constant application of good will. Expressed and applied, good automatically excludes violent conflicts and wars. It would be well to realize this strategic point and to make a campaign for good will, in schools and everywhere, a major concern.

Of course, there are even higher uses of the will. The Transpersonal Will and the unification with the Universal Will can add a still greater incentive and means for the achieving of true peace.

The following program is intended as a preliminary map for further exploration of the will. It can be expanded and modified. It is a basis for future work which can yield enormous rewards.

An international group is gradually being formed to act as a focal point and to pool the responses and experiences of all who wish to take an active part in The Will Project.

Program of Research on the Will and Its Applications


I. History of the Theories, Beliefs, and Doctrines on the Will

II. The Will in Modern Psychology

III. Nature and Aspects of the Will
1. Strong Will
2. Skillful Will
3. Good Will
4. Transpersonal Will
5. Individual Will identified with the Universal Will

IV. Qualities of the Will
1. Energy - Dynamic Power - Intensity
2. Mastery - Control - Discipline
3. Concentration - Attention - One-Pointedness - Focus
4. Determination - Decisiveness - Resoluteness - Promptness
5. Persistence - Endurance - Patience
6. Initiative - Courage - Daring
7. Organization - Integration - Synthesis

V. Stages of the Volitional Act
1. Purpose - Aim - Goal - Valuation - Motivation - Intention
2. Deliberation
3. Choice - Decision
4. Affirmation - Command
5. Planning and Programming
6. Direction of the Execution

VI. Relationship of the Will with the Other Psychological Functions
Sensory-Motor - Impulses - Drives and Desire - Emotions and Feelings - Imagination - Thought - Intuition

VII. Methods for the Development and Training of the Will
1. Physical Activities: Manual Labor - Gymnastics - Rhythmic Movements - Sport
2. "Useless" Exercises
3. Training of the Will in Daily Life
4. Use of External Aids: Words and Phrases - Images - Music
5. Concentration - Meditation - Invocation
6. Affirmation - Command
7. Creative Activities

VIII. Fields of Application of the Will
1. Individual
   a. Psychotherapy
   b. Education
   c. Self-Actualization (Personal Psychosynthesis)
   d. Self-Realization and Spiritual Psychosynthesis
2. Interpersonal and Social Relationships
   a. Between two individuals
   b. Family group
   c. Communities and social groups of various kinds
   d. Racial groups
   e. Religious groups
   f. National groups
   g. International relationships
3. Planetary Relationships ecology) between the Four Kingdoms of Nature
   Mineral - Vegetable - Animal - Human
4. Relationship between the Human Will and the Universal Will

IX. Experimentation
By individuals and groups - reports of results

X. Collections of Examples of the Use of the Will and Its Results
1. Historical Figures
2. Individuals
   a. Self-actualizing
   b. Self-realizing
   c. Clients
   d. Pupils

XI. Bibliography of the Will
In various languages

XII. Specific Projects
1. By individuals
2. By groups

Organization and Execution of the Program Through:
I. Foundations
1. For the whole program
2. For specialized research, experimentation, and application. Location and fields of work: local - national - according to language areas

II. Communication and Diffusion
Through: Lectures - Publications (articles - pamphlets - books - international journals) - Conferences - Symposia - Associations

III. Coordination and Utilization

For further information contact:

Istituto di Psicosintesi
Via San Domenico n.16 - I
50133 Firenze
tel: +39 55 57 80 26
fax: +39 55 57 04 99

URL= http://two.not2.org/psychosynthesis/projects/willprj.htm
Last revised: November 18, 2004.