The Will Project

“The man who has submitted his will and purposes entirely to God, carries God with him in all his works and in all circumstances.”
by Meister Eckhart

The Will Project was proposed by Roberto Assagioli, the founder of Psychosynthesis. It is outlined in Assagioli’s book The Act of Will. A similar version is available online at: Will Project.

The Will Project website has been set up to encourage and facilitate the continuation of research, education, and experience of the Will

You may make suggestions and comments in the comments forms of each page. If you would like to ask questions or get more information on contributing to the Will Project, then you may email [email protected].

Program of Research on the Will and Its Applications

  1. History of the Theories, Beliefs, and Doctrines on the Will
  2. The Will in Modern Psychology
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Relationship of the Will with the Other Psychological Functions
    1. Sensory-Motor – Impulses – Drives and Desire – Emotions and Feelings – Imagination – Thought – Intuition
  7. 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
  8. Fields of Application of the Will
    1. Individual
      1. Psychotherapy
      2. Education
      3. Self-Actualization (Personal Psychosynthesis)
      4. Self-Realization and Spiritual Psychosynthesis
    2. Interpersonal and Social Relationships
      1. Between two individuals
      2. Family group
      3. Communities and social groups of various kinds
      4. Racial groups
      5. Religious groups
      6. National groups
      7. International relationships
    3. Planetary Relationships (ecology) between the Four Kingdoms of Nature
    4. Mineral – Vegetable – Animal – Human
    5. Relationship between the Human Will and the Universal Will
  9. Experimentation
    1. By individuals and groups – reports of results
  10. Collections of Examples of the Use of the Will and Its Results
    1. Historical Figures
    2. Individuals
      1. Self-actualizing
      2. Self-realizing
      3. Clients
      4. Pupils
  11. Bibliography of the Will
    1. In various languages
  12. Specific Projects
    1. By individuals
    2. By groups

Organization and Execution of the Program Through:

  1. Foundations
    1. For the whole program
    2. For specialized research, experimentation, and application. Location and fields of work: local – national – according to language areas
  2. Communication and Diffusion
    1. Through: Lectures – Publications (articles – pamphlets – books – international journals) – Conferences – Symposia – Associations
  3. Coordination and Utilization