Self-Discovery Guidelines to Access and Activate:

Writing down your insights is very helpful. 

Before you start, we encourage you to keep a journal of your explorations, so grab a journal, pad of paper or print the worksheet below.

1. Feel your body, take a few moments to settle in. Your body holds deep wisdom. Trust in it. Learn from it. Connect with it.

2. Bring your awareness to the specific Inner Resource of Will/Willingness, as you slow down, and take a few deep breaths.

3. Allow the word Will/Willingness to just drop into your field of being and notice what you experience with curiosity and kindness to yourself. 

Take your time, go slowly, and be patient with yourself to get the best results.

Explore the following questions with curiosity and kindness to yourself:

Am I aware that I have a choice as to my willingness? 

What do I notice as I explore my willingness? 

What do I notice as I explore my unwillingness?

Just noticing our willingness and unwillingness can bring a lot of insight into ourselves. We realize that being willing or not plays a large role in our life and our experience.

Paying attention to willingness reveals places in us that we might not have realized we have a choice about. Being willing to allow ourselves to feel more deeply can be scary, but as we take tiny steps of willingness and allowing, we learn more about our capacity to feel and heal and have more choice, autonomy, sovereignty, sense of empowerment, and dignity.

Take a moment to consider and write down where you notice you have willingness and where you don’t. What does it feel like to say to yourself, “I am willing to forgive myself.” vs. “I am not willing to forgive myself.

Or, “I am willing to say ‘no’ to what I don’t agree with.

Or, “I am not willing to lie.”

Or “I am willing to stand for truth.

Or “I am not willing to betray myself in order to please someone else.

Or “I am willing to challenge my opinions.

Fill in the blanks either mentally or in a journal:

I am willing to ______________.

I am not willing to ______________.

Notice and write down what other feelings and emotions show up.

Both being willing and not being willing can be positive. They can also be informed by resistance and blockages. As you explore and write down your authentic discoveries of willingness and unwillingness, you will learn more about yourself that will empower you to make choices in your life that will serve you.

Inquire into the relationship between the words, “will” and “willingness”. We use our will to bring us to a state of willingness. And we use our willingness to assert our will.

Find out for yourself in what ways you might want to access and activate your inner resource of will and willingness that will serve you in who you choose to be and how you choose to show up in the world.

We invite you to continue this journey of self-discovery. It is not a once-and-done experience. Please revisit this exploration into Will/Willingness and discover how it continues to deepen and enhance the quality of your life.

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1 month ago

I’m intrigued by willingness, I think as I rebegin and rebegin it inspires me to be honest with myself in my willingness and unwillingness. It build my confidence in myself knowing what boundaries are there and what that can reveal to myself. I can’t wait to do this practice again.


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