The will-to-save

Defining the will-to-save

One of the qualities coming from Above, and also from deep inside our soul, is the will-to-save. This is rare quality that is seldom found in people, for it is a very high spiritual quality. Very few people hold this quality continuous, but it is certainly possible for any of us to experience at least for brief times.

Using the phrase, will-to-save, could be viewed by many people as 'over the top' or beyond what is needed, and some may regard this as potentially neurotic to think that one will go around 'saving' people, and yet it does not sound so out of place to help save the world from destruction or the earth from human harm.

The meaning of 'will-to-save' is basically the same as a 'desire-to-save'. Desire is probably more easily understood than 'will'. But their difference in meaning is that will has an implied intentionality to achieve something, while desire is more of a spontaneous feeling to achieve something. There is an emerging desire in many people to help and heal others, and this could sometimes be a desire to 'serve God's Work' (as some might phrase it). Yet the 'desire' here, in this case, should be called a higher desire, or spiritual desire, because it comes from our true heart, or our true soul; rather than from our lower instincts of pleasure desire, stomach desire, or comfort desire. So in this case, we could call this a soul-desire, yet when it becomes a conscious intention to help, heal, serve, or save, then this would be a will-to-_(chose whatever word feels right).

So the will-to-save is most definitely a feeling to act, a will to act. It is a feeling of "I'm here to save you," or that one is here to save the Earth or something. The will-to-save might be specific to someone special or to children, or it might have a more expansive vision or goal. The will-to-save already includes the quality of love, compassion and care; but it takes all of these a step further. Moreover, it is certainly an action kind of quality; meaning that it motivates action, rather than just being a kind of feeling about life.

It is a step forward to feel love regarding others and the planet, or to have a feeling of caring. But it is a further step forward to have an active will to make loving and caring actions in the world. So love, compassion and care starts off as a feeling, a 'feeling about', then it may evolve into a wish or desire, then it can evolve further into a will, then finally it may evolve into real action.

Being a savior for others

To save is, fundamentally, to help someone. Yet it has an more profound connotation as well, which is to save someone or something from some imperil, danger, or hazard. This is very significant, because hazard is a part of life; meaning that the possible-potential goodness for our life is not necessarily guaranteed. Manifested goodness, wisdom, and loving relations are not a guaranteed fate. In fact, there is an inherent uncertainty about life; because there is no definite divine providence.

The will-to-save, or to become a savior, essentially means to help make a very significant positive change or transformation in someone, or in the environment. It might even be directed towards oneself, for we can also save our own self in the sense of bringing forth a positive change, transformation, or turn-around for the good. This can be very practical. It might be very logical. It might be quite scientific. Or it might feel to be more religious, as in helping to save a soul, or helping a person see their spiritual path. But it always involves a positive turn-around -- and this which might not ever happen without our action of saving.

It's like saving someone from drowning, or from falling into a really big hole, or from getting into a terrible spin and crashing. These are but a few possible examples and metaphors of what troubles people get into, from which they may need help from someone acting as a savior. So the savior is one who helps save someone from troubles they might have gotten into, or from the wrong dead-end turns they have taken, or possibly from their illusions, delusions, or incorrect thinking. The savior can act as a teacher or healer, or both. And the saving might involve physical stuff, or emotional, or mental, or spiritual, or all of this.

To save also means to uplift. So consider the will-to-uplift, or the wish to uplift. This means to help uplift someone a static place, or from a couch position, or from a falling spiral. This too is a transformation and saving action.

Archetypes of being a savior

Of course the great archetypal model of a savior is Jesus the Christ. Although in Islam it is Mohammad and the coming Madhi, and in Buddhism it is Buddha and the coming Bodhisattva Maitreya. The story of Jesus, whether one believes it as true or not, is certainly and undeniably an inspiring example of a savior, who both teaches and heals people from their ailments, physical and spiritual.

So the question is, can we be like Jesus? But this question should not just be confined to Christians, because this question could still be posed to anyone, whether they believe in Jesus of not. For the fact of Jesus doesn't really matter in this question; what matters is the narrative example and the possibility of being like this, or close to it at least. Of course it is far beyond anyone to attempt being absolutely Divine, if that is what seems most important in the Jesus story. And if the only meaning one has about Jesus is his transcendental divine nature and his role at saving the souls of all mankind, then we have no possible way to be like this. But if we can see in Jesus the significance of being a savior -- of helping to save people from drowning or falling or spinning out -- then perhaps we can see ourselves as also acting in the same savior way.

So how might I save others, or my world? How can I apply spiritual knowledge and power to save and heal? This would be the question of Jesus. Esoterically, it is the question of Christ. Or, what can I do..., given who I am and the spiritual power in me. For remember that we all have some degree of spiritual power, some portion of the Spiritual Power pervading all beings of the universe. And the degree of this depends on the degree of my realization of what is really possible for all of us.

Now there will be skeptics and doubters who say how big-headed you are if you think you can be a savior. Or how dare you think that you can do anything to help anyone, for only God and Jesus can save anyone. But how dare those skeptics be so small in their understanding and vision! We don't have to be big-headed about this, nor do we need to make it into some really big deal. Because the will-to-save, and this possibility of being a savior, is really an everyday possibility. Everyday there are practical possibilities for saving, or of being a savior.

Having a will to help and transform -- for the positive

Think about it. There are so many instances for one to act with a will-to-save. For we are really speaking about a will to help in a way that can positively transform someone, or change the direction of where they are heading to a more positive direction. Or it might be to save someone from falling into a very big hole that awaits them if we do not help save them. Consider this last sentence. Consider that the only "saving grace," as it is often called, for someone or for an environmental circumstance, might just be our own personal action. Consider that a possible downhill problem might just happen, with someone we know or maybe with a larger environment around us, unless we personally make some action or do something to prevent it, and to turn around a situation going bad into something going good. This is, most simply, the meaning of being a savior. It is to help transform any downward spiral in such a way that the spiral is now going up.

In physical terms this could be a transformative healing from illness to health. In emotional terms this might be a healing from despair to hope. In mental terms this might be a transformation of false belief to truth, or from confusion to clarity. In soul terms this could be a transformation from sleep to awakening, or to soul-activity.

What we do for good in the world is our 'service', even if on a relatively small scale or in a relatively local environment. Whatever we do for good is a furthering of the good and also adding to the overall good. This too can be understood as work of a savior.

Saving oneself

Next, let us consider saving oneself, or how to be a savior of oneself. The first thought here might be a puzzlement. For how am I to save myself? How could I be both savior and saved? For this would appear to be a case of split personality. However, one is a complex person, and there are often two sides of oneself.

In esoteric psychology each person has two fundamental levels, the higher self and the lower self. The higher self is the soul, and the lower self is called the personality - composed of personal ego, ordinary thinking mind, emotional desires and reactions, and the physical body including all of its forces and habits.

So the savior intention will have to come from the higher part of us, our soul; while it is the current pattern of personality that might need being saved. Now first, let us not take the position that our soul is something transcendentally unknowable to us; as if our soul were something very different from who we truly are. This would be a mistake. Our soul is the higher aspect of our self, the best of our self, the truest of our self. Our soul is, potentially, right here conscious and ready to bring light and healing to any situation in our life. And our I, which is who we feel to be our self, does not have to be confined to the lower personality or ego. Rather, our I, 'who I am', could just as well be the soul.

Our soul seeks to bring light and healing. Our soul seeks to save. Our soul seeks to be the savior of this self. This is all true, but we need to get past a disassociation with our own soul. In other words, I need to be the savior. This is not about waiting on the soul to save and heal oneself. It is about realizing myself as being the soul and savior; then getting on with improving all parts of myself and my life with my soul power.

I, the now realized higher part of myself, will now guide, lead, heal, and save the lower part of myself. I, the now realized higher part of myself, will now take charge of my life.

Of course there is still a need for higher help, as it were. True soul power, and the power to save, comes from the Divine Source. Yet the Divine Power needs to become our power. The Divine Power needs to become will-power in us. Yet this is not a pushy or forceful will-power. Rather, it is a loving, caring, guiding will-power. At the same time, the lower part of us needs to be allowing and open to our will-to-save.