WHAT IS VOLITIONAL THINKING?
To understand the concepts involved in Volitional Choices is to step back into the cross-road of every life shaping and life-changing decision and solution one makes. This concept paves the way to better understand oneself and, for the earnest, to understand teachers/students, men/women, and others. Volition (‘I will’) is a word derived from the earlier Indo-European idea of “pleasing” for best survival or best living with respect to a ‘decision or choice made after deliberation’. A Volitional Choice points to what is selected from two or more alternatives possible under the circumstances–the difference being made by ones decision, which could have been otherwise. “Choice” etymologically means distinguishing taste and making rejections until one arrives at a selection. That selection is a voluntary, purposive, or deliberate action of picking, or singling out from two or more of that which is favored. Implied in “Choose” is the freedom to decide the best; the “Choice” is the decision reached by such mental action. The process for reaching that action, manifested primarily in decision and intention, involves activity towards a determined end. Thus, choosing and choices are the theme and anchors for Preparatory Actions of decision making, strategy, tactics, and logistics. Warren’s Psychology defines Volition as: “the act of deciding upon a course of action and initiating it.” This is like a reflex with a two-sided coin reaction. A voluntary/involuntary Volitional act of Willing is the moving of ones hand. What one does here or what one makes happen as a “Secular First Cause” spurs the movement action of two Metaphysical things simultaneously + the hand–all causally connected. This selection situation, with activity simultaneously directed towards it, of a particular action from many potential actions or a choice from many potential choices with the idea of an accepted end—resembles the two sides of a coin.
The Coin concept of being engaged in a dualistic action of differences for a common purpose is called a “Such-ness” action. It is the complex experience in which kinesthetic sensations and the idea of an end (or goal) are featured. Those in literature might understand it as writings embracing a complex arrangement of kinesthetic sensations and images that occur along with a conceptualized goal or end of ones actions or thoughts. Procrastinators may understand volition by what they do to derail it—e.g. putting off what they say they really want to do from being “Too busy” or getting side-tracted by Attractive Distractions or tangential, insignificant, and irrelevant impulses which override consistency of aim and purpose. Dependability and deliberation give way to whimsy, and goal oriented behaviors disintegrates into a disorganized flurry of contradictory wishes, ill-sustained passions, and short-lived causes. These are reflections of Emotional thinking leading to an out of control lifestyle and dictating the need for chronic juggling just to get through each day.
Secular Sensory Awareness’s (SSA) reception of Sense perceptions for Secular Sensory Consciousness (SSC) to assess a “Thing’s” bodily existence are all foundational for any Volitional Choice. But since SSC is acquiring of an inner realization of something (e.g. ideals or things having a conceptual existence, like Contingent Beings) means these do not have to arrive through the Senses. This form implies SSC is the distinguishing feature of ones mental life. The mere appearance of Divine Consciousness in humans carries the power of ones Selfhood Spiritual Awareness—the regulator of action and basic means of survival (e.g. to self-protect and sustain life). The basic mental faculty of ones Spiritual Awareness arising out of Divine Consciousness (the Selfhood’s Background) maintains sensory and/or conceptual contact with the various forms of the Spiritual Elements in the Material World via SSA and SSC. Both of ones Divine Consciousness and Spiritual Awareness are self-contained—both simply come of itself and happen by itself without effort—neither needing anything nor relying on anything from outside its circle of self-containment—and without needing to be compared with anything. Yet, ones Spiritual Awareness, an attribute of Divine Consciousness, must be deliberately chosen by a human if it is to become operational. Doing so is what qualifies both to be Backgrounds for the Foreground of ones Volitional Choices (which supply Conative power—the driving force for how one acts on resultant thoughts and Emotions). jabaileymd.com