Step 4: The inputs of the Will
Look at the Model.
You can see that in order to overload or suppress the Will, we can use the following inputs [follow the arrows and they will tell you where input is coming from] Input is shown in yellow boxes. There are five main types of input
- Objectives – desires and obligations, what we want to do or have to do. So we can either suppress the objectives or overload them;
- Reason – the final outcome of our reasoning system. Here we can overload our reasoning system – confuse it or we can suppress it and give it a rest;
- Memories – Memories are obtained from Memory itself, our big database of facts and learnt function, via our memory recall function [remembering]. Again we can either overload the remembering process, or let it have a rest by suppressing it
- Sensations – sensations come via Perceptions, the log of our activity. In turn, Sensations come from the 5 senses or our internal nervous system or our autonomic systems. Here we can either suppress these or overload them.
- Emotions - are also received via Perceptions, - fear, grief, happiness and sadness, for example. Here we can either suppress these or overload them
So the overloading or suppression of any or a combination of these is going to have its impact on the Will. For example
- suppress reason and overload emotions and sensations [making love]
- suppress sensations and emotions, but completely befuddle with an overload of reason [riddles and nonsense verse]
- suppress memory, reason and desires, and also suppress emotions and sensations [ go to sleep]
- overload reason, emotions and sensations [riding on a roller coaster, bungee jumping]
Even with only one input on overload, if the intensity [strength] is high enough it will have an effect. Overwhelming fear, for example, has produced some quite spectacular experiences all on its own, as has overwhelming grief