Fortunately, however, it is not true that anyone has no will power. Will power is a bit like muscle; some people’s muscles are more developed than others, but everyone has them. And furthermore, people with strong muscles have them because they have developed them, perhaps by going to the gym or doing manual work.
So if our will power is weak (as opposed to non-existent!), the good news is that it can be developed. For instance, we might not have the will power to give up smoking just like that (although sometimes we might surprise ourselves!), but maybe we can give up just for one day. Or for an afternoon. Even just for one hour. We can perhaps do that repeatedly over the course of a few weeks, maybe even gradually increasing the length of our abstention, just as someone in a gym may gradually increase the weight they are lifting. In this way we build up our will power. We might have a few failures along the way, but the important thing is obviously to keep at it.
We can even work on developing our will power in an area of our life unrelated to smoking (in this example.) Maybe we can practice doing without chocolate, or getting up half an hour earlier. If you think about it, there are probably many opportunities every day to build up our will power. And as we strengthen our will power in these ways, we are preparing ourself for the bigger task (maybe) of stopping smoking, or whatever it is we really need to do.
Just like developing muscular strength, it is a gradual process. But also like building up our muscles, we can be sure that if we put in the effort, we get the results. We gradually go from being a person who has weak will power to one who has strong will power.
Of course if we want to insist that we have absolutely no will power, we are shooting ourself in the foot to begin with; it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy, even perhaps a bit of a cop-out, excusing ourself from making the effort. So we should not say or think that we have no will power; by all means we can admit that our will power is weak or undeveloped, but we need to remember that it can be worked on.
Acupuncture, indeed, can help with this whole process – in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the will is associated with the Qi of the Kidneys, so that treatment which focuses on strengthening the Kidney Qi will support our developing will power. And also, with something like giving up smoking, we can use acupuncture to help with withdrawl symptoms, and support our health and energy in a general way which makes giving up a bit easier. But none of this takes away the importance of will power and its development.