Is Free Will Really Free?

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Christine recently posted several excellent questions about free will to the New Vision Blog. Free will is a universal topic, important to us all, and it deserves examination, reflection, and discussion. Here are her questions. Let us begin…

1. Free Will, what’s your take on it?

Free will is your inherent human right to have a choice on any issue in your life.

A woman can choose not to have an arranged marriage, even though her family tradition demands it of her. A male patient can choose alternative means to heal cancer, even though his doctor does not approve. A young woman can choose to study art, even though she comes from a family of lawyers.

Free will is choosing what feels right in our soul, even when this circumvents societal and family expectation. One of the first lessons of free will is to get comfortable with the objections of others and to let them fall away. To follow your own sacred path, you can’t depend on the approval of others.

Let your own voice stand out in the crowd. Be the progressive voice in your own world, in your own country.

The beauty of this is when we take a stand in our life, we pave the way for others to do the same.

2. Why is it that when one intellectually believes in free will, they still get stuck in feeling like they don’t have it? Intellectually one knows that they have choices in life, but emotionally one still feels choiceless.

Our free will won’t feel free in a coercive environment where there are many external signals – media, government, family – deterring us from our inner sanctum. We are subject to systematic invasion from outside influences. To override these outward signals, we must have a practice of going inward in order to hear the beat of our own heart and follow the rhythm of our own drum.

This is why internal methods of reflection are essential. When we don’t listen to ourselves — our preferences and our dreams — we put ourselves in the dangerous position of letting others make decisions for us, giving up our free will.

Meditation, journaling, periods of silence and reflection are life preservers that help us stay in touch with our own internal compass.

Going inward protects our will and keeps it free.

3. Why does free will in regards to transcending current situations in one’s life have to feel so torturous? And how do you know if what you’re trying to “transcend” can actually be transcended?

Free will stems from having clear intentions. There’s been a lot of talk about setting intentions in recent years. Setting intentions supports and strengthens our will. The unconscious mind is ordinarily sponge-like, taking in anything. When we let anything in, it becomes a garbage dump. When you set an intention, it’s like hiring a gatekeeper who decides what to let in.

We think we’ve set an intention when we’ve asserted what we want. Setting intention isn’t an intellectual exercise.

Accessing free will is a process of confronting our fears, which requires a mini-archeological dig. We must travel to the center of ourselves and reckon with some layers of twine, twig, and bone. This is not an intellectual journey, but it’s an emotional journey, a soulful journey — a healing journey.

The miracle of setting intentions is that the goal shifts from transcendence to inner connection. To transcend means to surpass. To set intention and have it be effective, we must travel inward. Setting intention clears away debris, removing torturous doubt. Then, we are free to connect with our superheroes, inner confidence and inner knowing. When you’ve made contact with inner knowing, you’ve made contact with free will.

Changing the outer mind isn’t enough; we can’t think our way to freedom. Personal will comes from our core. See diagram here:

The process is graceful and effortless, especially with this next step…

4. Sometimes during painfully difficult situations I wonder why “transcending” my current fate has to be so difficult. Does it always have to be this way or can grace be given at some point to smooth the ride out?

Our free will is often too isolated; we feel like we are sole operators struggling in our lives. To transcend implies to jump over, to climb, to exert. Free will works best in partnership with Divine Will. In any situation, seek guidance and help from Divine Will. Ask, ask, ask and pray, pray, pray, regularly, daily for assistance.

Think of free will as a tandem bicycle, a bicycle built for two. To go anywhere, you ride with Divine Will and you’ve got that much more power and sense of direction. You’ve got ease of movement — a smooth ride — and obstacles dissolve.

Grace is the gift of Divine Will. The Universe naturally moves in a zig-zag motion. Since we think in straight lines, we often don’t recognize the progress we’ve made. For the Divine to work its magic, we have to put the Divine in the lead.

5. As a psychic you see people’s current fate and I’m wondering if you see how free will usually enters the situation and the whys and how?”

A fundamental problem with psychic readings is that people will surrender their free will to others not only in their lives, but they’ll surrender their free will to psychics too. When we give our will over to others, we lose our center. As a psychic, I lead people back to center to listen to what they want for their lives.

I am often asked, “What is he thinking or feeling?” or “Will I be moving next year?” The way the question is phrased suggests the person may be out of touch with their free will, and my role is to direct them back to the beauty and power in themselves to make positive changes. In a relationship, the real question is, “How am I feeling and what would I like to see in the relationship?” With a move, it’s, “How do I envision my new life, and how do I get there?”

I’m still seeing evidence that people are putting their greatest power tool – their free will — away in their garages, leaving it unused. Think seriously about what you want in your life.

When your free will is engaged, it’s no longer a “What if?” situation. Once you decide, it’s a matter of how to go forward…with Divine Will that is.

Thank you Christine for all your questions! Does anyone else have comments they’d like to share on free will?

This is a clip from Richard Linklater’s philosophical, animated film, Waking Life. We get to see the mechanistic view of free will drawn for us via animation (fun!), and hear some important questions on how we might change our view towards free will.

2 comments on “Is Free Will Really Free?

  1. Radha says:

    Hi Michele, You’ve explained it all so lucidly as usual. Thank you. Why do we suspect Divine Will – if we didnt, “Thine will be done” wouldnt be so hard to truly accept.

  2. Radha, What plays interference in accepting Divine Will is our ego, the fears of our ego, the ego’s desire for control. That’s why having a connection with Spirit is so important. Then, we can surrender more easily to Divine Will.

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