Saturday, April 6, 2013

Free Will

“We gallop through our lives like circus performers balancing on two speeding side-by-side horses--one foot is on the horse called "fate," the other on the horse called "free will."  And the question you have to ask every day is--which horse is which?  Which horse do I need to stop worrying about because it's not under my control, and which do I need to steer with concentrated effort?”
― Elizabeth Gilberg, Eat, Pray, Love

I believe we have a free will, the capability to make choices, to operate independently of an outside influence, even a god.  I do not believe we are predestined to a prescribed path or journey through life, nor are our choices enforced, as if we were puppets controlled by some external force.
Our ability to exercise our free will may be compromised by the imperfections of our humanity.  You may have lost touch with your ability to exercise free will.  Powerful emotions, co-dependence, and additions can cloud your discernment and the ability to act.  You may feel coerced, as if you do not have a choice in certain situations. However, Victor Frankl’s words come to mind:

“Everything can be taken from a [person] but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”[1]

Free will gives you the opportunity to make choices - choices that are the most positive and life affirming for  yourself and others.  As we awaken to the awareness of God in all things, and as we connect with our spirit, we realize that we need not create our life alone, but that we can co-create it will the care and power and love of God.  When we align our free will with the power of God, then we are free to create good and succor our soul’s purpose through our will.  Free will allows us to follow our soul-journey, to do the right and useful thing, to embrace positive attitudes and values, and to bring to humankind the soul values of peace, honesty, compassion, harmony, and love.

To become aware of our reactions and their effects is the start of wisdom.  The question becomes one of values.  What values will we choose to embrace with our free will, and how will we express them while we are alive?  To learn to refocus these energies to positive, self-affirming, and compassionate action is the key to unlocking our potential.
The start of awareness is simply to be willing.  Crack the door a bit.  Peer into the blinding light.  Welcome a life beyond your self-absorbed routine.  This simple act of stating your willingness opens up the possibilities of your life.  It allows you to discern the paths your life can take.  It opens up the power and care of the essence of the universe within you.  When you understand who you are, you will discover your soul’s desires, its will, its mission, whispering yet powerful beyond imagination in its unity with the greatness of the universe.

-- Pete

[1] Victor Frankl, 1946/1959, Man’s Search for Meaning.

1 comment:

jan said...

While exercising our free will can lead us to greater fulfillment and can open new paths for us, it also has the power to hurt others, and to prevent us from realizing our full potential. Nice post.