Friday, May 24, 2013

Choice vs. Free Will

©2013 Joan M. Newcomb

The argument that there's no Free Will, that everything is pre-destined, that there's nothing you can do about it, confuses me.  It's such a narrow perception, and depressingly fatalistic.

"You aren't doing anything," or "every action you take is pre-determined, even if you think it isn't" takes the fun out of everything.

Perhaps they're talking to their own need to control, their inner perfectionist.  They're speaking to the ego personality, to an audience of small selves.  It invalidates Essence, it doesn't regard the aspect of each of us that exists both within and beyond the hologram of physical reality.

*Everything* is a choice.  Even being here is a choice.  We have an infinite number of choices, an infinite number of "heres" to experience.

Even claiming there's no choice, is a choice.

You can choose to float down the river, or you can choose to paddle.  You can raise sails and let the wind do the work. You can drop anchor and feel the current moving by.

Every choice shifts you to a different state.  "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be," said Abraham Lincoln.

When you're paralyzed with fear, any movement is progress.  Similarly, taking no action, is an action.

If you're feeling powerless, if you feel like the government, the banks, the corporations, are in charge or doing it to you, you're operating as your small self.

Little selves have limited options, You as Essence has unlimited possibilities.

The most powerful choice is choosing to respond rather than react.  When you're reacting, you're acting as if everything outside of you controls your reality.  You're giving power to the illusion.  Responding comes from within.  Reaction is based on outside forces, which really is your energy ricocheting off of projections, your own perceived limitations.

Being in the space of choice empowers you.  It opens you to the All that Is.  The whole point of being here is to create, to play with energy, to experience, to Be.

You choose to get up in the morning.  You choose to go to work.  You choose to pay bills.  You choose to watch the news.

You have a choice over what you believe, and how you feel.  You can dive into feeling unhappy, maybe the best way out is through.  You can choose a different thread of thoughts, that lead you from resentment to acceptance.

You can let things happen to you or you can do (or think) differently.

This week, use empowering language.  Instead of saying, "I have to do this," say, "I choose to do this".
Instead of saying, "I can't do this," say, "I choose not do do this".   Rather than, "I need to do this", you can say, "it's important to me to do this".  Shifting the way you speak (especially to yourself), opens your eyes to a greater way of Being.

Try empowering language for a week, and see what happens!

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