Free Will

Absolute

From the view of the whole, that which is beyond and including all polarities, the notion of free will – as it is most often talked about – makes little sense. It is all movements of the whole, appearing as causes and effects, as a separate and fixed individual choosing and doing something and so on. But that is just appearances.

From the view of the whole, there is only God and only God’s will, in all its innumerable expressions – including human beings, choices and doing, which may appear as operating separate from the whole and with “free will”.

One way to explore this in our own life is to take any activity, for instance something very simple and daily, and explore all the different causes that led up to it. There is the thought to do it, the acting on the thought, and so on – back to the Great Radiance (Big Bang), and it is clear that there are infinite causes to any action. It is all discerned out of a seamless and fluid whole.

Is there really room for a separate and individual doer within all this? Within this infinitely rich tapestry? The more I explore it this way, the more the whole idea of an individual and separate doer appears absurd, a naive and somewhat ridiculous idea.

There is only the whole, temporarily acting through and as a human being. That is all.

This is the absolute end of the spectrum.

Relative

From the relative end of the spectrum, there is of course (at least the appearance of) individuals and doers. There is the appearance of local deliberation, choices, actions – somewhat separate from the larger whole.

We act as if there is local choice, and that is OK. It only adds to the drama of it all, the appearance of reality of us as tiny separate beings – somehow separate from the larger whole.

It allows the whole to explore itself as parts, the infinite to experience itself as finite, the creator to experience itself as creation, Spirit to experience itself as matter, the complete to experience itself as incomplete. the flawless to experience itself as flawed.

It is just one of the many veils that allows the drama to temporarily appear real and unfold as real.

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