Many philosophers have asked the age-old question: Do we have freewill or are we doomed to a predestined fate? We would like to propose our understandings on the matter.
"The essence of spiritual life is simply to use our free will properly"
One of the most basic things all beings inherently possesses is freewill. Freewill is defined as the unlimited ability to choose and make conscious decisions in the present moment. It is one of the most basic aspects of any soul. The law of freewill is also a powerful, immutable universal law that has many adverse consequences if broken.
"Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having."
Theoretically, we all should be able to live exactly as we see fit, with as much or as little as we like, so long as we're not disturbing the freewill of another. In this perfect world, we would be able to manifest things instantaneously with our minds and have absolute control over every circumstance and decision in our life like a director directing a movie. While this is an ideal situation, this is NOT the reality for the vast majority.
The majority currently live as a victim to circumstance and have many events laid out prior to occurring in their lives. This is what we call destiny. These premeditated events happen in order to teach them a specific lesson at a specific time. Why is this? Karma.
"Evil comes from the abuse of freewill"
All major calamities, disease, lack of money, disappointments and things generally not occurring the way you would like are all symptoms of karma. As the Sanskrit word for action, karma is intrinsically related to past actions, thoughts and behaviors of yourself, your ancestors and your surroundings. In this scenario, the word evil is applied not judgement, but as defined as anything that takes life away rather than gives it. Abusing freewill has this life stealing effect and can be compared to being in debt-energetically rather than monetarily.
"Freewill without fate is no more conceivable than spirit without matter, good without evil"
To illustrate this point, let's envision your life as a painted picture. At the start, it is preferable to have a blank canvas to work from in order to have space to create new things. However for many, due to past actions and those of our ancestors, the canvas already has paint and partially tells a story, often unrelated to our current new selves. For many, our physical life begins with preloaded programs from the past that make us feel like we're living someone else's life rather than our own. This (karma) is partially where the idea of "fate" comes from. When we have no karma, we live fully in the present and our reality can change instantly according to our freewill. Spirit is freewill and ever flowing and changing while matter is fate and less prone to change.
It may be hard to accept that other people's actions affect you as well, but the truth is we are all connected to one inter dimensional consciousness and are therefore only separate in appearance and programming. It is in this understanding that we also find the truth about fate. As we are all one consciousness-think one big movie screen with many actors, or one big pie with many slices, our passions and skills correspond with one another's in order to facilitate reciprocal growth. This means that "it is fate" for someone to become a skilled medical practitioner, for example, in a place where it is needed most.
Many encounters in life happen "by fate" because one person had a puzzle piece to life that the other was looking for and/or vice versa. This is not random or even mysterious, it is simply a virtue of everyone and everything being deeply connected through consciousness. This means that we effortlessly and "magically" end up where we need to be when we need to be there. It just so happens that our "freewill" leads us right to something that was destined all along, but only visible from a higher perspective.
This begs the question, are fate and freewill really different things after all?
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