Day 8: Divine Guidance & Free Will
An ongoing personal exploration of Divine Guidance and distinguishing between the voice of fear and the voice of love reflecting on the article, How to Distinguish Between Divine Guidance and Fear/Ego/Imagination, on Sir Froggie’s PositiveNews Network .
Today’s pairing is:
Divine Guidance is often very simple.
Ego tries to make things seem complex.
This morning on Facebook, I came across a post by Mooji, that speaks to the idea of free will. It went like this:
Q: Mooji, you say we don’t have complete free will. I disagree.
M: For instance?
Q: For instance: If I wish to climb this tree, nothing can stop me.
M: Can you climb it now?
M: Why not? It would demonstrate your point very well.
Q: Well, I don’t feel like it right now.
M: What makes you feel like it? Do you have any choice in that?
M: Then where is your free will?
I love this story. I love it because it demonstrates so well the simplicity of guidance vs. the complexity of ego. Guidance inspires us to either climb the tree or not. It is the ego that would question our motivations, the timing, the consequences, and whether or not we’ve made a good decision. It would berate us for not being ready, for not taking charge.
We are so sure we have some say in the matter when it comes to what we do and when we do it. Do we? Do we really “create our realities” or do we merely choose how to respond to them? What if our only power lay in our responses alone to accept what is handed to us by higher intelligence?
If I “decide” to stop eating bread, is that a free-will choice? And does the answer depend on whether or not I actually do stop?
The nonexistence of free will presents an interesting question and one worth considering, because if it is true, there is a lot less to worry about, a lot less effort to expend, and a lot less to beat one’s self up for.