Last week I talked about a new concept of time. The idea that all time always exists. It is literally a fourth dimension in which past and present a always there in the same way that north and south are always there. Just because you are here, doesn’t mean that ‘there’ doesn’t exist.
So the next logical question that often comes up with this concept is, “What about free will?” “How do I live my life and make my decisions with any pretense of freedom, if everything has already happened?”
There are two ways to look at this. First review your perception and entitlement to free will. Why are you entitled to free will? Why do you feel you have free will? Perhaps we are not entitled to free will, instead we are entitled to perceive free will. And in that sense, with our perception locked into the current moment, the illusion of free will is complete. We do not need to have free will to embrace this learning experience we call life. We simply need to perceive we have free will. And the very fact that we can have this philosophical argument implies success on the part of the perception that free will is ours. So nothing to cry over.
Alternately, you can view this with the idea that we have free will. You do get to make every decision that is impacting your life and those around you. However, the catch in this model, is that you have already made those decisions. Everything that you will do in your life has already been done and exists as discreet moments in time. But to your consciousness, the tool through which we experience time, those moments have not yet come. So what remains is for you to experience the decision making process and the results as they unfold. Knowing that you have in face made the decision.
Perhaps it is better to look at this controversy from a completely different angle. We get so hung up on our ability to make decisions and our freedom. But it’s very possible that our purpose here, in this universe as conscious beings, is not to have free will and to make decisions, but rather through the use of our consciousness to begin to understand those decisions.
In other words, our job here is not to choose. Our job here is to understand why a choice was made and direction that choice went. To understand the decision itself. For example, anyone can choose to build a weapon. Wisdom comes in understanding why you build a weapon.
So free will, in essence, may be an effort of our ego to completely avoid the purpose of our presence here. Free will may simply be a distraction from the power of comprehension.
I think that’s enough to chew on this week. Next week I want to shift gears once more and discuss reincarnation within this model of ever present time.