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Are We Predetermined or Free?
Is Anything Really “meant” to be a Certain Way?
discover the infinite freedom that lies in the realization that there is no choice you are “meant” to make in a certain way. There is nothing in your life you were “meant” to do because, if that were true, you would not be free. This is not to say there aren’t many things that your spirit imagined it may do in mortal-form, but do not extrapolate this to conclude that you are “meant” to do these things.
ELABORATION: This is not to imply that it is wrong to think in terms of “meant” because—in being free—you are free to explore the experience of believing that things are meant to be a certain way. This can provide a direction to your life that is felt in a positive way, but this still doesn’t mean you were “meant” to live that way.
If you are insistent on thinking in terms of some “master plan for your life” that you are “meant” to follow, then first realize it can only ever be your personal master plan and, in each moment, that plan is being adapted through your life experience. Understand in this that you are the one adapting it.
To think of a predestined master plan is to want to believe there is some external force that has written a play in which you are acting. It is to not want to make your own choices, but to have a life that is pre-written for you, free of responsibility (which stems from judging the circumstances of your life in order to distance yourself from the idea you are creating them).
With the realization that nothing is “meant” to happen, there is no loss of purpose or drive except that which was fear-based. See that any cosmic plan you feel—even if it concerns the exploration of freedom of all life—is your own plan and, as the author, you can change it however you so desire.
The signature on the intention for your life (which you may call your blueprint or personal plan) is that of your eternal-spirit and, as YOU rewrite it, so you will re-sign it.
If you must think in terms of an external “God”, then realize that the only plan God has for you is to realize, feel, and be whatever you want to be. As you explore yourself, you will discover your exploration of All-That-You-Are is consciousness’s exploration of itself, and truth is no more and no less than being true to yourself.
If there is a “will of God” then it is for you to experience your own will, and to use it.
“I choose to acknowledge myself as being the author of my own life script, possessing the power to change it however I please.”
The understanding of how consciousness is free, and yet each mortal life carries within it an intention to be in mortal-form, can be a stumbling block for many on the path of coming to understand the wider nature of reality. This comes from a mental place of wanting to see the human experience as being either free or predetermined, rather than being open to a wider understanding that allows for both qualities to be present.
one way to think of this is that our intention for this life predetermines a certain emotional territory we will explore, but we are then free in how we explore it. For example, we may choose to explore the experience of addiction, but what form the addiction takes is something chosen from within the life. Or we may choose to explore becoming deeply identified with a rigid mindset, but what belief-system that will be—whether religious or scientific—is chosen from within the life (not before you were born).
With this understanding of the intention for our embodied life, the logical mind can argue that if we are predisposed to explore a certain territory, then we are not truly free. However, this fails to recognize that the choice of territory was still made by you from within a state of freedom.
The next argument is that we are not free if we are limited in this life by choices we made before birth (which is perceived as “in the past”). However, even though your spirit creates the intention for your embodied life, it is not a choice made “in the past”, it is a choice you are making in each moment from a timeless state.
being in mortal-form we perceive “before our birth” as the past, but that is an illusion. What we call “the past” is the present to our spirit, and any disparity between its decision and what you believe you would prefer can only ever be caused by perspectives you are unconscious of (which your spirit is aware of).
This is the realization that no matter how much you may rage at the ways in which your life feels negatively predetermined, you are only ever raging from a point of lack of awareness (fear), rather than wider awareness (love). This does not make your feelings invalid or not valuable; it is an invitation to dive deeper into those feelings to come to a wider understanding of them through which new realization arises.
Your entire life is created in freedom by you and yet, when you are within it, you will experience some elements of it as predetermined.
Is Anything ‘Meant’ To Be?
“I choose to acknowledge myself as the author of my own life script, possessing the power to change it however I please.”
discover the infinite freedom that lies in the realization that there is no choice you are ‘meant’ to make in a certain way. There is nothing in your life that you were meant to do—nothing you were predestined to do. Within the timelessness before birth, there are many things your spirit imagined it might do in human form, but do not extrapolate this to conclude that you are meant to do these things. They are simply ideas you felt might be exciting to explore. You are free to explore them in this lifetime, in another lifetime, or never. There is no ‘meant’ to it—meant is a mental illusion.
If you are insistent on thinking in terms of some ‘master Plan’ that you are meant to follow, first realize that it can only ever be your master Plan and, in each moment, that plan is being adapted through the integration of your mortal experience. Furthermore, you are the one adapting it. To believe in a predestined master Plan is to not want responsibility for your own choices, but to instead want to be an actor in a play written by some external force. This is the desire to divorce yourself from the ownership of the feelings of the immediacy, the vibrancy, and the unpredictability of life due to a fear of uncontrollable change.
With the realization that nothing is ‘meant’ to happen, there is no loss of purpose or drive—except that which is fear-based. See that any plan you feel inside yourself—even if it explores the freedom of all life—is still your own plan. And, as the author, you can change it however you desire. The signature on the intention for your life—which you may call your blueprint or personal plan—is that of The-One-Self and, as you rewrite it, so you will re-sign it.
In this life, you are here to be what you want to be. If you must think in terms of an external God, then realize the only plan God has for you is to realize, feel, and be whatever it is that you want to be. As you explore yourself, you will discover that your exploration of All-That-You-Are is The-One-Self’s exploration of itself, and that ‘truth’ is no more or no less than being true to yourself. If there is a ‘will of God’, then it is for you to experience your own will by using it.
The Paradox of Predetermination
Due to the limits of our focus in human form, we experience ourselves as wanting things to be one way or the other (correct or incorrect, right or wrong, desired or undesired). We want the answer to, ‘Is my life predetermined?’ to be either ‘yes’ or ‘no’, but the wider viewpoint is that, ‘from some perspectives it is predetermined and from others it is not’.
everything contains truth from at least some perspectives. This is the understanding that all experiences of truth are relative—rather than absolute—to your current definition. This is to see that we are both free and predetermined (which is a paradox when we say things must be one way or the other). The resolution to this paradox is to see how a question can possess opposing answers.
To have a human life is to be predetermined to live within a human body and experience its biological processes. Relative to the totality of all creation, this is a highly predetermined form as we cannot change it. And yet, due to the experience of independence that our separation grants us, it is equally one of the greatest experiences of freedom in the way it creates potentials to experience beyond what we know ourselves to be.
The liberation of understanding that there is only one-consciousness in existence rests in no longer feeling separate from others through a belief you would make better choices if stood in their shoes. The idea that ‘if there is only one will then there is only one path through the choices before you’, can often lead people to believe they are being told that their lives are predetermined. This arises from a linearity of thinking—based on the evidence of our experience—that sees each life as a single line of experience (represented by the bulb becoming a flower across a single, linear strip of film).
The resolution to understanding how everything can exist concurrently and yet our futures are not set, requires a small but radical opening of understanding. Just as there are infinite other beings in creation that appear to be distinctly different from us, there are also infinite other beings that appear to be so slight in difference that they are instead met as another version of our individuated self.
There is a truth to the logic that if there is one-consciousness which always operates consistently, then the future is predetermined. However, what is predetermined is not ‘you’, it is the unfolding of your current state of definition. But that is not what you eternally are—it is just your ever-changing choice of expression. It is possible to look from where you stand now to the death of your current definition, but that is not you.
The predetermined linear evolution of every state can be imagined to be like parallel strings on a harp. A human being is not one string. We are a focus that moves around the harp experiencing one string at a time. We are each navigating infinite predetermined linear paths in the creation of our experience of a linear human life and, because of our limited focus, when we jump from one string to the other we do not perceive leaving one string and arriving at another. Instead, in just the same way as we see the image of the bulb appear to change into the image of the flower—through the film travelling across the projector light—so we experience ourselves as being what is changing—rather than the change being our focus moving across the strings of the harp.
Predetermination and Temporal Separation
With causal paths being seen as strings on a harp, each string is seen to be predetermined and eternally unchanging. We are the choice to freely navigate these linear harp strings. Through the choice to focus a human life, we limit ourselves to certain octaves within the harp, with the specificity of that focus creating either a tight or wide territory for the life to exist within.
When a person is told that the potential for their experience is confined, it is common for that to received through the idea that they are predetermined—rather than free. This reaction is to the idea that the limitation is being imposed upon them from something external. This is to be in denial that they are the one that made the choice for their own limitation. Once this is accepted, the feeling of confinement usually then morphs into the feeling that they are being limited in the present, by a choice they made in the past. This is an experience of temporal separation between the self and the making of the choice to experience the limited focus of a human life.
To believe you would make different choices than your past self is the same as believing you would make different choices than other people—a denial that we are all the expressions of one-consciousness. Through the same principle that you would not choose differently from others if you were stood in their shoes, so too you would not choose differently from your past self if stood back in its shoes.
You may feel that you want to go back to your past self and explain why it was wrong to limit you. However, as you travelled towards the state of definition that is your past self, you would find your viewpoint shifting, such that, by the time you arrived at your past self, you would agree with its choice of limitation.
This is to see that your past decisions are not limiting you in any way you do not still desire. Any notion to the contrary can only be caused by a lack of understanding of your past choice. Ultimately this is the realization that all choices are present choices which is to no longer experience your individuated self-creation through temporal separation (linear-time).
There is a truth to the logic that if there is one-consciousness with one will which always operates consistently, then the future is predetermined. This is the same as the scientist saying that the universe is a predetermined physical unfolding of the Big Bang through consistent, immutable physical laws. The fault in logic is in not understanding that the one will can explore all options of a choice. It is not limited to a linear path in the way we experience our individuated self to be.
When the conceptions of infinity and differentiation are understood, it is seen that even a human life with an extremely tight, predetermined focus still has infinite freedom. This is because within that focus there is no limit to how much you can continue to differentiate what is before you. No matter how small or limited the reality of a circumstance seems, every aspect contains and reflects the whole.
beyond your human form you are The-One-Self, meaning, there is more to you than you currently realize. The consciousness inside of you is the consciousness within all beings in creation. Being human, this idea is first met through applying it to other human beings, but can be expanded to include animals, alternate selves, and ideas of non-terrestrial life (both physical and non-physical).