How Much Free Will Do We Actually Have?
One of the most common questions I get asked is, “If our lives are already pre-planned, how much free will do we actually have?”. This is quite a complicated topic, particularly because each individual soul’s case is different, but I will give a simplified general answer to this question in this blog.
First, it is important to distinguish that there are certain things that are pre-planned before birth, and then there are things that are planned during our incarnations. Before choosing our next incarnation, we first establish what lessons we want to learn or refine during the incarnation. This is what all decisions for our life are based on because life is a school for soul evolution. We must also establish what karma we want to repay from previous lives, and to whom. Another thing to establish is whether there is a specific mission we wish to carry out during our incarnation — this is particularly relevant to most of you reading this as each lightworker chose a specific way they wanted to help with humanity’s collective ascension. And finally, we may decide to have a close relationship with certain souls during our life because both parties feel the relationship would be mutually beneficial for each others’ soul progression — kind of like a buddy system. Usually, this means we choose our long-term partner(s) and/or our life-long friends before we incarnate. The nature of the relationship, as well as when and how you will both meet, must be decided before birth in these cases.
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After establishing all of this, we then look at all possible lives that allow us to fulfil all those requirements. If there are certain souls that we wish to encounter in our life, then this further complicates and restricts what lives we can incarnate in to as there has to be a mutual agreement. The main thing we look for out of all the possible lives that we could take is our upbringing. Our individual characters, our egos, are mainly shaped by our childhood experiences, and so we are trying to choose what character we believe would help us most in achieving the goals we set out for our life. So, we choose our parents, our place of upbringing, our school and childhood friends, our appearance, and perhaps our religion. When we are children, we do not really have much control of these circumstances, so we must make the choice of our upbringing before we incarnate.
However, the details of our lives beyond childhood and very early adulthood are not as set in stone. There are multiple timelines that can be taken with our life based on the decisions we make during that life. Therefore, the details of the experiences that we have during adulthood are planned closer to the time by our higher selves in response to our daily choices. However, the lessons we wanted to learn in our incarnation provide the general guideline for our life path. What’s more, any karma we create during the incarnation will influence the experiences we have during adulthood in order to repay that karma. Therefore, our higher selves will often choose our daily experiences based on our vibration and where we are with our soul evolution. This means less significant details like our jobs, our short-term partners and friends, our one-off interactions, and our daily challenges are not pre-planned before birth but planned closer to the time. The only time a job may be pre-planned before incarnation is if it is pertinent to fulfilling your specific life mission. To have children, an agreement must be made between your higher self and the higher self of your children — if you have no previous karmic ties with these souls, then the agreement between your higher selves will usually be made shortly before you make the decision to have children. Once the soul has completed what it wanted to do in its life and it feels it is for the highest good of all to end the incarnation, it will choose to terminate its incarnation in a way that is also planned closer to the time.
As this will be our final incarnation on third density Earth, there will usually be timelines and checkpoints set for our lives. We are undergoing the ascension of our consciousness so that we can graduate to fourth density. This means we will need to raise the level of our consciousness (our internal vibration) in line with the external vibrations around us. Our higher selves know what lessons we need to learn in order to raise our consciousness level, and so specific times will be set by which we must learn certain lessons. The longer we put off learning these lessons, the more intense the catalysts we experience that try to teach us those lessons. If we do not meet these timelines, our vibration will be too low to remain on the Earth, and our higher selves will then decide how to terminate this incarnation so that we can continue our learning on another third density planet. In this way, our individual spiritual awakening is pre-planned. There exists an optimal timeline where every person living on Earth now will spiritually awaken and make the graduation. But currently, we are not on that most optimal timeline as many people are still not awake. As a result, more intense global catalysts will need to be put in play to try to encourage more people to make the shift.
So, we now know that our experiences are planned for us, but how do our higher selves ensure that we follow our life plan and actually have those experiences? Well, if we are to go to a specific place, meet specific people, find specific information, or do specific actions, our higher selves will give us strong inner nudges to do so in our heart. Think about it this way — why do we all have different interests, hobbies and passions? Why are some people more attracted to certain things than others? Why do some people find something interesting, but other people don’t? Why do some people prefer certain activities and places, yet other people prefer different ones? Why do we all have different preferences of things? It is because each of our higher selves is guiding us through our hearts to pursue the experiences that will help us with our soul evolution. The feeling in our hearts that our higher self uses to attract us towards certain things is the feeling of love or joy. This is why, when you always follow your joy or bliss, when you are living completely from the heart, you are always fulfilling the Divine’s plan for you.
However, when one is associated with their ego, they sometimes do not follow their heart. Instead, one ends up following their minds out of fear a lot of the time. However, there are times where it is extremely difficult for us not to do the Divine’s will for us. This is because it is hard to continually ignore doing what you love and what feels right to you. If you ignore your inner urges, the Divine will organise your life experiences to make it harder for you to continue ignoring these inner urges. So, we all generally end up following our prescribed path anyway. This is why you are always doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing, and you are always exactly where you’re supposed to be. If you weren’t, you would be experiencing extreme inner conflict until you are doing what you are supposed to be doing. This is why no one has the right to tell another person what they should or should not be doing. Instead, we ought to encourage each other to follow our hearts and only listen to the Divine.
Where we have free will is that, in any moment, we can choose whether to follow the Divine’s path for us or not. We can choose whether we resist the Divine’s will out of fear, or follow it willingly because it feels good. We have the option to follow our heart or follow our mind. We can choose to live our life based on what others say we should be doing, or whether we simply do what brings us joy. We have the free will to feel like a victim and complain about our experiences, or we can learn the lessons intended for us to learn from our experiences. We can choose to be completely in the present moment, or we can choose to feel guilt or anger about the past, and fear of the future. We can decide to react impulsively and emotionally to things, or we can wait to respond from a calm, loving state. The more you follow your heart, the more you move to a more positive timeline for your life, and the smoother your life will be. But the more you live through the mind, the more you shift to a more negative timeline for your life, and the more suffering you experience. With each decision you make, you shift between timelines. Each timeline has the same end result; you learning the lessons you needed to learn in order to make the consciousness shift you wanted to make in this lifetime. But we have the free will to choose how positive or negative, how gentle or intense, the journey to that destination is.
In reality, when we are fully associated with our false self, our ego, we do not allow ourselves to have much free will as we are unconsciously living through the mind almost all the time. We are conditioned to follow a certain programmed life path because it is more known, and the world is set up to make it a lot easier to follow this program. This program makes us fear doing anything that is not in line with our artificial life path, and so we are discouraged from following our heart. Our conditioned ego ends up controlling our thoughts, actions and words as a result of following the program. This is why it is silly to get angry at someone for something that they do while they do not know who they truly are — they are not in control. Similarly, it is silly to feel guilty for things you have done in the past because, again, you were not in control. For many lifetimes, our life paths would allow us to indulge in such an ego-controlled life like this, but in this lifetime, at this special time of ascension, we are all being guided to awaken. For this reason, it is becoming more and more difficult to live through the mind.
Once one has fully awakened, is following their joy and is completely living through their heart, they completely let go of control over their life and allow the Divine to play through them with no resistance. You see, the spiritual awakening is all about realising that you, the individual you, does not actually exist. You realise that the individual character you play is just a figment of your imagination. When this happens, getting in the Divine’s way is no longer an option for you. You have realised that the only way you can be happy is to let go and let God, as they say. Therefore, again, you cannot truly say you have free will when you are fully awake to who you truly are.
Of course, there is a period of time between believing you are your ego, and knowing yourself as the Divine. This period of time is called the spiritual awakening. It is only during the spiritual awakening that you truly have free will, because you can only have free will when you are consciously aware that you have two viable options: love or fear, mind or heart, false self or true self, joy or suffering, conscious or unconscious. Then you can consciously make an informed decision. You will have not yet experienced a life that is fully heart-based, and so you are flickering back and forth between the two options to test them both out. However, over time, you move to a more heart-based existence as you become more aware that this type of existence is easier and more joyful.
The more you choose love and joy, the better experience of life you have, and the higher your vibration will be. As we have explained several times, your external reality is a reflection of your internal reality. When you believe you are your ego, you unconsciously create a lower vibrational reality for yourself, but when you realise that you can consciously choose a better reality for yourself, you consciously exercise your free will and take a more active role in creating your experiences. This usually involves consciously creating specific experiences for your life through manifestations. As long as the experiences you envision do not conflict with your life path, your higher self will often allow your manifestations to materialise. Again, you have the free will to allow your ego or the Divine to manifest things by using the tool of your mind. And the more you align with the Divine’s will, the more of your desires that will manifest, and the manifestations will occur faster.
The final question about this topic that I wish to address is “Why do we have free will?”. Why does the Divine not just have complete control over us with no resistance or hinderance? Well, there are many galaxies in our universe where there is no free will and the Divine has complete control. But we have all chosen in this lifetime to incarnate onto a planet with free will, and it is easy to see why. Free will allows a different experience, a more challenging experience, for the Divine. With so many blocks to the Divine just doing what it wants, it provides a challenge for the Divine. With greater challenges, there is faster and more learning. Souls progress a lot more quickly in such environments. The awakening journey is much more dramatic with free will. It is extremely rewarding to experience the depths of darkness that comes with believing in the illusion of separation, and then rising above that darkness towards the light with the gradual realisation of oneness. You only truly appreciate health when you have experienced ill-health. You only truly appreciate abundance when you have experienced poverty. You only truly appreciate relaxation when you have experienced stress. In the same way, with free will, you get to appreciate your true nature more when you have experienced life believing you are your false self.
To sum up, there is a general guideline for your life based on the lessons you wanted to learn in this life. The specific experiences you have are planned by your higher self to help you achieve the evolution of consciousness you desired before you incarnated. Some details are planned before you incarnate, and some details are planned during incarnation. You have the free will to live your life following the love in your heart or the fear in your mind. Each decision you make is generally based on these two options. With every choice you make, you shift timelines. Every time you choose to live through your heart, you shift to a more positive timeline and have a better experience of life, and every time you choose to live through your mind, you shift to a more negative timeline and have a more negative experience of life. Your higher self does not ever give up in guiding you no matter how many times you refuse to listen to it, and so you have the free will to jump back on to a more positive timeline whenever you wish. As you spiritually awaken, you become more conscious of these two choices, and you start to steer more towards a heart-based existence, and you start to consciously create the experiences you desire. Free will provides us the opportunity to experience duality and, as a result, we evolve at a faster rate and we appreciate who we truly are more.
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