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Spiritual concepts

Free will

In order to understand this section you need to have open the Model of the Mind and to have read the description for the Will itself

At one time, principally during the 1800s, there was a great debate about whether we have free will.  The arguments were heated and at times acrimonious, pitting church leaders against lawyers and philosophers.  Let me look at this argument in the context of the inputs to the decision making process.

  • Objectives and their priority – you choose these and also decide whether to fulfil them or not.  Whether to suppress them or not.  You have free will
  • The results of the reasoning process – although you may have reasoned a number of courses of action, they can be ignored and practically speaking they often are ignored as we have seen.  You have free will
  • Emotional input from perceptions – as we will see in a subsequent chapter, the will can choose to ignore emotions and can suppress emotions.  You have free will
  • The original perceptions [threat, opportunity, obligation] – these too can be ignored.  Opportunities lost or ignored, threats not taken seriously, obligations not fulfilled.  You have free will
  • Input from composer – inspiration, intuition, guidance, love etc.  People frequently ignore this – sadly – in making decisions about what to do next.  Their conscience may be shouting in their ear like a fog horn, but they still go ahead anyway with a course of action almost directly opposite to their Higher spirit.  There may be inspiration discarded and  intuition ignored.  You have free will

Ultimately there is only one factor in the equation over which you do not have a choice and that is your Personality – you are what you are.   In the choice of Personality you do not have free will.  Personality is a given.  But it is only one of a series of possible inputs to the function of the will, as such one cannot argue that one does not have free will because one’s Personality is fixed.

So in my view we have free will at all times.

 

The fallacy of loss of will

When we have a spiritual experience, we are not somehow laying ourselves open to ‘be guided by God’ or ‘directed by the angels’.  No separate spiritual being directs our action.

We never relinquish will.

The will is always – always – in control of what happens next.  If it isn't we are either dead or have undergone Annihilation.

The Will always directs our action, but as the inputs to the decision making process are gradually removed [the threats, opportunities, the obligations and objectives and the input from the reasoning system] The will accepts input from the Composer function,  and lets the Higher spirit provide us with input. 

The Will is still in control, but it simply decides that we should receive input from our ‘higher selves’. 

If you look at this another way, the input from our higher selves is actually always there, it is just that priority wise it sometimes comes so low in the overall scheme of things it is ignored, so if the following is a list of priorities, the input from the composer is not only last, but almost out of the equation

  1. Objectives and their priority
  2. Personality – for example aversion to risk, timidity or boldness
  3. The results of the reasoning process – possible courses
  4. Emotional input from perceptions
  5. The original perceptions [threat, opportunity, obligation]
  6. Input from composer – inspiration, intuition, guidance, love etc

 If we can retrain ourselves to reorder our inputs to a new priority then we may find that all our decisions suddenly completely change in their outcome.  This aspect is explored in more detail in  ‘Character’, but we can see that if the priorities are the following then we might get a totally different outcome

  1. Input from composer – inspiration, intuition, guidance, love etc
  2. Emotional input from perceptions
  3. The results of the reasoning process – possible courses
  4. The original perceptions [threat, opportunity, obligation]
  5. Personality – for example aversion to risk, timidity or boldness
  6. Objectives and their priority

 

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