Posts Tagged 'free will'

The topic of what to do with your free will and how to reconcile it with the guidance you receive is such a source of conflict for so many people that it deserves additional comments, according to my Angels.  Has not nearly everyone a sad story entitled, “I knew what I should do, but I didn’t follow my gut feelings”? 

From knowing that we’re marrying the wrong person—as we’re walking down the aisle, no less— to leaving our umbrellas at home, to— enter failure to follow gut feelings— here, we have all been there, done that, and have obtained multiple T-shirts.  So what keeps preventing us from following that still, small voice?  Some of it is fear:  fear of the unknown, fear of what others will say about us,  fear of the “devil”,  fear of the consequences.  Some of it is pride:  even though I have heard clear guidance, my way is better.  Some of it is incomplete information:  your Guides:  “take your umbrella”;  you:  “but it’s sunny outside right now” and then ten minutes later you’re in a downpour because you didn’t see that huge black cloud five miles away, heading for you at top speed, but your Guides saw it.

Why should we follow guidance, anyway?  The most obvious answer is, because your life is better when you follow guidance than when you don’t.  Ignoring guidance means that you get yourself into a mess from which you must then extricate yourself (usually messily) and then you have to backtrack to the point before the mess and begin again.  Whew!  That’s a lot of effort for having said “no” to guidance.  A fine example of this last statement is that of knowing you’re marrying the wrong person, but doing it anyway.  Without a doubt that marriage will end in divorce, but not after much, perhaps years, of unhappiness.  There may be children involved.  Relatives will have taken sides.  Finances will be entangled.  Divorce lawyers will suck you dry.  Recriminations, tears, horror stories abound when these marriages unravel.  In the final analysis it would have saved everyone oceans of tears and heartache to have called off the wedding and faced ridicule/derision/lack of approval at the time, rather than having to face it (and more) at a later date. 

This example is not meant to frighten anyone into following guidance, rather, it attempts to point out the extreme importance of following it.  The advantage is obvious:  since your Guides and Angels have your best interests at heart, always, it makes sense to follow their advice.  Following their advice helps you to be happy and content.  Not following it brings more pain and a sense of having wasted years of life that would have been better spent.  Trust me, I am speaking to this through the hard voice of experience.

What can you do about it?  Practice trusting.  In small steps.  Slow down.  When you get a clear message, stop your headlong rush and pay attention.  When you get that clear message and you automatically think, “no, I’m going to do something different” stop, replay the message in your head, then abandon your own idea of what to do and follow guidance.  Practice, practice, practice.  Keep your ego in check.  It hasn’t helped you in the past, what makes you think it will help you in the present?  Pay attention to your feelings as you follow your guidance and most importantly, after you have followed it.  What was the result?  Did you have a positive outcome?  Contrast that with what would have happened had you followed your own idea.  Were you better or worse off for having followed guidance?  All of this helps you to develop trust that your Guides and Angels are truly out for your best interests and helps you help them help you.

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Today’s idea addresses that thorn in all of our sides, guidance vs. free will.

We, as humans, are endowed with free will, a wonderful gift from the Universe which allows us to decide our course of action in any given situation.  Like any beautiful tool, free will can be used for good or ill.  It can enhance our decision-making or create a nightmare of our life, depending how it is used.  Aligned with guidance, free will literally brings Heaven to earth for us; consistently aligned with ego, it can give us a living Hell. 

We, as humans, are also conscious enough to have access to divine guidance, an access which we can strengthen through constant practice.  When this channel is open, even partially, we are afforded heavenly wisdom whose only purpose is to enrich our lives and enable us to keep to our purpose here on Earth.  With two such powerful tools at our disposal, what prevents us from living to our fullest?  Let us explore this question.

Despite being fully aware of internal messages, how many times have we ignored those very clear messages from our Angels? As a small example, we receive an internal message to take our umbrella with us as we go out the door. The sun is shining and we think the idea is ridiculous, so we leave the bumbershoot at home. Within 10 minutes there is a cloudburst and we are soaked to the skin. Sound familiar?  Many of us have had this experience at one time or another.

Much can also be learned from our fellow travelers on this planet, the insects. Have you ever watched a fly on a window? The fly crawls on the glass, obviously trying to get outside. It keeps crawling up the glass, going as high as it can, attempting to exit the window. A kind-hearted soul might open the window, thinking to help the fly leave. The fly will ignore the opening and continue to crawl up the glass in its attempt to escape. If that same kind-hearted soul now attempts to “herd” the fly to the opening with a piece of paper, for example, the fly will buzz about in confusion, then settle back onto the glass, crawl up it, and totally ignore the open window, which is its escape route to the outside world. As we watch the hapless efforts of that unfortunate fly, we are struck by its single-mindedness, its determination, and its commitment to an avenue which not only will not accomplish its goal, which is escape to the outside world, but will contribute to its death. Our hearts go out to it, but that fly is so convinced of the correctness of  its perception that it will ignore any and all attempts to deter it from its determined path.  Often, in exasperation, I have caught flies in a glass jar and literally transported them out the door, where they happily fly off to their destinies, perhaps a little perplexed at how they happened to be suddenly outside.

In each of these examples, a clear way was presented for optimum effect.  With the umbrella scenario, taking that umbrella along would have enriched life by prevention of being drenched.  In the insect example, paying attention to the open window would result in the fly being outside, which was its own intent anyway.  Yet, neither example gave a satisfactory outcome.  In each case, the being involved had a definite opinion of the situation and a definite opinion of how to accomplish an end result.  The umbrella person only saw a sunny sky, not the rain coming.  The fly was determined to escape by going up the glass, not by going out the window.  If either of them could have pried their thoughts away from their own good opinions, they could have been open to a greater picture and thus had success in their undertakings.

So how, indeed, can we reconcile our free will with that of following guidance?  How can we move past this barrier to allowing guidance to manage our lives?  Through practicing trust.  Understanding that we are not separate from guidance.  Understanding that we really desire to do that which is requested of us.  Finally using our free will in the way in which it was intended:  to freely decide to merge with Heavenly guidance and follow the best advice the Universe can present to us:  free advice, freely given, specifically taylored to our specific needs by our own Angels!  How can anyone argue with that?

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