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?