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...We have built into our system a number of finely tuned receptors - intuition, which comes in the guise of inner nudges, conscience, observation especially of unusual occurrences, casual comments that make us prick up our ears, sleeping dreams, waking dreams and a mind which is prepared to think broadly. The Creator uses any or some of these to guide us, uses our patience to allow time for a path to appear, uses our calm to enable us to see what we wouldn't see if we allowed ourselves to be stressed...

Patrick Thomas considers the nature of free will.

Patrick writes for Bonzer! magazine. Please visit www.bonzer.org.au

When the immediacy of a problem dominates my life, I find it difficult to take time out to contemplate the bigger picture. My reason may say that I need to think outside the problem. My emotions say "Let me get rid of this bug now and then, maybe, I will be settled enough in my mind to take a broader view”.

There is another way to regard the challenges of life.

The admonition “Not my will but Thine” is easier said than put into practice. Anyway, what does it really mean? That I should be like a zombie and simply obey blindly what I am told to do? That I should set aside my experience and my free will?

Similar questions also relate to the similar admonition of surrendering. What - give in, accept defeat, acknowledge my inadequacy?

What these admonitions boil down to is that, faced with the choice of battling single-handedly with all the difficulties of life, or of enlisting the most powerful force in the universe to help, there is much to be said for taking the latter alternative.

In any choice we, consciously or unconsciously, wish to do what is in our long term interests. Sometimes, perhaps often, we plain just do not know what is best for us to do. If we truly believe that there is a purpose in our life, that there is a Prime Mover,in short a Creator who is All Knowing and All Powerful, who will guide us and help us if we will but ask, it makes sense to ask what is the appropriate action to take which will accord with our purpose in living.

Is this then what surrender is? To accept that there is a purpose in our lives, to accept that the Creator knows what that purpose is, and to accept that the Creator will guide us to act in accordance with that purpose if we but ask.

We have built into our system a number of finely tuned receptors - intuition, which comes in the guise of inner nudges, conscience, observation especially of unusual occurrences, casual comments that make us prick up our ears, sleeping dreams, waking dreams and a mind which is prepared to think broadly. The Creator uses any or some of these to guide us, uses our patience to allow time for a path to appear, uses our calm to enable us to see what we wouldn't see if we allowed ourselves to be stressed.

So often we know, deep down, what we should do. But when a path heads away from the comfort zone, when conventional wisdom is not in accord, when friends advise us to do something else, when a move seems unpopular, we hesitate, we vacillate, we procrastinate - and what we succeed in doing is to lose the momentum to do what we know we should do.

Just where does free will come into the picture? It is one of our most precious attributes and it looks as though we are squandering it when we surrender. Yet, for example, when we drive, we exercise free will by surrendering to the laws of the land and we drive on the left and we give way to the right. It makes sense - and what is more, it helps us to stay alive.

Surrender is the number one survival tactic for Soul. Left to trying to survive life on our own in an antagonistic world, it is only the exceptional individual who will survive, and he or she often pays a high price for so doing.

As a word, surrender has a bad press. But, if one thinks about it, in almost every aspect of our lives, we have adopted surrender as our way of life. We surrender to family influence, peer pressure, fashion, the three levels of government, custom, employers, codes of behaviour, sexual mores.

As adults, one aspect of growing through our mistakes is an enhanced appreciation of the importance of being discriminating in our decision making. Because we do not have the choice of whether to surrender or not, we need to discriminate as to whom and to what we will surrender.

At the most basic level, we have to choose between surrendering to the god of Materialism and surrendering to the god of Love, between “me first” and “God first”. It is the most important choice of our lives.

We all have free will. The choice is ours.


©Patrick Thomas

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