All beings incarnated on Earth have free will. There is no
time at any point of your life that you don’t have a choice. You may feel that
you don’t, but choice is always there for you. At the same time, fate also
plays a part. Events are fated to happen. For example, you are fated to meet a
certain person at a certain time in your life, or you are fated to work in a
certain field, or you are fated to get an illness, but what you do with the
event is always your choice.
That person you meet may be your fated soulmate, but you can
take the relationship as far as you want, or you may choose to end it. You may
be fated to be an accountant since you love numbers and spreadsheets, but where
you work or whether you work for yourself, is your choice. You may get cancer
but whether you beat it this time around or how long you survive it, is your
choice. Death as well…I learned recently that we all have different exit points
and that’s why sometimes we have close calls but survive thru them or have a
near death experience and choose to go back and finish what we came here to do.
This is not true for everyone of course, but most people have multiple exit
You might have heard of the saying – let go and let God. When
this saying is invoked or practiced, it means that you are relinquishing
control of how a situation will play out, but you have made the choice of what outcome
you desire beforehand. For example, you opened your own restaurant and it’s not
going well. You want to get out but you don’t know how because you have a
rental contract, you owe money, you feel bad firing people, etc.… at this point
you can give it to God or the Universe and ask them to show you the way out. The
Universe will put the pieces together for you so that your original wish of getting
out of the restaurant business will be granted. It will not happen exactly the
way you wanted, but in the end, you will get your desired outcome.
The point of having free will is to learn. Earth is a planet of duality where you get to experience both sides of the coin and this can play out over multiple lifetimes. During your time here, you will know happiness and sadness, pleasure and pain, you will lead a rich and a poor life, you will be healthy and sick, you will be the oppressed and the oppressor…and all these lifetimes will have one thing in common – you have chosen them – not because God wants you to suffer but to learn to find the happiness, grace, and joy despite of what your life looks like on the outside. The whole purpose is to become more like your true self – that beautiful, perfect, bright soul – while you’re in a human body…and when you learn to shine that light despite it all, you will have reached nirvana.
Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. – C.S. Lewis