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 points.
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