Contrary to common belief, free will is not doing whatever we want to. Actually, it is just the opposite.
Think about it.
Why is it that you do whatever it is that you do on a daily basis?
Whatever it is, it is either driven and/or conditioned intrinsically or extrinsically.
You drink because your body tells you that it’s thirsty, or you eat because your body tells you that it’s hungry. What do you drink or eat? Whatever you crave for. What do you crave for? Nicotine? Alcohol? Or whatever your gut bacteria makes you crave for.
Why do you work? Because you have to have a roof over your head and food on your table, not to mention keeping up with the Joneses.
Thus, we rarely exercise our free will.
Let’s define free will as acting out of our own volition.
Then again, what is that supposed to mean when we are trapped within a dimension of time and space whereby we are all driven and conditioned?
You see, anything we do within this dimension cannot be considered free because we are either driven and/or conditioned intrinsically and extrinsically within our time and space.
The only way to “escape” from this conditioning is by transcending time and space.
The only way to transcend time/space is through a higher state of being, namely, through our Spiritual conscience which is intimately linked to our Divinity.
Yet, we are almost never aware of our Divinity, let alone exercise it!
Some people have been further confused by the false dichotomy of free will vs. determinism because, even though everything has been determined within our dimension of time and space — i.e., from a relative perspective — from an absolute perspective we can still exercise free will by transcending time/space and thus becoming co-creators of our destiny.
Einstein was partially right when he said that “there is no such thing” when looking at free will from a relative perspective. However, the beauty of the human mind is that it is not limited by this relative dimension of time/space. Therefore, from an absolute perspective, we can exercise free will and become the co-creators of our destiny.
Just becoming aware of this absolute perspective is an extraordinary feat in itself which very few humans have been able to accomplish. Acting based upon this awareness is even harder.
Only those who have been born with an innate altruistic ability or Grace, to give rather than to take, have been able to accomplish amazing things, such as the miracles attributed to many Saints.
To my knowledge, the only one who has been fully aware of His Divinity and thus was able to resurrect from the dead three days after his crucifixion was the Son of the Carpenter, better known as Jesus Christ.
I am not aware of any human (as I have written elsewhere) who has been able to fully manage his emotions, especially the most powerful emotion any human can feel, namely, the fear of death, to the point of perspiring blood, other than the Son of the Carpenter.
Hold on a second, what does mastering our emotions have to do with exercising our free will?
Well, it is physically impossible to exercise free will when ruled by emotions. And the only possibility to escape from our emotions, i.e., to transcend time/space, is to exercise our higher state of being (i.e., our Divinity).
The best way to test free will is by linking it to our ego. If we act based on our ego, we are not exercising free will because our desire to receive makes us the instrument of our desire. Only acts of altruism are acts of true free will.
If we are not the masters of our thoughts, then we become the slaves of our actions.
Here’s To The Power Of Your Free Will!
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
President & Founder
About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.