The power to choose comes from the power not to choose!

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We live our own lives by making choices within our life.

This might seem pretty obvious to you, but is it really our choices that shape us, or is something else already choosing us, of which, all that we have the choice of, is to either reject or accept the direction that life, or love, or God takes us in?

To chose, or not to choose?

That is the question, we all must answer!

Who really makes the choices for you?

Self-interest, self-focus, and self-concern, are all attributes of either fear, or desire.

Trace back every thought, every action, and find the desire or fear behind it.

The power to choose to do this can increase your power to not choose to choose.

Love chooses you. You do not choose love.

How powerful then is the power of conscious thought to choose?

God said he chooses us, or the ones to come to him.

Does love, death, life, everything else, really in fact then really choose us too, or do we also perhaps have some independent form of choice too?

"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day."

The above verse comes from the Christian bible, form the New Testament book of John, chapter 6, verse 44.

Choice is an event dependent on God, as are all other things too, and yet the paradox is that you being in God have a sort of independent choice too.

This is why God can draw you to him closer as you are already within him.

Closeness could then be said to be drawing you into God's love when you have distanced yourself away from it, by isolating yourself away from his coals, so to speak,

We have the choice to live within God as a part of him, or of trying to go it alone, cutting ourselves off from the full energy of his love.

“We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.”

This above quote is from that great Lebanese/American master of poetic writing, Kahlil Gibran (1883 to 1931).

I think that he means here that we choose what comes to us, and then this then comes to us, we get what we want to get in this way, and not what we are meant to be getting from life.

When we choose to not live from love because we want things from desire, or avoid them because of fear, we are choosing not to love, it is that simple.

It is true that all of these types of ideas also come emanating out of love, but in the end, there are no optional choices within love, when you serve God's love through him, and from serving his will for you.

Making any type of a choice so often means that you are not following his love fully, as when choice exists, you do not follow love, but only your own idea of it, or of what it might be. There is no choice in love, real love.

That is there is only ever one direction to go in, love's direction for you in relation to God's plan for you and for your life too.

Choice, and choosing

I have a lot of trouble with choice, and the choosing of what is best for me to do, at any particular moment in time.

Like for example right now, should I be doing some gardening, cleaning up some old files on my computer, read a book, write an article, do some exercise, or perhaps be doing some housework?

How can I choose what to do, and be happy that it is the best thing for me to be doing right now, and so not feel aggrieved that I got the choice wrong somehow?

Choice is an aspect of love, as are all things. When you love poignantly truly, it drags you almost into the direction you should be going in. The choice is really only then whether to resist this pull of love, or not.

Resistance comes from your fear of love's direction for you, and also it can come from your desires in your wanting to go another way other than in love's way for you.

How do we discern what is love's way for us in our own lives then?

Simply, it is always the strongest pull.

Sit down restfully for a while, or even keep doing what you are doing right now, but still try to feel it, and you will then be moved to move away from your doing what is not exactly right for you right now, and so then you will be motivated to go in exactly love's perfect way for you right now.

"The lives of the best of us are spent in choosing between evils."

This is a quote from an author named Junius.

This name was a pseudonym for this British writer, who submitted his writings to the newspapers of his time, in the eighteenth century.

He is wrong here of course though, to my mind anyway.

It is the lives of the worst of us who do this.

The best of us are too busy following love, truth, and God's will for themselves.

There is no evil or choosing between evils on God's path for you. You see evil, and reject it, never do you choose it, nor do you ever have to choose between the choice of two or more evils like this.

Freewill, and choice

Freedom is a state from where soul has choice from the infinite directions and possibilities open to it. Choice is freedom in that we make this decision solely as soul.

Despite all our connections and our guidance and our separation, at the end of the day we are given this freedom entirely to decide our own life direction.

Nothing not even God can change our choice.

They, others, can only ever guide us, but the freedom is always ours to take their advice, or not. This is then total freedom within restriction. We are restricted in the sense that our choices affect ourselves, others, and even God.

As we grow in consciousness we get wiser at making our free choices and decisions so that as a result the whole Universe, God included, increases in wisdom and growth as well. So, in this way the infinite gets wiser, and can grow from itself.

Our freedom is complete within itself within our self, but outside itself and outside of our self, it affects everything.

Life is really about coming to this conclusion, by our first realizing that our choices affect all, and then growing in consciousness, so that we have the wisdom to then manage our freedom better to be able to actually enhance the world and to grow the entire world.

Enlightenment is when we are at the level to be totally free, but when we actually choose to use our freedom to give back the freedom to the world and to God by serving it and making our choices and decisions so that they work in and balance with the total Universe.

All our former selfishness, and self-centeredness then gets replaced by the insight that what I do, I do for the world, and not just for myself any-more.

To see that the best choices are the best choices for the world and for God and not just for us is the start of growing into this realization of living for the greater good. This then is freedom through realization.

Before we had freedom within our self, but our own wanting to live our own freedom has only really ever just taken away our greater freedom from us. Realization sees this and works for the whole, because the whole is working for us.

Free will is the freedom to progress on the path at the speed that you want to go at.

The path exists already and there is no free will about the actual path, as it always leads back to God.

Free will is the freedom to travel on the path or to stay on the sidelines picking the flowers. Free will is really a choice to tread your path, as all paths are different, but all are going ultimately only to the same place.

The free will is in making your own path.

The meaning of the idea of free will not existing is because love and its eternal guidance or truth, is always pointing you, or pushing you, towards the guiding principle that is pulling you, and me too, towards the same end.

“Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven.”

This is a quote from the British Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon (1834 to 1892).

To me at least, he seems to be wrong here, as it is perhaps only free will that can ever take us back into heaven, that is when we are being our real self, and choosing to be so freely, and as this real part of God, we can then follow his plan for us, and enter heaven, if that is a part of his plan for us to do too.

Free will then allows us to choose our own path, but when this path aligns itself to God's path, or to his plan for our lives, for us, and when we freely choose to follow it only, by our doing his will, only then will we go towards heaven.

Our own path diverted away from God's path usually just only ever takes us further away from Heaven.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Sep 2015 (#)

Beautiful and thoughtful post Spirited God Bless You!

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author avatar spirited
18th Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern, I appreciate your comments.

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author avatar Carol Roach
18th Sep 2015 (#)

nice to see you writing again I missed you

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author avatar spirited
18th Sep 2015 (#)

thanks Carol,

for some reason I have lost some of my enthusiasm to write these days.

Nice to be missed.

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author avatar brendamarie
18th Sep 2015 (#)

Amazing article Spirited.
We all seem go through so point when we lose our enthusiasm to write. You are missed when you don't post Spirited.

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author avatar spirited
19th Sep 2015 (#)

thanks brendamarie.

As I said above it is nice to be missed!

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Sep 2015 (#)

Thought provoking my friend, I always enjoy your posts. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
21st Sep 2015 (#)

thanks Kingwell, for your kind remarks.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Sep 2015 (#)

We are spoilt with the choices we have. I test the waters but generally am sober! Wikinut is a safe place to find refuge in though.

We should exercise our choices within the ambit of overall goodness that we can bring upon society, thanks Spirited for sharing your insight - siva

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author avatar spirited
29th Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks siva, yes, we do have a plethora of possible choices available to us, they seem to be too much/many sometimes!!

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