How often I hear people nowadays talking about free will or having a choice to ‘do what you wanna do’. It’s the current new catch phrase which is widely spread among new age gurus and their followers. Surely it sounds fantastic and we are easily swayed by the resonance it gives off (yeah, we can all let it hang out now!). But why? What does it imply? And if consciousness and its content, that includes we human beings, move in time and space with its cycles of contraction and expansions to lesser or larger degrees; where do we figure in the equation? Is there such a thing as free will then, if we are subjected to these cycles, or is it just misinterpreted perception?
Will means in itself desire. To get from here, which is negated, to there, which is projected in the future? In other words it means a reaction to what is and creating something out of that reaction into the future. Thereby including a time-process to achieve an end, which must result in conflict between what is and that which is projected into the future! Does it still sound as if there is any freedom in will or desire? The world of words is an upside down thing, isn’t it? When there is any reaction towards the present either through acceptance or rejection, like or dislike, should or shouldn’t etcetera – choice, identity and a sense of self comes into being, hence all misery starts.
So will, choice and desire are synonymous, bound by a time-element we can call becoming. It is only when we see this movement for what it is that freedom can come into being. And that freedom has its own movement in the present. It is very important to see the implications of the language that we use. Words have definite connotations and shape our reality!