The most confusing concept for people who start spiritual journey is the topic of Freedom of Choice. I do realize that at the begging our mind can’t grasp it yet, and only when we start advancing and can actually see the full picture it becomes clear. Yet, let’s try to make it a bit easier to comprehend.
Before we start talking about the Freedom of Choice, consider the following questions:
1. Did you choose where to be born?
2. Did you choose when to be born?
3. Did you choose your family, society and environment where you grew up?
4. To what degree your personal views are affected by media, society and people that are close to you?
5. Can you choose the next thing your body & mind will demand from you?
The answer to all of these is obvious. We don’t choose where to be born, in what time, in what family and in what environment. Our decisions are solely based on the education we received, society and the environment where we grew up, and the media exposure we got.
There is a grate movie with Jack Nicholson, called “The Game”, in which a successful businessman becomes part of a real-life game. He doesn’t know that everyone around him acts based on predefined script, and takes it all for real. If you’d watched this move – you might have wondered how the crew knew about his next steps – i.e. where he would go, and what he might do. If you did, then the answer is quite simple – before the game started, he went through thorough psychological tests, after which he was told that he isn’t accepted for the role – but that was already part of the game.
Similar to this movie, any qualified psychologist can predict our actions based on such tests. The information that our brain was exposed to is what drives our decisions. But is our brain is what we really are? If it is, then what happens to our inner selves when our physical body dies? And what will happen to us when science will be able to replace brain like any other organ in the body; it’s already possible with heart – ability to do it with brain is only question of time…
Kabbalists tell us that our actions (thus also decisions) are dictated to us based on desires that arise within us at any given point of time. We already talked about Reshimo – a ledger that contains all our past, present and future states, and we also know that our current Reshimo is what drives our next action (see this article if you haven’t read it yet).
So do we have a freedom of choice? We don’t have choice over our states, but we definitely choose how quickly we can go through them. Everything we do – whether it seems right to us or wrong, leads us to only one goal – to the connection with the Divine. The only question is how quickly we want to get there – and this is only up to you. Keep this in mind, and make the right choice!