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Pondering Free Will

Pondering Free Will

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Published by Theresa-Ann
2012-07-04 1st journal, Mayan day 3 Oc/Dog

Video Journal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHNgQgZm_Yc

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Free will – there's certainly a lot of discussion about it running around – and I can see why. It hinges on at least two things that I can see. One is the definition of the self and the other is the concept of cause and effect. Both play key roles in an individual's ideas or beliefs about free will.

Those who identify with the body, seeing it as the self, seem to often mean by that the conscious mind. That's the part of us that is most easily accessible – the one we spend the most time in. For them, it creates a problem when they discover that the brain knows up to six seconds ahead of the conscious mind what we will do. It even knows before the choice is offered. (See the video link in the transcript for some discussion around this.)...
2012-07-04 1st journal, Mayan day 3 Oc/Dog

Video Journal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHNgQgZm_Yc

Intro:
Free will – there's certainly a lot of discussion about it running around – and I can see why. It hinges on at least two things that I can see. One is the definition of the self and the other is the concept of cause and effect. Both play key roles in an individual's ideas or beliefs about free will.

Those who identify with the body, seeing it as the self, seem to often mean by that the conscious mind. That's the part of us that is most easily accessible – the one we spend the most time in. For them, it creates a problem when they discover that the brain knows up to six seconds ahead of the conscious mind what we will do. It even knows before the choice is offered. (See the video link in the transcript for some discussion around this.)...

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5:33 am, Wednesday, 2012-07-04 1
st
,Mayan day 3 Oc/Dog
Pondering Free Will
Free will – there's certainly a lot of discussion about it runningaround – and I can see why. It hinges on at least two things that Ican see. One is the
definition of the self 
and the other is theconcept of 
cause and effect
. Both play key roles in an individ-ual's ideas or beliefs about free will. Those who identify with the
body
, seeing it as the self, seem tooften mean by that the
conscious mind
. That's the part of us thatis most easily accessible – the one we spend the most time in. Forthem, it creates a problem when they discover that the brainknows up to six seconds
ahead
of the conscious mind what we willdo. It even knows before the choice is offered . (See the video linkin the transcript for some discussion around this.)So what
is
free will? It's the ability to make a choice freely, at itsmost basic. The question that deserves to come
before
that is
“Who am I?”
How do I define this self that is making the choice? Things change radically depending on how we answer this primaryquestion. Those who believe they're the consciousness or the being insteadof the form may consider that they make the choice before they'reborn of who their parents are. They choose their gender, theirDNA, and get a preview of their major life situations – all
before
coming down into 3D. You can see how those who believe them-
 
selves to be only the body or the body-mind would object to thatwhole line of thought.So we have some legitimately different perspectives. We shouldbe adult or mature enough to work around that – and most of usare. So right up front let's recognize that there is
no right orwrong
, here. Things just are what they are, and different peoplemake different choices. Where from there?I'd say that right now that the bulk of the people believe them-selves to be the
body-mind
. By that they generally mean theconscious part, since few allow for the part the subconscious andunconscious mind play in their lives. Even though it's establishedthat people are both driven and largely controlled by the contentsof their subconscious mind, since they don't know its contents, feware willing to make allowances for that. It makes them seem outof their own control. The net result is that
few people understand even them-selves
. All of us do or say things at times that surprise us. It alsotakes getting into certain situations to bring to our attention cer-tain beliefs we didn't know that we held. Human nature is largelya
mystery 
. Few truly know why they do and say all that they do –or why other people do what they do. Thus, many who
wish
they could change this or that about them-selves – say over-eating or cigarette smoking or uncommitted sex– find it quite difficult to do. This, on the face of it, alerts us to somuch. First, it shows up the fact that, as the conscious mind orbody-mind, we do
not
truly have free will – or we would just stop.We want to, right?? Yet we don't. It also shows us that whatdrives us operates
below
conscious thought.So for this discussion let's at least all admit that we're
more
than just the conscious aspect of our being or mind. Again, if we were
 just 
that, then decisions would be far easier to make and we wouldunderstand the self. They are not and we do not. So it's good forall to
expand their definition of self 
to at least include both the
subconscious
and
unconscious
mind for they do play a part. (Andall of this is without even considering the super-conscious mind, orwhat some call the Higher Self – oh me, oh my.) The body
isn't 
as
solid and stable
as we tend to believe it is,either – nor is anything else. Aside from the fact that all
atoms
 
are largely empty space – 99.99999%+ empty – the mind controlsthe body to a large extent. Take instances of those with multiplepersonalities. Documentation exists showing how one personalitycan have cancer and not another one, both using the same body.One can have blue eyes and one brown eyes – again, same body. Yet it seems to me science tends to largely ignore such things they don't fit the current paradigm.Not only do we not understand ourselves very well, we don't havethat great a grip on
physical reality
in general. Yet we
think 
wedo, and therein lies the challenge – and the blind spot – for most of us. When we believe we know something, by definition we closethe doors to alternate views. Why should we pay attention tothem when we
know
what is right? So we don't, and argumentscan ensue.I've come to believe that basically
nothing
is what we think itis
, here in 3D – and I know many are joining me, worldwide – butthat's not helpful to this discussion, so what
agreements
can wecome to? I'm not sure. Rather than try to lay it out by presentingall of the different points of view I think I'll just share mine – sincethat's all I'm really qualified to do. I'll be most interested in dis-senters, though, so do leave comments speaking up for your visionof things.Having looked deeply into the available research and science on
NDEs
(Near-Death Experiences), combining this with my own &others'
OBEs
(out of body experiences) I've come to know self as
much more than
my form or my mind. With tens of millions of people reporting these after-death experiences science is finallybeing forced to take the phenomenon seriously – and it is. The research on this is out there, is available, so I won't belaborthat point. Some great
research and scientific studies
havebeen done. There will always be skeptics, no matter what, but theamount of data and evidence already existing is significant.
PMHAtwater
, alone, has a research base of over 4,000 experiencers,as just one example. We don't have to depend on first-personreports to make up our minds,.I have been out of my body and know for a fact that I exist
inde- penden
of it. The minute you're out you know this is so. The full-ness of who and what I am is actually
increased or enhanced
when

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Thanks, Anton, for the encouragement :)
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Wow! A lot of the above should go in that book you may write!

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