"No one can predict its path. It is this free will which touched the complete placidity of the intelligence infinity that is the nature of the Creator’s consciousness and suggested that It might, by creating a world, come to know Itself better.
And so it launched forth that one great original Thought which is unconditional love. In that thought lay the potentiality of all that was to come."
CHANNELING INTENSIVE 1, SESSION 12 Feb 12 2008
Free will distortion is the perception in our ability to consciously choose which potentials to activate within love (the original thought).
It seems that an infringement upon free will is an action that hinders one’s ability to choose potentials, is this correct?
For example lets say an entity denies offering information that infringes upon free will. Is this because offering that information that would somehow limit the available potentials from which to choose…Purely by knowing that information one is denied the potentiality of a choice?
How does this work?
Id love to hear how y’all go about daily life conscious of others’ free will, how you avoid infringement and further clarification on the free will distortion.
It seems that STS do not care if free will is violated, but for STO it is a core tenant of the philosophy and an important action to avoid accruing Karma which later has to be balanced.
Respecting the free will of others is a principle that involves recognizing each person’s right to make their own choices without manipulation or interference. This might include avoiding lying, manipulation, and even persuasion. We can respect free will by being transparent and honest, offering advice or new ideas only when asked for, and practicing active listening, empathy, and compassion. It’s important to understand that respecting free will is not always easy, but it’s an ideal that we can strive for in our daily lives, by being mindful of our actions and learning from our mistakes.
Very interesting questions! Thanks for sharing. Here are my thoughts and opinions on the subject.
I agree with your definition that free will is the ability to choose which potential to activate. I believe the key aspect of free will is the balance between knowing and not knowing. To make a choice, one must have enough knowledge to know what is possible to happen while simultaneously not having enough knowledge to know what will happen. If one has no knowledge of possibilities (the zero), one cannot choose a potential. Similarly, if one has all knowledge where the only potential is what will happen (the one), one cannot choose any other potential. Between the zero and the one lies free will.
Yes, I’d say so. Infringement upon free will is about limiting the potentials to which one has access (such as putting someone in a cage), limiting the knowledge of true potentials to which one has access (such as censorship and propaganda), or limiting the knowledge of false potentials to which one has access (such as telling someone their future that is still mysterious to them but not to you). These all distort the balance between knowledge and lack of knowledge.
Yes, this would fall under the category of limiting the knowledge of false potentials although it’s less about denying a choice and more about limiting the chance one will make a choice. For example, if someone doesn’t know that smoking causes cancer and someone tells them, it will be more difficult for them to choose to smoke even though it’s still possible (it’s more difficult to choose to believe in the false potential of smoking having no negative consequences). Although in this case, if someone doesn’t know, it will be more difficult for them to choose to be healthy so perhaps it is more important to have the potential to be healthy than the potential to enjoy smoking… Hence the complexity involved in the relationship between sharing information and influencing free will.
I think that STS and STO just view the importance of free will differently.
In STO philosophy, free will is important because the best service one can provide is assistance in helping others make choices without making the choices for others. One often does not view it as a service to have less of an ability to choose potentials one wants, but it is a service to have a higher ability to choose potentials one wants. For example, it is a higher service to guide a student to solve a difficult math problem than to solve it for them so they can choose to solve problems in the future without help.
In STS philosophy, free will is important because the best servants of self are those who freely choose to do so as well as being key to the management of karmic consequences. For example, a soldier who chooses to be loyal to a dictator will do much more for the dictator than someone who is forced to be a soldier. Also, a soldier who infringes on the free will of others by killing them will face more negative karmic consequences than the dictator who simply influences the soldier to do so.
I think free will is indeed a “distortion”, in that all things happen deterministically. However, it is also impossible to predict one’s every perception - you have to account for your own perception of the prediction into your prediction, but that becomes an infinite loop. This is Godels incompleteness theorem as applied to conscious experience, as best as you can ever know or experience, your experience is free.
But this freedom through distortion is not empty or meaningless. It creates a true and profound dynamic even when viewed deterministically. I think to violate free will is to give people the false impression that they ever will know even a fraction of the true source or final answer to what choice they will make, and in holding that false impression, they will believe they have no choice. And that will limit their potential.
That’s my view at least. Choose your own as you will