From the Advaita to Zen Yahoo Group:
“I believe in both free will and determinism, interacting in some complex tangled way.”
Of course ‘you’ do, as these are both ways of expressing/supporting a belief in ‘I’. Mind weaves opposing conceptual threads into the fabric of self-delusion.
What follows, is a tangle of things I’ve previously shared via twitter to speak to this theme:
We have free will to the extent we are free to believe we choose any of this, as we have a life preordained to the extent we believe it so.
As a “self” we are free to believe we choose, to make worldly choices, but ultimately this only serves to support the illusion of a “self”.
Suffering is having free will and acting like you don’t. Delusion is having no choice and acting like you do.
According to ‘Free Will’ OR according to ‘God’s Plan’? Separating these is the disease.
“Free Will” is an expression of arrogance. “God’s Will” is an expression of ignorance. Both reinforce the false notion of a separate self.
In non-spiritual terms, the whole “Free Will” vs. “God’s Will” debate is just a guilt trip vs an excuse. Pure fiction.
“Choices” are explanations (excuses/justifications) we use to label our natural responses to what arises, including this labeling response.
When choices are revealed to be unlimited, the only choice is to remain choice-less. Responses will naturally arise to what presents.
We take actions in response to what arises. Beyond that, you’re free to believe whatever you like.