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Do We Have Free Will?


From a non-dual perspective, the concept of free will can be understood as an illusion created by the mind. Non-dual teachings suggest that our experience of being a separate self, making independent choices, is a limited perspective that arises from the ego-mind. This ego-mind creates the illusion of separation, and with it, the idea of free will.

In non-dual spirituality, it is believed that the individual self is not separate from the universe, and that everything is interconnected and ultimately, one unified whole. From this perspective, the idea of a separate self making independent choices is seen as an illusion. Instead, actions are seen as the result of the workings of the universe as a whole. This can be understood as the flow of consciousness and energy, where everything is interconnected and moves in a natural, predetermined way.

This understanding of the interconnectedness of all things implies that our actions are not the result of our own independent will, but rather the result of the workings of the universe as a whole. It suggests that we are not the masters of our own destiny, but rather, we are part of a larger cosmic plan. This can be difficult for many people to understand and accept, as it goes against the traditional Western notion of free will and self-determination.

However, it is important to note that non-dual teachings are not monolithic and different traditions and teachers may have different views on the concept of free will. Some may argue that, while the ultimate reality is non-dual, our experience as individuals is still distinct, and that we have some degree of free will in our actions. They may see the idea of free will as a useful concept to help us navigate our lives and make decisions in the world, even though ultimately everything is predetermined.

Others may argue that there is no free will at all, and that everything is predetermined by the workings of the universe. They may see the idea of free will as a complete illusion and that our experiences and actions are determined by the flow of consciousness and energy.

In any case, it is important to note that the concept of free will is a complex and multi-faceted topic, and different non-dual traditions and teachers may have different perspectives on it. It's also important to note that non-dual teachings are not a dogmatic belief system, and it's important to find what resonates with you, and to question everything.


Nicolas Belliot



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