Excerpt About Free Will
Free Will and Point of ViewStudent: So there's no free will? Almaas: From within the manifestation it appears as if there is free will. If you look from the source, no free will exists. So it all depends from where you look. Whatever you see is produced by the flow. It does not get you off the hook, though. As long as you experience yourself as a separate self it is best to take responsibility. If you do not take responsibility the flow will manifest in darker and more difficult patterns. However, if you take responsibility in a real way, not by feeling guilty but by being responsible in your dealings with the world, the more that responsibility will manifest the flow in a lighter and more illuminating way. Authentic responsibility is our way of experiencing the illumination of the flow that culminates in its revelation of the true nature of the pattern, as the creative outflow of the Logos, the Patterns. Student: The real difficulty for me seems to be trying to reconcile the two viewpoints. Almaas: They're completely reconcilable. The phenomena are identical. You're just looking from different directions. Either from this direction or from that direction. That's all.