I thought this would be a subject that needed to be aired out a little.
I have heard time and again this constant meme that has become so common with much of the New-Age movement: “Everything that happens to you, is because you manifested it upon yourself.” – This was what one individual said to me, out in the plain, open air, in referring to some troubles that a dear friend of mine has been having with some very problematic (and very dangerous) people. I was absolutely astonished at how dismissive he was when making this very broad, judgmental statement!
If I am going to attempt to bring sound logic and reason to the discussion table, I guess I am going to have to do so here, without constant, argumentative interruptions.
I am all too familiar with the various trials and mishaps that may happen in life, from time to time. We all have our various troubles, heartaches, and “hard times” as we try our best to live our lives in the best fashion possible. We also have our “enemies” who wish nothing more than ill intent upon us, and even seek to undermine that we wish to achieve through the various means and methods they may concoct. That is what is expected when we are talking about everyone having a certain amount of free will.
A friend of mine has had much trouble brought to him, by those who seek ill towards him. Many legal remedies have been tried and failed miserably. We have both come to learn, all too well, that our trusted system of “checks and balances” is very broken and corrupted (if we wish to think of it this way). It seems to serve more of those it “favors”, as opposed to assisting and protecting the rights of those who fall outside of its “circle of friends”. He has tried and tried to get relief from the constant harassment, threatening, sabotage, and absolute skull-duggery against him – so that he can go on with his life, and try to become productive again. I can say this for the very basic fact that I have personally seen some of the awful behaviors and actions done, by some of the very same folks who have no accountability for their actions. – Yet, to some – this is just fantasy and “paranoia” on his part!
The point to start off with,
Yes, there ARE very evil and vindictive people in this world! Tere ARE people who seem to take great joy in the suffering of others, especially when that suffering is caused by their own hands! There ARE people in this world who would go to great lengths to ensure and continue inflicting suffering, pain, anguish, and mendacity upon others whom they have targeted! – THIS IS REALITY, FOLKS! There ARE such people in this world who so narcissistic as to try to ingratiate themselves with the pasttime of hurting others relentlessly, and expect to get away with all of it! – So WHO, in their right mind, would wish this upon themselves as the receiving victims of such constant and continuous treatment at the hands of others??? WHO actually chooses to endure such constant suffering through harassment, hazing, threatening behaviors, etc.??? – Come on, some of you supposed Buddhists, Hindus, and other “devout” religionists of other “faiths”, religions, or whatever have you! Just answer me: “WHO would actually “choose” to live such a life as put upon by others of ill-intent???”
Let me explain as I did not intend to go after all Buddhists, Hindus, and other faiths and practitioners.
My “fire” was intended toward those who choose to use their religious faith, convictions, etc. as a lazy excuse for condoning and even giving a pass to those who engage in such evil acts, while condemning the victims of such acts who have full right of recourse to remedy. Of course it is so easier to downplay the plight of the unwilling victim, than it is to actually come to terms that there are such evil people who need to be dealt with, in accord to the social customs and traditions of that society. Most of the absolutisms of the “live and let live” hive-mind thinking are more a nuance of the last two centuries, than they are of the ancient wisdoms. Most of the modern New-Age culture has blindly adopted these tenets as IF they were the “law of the land”, when such is NOT the case. They preach “respect free will” to the extreme that they often ignore the fact that the receiving victims ALSO have the right to exercise free will, even for their own genuine self-preservation! The “turn the other cheek” proverb still has limits to its applicability and timing. Self-defense is still just as valid now, as it was before the creation of the establishment “church” and its “rules” and doctrines!
If we were all able to “manifest” purely by dreaming, thinking, and visualizing it, without actually doing anything else, then what point would there be in all of us having to experience this level of reality. Why are we not, then, able to just “dematerialize” out of this existence, instantly, and become gods??? – Again, if our own mind-power was all that was needed to completely control our reality, then WHY should we be HERE, on this little Earth, a miniscule particle floating somewhere in a huge universal-sized “sea” of unknowns, instead of actually being god-like and omniscient as such we accredit the gods of old being???
What many blind followers of the “Abrahamic Laws of Attraction” fail to see,
Is that many of the events and happenings around us, are NOT purely centered around US. Just as an individual may have the ambition to become wealthy, through his own efforts and labor, there are many others around him who would probably rather see him fail and become destitute. If his efforts are outmatched by the efforts of a plurality of others in opposition to his goals, he stands very little chance of success, until he is able to extricate himself from that environment, and into one more conducive this success. When such a predatory system is widespread, as in a governing system over the whole area or region, then his chances of success may be further limited or restrained. I tried to communicate this effect, and examples thereof, to several folks I knew. We do NOT always get what we want, no matter how hard we put our effort into it. This is a fact of life, NOT because he/she was not being “positive enough” in his/her thinking!
Whereas there are some things the individual may have some measure of control over. There are plenty of other things, events, and such that will take the combined efforts and contributions of multiple people to affect a desired result. It should already be well known in Wiccan circles, for example, that the more people who contribute their personal energies and focus towards a specific goal, the more likely that goal will materialize into an expected result. This goes right to the heart of “manifestation”. Some things can be accomplished (through corresponding action, of course) by the individual, and others need a little more help from multiple sympathetic minds. If it turns out to be one individual versus a crowd of opposers, the individual is most likely not going to prevail over that situation. That, again, is a FACT of life.
Then, We have the other question: “What about Free Will?”
Let’s see, the usual suspect when it comes to various kinds and instances of social injustices, is when those who choose to exercise their own free will to promote and even have an active hand in the committing of social injustices, is one prime example. The other, is in the “silent deniers” of these social injustices, down to the individual level, all on account of their religious and social “engineering” of the common memes of blaming the victim for his or her own sorry treatment by others. Thus, many of these so-called “spiritual” types who define these injustices as “self-manifested” have NO CLUE about the reality of Free Will and how social and personal injustices often remain uncorrected. “Visualization” is only a PART of the process of manifesting good, or bad things to happen. Another important (and often overlooked) part is ACTION. It takes ACTION to build a home. It takes ACTION to put a business into operation. It takes ACTION to materialize a work of art. It takes ACTION to do ill towards others. It takes ACTION to correct and provide relief from the ill-intentioned actions of others. It takes ACTION to implement the causes for the good, in the face of resistance and the il intent of others. It takes ACTION to begin and complete the process of manifestation. ALL magic workers should know this! – To Know (Visualize), To Will(Actually do it), To Dare(Finish the actual “doing” and send it on its way), and to “Be Silent” (let your efforts, all of them) come to fruition, and then realize the results. The Will to ACTION is an effort of Free Will.
Then we come to the conundrum of “Free Will”, and its place in our societies, along with where its limits should be respected.
This brings me a reminder of a saying one wise man once wrote:
” Your rights begin within you, and end where they touch against the rights of another. ” – This was to be understood much in the same fashion as how we view our “personal space”, where our personal space extends to as far as we can physically reach, without stepping within, uninvited – of course, the personal space of another. Very basic and very understandable, from a commonsense-point-of-view. If we were to be able to just “manifest” with only our own mindpower, all those things we wanted, regardless if they were to impinge upon another or not, would we not be violating the free will of the other? Would that not make us as unethical as the unwilling victim of our actions or “manifestations” think of us? Would this not create an “imbalance” in Nature and our Universe? – I seriously think so.
This is one of the reasons why we need to think of “opportunity costs” of our actions and desires. Everything, in Nature, the Universe, and in existence – en-total, has a potiental cost. Something needs to be taken out, for something else that is made from it, survive, and/or something new created from it. When something is just destroyed, killed, or in any other fashion brought to ruination without the purpose of rededicating it, or utilizing it to build or otherwise use for a creative purpose, is called waste! The general character and operation of the processes of Nature do not include wasting anything. Everything has its purpose, and everything – its time. Anything other, is waste and Nature wastes not, because there is a balance that must be maintained.
What seems to escape the minds of most of today’s “scientists” and anthropologists, especially those with similar thinking to that of Dr. Stephen Hawking:
The existence of “Free Will” as being a very natural occurrence, and not necessarily defined nor limited to the mere happenstance of “chemistry” in the brain.
This line of reasoning (oh REALLY?!?!? – Is THAT what they call it???) reflects the very base attitude that we, as a living being, amount to nothing more than a “bag of chemicals” and the resultant reactions between and among those chemicals. When we get into the habit of reducing the whole of life and living to as being “mechanical” and “predictable” upon the limiting premise that chemistry dictates all of our actions, thoughts, dreams, feelings, and various other intangible aspects of what we call “life”, then we also reduce who we look at life in terms of the natural tapestry. We reduce, down to the lowest denominator, the basic origins of creativity, dreaming, feeling, and expressing or otherwise reacting to certain situations and stimuli. We reduce the meaning of life to those narrowly-defined terms. This also negates any aspect or possibility that we find out new things and new experiences in the natural world around us. Thus, by saying the “collection of chemicals” and their resultant reactions being limited and finite, they are saying that human potential is just as limited and finite. Human creativity and thought, by nature, have the tendency to express themselves far outside of the societally-imposed limits and “standards”. THIS, is what many in the arena of political control, feel the need to set limits upon, and control through their systematic grid of command and control.
This train of thinking also seeks to minimize the idea of “individuality”, and what it means to be a unique individual. Most of the thinkers of this category truly believe we are all the same! It is not much different from their thoughts about other animal (and possibly plant, etc) species: They are regarded as being exactly them same also, regardless of the apparent individuality expressed by each member. This fits well into the societal image of everyone being exactly equal, with no characteristics to differentiate each individual. This is very wrong-headed thinking, and culturally repulsive to those who are supportive of recognizing individuals by their own unique worth, and their own efforts.
“Free Will” represents the boundless possibilities that can be achieved by those who express their creative, imaginative powers. It asserts its power, from the unleashed mind, to a vast array of decisions and actions, as part of the natural occurrence of life. Human beings are not the only species to evidence the existence of Free Will, but also other creatures. Free will also is well-expressed in various problem-solving methodologies. Even without the basis of a “formal education” (which oftentimes, a society sets strict limits on what is to be learned and how it is to be applied), the ability to solve problems, both small and larger, the more complex, is as natural a function as breathing, but is also a very conscious effort. Conditioned-response training and indoctrination” serves more to condition the individual to limit his/her thinking to within “acceptible norms” as in accord to “societal values and standards”. This conditioning is usually about combatting and minimalizing the expression of free will and any independent thought.
If there was no such thing as “free will”, and we were all to be exactly the same,
Then WHO would have invented the telephone? WHO would have made the observation that “gravity” exists and is present? WHO would have taken on the establishment church on its standing that the Earth was “flat” and not spherical? WHO would have observed and then recorded that the Earth was NOT the center of the Universe, but orbited around the Sun. So many examples to show that we are NOT all exactly the same. We may all look similar, but similarities are not as “sameness”. Our expressions inspired by the FACT of free will, alone, prove this. There is no need for arbitrary “scientific” validation and “peer-review” for what is already observable by everyone.
The great disgrace that was meted out to the human societies by the establishment, imperialistic churches, was that it was a “sin”, an “imperfection” that was built into us, by God. This makes absolutely no sense if said creator God was “Perfect”, and had reason to gift Free Will to each and every one of us! What’s more, if free will was a “gift from God”, then WHY did many of these church organizations seek to eliminate free will, and the cherishing of it, through their sermons? Also, why did the church canons seem so heavy on scaring the congregations into marching in lock-step with the dictates of the church clergies, in complete and total violation of “God’s Law”, as represented in their doctrines and texts? If Free Will was a divine gift from God, then depriving God’s Children (us uncluded) should similarly be viewed as a violation of God’s Law (by THEIR “bibles”). I seriously believe many “priests”, “deacons”, and such should revisit their teachings and find the inconsistencies in their own practices. Some of the greatest works of art, architecture, and music (which many churches have endorsed and/or benefited from) came about from someone’s free will to create and share their creative works (or even have commissioned). The “church” has benefited from the free will of many others, to include from “donations” and contributions made freely, by those expressing their free will in the giving.
So, I hope this little post (“Little”? Really???) has helped to set some things straight. I sat on this article as a “draft” for quite a while, until such time was right for finishing it, and getting this off of my chest. Free Will plays a very important role in manifesting anything. The Laws of Attraction are only partially correct the way they are interpreted and applied. In order for creativity to exist and grow, is through the existence and practice of Free Will. The Will of one, will usually be out-weighed by the opposing Will of multiple others. If “Bad Things” happen to someone, and they do not result from the actions self-inflicted, they are usually from someone else who does not respect the one’s free will. There IS such thing as “evil”, and there ARE, in fact, evil people in this world!
– Rev. Dragon’s Eye,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon of the Temple,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS