Experiencing True Freedom
What most of us think of as our free will is actually a way of controlling—or trying to control—what is going to happen. It is what society thinks of as “iron will” or “will power,” believing only we as individual human selves have the power to effect change and progress.
But in fact, the conventional sense of free will is outwardly directed and ignores the larger universal will. We never ask, “Why do I want this or that result?” And wanting one thing or the other can often be contrary to the natural flow of reality.
The way the Diamond Approach sees will is very different: as something that is aligned with the harmonious unfoldment of reality. When we are in that alignment, our actions don’t merely feel free; they are free.
When we are not aligned, our conventional idea of free will is still operating through our old psychological and emotional filters, simply repeating the patterns and strategies we developed as children to exert our freedom. In that way, they actually limit our options. Instead, true will begins with an openness to what arises, an invitation to choose actions that are effective and appropriate to this natural unfoldment.
Initially it can feel as though surrendering our conventional idea of will is collapsing or giving up, submitting to the will of another, and robbing us of our agency.
Working with the white latifa will also bring up many early experiences in which we felt forced into certain shapes or into obedience to someone else’s view. This can stir up the sense of helplessness we felt in those circumstances. But if we can be with the helplessness, it can reveal that our discomfort and resistance to it is what created the reactions we have come to think of as this conventional sense of free will. And we can move beyond them.
In this course, we will learn that:
- Our need to control through our will is based on our early reactions to helplessness
- Challenging our old assumptions about will can bring us closer to the actual, pure quality of true will
- Coming closer to this quality by letting go of our conventional sense of will can open us to infinite possibilities for real freedom, agency, and right action in the world
- There is no need to control situations when we can trust reality
- The support of reality itself supports our true will
In preparation for the teachings, please enjoy this introduction from our presenting teacher Christof Bosch.