“You are not controlling the storm, and you are not lost in it. You are the storm.” ― Sam Harris, Free Will
Does free will exist? Do you have conscious control over your actions or are you simply choosing from a set of pre-programed options?
Imagine the entire information available in the universe right now and measure that to the actual information you hold, you begin to realize that your knowledge is simply a speck of data and therefore you have a limited perspective with a few selected choices.
Creating your store of data began as a child. Between the ages of 0 and 6 you were downloading massive amounts of information about the world and how it works from you parents, environment, family, friends, religion, culture and so forth. Perceptions you received during this time became your fundamental subconscious programs that then shaped the foundation of your life.
During your first two years you lived in a delta state of consciousness. Then between two and six your brain activity ramped up to more of a theta frequency.
These delta and theta brain frequencies are known as a hypnagogic trance, essentially a hypnotic state. In other words, the first six years of your life was spent in a hypnotic trance while you were directly downloading perceptions into your subconscious, without filters!
Your perceptions, beliefs, reactions and choices are made based on the programmed mind of a six-year old.
“What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.” Madeleine K. Albright
Based on the limited data you have, how can you say you have free will when actually you have a set of options provided to you to choose from, potentially limiting your choices. You don’t know what you don’t know.
There is good news! What once was programmed can be re-wired. Your mind has the unlimited capacity to learn, grow, and shift. Once you are aware that you are hampered with history you are able to take the steps to set yourself free by engaging in curiosity, by setting your ego and beliefs aside, and by looking at your options from the perspective of those other that your Self. You have the ability to express free will simply by letting go.
Gail works with her clients to navigate perceptual positions and tap into new alternatives. Are you ready to exercise your free will and explore new horizons? If not now, when?
Reference – Are You Programmed at Birth?, How to transform the subconscious trance. – Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D.