I Have Free Will

I have free will to feel whatever I like. It is part of my kitbag as a God Franchisee.

If I want to feel happy, I can feel happy.

If I want to feel bored, I can feel bored.

If I want to feel that I am a victim, I can feel that I am a victim.

If I want to feel sorry for myself, I can feel sorry for myself.

If I want to feel I am out of control, I can feel I am out of control.

If I want to feel nervous, I can feel nervous.

If I want to feel special, I can feel special.

If I want to feel beautiful, I can feel beautiful.

If I want to feel desperate, I can feel desperate.

If I want to feel angry, I can feel angry.

If I want to feel dissatisfied with my lot, I can feel dissatisfied with my lot.

If I want to feel lost, I can feel lost.

If I want to feel safe, I can feel safe.

If I want to feel loving, I can feel loving.

If I want to feel loved, I can feel loved.

If I want to feel unsure, I can feel unsure.

If I want to feel purposeful, I can feel purposeful.

If I want to feel depressed, I can feel depressed.

If I want to feel sad, I can feel sad.

If I want to feel something is missing in my life, I can feel something is missing in my life.

If I want to feel scared, I can feel scared.

If I want to feel scarred, I can feel scarred.

If I want to feel clever, I can feel clever.

If I want to feel useless, I can feel useless.

If I want to feel better, I can feel better.

If I want to feel sexy, I can feel sexy.

If I want to feel determined, I can feel determined.

If I want to feel superior, I can feel superior.

If I want to feel amused, I can feel amused.

If I want to feel ecstatic, I can feel ecstatic.

If I want to feel homesick, I can feel homesick.

If I want to feel mean, I can feel mean.

If I want to feel shy, I can feel shy.

If I want to feel forthright, I can feel forthright.

If I want to feel arrogant, I can feel arrogant.

If I want to feel joyous, I can feel joyous.

If I want to feel blessed, I can feel blessed.

If I want to feel peaceful, I can feel peaceful.

If I want to feel happy, I can feel happy.

I have said that I can choose to feel these things as a God Franchisee. The good news is you are a God Franchisee too, whether anyone told you that or not.

So, it is really great that you too have the free choice to feel as you wish. And you can easily change how you feel, if you wish to do that. Haven’t you experienced a sudden change in how you feel when the phone rings and someone you really want to speak to (or not speak to) is there, right now?

Whether your shift is from a negative emotion to a positive one, or vice versa, you can feel the shift. You will have seen this phenomenon happen in other people too.

Do I need to say more? I doubt it. Would you like to say something? Here is your chance, down below. You are free to feel whatever you like about this post, and to express it freely.

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Wanted! Some honest feedback on The God Franchise

Time for some honest feedback, please. I have been writing this blog about The God Franchise for over four months, and I would dearly love to know how you feel about the blog and about the ideas it contains. Does The God Franchise grab you at all?

The book, The God Franchise, is a work of discovery – I wrote what I was inspired to write, and then assessed it afterwards. I have found it fascinating, and have learnt a huge amount from it. It really became A Theory of Everything. The contents of the book can be found here or on the website http://publishing.lifemagic.co.nz.

To make it easy, here are the main points I have covered in this blog so far. I invite you to check out the original blogs, which you will find in the archives in the right hand column, if you wish.

  • Consciousness is the Uncaused Cause of everything – Man has called It God.
  • I have used the term God-Consciousness to clarify that God is Consciousness rather than a superhuman-like being sitting in a place called Heaven.
  • Consciousness is the fundamental element of the universe. The universe is made of the very fabric of God. You can say that we exist in the Mind of God.
  • You might agree that a God displaying the following qualities would definitely be worthy of the name, God:
    • God is conscious
    • God is eternal. God-Consciousness was all that existed prior to the start of the universe.
    • God is omnipotent (all-powerful). Since nothing can be conceived where God-Consciousness is not the one conceiving it, nothing more powerful can exist.
    • God is omnipresent  (present everywhere). There is no alternative when God-Consciousness is everything that is. Nothing else exists.
    • God is omniscient (all-knowing). Because God-Consciousness is everything, He must know everything.
    • God is the Creator of the universe. To be rational and truly scientific there is no alternative.
    • God has a purpose for His Creation: to add experience, expression, and enjoyment into His Life.
    • God is absolutely good (omnibenevolent). Since God-Consciousness has created the universe out of His own essence, why would He create anything that He did not see as good?
    • God is likely to be immutable (unchanging through time). The universe only works as it does because of immutable physical and mathematical laws. God is as immutable as His laws.
  • Accepting these qualities, extend that sense of God-Consciousness into the realms of the Unknowable, and get an unbiased, un-predetermined, unlimited, formless sense of God-Consciousness. This is a tiny pointer to the true essence of God, which we can best simply call God-Consciousness.
  • Of course we have free will. Why would God create a bunch of automatons?
  • You are a unique aspect of consciousness, coming from one particular perspective. You by some strange happenstance are you.
  • Your Higher Self is God-Consciousness. This is God expressing Himself in the form of a human being. God is everything in the universe (omnipresence) and is the only reality.
  • Your Lesser Self is an illusion. It hides your Higher Self and pretends to be you, and your Ego and mind, which are created through expressing free will.
  • This Lesser Self is not separate from God — as it cannot be — it just lives in the illusion that it is separate from God.
  • All the experience your Lesser Self and Higher Self have, is perfect. The Lesser Self (Ego) judges itself and others. From God’s perspective, the perspective of the Higher Self, what you do is experience.
  • Healing comes from God-Consciousness. Prayers to God are heard by the God-Consciousness of the Higher Self, and can be immediately answered if the Lesser Self is prepared to allow the healing in.
  • So who am I really? Individually we are like a splash of water from the Ocean of God-Consciousness that is briefly separated from the Ocean, and then falls back into the Ocean again.
  • Any degree of impurity or evil in the Creation is purely due to the Ego acting as a filter.
  • By creating Mankind in His own image, God-Consciousness franchised His Creative Power to each and every man and woman on Earth. In fact, He gave us all His qualities to a greater or lesser extent. He franchised everything to each of us in what may be termed The God Franchise.
  • Whether we are a spiritual adept, a high-flying businessperson, or a beggar in the street, we have an equal stake as a God Franchisee. God is an equal-opportunity franchisor!

So, please tell! What do you think of all this? I must admit I was blown away by the implications of The God Franchise. Likewise, all the feedback I have had from people who have read the book, has been equally positive.

Now I would like to know what you think, both of The God Franchise and of this blog. What else would it be good to know before you decide that this is one book you need to read? (Availability)

If you are at all interested in the reality and deeper aspects of life, I believe you will find this book, The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything, extremely interesting and thought-provoking. Not only that, it will stir you at a deeper level, far beyond thought and interest.

What more can I say? Over to you now …

The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything is published!

For two weeks I have been quiet on the blog front. However, on the book front I have been very, very busy! Now I can announce to the world that The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything is well and truly published. It is available for purchase on over a dozen international websites, and it is available for viewing on both Amazon.com and on Google Books.

It is also available in a number of brick and mortar bookshops in Auckland. For a full list of stockists, please see http://publishing.lifemagic.co.nz/stockists.htm.

You have had a taste of the book on this blog over the past 3 months so I don’t need to describe it any more. However, I would like to say that all the people who have read it so far and have come back to me, have been extremely complimentary about it. Likewise, every bookshop I took it to in Auckland commented on the quality of the book’s appearance both inside and out.

I am very pleased (and excited) by the result. I would like to acknowledge my two professional assistants in achieving the high quality: Judith Sansweet of Proofread NZ Ltd did a tremendous job of ensuring the grammar, spelling and language of the book was perfect. Likewise, I am deeply indebted to Justine Elliott for her design of the cover and the book interior. The book has turned out absolutely beautiful.

If you should need the services of a proofreader/copyeditor, email judith@proofreadnz.co.nz and if you need a book designer, email mondo@orcon.net.nz (Justine). I didn’t meet them but worked with them using email (and phone a couple of times with Judith), so wherever you are in the world, you can work with these stars. (By the way, Judith is from the US so is fully familiar with US expectations, while happy to work with my NZ/UK requirements).

The God Franchise has been a labour of love, and I have gained a tremendous amount as the truths revealed themselves to me. This is not a book of recording information I already knew, but a journey of discovery which I am able to share with you.

The ball is in your court. In the US the price is $16.95 or less, in the UK £11.99 or less, in Australia $24.95 or less and in New Zealand $37.99 or less. This is a reasonable price in each of those markets.

The value that you get for your money is incalculable. You have been warned!

(If you would like to drop a review into Amazon, Google Books, or your favourite online bookshop, I would greatly appreciate it. As you know, online bookshops are driven by readers’ reviews).

Thank you and bless you. And enjoy the read!

alan

The Human Being and Emotions – Part 2 of 2

So, how do the emotions act as filters on creation? First, we add an element of judgement to creation. We say some things are good and some are evil. We say this as if our pronouncement was absolutely true. It is not that the created thing is changed by our perception in any way —whatever it is it is a perfect expression of our ability to create through The God Franchise, or if you like, for God to create through us. What is changed by our perception is how we feel about that created thing. It changes our experience of that created thing. God-Consciousness is satisfied with experiencing whatever we choose to experience. We have free will in how we choose to experience any created thing.

What we have is the freedom to have choice, taste, opinions, and preferences. Free will gives us the freedom to prefer one thing over another and one experience over another. We can choose what we love and desire, and we can decide what it is we would rather avoid or not experience. This is what makes us all different, and what gives God-Consciousness the variety He likes to experience.

Unfortunately, at times, emotions get in the way of the creation. Different people (Egos) believe strongly and differently about the same thing and fight over it. The root cause of this is they believe there is a built-in limitation on creation or on the material expression of creation. Two men will fight over the same girl, forgetting there are many other girls in the world with equal if not better qualities. Two people will fight over ownership of the same house, or car, or other unique creation. Egos will try to get as much as they can for themselves, even if they have to resort to crime or war to achieve it. Countries fight over mineral rights or sea access or state security or religion, when in fact, it is just the Egos at the top who want to have their own way. The soldiers who have to fight the wars or the civilians living in the battlefield usually don’t care about the cause being fought for. They just want peace and to be able to get on with their daily lives.

If you look into any of these situations, you will find Ego, and you will find negative emotions. The negative emotions drive the Ego and colour the decisions and actions being taken. These emotions are extremely powerful and are the driving force behind the Ego and in the individual experience of the Creation. The emotions are extremely significant filters on the Creation.

Another interesting aspect of emotions is the fact that those we have classified as negative have a strong impact on the person who is feeling them. While we might try to put the blame out there on Creation, the cause of the negative emotion is within ourselves. It does not feel good, so we react to it or resist it, and this is what causes the pain. This pain stirs us to do more negative things, and we end up in a downward spiral of self-inflicted pain and resistance to reality (what is here now).

By contrast, the positive emotions do not involve the Ego, and you feel closer to your true self, your Higher Self. You could express this as being closer to God. It is not that God-Consciousness is good or only wants good, it is just that the fundamental, non-Ego way of feeling and being is in keeping with what we have termed positive emotions. If we were not coming from Ego, we would not experience the negative emotions at all. Our only experience would be the positive emotions that we would not call positive or good as the duality in the emotions would no longer exist.

So far, I have conveniently overlooked the survival (self-preservation) emotions. Remember, these are only felt as a sense of separation from God-Consciousness. If we truly realise we are one with God-Consciousness and that “in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28), we will not feel scared or worried or overwhelmed — we will feel secure, safe, and protected. Once again, without the duality of fear, etc., the feeling of safety and protection will be “just” a state of peace and wholeness.

(This is an extract from Chapter 14 of my book, The God Franchise, which is now available to you in paperback from a dozen major online bookshops)

We all are God Franchisees

So far in my blogs, I have suggested that God created the universe so that He could have experience, and also that He created the universe out of His very essence: Consciousness. I have even hinted that God experiences Himself through you and me and AS you and me, along with 6,999,999,998 other people. He also experiences His universe through every animal, bird, fish and every other creature on this Earth. Also through every plant and every inanimate object, even down to every atom that makes up the universe.

The book, The God Franchise, states that God-Consciousness can be seen as a Franchisor, and that you and I and every other person on this Earth individually is a Franchisee. By creating Mankind in His own image (Genesis 1:27), God-Consciousness franchised His Creative Power to each and every man and woman on Earth. In addition, God-Consciousness gave us free will (as He naturally has), consciousness, and purpose. In fact, He gave us all His qualities to a greater or lesser extent. He franchised everything to each of us in what may be termed The God Franchise.

Now, before you get too carried away with this concept, let’s look at it more closely. It does not mean that you can rush off and create universes. We have many veils covering our Godhead (such as unconsciousness, Ego, self, separateness, and materialism), and there are some other constraints I will cover in my next few blogs. Firstly, though, let’s run through God’s qualities briefly and see how they apply to The God Franchise we have been given. 

We are conscious; however, we do cover our consciousness beneath many veils. We do much that is unconscious and we are unaware of our true selves. We have a Higher Self and a Lesser Self, and only the Higher Self could be seen as truly conscious, although, of course, our Lesser Self cannot see even that.

We, as individuals, are not eternal; however, it is entirely possible/probable that we maintain our individuality for longer than just our present stay on Earth for three score years and ten. Our God Essence is eternal, and if and when we lose our individuality, we merely drop back into the Ocean of God-Consciousness, which is eternal.

We are not omnipotent; however, we do have all the power we need. The Law of Manifestation attracts into our experience whatever it is that we want or need, either consciously or unconsciously, and without fail.

We are not omnipresent; however, we are able to move outside our present location in time and space through our minds, and using modern communication systems. In spiritual terms, we can attain God-Consciousness through meditation and similar practices if we are so inclined. We can also be present at all times in the Now. Any restrictions on where and when we are present are self-imposed.

We are not omniscient; however, we can find out whatever it is we wish to discover. These days this is assisted through the Internet. The main constraint is our own Ego that holds us in limitations and preconceptions. We have the ability to shake off these shackles if we so desire. Any restrictions on what we know or understand are self-imposed.

We cannot create a universe; however, we do create our own lives. We create our lives through the Law of Manifestation whether we do it consciously or unconsciously. You could say we create our own universe.

We each have a purpose: to use our free will and to experience. We can direct this purpose wherever we wish to direct it, and, by being ourselves, we fulfil God’s purpose of experience.

We are omnibenevolent in our Higher Self; however, our Lesser Self is caught up in the illusion of the Ego. It is from the Ego and the misuse of our free will that evil derives.

We are immutable in our essence (Higher Self) as we are a splash in the Ocean of God-Consciousness; however, in the environment of time and space, and in terms of our Lesser Self, we do change. 

(Parts of this blog are quoted from Chapter 11 of my book, The God Franchise)

God is Omnibenevolent

Yes, God is omnibenevolent (absolutely good). Since God-Consciousness has created the universe out of His own essence, why would He create anything that He did not see as good? Having said that, in God’s terms, there is neither good nor bad, there is just experience. God can be seen as omnibenevolent because He has not gone out of His way to create evil, pain, suffering, catastrophes, and the other aspects of evil cited as part of the Problem of Evil.

The Problem of Evil asks, How can a God who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent allow the evil we see in the world? Epicurus (341-270BC) explained it in what became known as the Epicurean paradox:

  • If a perfectly good God exists, then evil does not
  • There is evil in the world
  • Therefore, a perfectly good God does not exist.

As I see it, before Man attained the knowledge of good and evil (as described in the story of Adam and Eve), there was neither. There was just whatever was, and that was not judged as being either good or bad. God does not judge things as good or bad, but rather as experience.

Plants and animals do not judge things as good or bad. If a tree gets its leaves eaten by a passing giraffe, this is not bad. Even if an elephant uproots the whole tree, this is not evil. Likewise, if a lion is able to bring down a zebra or baby wildebeest, this is not evil; it is the law of the wild. Plants and animals live in the Now and face whatever the conditions, experiences, and situations are now, and the fittest survive.

So, God too is as He is, and that is it. Nothing He is or has created is either good or bad. It is just what it is. It is all in keeping with how things should be and how they are, as created by God, and as experienced by God-Consciousness through us. Therefore, we can say that God-Consciousness is omnibenevolent because He has not created anything for an evil purpose — everything is created for a positive purpose as discussed in my last blog. He has not set out to torture, to destroy, to goad, to cause pain, or to cause sorrow. God’s Creation is perfect, and He is perfectly omnibenevolent.

It is Man and his Ego, abusing free will, this gift from God, that has created the notion of good and evil. All the crime, wars, rape, pillage, and torture that men and women have imposed on others have come from Ego. If a true understanding of God and His universe were realised by everyone, then all evil would cease.

Even natural disasters — floods, earthquakes, drought, eruptions, tsunamis, plagues — are merely part of the way things are. They are not intrinsically evil. We judge them so, particularly when we are caught in the midst of them. However, great good can come from these things too. In the end, it is all experience. The very worst thing that can happen is that we die and the earthly experience ends. From the perspective of God-Consciousness, who is our very being, this is acceptable and perfect in the moment.

God-Consciousness is absolutely good (omnibenevolent) in reality, which is God’s perspective of things. Any view to the contrary comes from the Ego and is maya (illusion).

(Parts of this blog are quoted from my book, The God Franchise)

Do We Have Free Will?

Happy New Year, everyone. This is a good time to look at whether we have the free will to make New Year’s Resolutions and succeed with them – or is it a lost cause and, ultimately, we have no free will.

The following question was raised by Thirdobservation in Q & A: “I read your three omni-posts and have a question about free will. In your last one you say we have free will but how can that be if God knows everything and is all powerful? If I personally decide something with “free” will then I have that power to decide, so I have that specific power and not God.

“You might say he could override me (but he doesn’t, or it isn’t free) or he had the power to give me free will but at the point of making the decision it is my power to decide (so he can’t be all powerful) and presumably because it is my choice then God doesn’t know the outcome of my decision until I declare it so then he isn’t all knowing.

“How do we have free will?”

The answer, in short, is Yes – we have total and absolute free will. This is part of The God Franchise that we have individually been given. If we go back to the very start, with the allegory of Adam and Eve, God gave them (and us) free will, and although they were warned not to, they had the free will to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. I discuss the implications of this in great depth in the book. But for now, about free will …

Let’s assume we have total free will and there is no God. Today, we decide with total free will to do number 82 of 100 options. If we look back at that tomorrow, we can say with certainty we freely chose option 82 of 100 options. Now, if we add a God who can see the past, the present, and the future, and if He were to focus on tomorrow, He would merely see that we had chosen option 82 out of 100 options with our free will. It is that simple. This does not compromise either His omniscience or our free will.

If God is omnipotent, does that mean that He has the power and I don’t? There are two major reasons God is omnipotent: First is that He was/is the prime cause of everything and He could not make anything more powerful than Himself.

Second, He, God-Consciousness, is the substance or essence of everything. There is nothing that exists that is not made up of the fabric of God-Consciousness. If it was meaningful to say this, you could say that God is the sum total of all His various expressions or forms, and therefore however powerful any one of those forms might be, it is still a subset of God-Consciousness, and there are gazillions of other expressions or subsets that make up the totality of God-Consciousness. Logically, the totality must always be greater than any individual subset.

The first concept to get our heads around is that our being, that you and me, are not separate from God-Consciousness. From God’s perspective, He is the totality of everything that exists, and through that is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. From our individual perspective we are merely a splash of water in His Ocean.

Of course we have free will. Why would God create a bunch of automatons? What’s the fun in that?

So make those New Year’s Resolutions freely, and you have the power to decide personally and freely whether to carry them out or not. You have total freedom and responsibility in doing that. Thank God!

(Parts of this blog are quoted from The God Franchise)