In this short audio clip, Guy Finley talks about some of the characteristics of free will — the capacity to choose what we love — and the higher kind of responsibility that comes with that gift.
Whether you see it or not, this world is in the hands of the hand that is coming from beneath the earth. Just think of all the acts of will that are occurring as they never have occurred before on this planet where young children and adults commit unbelievable acts and then say, “I have no idea what came over me.” This is what came over them: through years of abuse by a planet filled with people who don’t care, and through years of refusing the tiny moments when their Father did place His hand in theirs, they have reached the point where they can’t recognize the difference between the hand that wants to pull them down, and the hand that wants to lift them up. And once you come to the point where you can no longer tell the difference — you’re a goner.
But to know the difference costs something, doesn’t it? It means we have to work when we would really prefer not to be bothered. We want to feel pleasure with no disturbance, but that’s spiritual and psychological sleep. Christ said, “Watch,” meaning, “Be awake.” When he cautioned people to “be awake” he was telling them to see whose hand they were holding. Your Father’s hand not only doesn’t let you go to sleep, it lifts you. The hand from beneath not only puts you to sleep, but it does it faster and faster, so that one day you won’t even know that your hand was held fast in that descending hand.
Stay awake, regardless of what it seems to cost you. Remember to do this exercise: Come awake every moment and ask yourself: “In whose hand is mine?” When you’re driving your car or sitting in a business meeting, ask yourself: “In whose hand is mine?” The moment you become aware of yourself and ask the question, you will know which spirit just possessed you.
We are tested not by Spiritual Light but in spiritual darkness . . . for what test is made amongst things revealed? . . . Our real inner worth is measured by what we turn to in moments concealed.
There is a will that operates twenty-four hours a day that is for you, and a will that operates twenty-four hours a day that is against you. You’re familiar with the will that works against you. It’s that will that drags you into internally and externally unprofitable, self-punishing moments. The will that works for you is that which forever says, “Look up. See that there is more to your life than what you presently embrace and that’s causing you this pain.” Put even more simply, the will that wants to raise you up is the will that makes it clear to you that there’s another will that’s trying to pull you down. Were it not for that elevating will, you would never recognize the harmful one.
If indeed it is true that there is a will that is trying to pull you down as well as a will that is trying to pull you up, how do either of these wills come to have power over you? How do they take hold of you to either pull you down or to help you up and out?
The fact is that you do have free will — in a sense. The free will you have is in the choice you make to align yourself with either the will that is ascending or the will that is descending.
Picture a hand reaching from below to pull you down, and another hand reaching from above to pull you up. At any moment (even now while you’re reading this), your hand is either in the hand of the will that is ascending, or it’s in the hand of the will that is descending — and it’s your choice. Don’t fall for the lie that says, “No, it’s not my choice because I have to get depressed, I have to get angry, I have to get frightened.” No, you don’t. It’s the voice of deception that accompanies the hand from below that insists you have no choice. In fact, you always have the choice.