The Experience of Choice


Sometimes we get so caught up in the forest we can’t see the trees.

One of the most important roles of reality is to bring us the experience of choice. Yet rarely do we focus on choice. Instead, our attention is upon the object those choices might lead to or avoid, rather than the process we go through in making them.

Life is all about the experience. Let me repeat that so it can sink in.

Life is all about the experience.

The process of creating reality is in effect one of creating choice — deciding which experiences we want to get in our lives. So what is this choice, and how does it serve us?

Choice is the opportunity to be interactive with our experience of life. We create choices to lead us where our souls want to go. To make it, our attention is drawn to the factors most relevant to the issues of the moment within us.

Rarely do we give much thought to the process of choice, at least until we become locked up by indecision. Yet these forks in the road often set off a flurry of thought and emotion, not to mention questioning everything from our intentions about what we want to the methods we’ll use to get it.

Many times we’ll discover that neither choice is one that appeals to us, for as we look down the road of what we think they can bring, many times the possibilities that appear are less than appealing or carry risks we’re not willing to accept.

At others, we’ll be so enamored with our desire that we ignore the potential unintended consequences that are shouting for attention. Their entreaties are usually ignored, though, falling on deaf ears.

What are we all about?

It is within this atmosphere that we glimpse a bit of what we’re all about. For the priorities we establish and obstacles we evaluate allow us to consider things like our values and principles, relationships, and responsibilities to others and ourselves.

Most of all, though, it is the process by which we gather these experiences and from it glean their cause and effect which brings us our greatest benefit, particularly when seeing it within the context of the issues already playing out in our outer affairs.

Let’s take an example.

Consider you’re in a circumstance where money’s tight, and you’re having trouble paying your bills on time. When money does come in, those bills are staring you in the face, shouting for attention.

“Pay me first! Pay me first!” they cry.

If there’s not enough money to go around, you may be faced with a choice. It could be to pay the rent or to pay the insurance. So you begin the inner struggle of which to pay first, with all the attendant consequences that come from not being able to pay both like you’d prefer.

In essence, though, the choice is illusory. It is not simply a matter of which bill to pay. Instead, it is a choice whether to continue down a path you set for yourself or to find another one to travel.

Your current struggles didn’t start now; they were set in motion well before the current bills came due. For you made previous choices to get you where you are today — from choosing a career that would generate less income than you want to your choice of a lifestyle that would require more money than that job would create. And through those choices, insured your current struggles would come about.

While such a result may never have entered your conscious mind, in effect you subconsciously chose to create circumstances of struggle and conflict.

Your Choice Doesn’t Matter — Or Does It?

At the level of your soul it doesn’t matter what choices are making you struggle. For if it weren’t over which bill to pay, you would have found some other way to struggle.

Understand that the choice between which bill to pay is a shell game you’re using to redirect your attention to your outer affairs instead of toward what’s going on within you. Yet the deeper within the game you go, the more you realize that there is no way out, no choice that is going to end the continual lack of enough to meet all your chosen needs.

The choice of struggle was made as part of a life plan designed to allow you to see certain things about yourself. You put yourself in this no-win situation to experience struggle. The shortage of money to pay your bills was simply the manifestation of that choice, the way it played out for you to experience.

Yet that experience of struggle and conflict brought on by the choice was intended (by you) to serve you. But how?

Why not investigate and decide for yourself? Whether your evaluations are true in an absolute sense, or simply your truth of the moment for where you are at this point in time is of no consequence. For what is important is how you choose to use the experience of struggle in your own life and journey of expansion.

Allow me to suggest some possibilities. Perhaps it is a means of testing your ability to overcome adversity. Or maybe it’s one of proving your worth by how well you can solve the problems you create for yourself.

We human beings do have a tendency to see ourselves as less than powerful, divine beings connected to all that is. Is it any wonder we would create situations that in conquering them could allow us to feel more powerful or closer to the divine?

Then again, it could simply be one of creating a situation whereby you could better relate to the struggles of others, or to bring about a circumstance that would bring them face to face with their relationship with you.

Choice, then, is far more than it seems. For it is an essential tool in the arsenal of the creators that we are.

You can make your choices based on the superficial circumstances presented in your outer affairs. Or you can delve deep within your being to see what you intended for creating them in the first place.

The experience of choice is central to the expansion of your soul. Use it wisely.

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