Originally Posted by SonoranBob
We have both more and less choice than we think we do.
Bob, although I suspect we're mostly saying the same things in different ways, I'd just like to point out that we have exactly
as much choice as we think we do.
What I mean is: as you've noticed, I know that I can deliberately choose my thoughts and guide my emotions; I can deliberately choose my way of being. I do it every day, and it's fun! Now, as wonderful and delightful as I am
there's nothing special about me; I also recognize that it's not a unique superpower I have -- it's just part of being human, and it is as much fun for me to watch others deliberately choosing ways of being for themselves as it is for me to do it. That's probably why I'm always going on about it -- because every time I do, someone pm's me to say something like, "hey, yeah, I can CHOOSE to feel good on purpose! THANK you!!"
And if you think (or know) that you have no choice in the matter of your way of being -- that our ways of being live entirely at the effect of external circumstance -- then you're right: you have no choice. (You still have the capacity
for choice, of course, but choice doesn't feel available to you.) And all the shades of knowing in between -- as much as you believe you have choice in the matter of your way of being, that's how much choice you have in the matter of your way of being.
I'm interested in hearing about your new expansive phase -- what's going on?
(p.s... I edited your quote of me, because out of context it looks like I believe that phrase, and in fact I was referencing Maguru's statements.)