Originally Posted by ChrisL
We have the ability to respond/react (in your words, free will) within the parameters that we have already set up.
So you tell me if you think there is free will or not?
This is what I call the illusion of free will
You can do several things, but not everything, so at this moment there is no complete free will.
Probably on soul level there is since that is where you are making these important decisions, but not at consciousness level.
And with your last statement - I'm not sure what to say at this point. This is my experience, not an intellectual argument. I'm not theorizing about this, and I don't need to convince you about it. If you don't believe that the order of lifetimes can be non-linear I'm okay with that.
I am sorry if I came across as trying to make you defend your position. I really like this type of discussions because I learn stuff...
I didn't mean to discredit your believes, I was honestly curious about your answer and opinion on this!
For me, my believe has to have some logic to it, however far fetched that logic might be. In this case, if I were to believe non-linear lifetimes, I would have to also believe that free will of consciousness is an illusion. Which would be ok with me, no problem there.
Thank you for explaining to me again, I understand better now what you are saying and believing.
And you are right, we don't have to believe the same thing
Which is a good thing as well!