FREE-WILL: A Majority of One

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

There are invisible laws or powers operating in the universe. They are spiritual in nature and therefore infallible. Like all laws of nature, they are not respecters of individuals. For example, the rain falls on the just and the unjust, and the sun shines on the righteous and the wicked. This All-Powerful Force that reigns supreme is “God.” 

“Free-will” is a universal law and an awesome gift of the Spirit bestowed upon one and all. 

The sleeping genius within us may believe there are two wills, while there is always only one. Wise ones eventually surrender to this Indestructible and Absolute One when, in essence saying, “not my will, but thy will be done.” “My will” refers to the ego-consciousness, believing it is a separate entity operating in the world, while “Thy will” is the Christ-consciousness that knows it is unified with all life – the love and law of God.

This Presence of God within us often lies dormant until, through experience, one differentiates “free-will” from “willfulness.” Willfulness is a behavior of the ego that never brings any lasting satisfaction. When this distinction dawns on the individual, it may very well be the first movement toward enlightenment. 

Being willful suggests a stubborn persistence in doing whatever one wishes, even when it is in opposition to those whose wishes or commands ought to be respected or obeyed…like a child who rebels its parents.   Being willful is like digging one’s heels in and not budging; i.e., making the point that ‘I can do whatever I please.’ That kind of behavior is a misapplication of the spiritual principle living within us that guides our ways.  In other words, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Now, of course, this is not to imply that we go along with everything and obey everyone’s commands. Remember the adage, “Unless you stand for something, you’ll fall for anything?”

“Free-will, on the other hand, is the ability to activate and objectify one’s beliefs and core values; i.e., the things you “stand for.” It is the act of stepping into the vision of one’s self with the confidence and faith of God. It is being “for something” and “against nothing.” It is the wisdom that declares “If God is for me, who can be against me”?   

There is no power struggle when one comes to the true realization that there is only One Power. This Power obeys us as we learn to obey It. We obey It by aligning ourselves with Its nature of Love, Peace, Harmony, Wisdom, Joy, and all unchanging good.  Robert Browning said it well, “All’s loveyet all’s law.”

What I love about The Science of Mind is, it teaches one “how” to think; not “what” to think. After all, what you think is your free-will. 

 This Weeks Affirmation

I am in alignment with Spirit in all that I think, say, and do.

Angela “Chris” Beam


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December 10, 2022
12:00 to 3:00 PM

Centerville Community Center
3025 Bethany Church Road
Snellville, GA 30039


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