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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Choice/No Choice - Jeff Foster


It's not that you have no choice.
Rather, the 'chooser' is the fiction.

It's not 'you' who chooses or doesn't choose.
It's life itself.  You are inseparable from life itself.
Undivided from the totality.

A star explodes.  The grass grows.  A mother gives birth.
A war begins, ends, begins.  A relationship breaks down.
People come together, fall apart.  An old wound heals.
Hearts open, close, open.
Like breathing.  Like the ocean tides.

We believe that we have a choice,
or we believe that we don't.

The planets spin.  The rain falls and stops falling.
Did we choose, or were we chosen?

Could it have been any different?
Can the rain fall backwards?
Can we un-say what we have said?
Can we un-read this poem?

Choice, no choice.  Those thoughts fall away too.
Into silence.  Into stillness.
Into the vastness of Being.
Into...

Beyond choice or lack of it, you are.

And you take the next step, or you do not.

Or you take the next step
of not knowing which next step
you will take.

And out of the not knowing,
the path becomes clear
if only
for a moment.

And then the Universe
begins again.


~

photo via No Mind's Land


4 comments:

  1. Excellent and so true. Free will is quite limited.

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    1. Certainly not as much "choice" as we *believe* we have. Sometimes it feels like there is a choice, and sometimes not due to the circumstances of life... It's a mystery :)

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  2. maybe it's not so much about free will and choice as it is about our illusion that there is an "I" to choose.

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