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What Is the Will of God?

God lives in and through us. God answers our prayers through us. God creates through us -- we are co-creators with God. But our choices are within certain parameters.

Your prayer for divine guidance is a cause. Once you make this prayer and let go, you become the effect of it. When you are in the effect of your own prayer/cause, you are no longer in control. You then say, "God, Thy will be done."

What is the will of God? It is to answer your prayers. You made your prayer -- you are now the effect of it. You are being "effected" by God. So to say, "God, Thy will be done," is to say, "God, I now relinquish control, understanding and acknowledging that I am now the effect of my own prayer."

God never forces us into a path of action that is not of our own choosing. Like the amoeba, we can only move forward by extending ourselves, and then flowing through the unbroken connection into a new area.

The amoeba cannot throw itself into a different location, neither can it be divided and part of it be transplanted somewhere else, lest it die. It moves at its own pace, motivated by the conditions which surround it.

The most significant thing that differentiates us from the amoeba is our ability to consciously choose our own direction, regardless of the surrounding conditions. More important than intelligence or cellular complexity, it is this quality or aspect of freedom of intention that makes us sons (and daughters) of God.

Sons and daughters are "begotten, not made". We do not make our children the same way we make a loaf of bread -- we are not things. Instead, our children are life's extensions through us, but they can only reach out as far as their connection to us permits (Honor thy father and mother).

If we are truly sons and daughters of God, then we have an unbroken connection with God. As we live our lives, God flows into us and manifests in the world through us. It's a symbiotic relationship. As Meister Eckart said, "God needs me."

Making choices frightens us. Neither do we like change or the unknown. But making choices is what enables us to grow spiritually. The ability to choose freely IS the divinity within us. It is the creative act.

What does it mean to choose "freely"? It means choosing without permission or justification. It means that your intention must come from within you and not imposed from without. It means that you must take responsibility for your actions -- completely. Do not ask, "What should I do?" Instead, ask for clarity of mind and purity of heart. The choice HAS to be yours. Unless our action is self-initiated, there is no possibility for us to grow as a person.

Is there risk? Of course. Without risk, there is no possibility for creativity. Creativity IS risk. Anything else is mere replication.

Spiritual awakening comes with the realization that the will of God operates in and through risk. This realization is at once liberating and terrifying. The possibility of liberation gives us hope. The possibility of terror causes us to huddle beneath the shelter of the known. Whenever an individual ventures out of the known, it drives the rest of us crazy. If we can't coax them back into the fold, we kill them, lest they bring destruction upon us all. So did we to Jesus, to Halaj, and to most of the prophets both ancient and modern.

By all accounts, we are on the threshold of a new age. The tendency is to believe that the road has already been laid out, and that all we have to do is follow it. In a certain sense this is true, but only if we abdicate our prerogative and let others lead for us. This is the spiritual equivalent of not voting, of blindly putting our life into the hands of others. If Meister Eckart is right, if God really does need us in order to create, then avoiding risk is avoiding God.

What is the will of God? It is to keep moving - to step out on our prayer. This is the surest sign of life. If we cease to move, we cease to live. If we are moving in the wrong direction, we will certainly find out. But if we stand still, how will we know?