You Can Choose
By Barbara Berger
You are the only thinker in your mind. This is the most wonderful discovery anyone can ever make. It is the key to freedom--the high road. Because when you understand this, you also understand that you can become the conscious choice-maker in your life and choose. You can become the one who decides.
Most people today are asleep--unaware that they have the ability to choose the focus of their attention. But just because a person is unaware and does not consciously exercise her ability to choose the focus of her attention, the reality is that in every moment there is a choice.
This ability to choose the focus of our attention is our greatest gift. It is the gift of free will. This ability to choose our focus is what makes us free individuals. If this was not the case - if we could not think for ourselves and choose our focus - we would not be free. But we can, because no one else can get into another person's mind and think for them. Please think deeply about it--and you will see how truly amazing this is. Yes it is true that most people are as yet unaware of this fact--and are just following their old unconscious programming without questioning it. And yes it is true that most people are not yet consciously using this power, but the power is there nevertheless.
But you say what about when people are forced to do things against their will? And yes it is also true that people can use force on the outer plane to coerce other people to do or say things, but no one can get into another person's mind and think for them. This is where we are always free. Each person is always free in their own mind. Each person is always the only thinker in their mind.
This is what makes us human beings. This is what makes human life so precious, because we have the ability to be aware of what we are thinking and we have the ability to choose the focus of our attention--this is something we can do. This is what makes us free.
Having free will is our greatest gift and privilege. It is also our greatest challenge!
Why? Because no matter what is happening around you--no matter what anyone says or does, you and you alone (whether you are aware of what you are doing or not) choose the focus of your attention. No one else can make this choice for you. Only you can do it.
That is why we are the choice-makers. This choice is our only freedom. Free will is our only freedom. And whether we are aware of it or not, we are always exercising this privilege, this freedom because we are always choosing.
So please wake up to the fact that you are choosing right now--and every single minute of every single day (whether you are aware of it or not). Nothing else is going on. And nothing is more important--or more wonderful than this!
So contemplate this until you fully understand the significance (and power) of free will. Free will is what we are. Free will is our true nature, our essence. Free will is all we have, and fortunately for us, free will is everything!
When you observe what you are doing with this in mind, you will see that this is true. In every now moment (even if you are not aware of what you are doing) you are choosing the focus of your attention. You are either focusing on this or on that. In every situation, you are making a choice. Either you are focusing on the potential and the goodness of the situation or person before you or you are choosing to focus on the limitations of the situation or person before you. And it's always like this. From the most insignificant events in our lives like standing in line at the supermarket to the so-called big, important events in our relationships, careers and on the world stage.
When we understand this, we also understand why the wise say it's all about you. You choose your focus and then you get to experience your choice. It's as simple as that. This is why it is so important to learn to choose wisely!
So it makes sense to learn to focus our attention wisely. This is what all the great teachers have been telling us throughout the ages--the importance of choosing wisely if we wish to evolve on the pathway of life and achieve our highest potential.
Barbara Berger is the best-selling author of "Fast Food for the Soul" (published in 30 languages), "The Road to Power" (published in 14 languages) and her latest book "The Awakening Human Being - A Guide to the Power of Mind" which was just released in the US and the UK. For more about Barbara Berger see www.beamteam.com.