“We say that humans have free will, but this is hardly true. Our will is controlled by the dream of the planet; our attention is hooked by the outside dream, and we follow the will of the outside. In the program mode, we push a button and start walking; we push another button and we walk to the right, we walk to the left, or we stop. Just by action-reaction we automatically have the response – physical, emotional, all kinds of responses that are already in the program.
If we had free will, would we choose to be angry, or sad, or envious? It’s obvious to me that it’s not our choice. Of course, we can lie to ourselves and say, “I have free will; I can make a choice.” But every time we suffer, that proves we don’t have the power to make a choice. If we had free will, we would never choose to be victimized because when we are victimized, we are angry, we have all that fear. If we had free will, we would never choose anything that would hurt us, ever. And we would certainly never those to hurt the people that we love.
What the Toltec called the second attention is about learning to use our attention for the second time to begin the transformation of our dream. In the dream of the second attention, we control our attention from the inside, escape the dream of the planet, and create a brand new dream: our personal dream of heaven on earth.”
Don Miguel Ruiz, in “The Four Agreements Companion Book”
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