Free Will And The Future
Excerpt from Selecting Your Psychic, From Main Street to Wall Street by Victoria Lynn Weston
Nothing is more frustrating than to have a psychic, whom you know and trust, give you a strong reading about an event in your future and, when it fails to occur in the predicted manner, invoke the action of your free will. What he or she saw was not necessarily destined to happen; rather it was a strong probability. Probabilities can always turn out otherwise. There is by no means universal agreement on this matter.
First, if a psychic correctly sees you pursuing a certain course of action which you carry out, does this in some sense rob you of your freedom? Second, if you don't do what the reader sees you doing, how are we to explain the mistaken prediction?
Most people in the psychic communities insist that each of us has freedom of choice. Yet, this is not exactly clear. What then is free will? There are fundamentally two, and only two, distinct senses of freedom evident in the history of civilization. All others are reduced to variations of them.
The first type we will call Contracausal Freedom. To be free in this sense means that one "could have done otherwise under the same conditions." Thus, if you were able to relive your life to a certain point exactly as it was in every aspect, contracausal freedom stipulates that you could still have chosen to be a physician, as opposed to the pilot you are now.
In other words, contracasusal freedom means that, regardless of your past heredity or conditioning, you can always transcend it. You may have to do some things, but you do not have to do everything you do. Our use of praise and blame logically presupposes that a person didn't have to pursue a certain course of action, and could have done otherwise. Feelings of remorse and regret also assume that, what occurred did not have to occur, at least at that time or in that way.
Contracausal freedom stands in opposition to a rigidly determined universe where every event causally necessitates another.
The other type of freedom we will label Contextual. Defenders of this variety see no incompatibility between Contextual Freedom and strict universal causality or conditioning. For them, free acts are those which are neither compelled nor constrained. That is, if no one forces you to go to a certain movie, if you decide to see it at a certain time, and finally, nothing keeps you from doing so, then attending the film is a free act.
With contextual freedom we are not concerned with the many different ways you many have been conditioned to be the person you are. Nor are we concerned with whether or not you could have chosen otherwise.
We are interested in what you choose to do and whether anyone forced you into something you did not wish to do. Obviously, contextual freedom is a matter of degree. Everybody has some of it, depending upon their circumstances. The quest for political, economic, or religious freedom, for example, is basically a quest for a greater degree of contextual freedom in a particular area.
The fact is, everyone relies upon both senses of freedom, the contracausal and the contextual, in daily living. Yet it is the contextual type of freedom that most in the psychic communities appear to rely on. It might be argued, independent of this discussion, that belief in contracausal freedom has no basis in fact. Regardless of what you choose, there had to be some reasons for causes for your decision. No decision to act can spring from nothing. When a psychic affirms your freedom, he or she means one of two things: (1) You are not being forced into a certain course of events which he or she sees; (2) Nothing, including that vision, is constraining your desire or decision to move in a certain direction. It is your choice to make. This is not to say you could have done otherwise under identical circumstances. It is to say that your decision reflects your interests, needs and critical reflection. As far as freedom is concerned, the contextual variety is of critical significance for psychic predictions.
With this distinction in mind, our model unfolds as follows: The etheric planes are where we plan and project our individual and collective futures. The outlines are in place before we incarnate. We continue to refine them, and sometimes introduce major changes, as we evolve in this lifetime. Part of this is undertaken by or in collaboration with our Higher Self at an unconscious level, and part is undertaken consciously.
Some events appear relatively fixed (losing one's eyesight) because once they happen, they cannot be undone. But losing your sight in the first place was not absolutely determined. The loss was your decision, and you decided at a level deep within yourself whether giving up your sight in this lifetime was a lesson you needed to confront.
To continue, psychics do not see your physical future. It doesn't exist yet. What they do access or are given information about, whether through clairvoyance or precognition is the system of actual possibilities and probabilities projected outward in your etheric plane. They see major and minor scripts, sometimes clearly and sometimes dimly. Some elements are in place and others are in flux. At times, the elements fit nicely. At other times, they do not.
You may, for example, want to take a long vacation in the Canadian Rockies, but are unable to fit this into your schedule. The psychic's vision is limited for the long term because decisions you make in the short term continually refine, and sometimes redefine, the possibilities for later events in your life. Perhaps you take the trip at the expense of giving up your career, thus, your future becomes somewhat cloudy.
Your reader will even see pressure points in your scripts, the proverbial "fork in the road" where you’re final course of action still not clear, because you have not decided the course of action. Worth stressing is the fact that psychics do not see completed scripts in linear order. They are given segments which do not necessarily fall into the order that you might suppose.
The final version of your life, which progressively drops into the physical plane, is akin to the final edited film which you see at the theater prior to which multiple versions were edited and tested.
How does this model handle mistakes, such as predicted events which do not in fact occur in your material life? (We are foregoing any reference here to the possibilities that either your reader is not really psychic or they did not pick up on some obvious clues that you provided them.)
There are three sources of error. The first is, the psychic did not see what they thought they saw. No psychic is omniscient and the better ones are not inclined to overstate their abilities in this regard. They will say, "Well, maybe I just did not read the situation as it was." A second source of error occurs when several strong possibilities appear to hang in balance; first it seems one way, then another. Feeling the pressure to produce, your readers may force an interpretation of a situation that is still very much in flux. This is not so much a case of mistakenly seeing, but rather, of not seeing much at all. The final source of error occurs when a clairvoyant sees correctly that, at the time of the reading, you are embarking on a certain course of action in say, three to six months. They see this as a very strong direction in your life. But, perhaps what they don't see are the germinating seeds of other possibilities that may inspire you, at a conscious level or at a level of your Higher Self, to choose a different direction. Had they given you a reading three months later, all of this might have been clearer.
For instance, assume that from a higher perspective, you really need a sudden shocking event to help dissolve your seemingly sound marriage. In this situation, the reader clearly sees what is in all probability going to happen (your marriage continues), but fails to see the seeds of destruction and/or how you will inject your free will into your own growth process.
Remember, psychics are not omniscient and they don't wish to tamper with the exercise of your free will. Nor do they want to push interpretations of events that you might not come to on your own.
This brings us to one of the classic paradoxes. You plan to take a trip. Let us assume it is one that you must take. In the course of a routine reading the week before, your psychic sees your plane crashing and strongly advises canceling your trip or taking a different flight. You act on the advice, and sure enough, your original flight crashes. Had you not seen your psychic, you would be dead.
This is clearly an instance of your Higher Guidance getting a message to you in the best manner possible. But what did the psychic see? If your reader saw what was actually going to take place on the physical plane, he or she would not have seen you taking the trip, and there would have been no reason to bring up the topic of a plane crash. On the other hand, if your reader saw you taking the trip, he or she would be predicting your demise. So, from the standpoint of our material reality, either you die or you don't take the trip, and the crash does not affect you.
This is limited either-or scenario at the material level was in fact distilled from a larger spectrum of possibilities at the etheric level. Perhaps you were beginning to see a new reason for living and decided to postpone your transition. Perhaps there were karmic conditions affecting your relationship with the pilot of the plane. Some of these possibilities may seem irrelevant from the standpoint of ordinary common sense. However, we are not referring to the material domain of common sense. We are describing a realm of continuously shifting possibilities known to your Higher Guidance and, in part, to your reader.
People who have had near-death experiences have sometimes seen their future this way while they were temporarily out of their bodies. They are called Life Previews. But the vision they have is conditional. It merely tells them that if certain choices are made, then particular events will follow.
Suppose your reader saw that you were going to take a flight that would crash, but failed to get that information to you. Furthermore, suppose other conditions conspire to keep you from actually making your flight that day, e.g., the taxi to the airport breaks down. In this regard, it is worth stressing that, if your reader is good, and this particular vision is powerful (such as Jeanne Dixon's vision of President John F. Kennedy being shot), the probability of its occurring is high. For such information is seldom given as mere speculation.
The vision can be real, yet not materialize because of emerging factors in the etheric realm of which the reader had no knowledge or control. Other factors could have conspired to keep President Kennedy from going to Dallas. There again, if his Higher Self was committed to the need for (the physical) John Kennedy to die while in office, then other arrangements for his death would have been made. (Why one would make such a decision is another matter that we cannot take up here.)
Decisions affecting many people on the material plane require considerable planning on the other. Higher Guidance will usually be involved. That's why readers looking into your future might be mistaken. The future they see is full of possibilities that overlap with many other scripts unfolding simultaneously. For this reason, better psychics will often phrased their vision of a particularly sensitive or controversial set of possibilities in a fairly neutral fashion. They do not wish their prediction to become a self-fulfilling prophecy, causing the client to make a decision which they otherwise might not have made for themselves.
About Victoria lynn Weston: Victoria is a recognized intuitive and psychic consultant who provides insights for individuals and business executives. As a motivational speaker, she teaches executives how to tap into their own power of intuition to make successful marketing strategies, investments and hiring the right employee. Victoria is also a film/video producer whose works include "America's Victoria, Remembering Victoria Woodhull" featuring Gloria Steinem and Kate Capshaw. And,"The Intuitive Factor; Genius or Chance" featuring Gary Zukav and parapsychologist Jeffrey Mishlove. These programs were featured on PBS Television, The Wisdom Channel and Canadian Broadcasts. As a producer, she launched the first online film festival showcasing award winning independent films, documentaries, animations from around the world in an annual Zoie Films Festival [www.ZoieFilms.com]. In addition to utilizing the world-wide internet for Zoie Films Festival, she launched Victoria has been a radio host of "Power Predictions" in Atlanta, Georgia and a featured guest on dozens of radio, television shows and print media including; the Atlanta PARADE magazine, The Atlanta Business Journal, ABC Talk Radio; CNBC; BUSINESS WEEK Online; INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE, WIRED NEWS and THE NEW YORK TIMES. [www.VictorialynnWeston.com]