Free Will & The Will of God

An individual’s Road Map

From A Course in Miracles Introduction:

Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time.

A few weeks ago during one of the astrology discussion groups I attend, questions came up concerning free will. What is it? Do we really have it or is our path predetermined? If our astrological birth charts are our road maps for our lives, then do we have free will?

When meeting with clients for astrology readings I often am asked these same questions. I usually explain: Our souls made plans about what lessons they wished to learn, what experiences they wished to understand, and what challenges they wished to face in order to grow and expand, and those wishes determine when and where each individual is born. Our birth charts, or natal charts, are the blueprints, or curriculum, our souls created to guide us in those wishes. Our souls’ wishes, those carrying over from other lifetimes and those for this life and future lifetimes, can also be called our karma.

Astronomical and Astrological clock from St. John Cathedral, Lyons.
14th Century Astronomical and Astrological clock from St. John Cathedral, Lyons.

The individual or ego, however, does not plan out the curriculum of our lives, but instead does have choices in how those wishes might come about and in how much of the road map we wish to cover. That is, how far along on our journeys we decide to go. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time.

The first 60 lessons of A Course in Miracles work to help us understand the thinking, mindsets, and illusions of the individual ego. It is always helpful to understand what one is trying to let go of in order to become free from attachment and illusions. For those just beginning the Course, take what you can as you work through the early lessons. Go back and repeat them when ready and if necessary. Growth and expansion is a continuous process.

This week Lisa and I are studying Lessons 73-76. Lesson 74 states: There Is No Will But God’s. We are all beings of Light and Love. Our souls’ wish(es) is to return to that understanding, to return to God. From Lesson 74: God’s is the only Will. When you have recognized this, you have recognized that your will is His. Our souls are extensions of Source or God. In the language of the Course: we are all brothers and sons of God. As children and extensions of God, our curriculum, blueprints, road maps, karma, and astrological natal charts are the will of God and our souls expressed three dimensionally and astronomically in the heavens for our egos to have access to for guidance from our souls, from our Higher Selves, and from God.

There Is No Will But God’s, I seek His peace today. Through having faith in our Selves, God, Angels, Spirit Guides, a Guru, or Nature and through knowing that the divine plan, the divine curriculum, is there for our learning, growth, and expansion, can we release the ego’s need to grasp for control and allow peace to flow. That is free will.

A man’s heart deviseth his way, but the Lord directeth his steps.  -Proverbs 16:9

Blazing Light of Glory, A Study in A Course in Miracles, is a co-created and cooperative writing, studying, and teaching effort of Lisa of BloomLisa and Julianne Victoria of Through the Peacock’s Eyes.

About Julianne Victoria

I am a writer, spiritual life coach, and intuitive healer in Santa Barbara, CA. I hope to help heal, teach, and inspire others on their journeys and in this life. © Julianne Victoria and Through the Peacock's Eyes Press under the Common Law Copyright; My main Blog:

13 thoughts on “Free Will & The Will of God

  1. The artwork on the banner of your blog is amazing. I love the owl.

    I enjoyed the discussion here. I have no real training or understanding of astrology, and tend to think of it as being analogous to the notion of “As above, so below”, on a cosmic scale. As we choose to unify our will with God’s once again, or allow ourselves to discover they were never really different, it strikes me that the map in which we live is always changing, the possibilities restructuring in real time. I think what I’m trying to say is that astrology seems kind of like the weather to me- the weather ten days out is almost impossible to predict, and depends upon many factors in the present. The Course speaks about forgiveness saving “thousands of years” of learning, and so do you think the whole Universe is dancing with us in this regard? I don’t know if I’m asking this well- just thinking that the movement of the stars is no more linear and pre-determined than anything else… We dance together with the Whole… The map is always changing as we forgive, accept, and return…


    1. Hi Michael, thanks, the artwork came with the theme, but it fit so well! 🙂

      Yes, nicely put! The astrological influences do change regularly. That would be how current transits affect individuals, but that is always in relation to one’s personal birth chart, so the “weather” affects everyone differently.
      And absolutely the whole Universe, including us, is in a dance with us. We and everything are like fractal extensions or holograms of the whole, and the whole of the Universe or God, though it may look chaotic and random from our very very tiny and limited human perspective is really in an orderly and coordinated dance.
      We can choose whether or not to walk through doorways that open (through forgiveness, etc.), but God will always be there as “X marks the spot.”

  2. From 1993-2000, I lived and breathed ACIM. From reading the Peacock, I know that you have been immersed in Eastern thought, which was never my primary path. So I look forward to how the Course unfolds for you, from your different perspective. I do love this book.

  3. Hi JV, Thank you for expanding my horizons. I am not at all versed in astrology, although I do feel deeply connected to the cycle of the moon…does that count?? 😉 Also, I do not know that I would have ever engaged with ACIM if not for you posting it here. Thank you for sharing your unique array of interests! I look forward to learning more.

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