Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Chantel Lysette, author of The Angel Code and Azrael Loves Chocolate, Michael’s a Jock.

A while back I did an interview with Nightstalkers Paranormal Radio where we discussed my debut book Azrael Loves Chocolate, Michael’s a Jock as well as my upcoming book The Angel Code.  Justin, the host, was very gracious throughout the hour and I enjoyed chatting with him because he seemed to be well informed about angels as well as my work. (Because of time constraints, it’s common practice for radio hosts to merely skim through their guests’ materials before an interview.)

As the interview progressed, we ventured into a topic that seems to be unavoidable when it comes to discussing the inner workings of the Cosmos and spent quite of bit of airtime discussing Fate and Free Will.  I told him I could only expound upon what the angels explained to me.  In a very succinct nutshell, choice is an illusion.

Now, before anyone begins lambasting me over this, let me say that no matter what the angels tell me, I have to experience something for myself before it becomes gospel.  And even then, it becomes gospel for me whereas I will merely suggest it for others to ponder.  Like the character Morpheus says in the movie Matrix: Reloaded, my beliefs are not dependent upon others believing as I do.

That said, I am hungry, starving to know what others think about this debate.  I proposed to Justin of Nightstalkers that he dedicate an entire show to it because I find the debate so engaging and thrilling to discuss.  I enjoy hearing both sides of this discussion and have often hosted such debates with friends, colleagues and students—of course I had to entice them with pizza and soda because we all knew the migraine headaches such a discussion would give us.  It seems to always take us in circles.

And whereas at a bookstore we’re confined to maybe two hours to discuss the topic, here in this forum we have the ability to read and truly absorb comments and positions on the subject before formulating our own response.  Some of us may feel we have very succinct, clear-cut answers to this.  Others may feel this is an area with so many shades of gray that it’s impossible to come to any one conclusion.  Still, I welcome everyone’s input.

To begin, I’ll offer my position on the topic, which I base on the following criteria: We are all spiritual beings, children of a Creator that is omnipotent, omnipresent, omni-[insert your adjective here].  Because the Creator is all-knowing and can perceive the future, if not orchestrate the future to finite degrees, we as spiritual beings on a human journey cannot possibly have “real” choices because the Creator already knows what choice we will select before we select it.  If God presents an apple and an orange to us, is it really a choice if he knows we’re going to choose the apple?

Because of this, I’ve come to the conclusion that life is not about making choices but about learning from them and their consequences (cause and effect).  And since choice really doesn’t exist, free will cannot exist and we all are set upon a predetermined path that is unavoidable and inescapable.

I’ve proposed this in my books, in lectures, and in interviews, and I get a lot of responses to the tune of, “that sounds incredibly bleak.”  I don’t see it as bleak.  I simply see this reality as another learning tool that our spirits use to evolve.  While choice doesn’t seem to exist on this plane, the angels have made it emphatically clear to me that free will does exist in the spirit realm.  As Archangel Uriel told me once, “No one is here because they were forced to be.  They are here because they want to be.” Here meaning this existence.  So, we have choices as to how our life is plotted out before we get here, but once here, we’re locked in for this roller-coaster ride.

How does this notion make you feel?  Whether you agree with this or not, I genuinely want to hear from you.  Like you, I’m seeking answers to life’s biggest questions and I believe that if we work together, we might actually get somewhere.

Brightest Blessings,
Chantel Lysette


Our thanks to Chantel Lysette for her guest post! For more from Chantel, read her articles, “Fluorescent Pink Billboards” and “When Angels Whisper.”

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