Free Will Versus Fate – Do We Have Free Will or Don’t We?


We all tout that we have free will. However, this old belief is currently being challenged by neuroscientists and others.

For the most part, we still universally accept that we have free will. However, several scientific studies indicate this might not be the case. Free will versus fate: do we have free will or don’t we?

In April 2008, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, in collaboration with the Charité University Hospital and the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, concluded that “…several seconds before we consciously make a decision, its outcome can be predicted from unconscious activity in the brain” and further, “…when it comes to decisions, we tend to assume they are made by our conscious mind. This is questioned by our current findings.”

This Raises Some Significant Questions Regarding Free Will Versus Fate:


  • Exactly, who or what mind is minding our minds and making decisions before our conscious mind does? And if our conscious mind is not making our decisions, it begs the question of whether or not we have free will.
  • If it is not our (personal) will, whose will, is it?
  • If we aren’t in control individually, does everything happen for a reason or have a purpose?
  • Since psychic abilities are unconscious emanations; as is the meaning and symbolism reflected by Tarot cards, are these expressions of God’s Mind or a Universal Intelligence with regard to each one of us, and us collectively?
  • Might this begin to unravel the mystery of where psychic abilities emanate or how Tarot cards work?
  • If we do have free will, is it only some of the time?

Human beings treasure their sense of freedom. The thought of something unconscious or “unknown” directing us, well, it’s a bit overwhelming and downright scary/weird—not to mention the legal implications. Our justice system exists by assigning guilt for “free will” based illegal acts. If the act was unconsciously driven, what then?

We all want to control our own lives, but even without this scientific study, how much control have we ever really had? I mean over our personal lives, not manipulative control via media and other means.

From my point of view, perhaps our only control lies in our conscious minds—in that we can control how we think or where we allow our thoughts to go. We also control our ability to accept or not—to change or not—to judge or not.

For further reflection, and if interested, read this article on determinism.


Psychic Predictions: Free Will Versus Fate


Many psychics will tell you that nothing is written in stone and that you have free will to change any “psychic prediction” (if true to begin with).

I’m not sure if this is to cover their own buttocks, in the event their psychic predictions are way off, or if they believe it’s true. I suspect a bit of both.

In my opinion, much depends on the path the soul is on at any given moment in time. If the soul has lessons to learn or growing to do, my feeling is that the current path will not likely alter. Therefore, it would be considered fate or fated (meant to be).

In order to be considered an accurate psychic reading, one must also consider what part is accurate. Does it include psychic predictions of the future? If so, it would seem that any “future” aspect of the reading was somewhat written in stone (fate), especially if it happens exactly as predicted.

Or should we assume the psychic prediction was based on the energies being expressed at that moment in time, and were always subject to change? If the latter, it could hardly be called an accurate psychic prediction, if the prediction ended up changing.

No one really knows how much of our lives are directed by free will; if at all, and how much is directed by this overseer, “the unconscious,” or what some would call our fates.

I bring up this point, not so much with regard to psychic predictions. Rather, psychic energy is, in my opinion, emanations from the unconscious or collective unconscious. Therefore, a “psychic prediction,” made by a genuine or highly rated psychic, is simply a connection to the unconscious or collective unconscious—as is the psychic reading as a whole (past, present, possible future).

For those who think psychics are part of a circus sideshow or wish to believe that psychics have a primary goal to predict the future, these scientific studies throw a wrench into the works.

Free Will Versus Fate: Our Intimate and Other Relationships


Free will versus fate: Perhaps you have noticed particular patterns occurring in your life. Do you think your “free will” would choose these?

  • Habitually attracting the same sort of person who rejects, hurts, abandons, uses, ignores, abuses, cheats, or lies.
  • You cannot commit to anyone or anything. You attract men, women, or non-binaries who do not commit to you.
  • Continuously besieged by problems.
  • Cannot get the job you want or can’t keep a job at all?
  • Friends or family constantly take advantage of you.
  • Success eludes you at every turn.
  • No recognition for the good you do.
  • You rarely have enough money.

Within nearly every relationship you have or newly form, your life experiences in general, or events that “happen to you,” patterns, or variances of them are reflected. Patterns tend to repeat until you become consciously aware of them and make changes.

None of these repetitive patterns are coincidence or freakish happenstance. It is contrary to reason for your conscious “free will” mind to knowingly choose an unknown variable, like “magically” and repeatedly:

  • Finding similar “types” of people or finding yourself in similar situations repeatedly.
  • Experiencing the same anguish despite the person or circumstance.
  • Perpetually finding yourself without money, regardless of your genuine efforts.

The conscious mind just doesn’t operate that way. It can only assess or analyze based on what is known to it or tangible, and as established, your conscious mind is not choosing, anyway. Your unconscious mind is. Think about it.

  • How can you consciously choose via free will the same type of person repeatedly, regardless of the time, place, or circumstance—especially if you know little about them or have yet to meet, such as the case with online dating or an introduction through a third party?
  • How can you consciously choose jobs where, despite being highly qualified, knowledgeable, confident, and well liked, you do not get commensurate acknowledgment or raises at any of them?
  • How can you consciously take every step required to be successful in your online business, and still fail, when someone who has the same business, doing as you did, succeeds?
  • No matter how hard you try to make things better, no matter where you go, or no matter whom you meet, problems always find you and even multiply?

The unconscious mind is choosing, not your free will or conscious mind. The question is, why would your unconscious mind choose these? My guess is to become aware of these patterns, learn how to change them by changing yourself, and grow.

Psychic Ability and the Unconscious Mind


Most of us can identify having some psychic ability, those involuntary moments where we unexpectedly know things and we know them exactly.

We just don’t know exactly how it happened, why we know such an obscure thing, or where these impressions came from. Sometimes, we experience these things within lapses of time (our understanding of time), between the knowing of the event, and the event itself, which just adds to the surrealism.

Scientific studies are in their infancy regarding the unconscious mind. There are various levels of consciousness. Sleep is an unconscious state, but it isn’t the unconscious mind, it is a symptom of the unconscious mind. Anesthesia induces unconsciousness, but to an entirely different level than one of sleep. A comatose state is also unconsciousness, but to an entirely different level than an anesthetized one.

Is it such a stretch to believe that psychic abilities or Tarot cards are a vehicle or tool for transmission of this same unconscious activity? A capable, real, and ethical psychic can bring forth this unconscious activity to assist you.

Quite obviously, the unconscious mind is capable of many wondrous acts, not to mention possessing more levels than we are currently aware of or able to prove.

The mystery continues. Free will versus fate, which one wins, if either?