It’s All Up to You

“Free will is in a person’s hands, literally. If on wants, on acts, and if one does not want, one does not act.”

There are many people who are confused about this issue, having become so habituated to their behaviors and ways from the time of their youth. They feel that they have no free will and that they are unable to change their behavior. But the truth is otherwise, for every individual certainly possess free will at all times on all issues, and one acts as one wants to. Understand this well.

Rebbe Nachman, Likutei Moharan II: 110

This World

This world isn’t naturally the place of abundance — it’s the place where our natural tendency to restriction has to be transformed into abundance.

It’s not naturally the place of goodness — it’s the place where our natural tendency to evil must be transformed into good.

It’s not the place of light — it’s where we can transform the pervasive darkness within ourselves into light.

Rabbi Baruch Gartner, Living Aligned

It Is All A Test

Everything in the world—
whatever is and whatever happens—
is a test, designed to give you
freedom of choice. Choose wisely. (RNW #300)

Nachman of Breslov, Rebbe. The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Your Life – Your Choice

We all have the freedom to determine what to do with the life we have been given.

True, we may have certain limitations imposed on us, but we each have the choice to pity ourselves and waste our capabilities, or to work through our situation to better ourselves despite it.

No matter the situation, each person is free to select right from wrong and live one’s life accordingly.

Rebbe Nachman in Mayim: Light, by BRI

Our Free Will

We have complete control over our free will.

Free will is the ability to choose knowingly between good and bad, true and false, right and wrong – and then to act in accordance with what we have chosen.

So great is our freedom that we have been offered the possibility to accept or, G-d forbid, reject the One who provides us with all these freedoms: G-d Himself.

Adapted from Rebbe Nachman as cited in Mayim: Water, by Breslov Research Intstitute

The Battle

Reb Noson writes: The battle between good and evil thoughts is the main reason for the Creation.

The confusing thoughts in our minds correspond to the chaos and desolation that were created at the very beginning.

We have to overcome these evil thoughts, and we can – by thinking positive thoughts, by concentrating on good thoughts and constantly thinking of ways to come closer to G-d.

Chaim Kramer, Crossing the Narrow Bridge

Whatever You Do

The essence is to go in pure innocence and simplicity with no sophistication whatsoever. Make sure that whatever you do, G-d is there. Do not pay any regard to your own esteem. If something will enhance G-d’s glory, do it. If not, then don’t. This way, you can be certain you will never stumble.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. AYEH? Likutey Moharan II, 12, Breslov Research Institute