The conscious dimensions of nature are the substance of reality. The conscious self within your body is the substance of what you are, and the same principle applies to the whole of reality.
The field of spacetime is a continuous fabric on which the details of the world are embroidered. Spacetime also has inner conscious dimensions. Consciousness pervades spacetime as a unified field.
These inner dimensions are the divine reality. The divine isn’t something far beyond us, it’s immanent within the world.
The natural movement of consciousness
Free will is the movement of consciousness. Whatever consciousness desires, it focuses its attention there and directs its energy toward it. That’s the movement of will or intention.
The movement of bodies within spacetime requires energy, the capacity to create an effect and change the world from one state to another. Free will also has this causal power, it can affect the world.
Consciousness moves by the power of intentions and desires. It’s always directed toward something, always focused on its chosen object.
That causal power of consciousness isn’t something distinct from the movement through space. The movement through space is the external appearance of the inner movement of consciousness. Consciousness is the foundational cause.
We can understand the movement of bodies in a limited way by describing their external movement through spacetime. But this ignores the entire conscious realm.
If we want to explain the cause of a body moving through space from the lounge to the kitchen, we can describe the physical forces involved. But there is nothing in the language of physics that can include intentions or desires.
These physical descriptions aren’t wrong, they’re incomplete. They’re accurate and useful within a limited context. But if our goal is understanding the ultimate cause of the movement, the physical description is irrelevant.
In the wider explanatory context, when we include the foundational cause, it relegates the entire physical description to an effect.
The foundational cause is the movement of the will. The cause of the body moving to the kitchen is the desire for a snack. In response to that cause, the legs move. The physical movement is the effect, the will is the cause.
The example of our own body shows us the inadequacy of physical explanations of our movement to the kitchen. It leaves out the substance, the primary cause of the movement. It leaves out the desire and intention that caused the physical movement.
The natural direction of will
Free will naturally moves toward a positive and fulfilled state of consciousness. The will always directs its energy toward bliss.
No one wants to suffer, everyone seeks bliss. We direct our consciousness toward whatever we think will bring us bliss. We act intending to achieve that positive state of consciousness.
This description applies at the individual level and at the universal scale. It’s a description of the inherent nature of consciousness.
The universal divine will is the movement inherent in the fabric of reality. The divine will is the foundational cause of all movement, the ultimate cause of everything that exists.
The divine will has unlimited causal power, it’s all powerful or omnipotent. An omnipotent will is always effective, whatever it desires becomes actual. The entire reality moves according to the universal will.
We are also part of reality, so when we move, it should be in harmony with the divine will. That’s the natural order of reality. But because we also have limited free will, sometimes we don’t move that way. We disregard the universal will and we move according to our selfish will.
We can understand this from the experience of our own body. Our consciousness pervades the physical body, and our will is the power that causes the body to move in certain ways. We desire a snack from the kitchen, our body moves that way.
But sometimes a part of our body doesn’t function the way it should. If our legs are paralysed, we can’t fulfil our desire. The causal power of our will is obstructed.
The same principle applies to the movement of the divine will. The universal will always moves toward bliss. Since the divine will is always effective, bliss is always the result of actions in harmony with that will. But any movement which isn’t aligned with the divine will produces the effect of not-bliss, it causes suffering.
The inherent goodness in the structure of reality
The divine will is the ground of ethical principles. There are facts about good and evil which are inherent in the structure of reality itself.
Ethical ideals aren’t rules humans created for harmonious social interactions, nor are they traits which evolved because they enhance survival. They may sometimes include these properties, but this isn’t the substance of what they are.
Ethical ideals are divine principles woven into the fabric of reality. We can achieve our highest welfare, and freedom from suffering, by aligning ourselves with that divine realm of existence.
Every individual can aspire to embody those ethical truths. They can freely choose to align themselves with the divine will. Our actions are the external appearance of our will, and our will is the inner movement of our consciousness. What we do is a natural expression of the type of person we are.
We intuitively know the suffering in the world is wrong. There is a problem of evil, but we are unaware of the solution. We don’t desire suffering, yet it’s unavoidable.
The natural movement of our will is obstructed, because while we can find temporary pleasure in the world, suffering is inevitable. Our natural movement is toward bliss, but we are in ignorance of where to find it. It’s this ignorance that causes suffering.
No one knowingly chooses to suffer. They choose what they believe produces bliss, but they’re mistaken. Suffering isn’t a punishment enforced for not following the commands of the divine will. There is no malice within the divine will.
Existing outside the natural flow of the divine will produces the effect of suffering. This isn’t a judgement for an ethical crime, it’s a description of a natural law, the inherent movement within reality.
This is a conception of good and evil that transcends religious doctrine and metaphysical beliefs. The intuitive rule for ethical behaviour is to act so we avoid causing suffering to others. This is the basis of all ethical principles. We find similar ideals in all religions. Recommendations of acting with charity, kindness, non-violence and love.
Understanding this general principle exposes the crude misunderstandings about the relationship between ethics and theological beliefs. Regardless of what someone believes about divinity, we either act in harmony with the divine will or not.
We may declare ourselves a servant of divinity, but act against its natural flow. We may declare the divine non-existent, but act in harmony with it.
The divine will doesn’t enforce our compliance. If the divine desired enforcement of its will over ours, it would naturally happen. No power can obstruct an omnipotent will.
Everyone has the freedom to seek the divine in their own way. This expression of faith must be authentic to each individual. Our actions must flow from our inner nature, not be artificially imposed by an external authority.
Free will is its own supreme authority. It holds absolute autonomy over itself. It’s the inner conscience and judge. When it moves in harmony with the divine and universal will, it finds its inner fulfilment and the consummation of its existence.