A prominent Ma’atian concept during Ancient Egypt’s Old Kingdom (5660-4188 BC) was of humans modeling the image of God—i.e. imbued with Free Will, “Heart”/Mind, and resultant agency. All of God’s Agents are authorized to do prescribed Cosmic Enhancing act(s) that conform to God’s plan (Karanga, MAAT, p321). Thus, humans necessarily possess absolute freedom to choose. Such is not the same as absolute freedom—an impossibility since all Cosmic Organism entities are interdependent. Human Conscience, said African Sages, is the presence and voice of God whose powers are devoid of limitation. It is carried out by the “Seed” Essence of every Real thing–the “Life-Force” called: Ether, (Kamitic); Chi (Chinese); and Kundalini (Dravidians of India). Ones Conscience is to be used as the Standard, Guide, Measure, and Filter for keeping track of ones Spiritual development. In other words, being made in God’s image and having a Conscience through which God manifests implies each human and God are the same, but in different proportions and manifestation abilities. A human’s Divine Consciousness (the “Self”–which is absolutely free and at peace) is the supreme orchestrator of its owner’s Selfhood. The “What and Who” a given human is—ones Self-identity—is the “Willer” of what one does. That Willing into action is initiated by the act of ones formless tool of action—the Will. Even the idea carried by the Will subsists in a formless (Immaterial) state—i.e. as a Spiritual potential “Virtual Image.” In response to the Will’s Image’s power, ones Spirit’s Energy/Matter is set in motion (e-motion)—which causes the Matter to assume the Form implied in the Divine Consciousness “Image”. The Spirit generates Energy so the “How” and “When” of the “Image” can further develop. However, by the process being bound by Law, the Spirit provides bodies for the “Image” to thereby subject Divine Consciousness to limitations on its freedom + superimpose pain and pleasure as part of disrupting its Spiritual Hetep state of Peace. Still, the Self retains plasticity to return to its Hetep Peace by living a Ma’at life. (Amen, MAAT p12).
Will–a faculty of the essential expression of who one is–exists apart from the functions it sanctions, initiates, suppresses, selects, and controls. It is shared with God and is the essence of a human’s freedom (Amen, Tree of Life p9). This means there is no “un-free” Will and thus “Free Will” is a redundant term. Who ones Selfhood actually is comes from an orchestrating source—i.e. ones Real Self’s Divine Consciousness—which, in favor of following God’s Laws, naturally heads in the Ocean of Nun stream flow that transcends the Lower Self’s blind impulses. Ones Real Self is who one naturally is at birth. But following birth, one is free to exercise freedom of choice using the process of Volition. Volition is ones mental activities which select ingredients from ones System of Values to determine which step to take at the cross-road of ones Lower Self path and ones Highest (Divinity) Self path. It also is the choice to do or to not do something while on the chosen path. Yet, ones choices, as agencies/Causations, have Effects, and those Effects have layers of Consequences.
Hence, ones Volition to control all life-shaping, life-changing, and life-maintenance choices, decisions, and solutions are Causes for the type/nature of ones mental activities’. In turn, they shape ones Philosophy of Life, Character, and Self-Esteem—all generating the Effects of ones life’s course. Those Effects deliver such Consequences as the nature (thriving, poverty) of ones lifestyle—ones life’s mate availability and selection–what one values and strives for—ones “5Ss” (safety, security, self/confidence, strength, stability), and ones Destiny. In turn, these affect ones children, their children, and their children’s children. Whatever one chooses embraces bearing that path’s “Obligations” (the assignment to promise to abide by its rules); “Duties” (doing its tasks, regardless of having to give up advantages and/or take on disadvantages to do so—even if those tasks have never been seen or heard of before); and “Responsibility” (shouldering the consequences for anything not properly done or that is left undone but should have been done in accordance with ones obligation). If these are on an Isfet (Lower Self) path, punishments are harsh, emotional excitements are bad + chronic lifestyle juggling is routine. Ma’at (Spiritual Elements in action) living leads to an “Alive” and fulfilling life from possessing clarity of vision to stay “Right.” jabaileymd.com