The Divine Will is the Will of Love. It is Love's Will. This is God's Will. Love's Will and God's Will are exactly the same. Divine Wisdom (God's Wisdom) is seeing this, knowing this, and seeing how to manifest this Love. This is Wisdom – to know the Will and Purpose, and also to be in the Love, then seeing how to achieve this. Wisdom is also the holistic, integral understanding and way of manifesting Love's Will in the world or in any circumstance.
The Divine Will (the Will of God) is directly related to the Divine Purpose. God has a Purpose (in general), though also many purposes within the One Overall Purpose. So there are a number of important Divine Purposes in life, all part of the Divine Will. For better understanding, one could say that God's Will is 'Will with Purpose', or it is purposeful Will. It is certainly not arbitrary. And since God's Will is purposeful, this makes the Divine Will rational, since a decision or action is rational if it has reason or fits into a larger purpose.
Also, purposes are like goals – but Goals with great reasons. If we have a purpose, then we have a goal or a vision. Goals are related to Visions. When one has a vision of what is ideally possible, then this vision becomes one of our Goals. This vision and goal might be in regards to oneself or perhaps in regards to the world in general. If the vision is about the world, then this motivates us towards world-service, or at least towards a deep caring about the world and how it becomes. World-service can be outward, and should be outward; but service can also be in the subjective realm – a service that works in the realm of mind and feeling. For remember that our mind and feelings also have important impacts and effects in the world.
But what is most important about visions is their impact on one's own life. But this is talking about real sincere visions of who I can be. This is not about any little vision, like some dream that we happen to have or some little desire we happen to have. Rather, a true spiritual Vision is a seeing of a possible spiritual outcome. Or maybe we have a Vision of how we can be spiritually, as a very loving, wise, and free person. We might see how we can be in our life and what special qualities we might have. And this is not mere fancy, because we know very well that this is possible – that we are capable of it. By analogy, we might have a Vision of how the world could be – of what is possible, what is spiritually possible.
Then, this Vision for our self, or perhaps for the world, will motivate us. The Vision will become our motivator, our motivational power. This is an important self-connection to make – between Vision and motivation. Visions (of what is possible or potential in us) inspire and motivate us.
So this is a very significant meditation to spend some time with – being open to spiritual Vision of what is possible as to who we can be, what kind of person and what higher qualities we can manifest, .. to at least get a glimpse of this. And when we see what is possible for us, we are then motivated to work towards this. And work is certainly a key term here, because no self transformations or spiritual evolutions happen without some degree of vision-insight and work. What this work is cannot so easily be described. It is some kind of self-effort needed to reach the higher goal or self-vision that is seen. But each person will have to see what is needed to get there, which might include sacrificing other stuff.
In our Return to God is union with God's Will – which is the will to be conscious in life, to love inclusively, and to serve life.
To serve life means to:
1) be in respect, caring, and harmony, in all relations
2) bring intelligence and truth into the world (and never be satisfied with falsity)
3) bring more love into the world, into everyone and everything
4) be a creative artist of beauty, harmony, justice, and the evolution of all.
These forms of service are the Will of God.
The meaning of ‘God’s Will’ is discussed more elsewhere, but for here let us define it as a ‘Will to higher or greater good’. The ‘Will-to-love’ could also be included in this. Remember that ‘God’s Will’ is intrinsically a general Principle or general Way, rather than being specific instructions. We need to relinquish the mistaken belief that God has specific instructions for us, or that God’s Will has in mind a specific way or action. The Divine Will is general, not specific; and once we realize this, we might understand our own responsibility.
The first part of this responsibility is to enter into God’s Will, which means being in alignment with that Greater Will, those higher goals and principles. God’s Will is given to us as a general principle or general way to follow, but the specific decisions needed to fulfill the general Will are up to us – it is our responsibility to consider and decide what may be specifically needed (or good) at this time and circumstance, and then fulfill that specific action.
Using a large-business analogy, ‘God’s Will’ is like a set of general business principles to follow and general goals to fulfill, but the actual study and decision about what to do specifically is delegated to those who are most intimately involved with the practical work. In other words, we are the delegates and regents of God, and we are entrusted with actually deciding what is specifically needed or best at the time. So in effect, we are entrusted with deciding what is God’s Will in specific decisions and actions.
Fundamentally, our responsibility is two-fold. One responsibility is to look up, as it were, to realize the higher goals and principles of Life – that which we need to align to, agree to, and seek to fulfill. And the other responsibility is to look down, as it were, to see how to serve life and work to manifest the higher Goals and Principles.
Goals and Principles then follow, coming top-down from the Will of Divine Management. We are asked to accept and agree to this, and bring our own will into alignment with this, which is the meaning of submission of the lower to the Higher. With this alignment and agreement, we come into harmony and cooperation with the Divine Will, and then we begin to fulfill those higher Goals and Purposes.
Again, these Goals are general, and it is up to us to see how to fulfill these Goals in specific ways. God is not a dictator, but more like a Corporate Manager, and so God’s Will (or God’s Command) is better understood as Goals and Principles to follow. And as in any large business, the head manager does not decide how things should best be done all the way down the ladder or hierarchy. More specific decisions and actions are left to the lower levels of the business, though the higher management will oversee the general outcomes and work to make positive adjustments when needed.
So within this organization or system, there are degrees of freedom, or 'semi-autonomy', whereby it is possible that mistakes can be made over the process of time, though this also allows possibility for unexpected positive creative innovation. In fact, one general principle of the whole system is to allow for a maximum of freedom and innovation within the lower ranks of the system, though still maintaining influences that will bring the higher Goals into fulfillment over time. Thus, at any moment within the process of time, there can be discordance and mistakes, as well as temporary hazards, yet in the long run the higher Goals of Management will prevail, because Management can set in motion new influences to bring the general system back into more concordance.
Then, simultaneous to this top-down management, there is also an ongoing bottom-up development, whereby the lower agents are learning how to come into concordance and alignment with the higher managing goals and principles. They are growing up to greater responsibility, and also developing their understanding of the higher Will and developing skills to fulfill this. This will be a gradual development for each particular agent.
So within the system-business there will always be younger developed agents, as well as more developed ones, and thus there are various degrees of intelligence and skill throughout the system of particular agents. Some will be fulfilling the higher Goals better than others, and some may even be making mistakes – but then hopefully learning from this.
One might also see a hierarchy of departments within the corporation, whereby people often work in certain fields of service, and there are leaders of groups and leaders of groups above those groups, each seeking to manifest the Higher Goals. Also important to note is that the Higher Management has instilled in all of us an inherent capacity-essence to seek understanding of higher purposes and the skills needed to fulfill these.
‘God’s Will’ may not be a meaningful term for some people, or it may not be a term people want to use. Notably, it does not mean and should not suggest that a God-figure is, in some kind of arbitrary manner or according to whim, willing this and not willing that, or deciding to help this person and not that other person. The meaning does not have to be anthropomorphic in this way. However, there is a Divine Intention, that is, something intending to be overall in relation to our world.
This relates to Divine Purpose. So we do affirm the reality of Divine Intention; for without this, the Divine Power would have no care about what happens in this world. And we affirm the reality of Divine Purpose; without which our world would have no spiritual purpose. For example, there is a Divine Intention that people live in cooperation and in beauty, rather than in raging fights and in ugliness, and this relates with Divine Purpose. This is close to the meaning of God’s Will. While trying avoid envisioning God as just like a person, there is significance in understanding that God has Intention for our world and a purpose for this creation. This then is related with Divine Will, or what can be called God’s Will. This Will is the Divine Intention with Divine Purpose. So God’s Will, or Divine Will, can also be translated as Divine Intention and Divine Purpose.
Questions about if a decision is of Divine Will can then be re-phrased as questions about if a decision is fulfilling Divine Purpose. Whereas God’s Intention and Will might be seen as a impenetrable mystery, Purpose seems somehow easier to speculate about. For example, if one studies nature, it seems easier to infer an ant’s purpose, rather than its intention or will.
We can also understand Divine Will as Love-Wisdom, which is the Wisdom of Love. God’s Will would have to be the same as the Wisdom of Love, being both wise and loving. So here is another significant translation, such that questions about if a certain decision is God’s Will can be re-phrased as questions about if a decision is loving and wise, or reflecting Love-Wisdom. This seems to bring us even closer to understanding Divine Will and Intention, because we have some sense of what is loving and wise, though certainly not a fool-proof sense1.
This then brings us to another translation of Divine Will, which is simply the Good. God’s Will simply is what is good. God’s Will would have to be good; and if something is definitely good, it is God’s Will. Plato understood this intrinsic logic when he affirmed that the Divine Purpose and Intention is the Good. If I know with almost certainty that a particular decision or action is Good, then I’m equally certain that this is the Divine Will and Love-Wisdom. What we have to get to now is how to know what is good. Here we need to discuss Principles and Values, which help us define the Good.
God’s Will is the same as what is good. If a quality is good, or if an action is good, then this is Divine Will, or God’s Will. What is good is what serves and fulfills Higher Values, which are the Divine Purposes for manifestation. There are multiple Values, which can be explained later, but a few examples are creative harmony and loving relations. There is also a matter of degrees involved in this. Some actions might be good, but other actions might even be better. So when there is a question of what is good to do in any situation, or what choice is good, this question can be translated into what is best or what is the best good among the possible alternatives. Imagine having a choice to make between various alternatives, or imagine leaders having to make a choice. Each of the various alternatives might be good in some respects, but one of these alternatives may be the best good. This can then be called the Good, and this would be God’s Will or Divine Will.
In most cases, the very best choice of good may not actually be chosen, either because of ulterior desires at work or simply because the best choice was not apprehended. Even if one had good intention to choose the best alternative, with an attitude of service to the Divine, it is quite possible to not comprehend what the best choice is, so each person has a limited ability to actually apprehend and choose the best alternative. Therefore, in many circumstances, we may not choose the very best good among all the possible alternatives, but our actual choice could be a close proximity to the very best, and thus it could be said that a particular choice may approach God’s Will, or get close to it, more or less. God’s Will, Divine Will, or the Good, is the Ideal to be approached as closely as possible.
In some cases, a best choice might be obvious among the alternatives; then, God’s Will can be more definitely known. But in other cases, there may not be a definite contrast among the alternatives, or they may in fact be quite similar, such that the degree of Goodness is similar or very close. So in these cases, the Divine Will is not black and white, so to speak, because a few alternative choices may be fairly equal. Thus, a choice between closely-equal Goods would not be so crucial, as it would be if the alternatives were starkly different in their degree of goodness. In other words, it could be that one alternative is not really much better than the other, so these choices are not so crucial to get right as would be those choices where the outcomes of the alternatives are severely different, one being very promotive of good and the other being rather harmful.
It would be mistaken to envision that God or Wisdom always has a definite right choice [in mind, so to speak], for every little detail in life. That is, in many situations, or in many moments, there is not one single right-best decision or action to take, but rather many possible good paths to take, each being a worthy exploration or experiment. A mundane example would be choosing an ice cream flavor. People often have different tastes, whereby one choice is no better than any other. A pertinent question to ask oneself is if a particular choice, or action, has a significant effect upon others, the environment, or even one’s own life. If there is a probable significance in the outcome of such a choice or action, then it is important to consider what is most wise or what is the best good (same meaning as God’s Will); but if the decision/action is trivial in its effect, then the issue of what is best or what is God’s Will is not really relevant.
In cases when the effect of one choice over another is either insignificant, or trivial, or simply unknowable at the time, then any choice taken might be thought of as an experiment or (as with ice cream choices) a creative taste exploration. In the Divine Purpose, creative experiment or/exploration is a worthy endeavor and is a significant spiritual Value in itself. So we should not make a mistake in thinking that we always have to specifically calculate the very best choice, in the assumption that there always is a best choice. Many times there is no definite right path over another path.
By analogy, if we are walking in a lovely forest and we come to two possible paths, we might choose one path one day, but then go on the other path some other day. Sometimes the choices are fairly equal in value, or that one choice has certain fine qualities while the other has different fine qualities. One path goes to a beautiful lake, while the other path reaches an awesome summit view. Both are different, but neither is definitely better than the other. So hopefully one can experience both, but on different occasions. Much of life is like this. However, this insight should not be turned into an absolute relativism of value; mistakenly assuming that all paths are equally good. No, because there are some possible poor choices. One of the forest paths might lead to a landslide or into dangerous territory. In many circumstances, there are wrong choices possible and bad choices.
We should not confuse God’s Will with what we can know of it. There may be times when we cannot know what is the best good; in fact, we might hardly ever know. And of course, we might never know for certain. Nonetheless, the Good, the Divine Will, IS (it spiritually exists), even if it is yet unknown. In other words, we may not know what the Divine Will is, for a given situation, but the Divine Will nonetheless exists [spiritually]. It exists in the dimension of Wisdom, but does not yet manifestedly exist. We might say that it exists as Intention, even if not yet manifested. Thus, it is independent of our knowledge. It is also independent of our present capacity to know. That is, just because we might not yet have a capacity to know a certain wisdom, does not mean there is no wisdom to be known. For example, there was a way to make butter, before anyone figured it out. There is a better way for the world to be, even if no one yet has a clear and vision of it. Though hopefully people do have some kind of vision of what is good, even if we cannot know if our vision is the ultimate best one possible.
The Wisdom of Good exists [spiritually], even if we cannot possible know it, that is, even if we are absolutely incapable of knowing it with any degree of proximity. Divine Will, Purpose, and Values all exist [in the realm of Spirit or of Mind or in Potential], even if we are as yet unaware of it. But it is our hope and intention to know it, or at least intuit what it is to some approximation, and be able to discern what is better from what is worse, in relation to the highest Values – which are of the Divine Intention or Will.
So, in many cases or for many choices, there really is a good path or best path, which is the Wisdom of the Good. This can be known, more or less; then approximated in action, more or less. That is, we can come closer to knowing the Wisdom (or the best choice), more or less, and we can closer to actualizing this Wisdom, more or less. For each of us individually, and as a social society, doing God’s Will means coming as close as we can to actualizing the Wisdom of what is Good. Yet in some cases or circumstances, the limited alternatives available do not have enough contrast or difference for there to be a single, definite Wisdom choice.
There are four basic ways2, or methods, for realizing and doing the Divine Will – that is, doing Good, or what is best and right.
The first way, and the most important, is our own inherent moral sense, our spiritual conscience, or our intuitive feeling of what is good, right, best. This feeling, sense, or intuition is primary in importance, and it should be the executive leader within our self. It also forms the premises for reasoning. In this way one directly feels how to respond to needs. If one is in Love and guided by Love, and if one is empathetic with others, feeling their needs and pains; then one will naturally respond in a good way. Love and empathy are the keys to a moral or spiritual sense of what is good. One also has to trust in one’s own sense.
The second way is reasoning. With reasoning, critical thinking and comparison, we can clarify the important Values and weigh their worth in terms of the Overall Good (as known by the Intuition). Reasoning, or rational and critical thinking, is the great instrument we have in order to discover truths and figure out complicated situations. With feeling and intuition we can directly know fundamental truths and values, but when complicated situations arise, or complicated choices, we need reason and thought to compare and contrast, and to figure out more complicated plans. With reasoning we discover the important Values based on a relation with Purposes (which are known intuitively). Values are also partly realized intuitively, but reasoning is also needed.
The third method is by rules and suggestions. Religions and some philosophies offer suggestions for a better life, and they sometimes develop rules for right behavior and action. Sometimes these rules become outdated. Sometimes the rules were biased or unwise from the start. But sometimes the rules (like suggestions) give people useful guidelines for life and decisions. Ignorant people grasp onto the rules they have learned and believe these with absolute faith as being the true. To form a system of belief based fundamentally on rules, or texts, or some kind of prophesy is a sign of ignorance. Yet, children need specific rules and guidance; and thus adults as well. These can be very helpful to anyone. But the wise ones do not simply follow rules nor things written. The wise fundamentally follow their own moral or spiritual sense, or spiritual intuition. And secondly, the wise use reasoning to apply what they know directly to complicated situations.
Rules are useful as guidelines. But we should be wary of detailed rules, since life often presents complex situations whereby what is good cannot simply be defined by fixed rules. Be wary of fixed and rigid rules, though sometimes these can be helpful is situation where we would otherwise have no idea what best to do. Thus, when in doubt, when the spiritual senses are not showing us what to do and when reasoning does not help, then a rule or traditional mannerism can be helpful.
If rules become generalized enough, rather than having specific details; then these generalizations can become useful Principles, and from these Principles we can use some reasoning to decide what is best to do. General Principles are really the best kinds of rules. An example is – do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. Or another is – seek the highest good for everyone in all situations. Another is – a right moral action is one in which it would be good for everyone to do. That is – the universality Principle.
The fourth method to actualize what is good, right, best, and to be aligned with God’s Will is a development of virtues in oneself. This method emphasizes the development and actualization of self virtues, spiritual qualities in oneself; rather than emphasizing knowledge of what is good and right. The other methods, discussed above, are ways to know what is good and right, but this way is to develop what is good in oneself. Then, good/right action comes from good character qualities. The premise here is that, for example, a loving and caring person will respond in the world with loving, caring actions, which will be good actions.
All four methods are important and useful. Yet, in a moment or situation, we tend to emphasize one of them more than others. It is best to consider all of these ways as useful to knowing what is Good or what is best, or as important in developing good self qualities. Two key ideas in this are synthesis and balance. Furthermore, each of these ways can act as balancing checks to the other ways. Whereas if one were to only apply one of these methods, then there is more possibility for error or deception. For example, fixed moral rules, by religion or by cultural tradition, may become either outdated or not adaptable enough to unique circumstances. To follow rules alone can result in rigid behavior and lacks in self intuition. On the other hand, if one just applies self intuition and moral feeling about what is good, then this subjective feeling can sometimes be deceptive or corruptible, since ego desire can sometimes sneak in and appear to be a moral feeling. Overall, it is good to trust one’s own senses, intuitions and feelings, but simultaneously we should also keep an objective eye on this, which can be done by balancing in intelligence and reasoning, or also by considering traditional rules and principles. The addition of intelligence and reasoning, in regards to what is good, is to consider objectified Values or Ideals/Goals, and the possibility of synthesis. For example, one great Value is equal justice. So once we acknowledge this as a significant Value/Ideal, we can intelligently find ways to reach this Value, or we can discern good-right action based on how well it succeeds in reaching that Value. Yet, the only way we can discover these objectified Values/ Ideals, is either by simply believing others (teachers, culture, religious texts, etc) or believing in one’s own moral intuitive sense. Finally, one could argue that all of the methods by which one might realize what is good to do are insufficient without some deliberate effort at good character building – or developing self virtues. Yet having good-virtuous self qualities is in itself insufficient without some degree of intelligence and knowledge of good Values; because, even if we have good character and good intentions, we also need to recognize the optimum outcome or destination. That is, we also need to recognize what is good or not good in the world, or in our lives; besides being a good person in ourselves. And we also need to see ways to reach good outcomes, and see ways to successfully fulfill our good intentions.
Could add: Might be some problems with moral sense, sympathetic sense and love-response, if the need requires more wisdom. Though it is true that love is the foundation for right action, intelligence or wisdom is also important. Some have said that good intentions and love is not enough; wisdom is also necessary.
God as the Ultimate Power-Reality ‘supports’ both children, the good and bad. Nothing can be without some energy, and all energy comes from the Sun-Light. The Sun supports both good and bad. God is the parent of both, yet God does not compel either. God does not intentionally create bad. Rather, bad is an inevitability of the creative evolutionary process. God the parent provides the wisdom and love as gifts, but it is the choice of each to receive this or not. The ones who receive are the good ones, and the ones who neglected to receive and follow this love and wisdom are the bad ones. Of course, the bad ones could be described as ignorant, or we could say that they have not yet realized the love and wisdom of God, so they are not yet in the Light, but rather they are in the dark. Thus, there are those of the Light and those of the dark, and those of the dark are merely those who have not yet experienced the Light. Their bad actions stem from this ignorance, this lack of the Light, but in time, later on, they will awaken. In any natural process of evolution there are ways that are not going to carry on; but the truly functional ones will.
God, the Unconditional Love, always loves and by its nature cannot bear to destroy or hold back its life-giving energy. So even the bad are still sustained by God’s unconditional Love; they are continually given more chances. Though at some point the chances run out, due to natural causes and transformative energies. The Spiritual Will of God is for the good and to transform the bad, or to heal and educate that poor devil. Spiritual Will only supports the good and works to transform the bad.
To understand this, realize that God has both aspects: the Unconditional Love (Mother Quality) and the Spiritual Will (Father Quality). Unconditional Love sustains all, both good and bad and everything in between. It may not approve of all, but the love still goes on. However, the Spiritual Will only focuses on the good. It works to strengthen the good and transform the bad. Divine Wisdom, the third aspect of God, distinguishes good from bad. So this aspect, like the Spiritual Will, is not sympathetic nor acceptive to everyone and everything. Wisdom is able to distinguish good and bad, rather than lump everything together into one pile of good, as in ‘it’s all good.’
Note that due to the aspect of Unconditional Love, life is abundant with diversity and genetic experiments, as life is allowed to experiment. What we see as bad is simply part of this allowed experiment, graced with unconditional love. Yet due to the aspects of Spiritual Will and Wisdom, life has a learning tendency and develops intelligent direction, which brings about a transformation of the bad and an evolution towards greater beauty, harmony and perfection.
The WAY is to accept what is given (even if from fate); yet also then respond with love and wisdom. Whatever happens and however people treat us, we need to accept [as the Given] – (even if from fate) and then respond with higher spiritual will, that is, with compassion and wisdom. This attitude of acceptance has been part of the spiritual teachings relating to God; as in, accepting God and what God gives. Yet much of what people needed to accept was really fate rather than God’s Will. Either one needs to be accepted.
Mercy-Love-Guidance-Healing is always available, but not always 100% successful. This thesis is significantly different from the idea that God’s Mercy is always 100% successful, as suggested by those who also believe that every event in this world is absolutely perfect since God’s Mercy is everywhere actively shown. So why isn’t God’s Mercy and Divine Will always actively successful? Two big reasons: one is because there isn’t enough receptivity, the other reason is because discordant or negative thoughts/emotions distort the potential activity. These are main reasons why the Divine doesn’t work so well through us. The Divine is at work on this problem, but this transformation of discordance and negativity is gradual. Yet we can speed up the Divine Work if we take responsibility for consciously transforming our own lack of receptivity, our negativity and our discordant thoughts/emotions. Consciously choose receptivity, positive faith, and harmonious alignment with the Divine.
Divine Will, Love, Consciousness and Intelligence are potentials for us. They are not always running at 100% through us. Sometimes the Divine is weak through human beings. Yet it is in process of becoming stronger. In like manner, Divine Mercy, Guidance and Healing are potentials that are not always running at 100% through us or in the world. Thus, to say that Mercy and Guidance is always at work is incorrect. It is not always manifesting 100%. So one cannot say that every event must have been a perfect example of God’s Mercy or God’s Love or God’s Will. One of the mistakes in thinking about God is separating Will and Love and Wisdom in an unconnected way. For example, some might believe that God Wills a certain event, but simultaneously admit that this event does not exhibit Love or Intelligence. This is nonsense. If an event or action does not exhibit either Love or Intelligence, then it could not be God’s Will, because Will and Love and Intelligence are intrinsically related. So if one can admit that not all events manifest Love, then it must also follow that not all events manifest God’s Will.
The truth is that Mercy Guidance Healing are always a ready potential, then manifest if the receptive conditions are sufficient. They are always at work, in the sense whatever mistakes we make, the Mercy is again entering the world. No matter what direct we take, Mercy and Guidance is once again coming around the corner and beckoning us to it. It’s like a lover that is always forgiving and always waiting. No matter where you go away from the Lover, in paths divergent from God, the Lover is always ready to receive and love you.
The Divine Will, Love, Mercy, Intelligence, Guidance, Healing is initiating Itself every moment. It is not simply passive. It is initiating, and so in this sense It is always at work. But initiating is not the same as 100% successful manifestation. The Divine Mercy is initiating Itself in each moment, but in each moment it is not always received. It is like a Guest knocking on our door hoping to spend some time with us. So it is initiating. But whether or not we connect with the Guest, the Mercy-Love, depends on our manners of receptivity and our present attitude in relation to the Divine. Without the needed right attitude of relation and without sufficient receptivity, the Divine Mercy-Love and Guidance cannot enter into our space. This is because the ego has enough power to suppress, ignore or distort the Divine Love and Guidance, at least to some degree, enough to divert success. And if not suppressing or distorting, the ego is often so preoccupied with other attractions or worries that it has no attention left for being open and receptive to the Divine Mercy-Love-Guidance.
Yet the Divine Qualities come through human beings, not separate from this medium. And the degree of this ‘coming through’ depends on conditions of the person. Thus the manifesting Divine Qualities are conditional, depending on us, the quality of mediumship. Not everyone is manifesting the Divine Qualities to the degree that they ideally could be manifested. Thus, not every event is perfect, since imperfect people could not produce perfect events.
Divine Perfection is what is meant to be: Truth, Justice, Love, Beauty, and Harmony. Yet since the world and people are only in evolutionary process towards the Divine Ideals, the Divine Perfection is but an Ideal. Yet the perfect Ideal is in Divine Mind. So we need to see this divine Ideal deep in our Intuitional Mind – the place of Ideals. Then, we need to keep this is mind and bring it into lower mind, and also affirm its Truth, that this is how I really AM and others are. All else is illusion.
Note that evolution does have intelligence running through it, though not always at optimum. The evolutionary process is partly by creative trial or innovation. This is called mutation in life science. And it is partly by the knowledge survival of how to be successful. For example, when someone learns of a better way or a solution to some problem, this is usually passed on to next generations and thus this knowledge survives, while the failures are not remembered nor studied.
1We are not referring to good-will intentions as necessarily being of the Divine Will. Good intention and having goodwill is of course good, but without wisdom it is usually insufficient to produce actual good in the world. We are primarily concerned here with actual good in the world, not mere good intentions.
2Relating to the three branches of US government, each checking and balancing the others.