Impulses of the mind, body, and emotions can be either conscious or unconscious. Sometimes we consciously follow these impulses; we are aware of our addictions to certain behaviors, yet we continue to indulge them because the urges are so powerful. We often act without realizing it. In both situations, we think it was our choice to behave as we did. We assert that it was my free will and decision. But being identified with your thoughts is what makes you uncertain about which choices were made with free will. Your thoughts do not make you. You are your soul; you are a spiritual entity. Examining free will requires looking at it from the viewpoint of the soul rather than the mind. Your intention, the intention of your soul, is exercised through free will. Every choice you make that leads your soul closer to self-realization is an act of free will. Everything else is driven by emotion. Although you frequently believe that your actions are spontaneous, you usually succumb to both conscious and unconscious impulses. You only have to respond to the question, “Is this in accordance with my soul’s intention?” to decide whether a decision is free will. What is and is not subject to free will can be easily distinguished from this viewpoint. Otherwise, you must distinguish between decisions that are based on impulses and those that are not. Due to the fact that many impulses are unconscious, this causes confusion. Understanding patterns is made simpler by this point of view. For instance, if you didn’t know that spending six hours a day watching television on the couch was based on an impulse, you would when you asked yourself, “Is this in the best interest of my soul?” Then, you can reflect on what this is forcing or stopping you from doing. You may thus observe how the pattern of conduct has an impact.