If we think of our lives like a video game that has many levels that we can ultimately win--winning meaning we eventually follow the path that is our Divine Soul Blueprint--then many things about "free will" can be put into perspective.
When you are playing a video game, you don't have the skills from the beginning to play the "perfect path" to the "ultimate goal", so almost always the games are divided into "levels. Within those levels, you can go many different ways. As you go various ways, you usually are gaining points, but you may not be gaining all the points you potentially could be and you certainly are not "winning" the whole game. To get all the points possible in each level, you have to learn the right way to go at each turn or in each situation. Eventually, you do this through practice, as well as trial and error, and you advance from one level to the next. If you learn from your mistakes and you figure out the exact paths to take to make it to the ultimate goal: you WIN the game. The path to win the game is "programmed" one way though and you have to really pay attention, learn the game, hone your skills, be dedicated, and really want to be a winner to make sure you don't "miss the path' and have to repeat a level. Life is this way!
Many are not aware even of having a Divine Soul Blueprint that, if they were to follow it, they would "win" at life--meaning they would be living their "highest and best good" or ultimate life possible--The ACTUAL life they are MEANT to live!
The question really becomes: Do you want an easier life, in that you "do what you want" all the time--what some consider "freedom"--but you are missing your "best and highest good" or do you want to go for all you came here to be?
To be all that you can, live your best life possible, or LIVE your Divine Soul Blueprint is a "narrower" path. It takes more self-discipline, and to some, can even seem they are relinquishing their "free will" because they are having to "stick to a plan" to get there. They may even feel "manipulated" because there is a "plan" and Spirit and their guides are trying to get them to see it! The Judeo-Christian analogy would be following the will of God and "Straight is the gate, narrow is the way."
But, another way to look at it is: Anything worth going for requires focus, dedication, setting goals, choosing to do this, not that, etc. Opting to live your Divine Soul Blueprint is really no different and the reward is far greater. It's actually the difference between more of an immediate gratification mindset--a "me me, now now" way of thinking, which can still lead to certain levels of success and happiness, but will always leave you with a "something-is-missing" feeling. That feeling is there because within us, we are all longing to live our best lives possible and fulfill our Divine Soul Blueprint. Our own short-sightedness, and just plain not even knowing about this to begin with, is the cause of our lives not having the fullness or level of satisfaction that "somewhere, something" in us KNOWS we are "supposed to have". ~~Maysha