Do you believe in destiny?
Do you believe that every word you say, every thought you have, every decision you take and every action you make, has already been decided for you and you are just acting like a puppet on a string?
Or, do you believe in free will?
You believe that you are the master of your mind, that everything you think and every decision you make is up to you and you are responsible for your own actions?
Well, if you don’t believe in free will, I have some very bad news for you.
You have to believe in free will – You have no choice!
I often talk about the Western thought and the scientific method of looking at the world.
As westerners, we tend to see the world as black and white, one way or the other, free will or determinism.
We don’t see the universe as an infinite rainbow of realities; we only see reality as true or false.
So there is another point of view I would like to tell you about, where free will and determinism are not absolutes but rather gradients, nuances, variables in a universe of infinite possibilities scenarios.
Let’s look at life as a game of cards:
At birth, you are dealt a hand. Some of us are lucky some are less fortunate.
Some are born rich some are born poor. Some are born in big powerful countries some are born in small insignificant ones. Some of us are white, black, male, female etc.
I have to make a small parenthesis here. In the Buddhist thought of reincarnation, you chose the state of your birth and the problems of your life according to the lessons you have to learn.
So the hand you are dealt is not random at all. But that makes little or no difference.
Once you are born you start playing your hand.
In the beginning, you are actually not the one making the decisions but your parents.
Eventually, as you grow older you gain more and more independence and finally, you become the master of your own decisions, of your destiny.
Now regardless of how you believe the game is played, regardless that you believe in destiny or free will, the rules of the game does not change:
You play your hand badly, you lose.
You play your hand correctly, you win.
Looking back at your life, in retrospective, you can see the instances when you played your hand badly and you can see when you took the right decisions. You are aware that if you have played your hand correctly if you have taken all the correct decisions, your life would have been totally different than what you have now.
I define destiny as a perfect scenario of your life, as what your life should be if playing all your hands perfectly.
The purpose of your destiny is to teach you all your lessons you need to escape the wheel of reincarnation.
The purpose of your destiny is to attain enlightenment in your lifetime.
Failing to do so will result in your death and subsequently a new reincarnation.
So how do you play your hand perfectly?
How do you know that your life is on the right path?
How do you know you are manifesting your own destiny?
When you are on the right path you know it by the way you feel.
When you are on the right path you are in what I call “the zone”.
You feel different, you are energized, you have clarity, you have energy and joy.
When you are on the path of your destiny you are confident, optimist and fearless.
When you are in “the zone” you start developing “premonition”, you start sensing the future.
You start feeling, knowing instinctively what to say and what to do.
Another sign of being on the path is “deja-vu”
You start having more and more deja-vu episodes to the point that you will experience your life like a cinematic experience.
Like watching your life unfold rather than the usual “I have no idea what’s going on” feeling of your regular life.
So, are you in the zone?
Are you playing all your hands correctly?
Are you manifesting your destiny?
If not it’s time to rock the boat, break the rules, change the course.
Like Stephen Colbert said:
“Attack your life! It’s going to kill you anyway”