It's hard to believe that it was over a year ago that I started my blog only to fail to continue.... until now. I have so many topics in my mind to write about so this time, my goal is to be consistent with the frequency of posts. As I declare my intention, I'm hoping it will help me to have the self discipline to follow through.
Today, I'm flooded with thoughts of destiny and how that relates to responsibility. I love to look words up in the dictionary to not only get the meaning clear in my brain but also to trace the origins of words. The number 2 definition in Dictionary.com says, "the predetermined course of events" and the origin points to destine. The number 2 for that says, "to appoint or ordain beforehand" and the origin points to stand. Pretty much the word fate is the same but relates more to a person's life.
So is destiny/fate the way it actually works here? It seems most people don't like that idea because they always ask about the concept of free will. If we proceed with the notion that our lives are predetermined to a small degree or totally, then where does free will fit? What if most everything is a product of destiny? Then free will would allow us the control of how we experience our fate. We would have total control of our emotional responses, judgments, and attitudes. In this scenario, I would like to think that we actually created the plan of our own lives before we slid into our bodies. Then the plan would totally suit our own personal needs while also considering the whole of which we are a part. Then our intuition, precognitive dreams and insights, psychic experiences, and gut feelings would just be a glimpse into our destiny.
So then, where does fear fit into this? Suddenly, fear seems absurd except in the context of not wanting to be inconvenienced! I personally don't like allowing fear to make the decisions and steer the boat. It clouds my judgement and distracts me from the divinity all around me. So then comes responsibility. I understand the concept of personal responsibility quite well. But where are the edges of that as I navigate the world around me? I love to be helpful and in service of others when asked or when the situation presents itself to me. My father is a lovely example of selfless service that I've observed my whole life. Oh ya! The answers are always, "Follow your gut!" and "You know in your heart what is the right thing to do." and "Ask for help from the universe and the answers will come to you." I say these things to other people! But If things are predestined, then I can't interfere with another's destiny. When I think I know what's best for someone else, I only have limited control over their behavior or experiences... ugh