Free Will vs Destiny: Can We Shape Our Future?
What determines the course of your life? Is it free will or destiny?
Many people believe that our fate is predetermined. That the entire course of our life is laid out before us, and no matter what we do, our life will happen in some prearranged way.
But what about your free will? Aren’t you the master of your own destiny? As a human being, don’t you have the freedom to choose your actions?
In this article, we’ll look in depth at what free will and destiny mean, and what roles they play in the shaping of your future.
Destiny and Free Will Defined
The Cambridge dictionary defines destiny as: “the force that some people think controls what happens in the future, and which cannot be influenced by people.”
Free Will is defined as: "the ability to act and make choices independent of any outside influence.”
Po, the lead character in the animation movie Kung Fu Panda said: "You are the master of your destiny: No one and nothing can come in between you and your destiny except you. Take destiny by the horns and have fun.”
You should understand that you are in control of your life and nothing can come in between you and what you want, except you. No one can decide how you want to live your life. …
…You have the freedom to choose.
For example, you’ve always wanted to lose weight and have a healthy, fit body, but what is holding you back? It’s not the tempting foods that your spouse prepares, nor the cozy sofa that seems to always invite you to sit there and just watch tv instead of exercising…
…It is you that is holding yourself back.
It is your thinking that is stopping you.
You are preventing yourself from taking action and change.
How Karma Relates To The Free Will and Fate
Some people believe that fate and karma are the same things.
Karma is the law of cause and effect. The actions you performed in the past affect your present. and your actions in the present affect your future. Karma is an accumulation of all your thoughts, actions, and deeds, in this lifetime and your past lifetimes.
Fate is related to inevitable future events that are considered to be unchangeable. The perception of karma is that the past actions of a person shapes their fate. According to karma’s principle, the actions of a person are the creators of their destiny.
You are responsible for your actions, and you create everything that happens in your life, whether they are good or bad. You are responsible for your happiness or misery.
Through your free will, you get to choose actions that bring success and happiness to yourself and others.
Free will is exercised in the choices you make in your lifetime, and the outline of your life is written around your karma. But the choices you make are yours to make.
Your free will determines when your lessons will be learned, how well you will learn them, and what you will do with that knowledge.
You have reaped what you sowed when karma taught you a lesson, and by using that lesson to create a turn of events, you are actually changing your destiny.
If you choose to keep doing what is good, and with the best of intentions, in the future, you will also experience the best of what life has to offer.
What Is Reincarnation?
Reincarnation is a process wherein the soul gets a new body, after the previously occupied physical body dies. At which point, the soul leaves it.
Your soul reincarnates in order to learn, and correct your mistakes, in order to achieve ultimate perfection. Through reincarnation, your soul becomes purified, lifetime after lifetime, until such a point that your soul becomes perfected, and then it moves to the spirit realm.
Karma – Good Or Bad?
Your soul rests until such time that it is ready to re-enter the physical world again to continue on its spiritual journey.
When you die, your soul leaves your body, and this will be the day when you find out if you have a surplus of good or bad in karma. And your good or bad karma determines whether or not you will have a comfortable life when you are reborn again.
This death and rebirth cycle goes on and on, until such time that your soul reaches a state of transcendence.
How Reincarnation Relates To Free Will and Fate
Since you have lived many past lives because of reincarnation, each incarnation brings with it lessons for you to learn and improve on, and challenges for you to work through. Your past lives even influence your opinions and perspectives in this life.
These are the foundations from which you build your personalities in this life.
So, the course of your current life is mostly predetermined by your past lifetimes and what you didn’t finish then, you will come back to finish now.
So, this is where free will comes into place.
You are not fated to live the same life over and over again. You make a choice during each life time about learning or not. You have the freedom on how to respond to challenges you are presented with, and how to deal with your talents.
Shaping Your Own Destiny
Now that you know that you have the ability to change your future, here are some tips on how shape your destiny and create the future that you want.
- Believe that you create your destiny
Remember, your thoughts create reality. To create the life that you want, you have to believe that you can achieve it. It is your core belief that shapes your destiny - not just your thoughts.
What you focus on, grows. Focus means believing in yourself.
Know who you want to become and focus on it.
- Follow your passion
The more that you live your passion, the closer you’ll be able to reach your destiny. Do what makes you happy and feel alive.
You can align the various elements of your life with your passion, such as your career, hobbies, free time, and the people you associate with.
- Put the work in
In order to achieve your goals, do something concrete towards them. For example, if you want to write a book, then you should start to write a page a day.
Whether it is your destiny or freewill that is guiding you, these things mean nothing if you don’t put in the work it takes to fulfill your life’s purpose. Being successful is a result of your hard work, blood, sweat, and tears.
Keep in mind that you have the ability to choose what you want to do with your life, and to live the life that you want. The lessons that you have gained from your experiences in this life are the exact ones that will help you have a better and happy life in the future.
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