the Old Reality, things were seen as opposites – hot or cold, black
or white, good or bad, this way or that way. In the expanded view of New
Reality consciousness, life is seen in a unified way. Opposite sides of
the coin are viewed, not as polar opposites, but rather as just being
different aspects of the one coin.
In the New Reality view of
the world, the opposite extremes of hot and cold become variable degrees
of warmth. Black and white become, instead, endless shades of gray. Good
and bad become different shades of human nature and these can be viewed
without the judgment and fear that comes with Old Reality, polarized
In the Old Reality, destiny and free will were seen
as mutually exclusive. The reasoning was that, if destiny exists, then it
controls everything and, therefore, free will does not exist. On the other
hand, you can prove that free will does exist by making a choice. So, as
the thinking goes, if free will does exist, then there can be no destiny.
But, wait. Perhaps that choice of “free will” was
really a pre-destined one. Perhaps the person was destined to make that
choice all along, so the experience of choice was just an illusion. At
this point, people usually give up on the whole question because it has
turned into one of those brain teasers, like asking which came first
– the chicken or the egg.
Brain teasers keep your mind
in an endless loop until you step back from the situation and see it in a
wider perspective. The new, wider perspective allows for the inclusion of
non-materialistic factors. In deciding whether the chicken or the egg came
first, for example, you just have to step back and see that the Creator
designed the chicken to be self-perpetuating.
When you step
back and see destiny and free will from a wider perspective, you realize
that nothing has to be absolute. If every event in your life were
pre-ordained, there would be no such thing as free will or
self-determination. As we do have free will, destiny cannot be fixed.
Destiny is therefore variable, not fixed. Destiny and free will
both exist as interwoven facets of your life. Like threads in a tapestry,
they interact with each other and blend to form the outcomes that are the
events in your life.
Your destiny is created by plans that you
made at a soul level of consciousness. Before you were born, you made your
main plan for this life. Then, the minute you were born, the rules of the
game demanded that you also get a case of amnesia about the whole
arrangement. Such is the game of life in the physical realm.
However, at night when you go to sleep, you have the ability to go to
the deepest levels of human consciousness and review how the original plan
is unfolding and make changes to your plan if desired. When you return to
your physical body and awake in the morning, amnesia strikes again. Within
seconds of your conscious mind returning into your physical brain, you
forget both the surface dreams and the deep experiences of the night.
Amnesia may be a part of the game we are playing in this life, but
inner guidance is always available to anyone who pays attention to it.
Your intuition is your link to your soul, or inner being, which is also
linked to the rest of the universe and all levels of Creation.
You are never left alone to fumble in the darkness of a purely physical
life. Your inner being is always there with you, expressing itself through
the quiet whisperings of intuitive information. Thanks to this inner
compass of knowing, you can always sense which choice feels right. You can
always tell when your life is running on plan, and you can tell equally
well if you’ve become temporarily distracted from your plan. You
always have the means to be right on course, or get back on course, and
explore the fascinating themes that make up your life plan.
The most productive use of free will is to explore your true potential
within the themes of your life, thus gaining the greatest possible
experience from your life plan.
Destiny is an influence that
comes from your inner plan. There is nothing absolute about your destiny.
It’s a pressure which constantly seeks the best route to unfold into
Free will provides the means to manifest that
destiny in a way that provides the learning that you came here to acquire
in this life.
Destiny is variable. It adapts to new
circumstances in your life every day. As destiny unfolds, you feel it
within as a sense of being a part of the flow of life, of manifesting your
potential in the way that you planned for this day and that you planned
for this life. Destiny is the plan. Free will is the
action. Experience is the result.
That’s what being
This was an excerpt from Owen Waters’
book, Spirituality Made Simple.*
*OUT OF PRINT advisory: This
book is about to go out of print. If you would like to avail yourself
– or a friend – of one of the few remaining copies of
“Spirituality Made Simple,” here is the link:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1932336303