William Faulkner observed: “The past is not dead. It’s not even past.”
Jung has said that what we deny will most likely return to us as fate.
But do we need to fight our fate—or think that fate is also our destiny?
I believe not. Fate and destiny are different.
Destiny is that yearning in our souls that calls us into our future. It is love, calling us to Itself. Destiny calls us into the very heart of God, which is our home. It is our desire for love and new possibilities that speak to us from our hearts. It is that wonder and beauty within us which our soul yearns for. Destiny calls us into our authentic Self.
Viktor Frankl, the psychiatrist who wrote Man’s Search for Meaning from his experiences in a Nazi prison camp, has shown us that no matter how dire the circumstances, we are free to choose our attitudes. We can choose destiny right now, while we also live our fate.
These two forces, fate and destiny, intersect every moment. In each experience we are free to choose. One choice causes us to relive our past in some form or another, and one calls us into new possibilities. They do not fight each other, but are complimentary.
Each moment is a heroic moment, and choice is always here for us, no matter what our circumstances.
It takes risk to believe in new possibilities. It takes a risk to truly love yourself, no matter what is happening or has happened or might happen. LOVE—the single energy of the universe—is here and you are IT! Love always has the last word.
What are you going to serve today? Your fate or your destiny?
More information about this very intriguing subject may be found in the book, What Matters Most, by James Hollis