I just finished watching a TV series, one that was removed from the air after one season. The series dealt with free will, predetermination, destiny (or her more rigid sister, fate), quantum wave fields, and theoretical particle physics with light topics thrown in such as the ultimate fate of the universe (science calls that the Omega Point). Perhaps you can already see why it was not a hit? Yes, I watched the entire series. You know I had to see where they were going with all of that.
In any case, in the series everyone saw part of the future. Precisely because of the spiritual and occult work I have done, I was fascinated by the reactions of the characters: some people wanted the future and others did not. Many argued that the future had to happen because the universe would make it come true while others believed that it could be changed. I compared that to in real life — that place we live in when we are conscious in our physical bodies. People often want to know the future. Tarot readings, shamanic journeying, dreamwork, horoscopes, psychic readings, economic forecasting … individuals look for answers in all of these. They want some hint of what might happen.
You can get an idea of the future from all of those. But they really just offer hints and strategies: the person will decide what to do with that knowledge. And only time will tell where it leads.
I believe in destiny as a general guideline. Destiny is not a tunnel but a path delineated by a series of branching decision points. For instance, if an individual’s destiny is to help people, she could be a doctor or humanitarian, a nun or a philanthropist, a counselor, self-help writer, minister, nanny or physical therapist — you get the idea. Each of those professions fit into the destiny outlined for that person. But what a different life each would bring. That’s the important point: you have to live inside the life you choose. Or for those who believe everything is preordained, you make the choices about how you live the life that is thrust upon you.
Each decision is a crossroads. What a wonderful scary liberating thought that is.