A week ago I attended a spiritual meeting, in which we were asked to meditate on a paragraph from a book “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind” by Deepak Chopra, and then express our thoughts on it.
I don’t recall the words of the passage. I recall only that the discussion touched on free will and destiny, among other things.
When I was much younger, I couldn’t even fathom the idea that we couldn't choose our own path. Fair enough, the historical and cultural environment already precludes many choices, especially if you are a woman and live in countries like Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, our future is not set in stone and we can always change it with the choices we make every day, however small they are, and with our determination. The non-violent movement led by Mahatma Gandhi and the Jamaican bobsled team spring to mind. So, we do have free will, right?
Theology, philosophy, literature and science have been dwelling on this topic for thousand of year, yet no definite answer has been found. In its absence, in my late teens, I reached the following conclusions:
At 18, I decided that if God existed and that was why I had two working cells in my brain, then God would want me to use my brain, like Jesus allegedly tells in the Parable of the Talents. Therefore, I took my chances and walked out of the Catholic Church, much to my parents’ consternation and disapproval.
I felt lost in the beginning, as if I had lost my mum. I had to re-choose my values, decide who I wanted to be, what legacy to leave behind me and nobody was there to help me. It took me years to find my path, and every time I thought I had it all figured out, something would happen and I would have to change my plans completely.
Whether I considered the change positive or negative, it required me to re-evaluate my priorities. Like when I developed a medical condition that caused my muscles to ache when I did computer work, and I had an office job.
Or when my daughter was born just over a year after I had joined her dad in France. We had been working so hard that we had had no time to create a support network. After a while, we realised that if something serious happened to either of us, the other would not be able to cope with a small child and no friends and family around. Thus, we decided to relocate to Italy, instead of staying there for the rest of our lives. I'm sure that you have examples of your own, of things that didn’t go the way your expected them to.
For decades, I firmly believed that my choices were an expression of my free will. However, the way my life has unfolded has convinced me otherwise. Everything happened for a reason, a reason unknown to me until much later.
For example, my embracing atheism and my medical condition being incurable with allopathic medicine pushed me to question even more what I had been taught that was normal, acceptable, and real, like Neo in the “The Matrix.” Atheism and physical suffering have been instrumental in expanding my way of thinking and becoming a spiritual person first, and a Light Worker later on.
Almost in my fifties, I have another hypothesis to add to the ones I formulated in my teens, because at the time I didn’t know that I could have a close, personal relationship with God without being religious. And because I hadn’t watched the film “Sliding doors”.
In “Sliding doors” there are two parallel plot lines: one in which the main character, Helen, catches the tube and gets home from work 10 minutes earlier than usual, and one in which the tube doors slide in front of her so she gets home 10 minutes late. To me, the choices that she makes in those parallel lives lead only apparently to different results, because the most important events are the same in both lives.
And from my experience, only when I “let go and let God”, in other words when I release the need to control the outcome of a situation and instead I accept to surrender to God’s Will, my challenges disappear rapidly and in unexpected ways. And once I'm willing to listen to God and my angels, and ask them why certain things have happened in my life, the answer I receive is usually related to deals I had made before incarnating. I’d like to give you specific examples, but they are too personal to be shared in a blog post.
It's for the above reasons that I’ve come to the conclusion that free will is just an illusion, have adopted the motto “Own Your Destiny and Be A Star” and illustrated this concept in the video at the beginning of my piece and in my Home page.
In this video the petals of the lotus flower represent the different realities or universes where we live (Wherever You Are).
In each universe or reality where we exist, we face different situations and have different choices to make (Whatever You Do).
The lotus flower then folds: at the end of time all universes and realities go back to the same point of origin, and once we cease to exist on one level of existence we continue on to the next one, and often afterwards we reincarnate. In truth we are all One, there is no separation between you and me, as we are parts of the same creation.
In the finale the lotus flower explodes and rockets (new versions of us) blast away, each one on a new adventure.
Hence the invitation to "Own Your Destiny and Be a Star".
In other words, the only real choice we have is either to allow ourselves to feel victimised by external circumstances or rise to the challenge and be masters of our destinies, living in a conscious, awaken manner. I have chosen the latter, although it means that I have no excuses or other people to blame for my shortcomings or apparent failures.
What about you my dear Seeker, what conclusions have you come to?
Yesterday evening I attended the second video screening
of the recent ‘TEDx Folkestone: Pushing The Boundaries’
talks at the Lime Bar here in Folkestone. The event was well attended, with lively Q&A sessions.
Here’s the talks’ messages in a nutshell.
SIMON COLEMAN: INNOVATING TO CHANGE
In this talk, Simon explains how to push the boundaries of the economic system so that it becomes sustainable and profitable.
He starts by talking about one of his main concerns, the rate of deforestation, currently at 300 football pitches per hour. Forests are destroyed to grow beef cattle, palm oil, and soya, while the wood is used to make furniture and paper.
Throughout the years, the situation hasn’t improved, proving that the deforestation won’t be stopped by our political leaders or by the industries that benefit from it. Also, there’s the big problem of illegal deforestation.
How can we push the boundaries of the economic system then?
By listening to Bruce Lee, who once said: “Be like water. If there is no wave, create one.”
The wave that will change the economic system will be the result of Personal Purchase Power. If every consumer reduces the consumption or stops buying products that are produced unethically, more and more entrepreneurs will offer ethical goods. Eventually, those who don’t change the way they operate will go out of business.
The good thing is that not only more and more consumers are making informed decisions, but also more and more entrepreneurs are concerned about the same issues and are already looking for new solutions.
PAUL BRANSINGTON: HUMANS, ROBOTS AND BUSINESS: HOW MAD LANGUAGE DAMAGES EVERYTHING
With examples of corporate messages, Paul helps us understand why public’s trust in companies is at an all-time low, why 87% of workers worldwide don’t feel engaged in their work, and what can be done about it.
According to Paul, the problem is the depersonalised language companies use to communicate with their customers and their employees.
This depersonalised language is a sign of deresponsibilisation of companies. In the following example, the first sentence is the most sincere one, and the last one shows us what deresponsibilisation means:
“I try to be honest.”
“I value honesty.”
“Honesty is one of my key values.”
In a company, deresponsibilisation is the consequence of confusing consistency with uniformity when implementing the ideas on which the corporate identity is based (mission, vision, and values).
The insistence of using the same concepts at every opportunity regardless of its appropriateness leads to uniformed messages that sound robotic and push customers and employees away, achieving the opposite of its declared aim–-to strengthen relationships with employees and customers.
This robotic language affects also the way management behaves, as it makes managers feel disconnected from the company values and as a consequence they don’t use those values as guidelines for their decisions––hence the lack of consistency.
The discrepancy between what companies say and what they actually do is why trust in them is so low.
What companies need is clear values to judge managerial decisions with, and ‘human’ language, sincere language to communicate with customers, employees and the community at large.
ADAM WILSON: CONSCIOUSNESS — WHERE NEXT?
Adam looks at how consciousness (the state of being aware of one's own feelings, thoughts, sensations, needs and surroundings,) can be taken to new levels to increase happiness and well-being in our society.
According to Adam, meditation is the key to expand our consciousness and therefore the key to enjoy a more relaxed approach to life. His conviction is supported by scientific studies, which show that the brain of people who meditate regularly is wired differently from non-meditators--a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. The long term benefits are higher judgement, better decision-making, better prospective, more empathy and compassion, reduced stress and fewer stress-related diseases.
If meditation became widespread, our society would be much happier and healthier.
RANDOLPH MATTHEWS: BEFORE THERE ARE WORDS THERE ARE SOUND FEELINGS
Randolph is a vocal musician who likes to sing and talk about the sounds the voice can make.
In this fascinating talk, Randolph demonstrates--singing,-- that we are all immersed in a sonic landscape and that sound has a feeling that imbues on people’s lives.