This post is a continuation of yesterday’s musings. To read the first part of “Could Gandhi have been a stock car racer?”, click here.
The other side of destiny
There are at least two senses in which the term “destiny” can be understood:
1) Destiny is sometimes used to refer to an individual’s predetermined end; a fate which exists independently of that person’s capacity to choose. This is the concept of “destiny” as espoused by the philosophy of determinism. This type of destiny is known as “External Destiny.”
2) The term “destiny” is also used to refer to the truth of one’s being. This is not an outwardly imposed fate that rules over the individual, but an internally driven passion or sense of purpose which intuitively guides each person as to what is right/wrong for them. This view allows for the existence of free will because everyone has the power to embrace or resist their heart’s callings. One can choose to be true to himself or one can choose not to be true to himself. Furthermore, each person gets to decide for himself when he is being true or untrue to his own convictions. This type of destiny is known as “Internal Destiny.”
Choose your own adventure
I don’t believe in fate. I believe our preferences and choices matter to the utmost. I believe that intention and will-power are forces which are capable of altering the course of history.
There is no destiny in the external sense. We create our own experience. We decide who we are in the world. We are who we choose to be.
Self-denial gets us nowhere
We do have an internal destiny and are subject to the laws of our own being. This means we can only find true success and genuine happiness when we live in harmony with who we truly are and what we truly desire. No amount of hard work is able to compensate for the emptiness and powerlessness we experience when we abandon our inner guidance.
So, could Gandhi could have been a stock car racer?
As I stated in part one of this post, “I don’t believe we have the ability to attract ANYTHING, but I do believe we have the ability to attract EVERYTHING that’s necessary and sufficient to fulfill the mission of our true self.”
As long as Gandhi was being true to himself, then he could have been anything that was consistent with the leanings of his inner guidance system…including a stock car racer.
While no one but Gandhi can know what was in his heart, I believe that he was a man who was true to himself. I believe he pursued what he felt he needed to pursue, rather than what he thought the world wanted him to do. I believe if Gandhi wanted to be a stock car racer, he would have actually went after it. And he would have experienced the elements in his life as cooperative components conspiring to help him realize his stock car driving destiny.
Destiny and doom are not the same
Because destiny is internal, not external, our passion and our purpose are inseparable. We are all created with a built-in obsession for the particular way in which we’re made to change the world.
If you’re truly “meant” to do something, you wont need a prophet, sage, or priest to coax you into it. Your heart will compel you to do it.
That, however, raises further questions:
What if someone feels passionate about pursuing something that’s improbable for them to attain? Additionally, what if there seems to be a conflict between someone’s dream (ie. being a famous TV star in Hollywood) and the actual mission of their true self (ie. to be an anonymous missionary in a foreign country who helps eradicate poverty for thousands of people)?
In tomorrow’s post, I’ll give my two cents on those questions.
In the meantime, follow your bliss to the best of your ability.
For “Could Gandhi have been a stock car racer?” Part III, click here.