Destiny Versus Self-Effort

Those who ponder the Law of Attraction will often get caught up in a mental tussle between the effects of what we can affect for ourselves and what life or destiny throws at us. Trying to assign absolutes takes us out of the very alignment we are trying to achieve. That tussle is as much the ego’s demand for knowing and assigning a reason to everything as anything else. While the Law of Attraction is a valid law of nature, there are many permutations of it whirling around in so many energy fields that we can not always assign cause and effect, and blame to our own vibrations with absolute certainty. For example, your energies may be less or greater than mine.

The lesson is applying the Law of Attraction is not so much in the getting or achieving, but how we respond to life. Everything exists in the Universe; we can’t rid ourselves of anything by dropping them off the Universe. The issue then becomes, “What do we focus upon and how do we respond with either love and excitement, or fear?” If we accept that life is a journey and not a destination, and that we take detours or get out of alignment rather than suffer self-demeaning failure, we set ourselves up for a more fruitful ride.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s popular book, “Eat, Pray, Love” contains a quote that I love that addresses this tussle:

“Destiny is a play between divine grace and willful self effort. Half of it you have no control over, half of it is absolutely in your hands and your actions will show measurable consequence. Man is neither a puppet of the Gods nor is he entirely the captain of his own destiny. He is a little of both.  We gallop through our lives like circus performers balancing the two speeding side-by-side horses. One foot is on the horse called “Faith,” the other on the horse called “Free will” and the question you have to ask every day is which horse is which, which horse do I need to stop worrying about because it’s not under my control and which do I need to steer with concentrated effort?”

While we cannot control everything, we can control your reactions to everything.

Every morning we wake up, you have absolute choice over everything you experience. Are we going to react with fear, judgment, scarcity, or resentment in a victim mode or are we going to embrace even the unintended with joy, appreciation, excitement, and charity. The choice is yours and always has been. Maybe it is time to cease analyzing and judging, and start living and feeling from a place of love. Destiny and free will may tend to smile upon you more often.

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