This is the age old argument. A debate pondered by Philosophers and Mystics for centuries. A concept that I now find myself in the process of discerning the difference. The difficulty for me is no longer the discernment but my ability to explain it to others.
Most of us subscribe to the notion of free will. The idea that we get to decide through our actions how our lives play out. Speaking for the majority of people that is correct. It is true that the actions we take determine the outcome. The difference lies not within the action but in the origins of the desires and beliefs motivating them.
There is always a choice to be made. Often we assume there is not. In truth we assume the rational or logical choice in most circumstances. This is what we are taught. It is what feels safe. We are familiar with the likely outcome. An outcome we believe we desire. An outcome that mitigates the most risk. Therein lies the problem. What is motivating the desires? Fear or Love? The Mind or the Heart?
Unless you are a sociopath who simply has no heart, than you can likely recall many circumstances where you made a logical of rational decision. It that was the safe thing to do. A relationship? A Job? A missed opportunity? A Life? The problem is your heart felt differently. It felt pain in the form of regret, disappointment and sorrow. The problem is your desire originated from your mind and not your heart. The desire to feel safe and accepted. The desire to fit in. The desire to obtain the approval and validation of others. All such desires are derived from fear. The fear of pain. The fear of rejection. The fear abandonment. Therefore your decisions are being influenced by fear. A fear stemming from beliefs. In other words you are fulfilling your Mind’s destiny.
Beliefs can be changed and we can choose to listen to our Heart’s desire. A desire motivated by love. Desires that will often requiring risk over safety. Desire that demand we face any fears in conflict with our happiness, with love, with joy and with our Soul’s Destiny. When you listen to and follow your Heart’s desire. You are no longer required to weigh the pro’s and con’s of your choices. Your actions are now based on intuition, instincts and emotions. You rely on faith and trust over logic and reason. Your heat may ask you to quite your career, start a business, move to a foreign Country, walk away from some people and pursue others.
This is when the Universe open up to you. You begin to spiral down the rabbit hole. You are no longer making decision as much as simply being guided. You receive signs and reassurances in multiple forms. Challenging encounters and experiences are now viewed as lessons, not plight. People and events begin to arrive from nowhere and change your life in ways you never imagined. You realize you meet no one by accident. You begin to believe in miracles and then you begin to witness them. You wake up one day and realize you have evolved and your life is an amazing adventure. An adventure your Mind could have never conceived or planned. This is you Heart’s Destiny. Your Soul’s journey.
Free will is following your Mind’s perception. Destiny is following your heart’s. Release the constraints of your beliefs and watch your path unfold.
Dan McGinley RN BSN
Holistic Health and Consciousness Coaching