Famous philosopher Rousseau wrote, "Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains”. I feel life is like a seesaw of freedom as well as chains that are invisible limitations of our own thoughts, lack of opportunities, fate, time or what we call destiny. When I see successful and powerful people around me I see they are free to do most of the things that a poor person can only imagine or fantasize. Normally we relate somebody's good fortune with his past lives good Karmas or Fate, luck or Destiny. Same fact is accepted in worst, helpless condition of somebody poor or suffering from physical or mental/emotional sickness. Some say everything in the world is predestined and no one is responsible for what happens.
Though most of the time, I focus on nurturing positive thoughts and meditation to enjoy abundance. But still the about role of destiny in our life cannot ignored. Life’s unresolved questions cannot be solved like 2+2 (4). The whole tradition of Indian as well as western philosophy could not reach a definite ultimate answer.
I feel so good when I feel free to choose my clothes, my mobile model, and places to visit, subject of studies, career and even friends. I feel education and knowledge brought free will, determination and power of decision in my being and life. I feel the remote control of my life is in my hands. Life is cool.
But sometimes I ponder over the questions, “I did not choose my family and relatives?" (Though the Karma theory throw light on this) I do not have the freedom to choose most of the people I meet or deal in my day-to-day life. I did not choose my classmates or teachers. When some friendships were broken and I felt rejected and cheated, that too was not my free will or choice. When I look around the less privileged people around me, I feel that living a miserable life is not there choice. People who are physically or mentally handicap is also matter of Karma and destiny rather than Freewill. So, man is born free but still in chains of fate.
When all these thoughts and feelings come to my mind I feel very helpless and limited. I feel like a puppet in the hands of destiny. The individual is merely driftwood on the waves. It is ridiculous to fight against the relentless law of destiny. As far as my own observation and experience of life is, “circumstances do rule over the world and you can not escape from your previous Karmas and destiny." Circumstances could make a beggar into a king, or king into a beggar’s the question is, "Is a human being free in his choice of action or are his actions preordained by forces beyond his control and opposed to his will?
After these gloomy thoughts, there is still a silver lining. Still nature is not that cruel towards us, as we are also gifted with Free will and freedom, even though it’s paradoxical. We have free will to choose our actions, moral values, our reaction against any action. My knowledge, awareness and consciousness brings me freedom. So, I am not merely a puppet in the hands of destiny. I am free to choose or not to choose. Without free will morality has no meaning. Then all the best things about people- bravery, compassion, and charity have no meaning. If everything is determined then a rapist can be no more blamed for his evil actions and also then a social worker cannot be praised for her charitable deeds. What then of our actions of freewill?
My point of view is that the major role of destiny cannot be ignored but still I have free will to change my life from right here and now. I cannot change the actions or karmas I performed in my past (in previous lives and also this life). I have to reap that fruit of actions I sowed in my past. I cannot escape from that. At the same time I have free will to choose my quality of actions (karma) from NOW.I also have free will how I take things and how I control my reaction leading to further action. For example if somebody is rude to me; it is in my control whether I choose to reciprocate with same rudeness or remain calm and not get disturb. Thus I may choose to multiply the chain reaction of negative behaviour by fighting or stopping it there by remaining calm. The choice of my reaction to the situation is thus my free will. Same way if I’m prisoned because of some action. My body is under restriction, this is my destiny. But my thoughts, imagination, mind, soul and my reaction to that cannot be restricted. This is my freewill.
Therapies like Reiki, Yoga, meditation helps to reduce the effects of negative karmas and bring good luck.
-Prathma Prathma is a Reiki & Karuna Reiki Master. She is practising and teaching Reiki & many other healing Modalities for last 15 years. As she is an expert in Reiki, Magnified Healing, Past Life Regression Therapy, Theta Healing, Angel Therapy, EET and EFT. She has formed a Spiritual Meditation Club in Batala, in which Group Meditation is practiced & taught to every member. Master Prathma has also taken meditation sessions in Leading IT companies in Pune (like KPIT, Mansoft & Sungaurd). She also works as a Student Counselor in Gems International School, Batala. She is also a Tarot and Angel Card Reader. You can reach her at (M)09815489756, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://prathmahealingzone.com/