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Posts Tagged ‘fate vs. free will’

Philosophy of Fate vs. Limiting Belief Systems

Monday, June 1st, 2015
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My philosophy is that at least 75% of the core circumstances and events in your life are predestined.

It’s a controversial viewpoint because it deflates the contention of unlimited, super-hero type free will and it presents an uncomfortable, even threatening dynamic to the self-help and inspirational speaking field.

Certainly, inspiration is like a welcome jolt of energy to help you approach life head-on, do your best, and make the most of your opportunities.

Yet, there’s nothing wrong with accepting that there is a lot in life that you can’t change.

The case for embracing the notion of predestination:

The philosophy of unchangeable destined events in everyone’s life–challenging and rewarding–is rooted in the concept that there is a vastly bigger purpose to life than personal accomplishment and financial success.

Of course, those things are vital to the progression of the human race and they’re important to me on a personal level too, but there is more to life from a spiritual perspective. In my opinion, the tough stuff in life is necessary because it forces spiritual growth, the ultimate purpose of life.

Considering the daunting reality of being regularly tested throughout your life, responding to being tested, attempting to (and not always succeeding) constructively face your unique crises in life, and otherwise being confronted with things in your life that you can’t control, exposes the New Age mantra “nothing limits you” for what it is–cheap and disingenuous.

In the real world, it’s failure, and gratitude for the lesson, that often opens the door to your optimum path. The world is replete with people who failed in one industry and went on to great success in another, or failed in one relationship and then had success later.

Finally accepting that there are supposed to be occasional insurmountable brick walls in life just may save your sanity when you go through one of life’s inescapable rough periods.

The case for rejecting the notion of predestination:

The inspirational speakers tell you that the most uncompromising prison in the world is a person’s limiting belief systems.

Surely, a pessimist who believes she isn’t worth anything and can’t do anything right won’t accomplish much. Also, I think we can all agree that you should never tell a child that he doesn’t deserve good things in life. Likewise, don’t discourage the impressionable, but don’t exploit their naiveté either, and tell them all they have to do to become wealthy is “get in touch with the abundance of the universe.”

Being mature and rational adults, let’s put aside the pandering and the crowd-pleasing platitudes. Authentic self-help methods and spirituality have nothing to do with escapism.

While occasional flights of fantasy (e.g., dream-castling) may go hand in hand with inspiration leading to great accomplishment, basing your life on pie in the sky fallacies is a recipe for disappointment.

“You can do anything–what you believe you can achieve” may be just the thing you need to hear to get through the day, but truth be told, it’s a lie.

The outright denial of predestination hints at a refusal to accept the hard, cold realities of life, even when they happen. Unfortunately, those who hold such a philosophy tend to suffer resentment, despair, depression, anger, and worse when times get tough. Rejecting the notion that immutable personal adversity exists and that there’s nothing you can do to change some things in life, such as how others treat you, sets you up for misery.

Nothing is limiting about embracing the philosophy of personal fate and unpreventable personal adversity. It shows humility and a realistic outlook on life.

Additionally, having your future predicted won’t cause you to surrender your personal power. The key conditions and happenings of your life can be mapped; they aren’t arbitrary.

Do what you must to ignite the inner flame of inspiration, such as listen to your favorite music, but just remember that failure and success are equally essential to edging you closer to the being you are destined to become.

“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”
C.S. Lewis

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston S. Churchill

Copyright © 2015 Scott Petullo

Astrology: Fate vs. Magic Spells

Monday, May 18th, 2015
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The topic of magic adds an interesting dynamic to the endless debate about fate vs. free will.

A few weeks ago an acquaintance reminded me of the Pagan holiday, May 1st (Beltane), one of eight sabbats celebrated by Pagans. The others include the Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Lammas, Autumn Equinox, and of course Halloween.

She told me the date May 1st is the biggest of the Pagan holidays; it holds the most opportunity to exercise free will to create the reality you desire.

I appreciate the Wiccan Rede, “An it harm none, do what ye will,” a moral code also common in other Witchcraft-based faiths, because it parallels a core tenet of my belief system: do whatever you want, as long as it doesn’t harm yourself or anyone else.

I’m all for doing as much as you possibly can to manifest your aspirations. However, since the late 1990s, I’ve known of some ritual-based practitioners who attempt to negatively influence other people’s fate and otherwise abuse their knowledge and power. Every industry and group has bad characters, and the metaphysical and Pagan communities are no different.

It’s unfortunate that the dark practitioners, who, for example, attempt to hurt the chances of a politician in hopes of getting their favored candidate elected, refuse to acknowledge the karmic debt they accumulate (and negativity they generate) by doing so. There’s a price to pay for using black magic.

Alternatively, it’s perfectly acceptable to employ candle magic or other ritual-based practices to capitalize on your predestination, as long as your intent and actions are honorable.

Certainly, it would be wonderful to expunge current and future life challenges with the wave of a magic wand, but the real world teaches you that’s impossible.

My findings show me that personal fate exists; a lot in life you can’t change, no matter what you do. The complex patterns in the astrology and numerology charts reflect what is and what will be. The meaning of life, from my point of view, isn’t so baffling after all. Though, again, there’s nothing wrong with making the most of your fate.

Casting dark spells, attempting to manipulate other people’s lives, thereby violating the Wiccan Rede, is aligning yourself with dark energetic forces. As outrageous as it may sound, I believe doing so enslaves your soul, sentencing you to the lower dimensions in the afterlife.

Copyright © 2015 Scott Petullo

Fate vs. Free Will: The Truth About Thoughts Creating Your Reality

Monday, August 25th, 2014
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It’s widely recognized that thoughts influence your reality at least a little, but to what degree is debatable. Opinions range from complete to marginal influence.

Those who believe themselves to be absolute captains of their destiny eventually learn there’s a lot in life you can’t control.

“Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.” Alex Haley

Thoughts may be things, but they can’t make someone fall in love with you, control your supervisor’s behavior, eliminate your financial debt while spending imprudently, or make a tyrant play nice with the rest of the world.

Yet a sense of optimism and your overall outlook in life goes a long way in goal attainment and how you cope with personal fate.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill

Thoughts are the basis of your attitude, and your attitude determines your quality of life, within the framework of your predestination.

Copyright © 2014 Scott Petullo

Fate vs. Free Will: Fate Always Prevails

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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The fate vs. free will debate will probably continue ad infinitum, just like the creationism vs. evolution argument.

I’d like to be able to give people infinite hope by telling them that unavoidable personal adversity doesn’t have to exist, that they can override fate with their free will, but our findings completely contradict that notion. In the fate vs. free will competition, fate always prevails.

There’s nothing for me to gain by telling you that there’s a lot in your life that you can’t change, including circumstances that will unfold no matter what you do, that fate prevails in the fate vs. free will match.

Why unavoidable personal fate and adversity exist is a topic for another article, but ultimately it has everything to do with personal accountability and reaping what you sow.

An aside, it goes without saying that you’re going to tell someone with a near-fatal wound as she lies there on the ground, “You’re going to make it, hang in there.” It can be the difference between life and death.

However, delivering a you-can-do-it-fate-does-not-exist message to someone who wants to know about their future only sets someone up for disappointment and, or worse. Why not tell it like it is to help the person prepare for the predestined challenges? I’m all for inspiration, but it must be grounded in realism.

The fate-doesn’t-exist crowd proclaims, “If someone says you can’t change fate, run! They are not telling you the truth.”

There are four main possible reasons for rejecting fate in the fate vs. free will debate:

1. The practitioner is simply out of her league; she can’t predict personal fate using her superficial approach. By saying, “The outcome is up to you, nothing is set in stone,” she hedges her bets. In doing so, she becomes an inspirational coach, not someone who acts in the ancient tradition of interpreting personal fate.
2. The psychic is very talented, sees future personal adversity and predetermined circumstances, but does not want to upset his client, so he says, “It could go either way. Tread carefully and you’ll be okay,” knowing the outcome will be tragic.
3. The denier of personal fate and unavoidable adversity senses deep down inside that her overall fate isn’t very fruitful, she isn’t strong enough to come to terms with it, thus prefers to pretend she can create the life of her dreams, no matter her predetermination.
4. The person rejects the notion of personal fate, choosing to believe he can achieve anything he puts his mind to. Setting significant goals and doing everything you can to achieve them is absolutely how you should live your life, but an ego-fueled outlook on life, void of humility too often ends in disaster.

A sure way to offer an educated opinion on whether or not personal fate exists in the fate vs. free will discussion involves spending countless hours observing the key circumstances in people’s lives, in conjunction with objective predictive analysis.

Those who claim, “You always have a choice,” refuse to acknowledge the notion that people “choose” to do that which aligns with their personal fate regardless of how much decision-making power they think they have. Fate prevails in the fate vs. free will contest, but fate and free will conspire to manifest the circumstances in your life.

I’ve received many e-mails about the fate vs. free will issue; this is one of the more recent ones: “Some psychics say you can change when a prediction happens, that you can make it happen earlier by removing blocks and you can also delay it by doing things like thinking about it too much or asking the spirit world for a time frame too often which can delay it? Is that true in your opinion?”

My findings clearly show that “removing blocks” won’t allow you to cheat fate. If something is going to happen, it will happen, at the time it’s supposed to happen.

Don’t be discouraged about the realities of fate vs. free will. Within the theory of predestination is the promise of the rewarding things in your life being fated too. Although immutable personal adversity will always exist, if you believe, you can achieve it, as long as the goal harmonizes with your destined path.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

Fate vs. Free Will: Fatalism is Realism

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
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The fate vs. free will debate has raged since ancient times. One sure way to offer an educated viewpoint on the topic of fate vs. free will involves two things:

  1. Long-term observation of the circumstances and events in the lives of many individuals.
  2. Simultaneous, objective predictive analysis, such as identifying the corresponding patterns of the comprehensive astrology and numerology charts to the key events and circumstances in many people’s lives.

My findings indicate that at least 75% of the core circumstances and events in everyone’s life are predetermined. I’ve been called “fatalistic,” yet people who know me realize I’m an optimist.

Merriam-webster dictionary defines fatalism as, “A doctrine that events are fixed in advance so that human beings are powerless to change them…”

While I believe you have free will to make the most of your life, it’s impossible to deny unalterable personal fate after you see the constant repetition of patterns in the comprehensive charts directly corresponding to happenings in people’s lives.

Some inspirational speakers argue that fatalism is pessimistic and a deadly adversary, that unavoidable personal adversity doesn’t exist, and to admit to fatalism is to create personal adversity.

Such contentions are seen for what they are–myths–when you witness unavoidable personal fate in action. There is a lot in life you can’t control, like the actions of other people, though that doesn’t mean you can’t be an optimist.

Although it may not be politically correct, it isn’t pessimistic, for example, to acknowledge that there exist, and always will exist, legions of very bad people in this world that would blow you to kingdom come if given the chance.

It also isn’t pessimistic to state the obvious, that people, generally, don’t ever really change. Combine that with the fact that you can’t control the actions of other people, along with the many other things in life you can’t dictate, and you’re faced with the reality that you don’t have 100% control over the events and circumstances in your life.

Thus, fatalism is realism, and such a philosophy is a sign of humility. In addition, it allows you to better prepare for life’s challenges and capitalize on the rewards to live a more gratifying life.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

Fate vs. Free Will: Total Control of Your Fate is a Myth

Monday, March 11th, 2013
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Do you believe that you are the “master of (your) destiny,” that all circumstances in your life are within your control?

Napoleon Bonaparte, early 19th century French military commander, said, “Circumstances – what are circumstances? I make circumstances.”

Napoleon’s accomplishments are legendary. He’s one of the most successful Western military leaders of all time.

However, nobody is invincible. You have to wonder what was going through Napoleon’s mind at Waterloo, his final defeat. Do you think he was content with the circumstances he made in that battle?

What about his personal demise, after a relatively brief military and political reign? He spent the last six years or so of his life in a British prison, and perished at age 51.

Success is largely about setting realistic goals, along with persistence and discipline to make those goals a reality.

Sometimes, you have little to no interference and success is attainable. Other times, no matter how hard you work, external variables beyond your control prohibit accomplishment. As the saying goes, the journey is more important than the destination. It’s what you learn along the way.

I believe that you have complete free will on the other side, prior to incarnating in bodily form. I also believe you (your personality) must endure limits to your free will as a human being because if you did have absolute free will, you would never learn the lessons you’re here to learn.

Acknowledging the legitimacy of predestination, including unalterable personal adversity, engenders humility and a realistic outlook on life. It isn’t an excuse to avoid assertively taking action every day to fulfill your dreams, nor is it an excuse to possess a victim consciousness.

More on fate vs. free will and the secret reason behind success and failure.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

Fate vs. Free Will: You Can’t Choose Your Tests in Life But You Can Prepare

Monday, May 9th, 2011
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The debate about fate vs. free will has raged for thousands of years.

The majority of the most respected ancient astrologers, numerologists, and mystics throughout recorded history (before modern times) fully embraced predetermination.

In other words, they believed that the core elements of your life, the chief circumstances and events, are predestined.

An aside, the term destiny is greatly misunderstood and misused today, particularly by New Age marketers. The authentic, ancient meaning of destiny is the same as fate: unique, immutable conditions and situations in your life.

Although you can make the most of your fate through free will, you can’t escape the core of your destiny (challenges and rewards).

Things in Your Life You Can Control:

  1. What you think. However, you mostly can’t control subconscious impressions, which greatly influence your thinking. Hypnosis helps in attempting to modify unconscious fears, although defenses are much more complex.
  2. How you respond to things in your life that you can’t control, such as other people’s behavior and actions, unless you lack impulse control and habitually react uncontrollably. By the way, impulse control is accurately assessed through handwriting analysis, which is an excellent way to reduce your risk.
  3. What you say.
  4. How you approach your work, the attitude you nurture.
  5. How you spend your leisure time.
  6. Who you associate with.
  7. What you decide to eat.
  8. How you spend your money.
  9. How much compassion and unconditional love you generate, which can go a long way in enhancing your destiny.

Things in Your Life You Can’t Control:

  1. How you are tested—those times in your life when your integrity, honesty, faith, convictions, etc. are put to the test.
  2. God’s will, which is another way to say predetermination, fate, destiny, or predestination.
  3. The choices and actions of others; what they feel, think, say, or do.
  4. Disease, physical limitations, and illness (but you can possibly reduce your susceptibility through healthy habits).
  5. God’s laughter when you announce your plans for the future.
  6. Your subconscious fears and defenses. Although you can modify (e.g., through hypnosis) and learn to live with many unconscious fears (e.g., fear of flying, fear of expression, et al.), you must learn to live with most of them, and unconscious defenses can’t really be modified. Incidentally, handwriting analysis very effectively outlines subconscious fears and defenses.
  7. Criticism and rejection from others.
  8. Level of unique, innate strife or harmony between you and another person.
  9. Weather.
  10. Natural disasters.
  11. The family you are born into.
  12. Your early life environment.
  13. Unavoidable happenings in your life, such as your pet damaging or destroying your property.
  14. Future life karma generated from past lives.
  15. The undercurrent of your collective personal karma that symbolically shapes everything in your life.

Unfortunately, there is a lot in life that you can’t control. However, you can better prepare for life’s trials through self-knowledge. Comprehensive astrology and numerology successfully outline personal destiny, and handwriting analysis superbly uncovers hidden personality features, allowing you to dramatically reduce your risk.

“Whosoever may be adapted to any particular event or pursuit, will assuredly have the (collective energy of various heavenly bodies) indicative thereof very potent in his nativity.” Claudius Ptolemy, 2nd century AD astrologer

“In historic events, the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connection with the event itself. Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity” Leo Tolstoy, 19th century novelist, author of War and Peace

Copyright © 2011 Scott Petullo