Fate or destiny is often regarded as the “course that life takes” and karma is one of the factors that influence this course. People often believe that fate is pre-destined and nothing can be changed, but is this really true?

A person’s fate is decided by a complex combination of conditions and factors. Some of them are already decided at the time of a person’s birth and some of them come into play later and shape the course further. There are five factors that form our fate or destiny:

Tendencies of our soul, otherwise known as karma
  • Family environment
  • Social climate
  • Our own efforts and self-discipline
  • Influence of other people
Amongst the factors that shape our fate or destiny, some of them are settled and some are not. It means that we have a certain scope to change our fate or destiny by our own efforts. The family environment and the social climate are elements that could be called the “destiny that is decided” before we are born; however, always know these shape us without much control but we can and should always strive to rise and awaken beyond these. We are born to such details as our parents, the environment, the social climate and our gender. However, the factors that shape our attitude, our drive, our desire to improve are taught to us as we grow into this world. We often forget just how conditioned we may become. Knowing this truth, we can classify the factors that form our fate into another way:
  • The plan to redirect our efforts and grow in a direction we choose.
  • Our efforts since we came into this life.
  • Our understanding and life influences.

Here is the key: Freedom of Choice Shapes Our Fate – The most important factor that shapes our fate or destiny is, in fact, the decisions that we make at the turning points in our lives. Our life as it is now is created by the results of the choices we ourselves made according to the tendencies of our own mind, each time we encountered a specific event. It may thus be said that it is none other than freedom of choice which is the most important factor in shaping a person’s fate or destiny.

Peace and Love, Jim

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