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Dr. Pacik


“What is not brought to consciousness, comes to us as fate.”
~ Carl Gustav Jung

In Greek and Roman mythology the Fates were three goddesses who presided over the birth and life of all humans. Each person’s destiny was conceptualized as a thread spun, measured and cut by the Fates. The events and course of one’s life were beyond human control, set by a supernatural force.

Similar to fate, destiny can be seen as both a great possibility and as our inevitable death. When viewed as possibility, life seems dynamic and filled with potential, and we are here to realize what’s best in ourselves. Even if we think of destiny as death, we can see it symbolically and learn that some things in our lives must die or be discarded to be reborn, challenging us to cede control.

What are your deepest fears about life? Do they impede attainment of your needs and desires? Stepping into the unknown conjures fear if we believe our fate is sealed. Even more frightening, however, may be the belief that it is not. Think about which belief you hold. If your fate is sealed, there’s nothing to lose, so live life with abandon! But if you don’t believe in fate, you are the master of your life. Your daily choices set your course. But don’t worry, if nothing is preordained, you can shift your karma based on better choices you make. Either way, spring into the void of the future today and see what awaits you!

• Do you believe in fate or in destiny? If neither, what do you believe about your life’s course? Does anyone know what you believe?
• Make a list of your unrealized hopes and dreams. What obstacles have been in your way?
• Share your beliefs and dreams with a loved one.

From the MIRROR OF INTIMACY book The Daily Meditation Book by Alexandra Katehakis and Tom Bliss