Free Will, Destiny & Past Lives

Do we need to remember our past lives?

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I wake up everyday around 4 am. I work out daily. I read and write most of the time. I love people but I prefer silence — unless I have some duty to fulfill — in which case I’m able to turn into an ‘extrovert’.

While some of our habits are physical/tangible, like waking up at 4 am everyday — most of them are not.

Behind every habit, there is a thought. And most of our thoughts don’t always manifest as visible habits — they remain within us.

Altogether, these thoughts create different patterns. What we think about most of the time, how we approach situations, how we respond to challenges. And so on.

Most of us who have observed that thought is not without effect. Some thoughts affect the body positively, while others, negatively. In the same process, the body gets accustomed to certain chemical responses, and eventually attaches itself to them.

As we keep entertaining the same thoughts, we reinforce emotional and physical patterns. The body becomes attached. Our actions become repetitive. And the more we keep at it, the more we become attached to these habits. And obviously. With attachment comes identification.

From our point of view, everything looks completely fine. We choose to take the same path to work. We choose to eat the same food week after week. We choose to watch the same shows night after night. We choose to react angrily, fearfully or disrespectfully to the same people encounter after encounter. And so on.

But to an external observer — we look like a robot that keeps doing the same things over and over again. Endlessly going through the same routines.

And this is where it gets tricky.

The stronger the habit/pattern is, the less likely we’re going to question it because it’s us after all. Who would we be without our tastes, beliefs, opinions, anger, hobbies, and so on?

The more entangled in habits we are, the more attached we become. Like, obviously, right? We can’t move much while being tied by so many chains.

This is when trying new things feels fearful. Getting out of our comfort zone, scary. Living — strange. And unless some miracle happens to wake us up. That’ll be our ‘destiny’. The path of least resistance.

Now this ‘destiny ’of ours is not without origin. All of our habits timidly reflect the actions we took. Our inclinations come from our habits. At a higher scale, our actions provoked certain reactions which created our lives as they appear today.

We could associate this higher scale with past lives but it’s not necessary nor relevant. What matters most is the past lives of our thoughts, our reactions, our attachments. It says everything.

What do we think about most of the time? What do we desire the most? What are our inclinations? Why do we do what we do? If we want to understand ourselves, this is where to start. The endless chattering of our inner voice says everything. We just don’t listen.

More habits equals more attachment. More attachment equals more identification. And more identification equals more predictability — a pre-established path lays itself — we call it destiny.

We’ve all heard that destiny doesn’t truly matter. That we can do anything we want no matter where we are. And it’s true.

Unfortunately. Most of us are pulled down by the tremendous momentum we’ve built through our habits. And doing something about it requires attention, consciousness, newness — awareness. And awareness is free will.

Habit is destiny. Awareness is free will.

The moment we become aware of what keeps us stuck, it changes everything. We may not act immediately. But it’ll make us curious. Through our awareness of the situation, we’ve tasted freedom. And this taste will haunt us. That’s the point of no return.

Once awareness comes into the equation. Destiny switches from being a rock solid wall to a mirage. As we keep learning about our different lessons, healing distorted patterns and releasing what needs to be gone — our awareness grows, and destiny turns from an uncontrollable wild horse to one that obeys free will.

To work with all the momentum we’ve acquired in the form of habits is courage. To use awareness to free ourselves from the chains of habits is our ‘mission’. This is the game of life. This is why we’re here. And this is our collective destiny.

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𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘷𝘶𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 & 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴.

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