Where Are You Going?
“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on.”
- Led Zeppelin
Each day we move forward toward our death. This is the assured fate of our human embodiment. Yet, on our soul’s unique path of life, we have the choice of where we direct our mind in any moment. We all have the freedom to choose the direction of our inner vision and the quality of our heart. Moreover, we have the inherent willpower to live in integrity to that chosen view. The body’s expiration is fated, but through our free will we can create the destiny of our embodied mind and spirit.
The ability to create a divine destiny – depends on the direction of your path. Where are you going? That is the first and highest question. What is your ultimate goal in life? Through the course of lifetime, what are your grand desires, hopes, and dreams? The second question is, where are you now? You must know where you are at this time of your life to become more clear on the direction that you are now choosing for your path. The directionality or trajectory of your present life view illumines your future path ahead. The direction of your vision is the key to transforming a predetermined set of events and experiences into a destiny of a heroic life. It is our philosophical view of life that sets our prioritization of the most important and highest valued relationships, ideas, and things in our lives. Our spiritual view is how we see the world and its existential purpose. It directs our religious beliefs, scientific beliefs, social mores, and our individual lifestyle. Our dominant intention and purpose in our words and actions are based on our life view.
Essentially, the direction of our life path is a choice toward harmony or disharmony. The two possible paths are polar and of opposite direction. Within the set boundaries of our life’s fate, we can choose to express our unique personal talents and skills for the greater harmony of the whole or not.
Our choices are based on a big view or a small view. The big view sees the grand interconnection between all things, while the small view sees separation, difference, division, and opposition. The expansive view looks for the way toward harmony of the parts, while the small view sees primarily a world of disconnection and discord. The vision of the eagle flying high in the sky is wide and sees the oneness in many things, while the reptile on the ground sees difference in many things. The big view looks out in the distant future for the healthy evolution of the whole family and ecosystem, while the opposite focus is for the immediate gratification of selfish desire arising from a narrow view.
The long-term vision of sustainability and natural balance of life is opposite to the short-sightedness of focusing on gaining personal pleasure and power in spite of the detriment to others.
One view unifies with love and the other separates with fear.
One path leads to freedom, while the opposite direction leads to bondage and dependency.
A choice is made to take charge and responsibility of our own mind-body or to become a victim of a random life. The path of accountability leads to forgiveness, while the path of victimization leads to blame. Opening to a second attempt to improve or condemning any further possibility of joy and healing. One is a positive path of self-awakening and spiritual growth, while the other is path of negativity and suffering.
We can follow a treasure map to lead us to becoming our fullest potential for creating beauty, love, and expanding self-awareness in the world within our lifetime. The map shows a spiraling path on gaining self-knowledge and virtues of a skillful student such as capacity of mind, courage, and compassion.