You Can Change Your Destiny!
By Sunetra Basu
There have been countless discussions on this thought... ‘Can You Change Your Destiny?’ Many have researched, many others expressed their views, and yet a few realized souls have left behind for posterity the reality they decoded in course of their significant lifetime on earth. When one comes face to face with Truth that has been so carefully preserved for us to understand, assimilate and ‘live’, it is but harder to turn away from one’s core entity than to recognize and reclaim! Once you turn your attention inwards, your soul takes no time to help you recall your innate qualities, and after that, learning to lose everything else becomes spontaneous.
Every individual soul is born with a set of impressions (samskaras) ...the inclinations and habits it ‘grew’ or took upon in course of its past life/lives. These are usually well embossed on the face of the soul and often appear to be one with its original nature. But the soul’s reality is blank Truth... characterized by the ever flowing unconditional love and light of the divine... the Source... the Creator.
And so no matter how dark the impressions and how many in number, habits can be changed, voids can be filled, urges can be overcome and tendencies can definitely be lost for good. For the Creator originally made us in His own image... perfect and flawless, and so deep within, that’s what we are!
Coming back to the topic of our samskaras that we were born with, in astrological terminology, these limiting qualities that lead to attachment, good or bad, are usually referred to as ‘soul nature’, for example, if my zodiac/sun sign is Leo, I probably do display at least some of the characteristics of a Leo born. While the sun sign is said to represent the soul, the moon sign is supposed to represent the mind. Our mind’s qualities are the habits we develop in course of the present lifetime, according to our thought patterns and responses to situations. Whereas the soul’s qualities are mostly thought of as being original to the soul. Moreover, since they are term ‘soul characteristics’, and the soul is known to be eternal, we might therefore come to believe that these qualities are permanent and non-erasable. However, this misconception alone is enough to keep us shackled to a false, constricted idea of who we are, and could even retard our journey towards liberation! In reality, the changeless soul created in the Creator’s colorless image, has no such attachments and qualities; It is, was and will be perfect!
The underlying qualities that one is born with do not depict its soul-nature! ...they are the superficial impressions from the life the soul has lived in its previous birth(s), and can definitely be erased and overcome just as we can correct negative thought patterns, urges and tendencies we grow and manifest in the present life! However, one will have carried these impressions in the ‘soul memory’ for longer than the urges of the present life. But we can surmount every urge, physical, mental or emotional, simply by identifying ourselves as what we actually are... I am the changeless soul, and not the ever changing body and mind! The mind and the body are but the means of expressing my original self and I WILL find my way through them. Once this realization has even slightly touched the mind, it will then reflect the soul’s changele- ss calm nature of love and light through every thought, every expression and every action in life! That is how the soul will recognize, reclaim and relive its forgotten heritage, its innate divinity, overwriting the limitations of its confined mortal identity!
If you have tried to consciously overcome certain bad tendencies and have yet witnessed the older traits from your previous lives surface back despite the try, do not despair. It is because you fell short of the courage and inner strength that was required to erase those older stubborn marks and so the urges found their way back into your life. Remember, once you have regained that courage and spiritual strength to sustain through the process of overwriting your old harmful habits with your soul traits of love and wisdom, you will win against all odds!
The only source of that strength and integrity is the Spirit itself! Connecting with the Spirit, the Source, rejuvenates us with all the spiritual might we can use to overcome the obstacles in the way of your spiritual evolution. That connection is established through MEDITATION! So dial up the soul! ...Simply find half an hour a day to yourself, sit silently, breathing easy, and connecting with your soul through your heart, talk to it asking for strength to persevere, sustain and overcome!
Acknowledging your soul identity directly throws opens the energy gates in you, thus making way for the higher forces to flow in and sanitize your consciousness with the true image of your reality!
Remember, any number of failures can be crossed out by just one success! If you see your glass half filled, then you miss out on drinking that half glass of water you already have, and the chances are that you will remain thirsty in spite of always holding on to that half glass water! While on the other hand, if you had emptied that half glass of water you had, God would have refilled it up halfway again and again and again!
Once you have remembered your original entity and have learnt to control the superficial urges and tendencies, their consequences will automatically cease to exist for they are no longer applicable to you; the correction that your hardships, tests, trials and tribulations or ‘bhog’ (as we call it in Indian contexts) were meant to bring about in you, have been initiated and enabled by your conscious efforts towards soul awakening and truth realization! ...Just as a consciencious prisoner is pardoned a part of his punishment in the light of his good conduct, and released earlier than his sentence! The river will change its course when the grounds it is flowing across have changed inclinations!
Live your true divine destiny! May the light of the Spirit find way through you!
With love and light!