What is destiny? What is fate?

What IS fate, anyway?

by Lindsay on March 10, 2011

in Personal Growth, Souls, Spirituality

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I was traveling this past weekend and was gearing up to return home only to find that my flight was delayed by several hours. None too pleased, I settled into the waiting area to gear up for hours of sitting in a stuffy airport.  Before I put my headphones in to drown out the sound of someone clipping their fingernails (yes, that actually happened), I overheard some people talking about fate and certain events that had happened in their lives that they were certain were destined to happen. That made me think: what is fate? What is destiny? And do they go hand in hand?


  • The era you were born
  • The body you’re in
  • The family you were born into
  • The culture you are a part of

Those are the things you agreed to as part of your soul contract in this lifetime before you were born. All of these things are your fate.

We all signed up for this. Yep, we all said we wanted to be here or we wouldn’t be here; simple as that. But before we embarked on this journey, we drank from the river of forgetfulness and embarked on this journey here on earth to experience a life with unique opportunities, challenges and blessings.

Destiny is:

  • The attitude you choose to have about the fated elements that make up your life
  • Choices you make
  • Your actions
  • Free will

All of these things are your destiny . Destiny is something that is constantly happening to you based on the actions you take and the decisions you make.

You can’t change fate. You can and do change your destiny. Western ethos tells us everything is limitless and we can do absolutely anything we set our minds to. I happen to think that’s not true. What is true is that you can be anything you want to be within your soul contract with fate and destiny.

Fate is the set of parameters your soul chose and set down before you were born.

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Destiny becomes how you work with those parameters and how you live your life based on your potential. It is to express yourself and your purpose in this life in ways that no one but you can do. The world is counting on you to do it.

The destiny we each carry is faced by a question: is it the soul or the ego that is going to run your life? Are you going to live out your destiny for your highest good? For the collective good? You have the choice to decide.



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Lisa March 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I love this topic! So, say it was fate that I was born during this era, caribbean descent, and with my family and my destiny is to become a leading artist.

so i obviously cannot change my fate because it is set in stone, but the choices I make can either allow me to become a leading artist or not. if I do not become a leading artist, will I need to learn this in my next life? Does this now play into Karma?

All just some random thoughts. For me each time I think I got it, and another philosophical thought comes to mind.

BTW: I was re-reading the soul contract reading you did for me and i LOVE it even more. It really resonated in me. Thank you!

Lindsay March 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I think if you're an artist and creating art, then you're fulfilling your life's purpose! What do you mean by "leading" artist? Interesting thoughts about how it all ties into karma! Getting deep here…

I'm so glad your soul contract reading is valuable to you. That means a lot to me to hear that!

Lisa March 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm

A just meant leading artist as famous. So say my destiny is to be a famous artist that impacts the world, but because of my fears I do not reach my full potential … do i now need to relearn this lesson.

I guess that all plays into the free will. I would have the potential, but it is up to me to reach my full potential.

Anna Barlowe March 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I think most of us do choose to be here, but I think sometimes we get sent back if we didn’t get it quite right the last time, say on account of suicide or something.

And we don’t always forget. I didn’t, which is both a blessing and a complication. But it’s certainly interesting. It would be harder to get over a past life issue if you didn’t know what it was!

srinivasan June 9, 2011 at 8:45 am


Lindsay June 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

What do you mean by “life is bress”?

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