Sunday, November 22, 2009

Book Review: Transforming Fate into Destiny

There is a belief that creativity and structure are opposites. This belief killed poetry around the turn of the 20th century, and almost killed music and the visual arts. This belief is not quite accurate. In fact, creativity cannot exist without structure. This is because without structure, you get random noise, and one bit of random noise is indistinguishable from the next. The greatest writers, composers and artists all worked under well-defined structures.

What I've just said about structure and creativity also apply to our lives, which are being composed, though not quite in the same way as a symphony or novel would be. This process is the subject of Transforming Fate into Destiny: A New Dialogue with Your Soul by Robert Ohotto. In the model used by the book, the structure of our lives is called "fate", and the results of our creativity within this structure are called "destiny." But what is this structure and where does it come from? The idea is that there is something designing things from a higher level than we can see where we are. You can call this something God if you are a Christian, or your Higher Self if your beliefs are more New Age or (like me) spiritual but not religious. This higher-level design is the structure. Certain major life events are planned in advance, but we still have the freedom to work within those parameters, and the result can be something better than either party could have planned or experienced alone.

If fate and destiny are of interest to you, I recommend you get a copy of the book and try the exercises, especially the one about ego prayer vs. soul prayer.

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