The Ring of Destiny: 2

by Christopher Lovejoy on June 11, 2017

Where the announcement of fate is always and forever an afterthought, involving some variation on I could have chosen otherwise, the pronouncement of destiny is always and forever a forethought, engaging some variation of I can choose this or that or … this and that.

Where fate closes the door to questions of destiny, destiny opens the door to such questions: do I love where I am going? if not, do I at least like where I am going? if not, do I at least care about where I am going? if not, am I at least content about not caring where I am going?

This simple question, “where am I going?”, can be taken in a particular sense (to satisfy an aim) or in a universal sense (to fulfill a purpose full of aims) that engages profound questions of relevance (does this really matter to me?) and significance (is this truly important to me?).

The relevance and significance of these questions grow in any light cast on the Ring of Destiny.

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In the Ring of Destiny, prior to incarnation, a soul is guided to pre-view and/or pre-live portions of a set number of predetermined, predestined lives, bodies, and timelines with variable levels of difficulty and opportunity that accord with its nature, fate, and progress as a soul.

The goal of the soul is to choose a fate by which to explore, extend, express, and/or expand itself in one life as one body for one lifetime, and so, a realization of the ultimate in personal fulfillment will look very different if you pivot your lens on this one life – or on a series of lives.

To simplify the matter of approaching this realization with presence, promise, and patience, suppose you intend that this life you live now be your final life in a series of lives, not because you’re fed up with living this one life, not because you no longer value living this one life in this world, but because you feel genuinely drawn, as a thought experiment, to bringing ultimate closure to your reincarnational cycle.

What would a realization of the ultimate in personal fulfillment look like to you? How would it feel? From this point forward, how would you like to feel just past the ending of your experience with this life you live in the Life Review? Excited? Exuberant? Exhilarated? Ecstatic?

An amazon river of information and inspiration on the subject of “optimize to actualize” is overflowing in digital form; how best to negotiate the ebb and flow of this mighty river? Are you standing on the bank as an observer or … are you navigating the currents as an explorer?

To be sure, these are excellent questions (if I do say so myself), but are we truly free to respond? Or are we helplessly, haplessly, hopelessly caught inside a matrix of control that would have us live a recurring, perhaps neverending, series of predetermined, predestined lives?

In the light of these questions, let us do a quick recap.

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Where the announcement of fate is always and forever an afterthought, involving some variation on I could have chosen otherwise, the pronouncement of destiny is always and forever a forethought, engaging some variation of I can choose this or that or … this and that.

Here a clear distinction is made between fate and destiny in practical terms.

Where fate closes the door to questions of destiny, destiny opens the door to such questions: do I love where I am going? if not, do I at least like where I am going? if not, do I at least care about where I am going? if not, am I at least content about not caring where I am going?

These questions are invitations to negotiate the polarity between entitlement and abandonment: I trust you understand that this duality invokes your sense of capability; your sense of how deserving you feel; and a way to find your balance between abandonment and entitlement.

This simple question, “where am I going?”, can be taken in a particular sense (to satisfy an aim) or in a universal sense (to fulfill a purpose full of aims) that engages profound questions of relevance (does this really matter to me?) and significance (is this truly important to me?).

In every moment of our lives, we have it within ourselves (whether we realize it or not) to be present to our own sense of promise, responding patiently to these vital questions in any given situation or interaction: does this really matter to me? Is this truly important to me?

In light of my general responses to these questions, let us probe further …

In the Ring of Destiny, prior to incarnation, a soul is guided to pre-view and/or pre-live portions of a set number of predetermined, predestined lives, bodies, and timelines with variable levels of difficulty and opportunity that accord with its nature, fate, and progress as a soul.

I must admit, this is a mouthful, replete with implication and ramification.

Pre-view and/or pre-live portions of a set number of predetermined, predestined lives, bodies, and timelines? You might have done a double take: “did I read that right?!” If so, I cannot say I blame you.

You might also be asking … Do we even have free will, and if so, how would this be reconciled with what goes on inside the Ring of Destiny? Are we living in a simulation, and if so, am I even real? If I’d like to step off the Wheel of Samsara, how might I do this once and for all?

Let me address the second question first.

When pilots step into a simulated cockpit to fly a plane and perform a test flight, one can imagine that it feels quite real to them, but is it really real? No, of course not, because if they happen to crash their virtual planes, they still get to live to tell the tale to anyone willing to listen.

By analogy, when souls step into the Ring of Destiny to sample portions of a life in a particular body on a certain timeline before incarnation, one can imagine that they feel quite real to them, but are they really real? Again, no, and so, you tell me: which is the simulated reality?

Let me address the first question second.

If our lives are predetermined and predestined, especially at all the major choice points along the main timeline (or baseline), wherein lies our freedom of the will, and might this freedom be an illusion?

At a lecture he was giving in Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Michael Newton was confronted by a distraught woman who stood up and cried out: You New Age gurus tell us on one hand that we have free will to make choices in our life and on the other that we are predestined to follow a certain plan because of past life karma. Which is it? I have no free will in my life because I am at the mercy of forces over which I have no control. My life is one of sorrow. (after his talk, he sat down with this woman for a few minutes and learned that her 19-year-old son had recently been killed on a motorcycle, in no small part because “he lived for speed and essentially got a high from the dangers of his obsession.”)

Which is it, indeed? Are we free to make choices – or not?

Relationally, are we free to make choices about how much time we spend with partners, family members, friends, colleagues, coworkers, and acquaintances? Situationally, are we free to make choices about where we live and work and spend our time, and whether we travel or stay put?

Vocationally, are we free to make choices about what to do with our lives?

Or … were these choices already made prior to being born into this world?

Dr. Newton raises some very interesting points in answer to these questions, in a section called Free Will, in chapter 9 of his groundbreaking book, Destiny of Souls, called The Ring of Destiny.

I empathize deeply with Dr. Newton when he writes, “Reincarnation would mean nothing if all life was predetermined,” but suppose that every single event of a given life is predetermined by master planners, and therefore predestined by timemasters, for use by a particular soul.

We all have our own baselines (taproot) from which multiple timelines emerge inexorably (major roots) to mingle with the timelines of certain others to give us a basic experience of life, from which refined timelines can emerge (minor roots) to give us a sense of our own individuality.

The fact that souls are not permitted to experience every event of a prospective life in the Ring of Destiny, and the fact that some souls are not permitted to view a prospective life past a certain point, strongly indicate that choice points do exist somewhere along the baselines.

More important than the events that test us in life is our reaction to these events and how we handle the consequences ~ Dr. Michael Newton, Destiny of Souls, Chapter 9

A compatibility seems to exist between utter predetermination and predestination for a prospective life, as matters of fact, and the freedom of a soul to choose responses to reactions to live events from a basis of conscious amnesia of said predetermination and predestination.

To put it more simply, we forget who we are as souls so that we can enjoy the illusion of freedom as souls embodied, where the stakes are higher than if we simply remained discarnate, with little if any potential for learning and growth through fear, doubt, pain, and suffering.

The goal of the soul is to choose a fate by which to explore, extend, express, and/or expand itself in one life as one body for one lifetime, and so, a realization of the ultimate in personal fulfillment will look very different if you pivot your lens on this one life – or on a series of lives.

Is it not interesting that, as souls, we are compelled to choose fates, as if to suggest we are not yet ready to craft destinies all our own? Consider: what would happen if you decided to go off script for the remainder of your life? Could you handle the consequences? (hint: going off script means dropping everything you own and fearlessly walking away from it all with nothing but your wits and your skills)

To simplify the matter of approaching this realization with presence, promise, and patience, suppose you intend that this life you live now be your final life in a series of lives, not because you’re fed up with living this one life, not because you no longer value living this one life in this world, but because you feel genuinely drawn, as a thought experiment, to bringing ultimate closure to your reincarnational cycle.

In light of everything I know about lives between lives, ultimate closure would mean bringing closure to my dharma (being responsible for fulfilling my ultimate purpose) and bringing closure to my karma (being accountable for clearing any breaches of justice and balance) as a soul of many lives.

What is my ultimate purpose? Am I on track to meet and greet it?

Where, if anywhere, do I need to make amends for past wrongs?

What would a realization of the ultimate in personal fulfillment look like to you? How would it feel? From this point forward, how would you like to feel just past the ending of your experience with this life you live in the Life Review? Excited? Exuberant? Exhilarated? Ecstatic?

I leave it to you to explore and examine, in your own time at your own pace for your own reasons, if you so choose, your own responses to these questions. Needless to say, I will be exploring and reflecting on my own responses to these questions in my posts to come.

An amazon river of information and inspiration on the subject of “optimize to actualize” is overflowing in digital form; how best to negotiate the ebb and flow of this mighty river? Are you standing on the bank as an observer or are you navigating the currents as an explorer?

We live in challenging times … not all is well (and much that is). From a cosmic perspective, it’s Harvest Crunch time. Preparations have been made to harvest souls who are ready to ascend to the next rung of the octave. Time is short. For some, it’s do or die. For others, it’s clear sailing.

Who do you feel most inclined and prepared to address: those with burdens or those full of blessings?

The recursive analysis that I shared with you in this post can be taken to a whole new level with respect to addressing and confronting the collective destiny of humanity, with respect to addressing its Dharma and confronting its Karma on its very own Wheel of Samsara. More on this in posts to come.


To share information and inspiration on what is happening on this troubled yet promising world, I drew up two lists of sites that are serving the causes of personal, global and/or cosmic awakening.

This post has been filed under Context in the Ultimate Outline.

Note: my evolving outline on approaching a realization of the ultimate in personal fulfillment can be found here, accessible from the nav menu under the page “Be Here Now”.

Note: this ever growing perspective began here: Ultimate Perspective

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