Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Questions of Destiny


Red car hood with shadows and reflections of the tree, the blue sky, and even a couple of fluffy little clouds.

Does your life have a purpose above and beyond the usual goals of human life (health, happiness, career, children, fame, wealth or whatever)? If so, what is the purpose of your life here on Planet Earth? Have you ever thought about it?

Do you believe in destiny? And if you do, do you believe that destiny is participatory (includes free will) or that it is written, as they always say in the movies?

I do believe in destiny, that we're all here for a reason. I believe in participatory destiny, that each of us co-creates our own destiny by the choices we make every day. I also think that each of us has to contend with some chunk of predestination. For example, individuals born into wealthy families have every privilege at their fingertips, which provides a lot of wiggle room in which to interact with destiny. Being beautiful definitely helps open the door to more possibilities, as does intelligence, talent, charm and of course good health. Open minded parents, good teachers, good friends all help provide the opportunity to interact with destiny. I could go on, but you get the idea.

Some people are able to make intimate contact with personal and transpersonal destiny even in the most constrained life circumstances. Others seem disconnected from their soul's purpose even though they've been given every opportunity. Clearly it isn't all about privilege, intelligence and beauty.

Sometimes, through trauma or illness, or for reasons no one can understand, even the best connected people lose track of their soul's purpose.

The healing modality I'm learning is about strengthening a person's connection to the soul's purpose by recovering something from the underworld that was lost, followed by re-establishing connection to the midheaven, the angle in natal astrology charts that points to each individual's star of destiny. The treatment is an alchemy that stirs what was lost into a matrix of starlight. This elixir is then carefully ensouled into the physical body. It's a lovely treatment, so gentle and so powerful.

So what should I call it? Soul Reunion? Soul Revival? Soul Recovery? All of those names sound like church events or R&B band names. The process is getting clearer every day, but what to call it?? What do you think?


East Capitol Street at 11th, facing due west towards the Capitol. The pics were taken in SE DC, but if I'd moved to the other side of the island, on the other side of the double yellow line, I could have taken these pics from NE DC.

20 comments:

Cyndy said...

Wow, what a way to start the day! This post has moved me to a new and better place. And your photos never fail to activate my imagination.

Merle Sneed said...

Reya, I don't believe we are here for any particular purpose. Sorry to be a downer.

Love your post, as always.

Anonymous said...

soul reincorporation???

Reya Mellicker said...

Merle, I know you don't. It's OK. It's a free country and everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. I salute you.

tut-tut said...

Reconnectivity?

Lynne said...

Funny you should bring this up because I've been thinking along those same lines too. More like why do some people have such a hard life or an unfulfilling one while others have "rich" ones (not money rich)? I have a friend who I think is miserable with the way her life has turned out. Do we make our lives what they are ourselves? Yes, to a certain extent I think we do but the other bit is up to the fates I think.

Barbara said...

This speaks volumes to me as I ponder my life as of late. I know I am here for a purpose and it is not fulfilled yet. I am totally convinced I will live as long as it takes to finish whatever this task turns out to be.

How about soul illumination? Isn't it about brightening what already exists and polishing away the blemishes? I like to think of it that way, at least.

Janelle said...

oh oh oh oh EXACTLY! um um can't think of any name but Soul. Soul Reunion. Soul recognition. so with you on Everything...god. and your photos are mind blowing! you remind me of all that is essential. bring me back to base line...! phew. thanks thanks for everything. xxx janelle

Steve said...

Oh no -- BIG QUESTIONS!

I hate to agree with Merle, but I pretty much think life is purposeless. I mean, we can build it into something, but it has no inherent purpose, and nothing is preordained. Some of us have more luck than others in terms of birth circumstances, but that's about as far as it goes.

Reya Mellicker said...

Sorry Steve! Oops.

Just as I said to Merle, I salute you!

There are many truths, and many levels of truth, and every tale of healing is just that - a story. No one really knows what makes some people healthy and happy while others suffer. This technique I'm being taught, though - having practiced on myself repeatedly - does have an illuminating effect. Thanks Barbara for such a good name.

I think connection to personal destiny helps people figure out what kind of legacy they want to create. That's what you're doing, Barbara, connecting to your soul's purpose. C'mon and get on my table (once I know how to do it.)

Anonymous said...

ensoulation

Squirrel said...

I believe in helping young people get an education and teaching them how to cope with everyday life-- to be caring individuals, empathy. To see their own creativity. When a kid writes you a letter saying how you made a difference in their life, it just makes you want to reach out to more & more kids, and it doesn't matter if they appreciate it or not, if they learn and hold dear just one tiny positive thing it's well worth the effort.

Squirrel said...

I mean helping all kids, not just family, but total strangers. Kids need to be told they're special. And not just by people on TV (altho Mr. Rogers was great) Setting up scholarships through the UNCF (just one example) is pretty easy, and it doesn't take a lot of cash when we consider how much money we spend on computers and clothes and such. Putting a little aside now and then, and before you know it, you have enough. I have friends who feel they are here for their activism, whatever form it takes. Just lending a helping hand every day to someone makes the planet a better place. Merle is a good example of someone who gives without thinking about it, and Steve with his Peace Corps experience. We all have something inside us to give.

dennis said...

Dennis feels his destiny is to be served by others. (Shrug, that's how it goes sometimes)

But Dennis found this quote and is trying to be 'not unkind' anyway.


"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. "

Dalai Lama

dennis said...

ps Dennis loves the top photo, like a silky fabric, cotton fluffs, strong yet beautiful fanciful

Pod said...

i think if you doing something you feel you are 'meant' to be doing, you know that it is more than doing something you simply enjoy. i definitely feel 'guided' into what i do, and i do feel i am doing the right thing. and i feel very lucky in this.
can we meet on reypod for a bit of a revival?
we can swap sessions
x

Reya Mellicker said...

Pod, YES YES YES. I know in my heart of hearts that you are following your soul's purpose. You're lucky, but so are your patients, friends, and those of us who get to see your beautiful photos.

Squirrel, I should have said, do you think each of us has a unique soul's purpose, in addition to the human soulfulness of kindness.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

hey there's a great start to one of hose npr 'this I believe' essays in this post...

what a kick it would be if one morning I turned on the radio and in comes reya's beautiful voice:
"I believe in soul recovery; I believe in destiny, that we're all here...."

ah to dream....

thanks for the post most worthy of a ponder (as always)

Reya Mellicker said...

Thanks Ms. Mouse!

rothko said...

Nice. I wish I could think of a good term for the "Soul Recovery" thing. I've been mulling it over, but nothing.

I'm with you in the belief in destiny and that things happen for a reason. I've felt this several times in my life. And it's always kind of incredible when it happens.

I lost my soul's purpose about 3 or 4 years ago. Poof. It ran away, I guess. Got scared by life's pressures and jumped ship. And this past year, I tied one on and burned all the photos I had of it, so I'm not even sure I would recognize it if it came back.

The thing about believing in a life's purpose is you have to accept the idea that maybe it already happened ... and you missed it.

(Your posts always get me thinking about things I want to put into my own posts, but then I never do.)