Choosing Our Destiny

The dilemma of whether or not we were created for something larger than ourselves arises at some point in our lives. Destiny, or whatever name you want to give it, is a notion that no one can ever fully comprehend. We think that everything and everyone that comes our way is predetermined; a person’s life span is irreversibly etched into the future. Others, on the other hand, disagree. Whether we believe in fate or not, we have free will to stand up for what we value. In today’s chaotic world, we must take charge of our own destinies and fight for the choices we have made and will make.

To go against the odds may be exciting, but it can also be terrifying, but when we do so, we see what we are made for and hear our calling in this vast world. Here is a step-by-step mental process for reflection and meditation whenever you need to make a choice in life:

Step 1. Close your eyes and listen

The only thing one can do amid all the commotion is to listen. Pay attention to the rustling of the wind, the rumble of motors, and the trickle of water. One gains a great deal of knowledge and insight when one loses something. The things you hold deep inside you will surface, and you will discover who you are

Step 2. Open your heart and see

The next step would be opening up to the world: your fears, regrets, and secrets. Show the world that you are just like everyone else – fragile and human – by being vulnerable yourself. You’re aware of how you feel, and you need to see that other people are as well. It is your duty as a human being to live for the greater good of the society, which you were given when you were born. In doing so, you’ll be able to accept the world as it is, with all of its flaws.

Stand for what you believe in (and the rest will follow)

Be true to yourself, knowing that others will play a significant role in your destiny. It’s important to know when to slow down and conserve your energy. There are times when the world will try to challenge your beliefs, but this does not necessitate your surrender. Choosing your destiny means maintaining your ground and being true to who you are.

The Step of an Eagle

The step of an eagle is but a limited set.
With great wings and sharp eyes,
this animal of wisdom is patient and precise;
only taking action when it is time.

With their massive wings, they glide over mountains and valleys as they swoop down on their prey, scanning the landscape for anything that could be lurking in its path. A magnificent creature, indeed; divine? Maybe. However, the Aztecs, on the other hand, see an eagle as more than just a wild animal. It’s a sign of power, aggression, and a desire to be the best. The Eagle is a fearsome and formidable fighter, a daunting defender of its people. And, in Mayan symbolism, this animal also represents clarity and a reflective mind as a way to reach one’s own inner knowledge. The Mayans saw this beauty as a symbol of enlightenment and a road to wisdom in a frequently cruel and perplexing world.

This magnificent beast’s symbolism may be interpreted in three very similar ways. However, what does it take to be recognized as a force comparable to that of an eagle?

Stand brave and true.
There will always be challenges in your life that try to drain you of your energy. In these instances, one can either avoid or confront the threat. An eagle’s way of life entails maintaining your ground at all costs possible. When you have faith in your own abilities, you can overcome any obstacle and complete any task. If you stay true to who you are, you’ll have a steady mind and be less susceptible to doubts and fears.

Don’t turn your back on the weak.
Instead of disregarding the people who are weaker than you, teach them how to be strong on their own. Like an eagle nurturing its young, you can influence so many people if only you put yourself into the task.

Always seek clarity
An eagle possesses a powerful vision. A crystal clear sight of everything within its range. In following the step of an eagle, one must seek clarity. A vision of truth, justice, and peace. When it comes to finding a better world, being strong and powerful will only get you so far. Instead, one should always strive to see the broader picture and all those involved.

Your Viracocha’s Power Hug

Picture this out: You are on a beautiful beach with white sand spread as far as the eyes can see and nowhere was there spot or blemish or hideous red streak and the ocean’s water was peaceful and calm.

You notice the sun leaving its position and moving before you, and you look upon a form. The form of Viracocha, or whichever god you wish to come face to face with. The Greatest One. You bend your right knee to the sand. From your lips, an affirmation flows that you have done what you are supposed to do and have kept your vow to the best of your ability.

The Greatest One, your Viracocha, creator of the universe and of the elements, asks you to speak of your heart’s desires, and if it is within His power to give, it shall be yours. But you have no further needs because you have been filled by the overflowing love of the Greatest One, your Viracocha, god of the sun and of storms.

Again, your Viracocha, god of time and civilization itself, asks if there’s anything your heart has ever wanted. You see any more than the outline of his face, but you locate those eyes – those compassionate eyes – and in there find kindness and love in a dance. You respond that you could use a hug. Being hugged by the Uncreated Creator is like no other hug has ever been, or can ever be. You have always dreamt of cleansing.

Of a Birdman’s Predetermination and True-heartedness

Once one gets to worship Father Inti, obedience in all things becomes second nature. The worshipper dedicates to doing the best to serve Father Inti.  It throbs with the zeal to serve the Emperor and his children, both locally and to the far extents of the Emperor’s kingdom, and be allowed to do all that one can to work for the Emperor and all of his children – long and happy lives – as one is able.

The birdman, for example, now understands that the job Inti has made him for entails obeisance to the monarch; the job that makes him the happiest.  The birdman can think of no greater reward and he will accept nothing less.

With such commitment and zealousness, the Emperor may react by staring at the birdman for long moments as understanding would come to him. The birdman would lovingly return the gaze and then in an exceedingly graceful flow of motion, the birdman would drop to his knees and then down onto his face. In joyful subordination, the birdman would cradle his monarch’s left foot between his hands and press his cheek against his instep.  In Incan sensitivities, this is an ultimate expression of love and devotion. It is expected that the Emperor would look upon his child who is down in deferential respect, and tears would begin to trickle down his, perhaps, already weathered cheeks for such display of ardor and allegiance; tears to drop unnoticed onto the back of the birdman’s head.