I wonder sometimes if there is a greater power at play in our lives. I have read many documents from various authors in an attempt to unravel these mysteries, and while probing both philosophical and scientific minds alike, I have discovered that it is not always what is said which reveals truths, but rather what is left unsaid. In a time when prosecution was rampant under Christian colonization, (the proverb “Dead men tell no tales” implied the imminent dangers of having secrets, which often led to death.) Scholars learned to disguise their messages in writings, and to this day few are equipped with the ability to decipher them. Consider one of Aristotle s’ sayings “When certain things are stated, it can be shown that something other than what is stated necessarily follows.”
Aristotle called his logic: “Analytika” which meant the exploration of every science or field of knowledge starts from a set of principles. From these, its truths could be deduced by logic. This is how most philosophers communicate, starting with ambiguity or metaphors. However necessary the art of deduction in philosophy, it is equally important in spiritual development.
It is widely believed that most printed scriptures and occult texts are not meant for the general populace and its cryptic meaning reserved for esoteric scholars. Hence, the word occult; meaning “hidden”.
Ideas on spiritual scripture, ancient texts or rituals can be taken out of context. Rather, consider the underlying subtleties in what is being presented, learning to discern— “truths” is key in discovery.
Some people believe divine forces govern their lives, and then there are others that believe everything happens outside of paranormal experiences. The debate of such ideas have existed for millennia. Is there a God? Is there a ‘grand design’ or purpose? The verdict is still out in most cases.
The skeptic in me imparts that ‘coincidences of significance’ which occur in our lives are in fact a sequence of random chain(s) of events, although sometimes I can’t shake the feeling of having been led down a particular path before. If sequences are so random and occur naturally, then why is there a sense of familiarity in some cases? Would the ability to notice a pattern still make it random? Do our reactions change a “set course”? Is everyone’s ability to learn from past experiences just adaptability or something more? If in fact everything which happens around us of significant importance is random, then how is it we can change an outcome by merely understanding the circumstances. We can say this is adaptability from experiences, but what happens to adaptability when what is being experienced has never been encountered? And can we change this sort of outcome? These questions are still being asked today.
Sure we can fall back on ideas of divine intervention, however I want to take a more practical approach to understanding these circumstances. If we believe we have no control of our destiny or if one even exist, then what is the purpose of learning from our mistakes? We can argue that it is adaptability, which is a characteristic of all living, surviving organisms. Why adapt if we can’t change an outcome or occurrence? If there is no purpose and if things happen for no reason, why are we given the ability to avert them in most cases? Lets talk about the hard facts. An example: death of a loved one, which may appear to be random and which also affects us and those around us. Death is however NOT random. The circumstances surroundings one’s earthly departure may seem random but the effects of death mostly are the results of the choices we make. In any event, our choices either speeds up the process of death or delays it, but will never stop it. When we consider time of death as a factor, it may appear to be a random occurrence. However, knowingly we all face death and it is indeed very un-random to die. The exact time of death is what throws most of us off, or should I say the unexpectedness of death.
Even with chain(s) of events happening randomly affecting us in many ways with infinite possibilities, we find ourselves intact and able to assimilate, to learn, to divert, to grow, to experience, to discover, to designate, to control, to change and to share. These are all profound and almost godly attributes— dare I say divine. Being able to “see the pattern”, and to have foresight and make changes, helps influence an outcome that makes random time sequences into life long journeys, into paths and destinies. Randomness will exist, regardless of our beliefs, as it is an unexplained naturally occurring phenomena which impacts our lives. Every decision we make puts randomness into a sequence of time, or time frames. What exactly is time but a succession of current moments elapsing, or the “now” moving forward. I am a strong believer in manipulating time; anyone who understands the underlying message here can manipulate time. Here is some food for thought: the belief in divine forces, destiny, fate, or spiritual callings, are always up for debate; however mankind ultimately experiences life through a progression of choices. How we are influenced or how we influence each other has more to do with our need to relate in order to survive. A connection within our own reasoning, a belief within our own minds.