Is it just me, or do Fandango’s Provocative Questions seem to be getting more difficult? Fandango asks:
“Do you believe in fate and/or predestination? If so, what or who is the source? If you do believe in predestination, is there anything anyone can do to change their predestined fate?”
And bonus: “If you believe God is the source, and God has already determined the future for each of us, why should people bother to pray?”
If there is one thing about this world that I’ve learned so far, it is the relativity of all things. All-that-is, was, or will be are included in the category of things here (aka the 10,000 things.) With this as a starting premise, the Mysterious Mother, that which all things spring from and that to which all things return is in charge, and I wouldn’t presume to know her ways other than in a general sense. A question I have had is to whether there is sentience or physics as the motive force.
This gets to the second part of Fandango’s question. There is a dichotomy in my mind as to the creative/destructive force of it all – but there shouldn’t be. I’ve seen too much evidence that there is sentience in the Mysterious Mother. God is your term for her. She is listening. Actively listening. I believe our relationship with the cosmos is interactive at both an earthly and heavenly level. Prayer is vital for your own well-being as it is transformative. It cultivates empathy, mercy, and forgiveness as you do it in regard to your relationship with others. And for yourself, from she-that-listens.
I think this active listening has a direct influence on life courses. Maybe the Mysterious Mother can see into the future and know its outcome ahead of time, which would be a form of fate or predestination, but as far as these things being fixed, it depends on your willingness to participate.
As I said before, I wouldn’t presume to know her ways other than in a generals sense. This much I know, based upon my own experiences.