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Examining the relationship between destiny and freewill


Is there "free will" in heaven? What...

Is there “free will” in heaven? What about “free will” in life? (Photo credit: Zombie Inc. Wholesale Zombies for Over 25 years)

Author: Wade C. Wilson

Philosophers generally feel that our life circumstances must either be preset through destiny, or totally chaotic with infinite possibilities through the phenomenon of freewill: they cannot be both.  However, research using hypnotically accessed memories of what happens to us during our inter-life period, or the time after we die and before our successive life, provides insight into this issue and refutes this either-or assumption.

Many things occur during the inter-life period that aids our soul’s growth, learning and development.  Four primary functions during the inter-life period include rest and recuperation to allow our souls to completely recover from the trials and stress experienced during life; a series of life reviews for our souls to learn the consequences of our actions on Earth and other ways in which we could have better responded to those trials; classes to learn and practice the specialization functions that we serve in as souls during this inter-life period (similar to career training and development for the spirit); and life planning sessions for our next incarnation.  It is this latter function in which we find the answer to the question on the relationship between destiny and freewill.

According to the research, when we plan our next life we start with a choice of bodies and life circumstances in which we will pursue unique life stories that will help us address the issues we need to tackle in our next incarnation.  Every life has goals for the spirit to experience, learn, and conquer.  These goals could certainly be considered a ‘destiny’ as it is the intention of the life planning process that those trials (and tribulations) should be experienced during life.  Since so many stress-causing trials are unpleasant life experiences, it may well be that the harshest things we have and will experience in life are ‘destined’ events that we personally elected, as souls, that we should experience during our lifetime!  [Return later and ponder that sentence, and the implication may blow your mind!]

Usually when we choose the human body and life story we want to live while experiencing those life trials, a series of options are presented to us as souls, ranging from ‘easy,’ ‘normal,’ and ‘hard’ life options.  So-called ‘hard’ life options are often tackled by more experienced or ambitious souls because those lives represent an opportunity for greater and faster development for the soul if the soul can successfully navigate through the harder choices presented by those challenging life circumstances.  And that is where the overlap occurs between destiny and freewill.

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You see, ‘destiny’ is really only an experience or trial that will be experienced in our life that requires us to make a choice.  Will we make the ‘hard right’ choice, or the ‘easy wrong’ choice?  Destiny requires us to experience challenges in life while free will allows us to make mistakes and choose the wrong way to handle those challenges when faced with our ‘destiny.’  And so, free will is perfectly compatible with destiny in this regard, and indeed the one requires the other to exist.  ‘Destiny’ does not mean we are destined to succeed or fail though true-to-form, some life goals require a life of hardship or money, privilege or poverty, fame or power, etc. because the destiny-bound life trials that must be experienced may be wrapped up with events that will happen only under those specific life circumstances.  So the soul’s destiny is not whether we were born to win the Super Bowl or become President, but perhaps rather what do we do with our life given the circumstances in which we currently find ourselves?  Will we squander our opportunities or feel sorry for ourselves that we don’t have something that we wished we had (or jealous that someone else does have), or will we grasp life by the horns and take advantage of the unique opportunities this particular life provides us?

You are the star character in the stage drama that is your life.  You should therefore live that life to the fullest.  Learn, experience, and love everything you can.  That is how you properly exert free will in your life to realize the best circumstances of your life’s destiny every day.  The change you want to see in your life begins with positive and affirmative thoughts and actions that you make right now.  Don’t wait for life to happen to you.  And don’t begrudge the universe (or others) for not giving you everything you think you deserve.  Feel yourself change – from the inside – and then force that change to manifest in your life – on the outside.  Now that is using your own free will to impact the destiny of your life that you want and deserve.

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Wade is the author of The Hidden Truth:  A logical path through compelling evidence to discover the nature of reality and the meaning of life, available at Amazon.  The first half of the book is available for free at, and

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3 thoughts on “Examining the relationship between destiny and freewill

  1. Initially I thought you were going to discuss fate or fatalism and its connection to free will. I haven’t considered “destiny” per say but usually understood the concept as the same as fate. If I am accurate in making that connection then I would refer you to some of the work by Philosopher Paul Russell who has written some very good work regarding fatalism. I have also tackled lots regarding the free will debate on my blog ” A Philosopher’s Take”. Feel free to check them out.

    Nice post,


    • Justin, I didn’t write the article but did choose to publish it. I remember talking about “fate” to a Catholic priest once, and he gently but firmly corrected me by saying, “you mean providence.” And now I do think that providence is a valid concept that’s often overlooked.

  2. I have found in my studies that there are two distinct mindsets: Those who are animus-based or ego-based and those who are anima-based or egoless-based. Science is beginning to confirm that our brains are hard-wired into these two personality types. Science began this understanding with the right-brained and left-brained theory and more recently have moved to the introvert and extrovert theory.

    The animus-based personality (intellectual or logical – mostly men) spends its life actively doing and seeking. For them, Free Will is the key to their philosophical make-up. They must learn that their choices bring consequences with them. It is only with age and experience that they master the art of decision making that benefits the greatest number of beings, including the earth and environment.

    The anima-based personality (creative or emotional – mostly women) is accepting and spends its life serving and caring for others. They are for the most part ego-less, so destiny or divine purpose is the key to their philosophical make-up. To them, it seems that the random mundane life experiences culminate during a stressful life experience into a mission or divine purpose.

    This is why it is important for the soul to experience many lifetimes, through a number of different scenarios, in order to grow in understanding.

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