The Gods Are Creators, NOT Stencilers

I’ve heard people say that no matter what one does, one’s fate will always be the same. This group of thinkers might even suggest the existence of a master plan, with a prewritten script for everyone. Well, that is rubbish! (I would use the word crap, but I’m feeling a bit British today).

I am very eclectic in my beliefs, but I can not accept anything suggesting the gods lack imagination. I can compromise—a little—and say that the gods might set out different paths for us, and then sit back to watch what we’ll do. But what kind of Supreme Parent would plan a life of chaos and suffering for a child? Would you? Didn’t think so, and you are not even a Supreme Parent.

If the world was a perfect place, then I would be inclined to believe the gods made it all happen. But think about it, if you had the chance to write the story of your children’s lives before they lived it, would they die of AIDS, cancer, shot by a stranger, trapped in their own minds…? No, they would be perfect everlasting lives shared with you—the one who loves them most.

I can’t share the story behind my latest outburst, but I can tell you this: last night a person dear to me said, “I have no choice. It’s just the way things are. I can’t do anything about it. Nobody can’t help me. It’s just the way my life is and always will be.” These statements worried me to no end. Not because I believe them to be true, but because this dear person thinks they are.

As suggested on Pagan Blog Prompts, when referring to “The Secret or the books by Esther & Jerry Hicks on the Law of Attraction.”I believe
“we create our own lives. We attract to ourselves what we want through our thoughts and actions.”
I also believe that there are times when the challenge of living is too much to face alone, so we must seek help. For when Fate is pushing and pushing toward a path you don’t care to follow, there is no better weapon than the strong arm of a person who believes in you; a friend to remind you that YOUR destiny is YOURS to shape.


What do you think? Are we chips on the Creators fixed game, or players with skills/tools to affect the outcome of our lives?

20 comments:

  1. I think its us who shape our lives . having said that i do however feel that when our time to die comes we can do nothinmg to stop it...we might slightly prolong it but nothing else...

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  2. If I were to believe in a Creator- I would think he has no hand in our day to day. He (or she) would have given us life, and have gone on their way, knowing our capacity for development and choice.
    That being said- I Do think everything is pre-determined... BUT! if you choose to change a particular area of your life that isn't going for you, that is also predetermined. We still have the options of choice... but our personalities are already determined- as is the particular paths we would take (given said personalities).
    Does any of this make sense?

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  3. Equidae, I will agree with you I don’t think we can decide to stay if Fate has decided that we need to hang the towel. We can run from death, but we certainly can’t hide.

    Aewynne, you are making no sense—just kidding ;) I think our beliefs are very similar. The gods know were we are going to end up because they know everything, but they have given us free will in order for us to choose how. The social psychologist in me would have to disagree with the second statement though. I don’t think our personalities are predetermined. I believe that our environment have a whole lot to do with who we are going to become, even if the gods already know what the end product is going to look like. Am I making sense? lol BTW, welcome to Pagan Culture!

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  4. I think, with predetermined personalities, you are automatically drawn or rejected from different aspects in life. It is whether or not you have the opportunity to encounter the aspects in a timely manner for your personality to develop. Before you have a chance to develop- your mind already knows you hate hearing people talk about cars. I believe in this, largely due to my Mother trying to make me a girly girl throughout my life. It was only once I moved out that I found a love for alot of things that I had never been introduced to before but were oh so familiar, second nature, and yet- so far away from what I was raised to believe I "should" like.
    Given the tiniest iota of belief that I have in reincarnation- certain things give me certain feelings that I feel were put into place from my last trip 'round this life.

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  5. We continue to agree, environment does have a lot to do with the way we end up, more so if we stay around particular setting. If you had stayed around your mom and acted all girly your entire life, but never moved, you'd probably be miserable *grin* but you might adjust to the girly tendencies.

    But I support your thought that we are born with innate tendencies that might develop into our personalities. Take me being Pagan, for instance. I was raised Roman Catholic. I was a choir girl. I participated in Mass preparation and read during Mass too. I was Mary during most of our religious plays! (People still trying to explain why Mary danced when she sang lol). Nevertheless, I knew that Christianity was not for me. I have no idea why, I just knew.

    Maybe the gods put it in my precious little head--yes, I'm modest too--since before I was born. I'm loving it!

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  6. My pagan path started WHILE I was attending a Christian High school and I had to do a project on the topic.
    I attended church school all my life, and went to church every week. I attended vespers twice a week, and all my friends were of the same denomination. I read books of my faith, watched tv based on it, and listened to Christian rock. I worked with a youth outreach group and worked for and with a Christian nightclub doing plays and working behind the counters during rock band shows.

    How did I end up here... an agnostic pagan with an extreme distaste for modern Christian dogma and beliefs? No clue.

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  7. Ha! My wrap sheet pales when compared to yours lol. But just to add to the fun, I must tell you that my nickname was The Bible, not ahead of my time in Bible knowledge. The name was given to me by a friend of my mothers, who used to say. "That little girl is dangerously controlling. I'm going to call her The Bible because if she can't explain something, she won't doubt to make up a story that will make what she wants sound true." Maybe, his comment has something to do with your change?

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  8. Hah, no such nickname for me. I was just one among many in the seventh day adventist religion. All of us kids did stuff like that (because we wanted to, not because we had to). I see all my friends from that time now and have such an urge to slap them and tell them to wake up! I won't do that though... everyone has the right to believe.

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  9. I believe that we were created, and that deity can lend us a helping hand now and again, but that we make our own paths.

    I also believe that there are hundreds of paths laid out before us, and that every choice we make steers us to which one we follow. We have the power to change our paths, to get off one and start a new one, and ultimately are responsible for our actions and the consequences that they bring.

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  10. Aewynne, one of the things I love the most about Paganism is that we don't go around trying to save anyone's soul; at least I don't. It is not that I don't want everyone to be have or safe, the thing is that I don't know what's the best for them. Like you say "everyone has the right to believe.

    Mrs. B, your opinion is similar if not the same as mine. I understand that we were created by the Divine and the Divine also provides us with a number of paths. The ones we chose to follow will result on shaping the rest of our existence.

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  11. No I am not a " Five %'r", but I would like to belief there is a Goddess/ God inside all of us. I can't say for sure, because I don't know.
    But I think we are the creators, good and bad of our own life/ path/ destiny

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  12. While I don't believe fate is destined by any means I do believe that through suffering one learns some incredible things and from a supreme parents point of view a life without challenges or suffering wouldn't be one worth living. I see the challenges and suffering as being equally important as the blessings and good times but would never plan a childs life without a healthy dose of both.
    Oh and I'm back!
    :)

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  13. You are certainly right, you need a healthy balance of everything the world has to offer in order to develop into a half decent individual. However, I have stopped to examine the lives of a few unfortunate people and wondered who in heck has been defining the word "balance"!

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  14. Noor, I think that deep inside you know that there is something more powerful. And every time I read or look your work, I know that the gods have a great sense of humor and blessed you with it. Also, they've giving a very nice heart. I love the way you take care of all your furry babies ;)

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  15. I am most definitely master of my own destiny. While I can not control every aspect of my life, I ultimately control how I chose to react to and deal with what life throws at me. This may be a cultural thing though...

    Having grown-up in the U.S. in a house where I wasn't spoiled but never went without, it is easy for me to feel in control of my life. I have options and opportunities that people in other countries don't have. When I lived in Costa Rica, the mother of the family I stayed with used to pray for god to bring her a new roof. To me this was ridiculous. If you need a new roof, you need to make it happen, but for her there was no extra money in the bank, no relative to borrow from and no way for her (she was a single mother with three kids and a grandchild to feed) to earn enough money for the project. She really had no options except prayer.

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  16. You very correct, we can control our reactions and some have more options than others. For instance, even one who had nothing has more than one choice. A good person might choose to pray, while a weaker, ruthless one, my turn into a life of crime. At the end, we all have choices... will they always be easy ones? Hardly.

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  17. Aewynne, one of the things I love the most about Paganism is that we don't go around trying to save anyone's soul; at least I don't. It is not that I don't want everyone to be have or safe, the thing is that I don't know what's the best for them. Like you say "everyone has the right to believe.

    Mrs. B, your opinion is similar if not the same as mine. I understand that we were created by the Divine and the Divine also provides us with a number of paths. The ones we chose to follow will result on shaping the rest of our existence.

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  18. My pagan path started WHILE I was attending a Christian High school and I had to do a project on the topic.
    I attended church school all my life, and went to church every week. I attended vespers twice a week, and all my friends were of the same denomination. I read books of my faith, watched tv based on it, and listened to Christian rock. I worked with a youth outreach group and worked for and with a Christian nightclub doing plays and working behind the counters during rock band shows.

    How did I end up here... an agnostic pagan with an extreme distaste for modern Christian dogma and beliefs? No clue.

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  19. I believe that we were created, and that deity can lend us a helping hand now and again, but that we make our own paths.

    I also believe that there are hundreds of paths laid out before us, and that every choice we make steers us to which one we follow. We have the power to change our paths, to get off one and start a new one, and ultimately are responsible for our actions and the consequences that they bring.

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  20. I am most definitely master of my own destiny. While I can not control every aspect of my life, I ultimately control how I chose to react to and deal with what life throws at me. This may be a cultural thing though...

    Having grown-up in the U.S. in a house where I wasn't spoiled but never went without, it is easy for me to feel in control of my life. I have options and opportunities that people in other countries don't have. When I lived in Costa Rica, the mother of the family I stayed with used to pray for god to bring her a new roof. To me this was ridiculous. If you need a new roof, you need to make it happen, but for her there was no extra money in the bank, no relative to borrow from and no way for her (she was a single mother with three kids and a grandchild to feed) to earn enough money for the project. She really had no options except prayer.

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