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Determinism is a philosophical view, where all events are determined completely by previously existing causes. Deterministic theories throughout the history of philosophy have developed from diverse and sometimes overlapping motives and considerations.”  Wikipedia

I have heard of this before but this blog was triggered by a novel I’m reading by Alex North – The Half Burnt House.

Going with the flow

Recently I gave up all my work and decided just to do this blog, write a few mind-mumblings, dig out my old poetry and share it. Partly perhaps to remind me who I essentially am – a poet and playwright. That’s where I started, and that’s what I love more than anything in the world, words, poems, dialogue, plots, and cats. Essential writing buddies!

Since I decided to go with the flow as I didn’t know where to go, I now know exactly where I’m going, except that I don’t quite but that doesn’t matter because I’m going there. If that makes sense. I’m enjoying the journey not visualising (and fretting about) the destination.

When I read about this in my book today, it started me thinking that perhaps determinism does exist, everything is pre-ordained, and I’m feeling on the right path because I started walking it and stopped thinking about it. I returned to the last time I was happy in my work and moved forward from there.

I do still run my spiritual mentoring groups, but they’ve moved with the flow as well and are like nothing I’ve ever taught before. So they’re fitting in nicely and as the people are lovely, that’s good.

Scary stuff?

Years ago the idea that everything was predetermined would have scared me, made me feel out of control, a victim of some cosmic decision over which I had no say. Yet thanks to my spiritual training and learning with my guides, I don’t feel that way.

You see, I’m taught, and instinctively feel that it’s true, that it is us that sets out our life path in our Akashic Record before we come here. In other words, we determined what was going to happen in our life.

I won’t pretend that I completely understand this, and it does make me uncomfortable talking this way when I think of some of the awful things that happen to people, illness, rape, murder, abuse, and so on. People who lose a parent young. People who have everything taken from them by some external force of person. People living in poverty stricken countries scratching for food on rubbish dumps. I do ask myself why any of this would be predetermined by anyone and I think it’s an excellent question. I also wouldn’t understand why the universal energy would predetermine it.

As such, when questioning these ideas it’s important not to think in terms of fault and blame, poor choices, and maybe only apply them to your own life and not more widely until you understand more.

However, for me I can see that I do feel that I’m following a path set down for me, by me. It feels right. As with all things and all new learning it requires testing and living for a while until you can see more clearly.

Free will

This is my next question. If we predetermine our lives, or they are predetermined for us, then can the actions of others override our predetermination? So if someone is attacked, it was not in their life path but it was in the attacker’s, and they were unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time?


I’m obviously going to learn more about this and apply my research skills to the subject, it’s always good to learn something new even if your eventual conclusion is not for me.

I just thought that it may be a useful idea for people to consider, that if things aren’t working just let go, start moving forward in life, and allow your life path to lead you not your mind. It’s worked for me, maybe it will work for you too.

To your future happiness now

Deb xx


Published by debdancingstarhawken7

I'm a writer, public speaker, medium, and spiritual thinker. I suffered from acute anxiety from the age of 16 until I was well into my 50s, after fearlessly exploring many ideas, philosophies, and tools, I finally found methods that helped me return my mind to a better normal. One of the things I hated about anxiety was the way people treated me like a fool or a problem, I have two degrees and I'm a (much) retired black belt, my IQ is decent, but I constantly felt like a complete idiot, something that was exacerbated by never feeling like the real me. The girl who could laugh endlessly about the smallest things, and had a real excitement about what life had to offer her. I didn't need anyone else to tell me I wasn't 'right', I knew that better than anyone. My mission now is to support people suffering as I did with a message of support with what they're going through, tools and ideas that might help, and a strong message of hope for the future. At 63, which I am at the time of writing, many people I know are in a rut, yet having beaten anxiety I'm now doing more with my life than I ever did when I was struggling just to get up in the morning, let alone face the day. It's a wonderful feeling - so the main message is that it doesn't matter how long you've been struggling or what age you are, when you beat anxiety you will get an entirely new lease of life - and that's fantastic at any age. On a personal note I'm married to my soul mate, we have 5 cats, and I live in the middle of the UK. I follow a number of fantastic thinkers, as it's important to immerse yourself in healthy thinking as often as you can, I'm a Toastmaster and professional public speaker, and I keep life simple and encourage my clients to do the same, and my friends.

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