If a person finds himself facing an illness (or any unpleasant situation), one may simply say, "Well, it's your fault. You attracted it."
This sort of explanation is irritating to say the least, besides being unhelpful, but it also sounds suspiciously like the guiding hand of Fate, for one can look at the world and say EVERYTHING that occurs in the world simply IS, because it's meant to be that way.
There is a crucial difference, however, in a philosophy based upon fate, and a one which postulates consciousness always at sourcepoint: there are no outside forces determining your destiny, even though it often seems that way.
The idea of fate is indirectly supported by the scientific method, which has dominated the consciousness of the general public, especially since the end of WW II. Science teaches us that only what is observable is valid; therefore, we are conditioned to believe that what-already-is, is unalterable truth.
To further complicate matters, to say "that which exists is meant to be," is true!
But it's only true because the decisions and actions of conscious beings made it that way.
We often accept the established things of this world as universal facts of life, when they are really continual creations. For example, I accept the fact that if I'm hungry I can drive down to the local supermarket. Supermarket's have been around almost my entire life so I don't question their existence, but in my grandfather's world they did not exist. One can simply say, "supermarkets were fated to occur because of the increase in population density" but the fact remains that someone had to create the idea of a supermarket, then actually put it into the physical universe. In fact, every supermarket in the world is being continuously created, and without continued attention to the idea of "supermarkets" they would all disappear.
Anything that exists in the physical universe is being constantly created by one or more conscious beings. This leads us to another obvious, but very important conclusion:
(1) When the focus of consciousness is no longer present upon a thing, it will separate into its constituent components.
A flower wilts when it no longer has the nutrients to survive, or when the consciousness connected with it decides to depart. A human body disassociates when the consciousness associated with it no longer creates the human energy field that sustains it. The implications of this statement are enormous, for it implies that planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe itself was created by consciousness.
The above statement (1) cannot be proven, of course. Its just an assumption based upon my complete knowing that it is true. In fact, if consciousness is nonphysical (virtual) it cannot ever be tested or measured. Therefore, the content of these essays must be forever out of the realm of scientific proof. However, Im appealing to the readers inner knowledge of yourself as a spiritual being. For those of us who have this awareness, what Im saying makes perfect sense.
This principle (1), applied to matter and energy, is known as the second law of thermodynamics: The entropy of a closed system will not decrease for any sustained period of time. In other words, matter and energy has a tendency to disassociate if left to itself. A city becomes a ghost town when its inhabitants leave. A car that sits unattended in the backyard eventually corrodes and falls apart.
In life, it is the focusing of consciousness that begins and sustains the creative process. Hoping and wishing, in the absence of a clear vision, will not create the vibrational conditions that lead to manifestation. The answer to the question of I dont know what I want! is therefore, Find something to focus on. An undirected vibration will lead to an undirected life!
How is anything created?
First, a conscious being somewhere has an idea.
What's an idea? An idea is a thought about something. It's a tiny bit of focus or attention to a subject. Lots of times when we have ideas they don't go any further: "I want to invent an anti-gravity machine." For me, this is a wonderful idea but I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be successful, so I cease to give more attention to it. Therefore, my thoughts concerning the subject of "anti-gravity machines" are relatively small in number, vague and unfocused. I haven't "gotten my act together" upon this subject.
The guy who invented the compact disk, however, had an idea and followed up on it. By that I mean, he gave it more attention. He looked at how lots of information could be coded into a very small space and proceeded in steps to evolve his ideas: first comes the polishing of the glass plate, then the coating of photoresist (a chemical that hardens when exposed to light), then the information is written into the photoresist, then a negative of the information is created...etc.
Any creative process begins with an idea, then more ideas coagulate around it in some kind of sensible geometric arrangement. Now you've got what I call a thought prototype, or TP. A TP is an evolving thought form about something. It is an actual collection of energy, for every thought has a tiny bit of mass. I call it a prototype because it might or might not work in the physical universe, but the energy associated with the thought is just as real as the stuff on your workbench, or on your painting palette. A thought form is a buildup of energy brought about by a focusing of consciousness in a particular area, which is then mirrored into the physical universe. (If you dont believe that a thought is real, consider Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart often composed every note of a symphony in his head before he wrote it down on paper!)
Without the focusing or attention of consciousness, nothing can ever be brought into physical existence, because every single thing in the universe was preceded by thought. As my father used to say to us kids, "That broken window just didn't happen."
As the TP gets more and more sophisticated, a completed Thought Form is created which acts as a design template for the object in the physical universe. As long as the completed thought template exists and is accessible, one may continue to construct and maintain the physical object with which it is associated.
Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest geniuses of the last century, designed and debugged all of his machines in his head. Only when he could get the thing functioning mentally did he put it together physically. As mentioned previously, Mozart composed symphonies in his head, and was able to transfer them to paper without a mistake. So you see, a completed Thought Form is a very powerful thing indeed.
These mental templates are crucial, for even if a physical blueprint exists for an object, it cannot be built without the corresponding thought template. Example: most of my computer programs. Even though I have a written record of each one, after a time I cannot figure out how they work. I have several with minor bugs, including a halfway decent Mandelbrot/Julia Set generator, but I have lost the thought templates connected to them, so the programs are worthless, for I cannot debug them. This is how technology gets lost.
A Sumerian tablet.
One may have a physical blueprint, but without the corresponding thought template to give it meaning, the blueprint may be useless.
Every step of the creative process is first and foremost an evolvement of thought; and everything we see in the physical universe has a unique template of thought connected to it. That is how medical intuitives can diagnose without being in physical proximity to the patient.
What we understand as "fate" is just our attention to something for a long enough time. Often we go through life oblivious to the focus we are giving to a subject, or we simply get into a habit of thinking or believing a certain way.
For example, every time Joe changes jobs he gets a domineering and micromanaging boss. Joe would prefer a job where he has freedom to breathe, but he is so focused on NOT GETTING ANOTHER CRUMMY BOSS that he continuously attracts one. We've already gone over the reasons for this so we won't repeat it here, but if you ask Joe how he keeps getting the same sort of boss he might tell you it's fate. And he'd be right - Joe is fated to attract the same situations (self-similar situations, fractally speaking) as long as he continues to focus in the same way.
But the point is, the Law of Consciousness and the Law of Free Will guarantee that Joe has, in every moment, the choice to change his focus of attention! And when he does so, magic happens. Or coincidence. A happy accident maybe.
It doesn't matter what you label it, Joe's life will change when he changes his focus. So fate is just continued focus on something until it is brought into your life experience. A philosophy based on fate and one based on free will are both operating from the Law of Free Will, it is just that a person who believes in fate never makes a decision to change his focus!
In order to experience this, you have to test it out for yourself. Universal laws, as Ive said over and over, interface directly with every conscious being on an individual basis. Therefore, proof must be completely personal and subjective. What works for you may not work for another.
Try it and see!