Creating Your Destiny

IN THIS ISSUE SEPTEMBER 2008

September 2008 Issue

Introduction to Fall 2008 Issue of SuperConsciousness Magazine
Author: Danielle Graham

… we must simply and humbly accept our fate …
… it’s my genetics … I’m destined for death by heart disease …
… substance abuse can only be cured by abstinence …
… don’t get above yourself … accept your fate and surrender to god’s will …
… it’s just the way it is … some things will never change …

 

Our culture is rife with common expressions which reinforce an idea that we are powerless to truly impact the quality of our lives. We want to believe that we can somehow change our destiny through positive reinforcement or setting goals, yet we are rarely aware of the subtle ways we comply with this limited, illusionary threshold. Despite our best efforts, we end up defaulting to the generally accepted assumptions of our time, especially when they herald the ending of our lives. And should we choose to question the reason or even the authority of the institutions and cultures that draw strength from these longstanding but confining ideologies, history shows we should expect strong reaction, disapproval, or even banishment.

Regardless, when circumstances force us to recognize that our journey in life has reached a dead end, something shifts inside us. We begin to question how we have been living, what we have been thinking, and why we have been going along with the crowd. We challenge our complicity with society, religion or even medical diagnoses. We realize that we have fallen short of our inner expectations of a life filled with . . . something more and we wonder what that could be. Despite an ever-present, deeply ingrained fear of ostracism, we make the choice to let go of our restricted concepts and conformity with people, places and things. We dare to step into a new life outside the boundaries of our previous one. We challenge what was and make the choice to create a new destiny because it is innate within us to do so.

In this first anniversary issue of SuperConsciousness Magazine, we explore Creating Your Destiny through the stories of those who have challenged social division, illness and addiction, circumstances generally considered unalterable. We begin with an overview of the impact religion has had on shaping identity and experience. Scholar and literary editor Jaime Leal Anaya writes about his personal experiences studying theology and coming to terms with catholic fatalism. Author, University Vice Chancellor, and Department of Economic Analysis and Policy advisor Dr. Narendra Jadhav reveals the conditions of the infamous caste system of India, shares how his family defied an assumptive destiny as ‘untouchables,’ challenged the 3,500 year old Hindi tradition and prevailed. Faith, Fear, and Free Will: A Catholic Seminarian’s Journey to Spiritual "Free-Will" by Jaime Leal Anaya

And, what of knowledge? Can education challenge the limits established by cultural and economic conditions? Ideally, education should be the fuel for growth and achievement, especially if an expectancy exists for that potential. Professor Monica J. Harris discusses how the practice of profiling students as troubled or incapable limits educational and subsequent lifetime achievement. On the other hand, great teachers have long been credited for strategizing how best to give their students knowledge as well as providing the encouragement for them to go after the experience of that knowledge. High school teacher Erin Gruwell, whose inspiring story was profiled in the film Freedom Writers, provided her Long Beach, California students with both a nurturing environment and an incitement to travel beyond their day-to-day world. Their journeys would ultimately take them as far as Sarajevo. Her inspired devotion helped reshape the destinies of a generation of young adults who had already been written off by their educational system.

Perhaps there is no greater knowledge than how our bodies interface with the environment around us, thus how we create our reality. Cellular biologist and author Dr. Bruce Lipton explains that the old scientific model of genetic determinism has been replaced by the new science of epigenetics. His work has brought insight to laboratory evidence which clearly demonstrates how the quality of our thoughts impacts the selection of our genes. Not only are we biologically equipped to adapt, and thus change, but Lipton’s scientific discourse shows that we are innately capable of directing our health and therefore the quality of our lives in ways not currently taught in any medical school. Genetics, Epigenetics, and Destiny: Interview with Dr. Bruce Lipton

Such knowledge explains how it is possible to completely reverse and heal ourselves from life-ending diseases. Niro Markoff Asistent committed herself to fully experiencing every moment of her remaining life after receiving a diagnosis of AIDS in 1981. As a result, she inadvertently healed herself by doing just that: living each moment in full awareness and gratitude of life. In that continuous state of presence, the joy of the moment became the priority of the body, thus, the disease simply disappeared. Surviving Aids: Niro Markoff Asistent Shares How She Cured Herself From AIDS. Sir Robert Jones and Chris Dacek, both diagnosed with congestive heart failure, approached the choice to heal themselves in their own unique ways. These three people and their stories demonstrate the reality that we are, indeed, capable of shifting off a timeline of impending death to another of extended, blessed life. In an excerpted teaching, hierophant and master teacher Ramtha the Enlightened One explains how we all have an unlimited number of potential destinies. This fact is indicative of our innate divinity and as Ramtha explains, “Our job is to change the landscape of our life.” Changing The Timeline Of Our Destiny: Teaching from Ramtha The Enlightened One

Addiction is the ultimate metaphor for victimization. It is usually associated with substance abuse, but we can also find ourselves fixated by everyday substances like caffeine, the rush of adrenaline and especially the chemical cascade of emotional reaction. Any aspect of our lives which we perceive ourselves as powerless to overcome is an addiction. Hence, it is generally considered “incurable”: once an addict, always an addict. But is that true? Sociologist Dr. Alexander Schauss has demonstrated that nutritional mitigation can offset the most terrifying of all opiates – heroin. Clinician and author Dr. Scott D. Miller has integrated personalized holistic approaches to addiction treatment and discusses the personal empowerment and transformation that occur when the patient takes responsibility for their recovery. In the clinic as well as the classroom, professionals have begun to replace the “one size fits all” mentality with an emphasis on the individual. This approach empowers clients to transcend past behavior and create their lives anew through their own volition. Life Beyond Addiction: An Exposé About Addiction Treatment with Alexander Schauss

No matter the circumstances we find ourselves in, knowledge is the key by which we develop and empower our innate human potential. Philosopher William James understood the power to choose when he said, “My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will.” Scientific evidence takes us beyond belief and shows us that we are not the victims of fate, but the designers of our own destinies. The choice becomes ours to relinquish complicity with fatalistic thinking and go about developing the capacity to enjoy greater health and freedom. And all of us here at SuperConsciousness Magazine hope that you will further explore your capacity to change and choose to create your own destiny.

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