Many people have a vague idea about destiny. Some equate it with Fate, whose outcome is mysterious and unknown, and whose unknown hand appears suddenly in human life. Others think destiny is charted in the stars, and if one can only correctly glean information from the alignment of the stars through astrological interpretation, one can in effect look into the future and know one’s destiny. Others know that they have a powerful pull for going to a certain locale, or entering a certain career—this obsession hounds them day and night until they finally act on this feeling.
These types of understanding based on feelings do not yet reveal what destiny actually is, a karmic pattern or path. Destiny patterns can be discerned in meditation. They are of four types.
Behavioral Destiny – these are behavioral patterns encoded in your unconscious mind that act outside of your conscious, volitional control. These repetitive patterns condition how you react to objects, people and places, and may subtly guide your selection of a mate or career, for example. This type of karma is known as Pralabdha karma, often called Fate or Destiny karma.
Creative Destiny – this occurs when you align with your Self and you guide your future according to a plan that you make. These patterns consist of goals that you have set for yourself that you have made your highest priority and are fully commitment to achieve. Here you create your destiny through an act of will. This type of karma is the personal octave of Kriyaman Karma, the creative karma of the will.
Service Destiny – this occurs when your Soul and higher vehicles of the Super conscious mind align to carry out a particular project or service to the Divine. This takes the form of a mission to which you are called, that you follow with clear understanding and act as a conscious co-worker to carry it out. Unlike the calling which is based on feelings and faith, this service is taken on in full consciousness and understanding. It is one of the hallmarks of the disciple stage of spiritual development. It functions within the transpersonal octave of Kriyaman Karma, using the aspects of the will that operate in the super conscious Mind.
Spiritual Evolutionary Destiny – this pattern traces the future initiations of your Soul as it makes progress towards its Soul Purpose. This is called Adi Karma. Closely related to this pattern is the unconscious map of the path of the spirit. These channels link the spirit with its source. This type of karma is called Sinchit Karma. These two varieties of spiritual evolutionary destiny point to the potential within you, those aspects of your being that you have not yet brought into expression and actualization.