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The Love of Your Fate

“Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate’. Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say ‘This is what I need’. It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring LOVE to that moment—not discouragement—you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a change to flow. Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.” – Joseph Campbell (Book: Reflections on the Art of Living) Joseph Campbell beautifully sums up the concept of a benevolent Universe in this passage. Ironically it was Nietzsche that exclaimed “God is dead” but then goes on to articulate the presence of God in the statement “the love of your fate”. Nietzsche has a clever way of making us think and reflect. He was good at sneaking the jab through the ego defense. And it is all true. By Grace, when crisis hit in my life I stumbled onto this solution of “love your fate” because Lord knows I was as ego driven and self-willed as they come. “God is dead” was how I lived my life up to then. Crisis changed the way I see the world because I know now that God and Love are the same. Crisis created the opportunity to overcome with love which has pulled me into the flow of love. The flow of love is that warm gentle river that takes you to exactly where you are meant to be with a full heart and a serene mind. It is what I live, and it is what we teach now. With Love, The Way


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