Follow the Path of Destiny

A book by DailyOM's Scott Blum and excerpt from the chapter Summer's Path
In this fictitious work, the protagonist learns an important life lesson from an unexpected visitor.

The next night, Don saw Robert in his dreams for the first time since their initial meeting.

“So you talked to a lawyer,” said Robert.

Don wondered how it was possible for this man in his dreams to know what had happened in his waking hours. Then it came to him in a flash: “Oh, I get it. You’re just a figment of my imagination. You’re not really your own person, are you? I’ve just created you with my subconscious mind in order to help work through some issues. Classic psychology.”

“Don’t be silly — of course I’m my own person. It’s true we’re all connected in one continuous energy field, but I understand you well enough to know that’s not what you meant.”

“Then how did you know I went to see a lawyer? And why do you look just like me?”

“Don’t think too much. You’re going to need to trust me if this is going to work. You need to use your heart, not your head. I want you to get quiet right now and feel what’s happening. Doesn’t your intuition know that what I’m saying is true?”

Don closed his eyes and tried to tune in to his heart. It wasn’t something he was used to, but once he was completely open to what he was feeling, there was a knowing ... a complete understanding that what Robert was saying was indeed true. His mind continued to doubt, but the knowing emanating from his heart filled his entire being, and he felt unusually at peace with that knowledge.

When Don opened his eyes, he saw Robert standing in front of him. He still looked like Don himself, but there was a glow surrounding him that was much different.

“I have a question,” said Don after a long pause.

“What would you like to know?”

“Why do I keep seeing clocks with the time of exactly 11:11? Does that mean anything?”

“Of course it does,” replied Robert. “The universe has a long history of using different signs to grab the attention of people who are on their spiritual path. And in recent history, it’s become quite common for the universe to use clocks as signposts to reassure people they’re on the right track.”

“Like a burning bush?”

“Let’s hope you don’t have to see a burning bush before you pay attention.”

“Yeah,” laughed Don. “What would the neighbors think?”

Robert smiled. “Until your intuition becomes stronger, the universe will give you periodic hints to let you know that you are in the flow.”

“‘In the flow’? What does that mean?”

“In the flow of the universe. In some ways it’s remarkably similar to a river. For example, if you lie down on the bank of a river, you won’t go anywhere. But if you surrender to the current within the river itself, you can travel for miles without any effort. And the flow is the current of our destiny.”

“Everybody always talks about the difference between destiny and free will. I guess you don’t believe in free will.”

“I absolutely believe in free will— unfortunately.”

“Why is that unfortunate?”

“Because the universe has a well-crafted plan for everyone, and most of us ignore it our entire lives. We are so arrogant that we think we know more than anyone else about what’s better for ourselves, and therefore we do everything we can to try to force our will into existence. Which is why most people struggle with life so much — they are so busy trying to live a life they think they want, instead of surrendering to the one that has already been destined for them.”

“So, following your destiny is easier than exercising free will?”


“Well, I guess I’m lucky,” said Don sarcastically. “I guess my life will be much easier now that I’m in the flow.”

“It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to like your destiny; it just means it will be easier to get where you’re destined to go. But more important, you can never take your destiny for granted. Destiny isn’t a destination — it’s a path. You can follow your destiny every day for a week, a month, or even a year and then fall out of it in a matter of seconds. What is lucky is that right now you’ve been given signs to reassure you that you’re on the right path. But don’t get too used to them, because soon they’ll disappear.”

“How will I know I’m on the right path after I stop seeing 11:11?”

“You’ll need to develop your intuition, and then you’ll be able to feel it without any external cues.”

Although Don wasn’t fully convinced that his life was predestined, it had begun to make more sense once Robert explained that he still had choice whether to follow what had been planned or not. Sometimes Don wished there was an instruction manual that explained how life really worked. It seemed unfair that he’d had to wait until he was about to die before learning how he should have lived.

Scott Blum

Summer's Path

Scott Blum is the best-selling author of Waiting for Autumn and the co-founder of the popular inspirational website DailyOM.

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