Composer, author and philanthropist Peter Buffett on finding your own path to life fulfillment.
Peter Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is an Emmy Award-winning composer, NY Times best-selling author and noted philanthropist. Currently, he is releasing socially-conscious music and touring his "Concert & Conversation" series in support of his book Life Is What You Make It.
Recently, a friend asked if I believed in fate, and I said that I wasn’t sure. And that as my life progressed and things got seemingly more weird (in a good way) I thought that maybe I did believe in a sort of fate—with the caveat that our choices most definitely matter. It was then that my friend pointed out the etymology of the word “weird,” which is where things got, well, weird.
He prefers to stay anonymous, but doesn’t mind me saying that he’s immersing himself in Anglo-Saxon shamanism ... which is pretty surprising to hear. I had never considered that the Northern Europeans had shamanic practices, but of course they did! Here’s his take on the idea of fate, and I thought it was worth posting:
From a purely "new age-y" point of view, your "soul" (which is higher and purer) is trying to get through all of the muck to express itself. While that seems to be partially true (at least in my case I can attest to that!), whatever is coming through has to come through as a "you."
So, then you get to the actual person. You are the son of your mother, who is the daughter of her father and mother. You are the son of your father, who is the son of his father and his mother. And so on, and so on, and so on back to the first spark of life. You are the embodied force of all of your, (and their) actions, decisions, traumas, and experiences to this point.
That is the vehicle that whatever is coming through has to come through.
On another track you are at a moment in time when certain things are possible which have never been possible before. And you are at this specific moment in time where a change and transformation of a scope never before seen is happening.
You are also embodied in a gigantic living web of interaction, where everyone, and everything else is alive with purpose and intent and history, just as you are.
So you are all of that, which both greatly limits what you can do and makes it all possible at the same moment.
I guess that's what I mean by fate.
What do you think? Do you feel called by a unique destiny? Do you feel that something—the real "you"— is pushing through the complexity of this lifetime to express something unique and powerful? What’s your story?
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