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Transforming Fate Into Destiny: A New Dialogue with Your Soul Paperback – March 1, 2008
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Robert Ohotto is a renowned writer, teacher, and professional intuitive. He has a diverse background of study in mythology, Christian mysticism, Kabbalah, Jungian psychology, Buddhism, Eastern philosophy, and Western Hermetic teachings. As a pioneering new voice within the field of multisensory development and human consciousness, he is highly sought after worldwide for his dynamic lectures and intuitive consultations. He has written numerous articles for various publications and Websites and is known for his innovative and groundbreaking work in integrating intuitive perception with the tool of astrology. Robert has taught regularly with world-renowned medical intuitive Caroline Myss at her CMED institute in Chicago; and has founded his own institute of intuitive, archetypal, and astrological studies.
This is Robert's first book.
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We've all heard the old adage, "Fate is the cards you're dealt; destiny is how you play them." Mr. Ohotto explains that we choose our situations on Earth. We come to Earth to experience and live within earthly paradoxes, such as joy/sorrow, success/disappointment, loss/victory, and to create, providing growth that enables the soul to enhance its luminosity. This is how the soul comes to know itself.
So what is the soul, anyway? It is the very essence of our being, our immortal, higher self that comes to earth to experience and create. We incarnate with others who are seeking similar creative experiences. They most often appear in our lives as those close to us, such as family, friends, and even adversaries who provide growth through conflict. The most challenging people and circumstances we encounter may serve a higher purpose, an opportunity for our soul to grow and raise its vibration. Mr. Ohotto emphasizes acceptance, crucial in the fulfillment of destiny, and asks us to "sit with" the idea that our souls have chosen the situations that we are born into. He explains this cosmic contract is decided before we incarnate, which we do to challenge ourselves to live our life's purpose.
Mr. Ohotto explains how to encourage acceptance by detailing the difference between fate and free will, soul-esteem versus self-esteem, and defines what he calls "inner authority." Our souls crave authenticity, and we cannot be fulfilled until we find what we are meant to do - our destiny. We cannot be other than whom we are born to be, and as long as we desperately try to fulfill "cultural spells," that which our culture tells us we need to succeed, our souls will not be able to bring forth our highest potential. We need to find our authentic selves to succeed. This is achieved when we begin to shift from a need for outer approval and validation from our culture, families, and peers, to a soul-esteem that comes from within. When we do this, we will begin to discover our authentic self, a discovery that is a life-long process.
The concept of fate and free will raises questions about the Law of Attraction. Mr. Ohotto explains this is the creation of our own grace, our vibrational energy attracting like energy as a result of what we focus on, think about, and believe. Thoughts are powerful energy. Mr. Ohotto sees thoughts as the "creative power of the soul." He explains how the law cannot be used to fulfill the desires of the ego. Rather, it provides for the manifestation of our greatest potential, but the law is also bound by fate and destiny. It is bound by the divinely designed events necessary for the growth of our souls. Here, Mr. Ohotto's definition of the Law of Attraction differs from others' views, which he feels see the idea of manifestation through the western misinterpretation of abundance. Instead, he tells us to co-create our own reality through the inner response to the events in our lives, by adopting an "attitude of gratitude" that allows us to see the guidance, grace, and meaning in every situation. We alone are responsible for the way we choose to see each challenge. "The Law of Attraction is intended to enhance our purpose and cosmic contract, not negate it."
Mr. Ohotto goes on to discuss the power of surrender, the alignment of the ego with the soul, and the vehicle of prayer in achieving surrender. Surrender doesn't mean relinquishing our personal power. Rather, he explains, it is releasing the ego, our inner victim, giving the soul the freedom to choose that which is for our highest good. The ego is that part of our mind that senses when something in life is unfair, and seeks vengeance and justice for perceived wrongs done to us. When we let it go, we are trusting the soul to guide us toward our destiny, to have more authority in the choices we make. Prayer can help bring us to this point. Prayer opens a dialogue with the divine and the soul, or higher self, a way of focusing on something other than the messages from the outer world where our ego seeks validation. Prayer allows heaven to intervene. "We can let the soul take it from there."
Mr. Ohotto offers good advice on how to achieve acceptance of ourselves, and discusses other important concepts such as our views on aging and death, structure of the ego, "creative obstacles" versus "fated redirections," and the collective unconscious. Still, as much as I liked this book, I must point out that it is not an easy read, and I have but touched on a few of Mr. Ohotto's teachings here. The book is very intense. I found myself rereading sentences and paragraphs to absorb the lessons imparted. The lessons are well worth learning, but require effort. In fact, looking inward to this degree of honesty and accountability can be downright difficult. A lot of information comes at you very quickly. There is not a single wasted word in this book. I think of this book as the third in a trilogy about the journey of our souls that I have read recently, the other two being Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born and Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives, both of which I would highly recommend. (These books are not related. I am making the connection in my own mind only.) Each covers some of the same ground, yet each is also very unique. This is definitely the more difficult read, but well worth the effort.
Mr. Ohotto leaves us with the comforting thought, "Death is not the end, but a transition to a greater consciousness - that of the soul."
From: Me (email removed)
To: Robert Ohotto (email removed)
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2008 8:39 PM
Subject: Transforming Fate into Destiny
On Friday, February 1, 2008, I returned home from work and found a pleasant surprise in my mailbox--my pre-ordered copy of your first book, "Transforming Fate into Destiny", shipped by amazon.com! By late night Sunday, February 3rd, I had read the book from the Foreword thru the Acknowledgements. And I must confess I feel that receiving it when I did has been an act of Fate meant to become transformed into Destiny. Actually, I'd go further to state it is Destiny!
Thank you for sharing this gift!
Your words brought insights I had not considered before, as well as reminders of things I had long forgotten. Your description and explanation of karma moved me and helped me reconcile conflicting theories. It also added, for me, more dignity to the human experience. And your thorough explanations of fate versus destiny filled in many gaps, too. I can see a "whole picture" now, or at least as much of one as I am allowed by the Universe in this time and place to see. I have been so moved by the grace of this book that I found myself releasing judgment of a convicted sex offender who had kidnapped and murdered a 19-year-old woman and burned her body in a fire pit, many years ago. As I felt the hostility and disgust arise, your book prompted me to see him through his sickness rather than his selfishness alone. That simplifies it a bit, as there were more things going on within me, but releasing those judgments in that moment was easier than it normally would have been. Prior to the young woman's murder in Minnesota , convenience store cashiers were allowed to work the nightshift alone. But her death prompted the passing of a law in her name mandating all convenience store workers, at least in Minnesota , to work two people during a shift at all times. Though brutal was her murder, I can see how the young woman's fate changed the destinies of others.
Your book also helped me realize how my own recovery from addiction would not be as strong as it is (300 days of sobriety as of this very moment!) had it not been for the pioneering courage of an accountability partner who is now struggling. Up until Sunday night, I'd pushed and pushed because I wanted to see him overcome his "dark night" in my timing. But, oh, how my eyes were opened! Your book helped me acknowledge my selfishness because I realized there are bigger things happening in his life right now. And so I wrote him a heart-felt letter, acknowledging what he has done for me and offering to return the favor whenever he needs, and I encouraged him to hang in here. He called today to tell me, tears in his eyes, that he hadn't known he'd been such an inspiration to me, and the letter I've written him is now becoming a part of his recovery kit. And so, your work just keeps giving and midwifing moments of growth between us.
Lastly (I realize this e-mail is getting a bit long), I want to thank you for sharing your personal stories; they helped cement the concepts for me, and helped remind me of my own humanity. I think you have a good heart, Robert. A great heart, even. And I think you're a great man. Not perfect, but great. Lest I am fated otherwise, I will not forget the impact you have had on me--first, with the intuitive reading you performed on me June 12, 2006, and second with the sharing of this book!
Great blessings be upon you!