Michael Laitman, On Quora: “Do we have predestined fates?“
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, everything is predetermined.
Nature is a network of fixed laws that cascade serially from a source, extending to this lowest of worlds where we live.
Nothing happens by chance. Everything takes place according to nature’s laws.
Our problem is that we don’t know the laws of nature. We have no idea what will happen in the next moment, and we behave accordingly.
However, while we lack perception of nature’s laws, we need to reach a state where everything is perceived, understood, revealed and open, where we clearly see the complete picture of nature and how nothing happens by chance.
The method of attaining the complete picture of nature’s laws is described in Kabbalistic texts, many of which date back thousands of years.
In terms of fate, it is a driving force. There is fate, but there is no chance. Fate is usually in relation to a situation, i.e., whether or not a certain situation will happen.
If we know nature’s laws, the program that runs our lives, then we know what needs to emerge from that program, and that nothing happens by chance.
Through the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah, we gain the understanding and sensation of the fundamental laws acting in reality.
The more we progress in our awareness of the network of forces acting in reality, the more we recognize the interconnected and interdependent system that binds us at our foundations. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, this system is called “Adam HaRishon.” Through our increasing awareness of that system, we reach increasing identification with the causal force that created and sustains all life, which in Kabbalah has many names, including “upper force,” “Creator,” “upper light,” “nature” and others.
When the system of Adam HaRishon becomes revealed, according to the amount of its revelation toward us, we gain knowledge of the past, present and future, as it all merges into a single picture.