Claiming Your Destiny

Rev. Juan. Photo Credit: Maurizio Martinoli

Charles Fillmore, Unity Co-Founder once said “desire is the onward impulse of the ever evolving soul.” That impulse is within you and leading you to the places where you will be invited to trust, stretch and deepen as fulfill your destiny, entering a new consciousness filled with possibilities never before imagined.

Yet sometimes we allow fear and discomfort dictate our direction in life. In times like this, you can find inspiration in all sorts of places. One such place, for me, is the song from Disney’s Moana, “How Far I’ll Go.” It was the third or fourth time I played this song that I actually first truly heard it.

Connect to your inner child and allow yourself to be carried, inspired and directed by its words:

Lyrics from "Moana"
Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mark Mancina


I've been standing at the edge of the water
Long as I can remember
Never really knowing why
I wish I could be the perfect daughter
But I come back to the water
No matter how hard I try

Are your fears to be anything less than perfect keeping you from having the courage to pursue your dreams, your inner most desires? The desire to please and win over people’s approval can stem from a thought of unworthiness. Don’t let that one thought move beyond your edge, your comfort zone.

Every turn I take
Every trail I track
Every path I make
Every road leads back to the place I know
Where I cannot go
Where I long to be

We may hide from our desires, we may want to quiet that within us that is seeking a new way of being but the reality is that all roads will lead you back to facing your destiny. You may delay your own evolution, but you can never stop it.

See the light where the sky meets the sea
It calls me
No one knows how far it goes
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I'll know
If I go there's just no telling how far I'll go

Metaphysically, the sky can represent our higher state of consciousness meeting the open sea, a place of possibilities but nevertheless a place that can bring uncertainty and challenges. By bringing our higher self to that place of unease, the very light that we are can shine through like never before. The wind, the very impulse of conscious evolution, will carry us through. We must just trust.

Seems so happy on this island
Everything is by design
I know everybody on this island
Has a role on this island
So maybe I can roll with mine


Even our fears, as long as they are familiar, can seem to bring us some comfort. We cling to that comfort and try to stop ourselves from facing the unknown. Are you clinging to what is safe rather than what is in your heart?

I can lead with pride
I can make us strong
I'll be satisfied if I play along
But the voice inside sings a different song
What is wrong with me


Well if it is fear that is keeping us from growing into our dreams, then we are in the place of a prideful and strong ego. Let the true small voice within you guide you. Your life is meant to be your own special song!

See the light as it shines on the sea
It's blinding
But no one knows how deep it goes
And it seems like it's calling out to me
So come find me
And let me know
What's beyond that line
Will I cross that line

See the light where the sky meets the sea
It calls me
And no one knows how far it goes
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I'll know
How far I'll go

Just don’t let yourself say “one day I will know” too much. Make that day, today!

I invite you to move into the Silence and reflect upon that which you are desiring for your life. Ask yourself, am I holding myself back from living the life I am meant to live? If even a small part of you says yes, check in to my next blog where I will share with you how to build the courage and faith to follow your dreams.

To be continued...

Rev. Juan del Hierro
Associate Minister
Unity on the Bay