We have interests and proclivities, inclinations, tendencies, preferences, penchants, passions, etc. that energize us, motivate us, stir us to action in ways that are unique to us. We care about things to a degree, and in a manner, that set us apart from other members of our family, and other members of the species. We have potentialities that are our own, the realization of which constitutes our destiny. We are destined to realize our potentialities. Our destiny is a composite of our interests, etc. When our life is lived in the service of these things-- when we are true to ourselves in honoring what we cherish and doing what is meaningful to us-- we fulfill our destiny, and satisfy our deepest urge-to-wholeness-and-completion. Our life is the expression, the realization, the integration, the incarnation of the energy that manifests itself in all these ways. This is destiny being manifest, or "manifest destiny," being worked out in our life. This is what we are here for. If our destiny isn't being made manifest, it is being frustrated, blocked, denied, rejected, spurned and refused. And our symptoms are evidence of a life unlived, calling us to wake up and get with the program that is built into our bones.
The commitment-- our commitment-- is to the path, to our integrity and our potential as a human being. How human can we be? How true to ourselves-- to what is deepest, truest, and best about us-- can we be? We live to find out. We find out by committing ourselves to finding what is meaningful to us and serving it with our life. By committing ourselves to finding the center and living from there. By committing ourselves to finding the still point and allowing that to direct our action. And letting all other commitments fade away. Our liege loyalty, our filial devotion, our deepest allegiance, are to the grounding principle, the axis mundi, where heaven and earth meet in the heart of who we are.