Awakening and deep shifts in consciousness are driven by grace, the movement of Divinity. That is not a personal choice. Enlightenment is post-personal development so why would personal choice have a say?
Because there is a process of participation that happens before and after the main shifts. Opportunities arise like practices, study, satsang, sangha, integration, and so forth. Do we engage them or not?
For some people, this process feels like a choice. Or rather a series of choices that move us into position and prepare the ground. We become seekers and choose a spiritual practice, teacher, community, and so forth.
Some people struggle with choice and drift from teaching to teaching, always looking but never choosing. Never committing to a path. Others make choices to change paths or abandon the path at some point.
But there are people that experience the process more like a destiny. There may appear to be choices being made, but it feels more like a push than a choice. They’re born into a life designed to finish things up. The stage is set and enlightenment is destined.
The right teacher shows up, the practice is sustained, knowledge arises, and things move towards the “goal.” There is less experimentation and more direct opportunities.
Sometimes there can be a lot of life changes too. A series of careers, relationships, homes, interests, or whatever, as we move through experiencing what remains to be finished up.
We can see any of these approaches as variations in subjective perspective. But it seems that some people’s lives are fundamentally about spiritual development. Like so much else in life, this is much easier to see in retrospect.