There is always a Silent Guide, an Inner Pilot, and then again, there is also Karma, which is really not so straightforward. Finally, there is Consciousness which tend to dictate according to how mature or less mature each Soul is. I thought that I was done but now I add Grace, which occasionally changes the picture.
The Participator or Spectator acts according to these forces, depending on how he or she is receptive to them. Receptivity requires selfless giving, gratitude, interior prayer, meditation or simply put, a life of spiritual practices (sadhana)
I argue from the standpoint that we are not our own, that Something Higher is continuously in charge. Having said that though, many argue the virtues of self-effort or virtuous acts. Ultimately Grace is responsible for all that takes place and God is the only Doer.
Should we not make an effort then? Of course we should! Do your best always, while trying to feel like a servant in a rich man's house. In other words, act with the spirit of unconditional surrender, and all will be well.
You may think I've strayed here, but frankly the devotee sees all as coming from the One, and the inner life answers all questions. There is only 'That'.
Happy New Year, GM. You have some very nice answers here on Hub Pages. Much peace for 2015 and beyond.
P.S. I'm certainly a Doer and a meditator. In my experience, one compliments the other and vice versa.