Essence may precede existence, but that essence is only manifested with existence - with life itself.
The universe is manifested through Life, and lives are realized through the universe. You are the universe and the universe is you. The universe wouldn’t be without you and you wouldn’t be without the universe. You are entangled in your lives, in your existences.
Essence is a human construction - important as it becomes the basis of most human societal and technological development.
All relates and starts with Life. Life or its potential is the beginning. Existence first, then essence, principles.
Existence precedes existence. You exist before birth. Life is a becoming, before birth and from birth till death. The question is what after death? The end of a life, but not the end of life.
Change is life. Existence without renewal is death.
Life, the universe, eternity, have no reason, no purpose besides themselves; the game itself - Life. It is as itself and for itself, just itself - Life. It is pure energy, free and will behave differently at times. Know that it is a game.
Existence (life, acting, individuals) and Essence (being, god) are One, manifested in a Life.
Getting to the Truth, you become Truth, and overcome duality.
Luck and coincidence : do they really exist or are they meant to be? They always contain an element of surprise, even when inevitable.