Karma, Lessons of Balance
Between lives you chose circumstances in this life which will help you learn to undo your errors and patterns of deconstructive behaviour.
Once you are born into this life, you are set up in a context conducive to your learning and which offers all the opportunities to make more informed choices. So as to not influence your decision-making unduly, most conscious memories of your previous lives are hidden. But they are accessible through meditation or regression.
Regression Therapy deals with karmic aspects - it works in three ways in your present:
1) awareness of the true meaning of karma help us deal with fear, guilt and blockages;
2) it helps heal and replace outmoded habits; and
3) you can provide for a more balanced future.
Imagine you are plagued by guilt, anxieties and fears. Any of these may often stem from another life or from one's youth, and it would be beneficial to delve into those areas with guided assistance. Delving into these areas to seek help and to deal with the situation is fine as long as looking into past life data does not become a game and an excuse.
There is no need to suffer or even worry over karma. Simply live life for the most constructive and beneficial purposes you can come up with in any situation. Make mistakes. Don't worry about making mistakes. Mistakes are errors in judgement. The moment you have made an error and once you have gained sufficient insight as to why it is an error you will have the opportunity to set matters right next time an opportunity presents itself. That may occur in this life, or any other.
There is no karmic debt to pay - but between lives you have chosen certain matters to experience in your current life. Things to set right by those you may have wounded in mind or body, intentionally or unintentionally. There is no debt owed to a greater hierarchy, a god, or greater individual. The reason why you have chosen to set such matters right is that you have the insight between lives, and were able to see the effects your thoughts, words and actions had on others and yourself.
Karma is not an etheric credit card with the debits and credits neatly stacked up. Karma is simply the golden rule: what you give out is what you receive - either in the same or in similar form. You reap what you sow
- and you are the creator of the events and actions in your life; and your actions do create that which you do live out now, whether this relates to a past life situation or to the present date. You are responsible for what you do - at all times now - not another. You make the decisions, even if someone else incited you to act or think in a certain way. You take the step and say: "That is what I am about at this moment."
And if we could view the spectrum ofeach life existence from a greater perspective, we would simply state that all is experience, growing in depth of understanding about our own creative powers. All we do is in addition to the whole experience, gaining more depth. Being consciously spacious.
It is equally important acknowledge that no one individual owes another individual anything. All individuals owe themselves. If you think you owe a debt then it is because you think you owe a debt and (hopefully) wish to set it right. Often people place the responsibility for their actions onto another. This means in simple terms: they fear taking responsibility for their own actions. That is a tendency to blame others. And of course, the one that receives the blame would be someone perceived as (or being) more powerful that the person dishing it out. Hence the blame culture shifts blame onto gods, devils, the entire universal hierarchy, the person next door, the government, etc.
There is nothing in any life that compels you to actually act on your karma, you can chose to let such a situation pass you by. We all have 'free will and free choice' in all aspects. As mentioned above, you do choose when you choose to deal with karma; whether it is now or later. And you do choose the methods with which you do deal with karma.
The balancing of karma is necessary, but not the understanding of karma as the payment of debt.
For example: an individual was a warlord, slaying thousands in a past life. The individual now enters into this life to balance this karmic action. On a sub-conscious level the person feels compelled to balance the karma in this life as chosen between lives. In order to do that the individual will carry out an action that would be opposed or opposite to that of having been a warlord. So one choice would be to become a doctor - saving many lives. However, this may not necessarily need to be experienced in this way. An individual may balance this karma also by an action like aiding an individual crossing the street, helping a child, being kind to others, treating people well, etc.
This leads to the question of victims. Who is to say who is the victim and who the perpetrator here? A victim in the eyes of one individual may be someone who could have been mistreated or abused. Through another person's eyes victims may be those individuals who victimise themselves, through guilt or their behaviour. We create karma in this life and can deal with it later or in this life. There are no limitations here. An individual could half an hour after creating karma balance it.
For example: if you choose to harm somebody and then decide that it really wasn't what you wanted to do after all - you could speak to that person and apologise. That would balance the situation somewhat through your actions. Actions speak louder than words, even though here the word is the action. However, to simply phone up the person and apologise does not necessarily alleviate your action. But, if you were to take a step towards helping that individual in some aspect, not in order to relieve your own guilt, but helping the individual through your own heart's desire, that would be restitution or balance of equality. There are many ways to 'offset' your actions.
Repenting and doing penance seem to be oldfashioned words and outmoded practices in some areas nowadays. However, at the bottom of both lies the karmic principle of restitution - not retribution. Repenting only happens if you have gained insight into the effect of your deconstructive actions and try restitution in those ways and with such means as are available to you. Justice rarely happens through the law, but always through personal insight gained. Penal systems should not be about retribution, and making personal situations worse, but about re-education and insight.
Conscious and Sub-Conscious
There is only a very thin veil between what we call the the conscious and the subconscious. The difficulty arises when we attempt to separate the subconscious and the conscious choices. The veil between the subconscious and the conscious mind is only a limitation of the perspective. Note that there is not a single aspect of you, or a single atom even, that is in anyway unconscious. All is conscious - it is only a matter of focus, the range of our ability to perceive. Very much like a radio wave bandwidth.
Altogether a holistic outlook on life and one's consciousness is more advantageous then artificially splitting your perception into conscious and subconscious (or even unconscious) levels. Yet some people will only be aware of karma on their subconscious level - that is where raising one's awareness of responsibility and action comes into play.
We meet people due to and because of karma - karma being actions of balance. As mentioned before, karma has little to do with retribution but everything with restitution and affinities. Everyone you do meet in life represents simply a sum of joint action in our sphere now (or then). Hence, any individual you have shared an experience with in a past life, should they cross your steps, you are drawn to for one reason or another. And each individual you meet here, whether it is a person you choose to live with, or marry, or being the father or mother of a child, a friend, a teacher, the person you bump into on a street, all those are part of a karmic action.
You may hear people refer to karma (often without naming it), saying: "I cannot do this because it is not my karma to work out." or, "I have to do this to balance karma of a past life." In some cases such attitudes limit the self and cut of choices and experiences, and in so limiting the self, they also limit others, creating more karma by these actions.
Re-Incarnation and Resonances
Karma and reincarnation are two aspects. There are many forms of karma. Incarnation is not necessitated by karma, but it can be an aspect of dealing with karma; whereas karma is created in any incarnation you choose. Reincarnation is simply the experience of many lives. Within these lives you do create karma as well, as the karma that you create within the life you live right now. So, you create and balance your karma within the same life. These aspects work hand in hand in give us the experiences we require. In any case we attract and create what we have our thoughts and desires set upon.
All actions in life are spontaneous moment creations, bedded into cycles and rhythms - patterns. All things are cycles and all things are changing moment by moment. Every moment is and represents evolution.
Many people have difficulty dealing with or understanding on a conscious level their subconscious choices for this life… physical or mental. But try as one may to shunt it on nature or other factors - one has to accept the responsibility of one's own creation. Whatever `handicap' you are born with is a choice you made before entering into this life. Everything you represent is and deals with the acceptance of your responsibility which in turn is the acceptance of your choices. That which you are is what you have created so far of yourself and you have created this for a reason. Looking ahead then, utilise this, your own creation, to its maximum potential, and see the benefit of what you have made of yourself rather than that which you think you have lost or do not possess. All action has benefits.
Guides are not there to create karma; they assist and aid individuals. Karma is created in the physical dimension where actions create karma in that sense.
The dream state represents a review of issues in your life where the subconscious mind gives direction on issues, as well your spirit working with your guides. In the dream state you are just viewing situations. On the astral level our actions are purely spiritual so they are not affected by karma, or we are not creating karma. The astral level works with a detachment of emotion. Emotion aids in the creation of karma.
You may have heard the saying about answered prayers (i.e. be careful what you wish for it may just come true). All action is specific and focused. If you care to think in specific ways and set a reasonable goal and time span then it is in the making. Don't put your wishes off to 'someday' but live them as if they were real now. Then they occur sooner rather than in another life. That also carries over issues from other lives into this. For example in a past life, you swore a vow of poverty, or a vow of celibacy in a religious sense. The energies then created may resonate into this life in a karmic sense. If a person made such vows often and with fervour, then their belief in the matter is very strong and it may carry over into this life. And this could create many problems here, as the individual, on a subconscious level, would work very hard to retain that vow which they have made - but which actually serves no purpose in this life. Such resonant influences can be alleviated simply by instructing the subconscious mind to think “wealth” rather than “poverty”.
We should not worry too much about karma. Sometimes we may worry that we may construct an uncomfortable situation that will create karma - so we limit our own actions. We shouldn't worry too much, but reach decisions we can justify as beneficial. The whole purpose of spirituality is ultimate joy. Karma is not about judgement but about your internal emotional nature. Wishful thinking can alter karma - what you wish for is what you get, whether in this life or any other. Be careful what you ask for.
Wishful thinking does create karma and the more you linger on your desires and thoughts, hone in on them too much, the tendency is to be caught up in that contemplation, then karma and the intellect take over. You get sucked into the act of thinking instead of just acting and enjoying life.
Thou shalt not...
Religions at times used the concept of karma for their own purposes. Just consider statements such as “If you don't do this or that, you will roast in hell. If you don't obey, God will punish you.” Karma is created by using these very words. Most churches would not accept this. Utilising such words or similar means to exercise power and holding people in a particular opinion without necessarily accepting karma. Were karma an accepted principle then individuals could state, "I don't have to be a good person in this life; I'll do it in another” or “I'll be good another time.”
Now look at a statement such as: "If you truly love me then you will do such or such." Besides being co-ercive (as are the religious statements above) it creates more karma, more bondage. See if you can find any other such statements from your own experience.
At the basis of all karma is learning, understanding, through action and interaction. It is learning about balanced reality creation. Karma transcends all areas, levels of development and existence. Equality equals balanced individuals.
You are the creator of your own realities. No matter who or where you are. You are the creator of your own destiny; indeed you choose your destiny. There is no fate than that which we create for ourselves.
Destiny or fate do not have to be absolute; unless you choose so. You do have the choice to change your mind at any time, at any and any place. If you do not wish to go down a certain route, or see to it that benefits can be gained from your behaviour for all, then that too is your choice.
Always ask the simple question "Cui bono?" (whose benefit is it?).
Look at the nature of the situation, and then look at its benefits.
"Would this action benefit myself and all those around me?"
If the answer is "Yes.", then go ahead.
All that is supplies the opportunities and you are the creator of your own karma and destiny in all that is.
All you need to do is read the signposts others have left, but pave your own road.
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