It’s odd how we sometimes throw around words that we think we know the meaning to, but we don’t. In popular definition it is said that whatever deed you participate in, whether negative or positive, will return to you with the same results. Simple enough, or is it?
Is Karma a cosmic rule? Most of us think so, but there is more. At this very moment, as you read this you are living in the moment. If you look to your left, imagine a place where there are straight roads, then curvy, and there are mountains and hills representing your past. If you look to your right, imagine the mirror image of the scene on your left. This represents your future.
As the blazing fire reduces wood to ashes, similarly, the fire of Self-knowledge reduces all Karma to ashes ~ Bhagavad Gita
When we draw from negative events in our past, we put ourselves into a state of depression. When we look to our future we put ourselves into a state of anxiety. Personally, when I believe there are expectations to fulfill, my anxiety goes off the charts. I base the outcome on the conclusion that I will not be able to fulfill them, based on previous experience. Thus depression sets in. I would rather not align myself with anything and take the chance someone might expect something of me. So, the cycle starts again, but if I lived in the moment I would not be in that place of expelling an endless drain of negative emotions.
As I sit here writing this, I feel calm and relaxed, relishing the fact that I’m not straining for words; they just flow because I am in the moment. I’ve been reminding myself continually to stay in the moment over the last few days and I have to share with you that I highly recommend it. That elusive place of being calm and centered comes from the choices and decisions you make yourself. Our choices come from our internal monologue, and the depth and the emotional outcome is determined by the internal image you have of yourself.
Assume you were betrayed in a previous lifetime, and you were also betrayed in this lifetime many times. How you respond to that current betrayal is influenced by that past betrayal. For me, I go straight to panic and indecision, putting myself in a place of knowing the outcome based on previous experience. I already know what is coming and do not consider other possibilities. So, why did I align myself here, again? Is it my Karma to draw in pain forever? No, Karma is not a law, but a choice. I chose to align myself with what was familiar, and thus I chose the same outcome.
Karma isn’t fate. Nor is it a punishment imposed on us by some external agent. We create our own karma. Karma is the result of the choices that we make every moment of every day ~ Tulku Thondup
How do we make any sort of decision if we stay in the present? What point of reference do we have if not from our past? When we are faced with a ‘new’ situation – something you have never experienced before – you are making a new decision that is not based from a previous one. Simply put, it means you have no point of reference. These new experiences put us in a place of being in the moment. That is how you should handle all choices and decisions – as if the situation is something you have never experienced before.
Personally, I am working diligently on not letting my old anxieties dictate my future outcomes. These are my thoughts and my beliefs, and I believe that ‘Karmic Law’ has nothing to do with it. If we are living out our Karma that would suggest that there would be no change, ever. Our choices and how we deal with things on an emotional level will make no difference either, because of Karma. The ‘you’re doomed’ thought process puts you right there.
Religion would have us believe that the sins of the father are visited upon the sons. It is an atrocity. This supposed lifetime ‘curse’ that we were supposedly born into has been solidified by the masses into “this is your fate”. If this is so, that would mean that you believe that no matter what you choose, you know it will turn bad. I find this sadly disturbing to say the least. Sounds to me like we are powerless, and those who have put themselves in a place of power have made sure we believe we didn’t have any to begin with. Fear keeps people in their place doesn’t it?
I’ve decided that in this life I want to deal with love, and I want to learn about my own power. This is my own choice, not the imposition of Karma that I used to believe has followed me from my previous or current life. Karma is a choice that you create for yourself. It is a Karmic choice, not a law. Karma exists for as long as you believe in it.
About The Author: Isthemus is an experienced psychic advisor with her own Metaphysical Company based out of the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. A natural born empath, clairsentient, clairvoyant, intuitive Counsellor and psychic advisor. Patty still does Paranormal Investigations as well as teaching workshops on how to interpret signs. You can talk to Isthemus at PsychicAccess.com.
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