What is Karma?
If we are to dive into the deep end of the slippery abyss that causes us emotional flare-ups, we need to begin our journey with that tricky little boomerang energetic signature called karma.
So what exactly is karma? In a nutshell, it is an action or deed that starts the cycle of cause and effect. This can be carried over through many lifetimes or it can have the light of awareness shone on it and be resolved in one corporeal sojourn.
We are all in the process of learning and expanding our selves, karma is a way of balancing out any lingering dualistic energy. It is not a form of punishment — I believe it is just a realigning or rebalancing of your soul.
The Uncomfortable Truth
Karma can be a great source of discomfort and why? Because it demands that you go within yourself for answers. Introspection is always difficult and most of us squirm at the thought of delving into our own psyche, akashic records or past life experiences for fear of what we might find there — this is perfectly normal.
However, the truth to any situation is found at the core of your being and one of the most effective ways to get at that core is to meditate (for those of you needing a little nudge to get meditating, here is a link to an article you may find useful: https://cherieroedirksen.com/2011/12/08/do-you-need-to-meditate-part-1/ ). Another great way to identify your karma is to look for triggers.
What Are Triggers?
Triggers can come in the shape or form of things, situations or people that push your buttons. So let’s throw in a few examples:
- Things — let’s say you are afraid of snakes. You may come up with a few reasons why you are. One being that it is a rational fear – some snakes are poisonous and can be deadly. However, there are many animals that are dangerous that you may not be frightened of — so this cannot be the only reason for your phobia. This could very well be a karmic attribute that you have stumbled upon.
- Situations — you could be someone who absolutely abhors going to a fairground. You don’t know why but it gives you the willies. Or, it could be that you can’t bear to stand on top of a high building or mountain. These can all lead you to childhood or past-life traumatic events.
- People — I’m sure this is the one you can relate to the most. Yes, you know the ones I’m speaking of. Those button-pushers, the instant reactivity conductors. They could play a major part in your life lessons. Go into why they trigger you so much and see if you can release them.
Dicing with Your Demons
If you do not address your causality then you will suffer the effect until you do take it out to scrutinize. So, like the old proverb ‘a stitch in time saves nine’, make a timely effort now and prevent more work later on. My advice: Get stitching!
You have a choice to do the work now or later. Though don’t kid yourself, it will have to be done at some point — postponing the inevitable only leads to greater suffering and denial.
I don’t want any long faces so let’s lighten this up a bit…
Play with a Fun Perspective
If you can look at it more optimistically, it is like a treasure hunt – you are looking for clues to unravel the tapestry of your life and its microcosmic theatricals to unveil the macrocosmic self and its journey’s.
This, if looked at in the light of consciousness, can indeed be an epic adventure. You will come across many synchronicities and pointers that will amaze you. This divine matrix of life works its wiles to weave its multidimensional graft of art and all of it is for your benefit. As Yoda might say, ‘honored you should be!’
Banish the Inner Judge
Hold back any judgment you may want to pass on others and yourself. Just let what has happened rise to the surface to be examined, appreciated (i.e. give thanks for the lesson that you have learnt) and then let it go.
I can hear you say, ‘this all sounds fantastic but what can I realistically do to take the first steps of releasing karma once I have found it?’
You do the Ho’oponopono.
It’s a remedy I got from a dear friend. It is a prayer from the ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Give it a try:
I am sorry
Please forgive me
I love you
Now let’s get to the juicy bit…what comes after karma?
Dharma without the ‘Greg’
When you can release your karma you are able to step into Dharma (and I’m not talking about that sitcom from the nineties). Dharma, in this sense, is simply getting back to basics and being present with the natural law of the universe – it is a state of nirvana, that ‘inner peace’ we all search for.
You will be tested, however, and karma – even when it is resolved – can, and most certainly will, be thrown at your feet time and time again for you to pick up and be drawn back into the drama.
This is where you, from your calm centered place of dharma, will rise above the drama. You will be able to detect and single out your karma when you are aware of the programs you have been running and the lessons you needed to learn.
Bring in your awareness to any of these arising issues and recognize them for what they are.
Easier Said than Done?
For sure, but just remember that when you bring awareness to any situation you have already shone 50% of the light on it.
When you can observe the nasty little head of karma, as it seeks to lure you back into 3D reality dramas, you will be able to be the calm, grounded entity who knows thyself. You will be able to say ‘no, thank you — I am moving forward in my life not backwards’, and you can simply walk away.
Yes, you can walk away! You are the still presence that is the walking example, guiding others to their inner knowledge. When your friends and family (and button-pushers) start realizing that they no longer have any effect on you, they are going to want what you have.
Guess what? You are probably going to want to give it to them to — because spreading the light is what you do best!
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