The recent article Natures Support lead to some further questions and discussion that are worth exploring.
Karma is an eastern word that means action. It is energy with a motivator in it. For every action there is an equal reaction, a consequence. Usually, when people are talking about karma, they’re talking consequences.
When we resist what is arising in our life, we can prevent the flow of energy from completing. Thus it cycles around again in the future. This is the wheel of karma. If there has been a history of resistance, which is typical, a backlog builds up. This leads to a delay in consequences and we stop experiencing a connection between action and result. We may feel the world is against us in some way.
Complicating the issue is the vast complexity of the field of action. While the basics are simple, there is a vast array of action taking place in every moment. Mostly, we’re oblivious to how we’re affecting others and to our own backlog. This adds to the apparent capriciousness of the world.
We see good things happening to apparently bad people and bad things happening to good people. Sometimes people will chose to take a life using up their good karma in wealth and fame. But if they forget who they are and how they got there, they may act badly, replacing the benefit with major future difficulties. Especially if they’re acting it out on the world stage. And yet, we can’t judge surface appearances. Some on the world stage are acting out our collective karma to help us recognize it in ourselves. We can say they are actors that may not be creating difficulties for themselves and may even be offering us a great service. We have to look behind appearances to the drivers, to the karma itself.
Even if someone is acting horribly, they may try the best they can from their experience. Some people live in very tiny, nasty boxes. Some have taken on very difficult challenges that may not be apparent. Not that any of this is an excuse for bad behaviour but being quick to judge is not on the bright side either.
Inversely, good people can create a space for dealing with nastier things from their deep past, even if they don’t remember making that choice. When you really crank up the light, it can unsettle the shadows making life more eventful.
In the end, the most important thing is how we respond to what arises. As we become more conscious and less entangled, we choice over how we respond. We may at first realize after the fact we’ve gotten caught again. Then we notice while things are unfolding. And finally, as the first impulse to act is arising – then we have a choice. We can even resolve some events energetically so they don’t express into our life.
It’s been the experience we can only stray so far off the path of our life. We can travel on the paved surface, on the gravel shoulder, or along the ditch. But we’re still roughly moving in the right direction with variable levels of smoothness. We can stall out but something pushes things along, perhaps painfully. Choice within a destiny we might say.
In the larger scheme of things, it’s all working toward balance and growth. Nature follows laws, yet has profound intelligence behind it. This complexity of action is being managed for the good of all to a grand schedule.
Life is unfolding not just for us, but on the scale of communities, countries, and the world. When group consciousness has stuff it needs to work out, people are brought forward who can embody what needs to be seen and processed. The EU, UK, and US are all in difficult cycles at the moment, creating drama and conflict. Are their populations seeing what needs to be resolved and healing or getting caught up in the drama and reinforcing it? What you put your attention on grows stronger. What are you feeding with your attention?
As group consciousness becomes more and more awake from more and more waking up within it, it makes it easier for more and more to wake up. This will drive bigger and bigger issues to the surface for resolution. This doesn’t mean things are getting worse – it means they’re getting better. As those apparent persons mature in their awakening, they can help the collective move through more.
While karma often seems to be about working out the past, Nature is very much about now, action in the present. Nature serves us in every moment, keeping the body alive and the world intact so our life can continue to unfold. Yet most people are oblivious to their support. This means we tend to work against them and make their job harder. Because they work in the field of energy, they’re in the field of our emotions. Is this a minefield of suppression or a rich empowered field of joy?
Further, do we regularly transcend into samadhi? This not only cultures the ground on which enlightenment unfolds but it improves the environment in which our laws of nature act. It also produces soma, the nectar of the gods.
Soma greatly enhances our support teams ability to support us and can attract others to the team. We might say soma is like chocolate for the laws but it is also said to bring them immortality. Further, working in the environment of someone who comes to embody Divinity gives them the opportunity to be become enlightened deva-style.
What natures support means in daily life, even if we’re not awake or aware of this support, is that required events unfold more artfully and smoothly, we have greater synchronicities, and life becomes more enjoyable – despite that backlog. Soon we shift from adding to the backlog to winding it down.
Self Realization itself roasts most of our karmic backlog as it breaks our identification with the “doer.” This leaves just the dynamics in the life itself that are already underway & scheduled. Often, we realize what our life is about and why we’re here. As we grow in higher stages, we become increasingly an influence for good and may come to partner with laws of nature to support not just this unfolding but the unfolding of the whole. We shift to working in the cosmic.
Some describe a battle of the gods and demons taking place both historically and now, in this transition to a higher age. The battle itself is the to and from that keeps the universe in balance so it can continue to manifest. I don’t experience it this way myself. To me, it’s more a grand play of Divine unfolding. In the coarser layers of creation, there are some that have chosen to step out of their dharma and be self-serving. Some are simply trouble-makers. Others have fallen to the dark side as Star Wars would phrase it.
The latter was partly an effect of going through a darker age. In such a time, the shadows can grow very strong. But as the light rises, balance is restored. Vast numbers who had fallen are being liberated from their darkness to choose again. Those that remain are being much more constrained. This is the natural order of things.
However, it’s worth noting that even in a high age, there is always a destructive force. Food and experiences still need to be digested. What has been born must die. What rises falls again. These are the steps of progress, what Dorothy Rowe calls the Divine Dialog. In balance, the processes work in harmony and even destruction is not a shadow. It’s also not a majority.
As we become more in tune with the world, we become more sensitive to the larger trends of time underway. We can also use tools like Jyotish (The Science of Light aka Vedic astrology) to look at trends and avoid blindly stepping into rising muck.
We can also discover where we get blocked if we’re moving in an unsuitable direction that isn’t in our interests. Life becomes a reliable gauge of our next steps. Is this movement supported? Or am I experiencing barriers or resistance from the environment? Some karma can also arise in any process but is the overall movement smooth? Are the forces driving it benign?
This is how I ended up getting my grad degree. It wasn’t even on the radar but I followed what was being supported, away from what was no longer working. That put me in place, then the opportunity presented itself and clicked in. Admissions told me it would take a miracle for everything to come together in time but it did.
As we become more in tune with ourselves, we can see the seeds in play and recognize our stronger drivers (desires) and what’s driving them. Again, this gives us a choice. Do we act out every impulse or do we see and heal less-supportive seeds?
Often, there is a related shift post-awakening when the old drivers of a “me” fall away but there isn’t the depth yet for the flow of the Divine to move in. But as we heal and go deeper, flow arises and the Divine can move through us, expressing a much richer rendition of anything we may have brought to the table before that.
We can then support not just our own life but aspects of the whole.