I had a recent insight into Vasanas I wanted to share. Let’s define some terms as we go.
The “pain body” is our unresolved emotions. The vasana are more subtle than this. After we’ve resolved a lot of old, previously incomplete emotions, we become more conscious of our deeper drivers behind that.
Vasana means unresolved desire or driver. These can express as addictions or latent tendencies. This energy can drive much of our behaviour, seeking resolution.
For example, we may fall in love with someone who doesn’t reciprocate. If it’s mild, our interest will fade and we’ll move on. If it’s medium, we may let go but try to find a replacement version, a way to fulfil the need. But if the vasana is strong, we’ll obsess and be irrational about it and be unwilling to let it go.
Samskara means impressions or grooves from prior strong experiences. They become how we focus our unfulfilled desires (Vasanas) and guide how incomplete experiences unfold. We can think of them as patterns our vasanas follow.
For example, our first serious relationship may have had major issues. If what arose is unresolved in us, it can become an impression that becomes a pattern. No matter how hard we try to find a better partner, they all turn into our ex. This isn’t their doing, it’s how we are that creates the unresolved circumstance again so we can heal. The same can happen with bad landlords or bosses or co-workers or whatever. We’ll find ourselves with a similar problem repeatedly or cyclically until it’s resolved.
Karma means action. But it also refers to unresolved experiences where the action didn’t complete. These are the seeds of future action.
It sounds like unresolved karma and vasana are the same. But there’s a difference. Where unresolved karma is a seed of potential energy awaiting a trigger, vasana has an energy source. They’re plugged in and drive action. They are the trigger. This is how karma and vasana are intertwined.
Unresolved emotions can be resolved by being felt and thus experienced, completing the karma. However, vasana themselves can’t all be released just by being experienced. Sometimes you have to resolve the energy source. In other words, unplug it. This is more subtle than emotions.
The energy source itself is our chakras. Unplugging a vasana requires resolving what is maintaining the connection. There seems to be three types of maintainers:
1 – driven by unresolved trauma or pain. This is a common style and may not be experienced as different from resolving experiences the usual way. Perhaps it just has a little more charge behind it. We resolve the experience and the energy connection resolves with it.
2 – driven by a positive law of nature. This means a more positive desire or driver. The driver is maintained by a law of nature that is helping our growth or learning. This may be something we were born with. It is resolved by completion of learning, dharma, or similar.
For example, we have a driver to write a symphony. It will keep coming until the project is done, often intertwined with other life events.
3 – driven by a dark law of nature. This is a more problematic one as they’re maintaining the drives to create the energy they like. For example, culturing fear, anger, or depression.
This isn’t evil. They’re just culturing what we’ve created in ourselves for their benefit, like the salesman using fear in making a sale. That only works if we’re fearful.
It’s akin to our gut biome. If we eat a lot of sugary foods, we’ll culture bacteria that will tell the brain we need more. When they’re hungry, we’ll crave it. But if we learn to redirect our attention and don’t feed the beast, those microbes die back in a few days. Then the addiction passes, and the demand fades. A few better habits and we keep the balance. 🙂
With the more subtle laws of nature, inertia (tamas) dominates dark ones, so they’ll often hang around, waiting for things to get “better” even after the body fills with light. But at some point, we become clear enough to see the dynamic and learn to no longer engage it. And eventually, the dregs are cleared.
I’ve talked about “chakra databanks” before. Most nadis (energy channels) in the body interconnect the chakras and sub-chakras. The chakra databanks radiate from the chakras like a Christmas ornament. They don’t connect with other centres. These seem to be where the vasana are found.
This suggests the #2 type are our gifts and the #3 type our burdens. Vasana can be sustained across lifetimes or passed down in families. They continue to seek a way to resolve or complete their expression. This shows up as drivers.
I’ve also talked about how the databanks broadcast energetically to others. People with some energy awareness may find some of our drivers obvious. But because we’re in the middle of it and seeing through those glasses, it’s harder for us to recognize them. How we respond to circumstances can be our first clue. And that annoying tendency for patterns to repeat…
We can resolve all of this. It takes time, a little refined perception, and a bit of personal insight. But if we shift to a healing trend, we’ll make progress. Life will become smoother and more enjoyable. That’s worth the effortless effort.