It’s struck me how much of my old karma is directly related to past choices, often a decision to avoid something. And how so many people, even with conscious choice, will choose the dark side.
They choose to believe in negative possibilities, a darker future. They choose from fear, anger, or resistance.
Certainly we can have challenging times. But largely those are structured to work things out. If we do the work, we come out the other side in a better place.
While it is wise to be aware of general trends, we want our attention to primarily be on what is now, and what is good. I’ve mentioned, for example, the habit of gratitude.
This is because what we put our attention on grows stronger. Do we feed our fears or our joys?
This is innocent favouring, not resisting what is arising in our experience.
There is a lot of fear rising in the collective at the moment. But this is purification moving through. Some will do the work and make progress. Some will invest in the fear and increase it, causing themselves problems.
There’s a Sanskrit word I’ve run into several times recently, Moha. It means delusion.
If we don’t know who we are and what the world is, we’re deluded about reality and will make mistakes and suffer. Science has made remarkable strides but remains invested in materialism, limiting our vision and potential.
The Yoga Sutra (v2:34) tells us greed, anger, and delusion precede negativity. The results of negativity are “unending suffering and ignorance.”
We may not consider ourselves deluded or suffering. But are you living love and bliss? Do you feel fully supported by life? If not, there is healing to do.
Of course by “know” here, I don’t mean having a concept about who we are. Your name, role, and occupation are part of the story, the delusion of who you are. Ditto spiritual concepts about reality. By “know,” I mean the direct experience of our true nature.
By transcending the mind and emotions, we discover our true nature. This is a nature we share with all others and the world. With that direct experience, we see through our delusions and come to end our suffering.