Unfathomable Karma

brown goose

The field of action (karma) is unfathomable, partly because of its complexity, but more so because creation is simultaneous – everything happened at once. (And never happened at all.) Part of our purpose is to experience the details of an aspect of that instant. This is done by playing it out incrementally as a sequence of experiences. Thus we experience time and experience unfolding and can digest the details of this perspective of wholeness. I can’t say it’s the Divine that needs this unfolding. For the Divine, all about this possibility was known in that instant of musing. But we … Continue Reading…

Offer it Back

prayer of the frog

If we’re struggling in some area of life, it may be due to the cycles of time, the collective, or unfolding karma. But it’s also useful to look at how we are with circumstances. If we’re resisting or responding with depression or other heavier emotions, we may be offering a sinkhole to the energy of growth. This is not a suggestion of blame. It’s natural to feel bad when things go poorly. But soon, it’s time to move on. What are we bringing to life? What are we feeding? What is supported now? An early example for me was Maharishi … Continue Reading…

Karma vs Dharma

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There is another way of seeing the dynamics of karma and dharma. To recap, karma is action, energy. It is doing. The devata do and this creates experiences for us, the experiencers. Our experiences are then processed and digested. If we resist or grasp or otherwise get in the way of the smooth flow of action, we create residues of incomplete action. This is often what people call karma. Most people are identified with their sense of personal me. This ego-sense lays claim to doing as mine. It grasps at events to say I am, I did, I think, and … Continue Reading…

Styles of Action

The world is as you are. The way we experience life has a lot to do with how we experience who we are. When we’re ego-identified, we’re often in an adversarial relationship with others and the world. They respond in kind. We often don’t even realize we’re doing this until it begins to stop. We have few experiential reference points for anything else. What’s arising has a purpose – perhaps to show you what you’re resisting, to bring an opportunity for resolution, to learn, or to move forward (or all of the above). As we become more conscious, the role … Continue Reading…

The Fruits of Action

One idea Westerners have picked up from Indian philosophy is karma. However, we usually think of consequences when someone mentions the word. As in “It’s good karma.” However, karma means action. The consequences come because of action. And as we’ve discussed recently, there is what happens and how we respond to that. It’s the second that allows the action to complete energetically or not. If not, it will come up again another time for completion. The more we resist or grasp at what arises, the more we build a backlog of incomplete experiences. The basics of action are simple. For … Continue Reading…

The Value of Activity

In the Indian philosophy known as Samkhya, they observe that not only do we have 5 senses but we also have 5 “organs of action”. We are not just sensing beings of consciousness but have physical bodies that exist and function in the field of karma, action, energy. Our bodies are designed to be doers of activity. Yet with the advent of the automobile, television and the Internet, many of us have become couch potatoes. We have sedentary jobs and live increasingly high-stress sedentary lifestyles. The top diseases are a list of western illnesses of affluence, of excess. And we’re … Continue Reading…

Correction vs Evolution

The experience of living life after a well-established awakening is quite distinct. Not everyone speaks of this or even notices the change if it came gradually. Only in retrospect or in seeing someone else struggle is the distinction more obvious. One key is in our relationship with nature. We are all supported by nature no matter how roughly we may feel treated or how much we feel unsupported. What changes is the way nature is supporting us. When we’re ego-identified, our life revolves around the fulfillment of wants. We spend our life chasing things – love, money, better job, possessions, … Continue Reading…

Karma and the Awake

A few weeks ago, I posted an article on Karma Post-Enlightenment. Since then, it’s become a very popular article but also the subject has come up several times in life events. I thought it worth going further into the subject. Firstly, there’s a key aspect to understand in the dynamics of karma aka action or energy. To get from inertia (Tamas) to clarity (Sattva), you have to go through transformation (fire, Rajas). People in transformation can sometimes have a lot of fire and can be attracted to chaos and conflict or drama. It resonates with their dominant energy. Block them … Continue Reading…

Karma and the Gunas

In the Gunas in Awakening, I talked about how inertia is transformed into clarity with fire, tamas into sattva via rajas. In this article, I’m going to talk more about karma. Karma means action, movement, or energy. When we act in tune with our environment or nature, we are always moving to balance and the energy completes and resolves. We are in dharma, we are keeping the gunas in balance. However, when we act out of tune or get into resistance to what is unfolding – a common habit for many people – we create a boundary, a point of … Continue Reading…

Karma?

In another non-spiritual forum, the idea of karma came up and some pretty poor ideas were expressed about it. I wrote an article to explain it. I’ve edited it here for context and supplemented it a bit to fill out some points. Karma is a Sanskrit word typically translated to mean action or energy. The philosophy holds that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. And actually, that’s the way physics defines it. This is a natural law. It is very much about consequence and responsibility and taking care of your family and community. It is closely … Continue Reading…

Non-Violent Communication

Much of our emotional pain and struggles in life are due to unmet needs. These have developed through resistance and denial of what is and being trained that some emotions are unacceptable. This is most obvious in relationship troubles where we’re expecting our partner to meet those needs. However, this is often an unconscious process – we don’t even know what those needs actually are, except maybe generally. How can we then ask for them properly? Nor do we properly distinguish between needs (non-negotiable) and wants (flexible). We end up projecting blame and judgement on others. Conflict and disappointment are … Continue Reading…

Solving Problems

Recently, I attended an afternoon workshop by Mark McCooey, a very successful businessman involved in multiple industries and several non-profits. The workshop covered problem-solving techniques he’s developed, based partly on the work of Byron Katie. The presentation followed the outline of a book he’s working on. I found his approach to life’s challenges excellent. It can bring you peace in difficult circumstances but it may require some deep looking. I’ll paraphrase from notes, adding my own perspective. The first thing to recognize about problems is that they’re only problems as long as we don’t see a solution. Once a solution … Continue Reading…