Karma and Dharma

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No, Karma and Dharma aren’t the Bobbsey Twins (Oh Lord,…how old am I?).

olsensHow about the Olsen twins—is that more relatable?

For those of us who wish we better understood the relationship between the two hard-to-comprehend Sanskrit terms, I ran across a good comparative description in a blog entry called “Understanding Karma and Dharma” by John Burgos at  https://www.beyondtheordinaryshow.com/spiritual-dictionary/karma-dharma/ .

In that posting, this subject matter is explained by him in a “makes sense” manner that had me nodding in agreement.

When I write about living your true life purpose—being authentic—living a purposeful life, etc., I am actually describing DHARMA—a Hindu concept attempting to put a label on living in the natural, harmonious flow of life. Proper labeling is not easily done in any language. But for all practical purposes to better understanding it, that is what DHARMA means.dharma k.jpg

In that posting, according to Burgos: “So when we speak about you living your dharma, we are referring to you living your truth, living your highest potential, and living in a way that is supported by the Divine in a manner that is in accordance to your soul’s desire.”

And when I write about facing/resolving our personal and collective karma, I’m in essence writing about the boomeranging reciprocity of any action’s intentions for lovingness or harmfulness to others. Or as Burgos explained it: “Karma, put simply, is the Buddhist and Hindu manifestation of cosmic justice. It is the conglomeration of all your actions or deeds, both good and bad, in this life or past lives, that determine your future.”

As Burgos explained, when the two major life processes actually come into alignment with each other, life is good.chart.png

We feel deeply at peace and are riding the Divine Flow of Universal Lovingness.

But when we are out of alignment with either or both life processes, our negative Karma can prevent fulfilling our true Dharma; and/or not recognizing and living our true Dharma can add to the blow-back-in-your-face effects of our bad Karma.

So how do you clean up this possible calamity before it reaches critical mass in your life?

He has a suggestion of a 5-Step Karmic Cleanse technique to keep us from falling5 step.jpg into the bottomless pit of our own ignorance, paraphrased by me as:

  • Think before you act,
  • When emotions/memories surface and you start to react to them, pause and breathe through it to simply release them from your being,
  • Forgiveness is key to mending disputes with others and within yourself,
  • Be kind—don’t be cruel—we know Elvis wouldn’t want that,
  • Share the goodness of your heart and soul with others—uplift others, don’t degrade or belittle them.

Overall, I think his posting is worth a read-through, and his suggestions are well-worth considering.

Namaste.

The Path of NO-Path

My life, and all of ours if we are attentive, is humorously synchronistic where I am constantly reminded to never take myself too seriously.  This morning the Universe presented me with numerous addendums to my previous post—all of which came through some fine “focal points.”

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“You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself..” ~Eckhart Tolle

 

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Ramana quote.jpgThe late great Sage Ramana Maharshi proclaimed that the final truth consists of the fact that there is no path, nor any such thing as progress. In other words, Reality is not some sort of attainment to be gained by a progression from state to state.

There is no final, triumphant union to be attained, because there never was any separation from the no-beginning. There is simply the unfathomable expanse of spontaneous presence, pure unborn awareness, regardless of any intermittent mental content which might appear in that sphere of being.

Recognizing the empty nature of both the dreaming as well as the dreamer is consideredRamana M.jpg by the sages to be liberation, though paradoxically, there is nobody being freed or bound. There is simply awakening to that which has always been the case, even as we daydreamed.”

~Bob O’Hearn
The Paradox of Inherent Perfection

https://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/the-paradox-of-inherent-perfection/

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“So then, here’s the drama. My metaphysics, let me be perfectly frank with you, are that there is the central Self, you could call it God you could call it anything you like. And its all of us. Its playing all the parts of all beings whatsoever everywhere and anywhere.

Alan Watts.jpgAnd its playing the game of hide and seek with itself. It gets lost, it gets involved in the farthest out adventures but in the end it always wakes up, and comes back to itself. And when you’re ready to wake up, you’re gonna wake up. And if you’re not ready your gonna stay pretending that you’re poor little me.”

Alan Watts – The Way of Waking UP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7blUYJm6i-c

The Path—Why we need it, and how we choose it

As I mentioned in the previous reposting, a path.jpgdiscovering “The Path” for each of us is an important first step toward making the most of this precious lifetime.

It is important because The Path is the means to ‘be all you came to be’ before the world side-tracked you with all those distractions, enticements, and pit-falls that we associate with living a normal, socially-interconnected life. That maximizing your abilities to “be all you came to be” is often called self-actualization.

self-actualSelf-actualization means that a person not only discovers their hidden potential for maximizing their life, but it also means that the person made use of those innate abilities to manifest their pure-potential into actual creation to live their lives accordingly.

To be a fully self-actualized person means to know yourself so well that you are never surprised at what you do or why you do it because you know beforehand that whatever you do is what you are meant to do.  That gives you a tremendous sense of inner peace.

Finding the right path is often equated with feeling a strong sense of purpose for your existence in the here and now.

That is the importance of THE PATH—feeling that you have found your true purpose for living.  So whatever path you do choose must be the one that feels right to you and brings you a lasting sense of inner peace and satisfaction that you are living your life exactly as you were meant to do.buddha.jpg

That is WHY the path is so important.

HOW we choose it is often more difficult to determine. But as suggested in the previous repeated posting there are guidelines that help us find the right path for each of us:

  • Is it a path based on love and compassion for yourself, as well as for all others?
  • Is it a path that makes you feel happy about yourself and how you spend your time? (NO GUILT allowed on this path.)
  • Is it a path that nurtures you, and gives you a deeper sense of expansion and future possibilities in THIS world, not the next one?
  • Is it a path that allows you to grow and to BE who you truly are?
  • Is it a path of FREEDOM—or are you forever tied to the expectations of others?

Finding the right path for you means all the difference between living a purposeful, happy life or stumbling through your life always searching for greater meaning and a stronger sense of purpose for why you get out of bed each morning.

Your life’s context of why you greet each day must be as meaningful as your smile after recalling a hard day’s efforts as your head hits the pillow each night.

If you can satisfy your inner critic after a day’s labor of doing “your thing” in the world, then it’s likely you have discovered your true path.

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And that is a good place to be.

Archetypes and Metaphors

Referring to my Aug. 5 post: “We Do Not Yet Understand,” I had that avatars theme looping through my noggin yesterday.

The concepts of archetypal symbology coupled with the words “LIFE as Metaphor” kept archetypesslipping into the avatar scenario playing in my head. To me, archetype theory is a very important subject.  I’ve been fascinated by C.G. Jung’s theories on archetypes for decades.

Caroline Myss also provided a great exposition on the subject in her own book, Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential. I recommend those reads to anyone wishing to explore the subject further.

sacred contracts.jpgI’ve always felt that there was far greater importance to the archetypes theory than most folks acknowledge, so when all my afore-mentioned thought tangents converged—the archetypes symbolism merged with the avatar imagery while LIFE as metaphor phrase kept bouncing between my ears, I recognized the significance of the union.

Let’s consider that WE are avatar archetypes (set players with a game plan) per Jung and Myss; and as archetypes we are here exploring certain life themes (If you are not familiar with archetypes Myss explains over 70 archetypes on this page:  https://www.myss.com/free-resources/sacred-contracts-and-your-archetypes/appendix-a-gallery-of-archtypes/ ).

Those life themes are the “tasks” we are assigned for this life experience—tasks that create learning situations where we explore our reactions, emotions and thought processes pertaining to how the symbolic archetype that we represent (i.e., victim, warrior, savior, …etc.) views and responds to the potential situation.wheel.jpg

The primary, personal archetype that WE represent would naturally perceive the situation a certain way (i.e., victim/perceives a possible threat, warrior/ perceives a hearty challenge, savior/ perceives the sacrifice necessary to intervene,…etc.).

So how that archetypal avatar (meaning YOU or ME) would react to the situation would be dependent on the clarity and strength of our self-concept besides our own interpretation/perceptual filter of what was happening to us.

But then how does the LIFE as metaphor come into play?

Per www.dictionary.com, “A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance,…” .

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Okay, …but to me, a metaphor goes beyond a “suggestion of resemblance,” it creates a word image packed with emotional residue/personal memories used in the sentence to convey a deeper association to the subject matter than the literal statement can carry on its own. It touches a deeper part of us than the cerebral description can muster.

So when I repeat the phrase LIFE as metaphor, I mean LIFE is far deeper than surface appearance “doings” and is only the superficial representative of a greater implication; or what we do in our daily living is only representative of something we may not be able to comprehend any other way.

LIFE as living metaphor means that our daily doings are symbolic representations of the greater reason that we are here exploring these scenarios as specific archetypal avatars.

We aren’t just players in the Grand Play of LIFE, we are also the directors of the actions and playwrights of the endings.

Our main problem is that we don’t comprehend our multi-functioning capacities in the larger picture.

I asked in the previous posting on avatars what our 7-D SELF gets out of watching our 3-D self struggle around with these challenging situations. I’ll ask it again a different way using a metaphor:

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What does the playwright get out of writing, casting, directing, and watching his/her play being performed?

“…We Do Not Yet Understand…”

Naissim.jpgI’d been thinking for quite some time about this very subject when I ran across this image and quote on Facebook from Nassim Haramein, The Resonance Project: of how the metaphysical and spiritual realms are likely explainable to the general population consciousness; but that we aren’t presently capable of, or in some instances, desiring to explain it.

The reason for the inability to explain metaphysical and spiritual realms lies not in the actual existence of them, but in the willingness of the intended audience to hear the true explanations if those physics laws that govern their existence could actually be defined.

Why we presently CAN’T explain them is because they don’t adhere to 3-dimensional laws of physics. They aren’t meant to be defined by 3-D laws, and that’s why we have such a hard time wrapping our minds around them.

It’s far easier to shrug off the “higher-power”  WHY? questions as being the actions and intentions of a great, omnipotent force—a God whose quirks and preferences are conveniently defined within each religion’s doctrines.

I would guess that the present inability to explain metaphysical and spiritual realms represents such a Pandora’s Box of explosive repercussions that it is avoided by those most capable of opening it.  dominoe.jpg

It metaphorically presents an infinitely-long, winding string of end-standing dominoes just waiting for a gentle nudge on the first one to send them all careening forward into total collapse.

And that is NOT an overstatement when you consider how many of the world’s organized religions would face instant annihilation of their carefully-crafted beliefs; and the explanations for human/world’s existence would be tossed aside like yesterday’s trash by a few complex equations and theorems.

I say this because once the actual physics explanation is achieved that explains how all dimensions of existence coincide with each other—explains how we as energy beings can exist on multiple dimensions simultaneously—explains how TIME is a relative construct for comprehending energy expenditures within a 3-dimensional framework—explains how perception and attention can shift through those multidimensional levels of existence as easily as tuning an analog radio dial—explains how REALITY is only as REAL as you believe it to be—then how do you ever go back to believing what you have been repeatedly told from your birth onwards?

multiverseThat would mean that everything you once believed to be true, would be in fact a lie.

When we hear or read something that truly explains how we, on this level of existence as we struggle through our daily challenges, are somehow on another level of awareness—watching ourselves in the process of living—where we at some higher level of energy existence are like spectators at a sporting event watching ourselves play on the field of life; or where we are like a captivated audience enthralled by the mock-television drama of our very lives playing out on the screen in front of us; how do we in the here and now, reconcile this split-consciousness to ourselves without losing our grip on sanity?

Standing here with our bare feet on the cold, hard floor of the here and now, it’s hard to even consider this as a possibility.

How can this be? We ask. How can this happen? WHY does it happen? What reasoning makes sense to all this insanity that why.jpgwe live daily?

Is there a reason why someone you love dies? Is there a reason for all the hardship and pain everywhere in the world? What could those reasons ever be?  You ask.

If there is a GOD, how could that GOD be so cruel? So callous? So uncaring?

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There are days when I feel SO CLOSE to understanding all those existential questions I listed above. I sometimes feel that if my arms were just a little longer I could reach out and grab those answers that are presently lying just beyond my grasp—teasing me with their proximity and gravity of meaning.

My guess is that the real multi-dimensional scenario is more like what I’m about to describe:

spiritWhat if the GOD making those questionable decisions was actually YOU on some other dimensional level—what if it was some higher aspect of YOU pitting yourself in this 3-D level of existence against challenges that test your limits of endurance and resourcefulness to verify your 7-D theories by creating 3-D experiential evidence?

What if on THAT level of higher existence, you felt nothing—no pain—no extremes of emotions?

What if on that level you were simply watching an interactive show on some mind-boggling 3-D game-scape—with no more emotional involvement than as an interested spectator testing out a theory with you as a role-playing avatar in a simulated setting?

The problem with that consideration is that on THIS level of existence—YOU ARE THE AVATAR! You feel the knocks—the blows—the pain. You see the direct result of bad decisions, wrong choices, and dreams dashed. This isn’t some simulation to you—this is LIFE as YOU know it!

But think about this further—what would our present existence mean from that 7-D vantage point? What are you learning there about what is happening here?

Hard to even imagine, isn’t it?

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Well, as I earlier said, I think I’m close to understanding more than this surface wizard.jpgcomprehension of our existence, but I, like just about everyone else, can merely speculate on the behind-the-scene string pulling, and I can only guess at who actually sits in the Wizard’s chair.

Who knows, maybe it’s you. Or …maybe it’s me.

ILLUMINATION: Out of the Storm

(originally posted 8.29.2012)

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
~ Haruki Murakami

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When I first saw this picture, it affected me on many levels.

Strong symbolism suggests powerful forces at work between earth and sky…with the ocean or sea representing the great unconscious mind radiantly illuminated by cross-currents of electricity passing between the higher cosmos and the land surface (the super-conscious and the conscious mind).

It evokes multiple mental images and even stirs some emotions of fear and awe, of danger and yet witnessing Great Mystery’s jaw-dropping brilliance in super-kinetic motion. Anyone who has ever been through an electrical storm with minimal personal protection from it, knows the excitement and uncertainty of where the next lightning strike may land…near you or not, …always unsure if you will soon become the lightning rod to charge the air molecules around you in one huge burst of unbridled energy or just a smoldering cinder left in its wake.

To me, this picture is a symbol for ENLIGHTENMENT—where the earth-based vehicle (that’s you and me) is suddenly “illuminated” with total consciousness—with total awareness—and super-saturated with Divine Light and energy.

Total awareness and total destruction are both possible aspects of being “struck by lightning” through our direct contact with the Divine. It can be that unbelievably beautiful and that personally devastating at the same time.

So, as Haruki Murakami says, after undergoing such a storm, you will not be the same person that you were prior to it. Because you will have been illuminated,….enlightened beyond your immediate comprehension. You will not see the same or be the same, or think the same, or feel the same,…because enlightenment is direct connection with something so powerful that our small earth vessels cannot contain it—it blows our circuits—it fuses us like copper wire melting during an electrical-current overload.

It forces us to rewire internally: how we think, how we see our lives in relation to others and to the world around us, how we act and react to the daily dramas, to facing down our fears and examining our aspirations under a different context than we had used previously.

When you go through any major storm in life, you come out the other side with a different attitude and shift in perspective on “life storms” in general, and it forces reexamination of yourself on how well you may have handled the situation—what you learned in the process—how perhaps you could have handled it better; or it may give a deeper appreciation for simply having survived the devastatiolightening.jpgn. Major life storms can make you re-evaluate yourself on many levels.

No doubt about it, big storms in life can change you; and yes, as Haruki Murakami states: that IS what they are meant to do.

But with actual illumination and enlightenment, you won’t just be “changed” from the person that you once were, ….you will be recreated completely.  Completely re-worked, completely re-wired. You will see with different eyes, and hear in different ways. You will know that which you never knew before, and with a certainty—an assuredness—that did not previously exist. TRUTH is ever present, wherever you go, whatever you do, whomever you encounter. You will know TRUTH, like you’ve never felt it before the storm.

And you will immediately recognize that you are NOT the same person walking out of it, as the one who had walked in.

You’ve EVOLVED in understanding and awareness because of it.

Only Words

(originally posted 8.3.12 in my previous blog)

As a writer, words are my craft, my mode of expression, my connection to the masses who share these common symbols and meanings, my attempt to explain the unexplainable; and yes, even more,…it’s the only way I can share my subjective experience with others in some mutual form of empathic resonance.

As an energy therapist, I know the importance of light frequency and sound vibration. I know the power of words and their intended (as well as subtle) meanings on others, whether read or spoken.

Words are why you are here today perusing this blog. Words can touch your heart, they can inspire, and they can do far more: words can shift your energy lower or higher.

Long ago on my  Facebook page, the Tao and Zen folks had a great graphic of the Yin/Yang symbol that often represents the Tao. On the dark side were all the “shadow” words that instill fear and sadness in our hearts; and on the white side, were all the “love and light” words that instill joy, contentment, and that “feel good, safe and secure, hugged by a loved-one” inner peace we all strive to find in our lives.yinyangwords.jpg

I don’t think I’ve ever seen another graphic or image that better conveys a sense of what a low-frequency focus (darkness) and a high-frequency focus (light) really look and sound like in our culture—in everything we read, view, and hear around us, 24/7/365.

These “words” can make you feel bad about yourself and each other, or they can make you feel good about yourself and each other, because they represent what a fear-focus (darkness) means to us, and what a love-focus (light) means to us.

Whenever you speak, hear, or experience the darker side of this life, you know one of those fear-focused words all too well. So if your life is tinged or flooded with any of those darker word symbols that represent actual affects and emotions in your life, you are being adversely affected by fear in some form.

Likewise, if you speak, hear, or experience the lighter side of this life, you know the love-based words and make them your focus no matter what others say or do, because to live from those “light” word symbols, you truly have to shift your perspective higher and keep it there, no matter what the world around you implies or projects at you. High-frequency living is very much a choice and a goal for many of us, because it doesn’t necessarily come easily.

To attain that goal means we must reduce and eliminate, if possible, the “darker” words from our lives. We do this with intention and dedication to living in a high-frequency world because that’s the world we choose to live in.

If you choose “love and light” the white words represented here, are for you to shout from the hilltops and to emulate daily in all manner of human expression.

So, perhaps in one graphic image, you can conceive a personal road-map for raising your frequency and recognizing shadow-thoughts and behaviors when they arise or when they attempt to influence you; both in your own thoughts and behaviors, and in those of others around you.

Being aware of what low-frequency and high-frequency looks, sounds, and feels like, can be pivotal to recognizing your own feelings and choosing how you wish to spend your time—in the shadow or the light.