Updated: Jun 4, 2019
There are many aspects of behaviour exhibited by us humans that upset and anger me, including intolerance, injustice and cruelty to ourselves, others and the world around us. And there are few common misconceptions that produce an irate, fiery response from me more than Karma. It's not the philosophical notion of Karma itself that gets me on edge but the common tendency to frame it in the language of revenge and retribution. 'Karma is a b****' is a common response used by some to reflect a feeling of justice when they hear of something unpleasant happening to someone they feel has wronged them or others.
When framed in this context, the concept of Karma is used by us humans as the Universe exacting its will, dealing out its punishment, but it is really only a way for us to express our own feelings of satisfaction at our own concept of justice, often borne from our conditioning, whether this is societal or institutional. Our perceptions of justice are essentially nothing to do with the Universe, whose own position is from a place of infinite love - there is nothing bitchy, vengeful or punishing about Karma.
But this is not to say that our actions don't have repercussions. Every action comes from a place of choice and while sometimes we can feel that we have no choice, we always do; it's just that some choices are not as appealing or as viable as others. In making our choice, we have stated an intention and our follow on actions produce an energy, a vibration that we transmit out into the cosmic soup that affects us all. This is something that indigenous peoples, with their knowledge of healing practices gained over centuries and passed down through generations, have known for a long time, that we all originate from the same divine source of energy. And this is why The Golden Rule is so prevalent as a cornerstone of spirituality; what damages other living creatures also damages us.
Science is slowly but surely catching on to this spiritual truth, with quantum physics' theory of Entanglement, which I explore a little more here. Quantum Entanglement occurs when two particles remain connected, even over large distances, in such a way that any actions performed on one particle has an effect on the other. They interact in ways that the state of each particle cannot be described independently of the other and it must be described as a whole. Quantum Healing, and Shamanic Healing, support the entanglement theory between life forces, that essentially everything is connected; we are all connected to each other and that nothing exists on its own.
Lighting The Way
We've all done things that we wished we hadn't, things that we would do differently if presented with again and it can be difficult to be mindful of our thoughts and actions, which are often from a place of a conditioned upbringing, which we all have. But one thoughtless, unfeeling, unpleasant or cruel action does not balance out another, it just creates more unpleasantness and cruelty. Only when we come from a place of love, a place of grace, rising above the unfeeling, the unthinking, can we truly heal ourselves, others and the world we live in.
The cosmic soup hears the energy of our actions and communicates to us on the same wavelength. And this is what Karma is about - an opportunity to learn the lessons lovingly presented to us. It is not about punishing ourselves or each other, quite the opposite. Everything is an opportunity to know ourselves, to understand ourselves better so that we can become kinder to ourselves and each other. Karmic Healing encourages acknowledgment, forgiveness and a releasing of the old ways so that we can welcome in a new, more compassionate loving way of being. The more loving actions we do, the more loving energy we transmit to the world and this is the only way we can change it. By healing one, we heal all. Karma is a Beaut.
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