Creating Positive Futures by Dissolving Karma Now
Posted November 28, 2012on:
~ by Sarah McCroskey
Karma is a term often misunderstood in New Age circles. Many hold karma to be a cycle of suffering or punishment that is somehow meted out for past misdeeds as a payback or a setting right principle. It is held as some sort of cosmic ‘settling of scores’ when in fact it is a self-generated pattern that can be – and at this point in our evolution, must be – dissolved through consciousness.
Deepak Chopra in an interview with Paul O’Donnell made a couple of interesting points about karma.
“There are two things that have been said about karma in the Eastern traditions. The first thing is, ‘Unfathomable is the mystery of karma.’ It’s not just my karma. It’s my karma, your karma, collective karma, the karma of our ancestors, the karmic debts that we pay. It can only be called a tangled hierarchy.
The second thing said about karma is that karma is the ultimate affirmation of free will and the person who is aware. So the past has determined my present and it has determined the situations and circumstances of my present. However, what I do in this moment is an exercise of free will. So karma sets up the situation, but not the choices you make about the situation.” (Emphasis added.)
Another point made by Dr. Chopra regarding karma that it is a set way of seeing things that one brings into one’s life. So rather than being a rigid law of cause and effect, karma is based much more on an interpretation assigned individually. Rather than a ‘destiny’ or life sentence created by God or circumstance or some outside authority, karma is more a way we track what still remains incomplete in our personal psyche. It is ‘unfinished business’ that via sometimes infuriating repetition demands that our soul awaken and own the legacy of our agreements and beliefs.
Don’t get me wrong, karma that goes unexamined does have a certain ‘Energizer Bunny’ nature – “It just keeps going, and going, and going…” Yet by bringing conscious awareness to the process we can, once and for all, learn the lesson we designed for our self and put the repetitive pattern to rest.
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