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Rules #16d: Your Karma Will Run Over Your Dogma:
You Don't Understand: It's My Karma!
Karmic Fatalism - Defined: how the "it is
karma" attitude robs someone of the desire and power to change
Karmic Fatalism - Adversaries: how the
human fear of death, despair, and darkness creates the belief in
Karmic Doom: why and how adversity in past
lives contributes to karmic fatalism.
Karmic Fate: why and how the belief in fate
contributes to karmic fatalism.
Karmic Gravity: the impersonal
operation of karma contributes to karmic fatalism.
Karmic Fatalism - Defined
"There is a destiny that makes us brothers: none goes his way alone,
All that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own."
Nothing improves if you take the "it's my karma" attitude and chant
away the day to forget your misery.
* Karmic Force: People in the East are so fatalistic about life
because they believe that the forces of karma are so strong that they
cannot be overcome. So they simply throw up their hands and give over
their lives to their karmic fate. Yet, we do live in a loving and
compassionate universe. If you show the universe that you are prepared
to act in a responsible and loving manner toward all those around you,
then you can improve your karmic situation... dramatically.
* Fatalistic Feeling: The first step in improving your karma is
to recognize how it manifests itself. Here is a description of how "bad"
karma "feels" from someone who used to be a "helpless victim of it".
"It feels like I am pushing against something, an unknown force that
is lurking deep inside. It feels overwhelming like a heavy weight inside
that always stops me from improving my life. It holds me back. It
resists my best effort to change. I really want to change but it's like
I am forbidding myself somehow. It took me a long time to see it but
I have been sabotaging my best efforts to change all along. I just could
not help myself..."
* Karma's Goal: What must always be remembered about karma is it
exists to teach you lessons, not to punish you endlessly. Bad karma is
meant to push you to examine your life and to make changes that will
bring you to greater levels of love, joy, and awareness. They are meant
make you take action (which is what "karma" means translated from Sanskrit
to English) to improve your destiny.
Once this individual confronted the karmic reasons for this "feeling",
this bad karmic "feeling" left them... forever.
* Beyond Karma: The only way your situation can improve is if you
take the attitude that "today is the first day of the rest of my life
which I am determined to make better". Show that you want to change by
actively working to improve your life by trying to live in a "karma free"
life. All you have to lose are your problems.
Karmic Fatalism - Adversaries
"Beware the Three Adversaries: Death, Despair, and Darkness."
Karmic Fatalists: those who do not change and use the mantra "It's my
karma" to excuse everything.
* Classic Karma: A man, who ran a religious school which taught
the precepts of karma, routinely sexually abused his students. When any
of them pointed out that his molesting them was bad karma that would come
back to him, all he would say was "It's your karma!" After years
of molesting children, the man was arrested by the police. All he had
to say was "It's my karma!" His attitude - that all was
predetermined karma - is a perfect demonstration of karmic fatalism.
* Karma's Mission: Ironically, knowledge of karma was meant to
prevent "Karmic Fatalism": the belief that all is pre-determined and
all that you say and do means nothing, effects nothing, and changes nothing.
Karma was meant to free humans from the fears that would otherwise rob them
of the motivation to heal/improve their lives. These fears are:
* Karma's Message: What karma teaches frees those who believe in it from being trapped by those fatalistic fears… because:
* Death: The fear of death is "Nothingness":
that what you
are now will cease to be and will be lost forever.
* Despair: The fear of life is "Hopelessness":
you believe or say or do can make your life better.
* Darkness: The fear of living is "Ignorance":
who know more will hurt and take advantage of you.
* Immortality: That as Soul you are immortal:
* Remember: "Karmic Fatalism" is directly contrary to what karma
means to teach. Karma means to set up the circumstances in your life
that will challenge you to transcend them and not to accept them (which
is what fatalism gets you to do). Karma challenges you to manifest health,
wealth, and happiness while fatalism causes you to accept the lack of all
these. Simply put, mastering karma makes you powerful while being
fatalistic keeps you powerless.
have been/are now/will be is eternal and indestructible.
* Inspiration: That as Soul you are the creator of your life:
what you believe or say or do can creates your life.
* Illumination: That as Soul you are divine:
you are learning
to be an infinite CoWorker with God.
"Ragnarökkr, the Doom of the Gods, means man is doomed as well."
(Old Norse Proverb)
If, like the Norse, you believe whatever you do, you are doomed...
you are suffering from "Karmic Doom".
* Doomed Feeling: It goes like this: "I have only felt sadness
for far too long. I need to feel happiness. Why?" This is a genuine
problem in and carryover from past lives. Fortunately, this problem can
be overcome with effort and patience!
* Pursuit of Happiness: In past lives, happiness was elusive. That
is why Thomas Jefferson wrote that "life" (as in not being killed capriciously
by governments), "liberty" (as in not being jailed randomly by governments),
and the "pursuit of happiness" (as in freedom from government persecution)
were so important.
Notice it is the "pursuit" that was important as actual happiness was hard
to come by. Jefferson himself lost a beloved wife early on and never quite
recovered the happiness he enjoyed with her.
* Bleak Existence: For most of human history, life was bleak for
the average person. Consider what they had to endure.
When the weather was good, life was continuous work from sunrise to sunset.
Raising crops and livestock was/is a labor intensive process and required
back breaking, endless toil. When the weather was bad, life was the struggle
to stay warm enough to survive.
* Inevitable Suffering: Given the overwhelming hardships in past
lives, many chose to protect their hearts by accepting the inevitable
suffering of life on Earth. Choosing to believe that life doomed one to
adversity was a defense mechanism many adopted (like the Norse) to cope
with the reality of their harsh existence. This, in turn, became the
perfect breeding ground for karmic fatalism.
People were lucky to eat 3 times a week and to bathe once a year whether
it was needed it or not. Random violence by humans, attacks by animals,
and natural disasters, were facts of life as were life ending illnesses.
Women were damaged or died in childbirth. Men who were injured ended up
permanently impaired. Life sucked!
* Sadness Carryover: When one has reincarnated into one tough
environment after another, the sadness over suffering can become a
permanent part of one's character. Yet, in the present, one can always
choose to cultivate joy. Now one can pursue happiness and actually find
it! All it takes is more love.
"Do not be afraid; our fate cannot be taken from us; it is a gift."
(Dante Alighieri, "Inferno")
What is fate really but the karma we choose not to take any action
to resolve or to improve upon.
* Health Issues: Most receive the majority of their health problems
at birth. What they are not born with usually comes during young adulthood.
Each individual is prone to the ailments they inherit from their parents'
genetics. What health issues they attach to is directly dependent on their
actions and inactions. If they do nothing, their health fate becomes what
karma handed them at birth and in youth.
* Wealth Issues: Most replicate the financial situation of their
immediate and/or extended family. This is why the rich get richer and the
poor stay poorer. If the person accepts the money programming they have
learned from birth without trying to improve upon it, their financial fate
remains unchanged for the rest of their life.
* Happiness Issues: Most repeat the emotional choices of their
immediate and/or extended family. Children live what they have learned
from their parents unless they choose to change it. If they do what their
parents have done or choose to do the exact opposite, their fate becomes
these inherited emotional patterns.
* Doing Nothing: Most believe - incorrectly - that doing nothing
keeps them safe. The reality is that doing nothing is actually choosing
our default karma which can be quite unsafe. Those who are the most
trapped by karma are those who believe that they are powerless to escape
their fate (the "its my karma" attitude).
* Doing Something: Most believe - correctly - that doing something
is better than doing nothing, especially if they can see that they have
improved their situation by their actions. Taking action is the only way
that someone can improve their fate and so transcend what karma has planned
for the rest of their life.
* Harvesting the Gift: The gift lurking inside karma is a permanent
improvement in our life's circumstances: whether they be health, wealth,
or happiness. All it takes is wanting to improve life's circumstances and
working toward that goal.
"Some men think the Earth is round. Others think it flat. It is a
matter of capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command
make it round? If it is round, will the King's command flatten it? No,
it will not."
(Robert Bolt, "A Man for All Seasons")
* Karmic Gravity: Karma is a law like any other in the universe.
Like Gravity, it operates whether we believe in it or not... and whether
we want it to or not. It is the "not wanting it" to work that contributes
to and perpetuates karmic fatalism.
* "Scientific Law" is defined as: "a phenomenon of nature [karma]
that has been proven to invariably occur [what goes around comes around]
whenever certain conditions exist or are met [imbalances in love and
* No Exceptions: "We are solely responsible for our choices,
and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought
throughout our lifetime." (Elizabeth Kübler-Ross) The law of karma
operates impersonally and applies to everyone everywhere at all times
no exceptions. Whether you believe in karma or not, it applies to you.
Karma, like gravity, operates equally when the religious beliefs of the
individual are agree with it or are diametrically opposed to it.
* No Excuses: "Ignorance of the law is no excuse!" (John Selden)
Ironically, those who are most in denial of the reality of karma are the
most firmly in its grip. Those who commit crimes to gain money, power,
or sex, will reap what they have sewn later on in their present life… or
more likely in a future one. They must and will repay the effects of the
causes they have set in motion. Quite simply, when you do the crime, karma
ensures justice: that you will do the time.
* No Evasion: "Though the mills of the God grind slowly, yet
they grind exceedingly small: though with patience He stands waiting,
with exactness He grinds them all." (Friedrich von Logan) The way
karma works is through an examination of the feelings and thoughts which
surrounded the actions we take in life. We are the ones who make that
examination and decide, at a Soul level, what and how we need to balance
our actions over the cycle of our reincarnations.
* No Errors: "We meet no Stranger, but Ourself." (Emily Dickinson)
There are no errors when it comes to karma… because we are the ones who
examine ourselves. We are the ones who have agreed to the life experiences
necessary to balance our actions from the past to learn how to become a
CoWorker with God in the future. Knowing who we really are inside and
learning more love, joy, and awareness is what
karma and reincarnation
mean to teach us all.
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