Most people think of themselves as merely physical while others think of themselves as both physical and spiritual. Far fewer think of themselves as a conglomerate of many lives and many souls. There are so many options, but which is right? And does it matter? Whether or not one has a perspective on life as anything more than what it is, a physical life on Earth, there are many aspects to consider and get into alignment with. Beyond the physical there are the mental, the emotional, and the feeling aspects of being human. These alone add tremendously to human beingness and their balance is crucial to maturing, knowing the self, and attaining fuller experience and potential. So, though there may be much more to life than just the physical, start there and get all that is now in you calm and settled so you can live your best life going forward. Whatever else comes along after that will then be able to fit in nicely!
If you decide to live life on your own terms then be prepared to deal with the consequences. Not every way is a way that will bring fulfillment. Not every way is a way that is full of heart. Not every way is a way that offers the best opportunities. Not every way takes into consideration the greater good. However you decide to live your life this time around will also determine how you live your life the next time around. Spend some time in deep contemplation. Ask yourself some hard questions and decide what is right for you to do now and what your next step should be. To walk a path with heart, or not?
Karma is destiny, the inevitable effect of a previous cause. That which goes up must come down. And, according to Newton’s Third Law, the force with which it lands will cause a reaction of equal force. This repetitive back-and-forth volleying generates a groundhog day habit of karmic stuckness.
We must circumambulate our habitual beingness until we accrue the consciousness to clearly see our individual core karmic leitmotif. Once filled with awareness of our karmic duty we are then freed to exercise our will to address our oppositions and eventually shift our lives in an equal and reconciled new direction. This is using karma for better.
Esther Harding states:
“The marvel is that there is not a perpetual state of war within the psyche, for each of these elements is endowed with energy and so cannot die. Fortunately for our sanity, many of these irreconcilable elements lie deep within the unconscious, locked in primordial sleep; those which may have stirred are shut away in separate compartments. But as life progresses and an increase of consciousness is achieved, the inner conflicts awaken, and the problem of reconciling the oppositions they reveal has to be undertaken as a serious and urgent task.” –M.E. Harding, Psychic Energy
Cherokee guide Joyce Sequichie Hifler, in A Cherokee Feast of Days, speaks to the karma of a pond turning over. It’s nature’s way of cleaning house. The stagnant energy settled at the bottom of the pond activates, mixes with other strata of water, and rises to the surface. And yes, the whole pond of human affairs needs to turn over at times. This is the cosmic karma of now.
Judge Hatch, a Master teacher in the astral realm, hovered over the battlefields of Earth throughout WW1, channeling his observations and guidance for humanity to his scribe Elsa Barker, in War Letters. His intent was to empower humanity to advance beyond the perennial karma of war. His empowering technology is available to every human being to reconcile with both the warring factions within the self, as well as in the world. Here’s a method to transform hate, the mother of all wars:
“…Has anyone injured you in the struggle of life?—for life is a kind of war. Go out in thought to those whose desires have clashed with your desires, those who have hurt you or hated you. Go to them one by one—not several at a time in this exercise, and one by one try to understand them. See yourself with their eyes, feel toward yourself with their hearts. If they still hate you, you may hate yourself at first in sympathy with them. But remaining there in sympathy with them, you will gradually feel their hard thoughts of you change, gradually begin to be friends with yourself through them.” –Elsa Barker, War Letters From The Living Dead Man.
Judge Hatch emphasizes that this exercise is not a subconscious abuse of black magic to control another because its objective is consonant with the intent of the High Self, one of unselfish union and positive evolution. Carolyn Elliot describes similar exercises of appreciation for the warring factions within the self in her book, Existential Kink.
From the perspective of every individual human as a single cell in the wholeness of everything, every effort—even that of a single person—will impact the state of balance in the overall whole. Furthermore, every individual, however disagreeable, is a permanent member of the whole, for energy cannot die.
What is changeable is the balance between the parts within the whole. We all, as individuals, are subject to the karma of our attitudes, decisions, and actions. The human race, as a whole, is subject to its karma as well. The artistry of being human is our ability to sculpt our beingness with attitudes, decisions, and behaviors that advance our karma for better.
As Judge Hatch describes, the practice of deeply appreciating the perspective of one’s enemy, especially feeling their hatred toward oneself, mitigates the intensity of one’s own anger, harmonizing an opposition within the self and impacting positively one’s outer relationship with the hated other.
Perhaps this technology can be simply summarized in the words of an earlier Master, “love thy enemy.” That’s how to advance the self and use one’s karma for better.
Remember that you’ve done this all before, this life. You already know the outcome though it may not be in your conscious memory. At some point you will remember why and how to resolve all the issues that currently plague you. In the meantime, you do know that you have the strength to persevere, looking always for meaning and the next right step as you journey through life. Don’t stop seeking answers. They will come, slowly at first and then more clearly, as you travel your path with heart.
Track your energy, watching for signs that you are using it properly and most beneficently. When your energy perceives a positive benefit it will likely let you know in some way, such as a heart pounding affirmation or a happy sense of destiny or contentment. When your energy perceives that something is negative and will have unhealthy results, it will give you clear signs to steer clear. The thing is, will you notice, pay attention and follow the advice? Will you take the path that has meaning and heart? Show up in your own life more fully and pay attention. Those are two aspects in your favor as you learn to track your own energy responses to situations in life and make progress in the good. Show up. Pay attention.